AELTC v Enfield 8 Friendly 26 July
Lost 6 - 7
The Tennis enthusiasts of Enfield Croquet Club with an 8 person team visited the Wimbledon Lawns for an Anniversary Fixture. (Wimbledons’s 150th – Enfield’s
On the hottest day of the year, we were very well received, with delightful company, excellent catering, and a mini tour of the inner sanctums of the
The Croquet was competitiive, but more importantly played in a very friendly and relaxed format, in very hot temperatures, with Wimbledon eventually victorious 7-6.
The excessive heat curtailed the final round of matches, so we can only dream that we may have tasted victory if they had been completed.
The after coffee session saw Wimbledon up 4-0, followed by 4 Enfield victories before lunch. i.e 4 - 4.
Lunch with drinks sent it all wrong with Wimbledon winning 3-1, and a final single 30 minute doubles game went the way of Enfield to give the final score
The scores and team info are contained below.
AELTC - Jonathan Smith, John Barrett, Buster Mottram, Donald Macleod, Ros Smith, Julian Earle, Roger Mackinnon.
Enfield 8 - Sheila Rudling, Marian Cuckson, Mary Grove, Marian Hardy, Desmond Taylor, David Warren, Ian Moore, Henry Hobbs.
Sheila and Henry 4 - Buster and John 7
Marian Hardy and Des 6 - Jonathan and Ros 7
Mary and David 4 - Michael and Julian 5
Marian Cuckson and Ian 5 - Roger (2 ball) 7
Henry 6 - Jonathan 3
Marian Hardy and Des 7 - Buster and John 6
Mary and David 6 - Roger and Ros 4
Marian Cuckson and Ian 5 Donald and Julian 3
Des 7 - Julian 6
Mary and Henry 4 - Buster and Jonathan 7
David and Marian Cuckson 6 - Jonathan and Ros 7
Marian Hardy and Ian 6 - Daniel and Roger 7
Des and Henry 5 - Ros and Julian 1
North v Letchworth Kites 13 July
Won 6 - 1
Another hot day on the lawns saw our B level team Enfield North take on and beat
The format is a best of three games for all matches played.
Enfield: Brian Dawes 3, David Barnicoat 4, Dave Hill 4, Des Taylor 4
Letchworth: Hugo Jeaune 4, Robert Staddon 6, Peter Aspinall 6, Andy Kennedy 6
The morning session saw Brian and David Barnicoat beat Hugo and Robert in two games 7-0, 7-
4 in the doubles. While in the morning singles Dave Hill beat Andy 7-2, 3-7, 7-4
but Des was beaten 7-4, 4-7, 6-7 by Peter. So 2-1 at the lunchbreak to Enfield.
After lunch Brian beat Hugo 7-5, 7-4, David Barnicoat beat Robert 4-7, 7-4, 7-6 Dave Hill beat
Peter 7-3, 7-4 and Des beat Andy 7-5, 7-3.
West v Letchworth Blues 9 July
David Hill, David Barnicoat, Andrew Fall, Alan Bateman
Letchworth - Colin Gregory, Peter Aspinall, Lynn Wood, Sheila Haggart.
A fine day of weather and play.
The morning session saw 2 doubles wins for Enfield and a clean sweep of singles wins until the last morning game between Dave Hill and Colin Gregory, it was a marathon game and Colin eventually took a 7/6 win to claim the 1st win of the day for Letchworth.
A short break for lunch helped Letchworth and they took 3 out of 4 of the 1st afternoon session, this now made it one loss each to the Enfield team. Enfield then rallied to take all the last 4 games and complete a 14-4 win.
West v Meldreth 28 June
West won 15½ to 2½
West had a depleted side with only Des and Dave Hill being able to play.
Phillip Hawes volunteered and won all of his 4 games - and the doubles with Dave.
Marian Hardy also volunteered to play in the first 3 games and had an arranged substitution by Don for the final 2 games.
Marian - in her first ever external competition - won one, drew one and lost one. Don won both of his.
Des managed a clean sheet of 4 wins closely followed by Dave Hill on 3.
An excellent performance all around.
West v Newport Oaks 22 June
West won 16 - 2
An excellent result for West starting with victory in the doubles.
David Barnicoat and Alan Bateman each won all of their 4 games - closely followed with 3 out of 4 wins each for Dave Hill and Ian Moore.
An overall hoop difference of 59 - which is impressive.
Very well done West.
East v Newport Elms 4 June
East won 10 - 8
East - Brian Dawes 3, Alan Foott 8, Frances Broadway 8, Marian Cuckson 11.
Newport Elms – Tim Walder 6, Peter Cowper 7, John Richardson 8, Glenys Walder 9
Despite losing both the morning doubles Enfield pulled back to win on a dull grey
day in Bush Hill Park. Brian’s form was fairly pitiful and he never really got going, but the remainder of the team made up for it big time with some fine performances
throughout the singles. Frances won all 4 of her singles, Alan won 3 of his and
Marian was unbeaten with 2 wins and 2 ties. So 2 wins from 3 for Enfield East.
Letchworth Falcons v North
North won 6 - 1
Letchworth team: Jeremy Scott 2, Ian Mantle 4, David Clancey 6 and Graham Wood 8 making his team debut.
Enfield team: Brian Dawes 3, Des Taylor 4, Dave Hill 5 and David Barnicoat 5.
A pleasantly warm day at Letchworth saw Enfield eventually come to terms with the speed of the lawns and a format which is based on the best of three wins. In the morning as the day warmed the results were as follows with Enfield scores shown first: Des and Brian beat Jeremy and Ian 2-7, 7-5, 7-5 whilst David Barnicoat battled to a very close and hard fought final hoop victory over David Clancey 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Meanwhile Dave Hill lost against Graham 7-2, 5-7, 6-7 giving Enfield a 2-1 lead at the lunch break.
The afternoons play saw an impressive win for David Barnicoat against Graham 7-1, 7-5. Des eased past Ian 7-4, 7-5. Brian had a titanic and tiring struggle with Jeremy to win on the final hoop of the final game 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 and Dave beat David Clancy 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in a close match.
So a comfortable 6-1 win for Enfield but a tiring event for Brian and Dave who played 6 games on a day which warmed considerably as play went on.
Many thanks to Tracy Martin for scoring and controlling a fine day’s play.
Letchworth Blues v East 19 May
East won 12.5 - 5.5
For their second match of the season Enfield East travelled up the road [A1M] to the manicured lawns of Letchworth.
Enfield were represented by David Frost -1, Brian Sturt 7, Alan Foott 9 and Marian Cuckson 11.
In the doubles David & Brian lost to Hugo Jeune 4 & Colin Gregory 5, 3-7, whilst Alan & Marion beat Lynn Wood 8 & Ray Scroggins 10, 6-5 on time.
So onto the singles with it all square. David held Hugo to 6-6 on time, Brian lost to Colin 5-7, Alan beat Lynn 5-4 and Marian beat Ray 7-5. Second round, David beat Colin 6-5 on time, Brian beat Hugo 7-5, Alan beat Ray 7-6 and Marian lost to Lynn 3-5 on time. Third round, David held Lynn 6-6 on time, Brian beat Ray 7-6, Alan beat Hugo 7-5 and Marian and Colin finished 6-6 on time.
So to the final round with Enfield at 9.5 to 4.5 already victorious. David beat Ray 7-6 with a jump shot at the golden hoop, Brian beat Lynn 7-4, Alan lost to Colin 3-7, whilst Marian beat Hugo 7-3.
The talk at the end of the match whilst taking the refreshments so well provided by the host club was of how different it could have been if .....
Camerton and Peasedown v Enfield (Murphy Shield)
Camerton: Maureen Boys (2), Ros Key-Pugh (3), Marion Button (6), Patrick
Enfield: Henry Hobbs (4), David Barnicoat (5), Des Taylor (5), Dave Hill (5)
Enfield were drawn away to Camerton and Peasedown (Somerset) in the Interclub
Murphy Shield knock out competition, the match taking place on Friday 4 th May.
