The Golf Croquet Open Doubles Championship was planned as a straight five round Swiss. By lunchtime three rounds had been played and the pairing of Derek Old and Bill Arliss were in the driving seat, being the only pair with three wins, two of them being last year's champions, John Moore and Sam Curry, and the strong pair of Chris Sheen and David Hopkins.
Unfortunately Derek and Bill were not able to keep up this pace and lost their first afternoon match to Evan Newall and Jeremy Hackett and then their second to Roy Ware and Tim King. In the final reckoning after the fifth round, there were three pairs with four wins, Ware/King plus Moore/Curry and outsiders Mark Hamilton and Gerald Gooders. Who beat whom did not apply and the Manager resorted to quality of wins. Even this produced a tie between Moore/Curry and Ware/King and a final was then played.
All was level at 6-all although John Moore missed two opportunities to close out on the twelfth hoop and play continued until a lead of two points was obtained (a specific rule for this event) Roy and Tim finally triumphed on the sixteenth hoop at 9-7.