Winner: Nigel Roberts; runner-up: Ken Spragg
This year’s event, our twelfth, involved ten players from CN clubs, mainly Middlesbrough but also Tyneside, Belsay and Durham. The tournament was as usual a heat in the national charity One-ball, this year the Alzheimer’s Society. The weather was cool, to say the least, but the lawns were in good shape for so early in the season.
Handicaps ranged from 0.5 to 18 (those below 2 played off further‑reduced HCs) and one‑third the bisque difference was used. Time-limits of 40 minutes were never reached. Round‑robin draws were selected by the manager.
As we were reduced from the original 12 entries after last-minute cancellations, it was easily possible to play the 9 rounds needed to complete the block. Nigel won allhis games and was clear victor (having also won last year’s event). Stumps were drawn shortly after 3pm, allowing people to return home for a warming cup of tea!
- Nigel Roberts (Mbro)
- Ken Spragg (Mbro)
- John Fitzpatrick (Mbro)
- Julian Gibson (Mbro)
- Andrew Carpenter (Durham)
- Mike Akester (Mbro)
- Phil Errington (Belsay)
- Terry Vernazza (Tyneside)
- Dennis Scarr (Mbro)
- David Millener (Tyneside)
Reporter & Manager: Charles Waterfield