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CN v SCA (B) - Middlesbrough. SCA (B) won 11-5

[10-11th May 2014; Reporter: Derek Watts]

CN team: Phil Errington 2, Derek Watts 2, Peter McDermott 3 and Roger Staples 4

SCA(B) team: John Surgenor 0, Derek Knight 1.5, Bill Spalding 2 and Alan Wilson 3.5

All games played to Advanced Rules with a time limit of 2.75 hours.

The results are as follows (CN names first):

Saturday Doubles:
Phil & Roger beat John & Alan +1t; Derek W & Peter lost to Derek K & Bill -10

Saturday Singles:
Phil beat Bill +11; Derek W lost to Alan -1; Peter lost to John -20; Roger lost to Derek K -17
Phil lost to Derek K -13; Derek W lost to John -5; Peter beat Alan +8; Roger beat Bill +4

Sunday Doubles:
Phil & Derek W lost to John & Derek K -10; Peter & Roger lost to Bill & Alan -21

Sunday Singles:
Phil lost to John -17; Derek W lost to Derek K -4; Peter lost to Bill -1t; Roger beat Alan +8

With the match won by the Scots at this time, and due to the stormy weather, it was decided not to play the final doubles match.

Congratulations to Roger Staples whose handicap was reduced from 4 to 3.5 after his successful wins.

This match was due to be played at Tyneside Croquet Club, but due to the refurbishment of Exhibition Park and the croquet pavilion not yet being complete, the match was transferred to Middlesbrough Croquet Club. Thanks are given to Middlesbrough for giving us 4 superb lawns to play on and to Peter McDermott for setting out the lawns early each day. The weekend play produced some close results and all games were played, as usual, in good spirits. The weather was threatening at times with a varied mixture of heavy rain, sunshine and showers but little wind and mild. The lunches and teas supplied by Barbara McDermott and Sheila Watts were very tasty as usual and the teams enjoyed a Chinese meal at a local restaurant on the Saturday evening.