Middlesbrough CA One-Ball Tournament

The winner pf the Middlesborough one-ball tournament, played on Saturday 9 April, 2022, at Albert Park was Anthony Miller, with Phillip Hastings as runner-up. The following report was compiled by the event manager Charles Waterfield.

This year’s event, our thirteenth, involved twelve players from Northern clubs – Middlesbrough, Tyneside, Belsay, Keswick and Fylde. The tournament was a heat in the national one-ball charity competition which, this year is in aid of MIND. The weather was fine but cool, and the three lawns used were in good shape for early in the season.

Handicaps ranged from -½ to 20 (those below 2 played off further‑reduced HCs) and one‑third the bisque difference was used. Time-limits of 40 minutes were very rarely reached. Round‑robin draws were selected by the manager.

Our keen competitors enabled us to complete the ideal eleven rounds (meaning that comparative scoring was thankfully not needed). That said, very little separated the top three players, who each had eight wins and very close net points..

A special mention should be made of Pat Memery’s enthusiasm, she having never played in competitive singles before, let alone One-ball.

The final ranking was:

1Anthony Miller7Phil Errington (Belsay)
2Philip Hastings (Mbro)8Roger Staples (Mbro)
3Andrew Killick (Mbro)9Stephen Skelton (Keswick)
4Nigel Roberts (Mbro) 10Terry Vernazza (Tyneside)
5Julian Gibson (Mbro)11Liz Wilson (Fylde)
6Peter Wilson (Fylde)12Pat Memery (Tyneside)