Budleigh croquet players Hardcastle and Watts get handicap reductions at end of week-long tournament

10:59 22 May 2014

Weston Croquet Club.

Weston Croquet Club.

Archant

Budleigh’s week-long May tournament last week was very well-supported, writes Elaine Marsh.

Visitors from Cheltenham, Nailsea, Bristol, Wells, Hamptworth, Bowden, Nottingham and Ealing joined 26 locals from Sidmouth and Budleigh to make up the field of 42 players.

Despite a discouraging forecast and some heavy downpours, the weather allowed the events to be completed without a hitch

The week began with the doubles, run as a knockout with a consolation Y event for first round losers. In the main draw the final was an all Budleigh/SIdmouth affair in which Philip Harris (Sidmouth) and Martin Yates (Budleigh) defeated the Sidmouth pairing of Mike Taylor and Peter Nelson. The Y final saw Martin Granger Brown (Bowden) and Rosemary Bradshaw (Budleigh) eventually win out over Cliff Jones and Elaine Norsworthy (Budleigh).

In the handicap singles, Bob Burnett (Crake Valley) overcame the eight bisque advantage held by Sidmouth’s Peter Hills. He used a corner two and three opening to make Peter’s task more difficult. The consolation Y final was more evenly poised in terms of handicap, and was won by Mike Taylor playing against Ken Wood.

The main interest for most players was in the class singles in which they met opponents within a restricted handicap range. The A class for players with the lowest handicaps was contested by nine entrants, and saw Dave Mundy (Cheltenham) successfully defend the Godfrey Turner Challenge Cup with six wins from eight games. His last game on Saturday afternoon against Cliff Jones featured some interesting twists as his attempt to disadvantage his opponent by peeling his forward ball through its last three hoops and then removing it from the game, was foiled when he was unable to peg it out. Jones responded in kind by pegging off Mundy’s forward ball which enabled him to win the game by eleven hoops. Cliff was joined on five wins by Martin Granger-Brown and Jim Field (Nailsea). Just two triple peels were completed, one by Brian Fisk and the other by Cliff Jones.

In each of the other three classes there was a clean sweep with one player winning all of their games. In the B Class Nigel Amos (Lansdown) saw off all of his competitors, achieving a handicap reduction from 2.5 to 1.5 despite starting the event with the lowest handicap in his group. Adam Wimshurst (Exeter and Budleigh), David Temple (Sidmouth) and Richard Williamson (Bristol) all finished with four wins from seven games.

The C Class was won by Harry Midgley (Phyllis Court and Budleigh), whose eight wins resulted in a three step handicap reduction from 6 to 4.5. The runner-up with five wins was Peter Nelson (Sidmouth).

Budleigh players, Jackie Hardcastle and Sam Watts won all their games in the D Class, both achieving a well-earned handicap reduction: Jackie from 12 to 11 and Sam from 11 to 10. Sam (who had won his Silver Merit Award for achieving his first all-round break earlier in the week) won the final and the Pat Tunmer Cup.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

09:07
Budleigh bowler Gerry Roberts playing in the Men's County Pairs at Madeira on Saturday Ref exsp 21-16SH 5021. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Men’s County Pairs were held at Madeira over the weekend with good results for the home pairs.

Read more
09:02
Lympstone boxing on May 14. Bout 8, Connor Simpson Finchley  V  Tom Reed  Lympstone. Picture by Emma Crane-Woodman of Exmouth Photo Services. Ref exsp boxing 3

Lympstone ABCs top seniors travelled to Launceston ABC on Saturday and came away with mixed fortunes, writes Neil Parsons.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:56
Over the sticks

Will Biddick’s double at Bratton Down gave him his fifth winner in the last five days, and helped to elevate him into a narrow lead over Darren Edwards for the Devon & Cornwall title, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:37
Jason Tuff in action. Jason will be at Bicton for the four day meeting.

The Exe Equestrian Club’s 2016 events are up and running.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:36
Ammies boss Jody Bolt hands the Ammies golden boot to 2nd team Dann Tapp

The Warren View home of Exmouth Amateurs played host to the club’s end of season presentation on Friday night.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:33
The covers stayed on at the Maer ground on Saturday Ref exsp 21-16SH 5052. Picture: Simon Horn.

Every match in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division met a watery grave on a soggy third Saturday of the season.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:13
Bowls

Budleigh’s newly promoted squad in the Over 60’s Triples League are currently holding their own in Division Three and this week picked up six points at home to a strong Tiverton contingent.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Bowls

What a week the past one was for Budleigh lady bowlers Mo Bond and Eileen Burston.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Generic croquet. Ref shsp 8970-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Budleigh Association Croquet team were convincing winners when they entertained Sidmouth in the opening game of the new AC South West Federation League season.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Exe SC dingy racing

Last week was a breezy one, writes Rex Frost.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications