PREMIER LEAGUE FIRST WEEKEND
The first weekend of the Premier League has now been played. Full results are available via the link on the WBU Homepage. The Plackett team (Richard Plackett, Paul Lamford, Paul Denning, Adrian Thomas) have established a clear lead, including an important win against the Tedd team in the final match on Sunday.
The Plackett/Tedd match saw an exceptionally swingy set of boards, with 81 IMPs being exchanged, Plackett emerging ahead by just 12 IMPs.
Plackett is fielding two long established Welsh internationals in Paul Denning and Adrian Thomas, and also a newcomer to the Welsh trial scene in Paul Lamford. Paul is London-based, but he was born in Carmarthen and spent his early years in Haverfordwest. Anyone listening to Paul’s lilt would be left in no doubt as to his Welsh credentials. Richard played Camrose for the first time last season, and he and Paul have since formed a new partnership.
Denning/Thomas have established a clear lead in the Pairs (X-IMP) rankings. This is despite being on the wrong end of this slam swing in the Tedd match.
Board 40 Dealer North; both vul
It’s worth trying to work out how you and your partner would bid to slam (either 6C or 6H) on the East/West cards. In the Premier League seven E/W pairs played in Four Hearts, and only one (Ratcliff /Pottage, playing against Denning/Thomas) bid to slam in clubs. As you can see this proved to be pretty well impregnable, but getting there proved beyond every other East/West pair.
If the hands prove to be as lively in the second weekend there will be plenty of scope for the rankings to alter significantly.