Robert Fulford receives the Championship of Surrey trophy (Photo: Samir Patel)by Samir Patel at Surbiton
Robert Fulford beat Rutger Beijderwellen +2tp +26 +3qp in the final of the Championship of Surrey.
The lawns were playing at between 12 and 13 seconds (depending on lawn), and while the hoops weren't especially tight (I am assured that they were all set to 7/128"), they firm and consistent and that firmness caused many players problems.
Seeds 5 and 8 (Patel and Castell) lost out in the second round to Knapp -20 +4 +16 (who had won his first round match with a +12QP win over Noble in the third, with his first ever quad) and Butler +12 +6 (who had a first round +23 +9(t) win over Selman) respectively. Seed 7 (Hills) fought his way through against Town, but wasn't convincing enough to progress further. Seed 6, Farthing, continued his Lazarus act from the World Championship, by getting game, break and standard TP down in a best of three against Plummer, before recovering to win -26tp +9 +26tp.
The top two seeds were clearly out-playing everyone else, with Beijderwellen beating Stephens +24sxp +23sxp and Tibble +25tp +26tp, and Fulford symmetrically dealing with Mooney +24sxp +24sxp and Johnson +26sxp +26sxp, with all four games and SXPs completed before lunch on day 1. Robert then declined the opportunity for early plate games and the opportunity to break the record for the most ranking SXPs in a single day. Seeds 3 and 4 had comfortable wins, with Dawson beating Morrow +23 +25tp, and Death beating Polhill +20tp +26tp (the latter having had an 1130 late start and still finishing before lunch).
Three quarter finals went with seeds 2-0, with Chris Farthing causing a minor upset by beating James Death +17tp +9, however, none of this stopped the top two seeds who both cleared their way to the final with Fulford beating Dawson +4 +12tpo and Beijderwellen beating Farthing -8 +26tp +26tp.
The final was close fought, but some errors from Rutger proved too costly, with Robert running out the winner +2tp +26 +3qp
Rutger wins the toss and elects to go first. Rob chooses R&Y
1.U long supershot, 2 yards SSW of the peg
2.Y corner II
3.K misses Y
4.R misses double
5.K to 4b, MSL
6.R lifts from 2, shoots at U and edge of Y from A-b; hits hoop 4
7.U picks up break, but runs 1 to 2, doesn't get a rush on partner near 4 to 3 and lays up near I.
8.R (between 3 and 6) misses Y (N of 4) to IV
9.U rushes to 3 and has delayed TP, but doesn't get rush after 5, rolls wide of K and misses dribble
10.R has break, fails pop on U after 2, has it straight at 6. Goes to 4b, with NSL. K in jaws of 4, U close to boundary near 2
11.U (now for 1b, with partner for 4b) hits Y from A-b, promotes R going to K before rushing R to 1b. Rolls K close to wire of 4b from long range (20+ yards) after 2b. Very good promotion after 4-back peel, straight rover peel with only three balls means no side ball. He decides to jump deep (2.5 yards) peelee, and misses 5 yard return.
12.Y finishes with a delayed tp, straight double finish.
1.K supershot 3yds SW of peg
2.Y just outside II
3.B shoots at Y, hits goes to 4-back with defensive spread
4.R takes shot from III, misses
5.K TP, but Maugham error at 4b Lunch
6.R misapproaches 1 (never got a good rush), and fails badly
7.K hits 10 yd, finishes
2.Y corner II
3.U hits Y, runs angled hoop 1 to N boundary, buts hits Y. To 4b with three ducks
4.R misses from A-b by a lot; 1 yd out of II on N
5.K gets hampered after hoop 5 with 1-peel done, and misses
6.Y sticks in 3b trying to run under control for MSL
7.K DP, but fails to get position at rover during straight irish peel.
Robert Fulford beat Rutger Beijderwellen +2tp +26 +3qp
|Robert Fulford v Nick Butler||Jeff Dawson v Dick Knapp||James Death v Chris Farthing||Rutger Beijderwellen v Jonathan Hills|
Game 1, Robert P&W
Robert +12 LSXP
Game 1, Jeff R&Y
Game 1, James R&Y
Chris +17 TP
Game 1 Ruter G&R
Game 2, Nick G&B
Game 2, Dick K&U
Game 2, Chris U&K
Game 2, Jonathan R&G
|Robert Fulford bt Nick Butler +12sxp +18||Jeff Dawson bt Dick Knapp +17 +4tp||Chris Farthing bt James Death +17tp +9||Rutger Beijderwellen bt Jonathan Hills +19 +8|
Robert Fulford beat David Mooney +24 SXP +24 SXP
Nick Butler beat Martyn Selman +23 +9 T
Paul Castell beat Kevin Carter +19 +14
Samir Patel beat Tim Wilkins +24 TP +18
Dick Knapp beat George Noble +15 -26 TP +12 QP
Ian Plummer beat Gary Bennett +5 +16
Chris Farthing beat Jerry Guest +16 +22
Lionel Tibble beat John Daniels +22 TP +5
Rutger Beijderwellen beat Bob Stephens +24 SXP +23 SXP
Robert Fulford beat Andrew Johnson +26 SXP +26 SXP
Nick Butler beat Paul Castell +12 +6
Dick Knapp beat Samir Patel -20 +4 +16
Jeff Dawson beat Nelson Morrow +23 +25 TP
James Death beat Nigel Polhill +20 TP +26 TP
Chris Farthing beat Ian Plummer -26 TP +9 +26 TP
Jonathan Hills beat Mike Town +8 +15
Rutger Beijderwellen beat Lionel Tibble +25 TP +25 TP
Robert Fulford beat Nick Butler +12 SXP +18
Jeff Dawson beat Dick Knapp +17 +4 TP
Chris Farthing beat James Death +17 TP +9
Rutger Beijderwellen beat Jonathan Hills +19 +8
Rutger Beijderwellen beat Chris Farthing -8 +26 TP +26 TP
Robert Fulford beat Jeff Dawson +4 +12 TPO
Robert Fulford beat Rutger Beijderwellen +2 TP +26 +3 QP