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The Last 10 Years

[<<] [>>] by Chris Williams
27th December 2009 (Other News)

Now that the 'Noughties' have finished croquet wise (the new croquet year starts on 26 December each year) I thought it may be interesting to look at who have been the leading players in the 10 years.

Chris Clarke ends the year at World number one for the second year in a row. Only three players have finished the year at number one in the 10 years; Bamford 5 times, Fulford 3 times and Clarke twice.

In fact only five players have finished the year in the top three in the last 10 years.

Fulford and Bamford have been in the top three on all 10 occasions. Clarke has managed 5 times and David Maugham 4 times. The only player from the traditional big 'four' who has broken into the top three and the only non UK based player is Bruce Fleming, who ended 2002 in third place.

The only other player to break into the top three end of year rankings since 1993 was Aaron Westerby in 1997.

Going back further Robert Fulford last ended the year out of the top 3 in 1989, when he was fourth.

Some records for 2009

Most games: Stephen Mulliner 206
Most games (non UK based): Robert Fletcher 162

Most peeling breaks: David Maugham 79 (69 TPs, 7 TPOs, 3 OTPs, 14 SXPs)
Most peeling (non UK): Robert Fletcher 67 (57 TPs, 6 TPOs, 4 OTPs, 1 SXPs)

Most sextuples: David Maugham & Stephen Mulliner 14
Most sextuples (non UK): Danny Huneycutt, Paddy Chapman, Les Watson 2

Most TPOs: Stephen Mulliner 10
Most OTPs: Doug Grimsley 6

Most successful TPO'er: Robert Fulford 6 TPOs and 0 OTPs
Least successful TPO'er: Doug Grimsley 1 TPO and 6 OTPs

Most peels without a TPO: Ben Rothman 47 TPs, 0 TPOs, 0 OTPs

16259 games in 553 events have been included in the rankings for 2009. This is the most games since 2005 and the second most on record.

Ranking

19 players played more than 1000 games in the last 10 years, with David Maugham being the only player to play more than 1500. David was also the only player to have more than 1000 wins.

Interestingly of the top 10 who have played the most games, six are Australian.

2617 players played at least 1 game, with 2085 playing at least 10 and 799 playing at least 100.

    Games Wins %
1 David Maugham [E] 1545 1119 72.43
2 Jerry Guest [E] 1438 719 50.00
3 Creina Dawson [A] 1407 836 59.42
4 Trevor Bassett [A] 1367 989 72.35
5 Robert Fulford [E] 1240 971 78.31
6 Ian Bassett [A] 1240 839 67.66
7 Kevin Beard [A] 1238 846 68.34
8 Tony Hall [A] 1183 686 57.99
9 Dave Mundy [E] 1155 678 58.70
10 Margaret Melville [A] 1146 679 59.25
11 Ian Lines [E] 1130 793 70.18
12 Stephen Mulliner [E] 1120 768 68.57
13 Jenny Clarke [NZ] 1111 616 55.45
14 David Harrison-Wood [E] 1106 701 63.38
15 Rutger Beijderwellen [NL] 1095 675 61.64
16 Paul Castell [E] 1090 560 51.38
17 Chris Clarke [E] 1038 752 72.45
18 Dave Kibble [E] 1021 571 55.93
19 Anna Miller [A] 1020 523 51.27

The highest North American based player was Brian Cumming with 888 games and the most by a USA based player was Johnny Mitchell with 585 games. Bob Jackson was the leading NZ based player with 880 games.

Peeling

David Maugham leads the peeling figures with 778 peeling breaks. Robert Fulford did the most sextuples, 251, and Reg Bamford the most quadruples, 79.

Stephen Mulliner did the most TPOs (72) losing 19 of them, which then became OTPs.

Robert Fulford and David Maugham were the most successful when they were TPO'ed. Both won well over half the games when they were the single ball player. Mark Avery was the least successful for those players with more than 10 TPOs against with only 1 win in 16.

Nine players did more than 10 sextuples. Even Chris Clarke did four, though none in the last 4 years - 414 games.

The TP column includes QPs, QNPs, SXPs, etc., but not TPOs, OTPs, etc. Similarly the TPO column also includes QPOs, etc. In the for column an OTP means that the player did a TPO and lost. An OTP in the Against column means that the player was 'TPOed' and won with the single ball.

