Sunday 26th September saw the conclusion of CN’s GC Summer Tournament, when Bamburgh beat Durham 11-7 at Belsay Hall.
The 2021 tournament got underway on the 1st of July and over the summer the two groups of four teams played each other, home and away. The two finalists topped their groups, each with 5.5 points, so a close contest on Sunday was eagerly awaited!
The lawns and surroundings at Belsay fittingly reflected a fine autumnal day, and the croquet played, added that late brightness so enjoyable at this time of the year.
Bamburgh were the quickest of the mark, opening up a 5-1 lead after the first two rounds of play. However, Durham staged a strong fight back. The very close nature of the match was typified by an unlucky Peter Tymms achieving a difficult jump shot on the 13 “golden hoop” only to see a slight contact with his opponent’s ball end with it running the hoop too and as a result Peter lost the game.
The match was played in good humour and even challenging “rule” issues were resolved to everyone’s satisfaction by the match referee Phil Errington.
With two games outstanding, the winners of the two GC divisions have been decided.
Bamburgh won the Northern section with 5 wins and a draw (runners-up Alnmouth Reds. Durham won the Southern section with four wins, a draw, and one game remaining. The runners-up are still to be decided.
The overall winners will be decided in the play-off match between Bamburgh and Durham, to be played on 26 September at either Belsay or Tyneside.
Taking our lead from the Croquet Association, Croquet North is cancelling/postponing all competitions until at least the end of May. The dates in the various calendars have not been changed, but those events affected are marked “TBR” (to be reviewed).
Each club should decide to what extent they can play croquet on their own grounds.
In a close fought match at Exhibition Park today (Saturday 3rd August) Tyneside CC beat Pendle & Craven 4 games to 3
Morning Games (Tyneside team first)
Advanced Phil Errington (0.5) & Don Wright (6) v Andres Webb (4) & Paul Dowdall (7) — 15-17t
Handicap Andrew Carpenter (11) v Garry Wilson (9) — 23-26 Nora Burbridge (18) v Catherine Parnell (8) — 26-9
Advanced Phil Errington (0.5) v Andrew Webb (4) — 26-13 Don Wright (6) v Paul Dowdall (7) — 13-21t Handicap Andrew Carpenter (11) v Catherine Parnell (8) — 26-16 Nora Burbridge (18) v Garry Wilson (9) — 26-15
Overall Result Tyneside 4 Pendle & Craven 3
There were no triple peels in the advanced games nor any handicap changes at the end of the match.
Hewell Beynton beat Alan Thwaite 12-9 — York win Derek Johnson and Eric Dixon beat Dave Hudson and Fiona Compton 21-18 — Tyneside Parsons win Fiona beat Derek 26-21 — York win Dave and Hewell beat Eric and Alan 21-13 — York win