Enfield v Leighton Linslade EACF GC Level Play won 12 - 6
18 September 2017
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.
South v East Semi Final EACF
10 September 2017
East won - score 9 games each. East won more hoops 106 - 101 to win.
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.
Enfield (A) v Chelmsford Level won 15 - 3
John Skuse (3), Tony Frewin (4), Judith Hand (4), Karen Jones (5)
David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (1), Brian Dawes (3), Peter Brock (4)
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.
East v Maldon Pavilion won 15 - 3
Friday 25 August
East - Peter Brock (5) David Hill (6) Michael Broadway (7) and Alan Bateman (8)
Maldon - 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 (H) v Chelmsford Green won 12 - 6.
East - Peter Brock (5) Michael Broadway (7) David Hill (8) and Alan Bateman (9)
Chelmsford Green - 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 won 10 - 8
Enfield: David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Brian Dawes (4), Peter Brock (5)
Watford: 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 blue draw 9 - 9
South: Henry, David Barnicoat, Andrew, Frances
Blue: 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 Enfield the draw and became winners of the Central League.
3 wins for Andrew and 2 each for Frances and Henry.
Level v Letchworth lost 6 - 12
Wednesday 2nd August
Enfield: David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), John Street (3) & Brian Dawes (4)
Letchworth: 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 3 rd 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.
West (A) v Meldreth win 6 - 4
Enfield 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.
Meldreth: Robert Skeen (5), Roger Wallbridge (8) and Lin Wallbridge (10)
Enfield West: Brian Sturt (6), Peter Ruddle (10) and Marian Cuckson (12)
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.
Level Enfield (A) v Northampton lost 4 - 14
Northampton: Lionel Tibble (-3), Mike Hills (0), Les Heard (0), Peter Stansfield (2)
Enfield: David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), John Street (3), Brian Dawes (4)
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.
East (A) v Southchurch won 12 - 6
Team: 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 (H) v Letchworth Reds won 12 - 6
Enfield West Team: Brian Dawes, Alan Foott, Peter Ruddle and 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.
East (A) v Maldon win 11 - 7
The Enfield East Team of 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.
Is a National knockout level play golf competition for a team of 4 players with a combined handicap of a minimum of 12
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
23 May 2017
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.
Des Taylor, Frances Broadway, Andrew Fall, David Barnicoat.
Wednesday 26 April
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.
North v South
26 August 2016
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.
Enfield North: Peter Ruddle (10), David Warren (11), David Barnicoat (11) and Marian Cuckson (11)
Enfield 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
Enfield: David Frost (0), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (3) and Tony Elliott (3)
Chelmsford: 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
LEIGHTON-LINSLADE 11-7 ENFIELD - 22nd August Level Play
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 & Roger 7-4 David & Brian
David & John 7-3 John & 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
LETCHWORTH 13-5 ENFIELD 20 August 2016
Teams: 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)
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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 & Jeremy 7-2 David F & Brian … David T & Peter 7-4 John & 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
NEWPORT ELMS 8-10 ENFIELD WEST – 4th August
Newport Elms: Clive Cassidy (6), Dennis Saville (6), Bob Leeds (6) and Roy Darling (5)
Enfield West: Brian Dawes (3), John Street (3), Peter Brock (8) and Marian Cuckson (10)
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 & Dennis 5-7 Brian & Marian … Bob & Roy 4-7 John & 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
ENFIELD EAST 11-7 NEWPORT ELMS – 22nd July 2016
Enfield East: David Frost (0), Des Taylor (5), Brian Sturt (8) and Alan Foott (9)
Newport Elms: 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 & Alan 3-7 Roy & Bob … Des & Brian 7-6 Clive & 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
ENFIELD 8-10 NORTHAMPTON 18 July – EACF Level Play
Enfield: David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Tony Elliott (3) and Brian Dawes (3)
Northampton: 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 & 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 & Brian 7-3 Mike & Les … Ken & Tony 5-7 Lionel & 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
WATFORD 8-10 ENFIELD 14th July EACF Level Play
Watford: Ian Parkinson (1), Geoff Johnson (2), Arthur Reed (3) and Anne Dennis (6)
Enfield: David Frost (0), Ken Pickett (0), Tony Elliott (3) and Brian Dawes (3)
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 & Anne 6-7 David & Brian
Geoff & Arthur 7-4 Ken & 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
LETCHWORTH BLUES 7-11 ENFIELD EAST 12th July
As seen above Alan Foott, and his opponent, ignored the elements while all others sheltered
Peter Aspinall (4), Andy Kennedy (7), Sue Bathmaker (9), Ray Scroggins (10)
David Frost (0), Tony Elliott (3), Des Taylor (5), Alan Foott (9)
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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 & Sue 6T-4T David & Alan
Andy & Ray 5-7 Tony & 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
ENFIELD WEST 14-4 LETCHWORTH BLUES 8th July
Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Michael Broadway (7), Frances Broadway (10)
Colin Gregory (6), Andy Kennedy (7), Sue Bathmaker (9), Ray Scroggins (10)
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Brian & Michael 7–2 Colin & Sue
John & Frances 6–7 Andy & 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 & 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
ENFIELD WEST 12-6 NEWPORT OAKS 6th July
Enfield West: John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (8), Frances Broadway (10)
Newport Oaks: John Siibson (6), Francis Lambert (6), Tim Ham (6), Peter Cowper (10)
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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 & Frances 7–6 John Si & Peter C
Peter B & Michael 7–4 Francis & 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
LETCHWORTH REDS 13-5 ENFIELD WEST 28th June
Letchworth Reds: Robert Staddon (6), David Clancey (7), Graham Styles (8), Tracy (10)
Enfield West: Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (8)
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 & Tracy 2–7 Brian & John … David & Graham 7–1 Peter & 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
ENFIELD EAST 8-10 LETCHWORTH REDS 22nd June
Enfield East: David Frost (1), Tony Elliott (3), Brian Sturt (8), Alan Foott (9)
Letchworth Reds: Peter Ross (2), David Clancy (7), Graham Styles (8), Tracy Martin (10)
Home players shown first in all results
David F & Alan 7–4 Peter & Tracy
Tony & Brian 5–7 David C & 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.
NEWPORT OAKS 8-10 ENFIELD EAST 3rd June 2016
Newport Oaks: John Sibson (7), Maureen Goodchild (6), Francis Lambert (6), David Manley (7)
Tony Elliott (3), Henry Hobbs (5), Des Taylor (7), Brian Sturt (8)
Home team players shown first throughout
Maureen & Francis 4–7 Tony & Brian
John & David 6–7 Henry & 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.
ENFIELD EAST beat ENFIELD WEST 10-8 in the EACF GC Handicap League local derby
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.
Enfield East: Tony Elliott (3), Henry Hobbs (6), Brian Sturt (7), Des Taylor (8).
Enfield West: Brian Dawes (3), John Street (4), Peter Brock (7), Michael Broadway (9).
Match results were as follows:
Tony & Brian S 5-7 Brian D & John
Henry & Des 7-3 Peter & 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.