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MacRobertson Shield Day 3: England trail Australia 5-7

by Dr Ian Vincent at Mission Hills [^]
21st April (The MacRobertson Shield)

Australia extended their lead by taking the first two doubles today, but England clawed a vital point back by winning the third, to leave them two behind in the best of 21 contest. It is definitely getting hotter, with only a light breeze. The club kindly entertained the players to a "wickets and wine" event, a social, with rather more wine than wickets, which provided a good crowd to watch the resumed NZ v USA doubles match ... which was pegged down again once a three ball ending (NZ 1 and peg; USA 2-back) had been reached.

  • Maugham & Hopgood lost to Hockey and G. Fletcher -19tp(F) -26tp(F)
  • Death & Burch lost to R & M Fletcher +26tp(D) -26tp(M) -26tp(M)
  • Mulliner & Patel beat Forster & Dumergue -14otp(M) +17 +15

England and Australia play their remaining singles tomorrow: we need to win at least half of them to stay in the test match. The line-up is:

  • Burch v R. Fletcher
  • Mulliner v Hockey
  • Maugham v Dumergue
  • Patel v M. Fletcher
  • Death v G. Fletcher
  • Hopgood v Forster

New Zealand and the USA shared their singles to leave the USA leading 7-4. If the USA win all their doubles tomorrow, including the pegged down one, they would clinch it.

MacRobertson Shield Day 2: England Trail Australia 4-5

by Dr Ian Vincent at Mission Hills [^]
20th April (The MacRobertson Shield)

England and Australia shared the spoils on day two of their 5-day test match, so Australia keep the lead they took in yesterday's doubles. It was again bright and sunny, and the wind that had got up overnight died down as the day progressed. It is forecast to get hotter and there is little shade available on courts 5-7 in the middle of the day.

I didn't see any of the matches, which took place on lawns 1-4, as I was refereeing the USA v NZ doubles, but the results, as reported on croquetscores, were:

  • Jamie Burch bt Simon Hockey +26tp +26tp
  • Stephen Mulliner lost to Robert Fletcher -18tp -5tp
  • David Maugham bt Malcolm Fletcher +1tp +26tp
  • Samir Patel lost to Ian Dumergue -26tp -26tp
  • James Death bt Stephen Forster +16tp -26tp +26tp
  • James Hopgood lost to Greg Fletcher +26tp -26tp -25tp

So a very even days play: 7 tps each, and according to croquetscores (I've not checked the arithmetic) the teams are tied on 324 hoops each! However Australia lead by one match and one game going into day 3, which will be doubles:

  • Death & Burch v R & M Fletcher
  • Mulliner & Patel v Forster & DuMergue
  • Maugham & Hopgood v Hockey & G Fletcher

The USA won the first two doubles to finish, to extend their lead to 4-1 over NZ, but there is one still in play.

Follow the action on the event's website 2017macrobertsonshield.com, or the official score and commentary site, croquetscores.com.

MacRobertson Shield, AC's World Test Match

pictureEngland MacRobertson Shield Team

by Dave Kibble [^]
17 Apr 2017 (The MacRobertson Shield)

The MacRobertson Shield is the top tier of the World Croquet Federation's World Team Championship. Australia, England, New Zealand, and the United States of America, compete for this coveted trophy, taking place 18 April - 4 May at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

The World Team Championship is the Olympics of Association Croquet. It is played every three or four years in one of the competing countries.

The England team comprises Jamie Burch, James Death, James Hopgood, David Maugham, Stephen Mulliner, and Samir Patel (Captain).

Follow the action on the event's website 2017macrobertsonshield.com, or the official score and commentary site, croquetscores.com.

See the MacRob Facebook page for the the latest gossip or watch a James Hopgood montage video for a flavour of the action.


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