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WCF World Association Croquet Championship 2008

The 11th WCF World Association Croquet Championship was held in Christchurch, New Zealand for the Wimbledon Cup.

2nd - 10th February 2008

 

Champion: Chris Clarke (England)

Chris Clarke with the Wimbeldon Trophy

 

 

 

Full Results below

 

Commentaries:-

Quarter-Final Stage (Jenny Clarke et al)

David Maugham v Aaron Westerby

Chris Clarke v James Death

Robert Fulford v Keith Aiton

Shane Davis v Stephen Mulliner

 

Conclusion of Quarter-Final Stage (Ian Burridge)

Maugham v Westerby

Semi-Final Stage

Fulford v Clarke (Ian Burridge)

Westerby v Mulliner (David Maugham)

Final

Clarke v Mulliner (Ian Burridge) (David Maugham)

New Zealand Championship web site

Pre-Championship Information

RESULTS


Group A
Name RB JK IL AR BW DG JN RB LF DH Played Won Place
Reg Bamford   24 0 26qp 26tp 26tp 26tp 26sxp 26 26tp 9 7 2=
Jonathan Kirby 26tp   26tp 26tp 26 26 26 26 22 26 9 9 1
Ian Lines 26 0   26 26 26 9 26 26 26 9 7 2=
AJ Reid 4 0 5   26tp 26tp 10 26 26qp 23 9 5 4=
Brian Wislang 2 6 0 0   20 9 26tp 11 26tp 9 3 7=
Doug Grimsley 0 1 4 1 19   9 26 26tp 26 9 3 7=
Jeff Newcombe 0 22 26 26 19 26   6 17 26 9 5 4=
Robin Brown 0 0 1 13 24 10 26tp   1 26 9 2 9
Liz Fleming 2 14 2 3 26 2 26 26   26 9 4 6
David Hajn 13 7 13 17 3 13 7 2 2   9 0 10
Group B
Name CC JS JG RL AJ JH DB CW MM DD Played Won Place
Chris Clarke   26tp 20 26tp 26 26 26tp 26 26tp 26tp 9 8 2
Jerry Stark 15   0 4 26 9 26 26 26 26 9 5 5
John Gibbons 26otp 26tp   26tp 25 26tp 26 26 26 26 9 9 1
Robert Lowe 0 26tp 0   21 26 26tp 26 15 23 9 6 3=
Andrew Johnston 23 10 23 26   26tp 26 26 26tp 26tp 9 6 3=
John Hardy 0 26tp 6 19 0   21 17 11 26 9 3 7
Dennis Bulloch 2 3 25 9 5 15   26 21 26 9 2 8=
Chris Williams 24 3 11 21 9 26tp 15   17 26 9 2 8=
Margaret Melville 0 15 8 13 0 26 26 26   26 9 4 6
Danny Davids 0 3 1 10 3 10 14 13 0   9 0 10
Group C
Name RF ID BC ME SD JP SJ SW DD AV Played Won Place
Robert Fulford   0 26 26tp 26tp 26 26 26 26 26 9 8 1=
Ian Dumergue 26tp   0 26 26 15 26tp 26 26tp 26 9 8 1=
Brian Cumming 9 26tp   1 13 26 26 26 26 26 9 6 3=
Marcus Evans 0 9 26tp   13 26 26tp 26tp 26tp 19 9 6 3=
Shane Davis 0 1 26 26   26tp 26 24 26 26tp 9 6 3=
John Prince 14 12 18 9 0   26 26 23 26 9 4 6
Steve Jones 9 11 17 9 20 16   26 26 10 9 2 8
Simon Watkins 10 19 17 14 26 7 13   26 23 9 3 7
Duncan Dixon 9 9 16 0 11 22 0 5   16 9 1 9=
Anton Varnas 6 2 0 17 0 2 18 4 3   9 1 9=
Group D
Name DM GB SF LM SJ KB JW PD NM BH Played Won Place
David Maugham   26tp 26otp 2 26 26stp 26tp 26 26 26tp 9 8 1=
Greg Bryant 0   26tp 26tpo 22 10 26 23 26 26tp 9 6 3
Stephen Forster 16 0   9 7 26 2 20 26 26tp 9 3 8
Leo McBride 26tp 13 26tp   23 26tp 24 26 26 26 9 8 1=
Stewart Jackson 19 21 26 22   15 26 19 26 26 9 4 6=
Kevin Beard 19 23 0 0 26   26 2 26tp 26 9 5 4=
Jack Wicks 9 1 26 18 22 10   26tp 26tp 26tp 9 4 6=
Phillip Drew 17 24 24 16 26tp 26 21   14 26 9 5 4=
Nelson Morrow 2 0 11 4 21 0 1 26   26 9 2 9
Bruno Hess 1 0 0 1 13 1 3 2 6   9 0 10
Group E
Name RB AW SP BJ PB RK NB TH JG KW Played Won Place
Rutger Beijderwellen   1 8 0 26tp 26tp 26 26tp 26tp 26 9 6 4
Aaron Westerby 26tp   26tpo 26 1 25 26 26 8 26 9 7 2=
Samir Patel 26 14   23 26 26 26 26tp 26 26 9 8 1
Bob Jackson 26tp 13 21   26 26 26 26 26 26 9 7 2=
Paul Bennett 0 26 11 2   26 17 9 26 26 9 5 5
Rod Kirk 5 4 22 18 23   17 26 26tp 26tp 9 4 6=
Neil Bonnar 7 4 14 9 14 13   26 7 19 9 1 9=
Tony Hall 6 4 0 6 26tp 10 22   15 26 9 2 8
Jerry Guest 0 26 10 8 9 0 26 26   26 9 4 6=
Kevin Wells 1 0 4 1 8 1 26 11 6   9 1 9=
Group F
Name KA BF PS MW CI MP AL PP JB MY Played Won Place
Keith Aiton   16 26tpo 26tpo 26tp 26 26 15 26 26 9 7 1=
Bruce Fleming 26tp   26tp 10 18 17 26 26 23 26tp 9 6 3=
Paul Skinley 18 0   26 26 26tp 26 26 26 26 9 7 1=
Michael Wright 14 26tp 1   26 26 26 26 23 26tp 9 6 3=
Colin Irwin 0 26 17 13   0 26 26 26 26 9 5 5
Mark Prater 16 26 12 0 26tp   21 21 26 26tp 9 4 6=
Ailsa Lines 9 4 12 9 5 26   26 26 26 9 4 6=
Peter Parkinson 26 24 19 11 14 26 7   12 26 9 3 8=
Jim Bast 11 20 18 26 21 3 16 26   26 9 3 8=
Masaaki Yamada 5 0 0 0 3 8 11 0 16   9 0 10
Group G
Name SM JD IB JC RL KB TM JV RG VC Played Won Place
Stephen Mulliner   26tp 23 26tpo 0 10 26stp 26tp 26tp 26 9 6 3=
James Death 18   26tp 21 26 12 26 26tp 26tp 26 9 6 3=
Ian Burridge 26otp 0   26 26 26 14 26 26tp 26tp 9 7 1=
Jenny Clarke 13 26otp 23   26 26 26 26 26 26 9 7 1=
Ron Lloyd 26 0 11 8   12 10 26 19 26 9 3 8
Ken Bald 26 26 0 14 26   14 24 26 26 9 5 5=
Tim Murphy 5 2 26 9 26tp 26   8 26 26 9 5 5=
John Versey 7 9 16 18 23 26 26   26 26 9 4 7
Richard Griffiths 0 0 1 4 26 4 22 1   20 9 1 9=
Vincent Commarieu 10 0 17 8 11 12 10 3 24   9 1 9=
Block H
Name PL PC JH CP DO TG DB TB EN JO Played Won Place
Peter Landrebe   19 26 1 26 26 26tp 26 26tp 26tp 9 7 2=
Paddy Chapman 26tp   17 26tp 0 26tp 26tp 26 26tp 26tp 9 7 2=
Joe Hogan 4 26tp   25 9 20 26 10 26 26 9 4 6=
Chris Patmore 26 3 26   0 13 16 14 26 26tp 9 4 6=
David Openshaw 13 26 26 26   26 26 26 26 26 9 8 1
Toby Garrison 24 2 26 26 9   26 26 26 26 9 6 4
David Bent 1 2 9 26 3 2   8 26 26 9 3 8
Trevor Bassett 4 9 26tp 26 5 10 26   26tp 26 9 5 5
Evan Newell 0 0 1 6 11 9 18 0   0 9 0 10
Juan Ojeda 2 0 13 0 1 4 11 5 26   9 1 9

Group Play-Off's

 

From Group A, AJ Reid (NZ) and Jeff Newcombe (AUS) play for one place.