The team travelled the day before and were made very welcome for a practice
session at 'club afternoon' in a beautiful setting with four very good lawns.
On match day the lawns had been freshly cut prior to our arrival, and in the
morning session, one doubles and two singles were played, with the home club
This was followed by Camerton providing a sumptuous lunch.
The afternoon consisted of four singles (all rubbers both morning and afternoon were
the best of three 13 hoop games) in which once again Camerton were the victors
by 3-1, making an overall match score and result Camerton 5 Enfield 2.
Star man for Enfield was 'Captain (Des) Marvel' securing both of Enfield’s
Some great and exciting croquet was played by all, we were beaten by a
Analysis of the results below show that reversal of three golden
hoop scores would have given Enfield a 4-3 victory, closer than actual result
Results Camerton names first
Maureen and Ros beat Henry and David 7-3 7-5
Marion beat Dave 6-7 7-5 7-4,
Patrick lost to Des 7-5 7-1
Maureen beat Henry 7-6 7-6
Ros beat David 7-4 7-6
Marion lost to Des 7-5 6-7 5-7
Patrick beat Dave 7-3 4-7 7-6
Despite losing, all members of the Enfield team thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
All games in EACF unless stated otherwise.
Overall Yearly Team Performances
South - Central Area won.
Lost 9 - 9 to East in semi final.
West - Central Area third in the league.
East - East Area won.
Lost final 9 - 9 to Stoney Stratford.
Final at Newport
East v Stony Stratford
Lost 9 - 9 on hoop difference
East Peter Brock (4) Dave Hill (6) and Alan Bateman (8) Mary Grove (12)
Stony Stratford Pauline Field (7) Robert Chipperfield (8) Alfred Sawbridge (8) Elizabeth Bulbeck (8)
The weather was overcast with a brisk cold breeze. The lawns were in good condition but slower than the lawns at Enfield
The match started even with both teams winning one of the doubles each which again followed with both teams winning two of the first round of singles making the score 3 all. In the next round leading up to lunch things changed with Stony Stratford taking the lead winning 3 of the 4 matches. After a refreshing lunch East battled back to win 5 of the next 2 rounds of matches making the score 9 all.
Unfortunately, Stony Stratford had a better ratio of Hoops 100 to East 93.
Peter won his doubles and 3 matches. Dave won 3 matches and Alan 2 plus winning his double. Mary fought hard to win but lack of experience in using extra turns made all the difference but, as this was her first time playing for a team and nearly winning one match she did well.
Stony Stratford played that bit better than us and deserved to win.
Newport looked after us very well and supplied a great post-match tea.
Enfield v Leighton Linslade 18 September
Won 12 - 6
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (1), Brian Dawes (3) Peter Brock (4)
John Thorp (3), David Ball (3), Judith Pengelly (4) Jean Ball (4)
A mixed day weather wise with limited sunshine, a fresh wind, quite a bit of cloud cover and a smattering of light rain on and off.
Enfield started exceedingly well by winning both their doubles games by 7-5 and all then followed up by winning all their four matches in the first round of singles. Leighton Linslade won two of the third round singles ties and so lunch was taken with Enfield holding a comfortable 8-2 lead and thus requiring just two wins for victory in the afternoon.
The match win was secured with three wins to the home team in round three and the days play completed with another two wins in the final round. Ken was unlucky to lose three of his matches on the golden hoop, Brian won two singles, Peter had three strong wins on the day and David had a clean sweep with some very impressive wins.
A fine days sport and delightful company from our guests, only marred by a somewhat dreary day weather wise.
Semi Final South v East 10 September
Won by East on hoop difference 106 - 101
The doubles round was shared 1 game each with both games at 7 - 5.
First singles round was 2 games each.
Similarly the second round of singles was 2 each.
East sprinted into a lead in the next round winning 3. Leaving the score 8 - 6 to East.
In the last round East needed 2 to win. South won 3 to make the overall final score 9 - 9.
But East had scored more hoops so won.
Well done to East.
Chelmsford v Enfield Level 8 September
Won 15 - 3
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (1), Brian Dawes (3), Peter Brock (4)
John Skuse (3), Tony Frewin (4), Judith Hand (4), Karen Jones (5)
Ken and Brian plus David and Peter set the Enfield team off to a good start by both winning their doubles on a damp and miserable day in Chelmsford where waterproofs were on and off throughout, but mainly on. Raingear was the most important asset on a day where sunny spells were a non-event until the matches were all completed.
The first round of singles all went to our away team, as did the second round of singles. So at the lunch break it has to be said that with an 0-8 lead Enfield were pretty well odds on to win, and win it they did with David and Ken both achieving four wins in their singles matches. Brian chipped in with three and Peter two so a good day was had by all.
As usual Chelmsford were fine company on the day despite the miserable weather and the cakes were excellent, as was the hospitality.
Maldon Pavilion v East 25 August
Won 15 - 3
Peter Brock (5) David Hill (6) Michael Broadway (7) and Alan Bateman (8)
Al Brown (2) Jean Healey (5) Chris Joslin (10) Joan Fairclough (11)
The weather conditions were good warm and sunny. The lawns were fast and bumpy, the lawn speed varied in some parts of the lawns.
The match started with Enfield winning both doubles and 7 of the first 8 singles which meant Maldon could only draw at this time but as we were already in front in leading the league with games won, Maldon could not win the league. After lunch Enfield's success continued, winning 6 of the eight remaining singles finally winning 13-5.
With Michael winning all 4 of his matches and Peter, David and Alan winning 3. We were unlucky not to win a further 2 matches as Peter and Alan only lost their matches 6-7
Peter's handicap went down to 4 and Michael's down to 6.
We were surprised with the result as Maldon Pavilion had previously won all their matches and their teams handicaps reasonably matched ours.
East v Chelmsford Green
Won 12 - 6
Peter Brock (5) Michael Broadway (7) David Hill (8) and Alan Bateman (9)
Tony Frewin (4) Karen Jones (5) David Dawsey (6) and Ernie Bailey (11)
The weather conditions were good, cloudy with patches of sunshine
The match started even with both teams winning one of the doubles each which again followed with both teams winning two of the first round of singles making the score 3 all.
Enfield's fortunes then begun to change by winning 3 of the next round making the score 6 - 4 before lunch.
After a refreshing lunch we went on to win all of the matches in the next round which gave us the match. The last round of matches were played at much lighter level giving a final score of 12 – 6. Dave, Michael and Alan winning 3 of their matches and Peter winning 2.
With good weather and the matches played with good sportsmanship from both teams it made for a pleasurable day of croquet.
Level v Watford 14 August
Won 10 - 8
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Brian Dawes (4), Peter Brock (5)
Simon Hathrell (1), Steve Dennis (1), Arthur Reed (3), John Smallbone (3)
Despite the fine weather for a change Enfield made a poor start to the day losing both their doubles games in round one and then in the first round of the singles
only David won his match, 7 - 5 against Simon. Two rounds gone and Enfield, despite their home advantage, were already 1 - 5 behind.
Round 3 saw David win his second singles match of the day, against Steve, and Peter also won his match against John on what was his debut for the Level Play team, but Watford were still well ahead, 3 - 7 at the lunch break.
Round 4 saw Enfield claw their way back into the game with wins for David against Arthur, Brian against Simon and Ken against John while Peter went down narrowly on the golden hoop.
6 - 8 with one round to play.
In the final round Enfield required 3 wins for a tie but managed to win all 4 matches quite convincingly 7 - 3, 7 - 3, 7 - 2, 7 - 1 and as a result of this fine comeback snatched a narrow victory on the day.
No idea what any of them had for lunch but whatever it was worked wonders because 7/8 wins in the final two rounds saw Enfield win the day 10 - 8 overall. David won all four of his singles with Ken, Brian and Peter all chipping in two singles wins apiece.
