The only first round match in the 2017. LONGMAN Cup competition took place,
Between PENDLE & Craven &. CRAKE Valley, on the PENDLE club's Courts at
EARBY, near Barnoldswick, on Thursday May 25 th.
Against a minimum low bisque team from CRAKE of Messrs. Ian Hall (4), Jim
Allcock (5),ivan Wheatley (7), and David Lloyd (8), the entire PENDLE team
comprised DOUBLE FIGURE handicap players, namely Paul Dowdall (10),
Robin Delves (10), Peter Dewhurst (11), and Libby Dixon (24 but playing off 20).
It was a very close encounter on The Hottest Day of the Year. Four Courts
we're utilised, so that double banking was avoided. In spite of this, there was
at least ONE OCCASION from both teams, when a player arrived at the wrong
Only Libby Dixon scored maximum points, winning her afternoon singles against
David Lloyd (plus 24), having previously won the morning doubles, in partnership
with Peter Dewhurst when Ivan Wheatley & Jim Allcock were defeated (- 13).
Both morning singles were won by CRAKE, Ian Hall (+ 16) v. Robin Delves and
David Lloyd (+ 7) v. Paul Dowdall.
However, the PLAYER of the MATCH Award (The remnants of the Trifle), went to Paul
Dowdall playing off 10 for the first time who beat the CRAKE VALLEY Number ONE, the experienced Ian Hall.
Ivan Wheatley was the only winner for CRAKE in the singles, beating Peter Dewhurst (+ 13).
The deciding game between Robin Delves and Jim Allcock was an error strewn exhibition, occasioned perhaps by HEAT EXHAUSTION, LONGMAN NERVES & Anno Domini. But, the PENDLE Captain prevailed (+ 4), when Jim
Allcock arrived at the wrong hoop, just as Full Time was called.