From Group C, Brian Cumming (CAN), Shane Davis (NZ) and Marcus Evans (ENG) play for two places.

From Group D, Kevin Beard (AUS) and Philip Drew (NZ) play for one place.

 

Play-offs are at United Croquet Club on Tuesday 5 February

 

AJ Reid 26tp beat Jeff Newcombe 0
AJ Reid qualifies for the knockout

Shane Davis 26 beat Marcus Evans 23
Shane Davis qualifies for the knockout

Phillip Drew 26tp beat Kevin Beard 2
Phillip Drew qualifies for the knockout

Marcus Evans 26 beat Brian Cumming 21
Marcus Evans qualifies for the knockout

 

Knock-out

 

Round 1 (Best of 3 games)

RESULTS (number denotes seeding)

Shane Davis (NZ) bt 1-Reg Bamford (South Africa) 26-18 4-26 26tp-9

Ian Lines (England) bt Greg Bryant (NZ) 26-20 20-19

Michael Wright (NZ) bt Peter Landrebe (Australia) 0-26tp 26-23 26-11

8-Stephen Mulliner (England) bt Robert Lowe (NZ) 18-26, 26-22, 26-18

5-David Maugham (England) bt David Openshaw (England) 1-26 26tp-1 26-9

Paddy Chapman (NZ) bt Leo McBride (Canada) 26tp-16 10-26 26-21

Aaron Westerby (NZ) bt Ian Burridge (England) 26-8 26-4

4-Rutger Beijderwellen (Netherlands) bt Phillip Drew (NZ) 26stp-11 26tp-8

3-Robert Fulford (England) bt AJ Reid (NZ) 26tp-0 26tp-0

Paul Skinley (New Zealand) bt John Gibbons (England) 23-26, 26-18, 11-8(T)

Ian Dumergue (Australia) bt Jenny Clarke (NZ) 26-21, 10-26, 23-22

6-Keith Aiton (Scotland) bt Toby Garrison (NZ) 12-26 26-4 26-15

7-James Death (England) bt Marcus Evans (England) 26-10 26-4

Samir Patel (England) bt Bruce Fleming (Australia) 26-9, 26-10

Bob Jackson (NZ) bt Jonathan Kirby (Scotland) 26-15 26-14

2-Chris Clarke (England) bt Andrew Johnston (Ireland) 26-3, 26-2

 

Round 2 (Best of 3 games)

Shane Davis (NZ) bt Ian Lines (Eng) 19-26, 26-13, 26-5;

Stephen Mulliner (Eng) bt Michael Wright (NZ) 26-0, 22-26, 26-20;

David Maugham (Eng) bt Paddy Chapman (NZ) 26tp-22, 26tp-1;

Aaron Westerby (NZ) bt Rutger Beiderwellen (Ned) 1-26, 26tp-9, 26-13;

Robert Fulford (Eng) bt Paul Skinley (NZ) 26-0, 26-9;

Keith Aiton (Sco) bt Ian Dumergue (Aus) 26-0, 26-10;

James Death (Eng) bt Samir Patel (Eng) 26-7, 26tp-22;

Chris Clarke (Eng) bt Bob Jackson (NZ) 26-7, 26-22.

 

Quarter-Finals (Best of 5 games)

Stephen Mulliner (Eng) bt Shane Davis (NZ) 26tp-12, 26tp-6, 26-10;
Aaron Westerby (NZ) bt David Maugham (Eng) 26-12, 21-26, 12-26, 26-22

Robert Fulford (Eng) bt Keith Aiton (Sco) 26tp-8, 26-9, 26-1;

Chris Clarke (Eng) bt James Death (Eng) 26-9, 26-15, 26-18.

Semi-Finals (Best of 5 games)

Stephen Mulliner (Eng) bt Aaron Westerby (NZ) 26-16, 26-19, 26-9;
Chris Clarke (Eng) bt Robert Fulford (Eng) 0-26tp, 0-26tp, 26tpo-15, 26-9, 26-0.


Final

Chris Clarke (Eng) bt Stephen Mulliner (Eng) 9-26tp, 26tp-0, 26-17, 26-14.



PLATE COMPETITION

 

