Despite the terrible weather around the country, Budleigh managed to miss the worst of it and we have had three full days of play. On Thursday the doubles was contested and top seeds Mulliner and Bamford finished the six rounds of the Swiss with a 100% record. Four pairs finished on 4 wins from six games and the "quality of wins" formula had to be used to sort our the order. Chris Sheen and Dick Strover took second place.
Block play in the singles started Friday morning, Three blocks of six and one of seven. Only two players were seeded, Mulliner and Bamford. Whilst Reg managed to achieve six straight wins in block A, Stephen ran into some stiff opposition and lost two games to Derek Old and Tim King, pushing him down to third place in his block which was won by Nelson Morrow. The other two block winners were Marcus Evans and John Spiers. The top four in each block then passed on to a knock out stage. The first round was played on Saturday evening with all block winners through. Because of his third place, Stephen Mulliner found himself in the same half of the knockout as Reg so even if both he and Reg win in the quarters, they will meet in a semi-final. The other half of the knockout appears quite open with John Spiers, Nelson Morrow, David Hopkins and Evan Newell.
Full results will be posted on Monday evening.