The mid-week tournament began in drizzle which turned gusting and nearly continuous showers which lasted for most of the day. This was no more than we expected - why else did the cotton industry come to Lancashire!
Nevertheless a great deal of very tough and sometimes surprising croquet was played. If there was a prize for most peels then it would have been won by Robin Delves. There was however a prize for the fastest game (79minutes) which was won by Denise Hoyle.
Day two we had all dried our whites and were ready for another 9 hours of croquet. The weather had improved. The first round of doubles was played in the afternoon.
By day three we had forgotten what day of the week it was. All that could be remembered were details of how a ball had curved through 90 degrees on Lawn 2; or fell off the corners on Lawn 5.
On the last day the sun came shining through and the finals were played. These were hard fought and with no foregone conclusions. By teatime it was all over. We were left with memories of an excellent tournament; demanding croquet and delicious food. We hope Pendle will be in a position to run more tournaments next year.
Welcome - made to feel at home. Most efficiently run - 3 games a day with no time wasted between games. Lunches and teas - too easy to weight on!! Despite weather a most enjoyable tournament.
SINGLES DIVISION 1 (-10) TROPHY WINNER: Ken Anderton ; RUNNER-UP Michael Poole.
SINGLES DIVISION 2 (+10) TROPHY WINNER: Janet Davies (Chester); RUNNER-UP Geoff Reynolds.
OPEN HANDICAP SINGLES (EGYPTIAN FORMAT) IRISH CUP WINNER: Janet Davies (68pts).
DOUBLES SINGLE LIFE K-OUT - WOODLANDS PLATES WINNERS: Ken & Margaret Anderton.
WINNER OF FASTEST SINGLES GAME: Denise Hoyle (79mins).
WINNER OF ADDICTS CUP: John Saxby.
Nigel Gardner 4 to 3.5; Ken Anderton 5 to 4.5; John Wilkinson 5 to 6; Mike Steer 8 to 7;
Lorna Frost 11 to 10; Geoff Reynolds 12 to 11; Janet Davies 16 to 14; Denise Hoyle 20 to 18; and,
John Saxby 14 to 18.
( ADVANCE HANDICAP PLAY):
1st Ken Anderton 5/7; 2nd Michael Poole 5/7; 3rd John Beech 4/7; 4th Mike Steer 4/7;
5th Liz Wilson 4/7; 6th Nigel Gardner 4/7; 7th John Wilkinson 2/7; and, 8th Richard Sowerby 0/7.
( HANDICAP PLAY BASE 6):
1st Geoff Reynolds 3/4; 2nd Margaret Anderton 3/4; 3rd Denise Hoyle 3/4; 4th Lorna Frost 1/4; and, 5th John Saxby 0/4.
(HANDICAP PLAY BASE 6):
1st Janet Davies 4/5; 2nd Sylvia Steer 4/5; 3rd Robin Delves 3/5; 4th David Hoyle 2/5;
5th Len Forkin 1/5; and, 6th Ann Poole 1/5.
1st (68pts) Janet Davies; 2nd (67pts) Denise Hoyle; 3rd(57pts) Geoff Reynolds;
5th=(56pts) John Beech, Lorna Frost and Sylvia Steer; =7th(53pts) Nigel Gardner and Michael Poole; =10th(51pts) Liz Wilson, Ken Anderton and Robin Delves;
12th=(49pts) Mike Steer and Margaret Anderton; 14th(44pts) John Wilkinson;
15th(43pts) Len Forkin; 16th(36pts) Ann Poole; 17th(33pts) Richard Sowerby;
18th(32pts) David Hoyle; and, 19th(24pts) John Saxby.
Mike & Sylvia Steer bt David & Denise Hoyle +9
John Wilkinson & Richard Sowerby bt John Beech & Robin Delves +1t
Ken & Margaret Anderton bt Michael & Ann Poole +1et
Mike & Sylvia Steer bt Nigel Gardner & Lorna Frost +8t
Ken & Margaret Anderton bt John Wilkinson & Richard Sowerby +11
Ken & Margaret Anderton bt Mike & Sylvia Steer +2t