Roehampton lost to Nottingham 2-4
Roehampton names first
Harry Fisher & Tim Russell lost to Paddy Chapman & Omied Hallam -20
Chris Roberts lost to Richard White -18
Peter Siddall v E John Davis - unfinished
Harry Fisher beat Paddy Chapman +26tp
Tim Russell lost to Omied Hallam -4
Chris Roberts beat E John Davis +6
Peter Siddall lost to Richard White -25tp
In order to set a good example, Nottingham and Roehampton agreed to play their first round match at Nottingham on Sunday April 8th, home advantage having been awarded to Nottingham as the result of a coin toss in New Zealand during the World Championships. Given that the work on the Nottingham pavilions was being masterminded by a major contractor that ceased to exist in January, this proved a trifle optimistic. At the last minute Roehampton kindly agreed to host the match which did indeed take place on the agreed date. The lawns at Roehampton were in excellent condition and amazingly quick given the recent long cold monsoon season we have been experiencing. The hospitality was excellent with particular thanks to John Pearson, Roehampton's non-playing captain and Frances Coleman, who explained the complicated technicalities of the hot water machine to anyone wanting to use it.
What about the croquet? A tight match was won by Nottingham 4-2 with one of the morning singles unfinished and not needed to decide the result of the match. Peter Siddall and I drew 18-18. It is the first time I have ever drawn a game of croquet. Without doubt the best performance of the day went to Harry Fisher who beat Paddy Chapman with a 6th turn tp. Something to tell his children and grandchildren about! Richard White also completed a tp against Peter Siddall.