Results of games

Tim Murphy 26     Anton Varnas 10
Joe Hogan 26tp     Jeff Newcombe 0
Brian Wislang 26     Nelson Morrow 7
Tony Hall 26     Paul Bennett 13
Chris Patmore 26     Ron Lloyd 5
John Versey 26     Bruno Hess 18
David Bent 26     Vincent Commarieu 9
Dennis Bulloch 26     Robin Brown 16
Kevin Wells 26     Masaaki Yamada 2
Brian Cumming 26     Mark Prater 19
Duncan Dixon 26     Margaret Melville 17
Trevor Bassett 26tp     Doug Grimsley 15
Simon Watkins 26tp     Richard Griffiths 0
Stewart Jackson 26     Neil Bonnar 2
Stephen Forster 26tpo     Colin Irwin 15
John Prince 26tp     Evan Newell 9
Rod Kirk 26     Jerry Stark 1
John Hardy 26     Chris Williams 22
Kevin Beard 26     Jim Bast 11
Jack Wicks 26     Danny Davids 5
Ken Bald 26     Ailsa Lines 10
Ken Bald 26     Kevin Beard 2
Jack Wicks 26     Rod Kirk 3
Jerry Stark 26     John Hardy 0
Ailsa Lines 26     Margaret Melville 25
Jim Bast 26     Duncan Dixon 12
Chris Williams 26     Danny Davids 13
Stewart Jackson 26     Trevor Bassett 12
Jerry Guest 26tp     Simon Watkins 19
Doug Grimsley 26tp     Kevin Wells 4
David Hajn 26     Masaaki Yamada 15
Colin Irwin 26     Brian Cumming 15
Mark Prater 26     Stephen Forster 11
Chris Patmore 26stp     Joe Hogan 17
David Bent 19     Jeff Newcombe 18
Nelson Morrow 25     Tony Hall 23
Brian Wislang 26     Ron Lloyd 14
John Versey 26     Dennis Bulloch 16
AJ Reid 26tpo     Tim Murphy 21
Vincent Commarieu 26     Bruno Hess 8
Anton Varnas 22     Robin Brown 16
Ken Bald 26     Jack Wicks 6
Kevin Beard 26     Chris Williams 16
Rod Kirk 26tp     Danny Davids 0
Jerry Stark 26     Jim Bast 9
Duncan Dixon 26tp     John Hardy 10
Stewart Jackson 26     Jerry Guest 2
Trevor Bassett 26     Mark Prater 9
Doug Grimsley 26     Stephen Forster 5
Simon Watkins 26     Kevin Wells 1
Neil Bonnar 24     Richard Griffiths 19
Colin Irwin 26     John Hardy 22
Ron Lloyd 26     Bruno Hess 0
AJ Reid 26     Vincent Commarieu 3
John Versey 26     Jeff Newcombe 11
Nelson Morrow 26     Anton Varnas 3
Brian Wislang 26     Tim Murphy 23
Jenny Clarke 26     Marcus Evans 13
Ron Lloyd 26     Jim Bast 3
Stephen Forster 26tp     Chris Williams 0
Anton Varnas 16     Kevin Wells 11
John Hardy 26tp     Vincent Commarieu 0
Jeff Newcombe 25     Margaret Melville 11
Robin Brown 26     Richard Griffiths 21
Evan Newell 26     Danny Davids 9
Brian Wislang 26     AJ Reid 0
John Prince 26     David Hajn 10
Stewart Jackson 23     John Versey 19
David Bent 26     Chris Patmore 13
Jerry Stark 26     Colin Irwin 15
Trevor Bassett 26     Kevin Beard 20
Simon Watkins 26     Jack Wicks 12
Rod Kirk 26     Doug Grimsley 13
Mark Prater 26     Jerry Guest 1
Stephen Forster 26tp     Ron Lloyd 2
Chris Williams 26     Jim Bast 19
Tony Hall 26     Brian Cumming 17
Leo McBride 26otp     Joe Hogan 12
Paul Bennett 26     Bruno Hess 0
Ken Bald 22     Phillip Drew 21
Robert Lowe 26     Tim Murphy 18
Duncan Dixon 22     Greg Bryant 18
Neil Bonnar 14     Ailsa Lines 9
Paul Bennett 26     Evan Newell 19
Danny Davids 18     Bruno Hess 12
Simon Watkins 26     Rod Kirk 13
Doug Grimsley 26     Jack Wicks 14
David Bent 22     Brian Wislang 18
AJ Reid 21     David Hajn 19
Trevor Bassett 26     Jerry Stark 2
Kevin Beard 26     Colin Irwin 19
Chris Patmore 22     John Versey 18
John Prince 26     Nelson Morrow 15
Vincent Commarieu 26     Kevin Wells 14
John Hardy 26     Anton Varnas 0
Leo McBride 26tp     Tony Hall 0
Joe Hogan 26     Brian Cumming 9
Jeff Newcombe 26tp     Robin Brown 0
Marcus Evans 26     Jerry Guest 19
Greg Bryant 26     Phillip Drew 0
Stephen Forster 26     John Hardy 15
Margaret Melville 26     Richard Griffiths 11
Robert Lowe 26     Ken Bald 22
Jim Bast 26     Robin Brown 6
Richard Griffiths 26     Bruno Hess 10
Chris Williams 26     Vincent Commarieu 23
Ron Lloyd 26     Paul Bennett 25
Evan Newell 26     Kevin Wells 11
Duncan Dixon 20     Mark Prater 18
Tim Murphy 18     Neil Bonnar 15
Leo McBride 26     Greg Bryant 7
Tony Hall 23     Joe Hogan 19
Robert Lowe 26     Nelson Morrow 4
John Prince 26tpo     Stewart Jackson 20
Rod Kirk 26     Kevin Beard 17
Simon Watkins 26     Brian Wislang 11
Brian Cumming 26     Ken Bald 21
Brian Cumming 26     Dennis Bulloch 10
Leo McBride 26     Tim Murphy 6
Stephen Forster 26tp     Vincent Commarieu 0
Jim Bast 26     Kevin Wells 14
Duncan Dixon 26     John Versey 21
Simon Watkins 0     AJ Reid 1 Reid conceded
John Prince 26     Michael Wright 19
Duncan Dixon 25     Simon Watkins 7
Robert Lowe 26     Stephen Forster 12
Doug Grimsley 22     Tony Hall 21
Ken Bald 26     Rod Kirk 8
Chris Patmore 22     Brian Wislang 12
Ian Lines 26     David Bent 16
Trevor Bassett 22     Leo McBride 13
Greg Bryant 26     Robin Brown 1
Richard Griffiths 26     Dennis Bulloch 4
Joe Hogan 26     Jim Bast 15
Greg Bryant 26     Joe Hogan 17
Brian Cumming 26     Jack Wicks 6
Paul Bennett 26tp     Kevin Beard 0
Paddy Chapman 26tp     Ron Lloyd 0
Tim Murphy 26     Bye 0
Stephen Forster 26tp     Ken Bald 1
Robert Lowe 26     Rod Kirk 16
John Hardy 22     John Versey 19
Paddy Chapman 26tp     Dennis Bulloch 8
Doug Grimsley 26     Simon Watkins 6
Brian Wislang 26     Tony Hall 2
Trevor Bassett 26     John Prince 20
Michael Wright 23     David Bent 22
Chris Patmore 26     Duncan Dixon 0
Ian Lines 26     Leo McBride 9
Paul Bennett 26     Robin Brown 14
Tim Murphy 26     Ron Lloyd 23
Joe Hogan 26     Kevin Beard 10
Richard Griffiths 26     Jim Bast 19
Greg Bryant 21     Brian Cumming 13
Paul Bennett 26     John Versey 5
Kevin Beard 26     Dennis Bulloch 12
Paddy Chapman 26     Jim Bast 1
Robin Brown 26     Joe Hogan 20
Ron Lloyd 26     Richard Griffiths 18
Greg Bryant 26tp     John Hardy 2
Chris Patmore 26     Doug Grimsley 12
Duncan Dixon 26tpo     Brian Wislang 23
Robin Brown 26     Ron Lloyd 1
Paddy Chapman 26tp     Richard Griffiths 0
Robert Lowe 26     Trevor Bassett 8
Brian Cumming 26     Tim Murphy 14
Michael Wright 26     Ian Lines 0
David Bent 26     Stephen Forster 16
Leo McBride 18     John Prince 13
Ian Lines 26     Chris Patmore 8
John Prince 26     David Bent 12
Robin Brown 26tp     Brian Cumming 1
Greg Bryant 26     Paul Bennett 22
John Hardy 26     Jim Bast 11
Paul Bennett 24     David Bent 23
Ian Lines 26     Trevor Bassett 9
Chris Patmore 26     John Prince 17
Leo McBride 26     Danny Davids 1
Michael Wright 26tp     Dennis Bulloch 21

 

Plate Swiss results Final Table  
Minimum 9 games to qualify
Player Games Wins Win Ratio
Stewart Jackson 5 4 80%
Duncan Dixon 9 7 78%
Chris Patmore 9 7 78%
Robert Lowe 9 7 78%
Ian Lines 10 7 70%
Simon Watkins 9 6 67%
John Prince 9 6 67%
Trevor Bassett 9 6 67%
Paul Bennett 9 6 67%
Paddy Chapman 9 6 67%
Leo McBride 11 7 64%
Ken Bald 8 5 63%
Doug Grimsley 8 5 63%
Greg Bryant 10 6 60%
Stephen Forster 10 6 60%
Michael Wright 10 6 60%
Jerry Stark 5 3 60%
Brian Wislang 9 5 56%
David Bent 9 5 56%
Brian Cumming 10 5 50%
John Hardy 10 5 50%
Rod Kirk 8 4 50%
Chris Williams 6 3 50%
Neil Bonnar 4 2 50%
Evan Newell 4 2 50%
Jenny Clarke 4 2 50%
Joe Hogan 9 4 44%
Kevin Beard 9 4 44%
Tim Murphy 9 4 44%
AJ Reid 7 3 43%
Tony Hall 7 3 43%
Ron Lloyd 10 4 40%
Robin Brown 10 4 40%
Mark Prater 5 2 40%
Anton Varnas 5 2 40%
Jeff Newcombe 5 2 40%
Colin Irwin 5 2 40%
Nelson Morrow 5 2 40%
John Versey 8 3 38%
Richard Griffiths 9 3 33%
Jack Wicks 6 2 33%
David Hajn 3 1 33%
Ailsa Lines 3 1 33%
Vincent Commarieu 7 2 29%
Jim Bast 11 3 27%
Marcus Evans 4 1 25%
Margaret Melville 4 1 25%
Jerry Guest 4 1 25%
Danny Davids 6 1 17%
Dennis Bulloch 7 1 14%
Kevin Wells 7 1 14%
Phillip Drew 4 0 0%
Masaaki Yamada 2 0 0%
Bruno Hess 6 0 0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plate Knock-Out

Quarter-Final

James Death (Eng) bt Simon Watkins (Aus) 26-14

Duncan Dixon (NZ) bt Ian Lines (Eng) 26-14

Chris Patmore (Eng) bt Trevor Bassett (Aus) 26-5

Robert Lowe (NZ) bt Paddy Chapman (NZ) 26-1

Semi-Final

James Death (Eng) bt Duncan Dixon (NZ) 26-16

Chris Patmore (Eng) bt Robert LKowe (NZ) 23-14

Final

James Death (Eng) bt Chris Patmore (Eng) 26sxp-0, 25-26tp, 26-2.

Developing nations' plate

Round 1:

Masaaki Yamada (Jap) bt Anton Varnas (Swe) 12-8
Vincent Commarieu (Fra) bt Danny Davids (Swi) 26-11
Kevin Wells (IoM) bt Bruno Hess (Ger) 19-13
David Hajn (Cze) bye

Semi-Finals:

Vincent Commarieu bt Masaaki Yamada 21-14
David Hajn bt Kevin Wells 23-18

Final:

David Hajn bt Vincent Commarieu 26-16

3rd and 4th play-off:

Masaaki Yamada bt Kevin Wells 26-19

Consolation match:

Danny Davids bt Anton Varnas 14-12

The Developing Nations' Plate was presented to the winner, David Hajn, by WCF President David Openshaw and Croquet NZ President Sue Piper at the close of play at the Cashmere Croquet Club.

