Adam Swinton being presented with the Trevor Williams trophy by Brian Shorney (Photo: Julie Horsley)by Julie Horsley & Brian Shorney at Sidmouth Croquet Club
The finals of The All England Handicap, played at the Sidmouth Croquet Club on the weekend of the 17th and 18th September, were won in impressive fashion by fourteen year-old Adam Swinton from Bowdon.
On Saturday sixteen competitors from four Area Finals, with handicaps ranging from scratch to 20, played in 4 blocks of All Play All, Full Bisque Play to Base 10. A combination of very good lawns and positive play resulted in most games finishing within the 3 hour time limit. Three of the blocks had outright winners: Andy Brandwood (20), Bury; Jamie Angus (7), Sussex County; and Adam Swinton (14), Bowdon. The remaining block was won by Alan Clark (11) from Watford as a result of his narrow win over Dyffryn's Peter Balchin (12).
In addition to the semi-finals and final on Sunday all players played to determine placings. In the semi-finals Andy Brandwood beat Alan Clark +4 and Adam Swinton beat Jamie Angus +18. The final was a repeat of the North West Area Final between Adam and Andy. After a close early battle, the very talented and well-coached teenager's greater experience came through and he won + 11 on time. But considering Andy had only been playing a few months and had played just a handful of competitive games before this event, his play throughout the weekend was most impressive. Without doubt, both finalists showed a great deal of promise and should enjoy much future success.
Semi final: Andy Brandwood v Alan Clarke; Adam Swinton v Jamie Angus
Block Winners: Andy Brandwood, Adam Swinton, Alan Clarke, Jamie Angus