South v Letchworth Blues 9 August
Drew 9 - 9
Henry, David Barnicoat, Andrew, Frances
Jeremy Scott, Hugo Jeune, Colin Gregory, Peter Aspinall
A very close game played in pouring rain - it only stopped at lunchtime.
Honours drawn in the doubles.
South had a good first round - winning 3 - 1
Blue had a good second round winning 3 - 1
Blue had a good third round winning 3 - 1
This left South trailing by 2 games for the last round. So they had to win 3 - 1 for a draw or 4 - 0 for an outright win.
3 reasonably simple victories gave South the draw and became winners of the Central League.
3 wins for Andrew and 2 each for Frances and Henry.
Level v Letchworth 2 August
Lost 6 - 12
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), John Street (3), Brian Dawes (4)
John Noble (-1), David Tutt (-1), John Skingsly (2), Jeremy Scott (3)
There were new hoop holes but uncut lawns for this level play match to which Letchworth had brought along a strong team. Certainly strong enough to win both the doubles games quite comfortably. Enfield also lost the second round singles 1-3 and although David beat John Noble the score stood at 1-5. In the third round David won again, this time against David Tutt, while John beat Jeremy.
The fourth round saw David pick up his 3rd singles win of the day as he beat John Skingsley. Ken also beat Jeremey as the post lunch weather deteriorated when the light drizzle began heavier. So 5 - 9 after four rounds leaving Enfield requiring 4 wins in the final round to claim a draw. It didn’t happen. As continued drizzle turned to fairly heavy rain only Brian, who beat John Noble on the golden hoop, claimed a victory for Enfield.
An enjoyable day’s play marred only by the appalling weather in
the last hour or so. Shame we didn’t all play as well as David, but that’s the way the croquet crumbles.
Meldreth v West 26 July
Won 6 - 4
West’s win at Meldreth was their final game of the season and sees them finish in either 2nd or 3rd place of the EACF Central GC Handicap league depending on Enfield South’s final result.
Brian Sturt (6), Peter Ruddle (10) and Marian Cuckson (12)
Robert Skeen (5), Roger Wallbridge (8) and Lin Wallbridge (10)
As Meldreth have only one lawn this was a three-a-side match with one doubles and nine single matches Enfield West won 6-4 despite going two games behind in the first round. So a total of ten games and all but two of them ended 7-5 or 7-6 so it was nip and tuck all the way with a hoops total of 57-60 to the good guys.
The honours were shared between Brian, Peter and Marian because they all managed to win two each of their three singles games.
Northampton v Enfield Level 13 July
Lost 4 - 14
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), John Street (3), Brian Dawes (4)
Lionel Tibble (-3), Mike Hills (0), Les Heard (0), Peter Stansfield (2)
Despite their sloping lawns it’s always a pleasure to visit the friendly Northampton level play crowd, but when they put out a team with a combined aggregate of -1 you know it’s going to be a tough day, and so it was.
Enfield didn’t win a single game on Court 1 and only four of the nine on Court 2.
David came out on top with two wins whilst Ken and Brian managed one each. In spite of the one-sided score-line it’s always an absolute pleasure to be trounced by such an immaculate player as Lionel and we were all well and truly Tibbled.
Southchurch v East 11 July
Won 12 - 6
Peter Brock, Alan Bateman, Dave Hill, Michael Broadway
The weather condition was poor with heavy rain threatening at any time. Fortunately we only had few drizzles during play and the heavy rain came during lunchtime. However, with the lawns being laid out on a cricket field the grass was long making the lawns very slow. There was also some depression made probable by cricket balls which made for some amusing shots when hitting a ball which was in one.
The match started well for Enfield winning both doubles followed by 3 singles in the first round. Southchurch made a comeback in the second round by winning 2 of the singles. The match was then won by Enfield winning 3 of the singles in the third round making the score 10 - 4. The final round was a win of 2 singles for each team making the final score 12 - 6.
Peter, Alan and Dave only lost one match and Michael was unlucky to lose three matches 5 - 7, 6 - 7, 6 - 7.
It was a hard fought match with both teams playing well - there was only four hoops difference between both sides.
Southchurch informed us that it was the first time they had lost in the 3 years since they had been in this league.
West v Letchworth Reds 5 July
Won 12 - 6
Brian Dawes, Alan Foott, Peter Ruddle, Phillip Hawes
On a seriously hot sun-soaked day at Bush Hill Park Enfield West got off to a great start by winning both their doubles matches with Phillip and Brian winning by a narrow margin in a timed out game and Alan and Peter with a more comprehensive win 7 - 3.
After 3 rounds Enfield had roared ahead to an 8-2 lead having won both the second and third rounds by a margin of 3-1.
Although a valiant comeback by Letchworth in the 4th round reduced the lead it was not enough. At 9-5 after 4 rounds it left Enfield requiring just one win to clinch the match in the final round, but they bettered that by taking 3 wins albeit in some very close games, two of which went to Golden hoop. Both sets of players proclaimed the day to have been a most enjoyable days play.
For Enfield West the whole team played well with a doubles win each plus two singles wins apiece for Alan, Peter and Phillip.
While Brian at long last found sufficient form to win all 4 of his singles matches.
Maldon v East 16 June
Won 11 - 7
Tony Elliott (3), Michael Broadway (6), Dave Hill (9) and Alan Bateman (10)
travelled to deepest rural Essex for their first League match of the season, to face Maldon Lakeside (Diana Pettitt (12), Mary Burd (12) and Richard and Shirley Wallis (both 14)).
Despite ideal weather, the match presented two particular challenges. The first was the sloping courts, where shots down the hill normally required around twice as much power as those in the opposite direction, and shots across the courts required you to choose an aiming point perhaps two or three yards away from the desired ultimate destination of your ball. As for angled shots – well, a degree in geometry would have come in handy.
The second challenge was the sheer number of 'extra turns' we faced: a grand total of 109 – is this a record? (And we received – well, precisely none.)
Anyway, honours were even after the doubles and the first round of singles. But we managed to pull slowly away in the second and third rounds of singles by winning three in each round, so the score before the final round of matches was 9-5 in our favour.
The final round was again shared 2-2, so we finished with Enfield East victorious by 11-7. Star of the day was Dave, who won all four of his singles matches, and celebrated with a handicap reduction to 8. Alan won three of his singles; Tony struggled manfully against a barrage of 40 “extra turns” (!) in his four singles matches, and was satisfied with two wins from them.
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In the first round Enfield lost the doubles and Henry won (2/0) and Des (1/2) in the singles making a score of 1 - 2
In the first two second round matches Henry again won (2/0) and Brian Dawes lost (0/2) to make the overall score 2 - 3.
The last 2 matches had to be won to proceed to the next round and both were won by Tony and Des 7 - 5 to make the overall score 4 - 3.
A very tight match.
South (A) v Newport Oaks win 10 - 6
Des Taylor, Frances Broadway, Andrew Fall, David Barnicoat
South took an early lead 2 - 0 in the doubles.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3 were split 2 wins each round. After the first two games in the 4th round it was all over at 10 - 6 to Enfield. The last two games were played out to make it 10 - 8.
A good win for South.
Man of the Match - David Barnicoat with 4 straight wins. Very well done.
A good game on a cold windy day played in fine spirit.
South took a quick lead in the doubles - by scraping the second doubles game 7 to 6 hoops - it could easily have gone the other way.
The Round 1 matches were fairly easily won by South with Brian Sturt putting in a good win for the home side.
Same again Round 2 with Brian Sturt again having the only victory for West.
And yet again Rounds 3 and 4 with a home win each for Jenny Ruddle and Alan Foott
Congratulations to David Barnicoat for winning all of his 4 games - in his first league match. 3 singles each for Henry and Andrew Fall - also in his first league match. With Frances holding her own on 2 wins.
Unable to decide on the best jump shot of the day - either Andrew Fall or Brian Sturt both with 6 footers.
