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News from around the League - 2005/06

6th May

North Dorset 1 will definitely be joining Dorchester 2 in Division Two next season.

Congratulations to Dorchester Greys who have won the Team Knock-Out Cup, beating Bishops Caundle in the final. The Plate was won by Charmouth 1 who beat North Dorset 2.

22nd Apr

There’s no change in Division One, with Yeovil Graduates 1 having already been confirmed as champions, with last years winners Westland 1 just taking second spot ahead of Weymouth Falcons. Dorchester 2 have been relegated, and it looks almost certain that North Dorset 1 will join them in Division Two next season.

In Division Two, runaway leaders Yeovil Graduates 2 completed their unbeaten season with victory over North Dorset 2, a result that sees the North Dorset side relegated along with Dorchester 3. Meanwhile, victory for Budmouth over Wessex Wanderers 1 finally confirms Westland 2 as being promoted to the top flight, and Budmouth can claim 3rd place if they win their final match.

Bishops Caundle had already clinched top spot in Division Three, and the runners-up place was secured by Wessex Wanderers 3 when they played Charmouth 1 recently. Despite losing, they scored sufficient points to ensure that the Charmouth team could not catch them.

9th Apr

Congratulations to Bishops Caundle who have finished as Champions of Division Three. They will be joined in Division Two next season by either Wessex Wanderers 3 or Charmouth 1.

In Division Two, Dorchester 3 have been relegated, and North Dorset 2 seem likely to join them. At the top, Westland 2 look likely to join Yeovil Graduates 2 in the top flight next season.

There’s no change in Division One with Yeovil Graduates on course to avenge last season and finish ahead of Westland 1.

26th Mar

Yeovil Graduates 1 and Westland 1 continue to beat all comers and are still separated by only a single point at the top of Division One. Dorchester 2 look doomed to relegation despite victory over fellow strugglers North Dorset 1 while Bridport Royals 1 also look in danger of the drop.

The second promotion spot behind champions Yeovil Graduates 2 is still to be determined after injury-hit Westland 2 struggled to secure victory over Dorchester 3 who look set to be relegated to Division Three. Both Budmouth and Wessex Wanderers 1 could still oust Westland 2 and claim the second promotion spot.

With Bishops Caundle beating fellow promotion hopefuls Charmouth 1 and Wessex Wanderers beating Charmouth 2, it looks as though these two teams will be in Division Two next season, although mathematically both Charmouth 1 and Dorchester Greys could still challenge them.

17th Mar

Congratulations to Yeovil Graduates 2 who have secured promotion from Division Two with 3 games to spare, clearly showing their dominance over the other teams.

12th Mar

Leaders Yeovil Graduates 1 proved too strong for rivals Weymouth Falcons and now hold a useful 1-point lead over Westland 1 with a game in hand. Dorchester 2 and Bridport Royals 1 failed to gain any points in their recent matches, while North Dorset 1 gained a vital point against Falcons.

Back to back wins for Budmouth has moved them into third spot in the chase for the second promotion place behind leaders Yeovil Graduates 2. Meanwhile Westland 2 lost their second match in a row, this time a close affair against Wessex Wanderers 1.

Wessex Wanderers 3 moved back to the top of Division Three following a confident victory over Bridport Royals 2 and now lead Bishops Caundle, who have a game in hand, by virtue of having won more matches. Dorchester Greys lost points in their matches and are falling behind the leading teams, while Charmouth 1 could still have a say in the promotion placings if they can convert their games in hand into points.

26th Feb

Weymouth Falcons have successfully defeated rivals Westland 1 in a close match at the top of Division One but both teams still trail leaders Yeovil Graduates 1.

Bishops Caundle proved too strong for Wessex Wanderers 3 in the top-of-the-table clash in Division Three and have opened a comfortable gap over their rivals, while Charmouth 1 moved into third spot following victory over Portland Red Triangle. Both Charmouth 1 and fourth placed Dorchester Greys have games in hand over the leaders.

