With all but one of the block games completed, the qualifiers for most of the knockout round have been sorted out. The remaining game is between Maugham and B.Fleming, but won't change any standings.
The top 4 from each block qualify for the knockout, they are:
one of: Davis, Sands, Curry
two of: T.Bassett, Johnson, Irwin
playoffs will take place in the morning to sort out the qualifiers from Blocks D and H.
The top two qualifiers from each block will be seeded in the knock out, and players will be separated by country. The seeding is done from the world rankings as at 20 May 2001. With Mulliner and Irwin not qualifying in the top two of their respective blocks, the seeds are (in order):
Breakdown of qualifiers by country is approximately:
E: 12-14, I: 4, NZ: 3-5, A: 3-5, SA 3, US: 1, Scot: 1, Jer: 1, Can: 1
The lawns were pretty quick today, and the hoops on the cricket pitch at Hurlingham very unforgiving, and there were no more sextuples. However, the forecast for London for the read of the week and weekend is for rain and showers, so the lawns may be slower for the later stages.
Weather from uk.weather.yahoo.com (in deg C):
Thur: 19-25, rain
Fri-Sun: 16-24, showers
Schedule for tomorrow: