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Middlesbrough CA One-Ball Tournament.

[7th April 2018, Albert Park. Reporter and manager: Charles Waterfield]

Winner Nigel Roberts; Runner-up Derek Johnson

Presentation of one-ball trophy

This year’s One-ball event, our eleventh, involved twelve competitors from North East clubs. The tournament was also a heat in the national (Downs Syndrome) charity One-ball.

Handicaps ranged from 0.5 to 18 (those below 2 played off further‑reduced HCs); one‑third the bisque difference was used. Time-limits of 40 minutes were rarely reached. Round‑robin draws were selected by the manager and late on it was agreed that 10 rounds be completed. Over the closing rounds it became a close contest between Derek Johnson, Nigel Roberts and Julian Gibson, so it was perhaps a pity that the 11th round couldn't be fitted in.

Positions were calculated on a PC using 'comparative scoring' (see Gaunt & Wheeler)*; Nigel just managing to maintain a slight lead over Derek at close of play.


* The performance of each player is compared with the performance of every other player; account being taken of only those games in which they played each other or the same opponents. If (in valid games) Player A has the same number of wins as Player B but A beat B in their match, then A is awarded 2 points and B 0 points. Otherwise if A has not played B it is a 'draw' and each is awarded 1 point.