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James Hopgood won the Chairman's Salver

[<<] [>>] by Samir Patel at Surbiton
11/09/2011 (AC - Championships)

James Hopgood won the Chairman's on 10 wins, ahead of Samir Patel, Mark Avery and Jeff Dawson on 9 wins

Conditions at Surbiton are dry, with a light breeze. Lawns look good, and are predicted to run at around 11 seconds. Lawns 1 and 2 are usually slightly quicker than 3 and 4. The hoops and firmly and fairly set, but there's enough moisture in the ground to ensure that we are unlikely to see many failed hoops. A motion was put by one of the players that the whole event be played super-advanced, but this failed to get unanimous approval. 2 of the 4 first-round games were Super Advanced. The manager has ruled that players have an all-or-nothing choice for super-advanced laws - i.e. TV0 or TV3, not TV1 or TV2.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

So, at the end of day 1, we have the most likely set of results (4,3,2,2,2,2,1,0) had all games been determined by random chance, which suggests that the event is closely contested, with all 8 players very much still in the running. Lawns 1 and 2 are being cut tonight.

Morning reports are that five players had a long night, but I think they're all still talking to each other. There has been some overnight rain, and while it looks like there's been quite a lot, the rain gauge reports only 2mm. Lawns 3 and 4 have been cut this morning.

Round 5

Round 6

The players of the Chairman's would like to know what circumstances might require a player in the President's to need spare underwear.

Lunch is roast pepper and horseradish cream blini, followed by pancetta wrapped chicken breast stuffed with gorgonzola and cranberry, minted new potatoes. Snow cheese and fruit compote or orange in caramel. Mark has gone to the greasy spoon.

Round 7

Round 8

After play, Liz arranged a cider tasting: Dawson, Williams and Aspalls. Dawson good on nose, very dry; Williams less nose, more buttery notes, but two years older; Aspalls commercial, sweeter.

There doesn't appear to be any news of late night activity, although players seem more lively than yesterday so I suspect it wasn't as late. Surprise has been expressed that "3/3" and "Andrew Gregory" have appeared in very close proximity in the Selector's report.

The sun in threatening to break through the clouds for the first time, and although the forecasts are variable on sunshine, they are no longer forecasting rain this afternoon. Once again all four lawns have been mown since the end of play, so we may see a little more pace in the lawns later today. We can also expect the hoops to start putting up more resistance.

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

With one round remaining tonight, we have three players on 8 wins. Mark has to play both James and Jeff, so any of the three can win outright if they win all of their remaining games.

Round 12

With 2 rounds to play, Mark and James are both on 9 wins and can still ensure an outright win. They are due to play each other first thing tomorrow which will be a key game. Jeff can get to a play off with two wins, but needs the top two to each drop a game. Dinner conversation revealed that James has found a location from which he can't check the rankings - from Chris Williams' front room while staying during the Maugham Salver.

Another 3mm of rain overnight, so combined with a fresh mow of all lawns once again means we can expect conditions to be more or less the same as for previous games. David's two games are dead, but all other players can influence the result. The critical Mark v James match is up first on lawn 3.

Round 13

Round 14

With the final round to play, James needed to win to secure a win. Mark and Jeff needed a win and hope James lost to reach a play-off. As it was, Samir and Chris had quick wins over Mark and Jeff, bringing the winning line past James, who was struggling against Robin, having put down a TPO. Clips as I write are 1+Penult (Robin) plays 2+4 (James), at which point James wins the Chairman's Salver.

Positions after 14 rounds

PLAYER JH MA JD SP CW RB MM DG Won Tot Pos
James Hopgood   -13OTP(3) +18TP(3) -19(3) +11TP(0) +3QP(3) +3TP(0) +26TP(3) 5 10 1
+13TPO(3) -26TP(3) +26TP(3) +13TPO(3) -11(3) +10TP(0) +23LTP(3) 5
Mark Avery +13OTP(3)   +14(3) -22TP(3) +25TP(0) +19(3) +10TP(0) +18TP(3) 6 9 2=
-13TPO(3) +26QP(3) -26TP(3) -17TP(3) +26TP(0) -26TP(0) +6(3) 3
Jeff Dawson -18TP(3) -14(3)   +26QP(3) +11(3) +16TP(3) +26TP(0) +16TP(0) 5 9 2=
+26TP(3) -26QP(3) +26TP(3) -26(3) -26TP(3) +26TP(3) +17(3) 4
Samir Patel +19(3) +22TP(3) -26QP(3)   +14(0) -10TPO(3) -16(0) +20STP(3) 4 9 2=
-26TP(3) +26TP(3) -26TP(3) +26TP(3) +26TP(3) +13TP(0) +12OTP(3) 5
Chris Williams -11TP(0) -25TP(0) -11(3) -14(0)   +20(3) -5(0) +24(0) 2 7 5
-13TPO(3) +17TP(3) +26(3) -26TP(3) +3TP(3) +5TP(0) +5(3) 5
Robin Brown -3QP(3) -19(3) -16TP(3) +10TPO(3) -20(3)   +26TP(0) +17(3) 3 6 6
+11(3) -26TP(0) +26TP(3) -26TP(3) -3TP(3) -26(3) +26(3) 3
Miranda Morgan -3TP(0) -10TP(0) -26TP(0) +16(0) +5(0) -26TP(0)   -25(0) 2 4 7
-10TP(0) +26TP(0) -26TP(3) -13TP(0) -5TP(0) +26(3) -11TPO(3) 2
David Goacher -26TP(3) -18TP(3) -16TP(0) -20STP(3) -24(0) -17(3) +25(0)   1 2 8
-23LTP(3) -6(3) -17(3) -12OTP(3) -5(3) -26(3) +11TPO(3) 1
PEELING etc. op sxp qnp qp tp ot Tot
On partner       3 27   30
On opponent (winning)         4 n/a 4
On opponent (losing)         2 n/a 2
Straight         1 n/a 1
Total       3 34   37
Margin of Victory 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TOTAL
Occurrences     3   3 1       3 4 1 4 2   3 3 2 2 2   1 1 1 2 18 56


