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Soham by season:
Dates for the 2017-18 winter season are now fixed but formats are still provisional where indicated.
It was back to the normal format on Sunday, and despite the adverse winter conditions outside things were a lot warmer inside the Soham Sports Centre, where a day of very competitive play again produced only two games going to time. Five teams Bygrave, Colchester, Downchester, Cambridge and Essex battled it out all day and not until the last games did it became clear that the Bygrave pair of Duncan Hector and Peter Ross had managed to clinch the day.
|Bygrave||Duncan Hector & Ross||4/5||1|
|Colchester||Steve Woolnough & David Haslam||3/5||2|
|Cambridge Univ.||Craig Winfield & Cesar Miranda-Reyes||3/5||3|
|Essex||David Maugham & Alison Jones||3/5||4|
|Downchester||Nick Steiner & Jonathan Toye||3/5||5|
|Letchwich||Nick Mounfield & Peter Allnutt||2/5||6|
|Hunstanton||Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington||2/5||7|
|Peterborough||Terrey Sparks & Paul Hetherington||0/5||8|
Alternate shots, always a popular fixture, again attracted a full entry in which only two games went to time proving its popularity. However, despite the keen play the Hunstanton pair of Jeff Race and Peter Brown managed to retain the trophy for a fourth year with a clean slate, closely followed by Letchworth who only dropped one game.
|Hunstanton||Jeff Race & Peter Brown||5/5||1|
|Letchworth||Nick Mounfield & William Gee||4/5||2|
|Essex||David Maugham & Alison Jones||3/5||3|
|Colchester||Colin & Georgeen Hemming||3/5||4|
|Bygrave||Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting||2/5||5|
|Peterborough||Adrian Kirby & Paul Hetherington||2/5||6|
|Letchester||Heather Bennett & Ann Brookes||1/5||7|
|Newport||Jim Potter & Colin Carr||0/5||8|
It was a strong field with only two teams receiving bisques and, on the other hand, two teams having a time penalty
and 3 peels to do. Bygrave 1 prevailed and continued their “deem in corner three” answer to a standard East boundary
opening. Ironically, they drew against their Bygrave 2 compatriots. Except for a loss to St Albans 1 they had
comfortable wins against everyone else. Time proved to be no problem with only two games going to time yet it was a very
evenly matched day with only one point separating the top five teams.
|Bygrave 1||Nick Mounfield & Robert Wilkinson||4˝||1|
|Hunstanton||Jeff Race & Peter Brown||4||2|
|St. Albans 1||Heather Bennett & Jon Palin||4||3|
|Essex||David Maugham & Alison Jones||4||4|
|Bygrave 2||Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting||3˝||5|
|Letchester||Nick Steiner & Terry Mahoney||0||6|
|St. Albans 2||Chris Frost & Roger Bowman||0||7|
Some early morning lawn repair was necessary to re-set the carpets that had drifted apart on Saturday. We had a full
complement of eight teams of which five received bisques and two having a time penalty and peels to do. Enfield's team
had little experience on the carpet and struggled with the quirks of speed croquet. The Hunstanton first team dominated
thanks to Jeff's well honed tactical game. The two Bygrave teams had the same game wins but lost out due to “games on
time”. In fact time was much more of a problem than yesterday with seven games out of eighteen going to time.
|Hunstanton 1||Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington||4||1|
|Bygrave 1||Nick Mounfield & Robert Wilkinson||4||2|
|Bygrave 2||Duncan Hector & Peter Ross||4||3|
|Essex||David Maugham & Alison Jones||2˝||4|
|Newport||Jim Potter & Chris van Essen||2||5|
|Colchester||Colin & Georgeen Hemming||2||6|
|Hunstanton 2||Terrey Sparks & David Haslam||1˝||7|
|Enfield||Brian Havill & John Street||0||8|
It was back to normal on the Sunday with a full entry of eight pairs which provided some very tight and intense play.
However, despite the pressure the Bygrave pairing of Duncan Hector and Peter Whiting held their own with a 100% record
of wins to take the day.
|Bygrave||Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting||5/5||1|
|Norwich||John Reddish & Sarah Barley||3/5||2|
|Colchester||Colin & Georgeen Hemming||3/5||3|
|Essex||David Maugham & Alison Jones||3/5||4|
|Letchworth||Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett||2˝/5||5|
|Suffolk Boys||Mike Percival & Peter Allnutt||2/5||6|
|Hunstanton||Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington||1/5||7|
|Pinchbeck||Terrey Sparks & Charles Ostler||˝/5||8|
It was a whole new world at the Soham Sports Centre as the winter programme got under way. The old orange fluorescent
lights had been replaced by brighter, whiter LED lights which gave the impression that the carpet had been fertilised as it
appeared much greener and not so well used.
This year five counties entered: Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk. The first
round was played as a round robin with the top three teams going through to a semi-final knock-out and the bottom two
playing off for the fourth place, which proved to be Bedfordshire with the Lincolnshire pair eliminated. In the other
two matches Herts beat Norfolk +3 and Cambs beat Beds +1(T), resulting in a final between Cambs and Herts which went
Cambridgeshire's way running out the overall winners +2. This was in itself was a surprise in that the Cambridgeshire
side had started badly, losing their first and only game to the bottom team Lincolnshire -4.
|Cambridgeshire||Adrian Kirby (-˝) & Cesar Miranda-Reyes (1)|
|Hertfordshire||Duncan Hector (-1) & Peter Whiting (6)|
|Norfolk||Jeff Race (0) & John Reddish (3˝)|
|Bedfordshire||Cliff Jones (0) & Alison Jones (˝)|
|Lincolnshire||Mike Bowser (2) & Terrey Sparks (2)|
* format provisional