With Spring officially here and the Winter League matches fast becoming a distant (and frosty) memory, here’s a summary of how our teams did over the winter months.
Our Men’s Cymru Kitchens 1st team continued their climb up the league, finishing top of Division 2 with 76 points out of a possible 80. But it wasn’t as straightforward as the 12 point margin over Dinas Powys in second place might suggest. 5 of the 10 matches were level on events won, with Whitchurch winning 4 out of the 5 on the number of sets or games won. So a very competitive season sees the CK 1sts up into the top division for next winter for the first time.
WTC entered a second Cymru Kitchens team for the first time last winter. Ian Shipley’s team ended up as runners-up in Division 7 to Mackintosh in a division reduced to 5 teams after Barry pulled out.
The Men’s Veterans also had a good season, finishing as runners-up just behind Chepstow in Division 2. The youngster Paul Butcher, making his Vets debut, added some Premiership class to the squad throughout the season. Expect a return to Division 1 in the Autumn.
Turning to the Ladies, our Cymru Kitchens team had a very tight season in Division 2, finishing 5th, with a number of matches being decided on ‘games won’. Our Ladies Vets were back up in Division 1 this season and finished a creditable 5th. The team has ‘yo-yoed’ between the top 2 divisions regularly over the years. so while it may be a return to Division 2 next winter, they remain as competitive as ever.