Summer Games at Pendle – John Filsak reports from Earby Sports Ground (2-5 July 2013)
Thursday afternoon, a change of manager, and summer arrives at Pendle Croquet Club. Away go the waterproofs, out comes the sun cream. And newcomer Graham Good from Bury continues a run of play which will give him three of the trophies on offer for the week, earning himself a bronze merit award and a handicap reduction. He’ll be back.
The class events were run as American blocks. Alan Edwards (Woking), with his consistent, steady play, was unbeaten in the A/B block. In the C class Bob Thompson (Nottingham) and Roger Staples (Middlesbrough) were tied on number of wins, but Bob took it by virtue of having beaten Roger. Graham Good was unbeaten in the D class. Graham also emerged top of the Egyptian competition, with Margaret Anderton (also Bury) a close second. The doubles, a straight knock-out, was won by Roger Staples and Terry Vernazza (Fylde), who beat Ken and Margaret Anderton.
Pendle Rose Bowl (A/B class): Alan Edwards David Jenkinson Tankard (C class): Bob Thompson.
The Pennine Trophy (D class): Graham Good.
The Irish Cup (Egyptian handicap winner): Graham Good.
David Hoyle Trophy (Egyptian runner-up): Margaret Anderton.
The Egyptian Cup (Fastest game): Graham Good (42 minutes).
The Woodlands Trophy (Handicap doubles): Roger Staples and Terry Vernazza.
The Addict (Most games played): Not awarded. Several people tied on 11.
Graham Good: Bronze
Croquet Handicap changes:
Graham Good 18-16; Janet Davies 14-16; Joe Lennon (Scottish CA) 9-10; Peter Moore 1-1.5; Margaret Anderton 12-11.
Liz Wilson (Tuesday to Thursday), John Filsak (Thursday and Friday)