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Solomon Trophy 2011: Day 4 Commentary

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pictureDavid Maugham, a member of the GB team (Photo: Eileen Soo)

by Brian Fisk at Hamptworth CC [^] -> bottom
1st July 2011 2011 (International)

Good morning everyone. Play is scheduled to start at 09:00 BST this morning.

Before we start I would just like to say a few words.

I apologise if I appear to have been unresponsive to suggestions about how I might improve the commentary. In my own mitigation there are several factors. My data link is by mobile broadband, I have only GPRS service and its no faster than a mobile phone, and I keep losing the connection. I have never done anything like this before :-) I'm working very long hours (yesterday 8am to 9:30pm) and I have a sick wife to look after. If I tried to complicate things for me any more I'd get very confused even if the end result might seem better for 'listeners' if I did get it right.

I hope that explains things a little.

My thanks to Phil Cordingley for making sense of my commentary and turning it into an excellent summary and to Eileen Soo who has supplied the photos and deputised for me when I have to be away.

09:37

We're starting with the 2nd round of singles, double banked on the top two courts. First names are GB, ball colours are in brackets

court 1: MULLINER (RY) vs ROTHMAN (UK)
BURRIDGE (PW) vs SOO (GB)

court 2: MAUGHAM (PW) vs HUNEYCUTT (GB)
LE MOIGNAN (RY) vs GRIMSLEY (UK)

court 3: PATEL (UK) vs PATMORE (RY)

court 4: LINES (UK) vs BAST (RY)

I've no idea how I can cope with commentary on 6 games simultaneously but here goes :-)

09:40

court 1: pink is on 4b, brown is in play at 1b

09:41

court 1: K is setting up leave after 3b

09:43

court 2: pink is on 2, green is in plat at 2b
K has gone to 4b, Y missed the lift and U is in play at hoop 1

09:46

court 3: U is on 3b, K has just failed hoop 1

court 4: R is on 4b, U on 1, K has just missed lift shot at RY

10:04

court 1: brown mase made 4b, white missed the lift, green failed hoop 1, white failed hoop 2

U in break at hoop 4

court 2: green has gone to 4b, white missed lift, brown in break at hoop 3

court 3: no progress

court 4, Y in play at hoop 4

10:11

after some discussion we've decided to use the following abbreviations for the secondary balls, GBPW - hope you don't get too confused.

as an aside we've discovered referees are like London buses, you wait hours and then 3 arrive at once :-)

10:17

court 2: G failed hoop 4, W in play at hoop 4

10:18

court 1: W in play at hoop 6, U in play at 2b

10:25

court 4: Y has gone to peg, lift missed with K, R in play at 4b

10:26

court 3: U on 4b, K on 5, R on 1, Y on 2, Y in play

10:28

court 1: W failed to approach 3b, G in play
U approaching rover

10:31

court 2: R in play at 1b, U on 4, K on 4b, Y on 5
W in play at 3b

court 4: Bast pegs out to win first game +25

BAST (US) vs LINES (GB) +25

10:42

court 3: K makes 5 but jumps over Y and thus misses. R in play

10:43

court 2: G fails penult, P in play at hoop 2

10:51

court 1: G on hoop 1, P in play at 4b

court 3: R failed hoop 1, K failed hoop 6

court 1: PW pegs out to win +17

BURRIDGE (GB) vs SOO (US) +17

10:53

court 4: BAST (U) in play at hoop 3

10:54

court 1: BURRIDGE (W) in play at hoop 1 in game 2

10:56

court 2: Maugham (P) in play at hoop 6
Le Moignan (Y) in play at 4b

10:59

court 1: ROTHMAN (K) failed to approach penult

11:02

court 2: P in play at 3b having completed the first two peels of a TP with W

11:04

court 2: Y breaks down after 4b

11:09

court 2: P completes rover peel on way to 4b.
U runs hoop 4

court 4: U making leave after 3b

11:15

court 1: Y in play at hoop 5
W on 3b, B in play at hoop 1

court 4: R missed lift shot

11:18

court 2: Maugham (PW) pegs out to complete TP and wins +13TP

MAUGHAM (GB) vs HUNEYCUTT (US) +13TP

11:32

court 4: K blobs 5

court 1: Y makes 3b, K misses lift shot

11:33

court 1: G fails hoop 4

11:43

court 1: P fails 2. B in play
Mulliner plays wrong ball handing possible finishing turn to Rothman
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11:46

