- 7th- 9th June 2019
John Henderson Sneaks It
16 entrants from as far as Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Nottingham and London entered for this years Over 50's Handicap Tournament staged using The Hands-Irwin Egyptian Format. Unfortunately, the first two day were a bit of a trial with high winds mingled with quite heavy showers however, being experienced tournament croquet players having travelled some distance nothing was going to interfere with play and quite a few game were completed. The final day was a complete turn-around basked in glorious sunny hunny weather.
Play was keen and very competitive and over the three days the lead changed several times. After the first day the first place was occupied by Phil Cordingley (Hampstead Heath), closely followed by Ken Anderton (Bury) and Neil Chalmers (Norwich) with John Henderson (Penrith) remaining in touch with the leading group.
After day two the lead was unexpectedly taken over by John Reddish (Norwich) closely followed by Phil, John and Ken.
As we approached the final games of day three it became a two horse race between Phil Cordingley, playing off -1 handicap and John Henderson on 12. John using his bisques carefully and wisely managed to keep Phil off the lawn whilst he carefully worked his way through the hoops to win the day +25. In 3rd place was Charles Ostler (Pinchbeck).
The presentation was done by a Past President Hugh Carlisle.
The Hunstanton lawns were in excellent condition and played well, full compliments to Jeff Race the groundsman.