PENNINE CUP REGAINED BY NORTH WEST 7-2 (13/8/06) by Charles Waterfield
The annual cross-Pennine challenge cup, contested by a team drawn from the North West against a team from the Croquet North & Yorkshire Federations, took place this year at Pendle & Craven on Sun 13th Aug in cold blustery conditions.
Usually played at Heaton Park, this was a new venue and it is encouraging to report that the lawns are showing significant improvement, compared to earlier this season. Both the clubroom facilities and catering were first class. The match format is a mix of advanced doubles and singles, with some handicap singles.
The results (NW names first) were: Level Play: John Haslam & Andrew Winn beat Charles Waterfield & Mike Evans +12; James Hawkins & Tony Thomas lost to Peter McDermott & Alice Fleck -10; Rob Essler & Barbara Haslam beat Phil Errington & John Kennedy +8; John Haslam (-½) lost to Charles Waterfield (0) -8; James Hawkins (0) beat Peter McDermott (1½) +23; Barbara Haslam (2½) beat Phil Errington (3) +23. Handicap Singles: Rob Essler (2½) beat John Kennedy (6) +8; Tony Thomas (8) beat Alice Fleck (9) +14; Andrew Winn (8) beat Mike Evans (10) +6t.
The Pennine Cup players from left to right – Tony Thomas, Andrew Webb, James Hawkins, John Kennedy, Charles Waterfield, Mike Evans, John Haslam, Alice Fleck, Barbara Haslam, Peter McDermott, Phil Errington, Rob Essler, (photo – Charles Waterfield).