... the Inter-league challenge will take place in a fortnight's time (28th Aug) at the Bull, match commencing 7.30pm. Crawley team: Paul Jobbins (capt), Ian Giffen, Stuart Carruthers, Sam Jones, Steve Hopkins Mick Holmwood and Yours truly. tommo
The same only different.....the perpetual trophies we will be fighting for on the 28th:
It's an idea, but I don't see it as a practical one. I would image that most Sussex Open competitors are moving towards reaching the pinnacle of excellence at 3-Pin, and 4-Pin would be an unwelcome diversion - an intrusion, even.
You love 4-Pin, I love 4-Pin, let's keep it esoteric.
I'm sure I have read those rules of play somewhere else before :)
yep we copied them from somewhere nearby, but we are thinking of changing them slightly which we in Eastbourne think will improve the experience of 4 pin
1 we feel the game would benefit from changing the must use the red rule to use any available ball, reason to speed up the game by not having to wait for a ball to return to the tray
2 reverting back to red spot being halfway between 200 and rear of D rather than front of D reason to be in line with other leagues
3 Having double break reason in singles mateches its fairer
look forward to receiving your comments
Just to draw on these concerns and to pass comment on them in the context of the Crawley v Eastbourne Inter-League challenge next Wednesday....
1. Red ball will be played as cue ball whenever available as per standard 4-Pin practice. 2. Here again, standard 4-Pin Rules specify halfway between 200 and Baulk Line, so we'll be keepin to that. 3. For our 7-a-side we agree to level breaks throughout as it is fairest for a match where players only have one frame to play. And, as the Bull is classed as a neutral venue, captains to toss for choice of 4 first breaks or 3 first breaks ! I will however offer you the choice of whether you want the traditional Sussex split of 1-4-7 and 2-3-5-6 or the alternative 2-4-6 and 1-3-5-7.
A tasty morsel I can offer you is that Crawley have plans to host a (4-pin) "mini-Open", probably for Sussex and Surrey only in about 12 months' time. This will be at our venue round the corner just before it closes its doors for good. Four extra tables will be hired for the day and I have already works out a playing schedule for 30 players (first come first served). More about this later, but I stress, it's not an official Open, and will be run along similar lines to the (3-pin) 'Brewers Open' which was organised so successfully for a couple of years by Adam Bateup.
Just got back from discussing this with the landlord, and it's a definite goer for one Saturday next July or August. He's even shown me where the five tables will fit. The competition will run from 10am with the Finals commencing around 7pm. Food available all day from a varied menu, and there's a coffee bar, ice-cream parlour, beer (up to a point !) and the possibility even of a barbecue in the large beer garden.
This will be a one-off opportunity before we lose this venue for good. Plans will remain on the back burner until March 2014 when I will put an entry form out, and start a thread on the Forum for players to register their interest.
[EDIT - Sorry but this one now a non-starter with the pub closing eight months early (on 1/1/2014)]
A great match played tonight in a cordial atmosphere, Eastbourne as expected mastering the double-50 break and doing us 4-1 before the Crawley tail wagged ! And there were candidates for "shot of the evening" from both sides.
Eastbourne 4, Crawley 3 Mike Reilly 2370, Sam Jones 1430 Peter Payne 1630, Clive Thompson 2030 Tony Smith 2050, Stuart Carruthers 1880 Chris Haynes 3030, Ian Giffen 1830 Colin Southouse 3360, Mick Holmwood 1280 Gareth Dell 1570, Paul Jobbins 1730 Stewart Chant 1330, Steve Hopkins 1780
Some thank yous.......To the venue for the tasty pizzas, I've never seen food go so quickly ! To the Eastbourne lads for bringing their skill, enthusiasm and jocular self-effacement to our League this summer. To Paul Jobbins who expertly skippered our side, and to Sam, Stuart, Steve, Ian and Mick who have been such great sports throughout, not forgetting our two lady supporters Joanne and Margo.
And there was even sponsorship money from Tarratt Tables for the players from the venues taking part which hosted their tables. See it can be done !
Hi crawley how yee lookin fur 4pin this summer, got 1 maybe 2 teams ready an Willin Regs cs
Okay, the plan for this Summer is that it will come under the auspices of the Horsham League and become our summer competition. This means that we will be making an extra effort to canvas support.
The same four founding member teams have all shown an interest again, though two of last years venues have gone: the Mill House have moved to the Windmill Crawley and the Malt Shovel team have moved to the Roffey Club. The Dun Horse A are staying put.
A provisional yes to a second team from the Bull, but this will be dependent on getting a couple more on top of that to form a second division, as the general view is we need the season to be for no more than 6 weeks' of fixtures so that it fits around Billingshurst's Jubilee Team Knockout.