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Andy Myers Won the Spencer Ell Cup

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pictureL-R: Luc, Nick, Annabel, Andy, Sarah, Dave, Sam, David (Photo: David Thirtle-Watts)

by Nick Parish at Hunstanton [^] -> bottom
8-12 Sep 2016 2016 (AC - Championships)

Hunstanton provided nice lawns, good food and, for four days, delightful weather. On Saturday it poured all day but even this failed to disturb play as good drainage, double-banking and judicious use of the fifth lawn prevented delay. This meant there was nothing to blame except the players' incompetence for the tournament getting further and further behind, which meant an increasingly harassed manager Dave Kibble, and earlier starts each day, culminating in a final day 8am start for David Harrison-Wood which got the tournament back on track. It also enabled David H-W to finish three games before lunch, surely unprecedented.

Sam Murray won his first five games to take an early lead, but then lost his next three, with Dave K and Andy Myers the other early challengers. David H-W was always in the race if he won his ever increasing number of pegged down games, while Annabel McDiarmid's slow start prevented her fantastic finish (seven wins from her last nine) from propelling her into contention. Sarah Hayes was just off the pace, while Luc Berthouze and Nick Parish were the whipping boys whose sole target after day one was avoiding last place.

There was an exciting finish entering the last round with Andy & Dave K on 9 wins and Sam & David H-W on 8, and none of them playing each other. Dave K and Sam both lost quickly, but with Luc and Nick both starting winning turns against Andy and David H-W respectively, manager Kibble was left wondering if he would prefer to come second, or to be part of a two or three-way play-off starting at 5pm. As it turned out Nick and Luc reverted to type and broke down on their winning turns, meaning that Andy's win was enough to give him the trophy, with Dave and David tying for second.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Hunstanton members, in particular for uncomplainingly mowing and setting up the lawns for us to play earlier and earlier every day. We would not have finished without their immense effort.

Positions after 14 Rounds

PLAYER AM DHW DJK AMcD SM SH LB NP Won Tot Pos
Andy Myers   -2 -13tpo +16tp -16 +21 +2 +26 4 10 1
+14 -21STP +15tp +3 +9 +3 +8 6
David Harrison-Wood +2   +17 +5tp +13 -17 -17 +13 5 9 2=
-14 +6 +3 -5 -22tp +6 +5 4
Dave Kibble +13tpo -17   -14 -10 +15tp +3 +22tp 4 9 2=
+21STP -6 -26 +11tpo +22 +12 +19tp 5
Annabel McDiarmid -16tp -5tp +14   -10 +11 +3 -5 3 8 4=
-15tp -3 +26 +22 +24tp +26 +6 5
Sam Murray +16 -13 +10 +10   -2 +11 +3tpo 5 8 4=
-3 +5 -11tpo -22 -3 +26 +19 3
Sarah Hayes -21 +17 -15tp -11 +2   +17 +2 4 7 6
-9 +22tp -22 -24tp +3 -4 +12 3
Luc Berthouze -2 +17 -3 -3 -11 -17   -7 1 3 7
-3 -6 -12 -26 -26 +4 +2 2
Nick Parish -26 -13 -22tp +5 -3 -2 +7   2 2 8
-8 -5 -19tp -6 -19 -12 -2 0

Peeling Statistics

PEELING etc. op sxp qnp qp tp ot Tot
On partner         8   8
On opponent (winning)         3 n/a 2
On opponent (losing)           n/a  
Straight         1 n/a 1
Total         11   11

Margin Statistics

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   5 7 1 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 4   2   2 4   1   4 56

Full Results

Rd Ln Thursday, 8 September
1 1 Dave Kibble beat Sarah Hayes +15tp
  2 Sam Murray beat Annabel McDiarmid +10
  3 Andy Myers beat Nick Parish +26
  4 Luc Berthouze beat David Harrison-Wood +17
 
2 1 David Harrison-Wood beat Andy Myers +2
  2 Nick Parish beat Luc Berthouze +7
  3 Annabel McDiarmid beat Sarah Hayes +11
  4 Sam Murray beat Dave Kibble +10
 
3 1 Sam Murray beat Nick Parish +3tpo
  2 Sarah Hayes beat David Harrison-Wood +17
  3 Dave Kibble beat Luc Berthouze +3
  4 Andy Myers beat Annabel McDiarmid +16tp
 
Rd Ln Friday, 9 September
4 1 Sarah Hayes beat Luc Berthouze +17
  2 Sam Murray beat Andy Myers +16
  3 Nick Parish beat Annabel McDiarmid +5
  4 David Harrison-Wood beat Dave Kibble +17
 
5 1 David Harrison-Wood beat Annabel McDiarmid +5tp
  2 Dave Kibble beat Nick Parish +22tp
  3 Andy Myers beat Sarah Hayes +21
  4 Sam Murray beat Luc Berthouze +11
 
6 1 Dave Kibble beat Andy Myers +13tpo
  2 Annabel McDiarmid beat Luc Berthouze +3
  3 David Harrison-Wood beat Sam Murray +13
  4 Sarah Hayes beat Nick Parish +2
 
Rd Ln Saturday, 10 September
7 1 David Harrison-Wood beat Nick Parish +13
  2 Sarah Hayes beat Sam Murray +2
  3 Annabel McDiarmid beat Dave Kibble +14
  4 Andy Myers beat Luc Berthouze +2
 
8 1 Annabel McDiarmid beat Sam Murray +22
  2 Andy Myers beat Nick Parish +8
  3 David Harrison-Wood beat Luc Berthouze +6
  4 Dave Kibble beat Sarah Hayes +22
 
9 1 Andy Myers beat Sarah Hayes +9
  2 Dave Kibble beat Luc Berthouze +12
  3 Sam Murray beat Nick Parish +19
  4 David Harrison-Wood beat Annabel McDiarmid +3
 
Rd Ln Sunday, 11 September
10 1 Sam Murray beat Luc Berthouze +26
  2 Andy Myers beat Annabel McDiarmid +15tp
  3 Sarah Hayes beat David Harrison-Wood +22tp
  4 Dave Kibble beat Nick Parish +19tp
 
11 1 Annabel McDiarmid beat Nick Parish +6
  2 Sam Murray beat David Harrison-Wood +5
  3 Dave Kibble beat Andy Myers +21STP
  4 Luc Berthouze beat Sarah Hayes +4
 
12 1 David Harrison-Wood beat Dave Kibble +6
  2 Sarah Hayes beat Nick Parish +12
  3 Annabel McDiarmid beat Luc Berthouze +26
  4 Andy Myers beat Sam Murray +3
 
Rd Ln Monday, 12 September
13 1 Luc Berthouze beat Nick Parish +2
  2 Andy Myers beat David Harrison-Wood +14
  3 Dave Kibble beat Sam Murray +11tpo
  4 Annabel McDiarmid beat Sarah Hayes +24tp
 
14 1 Sarah Hayes beat Sam Murray +3
  2 Annabel McDiarmid beat Dave Kibble +26
  3 Andy Myers beat Luc Berthouze +3
  4 David Harrison-Wood beat Nick Parish +5



 

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