    For         Against        
    TPs QPs SXP TPO OTP TPs TPO OTP Gms Wins
1 Maugham DB 710 7 72 50 18 255 12 18 1545 1119
2 Fulford RI 684 11 251 53 9 183 7 15 1240 971
3 Bassett T [A] 607 2 13 14 6 145 12 6 1367 989
4 Clarke CD 536 2 4 41 14 168 11 7 1038 752
5 Bamford RL [SA] 458 79 201 7 1 119 8 2 773 596
6 Mulliner SN 357 10 51 53 19 186 12 7 1120 768
7 Lines IG 356 1 3 21 9 117 21 3 1130 793
8 Beijderwellen R [NL] 355 14 27 14 9 179 13 10 1095 675
9 Aiton KMH 345 4 23 46 15 198 9 8 935 576
10 Jackson RV [NZ] 328 2 2 31 7 45 3 2 880 723
11 McBride L [C] 289 3 2 9 4 87 9 4 804 597
12 Avery MN 289 1 3 10 3 136 15 1 724 459
13 Harrison-Wood D 281 5 3 6 1 138 21 7 1106 701
14 Fleming B [A] 269 0 0 1 0 82 8 3 747 531
15 Landrebe P [A] 252 0 1 28 7 76 2 5 997 698
16 Forster S [A] 220 2 0 7 5 75 4 1 759 491
17 Beard K [A] 218 0 0 7 4 128 8 4 1238 846
18 Cumming BW [C] 218 2 1 7 8 91 2 5 888 600
19 Dawson JP 216 1 0 18 7 121 11 9 739 493
20 Huneycutt DH [USA] 202 1 3 6 3 98 3 8 552 363
21 Kirby PJ [S] 198 1 0 15 6 131 11 5 718 468
22 Kibble DJ 191 3 4 17 5 130 11 3 1021 571
23 Death JF 189 10 24 41 14 133 7 8 673 422
24 Bald K [A] 181 0 0 0 0 112 1 0 963 636
25 Patel SR 179 9 3 16 6 122 13 5 857 496
26 Sutton J Ms [A] 177 4 1 12 3 33 2 2 597 434
27 Burrow MVM [Jer] 174 1 2 3 4 71 9 5 466 321
28 Stark JP [USA] 174 1 4 4 0 82 4 3 522 362
29 Chapman P [NZ] 174 0 2 23 4 50 4 5 475 338
30 Bassett I [A] 168 0 0 3 2 92 8 0 1240 839
31 Bryant G [NZ] 167 2 1 29 12 91 7 7 736 473
32 Evans MT 164 5 6 35 7 127 4 3 714 410
33 Clarke M [A] 162 0 1 16 8 62 7 3 672 507
34 Patmore CJ 162 0 0 6 1 120 8 5 787 461
35 Brown RJ 160 4 3 22 9 121 11 5 614 340
36 Dumergue I [A] 160 2 3 5 1 52 2 1 407 296
37 Williams S [I] 159 10 3 6 1 90 10 4 547 331
38 Goacher DJ 158 3 0 21 2 145 8 3 778 453
39 Irwin CJ 157 1 0 7 0 77 15 5 545 358
40 Farthing CN 154 0 3 2 4 96 4 3 603 358
41 Prater M [A] 151 1 0 6 0 56 3 2 677 443
42 McInerney MJ [I] 149 0 0 3 5 72 4 7 411 266
43 Skinley PJ [NZ] 148 3 0 3 2 74 7 3 647 427
44 Le Moignan AS [Jer] 146 0 3 19 3 77 4 2 552 368
45 Lowe R [NZ] 145 0 0 4 0 41 5 3 480 334
46 Soo J [USA] 143 0 0 14 9 78 7 1 496 308
47 Cunningham AE [I] 142 4 6 30 9 80 10 3 555 319
48 Duckworth ET 140 1 2 0 0 80 8 4 483 305
49 Hall AT [A] 135 0 0 1 0 93 3 2 1183 686
50 Watson L [A] 135 2 10 20 6 65 2 3 647 441
51 Watts H [A] 128 0 2 5 3 42 5 6 330 236
52 Wilkins TJD 127 1 0 4 0 100 14 1 737 413
53 Garrison TA [NZ] 126 0 3 5 1 68 4 0 471 314
54 Tudor GSJ [W] 124 2 1 11 6 91 6 5 550 324
55 Openshaw DK 113 0 0 13 0 102 11 2 446 256
56 Clarke JC Mrs [NZ] 113 1 0 1 3 166 16 7 1111 616
57 Trimmer PC 109 1 8 3 1 94 6 5 441 250
58 Sands A [A] 105 1 1 1 1 60 4 1 738 490
59 Westerby AJ [NZ] 105 4 1 8 3 40 4 6 355 254
60 Tibble LG 103 1 0 2 3 88 7 2 908 536
61 Parkinson P [NZ] 103 1 0 3 1 48 6 2 642 447
62 Williams CN [W] 102 1 0 1 0 125 7 4 865 478

Ken Bald did the most triples without a TPO or OTP (181). Bruce Fleming did 269 TPs and 1 TPO. Bruce also has the most triples without a sextuple.

David Openshaw did the most TPOs without an OTP - 13, ie when he did a TPO he always won.

Ian Bassett, Cliff Jones had the most TPOs against without an OTP - 8. Note this means they were TPO'ed 8 times and always lost.



 

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