Wrest Park Advanced Tournament 7-9 July 2017
The tournament was won by Nick Steiner with six wins from eight games. His only two losses were to John Bevington and David Marsh on Friday; from then on he remained undefeated, finishing with a win against Cliff Jones. Manager Eric Audsley claimed the prize for index points gained as a result of his four wins in five games; his scalps including 2 of the 3 (-.5)s. Only seven players managed the full complement of eight games - the unrelenting heat had several opting for an early finish. The recent lack of rain had left the lawns quite bare in places and accentuated various dips and borrows; the approach to hoop 6 on lawn 3 proving particularly troublesome. Nevertheless several triples were attempted, but the only one to succeed was by Cliff Jones against Jonathan Toye.
At close of play on Friday David Marsh, John Bevington and Eric Audsley were all unbeaten, but both David and John's form rather deserted them the next day and others came to the fore. Saturday also saw a marathon between Rod Ashwell and David Warhurst that lasted over seven hours with Rod finally winning +7. To avoid any repeat of this, time limits of 1pm and 5pm were imposed on Sunday's games, and three games went the distance.