Two teams from the north and south of the country met at Nottingham to play the final of the Murphy Shield, in dry but autumnal conditions. Hamptworth took a slim lead into lunch, losing the doubles but coming back from game down in both the singles. The afternoon singles were shared, to leave Croquet Durham suffering the disappointment, having come so far both metaphorically and by road. Congratulations to Hamptworth, whose name will appear on the shield for the first time.
Richard Smith & Steve Bennett lost to Malcolm Hobbs & Nigel Martin 3-7 5-7
Bob Channon bt Anne Barnfather 5-7 7-1 7-3
Richard Jenkins bt Carole Brady 5-7 7-5 7-5
Smith lost to Hobbs 6-7 6-7
Bennett bt Martin 7-4 7-2
Channon lost to Brady 4-7 6-7
Jenkins bt Barnfather 6-7 7-6 7-4