MILLENIUM ADVANCED CHAMPIONSHIP 2003 Played at Heaton Park, Manchester 26/27 April (Commonwealth Games Bowling facility – first croquet tournament at this venue)
The NW Federation Millennium Advanced Championship broke new ground for croquet by being held on the bowling greens built for last year’s Commonwealth Games. In some ways the lawns were the outstanding feature of the event, Many who have been around reckoned them among the best in the world.
The play in the A class was of a very high standard. Eight contestants played in round-robin format, and 12 of the 27 games included triple peels, by five of the players. The winner was Colin Irwin, whose games all include TP in the result (though David Nicholson had the chagrin of an OTP against him).
The B class also included much good play. Seven players managed all but two games of a round-robin, though time limits had to be imposed on the Sunday. The declared result had to be in the style of a Swiss. As it turned out, one of the games in the final round was effectively a final, when Peter Wardle beat Brian Medley.
A Class: Bob Burnett (Southport) beat Cooper +16, beat Hawkins +8, beat Lines +9, beat Linton +4, beat Nicholson +16, did not play Granger Brown Ken Cooper (Bowdon) beat Lines +5, beat Linton +15 Martin Granger Brown (Bowdon) beat Cooper +18TP James Hawkins (Southport) beat Cooper +3, beat Granger Brown +6, beat Linton +26, beat Nicholson +9TP Colin Irwin (Bowdon) beat Burnett +7TPO, beat Cooper +12TP, beat Granger Brown +25TP, beat Hawkins +13TP, beat Lines +17TP, beat Linton +26 TP, beat Nicholson +14 OTP Ian Lines (Bowdon) beat Granger Brown +8TPO, beat Hawkins +19, beat Nicholson +16TP Alan Linton (Bowdon) beat Granger Brown +22, beat Lines +26 David Nicholson (Crake Valley) beat Cooper +15, beat Granger Brown +16TP
B Class: David Barrett (Bury) beat Graham +3, beat Wardle +13T, beat Wilson +7, did not play Miller Dennis Graham (Chester) beat Wilson +13 did not play Medley Brian Medley (Bowdon) beat Barrett +16, beat Miller +23, beat Rigge +11T, beat Wilson +15 Mark Miller (Crake Valley) beat Graham +3T, beat Wilson +15 Paul Rigge (Bury) beat Barrett +3, beat Graham +7T, beat Miller +15, beat Wilson +12 Peter Wardle (Crake Valley) beat Graham +2T, beat Medley +15, beat Miller +9, beat Rigge +12, beat Wilson +26 Peter Wilson (Fylde) no wins