Planning stage is only in its infancy at present, but proposals have been made to carry on the tradition of the bi-annual King & Barnes Open Doubles and run it again this summer - providing there is sufficient interest.
Those of you who are familiar with the competition will remember that it is open to players based in Sussex and Surrey and when last held the semi-final line-up was:
.....with KT and Nipper going on to beat Silent and Joe in the Final at the Stout House with sponsors in attendance.
Please indicate your interest here. Ideally we would like 16 Pairs, but anything more than 8 and the competition will still go ahead. (Six squid to enter.)
Clive T (L/V/P, HDBBL)
Interested list (pending sending out of official entry form)
1. Phil Osborne and Bob Hall Pd. 2. Tony Jenner and Ric Cunningham 3. Kevin Tunstall and Martin Cole 4. Jim Balchin and John Slee Pd. 5. Matt Knight and Joe Oakley 6. Phil Oakley and Chris Cox
Thanks for your confidence vote, Joe. We now need three more to show advance interest to convince us of its viability and I will order the trophies.
There have been recent developments regarding the Stout House which is now a non-league venue after the landlord Barry's retirement. The table was removed before the start of the new season but there is now one back in there.
I intend at some stage to contact Hall and Woodhouse to see if they want to continue the tradition of coupling the final with the beer and cheese tasting ...... I lost count of the times my glass was topped up.
14 Mar 20 - King & Barnes Open Doubles Competition The Horsham Committee have expressed their wish for the above-mentioned biannual Summer Competition to continue and for me to run it on behalf of Stephen Hopkins. Accordingly, please find enclosed entry form: The planned schedule etc will be as detailed on the form. docs.google.com/document/d/1y3eUBTz21FKTht22zsU68hasDLz5IU9nF5irWekD5lU/pub As the Horsham & Dist league is a bit short of venues I have asked Mr Tidy's permission to employ some that are unique to BBBL (eg Lintot, Railway, Blue Ship, Limeburners). I'm sure the Inn On The Green would welcome a fixture as well. The venue for the final is yet to be thrashed out. In the past we have used the Stout House, but it is non-league and has a non-standard table. However there could be advantages if Hall & Woodhouse (based in Blandford Forum) wish to attend and couple it with a beer and cheese tasting as in 2018. So far six pairs have declared an interest via the Forum, but this is 'our' competition so it would be good if we could match this figure with local players. - Clive Thompson L/V/P, HDBBL
It is fairly obvious by now that this competition should not go ahead.
If it transpires that the Coronavirus has blown itself out within a couple of months - the absolute best case scenario - then there is talk that Leagues will resume their league programme some time during the summer in an attempt to complete the season. The K & B would be getting in the way of that.
The Horsham Committee have proposed that it is shelved for a year, and nothing will be lost by this as it a bi-annual competition anyway !
Those who have paid (only two pairs so far !) will of course get their money refunded and I will be in touch with those people regarding this accordingly.