Commentaries

 

 


Commentary of Quarter-Final Stage Friday 8 February

Commentary by Jenny Clarke

 

David Maugham v Aaron Westerby

Chris Clarke v James Death

Robert Fulford v Keith Aiton

Shane Davis v Stephen Mulliner


Forecast for today is fine with fresh northeasterlies and a maximum temperature of 22C.
Forecast tomorrow is often cloudy with northeasterlies and max 24C.
We may have a damp final

Todays matches in the quarter final are best-of-five.

8:58 a.m. 8/02/2008
Lawn6
Early start for Chris Clarke and James Death. James won the toss, chose to start, Chris chose R/Y
James with a supershot just south of hoop5. Chris to mid East boundary, James misses to corner 4, and Chris misses partner from the end of A baulk.
James shot at Chris with his supershot ball which was partly wired, hits hoop5 ending up a yard south of Chris's 2 balls.
On other lawns warmups going on for David Maugham v Aaron Westerby (Lawn2), Robert Fulford v Keith Aiton (lawn1), Shane Davis v Stephen Mulliner (Lawn 4).
James has wandered over to declare "I'm rough", seems to be drawing parallels with the batting of the NZ tail yesterday.
Chris rushes James' ball down to C4 and has a cannon which sends black near the peg and gives him a longish approach to hoop1 which puts blue towards 2, but ends up unrunnable. Retires to 6 y s of partner on EB.
James misses from hoop2 to partner, about a 10 yarder - actually a perfect double with Chris in he background.
Meanwhile keith opens with a deep supershot.
Chris is picking up a break. He'll be having a go at hoop 1 off an enemy ball - hoops could be exciting today.
Chris rushes poorly to a few yards N of 1.
Rob misses dribble at supershot ball.
Stephen with deep supershot. Shane has joined up with it. Stephen hits 3rd turn.
Chris: "They're miles faster than they were yesterday, this is going to be a real day"
Chris has established a break.
Keith has hit partner and starting on a 3rd turn break.
Stephen rushes nicely to 1.
Cool so far, light breeze.
Dave starts with an anti-duffer.
James: "oops"
Aaron has a duffer against Dave anyway, just south of 6.
Dave taking the long shot at partner towards C4 ... misses.
Keith with a difficult approach to 2, gives himself slightly angled 2 yarder. Grovels through - don't see him hitting anything after that shot. Ref coming ...
Aaron hits his duffer rushing it most of the way to corner 4.
Good shot by Keith to hit deep reception ball, 3rd turn break continues.
Stephen's lawn currently in full shade, others in sunlight apart from C3 of Chris's.
All these matches are best-of-5 with no time limits. If darkness comes the matches will adjourn and continue tomorrow morning.
Keith has grovelled through 4, but has an easy shot on partner to continue.
Chris putting together a defensive leave with James's black a yard south of C2.
Aaron with a slightly angled hoop2 to get his break going, smashes through and comes out at a wide angle. Still a bit of work to do with a rough hoop3 pioneer.
Chris now on 4back, constructing his leave with James a yard south of C2 and half-way up EB, laying up tight in C4.
Stephen on 4back, Having a dream leave with partner a few yards in from west boundary.
Keith approaching 1back on his 3rd turn break.
Aaron has now run hoop3 and has a 4ball break established.
James has hit from mid EB at Chris's balls. No cannon, but he has a nice rush towards the C2 ball.. Rushes it just south of partner and gets nice rush to hoop1 which come up short.
Shane has hit the long shot down from north boundary.
James sticks in 1 off partner having approached the hoop off partner sending it SE of the hoop to get a rush to C4.
Chris shooting from C4 at a ball and a bit with his 4back ball - hits.
Quality dropping a bit:
Shane failed 1 off partner.
Keith stuck in 3back.
Chris left black at 1, peels blue rushing it up to 2 probably wired from partner.
Stephen misses narrowly.
Chris rolls off south of C3 about 2 balls apart.
Keith having 3back (hoop4) checked... and reset. Apparently only about 1/64 clearance, so not jammed, but hoop was reset.
James misses long double from near hoop1.
Chris rushes well to 1, let's see if he copes with a standard triple with these hoops. Probably still early enough that the lawns are slow enough for it to be comfortable.
Rob with his 4th turn shot from Abaulk - hits partner.
Aaron having a 4th turn diagonal spread with west boundary ball on the boundary.
Rob is through hoop1. But a bit hampered. Misses blue but hits red up near hoop2, rushing it towards 6. Who says Rob is lucky!
Chris's first peel misses badly ending up east and a bit north of the hoop.
Chris getting the balls sorted out for a delayed TP attempt.
Aaron's leave finally finished. Dave lifted the ball from west boundary, taking the defensive lift. Hits.
Breeze getting up and Robert has a long hoop2 which he runs.
Chris doesn't get the peel, but the break is ok. TP is now abandoned.
General update: Chris on break to the peg, Rob, Shane and Dave on equalising breaks.
9:47 a.m. 8/02/2008
Shane has an MSL. Not happy with his ball at hoop4 (last ball to be placed) and jumps over it going into the corner.
Chris made rover off partner, has blue (hoop2 ball in the jaws of 3back, puts black to about 12 y s of C3, looking at where to lay up.
Stephen missed 8 yarder from hoop4 at Shanes 4back ball in C4. Shane playing 4back ball and resetting.
Chris's balls across C4 leaving no doubles. 4back and peg plays 1 and 1.
James lifted ball from in hoop4, taking short shot at Chris. Hits.
James rushes yellow to black, takes off off lawn next to partner giving Chris's peg ball a 4 footer.
Stephen has missed Shane's leave shooting from hoop1 to hoop2. MSL ball still in place and Shane mid EB with a rush to mid WB.
Shane rushes to WB level with H2.
Dave needed a sweep after being hampered out of 2back and seems to have another sweep after 3back to finish his MSL.
Rob has K's hoop1 ball about rover high north of 1, 3back ball just off EB peg high, and is laying up just N of C4 on the boundary.
Chris has put James's hoop1 ball E of hoop3, his hoop 2 ball NE of 4, and laid up tight in C4. James jumps over hoop4, hitting both balls, rushing both into the corner.
Dave has made his roquet and has an MSL black at hoop 2, blue up the lawn E of the hoop3/4 line, and is in C4 with a rush at blue.
Shane has just run 1 needing a decent roll for a break and a potential standard TP.
James got a corner 4 cannon, but then ended up rolling up to hoop2 off partner getting a long angled hoop, and has laid up with partner.
Aaron has missed the short lift.
Shane has taken off to yellow which is a few yards off the end of B baulk. Lucky to still be on the lawn.
Chris has shot with red from near h1 through yellow, ending up near C3.
10:07 a.m. 8/02/2008
Shane now on a fairly rough-looking break, Dave has just made hoop1 and has some work to do. Lost track of Rob's game in the far corner, but he is playing his 4back ball, so we think Keith must have hit and done something. Currently there they're break all.
Bit of sideline chatter - conditions here easier than 2003 British Open at Cheltenham. Cheltenham had some interest with hills and alternating green and brown patches. Lawns here really pretty good and consistent. Sun warming us up a bit now.
Shane with a long hoop3 off partner.
Dave having a delayed TP.
Shane has scrabbled through hoop3, looks to have a shot.
Reporter sent to lawn 1 to get an update. Rob just having another leave - Keith had hit and failed hoop1.
Shane has missed his hampered shot and Stephen spotted his clip going onto H3. All rectified now and Stephen has a 10 yarder at partner.
James's leave in trouble - tried to put Chris's peg ball into h4, but managed to peel it cleanly. Red looks to be in H2.
Rob had Keith at 1 and 2 (wired) and laid up north of h3, Keith missed at Rob.
Stephen hits, has a longish approach to hoop1.
James split wide across west boundary. Chris shooting at his peg ball from end of A baulk and hits it. James's long approach to 2 due to playing his cannon forgetting he was for 2!
Long takeoff is successful, another leave coming up.
Dave's having a ball to the peg.
Stephen made hoop 1 and then missed everything to north boundary north of hoop2.
New battery. James didn't hit in, Chris just rushed partner to just north of 4back, took off to a ball near hoop1, and then to a ball midlawn and rushed that to 4back, made 4back.
Stephen and Shane doing some missing. Stephen now in contact north of hoop3, Shane in contact in corner 3. Stephen in play.
Stephen has made hoop1, will have to do some work to get a standard TP.
Rob is having a standard TP, seems to have jawsed the first peel.
Toby has joined the commentary gallery, Phillip, Samir, Paul Stuart and Graeme Roberts here. Commentary box needs moving higher up to follow all the games, could do with some airconditioning and a bar!
Chris has run penult short, but hits 3-4 yarder to continue.
Stephen has stuck in 2 off partner, leaving Shane a 7 yarder... misses.
Chris has just run rover and hit a longish return.
10:29 a.m. 8/02/2008
Chris takes game 1: 26-9.
Dave around to the peg, having a diagonal spread/cross-pegging sort of leave.
Chris starts game 2 with a deepish east boundary ball.
James just out of C2.
Chris has lagged out to partner leaving a rush pointing at rover. James is taking the shot into C4... miss.
Stephen about to make hoop5 with balls set for a delayed TP.
Chris has missed his rush.
James has missed partner into C2 from C4.
Robert has a dribble back at penult peelee. Doesn't get the peel, but looks like a rushpeel is on after 1back.
Chris hit from WB to corner 2.
Aaron shot from where the balls lay and hit partner in the spread.
Welcome to the commentary scaffolding to 16 year-old Jarrod Coutts from Nelson, current South Island Doubles champion and newest member of NZ's youth squad.
Stephen has just rush-peeled partner thru 4back and put it to 2back.
Chris has grovelled through 1 and hit his easy roquet. Bizarre reaction after hoop2, but he's under way with a break. Apparently he got blown almost off his feet with a huge gust, and ran hoop2 while slightly balanced on one foot.
Stephen has just peeled penult on the way to 4back.
Rob has just peeled penult on the way to 3back.
Aaron has just rolled off hoop2 from somewhere nearish to the peg.
Stephen with a horrible 4back - about 45deg, good shot to run it.
Rob has a 4yarder at his penult ball, clearly not enjoying the breeze. Centre-balls it to not too far away.
Aaron has just misapproached h3, but hits 15 yarder shooting towards c4 at unused ball.
Stephen with a straight rover peel to win. Nice rover peel. Still about half the lawn in full shade.
Aaron has a long angled hoop3 from the takeoff, retires to C1.
10:51 a.m. 8/02/2008
Stephen pegs out to win game 1 26TP-12.
Dave has hit partner with his 4back ball.
10:52 a.m. 8/02/2008
Rob has won 26TP-8 (18TP for UK viewers). Break time while the hoops are checked and hoop1 gets some attention.
Chris with is usual defensive leave. This time red a couple of yards south of C2, yellow just north of peg on EB, Chris tight in C4. James takes short lift with ball from near C2.
James hits.
Dave with a big cut rush which goes nowhere near penult, takes off for long angled hoop position. Fails decent attempt.
James' rush to hoop 1 gets to south of hoop4, long roll takes off in a huge gust of wind. Lays up near WB north of 1 with rush to 1.
Chris misses with his 4back ball into C1.
Aaron takes contact with 4back ball with partner in C1.
James has just run1 leaving black in C1, and rushed to north of hoop3, needs another long roll downwind. Decides to have a leave with blue down north of h4 and James NE of hoop3 with cut towards h2.
11:01 a.m. 8/02/2008
Game 2 starts in Rob v Keith. Keith to East Boundary with Red. Rob going to south of C2.
Chris to C4 with blue, now in C1 and C4.
Aaron's taking his 4back ball around. Suspect he'll peg Dave out.
James rushes partner onto hoop3, bounces off harmlessly. Roll to hoop2 gets nowhere, lays up north of the hoop.
Keith misses partner from A baulk leaving no double from A baulk.
Disaster - Aaron has failed penult from pretty close off Dave's peg ball, leaving a bit showing.
11:05 a.m. 8/02/2008
Shane has put an east boundary ball out.
Dave takes lift with penult ball with a ball a bit out of C1 and two balls at penult. Should be all over.
Stephen with an 11 yard duffer.
Rob has shot from B baulk missing the double.
Chris has just missed C4 to C1.
Shane is shooting down towards C4 with black 3rd turn. An excellent assistant commentary team keeping up with action in 4 games which are all pretty lively at the moment.
Shane missed into C4.
James playing his hoop1 ball takes off down to C's balls.
Samir: "Oh dear Stephen". Stephen has missed is duffer hoop4, bounced off hoop5, leaving red by hoop4 in NSL position.
Dave has just run rover, looks to have been unlucky to miss oppo ball near rover.
Keith has made 1 with a rush to the East boundary ball and has rushed well into C2.
James made 1, rushed to C1 to get a cannon.
Shane missed from C4 at partner. stephen missed from h4 at his duffer.
11:10 a.m. 8/02/2008
Dave has just won game 1 26-12.
Shane has hit partner.
Big crowd here, generously spread around all the lawns. About 100 spectators. Mostly watching the NZ competitors.
Hoops being checked on lawn 2 while Dave and Aaron college their thoughts.
Keith has just failed to get position at hoop2, partner is just out of C2.
James has misapproached h3 leaving Chris a 7 yarder, retires to C3 (corner 2 not available)
Shane has just failed a difficult hoop1 (about 2.5 yards angled, 20-30deg) giving Stephen a break. Associate commentators didn't think it was a good option.
David Openshaw has just arrived and mentioned the cricket. Tsk.
Chris has hit his 7 yarder and rolled to guard C1.
Keith laid up, looks like Rob shot at partner near C4, and Keith is back on the lawn playing his hoop1 ball.
James shooting from E of hoop4 trying to jump hoop4, hits hoop deflecting to WB a couple of yards N of hoop1.
Stephen has failed hoop2, Shane missed from h3 at balls near h2.
11:18 a.m. 8/02/2008
Dave with a deep east boundary ball, Aaron to just north of hoop2.
Keith seems to have made 1 and missed his return roquet. Rob's thinking about taking the 8 yarder at Keith on the boundary, decides to shoot at partner in C4... hits.
Chris has overapproached hoop2, retires to C1 (other ball is SW of h3 with James in C3 and north of h2).
James snicks red from 3 to 2.
Dave seems to have missed partner on EB, and Aaron has hit from north boundary.
Stephen's now on first break of game 2.
Aaron's having a leave with Dave's balls at 1 and near EB near 3 and joining up near C2 with rush pointing along north boundary.
Sausage sizzle is getting up, sun lovely now, and spectators trickling in.
Rob's going around.
Dave's shooting from near c1 at Aaron in C2... gets the gap.
Stephen almost puts a ball out setting his diagonal spread. Ooohs from the crowd.
sausages are ready!
James has a NSL
Chris has hit from hoop 2 ish at the double from where the balls lie and hit!
Shane has hit lifting the ball at the peg and shooting down to C4.
Chris: Long backward takeoff to hoop2 and runs a longish hoop to give himself a standard TP.