18th Feb

Congratulations to Bridport Royals 1 who have chalked up their first victory of the season and in so doing have moved off the bottom of the Division One table. It’s looking good for Yeovil Graduates 1 at the top with a lead of 10 points over Weymouth Falcons and 14 points over reigning champions Westland 1.

A surprise defeat for Westland 2 means that Gryphon continue to climb away from the Division Two relegation zone. Runaway leaders Yeovil Graduates 2 have a 27 point lead over their nearest rivals and look certain for a speedy return to the top flight.

In Division Three, Wessex Wanderers 3 closed the gap on leaders Bishops Caundle to only 4 points following victory over bottom team Crewkerne Hermitage, while Dorchester Greys narrowly beat a resurgent Bridport Royals 2 to reclaim third spot from Charmouth 1.

12th Feb

Yeovil Graduates 1 have extended their lead at the top of Division One to 10 points following victory against Dorchester 1, while Weymouth Falcons have moved into second spot after defeating Weymouth Sports.

There’s been no change in Division Two, where Yeovil Graduates 2 continue to hold sway, while in Division Three, Bishops Caundle have taken over the top spot following two recent victories, but all of the chasing teams have games in hand.

28th Jan

The top 3 teams in Division One all won their respective matches and have opened a large gap between themselves and the rest of the teams, with Yeovil Graduates continuing= in pole position just ahead of Westland 1 and Weymouth Falcons.

In Division Two, runaway leaders Yeovil Graduates 2 extended their lead with victories against Dorchester 3 and Wessex Wanderers 2, while Budmouth move into 3rd place despite a narrow defeat against second team Westland 2. Meanwhile Gryphon gained a couple of valuable points in their bid to avoid relegation.

Wessex Wanderers 3 maintained their narrow lead at the top of Division Three following victory over Dorchester Greys, while both Charmouth 1 and Bishops Caundle continue to keep the pressure on, and all of these four teams are in with a shout for promotion.

15th Jan

Westland 1 have moved into 2nd spot in Division One behind Yeovil Graduates 1 following victory over bottom of the table Bridport Royals 1.

Victory for Westland 2 over North Dorset 2 has closed the gap between themselves and runaway leaders Graduates 2 in Division Two.

Portland Red Triangle have had some close matches and earned themselves some much needed points, including a very close match against top side Wessex Wanderers 3. Dorchester Greys meanwhile have leap-frogged ahead of Charmouth 1 after the two sides played each other, with the Dorchester side victorious.

17th Dec

Bridport Royals 1 are now the only team in the League without a victory this season after defeat against North Dorset 1, and together with Dorchester 2 they are starting to lose touch with the rest of the teams in Division One. Champions Westland 1 were beaten by Yeovil Graduates 1 in the top of the table clash and look to be losing the title they won last year. Meanwhile Weymouth Falcons continue in second spot after defeating Dorchester 2.

With their first victory of the season, Dorchester 3 move off the bottom of Division Two following their latest match against Wessex Wanderers 2, while another close match saw Gryphon prevail against North Dorset 2.

Wessex Wanderers 3 proved too strong for Charmouth 1 despite fielding only two pairs, while a walk-over for Bridport Royals 2 jumped them ahead of Dorchester 4 who were unable to field a team.

10th Dec

Yeovil Graduates 2 maintain their unbeaten run in Division Two with victory in the top-of-the-table clash against Westland 2 to extend their lead at the top. Wessex Wanderers 1 continue in third place despite defeat against Budmouth who are now just behind them in fourth.

Wessex Wanderers 3 have moved back to first place in Division Three following an away victory against Charmouth 2, while Dorchester Greys suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Bishops Caundle and slip back into third spot. Together with Charmouth 1, these teams are nip-and-tuck at the top of this extremely tight division.

4th Dec

Weymouth Falcons have moved into top spot in Division One after victory against North Dorset 1, though they have now played more games than the teams below them.

In Division Two, North Dorset 2 moved off the bottom after picking up a couple of points against Budmouth, while Dorchester 3 were soundly beaten by Wessex Wanderers 1 and now find themselves in last place.