Well done to all.
|South||Central Area won. Lost 9 - 9 to East in semi final.|
|Central Area third in the league.|
East Area won. Lost final 9 - 9 to Stoney Stratford.
North v South
Not an Inter Club match as such but a game organised to replicate all the conditions of an East Anglian Croquet Federation Handicap Golf Croquet game between Clubs. The idea being to provide a days play carried out under competitive match conditions to members who have yet to participate in an Inter-Club match.
North: Peter Ruddle (10), David Warren (11), David Barnicoat (11) and Marian Cuckson (11)
South: Graham Curtis (10), Dave Hill (11), Andrew Fall (11) and Jenny Ruddle (11)
This match worked very well given that those participating were not too sure what to expect. All the players turned out in white, or very close to it which gave the match a more enhanced touch of realism. As the day wore on we'd like to think that the participants all learned something about themselves, team play, match conditions and basic procedures for a days play between teams. Plus of course possible areas of their own game they need to improve.
Star of the day was David Warren who managed to win all of his 4 singles matches and not too far behind him were Peter Ruddle, Andrew Fall and Marian Cuckson who all succeeded in winning 3 of their singles games. Thanks and well done to all the competitors involved.
If any other members of the Club would like to compete in any future matches of this nature they should contact David Frost or Brian Dawes
Level (H) v Chelmsford won 17 - 1
David Frost (0), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (3) and Tony Elliott (3)
John Skuse (4), Karen Jones (7), David Dawsey (7) and Ernest Bailey (10)
El Scorchio best describes the weather, it started very warm and proceeded to get much hotter, even reaching 31 degrees Centigrade at one point in the afternoon (88F in real money). This was about the time when Tony and Karen were the last pairing out on the lawns and pleading for water.
So although the greens were relatively slow they did get faster. Chelmsford bravely put out a very inexperienced team with three of their members making their debuts: namely Karen, David and Ernest. Although the match was somewhat one-sided with combined handicap totals of 9 to 28 all matches were played in good spirit. John Skuse had Chelmsford’s only win of the day when he beat Brian and a fine win it was. For Enfield David, John and Tony were only entering 7’s on their handicap cards as they all achieved 100% victories on the day.
Congratulations to Enfield's Level play team for scoring 123 hoops - which I'm pretty sure is the highest tally in the league this season.
Enfield finished 3rd in the Level Play league
which Northampton won comfortably
Level (A) v Leighton-Linslade lost 7 - 11
John Thorp (1), David Ball (2), John Cundell (3) and Roger Stroud (3)
David Frost (0), John Street (3), Brian Dawes (3) and Tony Elliott (3)
Leighton-Linslade players shown first in all results
Leighton-Linslade’s ground looks much improved with their new fencing and as usual the scorers were out in force for all matches on a day where the mixed weather was a tad breezy. Three very differing lawns caused Enfield problems on a day where our team didn’t exactly shine. Going 2-0 behind on the doubles round the team hauled it back to 3-3 following the first round of singles. After that however it was all down hill. David won two of his matches, Brian three but Tony and John had a day to forget. A pleasant days play and Leighton's usual fine hospitality but in all a days play best forgotten.
John and Roger 7-4 David and Brian
David and John 7-3 John and Tony
John Thorp 3–7 David Frost
John Cundell 4–7 Brian Dawes
David Ball 7–4 John Street
Roger Stroud 4–7 Tony Elliott
John Cundell 7–6 Tony Elliott
John Thorp 7–2 John Street
Roger Stroud 3–7 Brian Dawes
David Ball 7–3 David Frost
John Thorp 7–2 Brian Dawes
John Cundell 7–3 David Frost
David Ball 7–4 Tony Elliott
Roger Stroud 5–7 John Street
John Cundell 7–6 John Street
John Thorp 7–2 Tony Elliott
Roger Stroud 2–7 David Frost
David Ball 5–7 Brian Dawes
Level (A) v Letchworth lost 5 - 13
Duncan Hector (-1), David Tutt (0), Jeremy Scott (2) and Peter Whiting (3)
David Frost (0), John Street (3), Tony Elliott (3) and Brian Dawes (3)
Letchworth players shown first in all results
Variable weather, strong winds for part of the day and some rain showers. Good fast lawns with which Enfield couldn’t cope and as a result were already 5-1 down after two rounds, with only Brian having gleaned a win. In fact Enfield were unable to win any of the five rounds and only David and Brian managed two singles wins apiece on the day. So a strong Letchworth side made good use of home advantage and were far and away the better team on the day with Duncan showing just why he has a -1 handicap. But that didn’t prevent it being a pleasant, albeit windswept, day out for the away team.
Duncan and Jeremy 7-2 David F and Brian
David T and Peter 7-4 John and Tomy
Duncan Hector 7–6 David Frost
Jeremy Scott 7–5 Tony Elliott
David Tutt 7–3 John Street
Peter Whiting 5–7 Brian Dawes
Jeremy Scott 3–7 Brian Dawes
Duncan Hector 7–3 John Street
Peter Whiting 7–3 Tony Elliott
David Tutt 5–7 David Frost
Duncan Hector 7–1 Tony Elliott
Jeremy Scott 3–7 David Frost
David Tutt 7–6 Brian Dawes
Peter Whiting 7–4 John Street
Jeremy Scott 3–7 John Street
Duncan Hector 7–5 Brian Dawes
Peter Whiting 7–2 David Frost
David Tutt 7–3 Tony Elliott
West v Newport Elms won 10 - 8
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (3), Peter Brock (8) and Marian Cuckson (10)
Clive Cassidy (6), Dennis Saville (6), Bob Leeds (6) and Roy Darling (5)
Newport players shown first in all results:
Enfield West got off to a great start winning both their doubles matches which delighted Marian, this being her debut. Enfield West went further ahead when they won the rather slow first round of singles matches by 1-3. After that Elms won the next two rounds 3-1 meaning that there was everything to play in the final round by then it was level pegging at 7-7 with just four games to play. And it couldn’t have been closer with the final match left on the lawns between Clive and Marian going to golden hoop. If Enfield won it they’d win the match, if Newport won it would end in a draw. Thankfully Marian held her nerve to win both the game and the match. Well played Peter who has at long last found a Super Mallet that works.
Clive and Dennis 5-7 Brian and Marian
Bob and Roy 4-7 John and Peter
Clive Cassidy 5–7 Brian Dawes
Bob Leeds 6–7 Peter Brock
Dennis Saville 2–7 John Street
Roy Darling 7–4 Marian Cuckson
Bob Leeds 7–5 Marian Cuckson
Clive Cassidy 7–5 John Street
Roy Darling 7–4 Peter Brock
Dennis Saville 3–7 Brian Dawes
Clive Cassidy 2–7 Peter Brock
Bob Leeds 7–5 Brian Dawes
Dennis Saville 7–6 Marian Cuckson
Roy Darling 7–3 John Street
Bob Leeds 5–7 John Street
Clive Cassidy 6–7 Marian Cuckson
Roy Darling 7–6 Brian Dawes
Dennis Saville 5–7 Peter Brock
Final League Table:
1st Letchworth Reds, 2nd Enfield East, 3rd Enfield West
East v Newport Elms won 11 - 7
David Frost (0), Des Taylor (5), Brian Sturt (8) and Alan Foott (9)
Roy Darling (5), Clive Cassidy (6), Bob Leeds (6) and Colin Carr (12)
A warm day but not a sweltering one saw a well fought match played out between the two teams. Stars on the day were Des and Alan for Enfield and Colin for Newport who each won three of their singles games in a match where emphatic wins were a relatively common feature. The doubles and three of the singles rounds were all square, but unfortunately for Newport round one of the singles saw Enfield win it 4-0 thus taking a healthy lead which they managed to maintain for the remainder of the match. Well done Enfield East on finishing second in the league and congratulations to Colin Carr of Newport who performed exceedingly well for a new player in his first season of croquet.
