After success in our preliminary round match against Nottingham we are now drawn against Pendle who beat Ripon 6-1.
We played Pendle last year at Chester-le-Street, so in all likelihood the match will be away this year. It is due to be played by 9 June.
Our team of Roger Carpenter, George Cansino, Dave Parsons and Nigel Martin travelled to York on 26 April to play Nottingham in the Preliminary Round of the 2019 Murphy Shield competition.
After a very close match where the preponderance of games went to hoop 12 or 13, we prevailed 5-2.
Weatherwise, the morning was bright with sunny intervals, but while we were leading 1-0 at lunch time thanks to Dave, the doubles and the other singles were both tied one game each.
As forecast, the weather worsened slightly in the afternoon with a few light showers, but things progressed steadily in the croquet and we finally prevailed. Detailed scores were (handicaps in brackets):
Roger (2) & Nigel (3) beat Cathy Turski (4) & Bob Thompson (4): 7-6, 5-7, 7-3
Dave (4) beat Andy Dixon (9): 7-4, 7-5
George (8) lost to Particia Duke Cox (5): 7-3, 6-7, 6-7
Roger beat Cathy: 6-7, 7-5, 7-5
Nigel beat Bob: 7-6, 6-7, 7-4
Dave lost to Patricia: 7-5, 6-7, 6-7
George beat Andy: 7-6, 7-6
Many thanks to everyone who took part and to York for providing excellent facilities for the day.
We are entered into three national GC Club competitions: The Inter Club, the Murphy Shield and the Federation Shield. The last is representing Croquet North having won the Croquet North League in 2018.
In Croquet North, we shall be again entering a team into each of the two CN GC League divisions.
The 2019 AGM will take place at 2 pm on Monday 25 February, in the Clubhouse at Chester-le-Street. Agendas have been e-mailed to members.