Inter County Championship 2013-2014


INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
DIVISION A
MAIN COMPETITION
 HERTFORDSHIRE
QUARTER FINALISTS
2013-14 Season Summary

For the first time in their history, Hertfordshire qualified for the main knockout competition of the Inter County Championship A Division.  Buckinghamshire needed to beat Hertfordshire by at least 6 points in the final qualifying group match to snatch second place but fell 2 points short.  They can count themselves slightly unlucky as they won four of their six group games.  The key to Hertfordshire's success was a big home win against Surrey and pushing their opponents close in the lost matches.  Two of Hertfordshire's losses were by the minimum margin of 2 points.

The season started well with two home wins.  The third game away at Northamptonshire ended in a 12 point defeat but could have been much closer with at least two of the games being lost on the last end and the bonus points being very closely contested.  The reverse fixture with Northamptonshire was drawn.  Hertfordshire lost a close match away to Surrey and the qualifying campaign finished with the Bucks match at High Wycombe.

Hertfordshire were probably massive underdogs in the knockout rounds but started with a comfortable 8 point win over Oxfordshire.  The adventure came to an end at the quarter final stage against a very strong Somerset team.

It is always going to be difficult to qualify in the top two places of Hertfordshire's group because it is so closely contested.  The second, third and fourth teams in the 2013-14 group were separated by only 4 points.  Hopefully, Hertfordshire can build on this year's success with another good showing in next year's competition.
Fixtures and Results

QUALIFYING GROUP RESULTS

  21/22 September 2013  
  Hertfordshire 21 - 19 Buckinghamshire  
  Surrey 28 - 12 Northamptonshire  
  6 October 2013  
  Hertfordshire 26 - 14 Surrey  
  13 October 2013  
  Northamptonshire 19 - 21 Buckinghamshire  
  19/20 October 2013  
  Surrey 29 - 11 Buckinghamshire  
  Northamptonshire 26 - 14 Hertfordshire  
  9/10 November 2013  
  Buckinghamshire 22 - 18 Surrey  
  Hertfordshire 20 - 20 Northamptonshire  
  30 November/1 December 2013  
  Surrey 21 - 19 Hertfordshire  
  Buckinghamshire 21 - 19 Northamptonshire  
  7/8 December 2013  
  Buckinghamshire 22 - 18 Hertfordshire  
  Northamptonshire 18 - 22 Surrey  

 FINAL QUALIFYING GROUP TABLE
Team P W D L F A SD Pts
Surrey 6 4 0 2 1064 1012 52 132
Hertfordshire 6 2 1 3 1031 1019 12 118
Buckinghamshire 6 4 0 2 1016 1037 -21 116
Northamptonshire 6 1 1 4 1007 1050 -43 114

MAIN KNOCKOUT COMPETITION

  PRELIMINARY ROUND
26 January 2014
 
  Hertfordshire 24 - 16 Oxfordshire  
  QUARTER FINAL
16 February 2014
 
  Hertfordshire 5 - 23 Somerset