27th Nov

Weymouth Falcons have moved up to 3rd place behind leaders Yeovil Graduates 1 and Westland 1 having taken points from both of the leading contenders.

There is no change in Division Two, while in Division Three a narrow victory for Charmouth 1 over Bishops Caundle sees them edge into top spot ahead of Wessex Wanderers 3 by a single point.

20th Nov

Westland 1 have moved into second place behind Yeovil Graduates 1 after another victory, but crucially they dropped 2 rubbers against Dorchester 1 and this could prove costly towards the end of the season. Weymouth Sports beat Bridport 1, and as a consequence both teams move out of the relegation zone.

Both Yeovil Graduates 2 and Westland 2 continue unbeaten, although Westland were pushed hard by Wessex Wanderers 2 in a close match.

In Division Three, Dorchester Greys moved into joint top spot with Wessex Wanderers 3 after thrashing Dorchester 4.

12th Nov

Yeovil Graduates 1 have stretched their lead at the top following a comprehensive victory over Dorchester 2. Meanwhile, it’s very tight at the bottom with four teams seperated by only a single point.

Yeovil Graduates 2 dropped their first points of the season away at Budmouth, while Westland 2 continue unbeaten with victory over Dorchester 3 who are still looking for their first victory.

Wessex Wanderers 3 remain top in Division Three after Charmouth 1 suffered their first defeat at the hands of Dorchester 4.

5th Nov

Yeovil Graduates 1 have returned to the top of Division One following victories over both Dorchester 1 and North Dorset 1.

Yeovil Graduates 2 continue to set the pace in Division Two.

In Division Three, Wessex Wanderers 3 have stretched their lead at the top but have played more games than their rivals. Charmouth 1 continued their unbeaten start with victory over bottom team Portland Red Triangle.

23rd Oct

In Division One, Westland 1 have taken over at the top after a crushing victory over Dorchester 2.

Victory for Westland 2 over Gryphon has moved them into second place behind runaway leaders Yeovil Graduates 2 in Division Two.

In Division Three, Wessex Wanderers 3 continue unbeaten after victory over Crewkerne Hermitage.

16th Oct

The Veterans Tournament was a great success, despite the reduced entry level. Congratulations to Cliff Aston and Julie Hillier from North Dorset. Follow the link for full details.

8th Oct

In Division One, Weymouth Sports beat North Dorset 1 in the bottom of the table clash.

In Division Two there were wins for Westland 2 and North Dorset 2.

Bishops Caundle continue to lead in Division Three following victory over Portland Red Triangle, while Wessex Wanderers 3 continued their unbeaten start to the season with a win over Dorchester 4.

1st Oct

Weymouth Falcons are heading Division One after two victories. However, reigning champions Westland 1 and Yeovil Graduates 1 have also made good starts.

In Division Two, Yeovil Graduates 2 have won 3 out of 3 without losing a rubber. They have already opened up quite a lead over the other teams and look as if they’re the team to beat.

Bishops Caundle lead the way in Division Three, followed by Wessex Wanderers 3 and Charmouth 1. Meanwhile, new team Dorchester 4 won their inaugural match and will probably fair well.

14th Jul

At the AGM, one new team has been entered into the League - Dorchester 4. This has necessitated an extra promotion from Division 3 in order to maintain divisions of roughly equal size.

Unfortunately, Westland have been forced to withdraw a team, and have elected to withdraw their 2nd team from Division 1. This requires an extra promotion from Division 2 as well. Promoted from Division 2 are Bridport Royals 1, Dorchester 2 and North Dorset 2, replacing Yeovil Graduates 2 and North Dorset 1 who have been relegated. Obviously the North Dorset teams will be renumbered accordingly.

The promotions from Division 3 are Westland 3 (now Westland 2 of course) and Dorchester 3, with Dorchester Greys and Budmouth relegated. However, after a rule change at the AGM and with Bishops Caundle preferring not to be promoted having finished third, it was decided to re-promote Budmouth back to Division 2.


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