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To Ell and back: Pete Trimmer Won the AC Third Eight (The Spencer Ell)


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picturePete Trimmer wins the AC Third Eight (Spencer Ell Cup)

by Nick Parish at East Dorset LT & Croquet Club
10-14 Sep 2020 (AC)

Before the Spencer Ell started, it appeared that there could be only one winner. As it turned out, there were two. Off the field, the very clear winner was Parkstone member David Harrison-Wood, who set hoops which were unyielding at 1/32" clearance (or less - at least one wedge was successfully claimed), and not to be trifled with from any distance. Pictoral evidence is attached.

pictureTight hoops led to many failed attempts

Allied to heavy lawns - lawn 3 was timed at 8 seconds despite the delightful sunny weather - which ruled out some lawn-length shots for some players, and you had a recipe for plenty of clangs, blobs, swearing and mallet smashing, and rather fewer controlled breaks starting at hoop 1 and finished with a controlled leave. As a result, only three TPs were completed, fewer than any other selection event this year and the fewest in the Ell for over 15 years, and there were no easy victories, with no +26s and indeed only two games won by more than +20.

On the field, almost anyone could beat anyone, but the almost was key, because although many got close, very few people could beat Pete Trimmer, who romped away to the trophy. Although he only finished two games clear of runner-up Mark Ormerod, two of his three defeats (one to Ormerod and two to Nick Parish) came in his final two games after his victory was assured with a day to spare, and he may have eased off a little. Parish and Paul Rigge shared third place, but none of the other players were outclassed. Eugene Chang's slow start of one win in his first six games meant his four straight wins in the middle were ultimately to no avail, while Callum Johnson showed huge potential for the future and was fully at home at this level. Manager Phil Cordingley and RoT Mike Town were perhaps unlucky to bring up the rear, between them losing no fewer than ten games by single-digit margins.

pictureCompetitors check for a ball wiring (snooker)'

Trimmer entertained the crowd by laying up for sextuple peels throughout and managed to peel 1b 16 times during the event, although the difficult conditions meant the closest he got to completing one was in his very first game when he got as far as a straight rover peel to finish before breaking-down. Despite this, he still claimed two of the three TPs (the other being a Parish TPO). The other on-field entertainment also featured Trimmer, this time in defeat to Nick Parish. Having reached 4b and peg, Parish embarked on an adventurous break with red, and was sufficiently disgusted after only just wriggling through 4b that he forgot to remove his clip. He then hit the hampered shot, rolled up to penult from seven yards away and ran a sweaty 3-yard angled hoop. However, he carelessly hit yellow in the rover hoop shot and missed the seven-yard peg-out from behind rover. Luckily for him, Trimmer then stuck in h3 and Parish was able to peg out. Elbows bumped, both players left the lawn before the spectators pointed out what had been obvious to everyone but the two combatants - yellow had been the 4b ball and red the peg ball, and the last break had been completed with the wrong ball. Would Parish have noticed if he had removed his clip from 4b immediately after running it? We'll never know.

One of the things you'll never hear a croquet player say is "I'm really looking forward to the trophy presentation". However, this time was the exception, as we were very lucky to have Marion Ormerod, widow of William Ormerod, available to present the trophy to local boy Trimmer, who fittingly had learned much of his croquet from William. The presentation was an extremely emotional affair, and one we were privileged to be present for.

I'd like to finish by thanking Parkstone Club for their hospitality - their excellent food, delightful weather throughout, attentive and helpful locals, and unyielding hoops. Actually, not the last one. No thanks whatsoever for those. They still haunt my nightmares.

Results

PLAYER PT MO NP PR EC CJ PC MT Won Tot Pos
Pete Trimmer   +3tp -12 +16 +10 +12 +9 +3 6 11 1
-10 -15 +20 +3 +9 +14 +16tp 5
Mark Ormerod -3tp   -10 -13 +17 +15 +23 +20 4 9 2
+10 +20 +3 -14 -11 +3 +19 5
Nick Parish +12 +10   -3 -14 +6tpo +7 +10 5 8 3=
+15 -20 +14 +1 -20 -19 -23 3
Paul Rigge -16 +13 +3   +9 +11 +5 +11 6 8 3=
-20 -3 -14 -16 -17 +4 +3 2
Eugene Chang -10 -17 +14 -9   -16 +9 -4 2 6 5=
-3 +14 -1 +16 +5 -3 +4 4
Callum Johnson -12 -15 -6tpo -11 +16   +13 -3 2 6 5=
-9 +11 +20 +17 -5 -4 +16 4
Phil Cordingley -9 -23 -7 -5 -9 -13   +7 1 4 7=
-14 -3 +19 -4 +3 +4 -10 3
Mike Town -3 -20 -10 -11 +4 +3 -7   2 4 7=
-16tp -19 +23 -3 -4 -16 +10 2

