North of England Championship

Spectators and some competitors at the presentation ceremony
The winner’s Faulkner Cup and the runner-up’s The Bowdon Cup

Our most prestigious event of the season was held over the Bank Holiday, when the sun shone all weekend and temperatures were well into the 80’s. 19 players, 17 of whom had minus handicaps, were competing. Mark Avery and Mark Suter, two of England’s top players fought an exciting final. The final was played as “best of 5”, under Super Advanced rules. Mark Avery won 3-1. The last frame was pearticularly competitive, with Mark Suter having taken black to 4-back, before Mark Avery got in and triple-peeled and pegged-out that black. A game of ‘cat and mouse’ croquet ensued with Mark Suter getting just a few very difficult opportunities, that he was never quite able to develop into a break. Mark Avery won that final game 26-15, and became the champion for the third time.

Mark Avery presented with the Faulkner Cup by Club President Brian Storey
Mark Suter presented with The Bowdon Cup by Club President Brian Storey
Mark Suter watches Mark Avery play in the last game of the final
Mark Avery pegging-out to win the Championship

The best performance by a Bowdon member was from David Maugham who reached the quarter final, only to be defeated by Alain Giraud. You can see all the scores by accessing; .

The Tollemache Plate competition was won by Joel Taylor.

Joel Taylor presented with the Tollemache Plate by Club President Brian Storey