court 4: K has blobbed 6, with Y on 4, U on penult, and R on 1. R hits and starts break

11:50

court 2: G fails 1 (B on 4b), W misses shot
R pegs out U, Y on rover and K on 4b

11:54

court 1: Rothman wins +13

ROTHMAN (US) vs MULLINER (GB) +13

11:56

court 3: R and U at 4b, K on 5, and Y on penult

12:04

court 2: Le Moignan pegs out to win +3

LE MOIGNAN (GB) vs GRIMSLEY (US) +3

12:05

court 2: G is on hoop 5 having peeled B through 4b

12:06

court 1: Rothman (U) has made hoop 1 (all other clips still on 1)

12:09

court 3: U goes to peg with leave

court 4: R setting leave after 3b

quote from William Ormerod "Huneycutt's pick up and start of a TP was of the highest quality and very brave"

12:11

court 1: W shoots and hits. G on 4, W&G on 3b, and P on 2.

12:17

court 4: K hits lift shot

court 3: K in break with U on peg

court 2: G has reached 3b. K has made hoop 1

12:18

court 1: U at 6. P in play at 2

12:19

court 2: G breaks down after 4b with partner on penult too.

12:20

court 4: U&K lay up in corner III, Y misses shot at them.

12:26

court 3: U&K peg out to win +7

PATEL (GB ) vs PATMORE (US) +7

12:27

Current position (completed games)

BAST (US) vs LINES (GB) +25
BURRIDGE (GB) vs SOO (US) +17
MAUGHAM (GB) vs HUNEYCUTT (US) +13TP
ROTHMAN (US) vs MULLINER (GB) +13
LE MOIGNAN (GB) vs GRIMSLEY (US) +3
PATEL (GB) vs PATMORE (US) +7

GB up in 4, US up in 2 matches

12:32

court 1: P has run rover and is setting a leave.
U has gone to 4b setting a leave

court 3: R has made a leave

12:34

court 2: G failed to approach penult, W hits.
K has gone to 4b and has made a leave

12:39

court 1: G shoots at P&W and misses ending up adjacent; fortunate for W as the balls ended up the wrong way round for the rush to 4b.

court 2: Y shoots down the E boundary and misses U&K

12:49

court 1: P&W peg out to win +15

BURRIDGE (GB) beat SOO (US) +17,+15

GB pull one back to make the match score 8-5 to the US

12:51

on court 1: K is approaching 4

12:52

on court 2: W has gone to 4b leaving an MSL

12:54

court 3: Patmore (R) blobs 4

13:10

court 2: P has peeled W after 3
the other game is resting for lunch

court 3: resting for lunch

court 4: Y has gone to peg, K has made 6

13:14

on court 1: K has gone to peg and is setting up a diagonal spread

13:14

court 4: K has failed 1b

13:17

court 4: R misses K back in play

13:28

court 2: P having completed the 3 peels fails 4b

13:36

court 4: K peels U through penult and pegs out K&Y leaving U in fron tof rover and R some 6 yds south of rover

13:38

court 2: B has gone to peg, pegging out W and leaving B&G on boundary S of 2 and P 1yd E of 4

13:38

court 4: R hits U

13:39

court 2: P hits G

13:42

court 4: red takes position in front of 4b. U shoots from corner II and misses. R runs 4b and shoots at U but misses

