An outbreak of Covid in the North West and a last minute withdrawal from injury, resulted in a reduced number playing in what proved to be a very exciting close Tournament.
10 players from across the country travelling from a number of Clubs including Eynsham, Auckland, Ripon Spa, Crake Valley, Fylde and Pendle, and three players from Bury, were all welcomed to the quality lawns at Whitehead Park, Bury, for this B Level tournament.
David Cornes(Crake Valley) acting as the official Tournament referee, proved of great help and assistance to myself and others on the Bury Management Team. Thank you David.
Several new members who joined Bury Croquet Club during the last few months came along as spectators and hopefully they will be spurred on to progress in the game as a result.
2 Cross blocks of 5 games resulted in 4 players reaching the semi- final. Edwin Bone (Eynsham) v Marcia Henderson (Auckland) and Libby Dixon (Pendle) v Ian Saunders (Bury). These were both close games and were both won with a score of 7-5 by Edwin and Libby. Ian took 3rd place over Marcia, winning 7-4.
‘Star of the Show’ for Bury CC was Ian Saunders appearing in his first home Tournament. Well done Ian!
Both Edwin and Libby only dropped one game en route to the final and again it was a close match resulting in Edwin being victorious 7-5. He was presented the trophy by Club President David Barrett.
All visitors enjoyed their day at Bury and appreciated the hospitality and welcome shown by the club.
1st Edwin Bone (Eynsham) 10 points
2nd Libby Dixon (Pendle) 6 points
3rd Ian Saunders (Bury) 4 points
4th Marcia Henderson (Auckland) 2 points
Report by Sue Worth