Home players shown first in all results
David and Alan 3-7 Roy and Bob
Des and Brian 7-6 Clive and Colin
David Frost 7–1 Roy Darling
Brian Sturt 7–6 Bob Leeds
Des Taylor 7–4 Clive Cassidy
Alan Foott 7–4 Colin Carr
Brian Sturt 1–7 Colin Carr
David Frost 7–5 Clive Cassidy
Alan Foott 5–7 Bob Leeds
Des Taylor 7–4 Roy Darling
David Frost 4–7 Bob Leeds
Brian Sturt 7–2 Roy Darling
Des Taylor 3–7 Colin Carr
Alan Foott 7–5 Clive Cassidy
Brian Sturt 6–7 Clive Cassidy
David Frost 2–7 Colin Carr
Alan Foott 7–5 Roy Darling
Des Taylor 7–4 Bob Leeds
Level (H) v Northampton lost 8 - 10
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Tony Elliott (3) and Brian Dawes (3)
Lionel Tibble (-4), Mike Hills (0), Les Heard (1) and Peter Stansfield (2)
On a lovely sunny day and the hottest day of the year thus far Northampton fielded a very strong team on their visit to Enfield. It is always a great pleasure to be slaughtered by a delightfully laid back England international who is always exceedingly magnanimous in his praise despite taking his opponents apart. And that’s how it was in the main on this occasion when David, Tony and Brian managed a total of just 7 hoops between them against Lionel. Ken however picked up quite a few index points when he took Lionel to golden hoop and won 7-6 in a most impressive performance. Overall Enfield put on a decent show in a close run match against the favourites for the league, but ultimately went down 8-10 with David, Ken and Brian winning 2 games each while David and Brian also had a doubles win. On an ideal day for croquet even our slow lawns speeded up a bit, but only a little bit.
Home players shown first in all results
David and Brian 7-3 Mike and Les
Ken and Tony 5-7 Lionel and Peter
David Frost 3–7 Lionel Tibble
Tony Elliott 4–7 Les Heard
Ken Pickett 6–7 Mike Hills
Brian Dawes 4–7 Peter Stansfield
Tony Elliott 7–5 Peter Stansfield
David Frost 6–7 Mike Hills
Brian Dawes 7–3 Les Heard
Ken Pickett 7–6 Lionel Tibble
David Frost 7–6 Les Heard
Tony Elliott 2–7 Lionel Tibble
Ken Pickett 0–7 Peter Stansfield
Brian Dawes 7–6 Mike Hills
Tony Elliott 4–7 Mike Hills
David Frost 7–4 Peter Stansfield
Brian Dawes 2–7 Lionel Tibble
Ken Pickett 7–4 Les Heard
Level v Watford lost 8 - 10
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Tony Elliott (3) Brian Dawes (3)
Ian Parkinson (1), Geoff Johnson (2), Arthur Reed (3) Anne Dennis (6)
This was a really close match with Watford actually taking more hoops (107-106) but lost narrowly on games won. I suspect the key was the games where it went to a golden hoop games because Enfield edged these by 6-2. Key players for Enfield were Tony and David who both won 3 games apiece but undoubtedly player of the day was Anne Dennis for Watford whose stroke index must have increased considerably on a day where she overcame all Enfield’s players except Ken who enjoyed a successful afternoon.
Home players shown first in all results
Ian and Anne 6-7 David and Brian
Geoff and Arthur 7-4 Ken and Tony
Ian Parkinson 6–7 David Frost
Arthur Reed 5–7 Tony Elliott
Geoff Johnson 7–2 Ken Pickett
Anne Dennis 7–6 Brian Dawes
Arthur Reed 7–5 Brian Dawes
Ian Parkinson 7–4 Ken Pickett
Anne Dennis 7–4 Tony Elliott
Geoff Johnson 4–7 David Frost
Ian Parkinson 6–7 Tony Elliott
Arthur Reed 6–7 David Frost
Geoff Johnson 6–7 Brian Dawes
Anne Dennis 4–7 Ken Pickett
Arthur Reed 6–7 Ken Pickett
Ian Parkinson 7–5 Brian Dawes
Anne Dennis 7–6 David Frost
Geoff Johnson 2–7 Tony Elliott
East v Letchworth Blues lost 7 - 11
David Frost (0), Tony Elliott (3), Des Taylor (5), Alan Foott (9)
Peter Aspinall (4), Andy Kennedy (7), Sue Bathmaker (9), Ray Scroggins (10)
Home players shown first in all results
In a match that ended with many players receiving a thorough soaking the morning started well for Enfield East. Although the doubles ended 1-1 the first round of singles saw Enfield sweep into the lead after winning all four games and left Letchworth playing catch up for the remainder of the day. With the scores standing on 3-7 to the away team at lunchtime the afternoon matches finished even-stevens resulting in a fine away win for East. East's win was thanks in the main to Des and Alan who both won three singles games each.
Peter A and Sue 6T-4T David and Alan
Andy and Ray 5-7 Tony and Des
Peter Aspinall 4–7 David Frost
Sue Bathmaker 6–7 Des Taylor
Andy Kennedy 3–7 Tony Elliott
Ray Scroggins 6–7 Alan Foott
Sue Bathmaker 4–7 Alan Foott
Peter Aspinall 5T–6T Tony Elliott
Ray Scroggins 7–6 Des Taylor
Andy Kennedy 6–5 David Frost
Peter Aspinall 4–7 Des Taylor
Sue Bathmaker 7–6 David Frost
Andy Kennedy 7–3 Alan Foott
Ray Scroggins 7–6 Tony Elliott
Sue Bathmaker 7–4 Tony Elliott
Peter Aspinall 6–7 Alan Foott
Ray Scroggins 6–7 David Frost
Andy Kennedy 4–7 Des Taylor
West (H) v Letchworth Blues won 14 - 4
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Michael Broadway (7), Frances Broadway (10)
Colin Gregory (6), Andy Kennedy (7), Sue Bathmaker (9), Ray Scroggins (10)
Home players shown first in all results
Brian and Michael 7–2 Colin and Sue
John and Frances 6–7 Andy and Ray
Brian 7–2 Colin
Michael 7-5 Sue
John 7–6 Andy
Frances 7–4 Ray
Michael 7–5 Ray
Brian 6–7 Andy
Frances 7–6 Sue
John 7–4 Colin
Brian 4–7 Sue
Michael 7–4 Colin
John 3–7 Ray
Frances 7–2 Andy
Michael 7–4 Andy
Brian 7–5 Ray
Frances 7–5 Colin
John 7–3 Sue
On a day which forecast plenty of rain the two teams got away with some quite fine weather which speeded the pace of the greens as the day progressed. The day also saw the quite remarkable achievement of Michael and Frances Broadway winning all 8 of their singles matches. And despite some fine play from the visitors it seemed they couldn’t come to terms with the relatively slower pace of the Enfield courts. That said Enfield West still scored a very large quantity of hoops which appears to be the highest number scored in the EAFC Central Division so far this season
West (H) v Newport Oaks won 12 - 6
John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (8), Frances Broadway (10)
John Siibson (6), Francis Lambert (6), Tim Ham (6), Peter Cowper (10)
Home players shown first in all results
In an enjoyable match that only had two golden hoops played throughout the home team went ahead in the doubles by 2-0 and stayed two or more games ahead throughout the day. This was a notable day for Frances Broadway who despite losing her opening singles shook off her early nerves and powered to three wins in her debut match for Enfield. John also had a great day in which he won all of his matches despite limping around whilst still recovering from his broken toe.