Results to date:

Rd Ln Thursday, 8 September
1 1 Samir Patel beat James Hopgood +19(3)
  2 Mark Avery beat Robin Brown +19(3)
  3 Jeff Dawson beat David Goacher +16TP(0)
  4 Miranda Morgan beat Chris Williams +5(0)
 
2 1 Jeff Dawson beat Miranda Morgan +26TP(0)
  2 Chris Williams beat David Goacher +24(0)
  3 Robin Brown beat Samir Patel +10TPO(3)
  4 Mark Avery beat James Hopgood +13OTP(3)
 
3 1 Mark Avery beat David Goacher +18TP(3)
  2 Miranda Morgan beat Samir Patel +16(0)
  3 James Hopgood beat Chris Williams +11TP(0)
  4 Jeff Dawson beat Robin Brown +16TP(3)
 
4 1 Samir Patel beat Chris Williams +14(0)
  2 Mark Avery beat Jeff Dawson +14(3)
  3 Robin Brown beat David Goacher +17(3)
  4 James Hopgood beat Miranda Morgan +3TP(0)
 
Rd Ln Friday, 9 September
5 1 Robin Brown beat Miranda Morgan +26TP(0)
  2 James Hopgood beat David Goacher +26TP(3)
  3 Jeff Dawson beat Samir Patel +26QP(3)
  4 Mark Avery beat Chris Williams +25TP(0)
 
6 1 James Hopgood beat Jeff Dawson +18TP(3)
  2 Chris Williams beat Robin Brown +20(3)
  3 Mark Avery beat Miranda Morgan +10TP(0)
  4 Samir Patel beat David Goacher +20STP(3)
 
7 1 David Goacher beat Miranda Morgan +25(0)
  2 Samir Patel beat Mark Avery +22TP(3)
  3 James Hopgood beat Robin Brown +3QP(3)
  4 Jeff Dawson beat Chris Williams +11(3)
 
8 1 Mark Avery beat Robin Brown +26TP(0)
  2 Jeff Dawson beat David Goacher +17(3)
  3 Chris Williams beat Miranda Morgan +5TP(0)
  4 James Hopgood beat Samir Patel +26TP(3)
 
Rd Ln Saturday, 10 September
9 1 Jeff Dawson beat Samir Patel +26TP(3)
  2 James Hopgood beat Chris Williams +13TPO(3)
  3 Mark Avery beat David Goacher +6(3)
  4 Miranda Morgan beat Robin Brown +26(3)
 
10 1 Chris Williams beat Mark Avery +17TP(3)
  2 Robin Brown beat Jeff Dawson +26TP(3)
  3 Samir Patel beat Miranda Morgan +13TP(0)
  4 James Hopgood beat David Goacher +23LTP(3)
 
11 1 Robin Brown beat David Goacher +26(3)
  2 Miranda Morgan beat Mark Avery +26TP(0)
  3 Jeff Dawson beat James Hopgood +26TP(3)
  4 Samir Patel beat Chris Williams +26TP(3)
 
12 1 James Hopgood beat Miranda Morgan +10TP(0)
  2 Samir Patel beat David Goacher +12OTP(3)
  3 Chris Williams beat Robin Brown +3TP(3)
  4 Mark Avery beat Jeff Dawson +26QP(3)
 
Rd Ln Sunday, 11 September
13 1 Chris Williams beat David Goacher +5(3)
  2 Jeff Dawson beat Miranda Morgan +26TP(3)
  3 James Hopgood beat Mark Avery +13TPO(3)
  4 Samir Patel beat Robin Brown +26TP(3)
 
14 1 Samir Patel beat Mark Avery +26TP(3)
  2 Robin Brown beat James Hopgood +11(3)
  3 Chris Williams beat Jeff Dawson +26(3)
  4 David Goacher beat Miranda Morgan +11TPO(3)



 

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