11:41 a.m. 8/02/2008
Time for an update:
Aaron still going round on first break of game 2. Shane it taking off to a bad hoop3 pioneer.
Chris has the first peel, but failed to rush it back through the hoop down the lawn so took off leaving it there. Looked like setting for a Wylie peel, but has instead put partner to 1back and to try to peel after 1back rather than before rushing there.
Chris put out a poor 2back pioneer very long (along the wind direction, and the lawns are quickening up), and has put out a friend for it after 1back. Death roll peel fails the peel, but excellent blue getting to the badly placed ball.
Rob is now approaching hoop1 on his second break.
Shane has just broken down at 1back with lots of balls up there giving the world to Stephen.
James has now joined the commentary team as an expert analyst, and we have Samir and Phillip Drew.
Chris: Delayed penult peel (square split from 4 yards) missed the hoop.
Lots of pull here - grass not really holding so the balls staying together a bit more.
Aaron is hampered after 3back, but has hit, diagonal spread coming up.
Rob's now for hoop3 and looks like he's on a standard TP.
Stephen has jawsed his 4back peel.
Chris having a diagonal spread at penult and peg with James's hoop2 ball near the peg. Nope - Chris off to tight in corner 4.
Aaron having a similar leave to Chris, but his balls about 4 yards apart.
welcome to Pete Landrebe of Australia and Timaru in the commentary scaffolding.
James takes the short shot with his hoop2 ball and misses.
Stephen now has the peelee in the jaws of penult and has made 1back.
Rob has misapproached 1back, plays a big scatter, but Keith has hit the peelee.
Dave has hit the short shot with the ball from near WB, puts oppo to 2 getting a rush on partner towards c4, which he taps and plays the big roll to hoop1 and lays up.
Chris has just failed penult.
James hit with his 4back ball... took off to near hoop 4 and missed a 3ish yarder at partner.
Rob's off the lawn...
Chris smashes through penult to south boundary seems to have a double from end of A baulk at James's balls... hits the inlawn ball.
Aaron has joined wide on east boundary and in C4.
Slightly sweaty 4back for Stephen with probably all the peels done.
Chris has just rushed partner nicely to a few feet from rover. Sticks in rover.
Dave misapproached 1, has a big scatter.
James hits with his hoop2 ball.
Keith seems to have missed Rob's ball on the boundary, Rob back taking croquet.
James with a nice long backward takeoff to hoop2 having rushed there from Chris's ball 80% the way through rover, runs it to the boundary. Rushes to south boundary near C's other ball which is a few yards south of hoop4 - nice pickup.
Stephen does still have a final peel to do, peeling rover from just over a foot away. Nice peel - partner through, jawses peelee.
12:15 p.m. 8/02/2008
Stephen takes the second 26TP-6. Playing pretty well today.
James having a standard TP with a very northerly escape ball, very good shot to get the peel and the rush.
Might have to go sit near Rob's lawn - lots of action there as we now have Keith taking croquet again.
Pretty average approach to hoop2 by Keith, longish, straightish hoop2... runs it well.
After Dave's scatter, Aaron shot blue at black down the boundary, missing, Dave shot from near hoop2 at his balls and missed, Aaron hits partner, rushes red to 1, makes 1, rushes back to partner, rushes partner to a few hards N of C1 and is short on his roll to hoop2. Dave's balls both on EB, one about level with hoop4, other a few yards south of level with hoop3.. aaron lays up.
James hampered after 5 and ball flops to the side. Dribble at reception ball does similar. Chris has a leave: James no EB near hoop3, near C2, Chris wired from EB ball on SB with rush to rover. James needs to hit something.