13:43

cout 2: P makes 4b

13:49

court 3: U on 4b, K makes 2

court 4: U makes rover and pegs out. BAST wins +3

BAST (US) beats LINES (GB) +25,+3

current score 9-5 to US

court 3: P pegs out to win +3

MAUGHAM (GB) beats HUNEYCUTT (US) +13TP,+3

current score 9-6 to US

13:51

court 1: Y hits lift and makes hoop 1

14:11

court 1: Y goes to peg and pegs out K. U is left 7 yds ESE of the peg, R near corner II and Y in corner I

14:13

court 3: Patmore (R) makes and angled 2b; K is on 3, U on 4b, and Y on 1

14:15

court 1: U takes contact from Y and rolls Y to 4 yds WNW of 4b and then hits R. U plays a big split with R SE of rover and U then runs 4b from 6yds to load cheers from the US team

14:17

U rushes Y half way between 2 and 6 and approaches penult

14:17

U makes penult but has a hampered shot on Y

14:19

U roquets Y

14:22

U rushes R W of the hoop, takes croquet to 2 feet behind the hoop, and runs the hoop to the S boundary He has a 6yd return roquet

14:25

U roquets R, takes off and pegs out. Rothman wins +14.

ROTHMAN (US) beat MULLINER (GB) +13, +14

the overall score is now 10-6 to the US

14:34

we now have some unfinished games going on.

On court 4 we have

MULLINER vs HUNEYCUTT

Huneycutt is 1 game up and the state is as follows

R on 5, Y&K on 4b, U on peg, K to play with a lift

14:35

MAUGHAM vs ROTHMAN +17, -14 is also scheduled to start soon on court 3

14:37

on court 2 the current state is:

K pegged out, U on 4, Y on peg and R on 1. U takes position in the middle of the S boundary with R&Y lined up for a rush to hoop 1 from near corner 1

14:41

on court 3: Patmore (Y) is on hoop 1, R&U on 4b, and K in a break at 4b

14:49

court 3: Patmore has rush peeled Y through rover and is approaching hoop 1

14:50

sorry that should Patmore (Y) has rush peeled K through rover and is approching 1

14:53

court 3: Rothman (B) fails hoop 1.

court 4: Honeycutt (R) has pegged out U leaving his balls joined up on the E boundary

14:54

court 4: K hits Y

14:56

court 4: K fails 4b

14:59

court 3: W rushed G against the upright of hoop 1 with B in the jaws of the same hoop. He croquet G to the side, gently roqueted B, irish peeled B with a stop shot down to hoop 2, and then roqueted G.

15:00

court 4: Y has made 4b and is about to make penult

15:04

Huneycutt pegs out to win his match +4 against Mulliner and also to secure the Test Series for the USA as the overall score becomes 11-6

15:06

HUNEYCUTT (US) beat MULLINER (GB) +2,+4

15:14

on court 3: W fails to roquet the pioneer at 3b

15:18

court 2: U runs 4b and roquets R in corner II

15:29

court 2: U runs rover and roquets R. He pegs out to level the match

LE MOIGNAN (GB) vs GRIMSLEY (US) +3,-11

court 3: R runs rover and pegs out K retirning to the E boundary. This causes some puzzlement amongst the watching players

15:31

on court 3: U shoots at R and misses. R hits U and takes off to Y.

B is in a break at 4

15:34

R peels Y and retires to corner IV. U shoots at Y and misses.

15:36

Y pegs out

15:38

R shoots at peg and misses past hoop 2. U takes position if front of 4b

15:38

R runs 5yds s of peg. U fails 4b

15:40

R pegs out to win +4

PATEL (GB) vs PATMORE (US) +7,-4

15:41

No more games will start now.

15:45

B goes to 4b and makes a leave (nothing recognisable)

15:46

The game is abandoned so there ends the commentary.

My congratulations to the US team

Goodbye folks



 

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