Brian Medley helps North West team to win the Pennine Cup, 13th August

Report and photos kindly provided by Liz Wilson, Fylde

Two teams of 6 players from Croquet North and The North West Federation met at Pendle for this annual competition.  The two Captains did their best to match handicaps to enable the format of 3 Level Play Doubles in the morning and 6 games of singles in the afternoon.  The morning doubles finished 2 -1 in favour of Croquet North with two of the games going to exciting “time turn” finishes in which Croquet North showed great resilience and determination.   The afternoon singles were 4 Advanced games and 2 handicap games matching the handicaps as best as could be done.  As results filtered in the score became 2 – 2 and then 3 – 2 to Croquet North.  The next match to finish made the result 4 – 2 to the visitors.  The home team’s players Steve Skelton and Phil Snowden pulled the score back to 4 – 4 and it took Brian Medley to finalise the score at 5 -4 to The North West Federation.  Thank you to non-playing Captains Liz Wilson and Julian Gibson for arranging the event and to Pendle for hosting.

NWF team selected from 5 different clubs – Westmorland, Keswick, Pendle, Bowdon and Fylde

North West Federation team, with Brian Medley holding the Pennine Cup. Left to right – Philip, Brian, Betty, Neil, Steve, Garry

Results as follows:

Neil Adams and Phil Snowden lost to Phil Errington and Nigel Durie ( – 1 on time)

Brian Medley and Betty Bates beat Terry Vernazza and David Millener (+10)

Steve Skelton and Garry Wilson lost to Derek Watts and Nigel Roberts (- 1 on time)

Neil Adams beat Phil Errington (26TP – 1)

Garry Wilson lost to David Millener (12 – 26)

Betty Bates lost to Nigel Durie (14 – 21)

Steve Skelton beat Terry Vernazza (26 -12)

Phil Snowden beat Nigel Roberts (26 – 16)

Brian Medley beat Derek Watts (26 – 14)