John St and Frances 7–6 John Si and Peter C
Peter B and Michael 7–4 Francis and Tim
John St 7–3 John Si
Michael 7–3 Tim
Peter B 5–7 Francis
Frances 4–7 Peter C
Michael 7–5 Peter C
John St 7–2 Francis
Frances 7–5 Tim
Peter B 5–7 John Si
John St 7–4 Tim
Michael 4–7 John Si
Peter B 5–7 Peter C
Frances 7–5 Francis
Michael 7–1 Francis
John St 7–4 Peter C
Frances 7–5 John Si
Peter B 5–7 Tim
West (A) v Letchworth Reds lost 13 - 5
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (8)
Robert Staddon (6), David Clancey (7), Graham Styles (8), Tracy (10)
Enfield West had a lovely day out at Letchworth but failed miserably on their lush fast greens. This was one of those rare summer days where the rain didn’t arrive until we were rounding off the day with tea and delightful home-made cakes. As for the match: only Michael managed to win two of his singles. John and Brian started well and played some great stuff in the doubles but then went on to lose 7 of their 8 singles matches between them. A quite inexplicably poor performance overall but at least John had the quite reasonable excuse of his broken toe hardly assisting his performance and Peter of course is still awaiting the arrival of his super mallet after which he will be annihilating everyone in the club.
Home team players shown first.
Robert and Tracy 2–7 Brian and John
David and Graham 7–1 Peter and Michael
Robert 7–6 Brian
Graham 6–7 Peter
David 7–4 John
Tracy 7–6 Michael
Graham 6–7 Michael
Robert 7–2 John
Tracy 7–1 Peter
David 7–2 Brian
Robert 7–4 Peter
Graham 4–7 Brian
David 4–7 Michael
Tracy 7–4 John
Graham 7–5 John
Robert 7–5 Michael
Tracy 7–5 Brian
David 7–5 Peter
East (H) v Letchworth Reds lost 8 - 10
David Frost (1), Tony Elliott (3), Brian Sturt (8), Alan Foott (9)
Peter Ross (2), David Clancy (7), Graham Styles (8), Tracy Martin (10)
Home players shown first in all results
David F and Alan 7–4 Peter and Tracy
Tony and Brian 5–7 David C and Graham
David F 6–7 Peter
Brian 4–7 Graham
Tony 6–7 David C
Alan 7–3 Tracy
Brian 3–7 Tracy
David F 7–5 David C
Alan 4–5 Graham
Tony 4–7 Peter
David F 7–6 Graham
Brian 5–7 Peter
Tony 7–3 Tracy
Alan 6–7 David C
Brian 7–4 David C
David F 7–3 Tracy
Alan 6–7 Peter
Tony 7–6 Graham
David Frost was the only Enfield player to win the majority of his singles games and the overall deciding factor in this match appears to be that the Reds won 4 of the 6 games which went to Golden Hoop. Big thanks to Alan for standing in as a reserve late in the day.
East (A) v Newport Oaks lost 8 - 10
Tony Elliott (3), Henry Hobbs (5), Des Taylor (7), Brian Sturt (8)
John Sibson (7), Maureen Goodchild (6), Francis Lambert (6), David Manley (7)
Home team players shown first throughout
Maureen and Francis 4–7 Tony and Brian
John and David 6–7 Henry and Des
John 5–7 Tony
Francis 6–7 Des
Maureen 7–4 Henry
David 6–7 Brian
Francis 3–7 Brian
John 7–6 Henry
David 7 –6 Des
Maureen 7–6 Tony
John 1–7 Des
Francis 7–5 Tony
Maureen 5–7 Brian
David 7–5 Henry
Francis 7–5 Henry
John 7–4 Brian
David 4–7 Tony
Maureen 2–7 Des
With five of the singles games going to golden hoop this was clearly a close run thing and the 8-8 singles results confirm this. So the final match result of 8-10 was actually won on the earlier doubles play where Enfield squeaked home in one of their games on the golden hoop. Brian and Des did well to win three of their games but the cold statistics do not do Henry justice as he played to make the numbers up when he clearly wasn’t anywhere near fit enough to do so.
East v West East won 10 - 8
The pre-match excuses were easily won by Enfield West when Brian Dawes (late sub playing on pain-killers), John Street (jet-lagged) and Peter Brock (using a borrowed mallet) got theirs in first. The match finally got under way after the away team showed the home team how to erect the gazebo and switch on the kettle. After that a well fought game developed, which was played in good spirit on a quickening lawn under sunny skies and was enjoyed by all. Except when I lost.
East: Tony Elliott (3), Henry Hobbs (6), Brian Sturt (7), Des Taylor (8).
West: Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (9).
Match results were as follows:
Tony and Brian S 5-7 Brian D and John
Henry and Des 7-3 Peter and Michael
Tony 4-7 Brian D
Henry 7-5 John
Brian S 3-5 Peter
Des 3-7 Michael
Brian S 7-2 Michael
Des 7-3 Peter
Tony 7-0 John
Henry 7-6 Brian D
Tony 7-3 Peter
Henry 7-3 Michael
Brian S 5-7 Brian D
Des 7-4 John
Brian S 4-7 John
Des 7-3 Brian D
Tony 5-7 Michael
Henry 6-7 Peter
I think its a great shame that these local derby matches are played at the start of each season because I think they'd be just as competitive whenever they were played.
Final at Wrest Park
East v Hunstanton lost 8 - 10
David Frost (0), Tony Elliott (3), Brian Sturt (7) Andy Davis (8)
Pauline Donner (4), Roy Donner (5), Charles Ostler (5), Ruth Cole (7)
Pauline and Charles 3-7 David and Brian
Roy and Ruth 7-6 Tony and Andy
Pauline 7-4 David
Roy 3-7 Tony
Charles 7-6 Brian
Ruth 5-7 Andy
Charles 6-7 Andy
Ruth 4-7 Brian
Pauline 7-4 Tony
Roy 7-5 David
Pauline 7-4 Brian
Roy 4-7 Andy
Charles 7-5 David
Ruth 5-7 Tony
Charles 7-5 Tony
Ruth 7-6 David
Pauline 4-7 Andy
Roy 7-4 Brian
Close games throughout and a narrow victory for Hunstanton on a day where Andy his best match yet whilst winning all his singles. David unfortunately couldn’t cope with the number of bisques he had to give away on the day. Hunstanton had the edge in the majority of the really close games and in the end this was what probably decided a close run match.
Level (A) v Northampton lost 5 - 13
We struck lucky with the weather in Northampton having left a damp Enfield to find sunshine on a windy day in the delightful setting of the hospital grounds off the Belling Road. But that was about all we struck lucky with because Northampton’s Level Play line-up of Lionel Tibble (-3), Les Heard (0), Mike Hills (0) and Pete Dowd (2) proved to be a very formidable line up indeed for David Frost (0), David Minihane (3), Brian Dawes (3) and Tony Elliot (4). I may be wrong but this is possibly the first time we’ve encountered a team with an average handicap which was in the minus bracket.
The lawns at Northampton also pose their own problems being as they are on quite a severe slope, but maybe not quite as severe as the quality of the Northampton team. Tony and David M both did very well to each win two of their games and picked up the pace and slope of the lawns early doors. Tony even managed to reduce his handicap from 4 to 3 on the day. Brian D scraped one win which was enough to see him at least gain points on the day. David G F found the slope tough going and didn’t manage to replicate his recent good form. Needless to say none of us were able to beat Lionel who’s matches all finished far quicker than we’d have liked.
Lionel and Mike thrashed David G F and Brian 7—1
Les and Pete saw off a late comeback from Tony and David M to win 7-4
Singles home team scores shown first:
Lionel 7-4 David G F
Les 5-7 David M
Mike 7-5 Brian D
Pete 7-6 Tony
Mike 2-7 Tony
Pete 5-7 Brian D
Lionel 7-4 David M
Les 7-5 David G F
Lionel 7-3 Brian D
Les 5-7 Tony
Mike 7-5 David G F
Pete 5-7 David M
Mike 7-4 David M
Pete 7-6 David G F
Lionel 7- 1 Tony
Les 7-4 Brian D
Undoubtedly the better team won but we had a lovely day out despite that, thanks in no small measure to Jayne Stevens who managed both the matches and hospitality so well for us all.
