The 2015 Ascot qualifier at Cheltenham was won by Jean-Paul Moberly. The initial field of twenty three, a managers nightmare, did not come to pass as three people withdrew. The final field was twenty playing in two blocks of ten, thirteen point games with no time limit.
The manager took full advantage of this with a first game lasting two hours before a time limit was imposed and it ended as a 6-6 draw. At the end of three rounds the participants had caught up. Since the lawns had been moved one yard east. The hoops were in new holes and remained firm and challenging throughout the tournament. The old boundary down the west side was a confusion but it was overcome by declaring that stopping a ball there did not become a non striking fault.
Day one was warm and sunny and ended with one block with eight rounds complete and the other with seven rounds done. Day two started overcast with small rain, but cleared up for the final between Jaimie Mussi and Jean-Paul Moberly the latter won 7-5, 7-5.
My thanks to the Cheltenham members who prepared the lawns and hoops to such a fine standard. Martin French the ROT who also also helped with hoop firming, and finally the catering staff for excellent food. Full results are on Croquetscores.com.