Crunch time is nearing at Burghley

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WINTER League crunch-time is approaching at Burghley Park where the recent spell of good weather has ensured that the league phase of of the men’s league has progressed on schedule.

With just two rounds to play, competition remains fierce and virtually all of the knockout phase places are still up for grabs.

The top two teams in each of the four leagues go through, but only one team (Clive Knox and Paul Szymanski) have booked their place so far, ensuring that the last few weeks of the league phase will remain challenging.

In League A, Knox and Szymanski’s 13 points to date ensure that they will finish in the top two, with Tom Hutton and Greg Dunn currently in second spot with 9 points. They will tussle with Dan Carr and Doug Watterson, Richard Cook and Richard Gilbert, and Mark Yarham and Joe Carr (all on 6 points) for the other Quarter-final spot.

In League B, Stuart Ward and Jon Tyrrell lead on 12, with Dean Vaughan and Matt Lem on 10, leading Graham Camp and Tony Goodwin (also on 10) on countback. Jason Clark and Craig Matthews, Terry Austin and Peter Barnes, and Stuart Pringle and Andy Vaughan are still in the mix.

Javan Argent and David Jackson (on 12) lead League C on countback from Alex Cole and Dave Millichip, with Paul York and Paul Redfern, and Barry Dawson and James Bust on 9. It looks like the qualifiers will come from these teams.

In League D, Gary Harrison and Dave Marsden (on 13) and Richard Vaughan and George Beadle (on 12) look to have things sewn up, with Richard Allen and Paul Ramm (on 7) and John Mayman and Paul Wilkinson (also 7) having their work cut out to make the cut.

Stoke Rochford

STOKE Rochford’s Seniors Winter Warmer this week was a pairs better ball with two jokers and two free throws for each player.

Winners with 60 pts on countback were Trevor Harvey and Tony Walker. Second, also 60, were John Helstrip and Malcolm Rose, and third were Mike Graves and Roy Rowe with 59.

After 12 rounds Tony Walker is overall leader with 31 pts, ahead of Alan Dolby 27, and Trevor Harvey and Jarvis Peden have 25.