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David Maugham won the Bowdon June Advanced Weekend

[<<] [>>] by Ian Lines at Bowdon Croquet Club
4 Jun 2017 (AC)

David Maugham won the Bowdon June Advanced Weekend, beating Paddy Chapman -26tp, +25tp, -14otp, +8, +17tp in the final. This ended Paddy's impressive run of 6 successive victories in this event since 2011. Both played well, with just a few errors in the match, but I think David hit one or two more shots. Paddy had a excellent finish off the contact in game 3, starting at hoop 5.

The earlier rounds of the knockout very much went with seeding.

The field was largely comprised of regulars, but it was good to see the return of Mark Suter, who won the consolation Egyptian with 6/7 wins including 4 tps. Mark's only close game was a +5 win against Ian Lines, where Mark almost had a qp and then hit two consecutive 16+ yard lifts. Mark is currently playing off -1.5 but it looks like he will soon progress to -2.

The lawns at Bowdon have largely recovered from the winter treatment with off-spec chemicals, and were playing OK, though still a little bobbly on the lower lawns. There had been a little rain so they weren't running at any more than a fairly easy 10 Plummers, but the hoops were well set by Barry Keen to a 1/32" to provide a reasonable challenge.

As always, the catering at Bowdon was excellent - arguably the best at any club in the world - thank you to Lorna and all the team at Bowdon. Alison Jones even provided bacon butties for Sunday morning.

A good selection photos may be found at

MAIN EVENT (21 games)

First Round

David Maugham beat Jerry Guest +25sxp

Andrew Winn beat Barry Keen +19

Paddy Chapman beat Mike Sandler +22tp

Mark Suter beat Paul Rigge +24

David Walters beat Francois Garcia +21

Debbie Lines beat Richard H Smith +16

Sam Murray beat Alison Jones +1(t)

Quarter Finals

Paddy Chapman beat Andrew Winn +26tp

David Walters beat Mark Suter +22

David Maugham beat Debbie Lines +23tp

Ian Lines beat Sam Murray +23tp

Semi Finals (best of 3)

David Maugham beat Ian Lines +26tp, +17

Paddy Chapman beat David Walters +21tp, -17tp, +9qp

Final (best of 5)

David Maugham beat Paddy Chapman -26tp, +25tp, -14otp, +8, +17tp


Barry Keen beat Jerry Guest +24

Paul Rigge beat Mike Sandler +9

Francois Garcia beat Richard H Smith +26

Barry Keen beat Alison Jones +21

Andrew Winn beat Jerry Guest +17

Mark Suter beat Debbie Lines +26tp

Richard H Smith beat Mike Sandler +26

Sam Murray beat Barry Keen +15tp

Paul Rigge beat Francois Garcia +13

Andrew Winn beat Alison Jones +10

Ian Lines beat Paul Rigge +26tp

Mike Sandler beat Debbie Lines +10

Mark Suter beat Richard H Smith +26tp

David Walters beat Sam Murray +18

Ian Lines beat Barry Keen +13

Mark Suter beat Andrew Winn +21tp

Alison Jones beat Debbie Lines +14

Francois Garcia beat Mike Sandler +21

Richard H Smith beat Paul Rigge +7

David Walters beat Andrew Winn +25tp

Barry Keen beat Debbie Lines +7

Sam Murray beat Jerry Guest +6

Alison Jones beat Mike Sandler +5

Mark Suter beat Ian Lines +5

Paul Rigge beat Barry Keen +24

Andrew Winn beat Francois Garcia +23

David Walters beat Richard H Smith +12

Mark Suter beat Paul Rigge +26tp

Debbie Lines beat Jerry Guest +9

Sam Murray beat Alison Jones +16


Paddy Chapman (-2.5) 6/10 1 qp, 4 tps, 1 otp

David Maugham (-2.5) 7/9 1 sxp, 4 tps

Ian Lines (-2) 3/6 2 tps

David Walters (-2) 6/8 2 tps

Mark Suter (-1.5) 6/7 4 tps

Sam Murray (-1.5) 4/6 1 tp

Debbie Lines (-1) 2/7

Andrew Winn (-1) 4/7

Paul Rigge (-0.5) 3/7

Richard H Smith (-1) 2/6

Alison Jones (0) 2/6

Barry Keen (4.5) 3/7

Francois Garcia (3) 2/5

Jerry Guest (2.5) 0/5

Mike Sandler (3.5) 1/6


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