Enfield v Watford Monday 15 May 2017
The Enfield AC team (David Frost , Tony Elliott , John Street  and Michael Broadway ) played its first League match of the season on 15th May, at home to Watford (Simon Hathrell [-1], Nick Archer , André Machell  and Adam Huby ).
The doubles match between John and David [Enfield] and Simon and André [Watford] was played at the same standard as the weather - not very good ! David took a bisque early in the match to set up a 4 ball break. All was going well when for hoop 3 he managed to get the peg between striker's ball and object ball. Play continued with Simon dominating the play, but rather than going round he kept trying to set up his partner. The "nail in the coffin" came when John having taken a bisque to set up a 4 ball break missed a roquet from 3 feet. The Enfield pair continued to battle but the quality of Simon's play meant it was an uphill struggle which they were unable to overcome.
In the other doubles match (Tony / Michael v Nick / Adam) Nick (an A-class GC player) hit in early when Tony failed to get position at hoop 1, and continued his break to 4-back. And everything after that was anti-climactic, as all the other three players struggled with the constantly changing pace (due to intermittent rain) of the lawn.
David's singles match against Simon was one where the 6 bisques received dominated the outcome. David managed to waste bisques, when having blobbed hoop 2 he took a bisque to continue and then set up and ran hoop 3 (forgetting hoop 2) for end of turn, and was forced to take yet another bisque.
In trying to peel at rover the ball bounced off the hoop, and with no bisques left David left the scene on rover and peg. After a good hit in David ran rover and set up to peg out, the lead ball missed and the striker's ball was pegged out.
This was where Simon came to the fore. With only 3 balls on the lawn he managed to get both his balls virtually half way round mainly by playing his own two balls and by placing them so that a shot at peg meant he was in a receiving position. David finally elected to shoot at peg, missing and leaving Simon with a 3 ball break. However after black ran 6 and 1-back with red to the side and rear of hoop 2-back Simon blobbed 2-back, leaving David to hit and then take off for a peg out.
André used his bisques well and apart from a few mistakes played an almost flawless game against John, who was very unlucky to miss many long hit-ins by a whisker. 3 missed short roquets didn’t help either !
Both those two games finished within two hours, so the participants played several friendly games of one-ball while the remaining two singles games continued on the other court; both extremely tight, and both needing to be decided at a “golden hoop”. After Nick had completed another break to 4-back, Tony made two good breaks, the second of them taking his second ball from hoop 2 to peg, with a decent leave. However Nick once again called on his prowess at hitting-in, and from then on clawed his way back into the game, with Tony rueing failures to take the few chances that Nick offered. Nick played very well to equalise the scores on his “final turn” after time was called, and set himself up for the “golden hoop”; Tony missed the crucial hit-in and Nick prevailed.
Michael’s game against Adam was relatively even for most of its duration. After the “final turns”, scores were equal, but Adam’s balls were together whilst Michael’s were widely split. Michael, with his customary panache, shot hard across the court at Adam’s balls, hit and managed to run the “golden hoop”.
David & John lost to Simon & André 16-26.
Tony & Michael lost to Nick & Adam 10-19 (T).
David beat Simon 26-12.
Tony lost to Nick 23-24 (T).
John lost to André 6-26.
Michael beat Adam 18-17 (T).
Enfield 4-3 High Wycombe
2nd October 2016
Surbiton - Longman Cup Final
Tony Elliott (6) and Michael Broadway (now 14) beat David Warhurst (3.5) and Richard Peperell (14) 19-18 (T).
David Frost (5) beat Keith Pound (9) 24-23 (T).
John Street (9) lost to Raouf Allim (5) 4-26.
David F beat David W 26-13.
Tony lost to Raouf 5-26.
John beat Keith 26-23.
Michael lost to Richard 11-20 (T).
So Enfield 4 High Wycombe 3 and WE WON THE CUP !!
Honourable mentions to the whole team; David won all 3 of his singles matches, and John and Michael each won 2 out of 3, and we won both doubles. We shall ignore the captain's performance in his singles matches against (he insists) opponents who were all "hitting in" with alarming accuracy and persistence from all parts of the court, but he did at least help Michael achieve victory in the doubles match in the Final, which featured the longest and most tense "golden hoop" struggle in living memory - at the same time as David F was involved in a similar battle against Keith on the other court. But pride of place goes to John's brilliant come-back to beat Keith +3 on the final afternoon. As should be obvious from these comments, the result could easily have gone either way, so thanks to High Wycombe for making it such a good final. Their star was Raouf Allim, who won all four of his games easily over the weekend and celebrated with a deserved handicap reduction!
Report by team captain Tony Elliott
Enfield 5-2 Bowdon - 1st October 2016 @Surbiton - Longman Cup Semi-Final
Enfield: David Frost (5), Tony Elliott (6), John Street (9) & Michael Broadway (16)
Bowden: Sylvia Steer (4.5), Mike Steer (5), Barry McKenzie (7) & Adrian Apps (11)
David Frost (5) and John Street (9) beat Sylvia Steer (4.5) and Mike Steer (5) 19-18 (T).
Tony Elliott (6) lost to Adrian Apps (11) 2-26.
Michael Broadway (16) beat Barry McKenzie (7) 26-2.
David beat Sylvia 26-1.
Tony lost to Mike 16-19 (T).
John beat Barry 26-18.
Michael beat Adrian 26-9.
Wrest Park 2-5 Enfield - 27 September 2016 Longman Cup Quarter Final
Wrest Park: David Wooley (7), Geoff Strutt (9), John Tew (9), Peter Aspinall (11)
Enfield: David Frost (5),Tony Elliott (7), John Street (9) & Michael Broadway (16)
Wrest Park names first in all results:
Geoff Strutt (9) and Peter Aspinall (11) lost to Tony Elliott (7) and Michael Broadway (16) 8-26.
John Tew (9) beat David Frost (5) 26-23.
David Woolley (7) lost to John Street 17-20 (T).
David Woolley lost to David Frost 14-26.
Geoff Strutt lost to Tony Elliott 17-22 (T).
John Tew beat John Street 26-17.
Peter Aspinall lost to Michael Broadway 20-21 (T).
Enfield 4-2 Northampton – 31 August 2016 AC Beds & Herts League