CA Logo
CA Logo

Chester lost to Sheffield 2-5

[<<] [>>] by Eugene Chang at Chester
22 Aug 2021 (AC - Secretary's Shield)

AC Secretary's Shield 2021 - Sheffield beat Chester 5-2

Chester hosted Sheffield in a repeat of the 2017 Secretary's Shield semi-final, with Robin the lone survivor of the 2017 Chester team, and Adrian Simmerson (Sheffield) making way for Sheffield captain Maggie Crossland.

A brisk morning doubles played sans bisques saw Maggie belie her 14 handicap with an excellent break to 4-back to underpin first points to Sheffield; however the 2 singles saw fantastic recovery play from the Chester team, for a 2-1 score to Chester at lunchtime. The pitch-side conversation focussed on Chester's post-Covid successes - 23 new members this year and a series of excellent events such as family days; fantastic news all round.

The afternoon saw Maggie continue her rich form to dispatch Paul 26-0, whilst Eugene Chang reaped the generosity of Richard H Smith to win 26-7. Trevor Billard sealed the match win for the away team minutes later, despite missing the pegout and pegging out his back ball by mistake. 4-2 Sheffield.

This left the crowd to spectate the final singles game (Brian Walton v Mark Simmerson) in glorious sunshine. Brian was on rover and rover whilst Mark was for 3 and rover; Mark embarked on an entertaining turn with his backward ball which had the purists covering their eyes. This proved the turning point and Sheffield took a flattering 5-2 away win.

Many thanks to Chester for their excellent hospitality, the fantastic atmosphere and the lovely weather.

Results (Chester names first)
Robin Tasker (3.5) & Paul Watson (9) lost to Eugene Chang (-1.5) and Margaret Crossland (14) -21
Richard H Smith (-1) beat Mark Simmerson (6) +5
Brian Walton (7) beat Trevor Billard (2.5) +14

Richard H Smith lost to Eugene Chang -19
Robin Tasker lost to Trevor Billard -19
Brian Walton lost to Mark Simmerson -2
Paul Watson lost to Margaret Crossland -26



 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this news web page are those of the Editor and contributors. The Croquet Association is not responsible for statements other than those clearly identified as being made on its behalf. The full editorial policy is available online. The Web News Editor is the CA Office.