Cliff Jones won the Veterans' Championship
The 2014 National Veterans' Championship was held at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club from 16th to 21st June, with the club not only being a friendly host providing excellent lawns but also organising a week of glorious sunny weather. Entries for the Doubles and in particular the Class Event were up from 2013 but slightly down for the Unrestricted handicap singles.
The Doubles were played on Monday and Tuesday as the normal X and Y. Since there were only 8 couples a Z was played as well. The X (The Longman Trophies - Sussex Trugs) were won by Brian Shorney (Cheltenham) and Jane Hull (Cheltenham) with Adam Wimshurst (Budleigh) and Scylla Blackwell (Budleigh) as runners up. The Y (The Gilbert Spoons) were won by Quiller Barrett (Watford) and Richard Hoskyns (Hurlingham) with Jamieson Walker and Rosemary Bradshaw (Budleigh) as runners up. The Z was won by Adrian Kirby (Peterborough) and Wendy Dominguez (Budleigh).
The Unrestricted Handicap Singles (The Meredith Cup) was played on Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning as a knock-out with a consolation progressive/flexible Swiss. The Meredith Cup was won by Jane Hull (Cheltenham) with Jamieson Walker as runner up. The consolation Swiss was won by Quiller Barrett (80%) with Jane Babbage (Budleigh 75%) as runner up.
The Veterans' Championship (The Rothwell Cup) was played from Thursday afternoon to Saturday as two American blocks with a playoff which was won by Cliff Jones with Dave Mundy (Cheltenham) as the runner up. The Over-75s Championship (The Pidcock Trophy) was awarded to Don Gaunt (Bear of Rodborough) as the best performing Over-75 in The Rothwell Cup as there insufficient low handicap Over-75s to hold a separate event. The Felixstowe Cup (Advanced play singles) was played as a 5-round Swiss and was won by Peter Siddall (Roehampton) with Jamieson Walker as runner up on net points. The Strickland Cup (Handicap Singles) was played as an American block of 6 and was won by Rosemary Bradshaw with Jane Hull as the runner up.