Pendle Mid-Week (Liz Wilson Reports from Earby)
18 competitors turned up to challenge for the various trophies. The manager, Liz Wilson, also took on the catering and provided DIY pick-and-mix sandwiches with fruit and yoghurt for lunch which seemed very popular.
Four competitors vied for the Pendle Rose Bowl (A Class Adv) which was won by Paul Rigge (3/3)
Five competed for the David Jenkinson Trophy (B Class Adv), the trophy going to Andy Brandwood (3/4)
The C Class Pennine Trophy was won by Robin Delves on 4 wins out of 4
The D Class was won by Dave Williamson (3/3) who earned himself a handicap reduction to 18
After the classes were fought for and won a Handicap Egyptian Contest kicked in for the Irish Cup. Some players had 20 ½ bisques against Paul Rigge and he managed to frighten these players into defeat but fared less well against the B Class players – notably David Gillett (6) and Terry Vernazza (3) who both won +26 DTC (with Paul not even taking croquet). The game against Terry lasted 57 minutes and won Terry the Egyptian Cup for the fastest game. The “Final” of the Egyptian was played in the last round of the Tournament and featured Terry Vernazza (3) against Dave Williamson (20). Terry came out the victor (one of only two losses for Dave) to take the Irish Cup.
Running alongside was a double competition. There was a little swapping of partners before the event as the suave Andrew Killick “dumped his allocated partner having chatted up one of the Huddersfield Ladies and persuaded her into competing with him. It turned out to be a winning partnership so congratulations to Andrew Killick and Denise Hoyle the new holders of The Woodlands Doubles Trophy.
Another notable performance came from Libby Dixon who came 3rd overall and was awarded a handicap drop to 18. And special manager’s curvy smiley banana award to Steve Skelton who smiled through many defeats (close run too!)
Handicap Changes: Dave Williamson 22 to 18; Libby Dixon 22 to 18; Terry Vernazza 3 to 2 ½ .