Middlesbrough B‑level AC Tournament 25 / 26 June 2022

Dennis Scarr wins Middlesbrough B Level.

The annual Advanced B Level Tournament was held at Albert Park on the weekend of 25/26 June. The weather on Saturday was sunny with a moderate breeze, but by things reversed with a strong breeze and only moderate sunshine.

Handicaps ranged from 0 to 9 with 6 of the 8 players having handicaps in the range 0 to 3. 

A Flexible Swiss format with 2.5 hour time limits was used, however the target of 3 games on each day fell short on day 2. Lawn and wind conditions meant that only half of the matches were completed within the time limit.

At the end of Day 1 both Dennis Scarr and Neil Adams were on 3 wins from 3 games. The first round of games on Day 2, however, saw Neil Adams suffer his only loss. Dennis Scarr remained unbeaten on both days.

Dennis Scarr 5/5                    Neil Adams 4/5
Anthony Miller 3/5                Paul Hetherington 3/4   
Derek Wats 2/5                     Terry Vernazza 1/5
Nigel Roberts 1/5                  Charles Waterfield 0/4

Handicap Changes: Paul Hetherington 3 to 2.5, Neil Adams 2.5 to 2

Dennis Scarr – Manager 

Pennine Cup 2022

This years’ Pennine Cup between Croquet North and the North West Federation took place on Sunday 29 May at Pendle.

Croquet North were represented by Phil Errington (1.5), Derek Watts (2), Terry Vernazza (2.5), Derek Johnson; Nigel Roberts, and Julian Gibson (10), and North West by Steve Skelton (2.5), Neil Adams (2.5), Jim Allcock (4), John Henderson (4.5), Phil Snowden (12), and Betty Bates (16).

In the morning Advanced Doubles:
Phil E and Nigel (+13) beat Steve & John
Derek W and Julian lost to Neil & Phil (+11)
Terry & Derek J lost to Jim and Betty (4 bisques not to be used on lift shots) (+ 3)

So 2 -1 to the North West at lunch

In the afternoon the top three players on both teams played advanced with all three games going with the better handicapped player to Croquet North:
Phil E (+6) beat Steve
Derek W (+4) beat Neil
Terry (+10) beat Jim

The handicap games however all went the North West Federation way
Derek J lost to John (+8)
Nigel lost to Phil S (+7)
Julian lost to Betty (+4)

It was a wonderful day with all games played in good spirit and with some close matches, but North West prevailed 5-4.

Many thanks for Pendle’s welcome and hospitality.

2022 Secretary’s Shield

Having won the East Pennines League last season Middlesbrough qualified to represent Croquet North in the National Secretary’s Shield – a handicap Association Croquet Tournament.

Middlesbrough drew Chester in the first round and given travel distances the match was played at Pendle Croquet Club near Skipton, Yorkshire.

In a tight match which went down to the final match Chester won 4 – 3.


Our second tournament of the season at Albert Park was won by Andrew Killick.

it was a pleasure to welcome ten competitors from diverse clubs (Middlesbrough where not stated): Nigel Durie , Julian Gibson, Jim Gillespie (Beverley), Steven Harbron (Surbiton), Andrew Killick, Derek Johnson (Tyneside), David Millener (Belsay), Anthony Miller (independent), Nigel Roberts, and Roger Staples.

The weather was kind, if on the cool side as usual, but this did not affect the players’ competitive enthusiasm. Lawn conditions were a bit below par (owing to mower problems).

The format was a round-robin of 18-point games (2nd ball to 3-back after 1st ball makes hoop 1) and a time-limit of 2 hours when double banked or 1¾ hrs if not. A possible nine rounds were arranged; four were completed on Saturday and three on Sunday.

In drawing up a final results chart, bearing in mind that every player should have played a further two rounds, the use of comparative scoring was looked into. As everyone had played seven HC games the more conventional wins + hoop points approach gave a more realistic picture of players’ performance.

Apr 30 - 1 May 2022
Nigel DurieJulian GibsonJim GillespieStephen HarbronDerek JohnsonAndrew KillickDavid MillenerAnthony MillerNigel RobertsRoger Staples   
Nigel Durie14157641313187644
Julian Gibson10111118111818129942
Jim Gillespie10117121539137038
Stephen Harbron41881815141218637
Derek Johnson91821418613178843
Andrew Killick-0.51818161816181812271
David Millener61091311518874110
Anthony Miller2.5121718131851810135
Nigel Roberts8018141189127229
Roger Staples341014131718138936

1st Andrew Killick, 2nd Julian Gibson, 3rd Derek Johnson

Handicap changes. Andrew Killick -½ to -1, David Millener 6 to 7 

Manager/Referee: Charles Waterfield

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)

Croquet North AGM 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the CA Federation will take place on Saturday 12th March 2022 at Tyneside CC, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne commencing at 10.30 am. Relevant papers may be viewed in the member’s area of the web site (user login required).

2022 Draft Fixture List

Following the meeting of the CN Committee on 22 January, the draft fixture list for 2022 has been issued and may be viewed here.

The dates for League matches will be issued later.

Alice Fleck 1934-2020

Those of us who have played in the annual Bamburgh teams event in pursuit of the Alice Fleck trophy, and who did not know her, may have wondered about her involvement in croquet in the North East.

Alice died last year and a tribute from Derek Watts, Tyneside, may be viewed here.