Manager: Terrey Sparks
|Area League||2018 winners||2018 Play-off winners||
The Chairman's Cup
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AC League play-off results by year:
This year the three qualifiers were Norwich, St. Albans and Ipswich. However, due to the fact that Ipswich had lost players to holidays and national competitions they unfortunately had to withdraw, and their place was taken by Newport, the second place club in the Essex/Suffolk league.
On a dull, blustery day in which an early sun managed to hold temperatures to a reasonable level the three teams started the day playing each other in doubles matches, in which at lunchtime St. Albans had a clear lead winning 2 of their games, with Newport following a close second with 1 win. After lunch with the wind increasing, not to be outdone St. Albans consolidated their position winning their remaining 4 single games outright to run out the overall winners with a 100% record, and therefore will represent the Eastern Region in next year's Secretary's Shield. Newport came second with 2 wins and Norwich with 1 win took third place.
|St. Albans:||Heather Bennett (3½), Chris Frost (4), Stephen Mills (16), Geoffrey Morrison (18)|
|Newport:||Andrew Gregory (2½), Bernard Yallop (10), Roy Darling (20), David Haslam (20)|
|Norwich:||John Reddish (4½), Jonathan Sisson (7), Sarah Barley (10), Neil Chalmers (10)|
During tea generously provided by the home club, the Chairman's Cup was presented to the victorious St. Alban's team by the EACF Chairman George Collin.
Congratulations also to the hosting club Wrest Park, for despite the summer drought they had managed to turn out lawns in reasonable condition that ran unexpectedly well.Report & photo by Terrey Sparks
Area League Play-Off for the Chairman's Cup
The format will be normal handicap games of 26pts, doubles in the morning and single games in the afternoon. Singles games will be double-banked and the duration of each game will be 3¼ hours.
|am:||A1,A3 v B2,B4||B1,B3 v C2,C4||C1,C3 v A2,A4|
A3 v C4
B3 v A4
C3 v B4
A draw will take place in the morning to determine which teams will be designated A, B or C.