The tournament was played in hot sunshine, a welcome change from previous years,
and players sought shade, drinks and suncream in equal measure. Played as a Swiss,
there were three players all on six wins going into the final round with two of them
(manager Eric Audsley and Nigel Polhill) due to play each other, and the third, Terry
Mahoney, playing David Marsh. If Nigel won he would win by virtue of having earlier
beaten Terry, if Nigel and Terry both lost then Eric would win, and if Nigel lost
and Terry won then Terry would win, which is what happened.
We were honoured by the entries of both the Chairman (Patricia Duke-Cox) and the
President (Quiller Barrett) of the CA, who were given Wrest Park mugs as souvenirs
of their visit. Patricia also won a prize for the best performance in the higher
handicap group, with five wins in nine games. Quiller had four wins, as did David
Marsh, Arthur Reed, Keith Rhodes and George Collin, with David Gillett going one
better with five.
The relatively fast conditions had several games going to time, and there was one
which was never completed: Wendy Spencer-Smith (16) on peg and rover and out of bisques
against John Bevington (1½) on hoop 5 with one ball, the innings and a laid 3-ball
break. An intriguing prospect, the outcome of which we shall never know.Our thanks
to Sally, Tim, Linda, Vera, Peggy and Margaret for keeping us fed and watered in
Lunch al fresco. L-R: Nick Evans, Patricia Duke-Cox, David Gillett, Philip Windred
and Nigel Polhill.
Eric Audsley and George Collin watch Arthur Reed in play against Philip Windred late
on Saturday while David Marsh and Patricia Duke-Cox look on.