Croquet newcomer Jamie Angus won the Gilbey Goblet after an exciting final where he beat Nancy Temple +1T. Jamie had a comfortable lead when time was called, but Nancy hit in and brought the score level, leaving Jamie to score the winning hoop. This win gave Jamie a handicap reduction to 14. This is Jamie's first season; he only started playing in January. The semi finalists were Bill Arliss (1.5), Jamie Angus (16) and Karolina Michalak (16) from Sussex County CC and Nancy Temple (14) from Sidmouth CC. Jamie, with his row of bisques beat Bill +21, and Nancy kept her lead with Karolina to beat her +17.
Lunch time Friday saw more players arrive for the start of Event 2 - The Challenge Cups.
Players were divided into 4 American blocks, all played as level advanced.
Block A for the Roehampton Cup saw a tie with Paul Castell (-1) and Jack Davies (-1), both from Sussex CC and both with 5 wins out of 6. "Who beat whom" was implemented and as Paul had beaten Jack, Paul was declared the winner.
Block B for the Council Cup saw another tie with Mary Knapp (1) from Surbiton CC and John Low (1) from Sussex CC both on 4 wins. Again "Who beat whom" was implemented and as Mary had beaten John, Mary was declared the winner.
Block C for the Reckitt Cup was straightforward with Bob Stephens (3.5) from Hurlingham CC with 6 wins out of 7. The runner-up was Janet Overell (5) from Purley Bury/Sussex County CC's on 5 wins as was Rodney Parkins (4) from Medway CC, but Janet had beaten Rodney.
Block D for the Stevenson Cup again saw yet another tie with Anne Stephens (10) from Hurlingham CC and Karolina Michalak (16) from Sussex County CC both with 4 wins out of 6. Once again "Who beat whom" was implemented and as Karolina had beaten Anne, Karolina was declared the winner.
The Egyptian event was won by Ken Mason (3.5) from Sussex County CC.
There was a prize for the fastest game which was won by Paul Castell in a time of 1 hour 2 minutes against Tom Weston.
Players had a chance to relax on Saturday evening at the Tournament Dinner. The theme this time was "A Taste of Scotland". Many thanks should go to Chrissie Isaacs and her team of helpers for providing such an excellent meal.
The Tournament finished at tea-time on Sunday with the presentation of trophies by John Solomon.
In all, 24 players took part.