Watford repeated the previous year's 1-day tournament format with a block of 8 playing Level Advanced and a block of 4 playing Handicap Advanced.
Much to the relief of all, the morning did not see the thunderstorms or torrential rain that the weather forecasters had been warning about, but just a rather ordinary shower. The courts remained fully playable, and by the afternoon the conditions had turned pleasantly warm and sunny.
In the Level Advanced section the two favourites Gary Bennett and Terry Mahoney despatched their opponents efficiently on their way to the final where a close game ensued that was finally won +3 by Gary to retain the title in a tense 3-ball finish.
In the Handicap Advanced section Thomas Cullis, playing in his first CA tournament, showed his promise for the future by convincingly beating his three opponents to win his block.
Photos and further details can be found on the Watford website at www.watfordcroquet.org.uk/2014/ac_open.php
Block A (Level Advanced, 8 players, 3-round Swiss) - Alfred Purvis Memorial Trophy: Gary Bennett (3/3)
Block B (Handicap Advanced, 4 players, all-play-all): Thomas Cullis (3/3)
Block A (Level Advanced) results:
Gary Bennett beat Robin Barry +13
Geoff Johnson beat Mark Homan +5(T)
Alan Clark beat Arthur Reed +1(T)
Terry Mahoney beat Brian Havill +21
Gary Bennett beat Geoff Johnson +19
Brian Havill beat Arthur Reed +11(T)
Terry Mahoney beat Alan Clark +14
Mark Homan beat Robin Barry +7
Gary Bennett beat Terry Mahoney +3
Arthur Reed beat Robin Barry +7
Geoff Johnson beat Alan Clark +6(T)
Mark Homan beat Brian Havill +6(T)
Block B (Handicap Advanced) results:
Heather Bennett beat Susan Fulford +2(T)
Thomas Cullis beat Wendy Spencer-Smith +18
Heather Bennett beat Wendy Spencer-Smith +18
Thomas Cullis beat Susan Fulford +21
Thomas Cullis beat Heather Bennett +17
Susan Fulford beat Wendy Spencer-Smith +11(T)