Last Years Events

Crake Member wins Scottish Open

(July 28, 2013)

Scottish Open 2013

27-28 July 2013, Meadows

Only eight players competed in this year's Scottish Open - the smallest number since 2003.  This meant that the usual preliminary round of single games was not needed and it was best-of-three from the start.  With the top Scottish-resident players (James Hopgood and Campbell Morrison) not taking part, the first two seeds came from south of the Border: Dave Nick from Cumbria, and Sam Murray from Surbiton.  Next in the ranking were John Surgenor from Glasgow and Brian Murdoch from Edinburgh, and four more players from central Scotland made up the rest of the entry.

The first round went according to rankings, with just one slight upset when Brian lost his first game to Bill Spalding.  The match between Brian and Bill was by far the longest, with all three games going to time, and Dave, who was to play the winner, fitted in an extra game (in the Swiss) against Fergus McInnes while waiting for the result - having finished his own first match quite quickly against Bob Darling, with his 100th ranking triple in the first game.

Both semi-finals also went to three games, and the deciding game in each was held over to Sunday morning.  The top seeds came through and met in the final.  Sam took the first game +17, Dave levelled the match with a +17tp, and so there was something to entertain the spectators on Sunday afternoon: a deciding game which turned out to be very close, with a two-ball ending in which Sam made three hoops to equalise, and survived wiring lifts at penult and rover, but Dave eventually hit in and finished (+2) to get his name on the Moffat Mallet for the second time.

Meanwhile there were games in the consolation Swiss for those knocked out of the main event, and here it was John Surgenor who had most success, beating Alan Wilson and Bill Spalding to achieve a record of 5/7 for the weekend as a whole and receive the Edinburgh Plate.

The weather was sunny for much of Saturday and at the end of Sunday, but in between there was some heavy rain.  The courts never became unplayable, but they did slow down noticeably.

Thanks are due to the Meadows Club for hosting the event, and in particular to Jamieson Walker for providing lunches and to Rachel Frith and her assistants for an excellent Sunday afternoon tea.

Fergus McInnes

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Crake Valley Croquet Club gratefully acknowledges the support in recent years of the Croquet Association, Cumbria County Council (Low Furness and Ulverston Neighbourhood Forum), and Awards for All.

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