Richardson Cup 1997-1998

Main Tournament

The 1997-1998 Richardson Cup was retained by the holders Crowwood CC who recorded their second win of the trophy. This was also the last year that the Richardson Finalists automatically qualified for the last 16 of the Leigh BCF National Club Championship, an arrangement which started in 1984-85 with the Sponsorship by Legal and General.

This season also saw the start of a new seeding system. Seeding had previously been based on the previous season's semi-finalists, with the finalists in opposite halves of the draw. From this season, the last 3 season's performances were taken into account with points being allocated to the semi-finalists and finalists in each of these seasons, with a weighting towards more recent seasons. Where a tie occurs, more recent performances are used to break the tie. The seeds are shown by number in the tables.

Number 1 seeding didn't help Polytechnic who were surprisingly eliminated by Ardrossan in round 1. In the relegation playoff they met another traditionally strong side - Edinburgh.

Round 1 Round 2 Semi Final Final
Kilmarnock (P) 1 Edinburgh West (4) 6 Edinburgh West (4) 1 Crowwood (H)(2) 4
Edinburgh West (4) 6
Inverness (P) 1 Cathcart 2
Cathcart 6
Crowwood (H)(2) 7 Crowwood (H)(2) 6 Crowwood (H)(2) 6
Musselburgh
Bon Accord 4* Bon Accord 2
Edinburgh 4
Bearsden Dundee&Victoria (3) 2 Wandering Dragons 6 Wandering Dragons 3
Dundee&Victoria (3) 7
Oban 1 Wandering Dragons 5
Wandering Dragons 7
Caley 3 Castlehill 4 Castlehill 2
Castlehill 4
Polytechnic (1) 3 Ardrossan 3
Ardrossan 4

* - Winners on Board count
(P) - Promoted from the previous season's Spens Cup
(H) - Holders
Numbers in brackets indicate seedings

Final

Crowwood
Wandering Dragons
1. SR Mannion (B)
½
½
M Orr
2. DM Bryson
1
0
D Kilgour
3. AJ Norris
0
1
A Burnett
4. AJ Muir
1
0
N Bathie
5. G Nolan
½
½
S Pickles
6. J Henderson
½
½
A Weng
7. A Gallagher
0
1
W Bennett
8. P Hopper
1
0
E Campbell
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Relegation Playoff

Round 1 Round 2 Relegated
Musselburgh 4 Oban 5 Caley
Oban 3
Caley scr Caley 2
Inverness (P) w/o
Polytechnic 5 Edinburgh 4 Kilmarnock (P)
Edinburgh 3
Bearsden 4* Kilmarnock (P) 3
Kilmarnock (P) 4