Peeling Stats

PEELING etc. op sxp qnp qp tp ot Tot
On partner         2   2
On opponent (winning)         1 n/a 1
On opponent (losing)           n/a  
Straight           n/a  
Total         3   3

Margin Stats

Margin of Victory 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TOTAL
Occurrences 1   9 4 2 1 2   4 5 3 2 2 4 2 5 2   2 4     2       56

Results to Date

Rd Ln Thursday, 10 September
1 1 Callum Johnson beat Phil Cordingley +13
  2 Mike Town beat Eugene Chang +4
  3 Nick Parish beat Mark Ormerod +10
  5 Pete Trimmer beat Paul Rigge +16
 
2 1 Nick Parish beat Pete Trimmer +12
  2 Paul Rigge beat Mark Ormerod +13
  3 Phil Cordingley beat Mike Town +7
  5 Callum Johnson beat Eugene Chang +16
 
3 1 Mark Ormerod beat Eugene Chang +17
  2 Pete Trimmer beat Phil Cordingley +9
  3 Paul Rigge beat Callum Johnson +11
  5 Nick Parish beat Mike Town +10
 
Rd Ln Friday, 11 September
4 1 Paul Rigge beat Phil Cordingley +5
  2 Eugene Chang beat Nick Parish +14
  3 Mark Ormerod beat Mike Town +20
  5 Pete Trimmer beat Callum Johnson +12
 
5 1 Pete Trimmer beat Mike Town +3
  2 Mark Ormerod beat Callum Johnson +15
  3 Nick Parish beat Phil Cordingley +7
  5 Paul Rigge beat Eugene Chang +9
 
6 1 Nick Parish beat Callum Johnson +6tpo
  2 Paul Rigge beat Mike Town +11
  3 Pete Trimmer beat Eugene Chang +10
  5 Mark Ormerod beat Phil Cordingley +23
 
Rd Ln Saturday, 12 September
7 1 Pete Trimmer beat Mark Ormerod +3tp
  2 Eugene Chang beat Phil Cordingley +9
  3 Mike Town beat Callum Johnson +3
  5 Paul Rigge beat Nick Parish +3
 
8 1 Eugene Chang beat Mike Town +4
  2 Mark Ormerod beat Nick Parish +20
  3 Pete Trimmer beat Paul Rigge +20
  5 Phil Cordingley beat Callum Johnson +4
 
9 1 Phil Cordingley beat Nick Parish +19
  2 Callum Johnson beat Paul Rigge +17
  3 Eugene Chang beat Mark Ormerod +14
  5 Pete Trimmer beat Mike Town +16tp
 
Rd Ln Sunday, 13 September
10 1 Eugene Chang beat Paul Rigge +16
  2 Mike Town beat Nick Parish +23
  3 Pete Trimmer beat Phil Cordingley +14
  5 Callum Johnson beat Mark Ormerod +11
 
11 1 Mark Ormerod beat Mike Town +19
  2 Pete Trimmer beat Eugene Chang +3
  3 Callum Johnson beat Nick Parish +20
  5 Paul Rigge beat Phil Cordingley +4
 
12 1 Pete Trimmer beat Callum Johnson +9
  2 Mark Ormerod beat Phil Cordingley +3
  3 Paul Rigge beat Mike Town +3
  5 Nick Parish beat Eugene Chang +1
 
Rd Ln Monday, 14 September
13 1 Mark Ormerod beat Paul Rigge +3
  2 Nick Parish beat Pete Trimmer +15
  3 Eugene Chang beat Callum Johnson +5
  5 Mike Town beat Phil Cordingley +10
 
14 1 Phil Cordingley beat Eugene Chang +3
  2 Callum Johnson beat Mike Town +16
  3 Nick Parish beat Paul Rigge +14
  5 Mark Ormerod beat Pete Trimmer +10



 

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