East v Southchurch Park won 9-9.
The Semi-Final was generously hosted by Chelmsford on Sunday 13th September, and a big thank you goes to John and Anne Skuse who prepared the lawns and provided refreshments throughout the day.
David Frost (0), Brian Sturt (7), Henry Hobbs (7), Des Taylor (8)
Tony Butcher (5), Dave Brown (6), Louise Cornelius (6), Alan Cornelius (8)
David and Brian 7-5 Tony and Louise
Henry and Des 7-3 Dave and Alan
East made a good start by winning both the doubles but after that it was nip and tuck all the way with 8 of the games going to the Golden Hoop
David 4-7 Tony
Brian 5-7 Dave
Henry 7-4 Louise
Des 5-7 Alan
Henry 7-6 Alan
Des 7-6 Louise
David 2-7 Dave
Brian 4-7 Tony
David 7-6 Louise
Brian 4-7 Alan
Henry 7-6 Tony
Des 7-6 Dave
Henry 7-5 Dave
Des 6-7 Tony
David 4-7 Alan
Brian 6-7 Louise
This meant that the scores were level at 9-9 and a deciding doubles match had to be played to find a winner. That honour fell to Henry and Des who had been Enfield’s key players on the day – either that or they drew the short straws to play in the game which once again went to the Golden Hoop.
With both the Enfield balls sitting some three feet in front of the hoop and close together Tony Butcher tried a shot to clear both balls but ended up knocking the blue through the hoop to give a win to Enfield 7-6 against Tony and Alan.
Sounds like quite a contest and we can only hope that the Final is less stressful for all concerned.
West (A) v Newport Oaks won 11 - 7
Brian Dawes (3), David Minihane (3), John Street (4), David Fenner (7)
Fran Lambert (5), Dennis Saville (6), Roy Darling (6) Ernie Turkington (11)
Fran and Ernie 6-7 Brian and David N F
Dennis and Roy 7-6 John and David M
Fran 7-2 Brian
Dennis 6-7 David M
Roy 5-7 John
Ernie 4-7 David N F
Roy 4-7 David N F
Ernie 7-2 John
Fran 2-7 David M
Dennis 5-7 Brian
Fran 2-7 John
Dennis 4-7 David N F
Roy 7-5 Brian
Ernie 5-7 David M
Roy 7-3 David M
Ernie 7-6 Brian
Fran 2 -7 David N F
Dennis 7-6 John
An enjoyable day’s play in good company is essentially what this match was all about given that there was nothing resting on the outcome of the game. And a lovely day it was too with the weather becoming warmer as the day progressed. Congratulations to David Fenner who produced his first clean sweep for the Club. Many thanks to our hosts who provided us with their usual excellent hospitality. If only we could have such a delightful little clubhouse on the lawns.
Level (H) v Leighton Linslade won 14 - 4
A delightful days play saw Enfield Level play team overturn their losing ways in an enjoyable match with Leighton Linslade who arrived early enough to help put the gazebo up. One theory is that we wore out Leighton before we started so this is a ploy Enfield may well try again. One very short spell of light drizzle was all anyone had to contend with weather wise and so an enjoyable days croquet was had in good company.
Ken Pickett (0), David Frost (1), Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (4)
John Thorp (1), David Ball (1), Roger Stroud (3) making his very creditable level play debut Ross Bagni (4).
Ken and Tony 5-7 John and Ross … David and Brian 5-7 David and Roger
This gave Leighton Linslade an early 2-0 lead at the end of round 1. After that however it pretty well all went Enfield’s way despite four seriously tight matches in the first round of singles which could all have probably gone either way. David’s good form continued with 4 wins, while Brian recovered from a disastrous spell of losing games to also bag 4 wins.
Ken 7 - 6 John … David 7 - 5 David … Brian 7 - 5 Roger … Tony 7 – 6 Ross
Brian 7 - 4 Ross … Tony 7 - 4 Roger … Ken 5 - 7 David … David 7 - 3 John
Ken 7 - 6 Roger … David 7 - 3 Ross … Brian 7 - 6 John … Tony 7 - 6 David
Brian 7 - 3 David … Tony 3 - 7 John … Ken 7 - 5 Ross … David 7 - 0 Roger
The cakes were also good.
Level Home v Watford lost 7 - 11
Watford visited Enfield knowing that having won their opening 4 matches a 5th victory would see them win the EACF East and West Area League. And win they did, with some fine performances from their strong team.
Ken Pickett (0), David Frost (1), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4)
Nick Archer (-2), Jason Carley (-1), John Walker (2), Geoff Johnson (2)
Ken and John 6 – 7 Nick and John
David and Brian 7 – 6 Jason and Geoff
Two very close doubles games both ending on the golden hoop saw the scores level at 1-1 but the singles went Watford’s way. Ken and Joh both bagged 2 wins apiece but Brian and David could only manage 1 apiece albeit against Jason and Nick respectively.
Ken 4 - 7 Nick … David 4 - 7 Jason … Brian 3 - 7 John … John 7 - 6 Geoff
Brian 5 - 7 Geoff … John 7 - 6 John … Ken 6 - 7 Jason … David 7 - 6 Nick
Ken 7 - 3 John … David 6 - 7 Geoff … Brian 4 - 7 Nick … John 3 - 7 Jason
Brian 7 - 4 Jason … John 5 - 7 Nick … Ken 7 - 5 Geoff … David 4 - 7 John
Many congratulations to Watford on winning the league – if they played all their matches as they did against us then they were certainly very worthy winners and we wish them the very best of fortunes in the Final.
Level v Letchworth lost 3 - 15
Essentially Letchworth absolutely spanked Enfield in a match where no Enfield player really excelled against some very fine opponents. Added to which there were altogether too many one-sided games. Brian and John both managed to have quite a disastrous string of results on the day. David came out best for Enfield with 2 wins.
David and Brian 6 – 7 Duncan and John
John and Tony 6-7 ????
Two very close games and who knows if the days play would have been different had the results gone the other way.
David 5 - 7 Duncan … Brian 4 – 7 David … John 4 - 7 John … Tony 7 - 4 Peter
John 2 - 7 Peter … Tony 2 - 7 John … David 7 - 3 David … Brian 3 - 7 Duncan
David 7 - 4 John … Brian 1 - 7 Peter … John 3 - 7 Duncan … Tony 3 - 7 David
John 4 - 7 David … Tony 2 - 7 Duncan … David 6 - 7 Peter … Brian 6 - 7 John
All credit to Duncan, David, John and Peter for a very conclusive victory and perhaps it should be remembered that Enfield enters this competition to improve the teams play by testing themselves against strong opposition. And they were certainly tested. Despite the one sided result this was a match played in great spirit and a day’s croquet enjoyed by all.
East v Newport Oaks won 11 - 7
Tough going and numerous close, well-contested matches for Enfield East as nine of the first ten games went to final or golden hoop. These included the two opening doubles which Newport Oaks won. The added pressure of requiring a result to win the Central Division of the EACF Handicap league looked like it might it might tell but Enfield worked hard for their result which was ultimately deserved in a fabulously competitive match. Tight games are always more enjoyable and satisfying for the players involved and that was the case for the vast majority of the games on the day.
David Frost (1), Brian Sturt (7), Andy Davis (8), Des Taylor (10)
Jim Potter (6), Roy Darling (6), Dennis Saville (6), Clive Cassidy (6)
David and Brian 5-7 Jim and Clive
Andy and Des 5-7 Roy and Dennis
David 7-5 Jim … Brian 6-7 Roy … Andy 7-2 Dennis … Des 7-4 Clive
Andy 5-7 Clive … Des 7-6 Dennis … David 5-7 Roy … Brian 7-6 Jim
David 7-4 Dennis … Brian 7-4 Clive … Andy 7-5 Jim … Des 3-7 Roy
Andy 7-5 Roy … Des 7-5 Jim … David 7-2 Clive … Brian 4-7 Dennis
So many congratulations to Enfield East on their successful league campaign.
