Pendle B/C Level Play Tournament – 12/13 May 2018
Clive Goode won the B level and Garry Wilson won the C level. With twelve entrants, the format was an Egyptian competition for the overall winner, but within it, an all-play-all for the three C level competitors trying to win the inaugural C level trophy.
After the first day, the two B level favourites Derek Watts (1) from Tyneside and Clive Goode (1) from Nottingham were lagging behind Dennis Scarr (1.5) from Middlesborough, who had won all three of his games. His overnight lead was sustained with the first of his two Sunday games. He had now won four games yet needed to play a fifth. The only player in possible contention was Clive Goode who could overtake Dennis, should he win. The final game would provide the tournament winner and with a reversal of fortunes, Clive beat Dennis +16 to take the B level title by one point.
The C Level was decided earlier with Garry Wilson (10) from Pendle beating Joe Lennon (8) from Glasgow on a golden hoop and then beating Rosemary Saunders-Robertson (8) of Edinburgh +7.
There were notable disasters for some and excellent scalps for others, but the weather made for enjoyable croquet no matter the outcome. The only handicap change was Garry triggering down to 9.