Rob v Keith:
After Rob's scatter, Keith hit peelee, took off to Rob's other ball, went off lawn. Rob made 1back, left a backward rush which he hit off the boundary, and took off off the lawn to Keith's ball on south boundary. Keith going round off that. Thanks Wixy!!
Rob is now on 2back and penult, Keith just made 5, and his yellow is on 2, seems to be looking at a DPO. Nope - just a ball around.
James missed partner and Chris has rushed nicely to rover, made sure of the hoop
12:26 p.m. 8/02/2008
Chris just won. 26-15.

Stephen and Shane have wandered off for lunch, James and Chris having a break too. stephen up 2-0 against Shane, Chris up 2-0 against James. Lovely atmosphere with lots of spectators lunching on the sidelines and in the stands, lots of sun, and the gardens around the lawns looking great.

Aaron has laid up for 3 and 4back with Dave shooting from EB about level with hoop4 to near WB north of hoop1. Safety officer Mulliner has cleared the spectators and Dave hoiks the shot off missing badly to his right.
Keith still going, looks to be heading for an MSL with Rob's penult ball on hoop2.
Keith has just stuck in 3back with Rob's 2back ball and partner nearby.
Rob has just rushed nicely to 4back, and Aaron to 4 on their breaks.
Angled hoop 4 for Aaron with the trees moving around a lot in the wind - doesn't look too difficult, but the hoops are firm, and he's being sensibly careful. Hammers through to the boundary. Rob's off ok though.
Rob has now dug out partner to have a go at a delayed double to finish.
Fairly poor approach to hoop5 from next to it by Aaron and he sticks in 5 giving Dave a 5 harder from north of hoop1.
Rob has his first peel getting a longish slightly cut rush to 4back which he hits well.
Dave hits (he's still 1&1)
12:44 p.m. 8/02/2008
Stephen and Shane have started. Looks like a corner 2 opening where Shane has missed at Stephen 4th turn.
Nice rush by Dave to hoop1 to get his break started.
Rob has managed to rush after 4back to directly north of, and in contact with his penult pioneer. Played a wee sort of promotion cannon sending penult pioneer a bit further south, puts out a nice rover pioneer.
Stephen seems to have laid up in corner 1 (?), Shane misses from C2 at Stephen.
Rob in control of his rover peel. Slightly angled rover peel goes through nicely.
Chris and James have returned. James has given up on the OJ and has a beer in hand.
Dave declines a standard TPO with Aaron's other ball on hoop6. Seems a good choice as the wind gets up.
12:52 p.m. 8/02/2008
Rob pegs out to win 26-9. Takes a 2-0 lead.
Chris v James game 3:
James antiduffer, Chris 11 yard duffer, James shot to boundary to leave rush to hoop1. Chris missed duffer by nothing into C1.
James has failed to get a rush on the ball in c1, good approach to the hoop though. Fails 1.
Chris has missed to EB
James hits partner near 2.
Disaster - Stephen has just put his 3back pioneer off the lawn on a 4-ball-break.
Samir and I have just finished the last sausage of the sizzle - many many thanks to John Yarrall for his great culinary efforts this week!!
Dave to 4back with a spread.
Shane has just grovelled through an angled 1 with a rush, should be off on his break now.
Aaron has missed down into C4. Dave currently 1 and 4back v 6 and 4back.
Rob's having a drinks break while Keith adjourns for lunch. Rob on the hoops: "There aren't any absolute rocks, but they're all very good. They're all firm and tight. ... They're ideal..."
Dave started his second break, but has just bounced out of hoop2 and Aaron has hit from 3 with his 4back ball.
James has had a ball around, and a diagonal spread. Chris picked up the ball from near WB and missed down into C4.
1:16 p.m. 8/02/2008
Game 3 has just started on lawn 1. Keith with a deep supershot. Rob dribbled past it from C1. Keith has hit from somewhere near C3.
Meanwhile James has disappeared with his second break to play.
Aaron laid up in C4 with Dave near Corners 1 and 2. Dave has hit across the diagonal of the court with his 4back ball (other ball still for 2).
Keith just bounced out of hoop1 from nowhere.
Rob's missed his 6 yarder to mid west boundary.
James has misapproached hoop1.. joining with partner near hoop2 hits it and completely cross-wires himself around hoop2.
Chris joins in C4.
Keith makes 1 and misses the roquet on partner. Paul S "that's three unbelievable shots I've seen!"
Rob hits partner.
Dave lays up in C2 with Aaron a bit out of C4 and south of C3.
James to corner 3. Chris approaches hoop1 putting partner very deep. Wind gets up as Chris contemplates a long hoop1. Smashes through to north boundary where blue is waiting.
Rob approaching hoop1 with a break in front of him.
Aaron into C1 from south of h3.
Chris runs a longish 2, not looks in a bit more control with a good hoop3 pioneer and a ball in C3.
Dave ran 2 then rushed down near C1, but didn't manage to get a rush on the ball in the corner. Lawns looking pretty quick, and a blustery wind to create some troubles.
A quick check of the rankings sees rapid-improver Mr Bob Jackson having streaked up to number 25 from a fairly lowly position last year and needing a wildcard to get into the tournament. Well played this tournament Bob!
Dave's having a leave with Aaron a few yards out of corners 3 and 4 and tight in C1.
1:31 p.m. 8/02/2008
Shane has had an OSL which Stephen has just missed the short shot at.
Aaron has missed from near Corner 4 at Dave.
Rob's still going around, and Chris has nice control at 2back.
James has just joined us with a cool third in hand.
Shane with a longish difficult hoop1 - fails into the front of the jaws - probably runnable and probably not hittable by Stephen.
Dave's had another leave in corner 1 and Aaron has cornered from near 3 to corner 2.
Chris to 4back and another defensive OSL. James lifted the ball between 1 and 2 and shooting down from C3.
James has missed.
Stephen must have been able to see Shane's ball as he's hit and had a leave.
Dave's still on hoop3, now on east boundary just north of hoop4, and Aaron seems to be in C2 and is shooting at partner a few yards north of C1. Miss.
Openshaw and Patel currently chatting about alcohol and beta blockers. James is back on the bleachers.
Shane misses from 1 to 2 with Stephen joined up on EB.
Chris has just stuck in hoop1 giving James a 5ish harder with a bit of angle.
Stephen's playing his hoop1 ball, rushes partner to the peg, Shane is next to hoop2 and on the boundary north of it.
James has missed partner to now have two balls about a yard north of C4 and a couple of feet apart. Chris is in the jaws of 1 and mid-way up EB.
Dave's puttng an oppo ball to NW of hoop 3 and joining up with partner guarding the shot at his partner.
Chris has just run hoop1 and hit James.
Stephen has a really really ugly angled hoop1. Seems to be on a line to about 2 yards E of C1. Quick pressup and he's still interested. Very nice hoop.
Aaron has finally hit partner near C1 from near hoop3.
Chris had a jump stroke at 2 off partner. It jumped back a fair way and then looks to have spun back into the jaws. DKO "he had to avoid it from where he was standing"
James about to shoot from south of h3 towards ball a bit s of hoop4 when a spectator springs up from behind the shot to move. Has another stalk and hits the long shot.
Meanwhile Rob went around with an NSL with a pretty loose ball at 2. Keith missed from 3rd corner missing into just out of C4 and Rob's on a standard pickup.
Dave: "the hoops have put up less resistance than I was expecting". Possibly that bit of rain earlier in the week has taken the bite out of the ground, as the hoops seem easier than they were much earlier.
James stuck in 1, and Chris not looks to be setting up for a delayed TP attempt.
Stephen's presumably having his hoop1 ball to the peg with his other ball on 2back.
Rob seems to be planning to have a go at a peel after running 6. got a nice-looking position for the rush across. Didn't get the rush right - looking like being a ball to the peg.
Aaron still having his ball around to the peg. It'll be peg and 4back v 3 and 4back there.
Chris with a rushpeel after making hoop6 - and he's got the first peel.
2:03 p.m. 8/02/2008
Aaron's making 4back, Rob has just made 1back, Stephen's making penult and Chris has just put his 2back pioneer a bit deep, but it looks like everyone in play has things under control.