West v Newport Elms won 15 - 3
This wasn’t so much a game of croquet but rather a battle with the elements to complete a match which saw many types of rain: namely drizzle, light, heavy, very heavy, persistent, seriously annoying, ridiculously wet and stair rods. It was more a trial of waterproofs than a test of skill and ended in the final stages as a battle to plough the ball through various levels of surface water. The day’s weather forecast was correct: light rain, followed by heavy rain which would become much heavier and unrelenting.
The only reason the match finished with all games played was because the players were determined to do so. That and the fact that we reduced all games to 45 minutes per match, restarted each round as soon as possible and played straight through what might have been a lunch break but more probably a drying off session. The final half of the somewhat squelchy final round was played on ever expanding puddles and it is great credit to both teams that they didn’t give up on the objective of completing all the games. This despite being soaked to the skin and the result already decided. So a massive well done to the exceedingly damp:
Enfield Air Sea Rescue
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), David Minihane (4 but now a 3), Michael Broadway (10 but now a 9)
Tim Ham (5), Bob Leeds (5), Joh Sibson (6), Peter Cowper (12)
I would doff my cap to you all if it wasn’t still soaking wet.
Congratulations are also the order of the day to David Minihane and Michael Broadway for not only winning all their singles but to also reducing their respective handicaps.
Photos taken by John after Friday's match was long finished and everything was cleared away apart from the saturated gazebo which we still had to somehow take down
and stow away in the hut. Oh what fun.... and quite amazing how quickly all this water drained away. On the plus side we didn't have to water the lawns at the weekend.
West (A) v Letchworth Blues (A) lost 7 - 11
Brian Dawes (3), David Minihane (4), David Fenner (7), Peter Brock (8)
Hugo Jeune (6), Patricia Noble (7), Colin Gregory (6), Peter Aspinall (9)
A delightful days play and fine hospitality on the green lawns at Letchworth saw Enfield West draw 1-1 in the doubles but then fall behind in the first round of singles and stay behind for the remainder of the day’s play. David Minihane was the pick of Enfield’s team winning 3 of his singles while for Letchworth Colin managed to win all four of his. There can be no excuses for Enfield it was a simply a matter of the Blues being the better team on the day.
Level (A) v Chelmsford won 15 - 3
David Frost (1), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Tony Elliott (4)
John Skuse 3, Judith Hand (5), Bob Jones (5), Tony Frewin (6)
Despite the long walk between the greens and the facilities it’s always a pleasure to visit the peace and quiet of Chelmsford and the hospitality is always good. And on this occasion it was an even bigger pleasure for David Frost, John Street and Tony Elliott who all managed to win all four of their singles matches. A pleasurable day was had by all and the weather certainly helped in this regard but I have to say I think Chelmsford played better in the past when they had Bentley in their team.
John and Tony 4-7 David and Brian
Judith and Bob 7-6 John and Tony
John 4-7 David .. Judith 4-7 Brian .. Bob 5-7 John .. Tony F 1-7 Tony E
Bob 2-7 Tony .. Tony F 6-7 John .. John 7-4 Brian .. Judith 5-7 David
John 4-7 John .. Judith 6-7 Tony .. Bob 5-7 David .. Tony F 7-5 Brian
Bob 6-7 Brian .. Tony F 5-7 David .. John 3-7 Tony .. Judith 4-7 John
East v Letchworth Reds drew 9-9
David Frost (1), Tony Elliott (4), Henry Hobbs (7) Des Taylor (10)
David Clancey (6), Robert Staddon (7), Graham Styles (8), Tracy Martin (9)
Had you seen that the score was 94 hoops to 95 you’d have thought a 9-9 score line was fair enough and you’d be right. Enfield lost both the opening doubles but held Letchworth Reds to 2-2 in the first round of singles. Three wins for Enfield in the second round of singles made it 5-5. Two games each in the third round left a nail biter for the fourth but that too finished two apiece.
David Frost coped well with his new '1' handicap to take 2 singles games, Henry won 3 of his, whilst Des excelled on the day to win all 4 of his singles matches. Unfortunately Tony found it tough giving away a total of 14 bisques on the day. An enjoyable day for all in a match which ultimately saw a fair result.
West v Letchworth Reds won 14 - 4
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Peter Brock (8), Michael Broadway (11)
David Clancey (6), Robert Staddon (7), Tracey Martin (8) Graham Styles (8)
The opening doubles were shared 1-1 with our resident invalids Brian and Peter getting the better of David and Graham 6T-4T.
The opening singles round saw Enfield leap ahead with a clean sweep and a lead which was maintained or extended throughout the day’s very warm proceedings. Despite the somewhat emphatic score line the games themselves were hard fought affairs with over half the games played on the day going to final or golden hoop.
John having returned to the lawns after an enforced spell of absence impressively won all four of his singles. The exceedingly sartorially elegant Michael kept his nerves under control to win 3 of his singles, two of which were won with impressive winning shots on the golden hoop. Peter overcame his wrist problem to also put in an notable 3 wins in the singles, while Brian did the same thanks largely to some effective pain killers.
As you might expect much liquid was consumed on a lovely hot summer’s day but the intense heat didn’t spoil an enjoyable day’s croquet which was played in a lovely spirit throughout.
East (A) v Newport Elms won 13 - 5
Another solid victory for Enfield East in hot, humid and sometimes sunny conditions, on very fast (and pretty flat) courts at Newport.
The doubles games were both close, and shared 1-1. After the first round of singles Enfield East had surged ahead to an overall score of 4-2. The second round were shared 2-2, leaving Enfield 6-4 ahead at lunch. The third round of singles went 3-1 to Enfield, giving a score of 9-5, meaning that Enfield had already achieved an unbeatable score, and needed only one more game for overall victory. But instead of relaxing, our brave warriors pulled out all the stops and won the final set of games 4-0, giving an overall score of 13-5.
All team members contributed well to the tally of wins, but special mention must go to Henry Hobbs, who won all his matches, both singles and doubles; in the singles, his results were 7-1, 7-3, 7-0 and 7-2 – which is quite outstanding! Also spare a thought for stand-in captain Tony, all of whose singles games went to the thirteenth hoop – 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6!
The day’s events were managed with exemplary efficiency by Newport’s Ernie Turkington, and excellent spirit prevailed throughout.
Tony Elliott (4), Brian Sturt (7), Henry Hobbs (7), Andy Davis (7)
Adrian Seabrook (3), Tim Ham (5), John Sibson (6), Maureen Goodchild (7)
East v Letchworth Blues won 10 - 8
David Frost (2), Tony Elliott (4), Andy Davis (7), Des Taylor (10)
Duncan Hector (-1), David Russell (8), Colin Gregory (8), Peter Aspinall (8)
David and Des 6-4T Duncan and Colin
Tony and Andy 3-7 David and Peter
David 5-7 Duncan, Tony 4-7 David, Andy 7-6 Colin and Des 7-5 Peter
Andy 6-7 Peter, Des 5-6T Colin, David 7-4 David and Tony 7-4 Duncan
David 7-3 Colin, Tony 3-7 Peter, Andy 7-6 Duncan and Des 7-6 David
Andy 3-5T Colin, Des 6-4T Peter, David 7-5 Peter and Tony 4-6T Colin
A good close fought match with some tight results which could have gone either way provided some fine sport for all
Murphy Shield v Hunstanton won
On a day where we had wind, rain and more wind our team of David Frost, Tony Elliott, David Minihane and Brian Dawes did enough to beat our long distance travellers from the Wash. Apart from the gazebo blowing away after the guy lines snapped in the high winds a good time was had by all. And if playing in blowy weather is your thing you would have loved it. Needless to say the sun came out about half an hour after the match finished.
West v East won by East 12 - 6
West have seen better days and East essentially trounced the nominal home team.