After many years of trying to arrange a convenient date, Cambridge won the first-ever “A14 Ashes” 8-1 on 27/10/2001 v Northants at the Six Mile Bottom Club. A return challenge is arranged for 1st April next year.
Sept 23, 2007 23:40:26 GMT 1 Colemanator said: I too hope Camb continue. i hope keith that we can continue with the A14 ashes at some point, we now have a venue that is two fields away from the camb border which we can meet up at some point hopefully, i do like to go to st ives to my mates place and go to the nelsons, don't give up, ian
Reckon Taffy and the Cambs Secretary should put their heads together and organise a home and away challenge, one for 4-pin and one for 3-pin.
Both seem keen on reviving interest in bar billiards in the County, but these things are often better achieved with a united front.
This tournament used to exist between Northants and Cambridge, I believe we ran it for 3-4 years with a home and away played once a year. Between us we invested in a trophy etc, unfortunately when Cambridge started to lose interest and it eventually stopped.
I actually spoke to Cambridge again about 4 years ago and again unfortunately again they no interest to resurrect it.
I was looking at ways to help Taffy to start up 4-pin in Cambs without him treading on Cambridgeshire (3-pin) toes and had a flash of inspiration and so put up the thing about the A14 Ashes.
The idea being for Taffy to get a Home and Away challenge going between Cambs 3pin and Newmarket 4pin - the latter using one of Taffy's Cambs tables.
It was to be expected that this would get Northants juices flowing, and accordingly the A14 challenge could eventually be extended to the original Northants v Cambs concept, but perhaps along these lines:
Northants/Wellingborough v Cambs/Newmarket with combined squads taking each other on twice in each county, once at 3pin and once at 4pin.
This would provide much-needed encouragement for two struggling leagues and one trying to get off the ground.
its a nice idea Tommo. I just don't have the player resources. I'm keen, lord knows I'm keen enough but the landlords are all lazy and don't care a toss. I'm seeing those that are 'my crew' so to speak on Saturday 31st August for a small tournament at the Townhouse. I'll ask them to play the Milton lads then. I realise I'm leaving it a fortnight but i think its worth it. probably get them to agree to the 18th and the 25th.
Then they have the 4x4 on the 28th. then we can look at Wellingborough in October. I need a wider playing base and don't know how to get it. My crew will openly tell me they don't have the time or inclination to play midweek everyweek like we did years ago. so i'll try and carry on as we are hoping for a 'bit of luck'. that luck can only realistically come in two forms 1) a table or two more out there 2) but the vital one is an enthusiastic player or three.....
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