Format : flexible Swiss
Result Winner : Gary Bennett (5/5) runner up :Nick Furse (4/5)
Report: In contrast to last year conditions were warm and dry , and the lawns were in good condition , becoming quite fast in the afternoon sun. The hoops were very rigid though not set too tight , and most games took well over 2 hours .
It was an indication of the closeness of games that most of the queries that arose related to taking bisques after time .
Handicaps ranged from -0.5 to 12 with a median of 2 .
Nobody managed more than 3 games on the first day with 24 players present . 2 of the 3 games between 2/2s were pegged down and when these were resolved we had Nick Furse, Robert Upton and Gary Bennett on 3/3 . Gary then beat Robert and Nick beat David Warhurst (who was 2/3). As it was now after lunch , there was now effectively a final with Gary and Nick which Gary comfortably won +14. Robert and Barry Holland also finished on 4/5. I will try to put the results on croquetscores when I have the complete information .
Thanks to George Noble and Barry for setting courts up at start of each day , and to Maureen and Val in the kitchen .