Commentator's jinx! - Stephen jas just stuck in penult!
Referee having a look at penult with the ball in it.
Meanwhile chris has a rush to his misplaced 2back pioneer and is coping well.
Ref and both players have penult surrounded. James querying "How many referees does it take to change a hoop?"
Unlucky for Stephen - blue won't fit through penult, but it's not actually jammed. Under the laws revision that would have been a replay.
Chris now standing next to his dropped mallet looking decidedly unhappy. Has a backwards takeoff for 3back. Seems to have coped, but won't get a forward rush. Runs hoop into reception ball. Penult peelee is in good position so he should be ok to continue.
Aaron's just hit a hampered shot after penult, and looks to be heading for a vertical spread - first of those i've seen here this tournament.
Shane now taking croquet with his 4back ball.
Chris with the penult peel jawsed before 4back.
Shane's in bad nick having croqueted black to the middle of the lawn not that far from red, and having only a bit of the ball in penult to shoot at. Hits it to keep going.
Looks like Chris's peelee might have been next to the hoop rather than in it rushes it north of the hoop, decides not to do the straight peel. Having a posthumous long penult peel.
Rob's having a spread, no peels done, so 4back and peg with Keith still on 1 and 2.
Aaron has just misapproached rover and run away to corner 2. Red south of 5, black by 4, yellow 3-4 yards south of 3. Red (hoop3 ball) takes 7 yarder at black and hits, has a reasonable pioneer south of 3.
Shane had a leave, and Stephen has just hit in.
Chris got to the peg safely and last rush on partner is a rushpeel to near the south boundary.
James pretty much on east and west boundaries. EB ball just south of peg high. Chris rolls off to C4 (ball for rover) and a few yards north of it.
James taking the short shot - centre balls with his hoop1 ball. (other is for 4back).
Keith misses shooting from peg to west boundary at partner in open spread.
Dave fails hoop 3. Aaron pacing around a bit deciding what to do.
James flirts with the boundary getting a rush on partner from EB to a few yards south of 1.
Aaron hits from 4 to 2.

Stephen makes 2back and gets a decent rush to 3back, has another ball near north boundary north of 2, and has put other oppo ball NE of the peg looking like a difficult rush to 4back. Probably won't need it as he has a horrible angled jump stroke having overapproached 3back. Calls a ref.
Looks worse than 45deg. Declares a double tap as his ball ends up in the front of the jaws of the hoop. That one will be going back. Didn't give the ref the chance to make a ruling. Ball is replaced.
Meanwhile Rob's going to be first to finish having just made penult off partner.
James has just overapproached hoop2 from near the East boundary. Off to corner 3 which gives him about a 9 yarder at partner (his hoop3 poineer) and guards all shots at his balls.
Chris to corner 1 from hoop2
Shane has just missed whatever he could see of Stephen's ball at 3back.

Rob now pegging out. 26-1
2:26 p.m. 8/02/2008
Rob the first to finish, beating Keith Aiton 3-0. 3back needed resetting a couple of times and cost Keith dearly.

James has rushed to C4, rushed to hoop2, rushed down to SB directly south of hoop1. Lots of work to do to pick up his break.
Dave's in again, and has just failed hoop3 from right in front probably hitting the outside wire.
Meanwhile before Rob pegged out Stephen missed shooting at Shane's ball at the peg, then Shane joined up and Stephen hit and is presently taking croquet. Rushes to 3back, has a ball north of 4back. Should get to the peg here.
James is having a leave rolling towards the north boundary from south boundary - is now joined up in C2, he's still for 3.
Chris has just missed from 3 to Corner 2. James has hit is 3 yarder.
James has got Chris's ball out to hoop2, but hasn't got a rush to hoop3, lovely big roll from near corner 2.
Dave seems to have failed hoop3 yet again, this time off Aaron's ball, and Aaron has a 7 yarder.
James coped with hoop3, and has now run 4 off partner and rushed it to hoop5 continuing his 2ball break.
Aaron misses.
James has now rolled nicely to the ball near hoop2 getting a straight rush to hoop6 which he has underhit but keeps control nicely.
Dave has hit Aaron, Rolled him down to 4 and failed to get a rush on partner to 3, will be having a leave.
Stephen now penult and peg and having a spread.
Aaron misses from hoop4 to boundary near hoop1.
James peels partner after 1back getting a rush towards his 2back pioneer.
Rushes yellow somewhere horrible and fails an angled 2back.
Chris has a lift with a ball a few yards north of hoop3 and two balls very close around 2back. He'll need some sort of bombarding to get a rush to rover. Good start as he hits his lift and puts black down as a deep ball.
Shane shoots from where the balls lie in a spread and hits Stephen from the western ball.
Chris doesn't get a cannon, but gets a decent rush on partner to rover anyway (looked like 2b was more in the way).
Runs hoop hard to down to black.
2:44 p.m. 8/02/2008
Chris pegs out to win 26-17.
Random spectator quote: "I've been watching Fulford and the other man." Fame for Keith?!
Chris wins his quarter final 3-0 and will play Robert tomorrow in one semi-final

Shane got hampered after 1 and missed. Stephen probably doesn't have a double from hoop2, but it's quite short anyway. Was a target - hits the back ball with his penult ball - should be all over now. Cut it at a nice angle to stay on the rushline.
Dave's now for hoop5 on a break. No sign of any peeling there.
Stephen runs a slightly angled penult with a big fist.
Stephen has now just run rover very hampered. Got some balls marked. Hits the deeper ball.
Needs to rush to partner on EB to finish.
2 yard takeoff goes a bit far, and he has a rush pointing a bit north of c1, needs a bit of a cut. Overcuts it... now has about an 8 yard pegout. Might have got red and yellow cross wired.
Rob "if they are cross-wired you go for it gently, if not, go for it hard". Samir reckons they are cross-wired.
Rob fancies rolling them up and pegging one out on these lawns as there'll be lots of shots.
Rolls them up, pegs one off leaving himself a 4 yarder.
Dave's now about to make 3back on his break.
Shane now has a very long rush to hoop2 shooting at black. Snicks it and now a bit higher than the peg and looking at rolling off 2.
Rob: today presently 10-0 to the higher seeds.
Shane stops oppo towards corner 2 and joins with partner behind the shot at the peg. Not Seems to have left a legitimate shot at the peg and the umpire comes out.
Stephen hits! Wins 26-10. Nicely played Stephen.
Stephen wins 3-0 over Shane Davis.
The crowd moves to lawn 2 where Maugham v Westerby is still in game 2.

