by Abdul Ahmed
The tournament was held at the Croquet In Pendle Club on 26th and 27th April 2003. The weather was kind. It was bright and pleasant on Saturday; and, mostly bright but cold on Sunday. Play began at 9.45am on Saturday. On Saturday the format was Block play followed by a knock-out and play-offs for minor places.
All matches were closely fought. The shock of the day was John Moore's failure to qualify for the knock-out stage. David Dray's determination to win was demonstrated clearly after his mallet handle broke whilst playing in the quarter-finals. He completed the match with a borrowed mallet and finished the tournament with a mallet supplied by Professor Pidcock on Sunday. On Sunday play began at 9.15am. The knock-out section was completed, minor places were resolved and a consolation doubles event was contested by those not involved in the singles final.
First 4 in each Block go into Final K-O
1st Edward Dymock 5/5 beat Sam Curry 7-3; David Dray 7-3; Maymes Ansell 7-1; John Moore 7-2; and, Bruce Rannie 7-5.
2nd Bruce Rannie 4/5 beat Sam Curry 7-6; David Dray 7-3; Maymes Ansell 7-2; John Moore 7-3.
3rd David Dray 3/5 beat Sam Curry 7-4; Maymes Ansell 7-0; John Moore 7-5.
4th Sam Curry 2/5 beat Maymes Ansell 7-3; John Moore 7-6.
5th John Moore 1/5 beat Maymes Ansell 7-3. 6th Maymes Ansell 0/5.
1st Derek Old 5/5 beat Alan Pidcock 7-6; Malcolm Gibson 7-3; Leo Dungan 7-6; Roy Ware 7-0; Patricia Duke-Cox 7-3.
2nd Alan Pidcock 4/5 beat Malcolm Gibson 6-3; Leo Dungan 7-2; Roy Ware 7-4; Patricia Duke-Cox 7-2.
3rd Mal Gibson 3/5 beat Leo Dungan 7-4; Roy Ware 7-5; Patricia Duke-Cox 7-2.
4th Roy Ware 2/5 beat Leo Dungan 7-3; Patricia Duke-Cox 7-3.
5th Leo Dungan 1/5 beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-5.
6th Patricia Duke-Cox 0/5.
Best of 3, 13 points games
Winner David Dray Q/f bt A Pidcock 7-6; 4-7; 7-3; S/f bt E Dymock 6-7; 7-3;7-1; F bt D Old 7-6; 7-3.
Runner-up Derek Old Q/f bt S Curry 7-6;7-6; S/f bt B Rannie 7-6;7-5.
=3rd Edward Dymock Q/f bt R Ware 7-6; 7-4.
=3rd Bruce Rannie Q/f bt M Gibson 7-6; 7-3.
Winner received an antique silver salver and £140, Runner-up received £48, losing s/f each received a bottle of wine!
5th Alan Pidcock bt R Ware 7-6; bt S Curry 7-2.
6th Samantha Curry bt M Gibson 7-5.
7th Malcolm Gibson bt R Ware 7-5;
8th Roy Ware
9th John Moore bt Leo Dungan 7-3.
10th Leo Dungan
11th Patricia Duke-Cox bt Maymes Ansell 7-5.
12th Maymes Ansell
The winners each received a silver cup and £24.00
All play All
Winners Edward Dymock and John Moore 4/4
Runners-up Bruce Rannie and Roy ware 3/4
3rd Samantha Curry and Alan Pidcock 2/4
4th Maymes Ansell and Malcolm Gibson 1/4
5th Leo Dungan and Patricia Duke-Cox 0/4.