What to do for the best about Covid now that the mask mandate has been dropped along with all ‘distancing’ guidance we’ve suffered under for the last two years – well play croquet of course, preferably in the sunshine on fine dry courts. Fortunately Earby delivered just such over the early bank holiday. Not saying we didn’t get any rain, we did, but it confined itself to the rules of ‘Camelot’ – rain once, in the small hours of Monday.
Fourteen players sensibly booked their places in this friendly (either Hcp or Adv) AC format tournament to be faced with four freshly laid-out courts.In the very first round on Friday, a CA Bronze medal was gained with a further award (Silver) being earned upon the Saturday by the eventual overall winner.
In line with previous years, the tradition of buttered Hot Cross Buns for all on Good Friday & choccy Eggs on Sunday were available. This year it took until the very last round on Monday for the Major trophies to be decided, such was the competition by those in contention, so after 66 games, the following overall results were presented;
John Beech Handicap Trophy – Ged Smolskas
Peter Dowdall Cup (adv) – Paul Rigge.
Under 10 Handicap Trophy – Richard Harding
10 & Over Handicap Trophy – David Harding
Fastest Game – David Harding (42mins Vs Lee Hartley)
Most Games – Lee Hartley (13).