Phill Scarr played controlled and thoughtful croquet to win the Middlesbrough One-Day B Level in his first attempt at an advanced rules event.
Eight players from Croquet North clubs (Belsay, Tyneside, Auckland and Middlesbrough) took part in this one-day trial event (starting at 9.30am, finishing around 6.30pm) run as two blocks of four, followed by a play-off. We were favoured by glorious weather, with the lawns playing fast and true. A 2.25 hour time-limit enabled four games to be played in the day and handicaps ranged from 2 - 10; both factors led to about half the matches being peg outs, with the others close to completion. Block positions were based on wins, then points and in one case who-beat-who (Derek Watts losing out to Derek Old by just 1 point). Everyone agreed the one-day format was a success and should be repeated.
Derek Old (4.5) beat Derek Watts (2) and Roger Staples (7)
Derek Watts beat Derek Robinson (6) and Roger Staples
Derek Robinson beat Derek Old and Roger Staples
Phill Scarr (7) beat Phil Errington (3), David Turner (6) and Eugene Brady (10)
Phil Errington beat David Turner and Eugene Brady
David Turner beat Eugene Brady
Phill Scarr beat Derek Old +18
Phil Errington beat Derek Watts +13
David Turner beat Derek Robinson 24-12
Roger Staples beat Eugene Brady 22-14