The Cavendish Clock Advanced A/C Tournament, Crake Croquet Club, 15/16 August 2020
Play started at 9.30am on 15 August in warm weather and no sign of rain. The players handicaps ranged from 4 to -2 and were from the South Coast, Bristol, Nottingham and from our own Federation.
The first-round games were all remarkably close, with a surprise win for Robert Wilkinson over Paul Rigge 26-25. In the following matches James Death started to show his skill by winning all his matches and completing three triple peels over the weekend. Paul Rigge and Robert Wilkinson both completed triple peels and the overall level of play by all the players was excellent.
The last match of the weekend was between James Death and Paul Rigge giving the watching players a real treat. Paul started very strongly taking one ball to four back, then after a short period of tactical play, James started his turn and peeled Paul’s ball with his own ball and pegged both out.
In the process he peeled both of his opponents balls as well as one of his own ending with him holding all four clips.
The match then turned into a one ball match with both players providing everyone with an exhibition of outstanding play. Eventually James took control and finished the winner.
As the only player to win all his matches James was declared the winner and was presented with Cavendish Clock.