Win against Jarrow in the first League match of 2024

Our second team welcomed newcomers Jarrow i on Wednesday 15 May at Chester-le-Street for our first Division 3 match of the Croquet North GC League in 2024.

Our team of Arthur, Derek, Madeleine and Natalie got off to a sparkling start winning all the morning games, After lunch, Jarrow got more accustomed to our lawns and put up a spirited display managing to share the spoils. So the final score was a win to Durham: 13.5 to 4.5.

Next round of the Murphy Shield

Our match against Branston in the national Inter-Club Murphy Shield competition has been arranged for Thursday 13 June and will take place on neutral territory at York Croquet Club.

Home league match – Wednesday 15 May

Our second team will be entertaining Jarrow in their first match of the 2024 season on Wednesday 15 May. As a result there will be no no roll-up play that day, although spectators will be very welcome.

Durham best Pendle in the opening round of the 2024 Murphy Shield Competition

Played on Thursday 25 April 2024 at Chester-le-Street

Durham was pleased to welcome Pendle for the first competitive match of the season, with the lawns in very good shape after the winter treatment by the council groundsmen.  The teams were:
Durham: William Steadman (1), Andrew Carpenter (2), Nigel Martin (3) and George Cansino (7)
Pendle: Paul Dowdall (2), Libby Dixon (3), Mike Bradbury (4) and Andrea Widdison (6)

During a cold and cloudy morning, William and Andrew beat Paul and Libby in the doubles 7-4, 7-6, Nigel beat Andrea 7-1, 7-2, and Mike beat George 7-5, 7-4; leaving it 2-1 to Durham at lunch.

Following heavy rain over lunch time, the skies cleared to give a sunny afternoon where the spoils were shared with Paul beating William 7-6, 4-7, 7-5, Andrew beat Libby 7-3, 7-5, Nigel beat Mike 7-6, 7-4, and Andrea beat George 7-5, 7-4.

So a victory to Durham by 4 matches to 3, accompanied by much appreciated homemade cake and biscuits.

Thursday 25 April 2024 – Murphy Shield home match vs Pendle

We have again entered the Murphy Shield competition (national club knock-out competition with restricted handicaps) and will be playing our Preliminary Round match against Pendle at Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street on Thursday 25 April.

This involves the use of both lawns and is an all-day match (a doubles and two singles before lunch and four singles after lunch – each match the best of three level-play games). As a consequence, there will be no club roll-up play that day.

Spectators are, of course, welcome.

Some final non-play days and the end of the season

We have two non-roll-up days the week after next.

On Monday 4 September, we have a friendly arranged with the Jarrow U3A club, and on Saturday 9 September, our greens are hosting the Turner Goblet, Croquet North’s open GC singles competition.

Finally, the playing season winds up on Saturday 16 September as we have been told that the Council need to take over the greens for their winter maintenance programme starting after that weekend.

John Cotes Trophy winner – 2023

Congratulations to Roger Carpenter (right) on winning the John Cotes Trophy this year beating Peter Tymms (left) in the final 7-3, and to Susan Martin (centre) who won the plate competition.

Apart from a few scattered spots of rain, the weather stayed good throughout and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks to the various members who provided good quantities of delicious cakes.

No regular play on Saturday 12 August

Please note that, due to a home Division 1 league match against Alnmouth on 12 August, there will be no regular roll-up play that day. Spectators are, of course, very welcome to help cheer on the team.