Maugham v Westerby
Only game left is Maugham v Westerby. Maugham game up, Westerby on penult and rover, Dave on 4back and about to make rover.
Welcome to the expert commentary pair of Fulford and Clarke (C). Shame to have the groom and the best man playing each other tomorrow.
Chris reckons hoop1 was firmest on his lawn, but they'd hammered at hoop2 which had given up by the end of their match.
Dave's having a diagonal spread with the western ball fairly infield.
Aaron shooting from there they lay with the western ball...
... hits partner at the peg (about a 9 yarder). Seems he had a bit of partner plus a ball in the background. Now a chance to finish - plays a lovely shot sending partner (for rover) to rover going to Dave's balls.
Declines 3 yarder to shoot at in-lawn ball, and will now be taking Dave's 4back ball to penult.
Decent rush to about 2.5 yards north of penult. Approach turns out to be a decent stopshot leaving a long hoop.
Still about 100 spectators, all watching in silence as Aaron runs penult well.
Aaron puts oppo ball a few yards directly south of rover and rushes partner to slightly angled but ok position.
Going to play his rover peel with a roll... peelee goes through well and flops to the side a bit. Peelee in front of jaws and calls a referee for a slightly angled shot.
Runs rover and it trickles on... into peelee. Best option seems to be pegging out red, but that's still very near the east boundary. Hard to get the leave out though, as yellow is directly south of black.
After a bit of thought and lining up partner looking at the peg, Aaron changes his mind, stops partner towards hoop1 and gets a rush on yellow towards red which he cuts a bit, but functional.
Seems to have decided not to peg Maugham out and have peg v 4back. takes off leaving yellow near EB a couple of yards north of hoop4, and rushes red to middle of north boundary. Takes off back to partner to leave rush at the peg. Seems to have left the 4back ball a big target with red on north boundary a couple of yards east of hoop1-2 line. Rob reckons about 2 balls in the middle of the target.
Dave misses by very little, possibly hilled off.
Aaron cuts his rush a bit, but gives himself about a 3 yard pegout. Rob "unmissable" pegout. Reckon he's trying for the commentator's jinx.
3:25 p.m. 8/02/2008
Aaron pegs out to win 26-21. 1-1 now, let's hope for a quick resumption. Nope - they're on a sandwich break.

Westerby v Maugham. 1-1. Game 3.
Just a reminder we're on lawn 2. It's on the back fence in the middle. It's the quickest lawn, and this was the most predictably competitive match so we'll be here for a bit longer.
Plate standings about to be updated soon. Quite a few people have dropped out for various reasons - suspect the format will be under scrutiny for next year.
Speculation about next year. National centre has 12 lawns, PGA (?) has 5, interesting to see how many players will be in the event. Always a pleasure to chat with Jerry Stark.
3:51 p.m. 8/02/2008
Very defensive stuff to start. Dave nearly peg high on east boundary, Aaron to just sout of corner 2. Dave misses into C4 from C3.
Aaron misses 13yarder at Dave in C4 ending up a whisker north of Red.
Interesting that Aaron didn't shoot at partner, but Chris has explained to the commentary team that on a quick lawn like this shooting at partner isn't a good option as you have the danger of a Skinley error (taking off short and missing) and won't get going anyway, while risking giving Dave a fair bit.
Dave has played a very good rush to get a cannon midway up the east boundary. Takes his wafer cannon rushing partner up into corner 2.
We now have Chris and Chris's doubles partner on the sidelines, cicadas singing and a slight breeze to take the heat off the sun a bit. Huge wall of spectators along the west boundary, and several on the south boundary in a couple of rows. Mostly croquet players lounging on the scaffolding.
Dave rushes short of 1, plays an ok backward takeoff, but only crawls through. Reception ball is quite angled, so doesn't look like he'll be shooting at that. Looking at how close to partner in corner 2 he can get. Punts it fairly straight off north boundary.
Aaron misses partner to mid east boundary, and Dave is off again, this time playing his hoop1 ball.
Takes off from mid east boundary ball getting a rush to 1 - bit surprising he chose the take off rather than stopping it out.
Ok rush to hoop1 and approach, runs it well getting a rush towards hoops3. Seems to have the break nicely under control now, and Rob has mastered the sunscreen bottle.
Lovely view from here near corner 4 - blazing sun, the west boundary crowd, the huge tree in the middle of United and a row of country flags erected above the fence along north boundary.
A rough croquet stroke after 2 and Dave then snicked his hoop3 pioneer to have a long takeoff to it from south west to get a 45 degree shortish hoop, which he runs well to leave an 8 yarder at black with his yellow ball. Another horrible swing and he misses a short shot. Seems to have lost his swing a bit now.
Aaron shooting at partner near hoop5. Snicks it. Now taking off for hoop1 and gets about a 2 yard hoop. Runs it well to get a 8 yarder back at partner which he hits fairly firmly.
Takes off getting a rush to hoop2 which he cuts to about 5 yards west of yellow which is on the north boundary near the end of A baulk.
Another takeoff and now he has a rush pointing at hoop4. Rushes this down to east boundary, takes off putting yellow to basically middle of east boundary and lays up with partner south of 1.
Dave misses partner from 2 to EB.
Hoop1 is by far the most difficult hoop on this lawn, so Aaron takes his rush to 1 and approaches the hoop as another big gust comes leaving a very difficult hoop which he's looking at jumping. Big rejection off far wire, and Dave has the innings again.
Dave rushes partner to 3 and takes off to Aaron's balls. Long approach to 2 comes up very short, but straight. Fails hoop into front of hoop, not sure how much blue can see.
Aaron can see enough and hits with his hoop 1 ball and has another go at picking up a break.
Goes a bit far approaching 1, but manages that, and then sends partner to north boundary north of 3. Ball stays on, but the break is still interesting. Rushes yellow to a couple of yards south of corner 3. Great takeoff to get a rush to 3, other ball is a good hoop5 pioneer. Runs 3, snicks return when trying to rush it into corner 3.
I've just spotted a cluster of referees in corner 2 - looks like a herd of 5 of them.
No rush to hoop4, but approaches and runs it well.
The commentary supported by John Yarrall who has just brought over a beer. Thank you!!!
DKO has just disappeared to watch the Developing Nations plate final at Cashmere CC. Vincent Commarieu (France) v David Hajn (Czech Republic).
Meanwhile Aaron has now approached hoop5 with plenty of control. Dave's still on 2 and 4, and Aaron's other ball is on 2.
16 strong crowd of tournament folks now built up on the north boundary of lawn 3. Some of the spectators are starting to drift away, but players are returning from distant plate venues. Aah - the coach has left.
Aaron now on 4back. Has rushed Dave into corner 4, taking off to two balls in the middle of the lawn.
Lots of talk about plate game scheduling on the north boundary of lawn 3 - lots of people finding it hard to get the 9 required games in to qualify. Meanwhile AJ is currently practising with his new Puckett mallet.
Aaron has rushed yellow to the middle of West boundary. Puts this to the peg rushing partner north and rolls off in North boundary.
Robert Fulford has just joined us, and a gust of wind means the leaves part as Rob walks by. Lots of American's here now - Doug, Jerry, Stewart and Josie. Chris Shilling also a welcome spectator in the CP stand.
Dave taking the short lift with his hoop4 ball. Bonk. Polite applause from the partisan crowd. Silence from the lazy tournament mob.
Rushes oppo to south boundary, takeoff doesn't get a rush to hoop4, so is sending partner to 5 approaching 4. Crowd gently thinning. Croquet stroke is well short. Partner is now short of hoop5.
Anyone who has seen my black CroquetNZ jacket that I left at Fendalton - there's a drink in it for you if you return it!!
Dave retires to soutn boundary between 1 and 5. Aaron has a shot through red joining with black. Smashes it off mid north boundary.
5:06 p.m. 8/02/2008
Not sure this is finishing before dark.
James predicting in 40 years from now he'll be 17-time world champion. He's a nice guy though- offering Jerry Stark two titles and 5 runner-up positions. Nothing much for Doug though. I love these Americans!
Aaron has a leave near WB north of hoop2, Dave south boundary and south of 3. Dave misses from 3. Hmm. heckling from the Americans.
WCF time limits for best-of-5 were 4,6,8,9,10 hours (combined times). Managerial decree was for unlimited though - good job Kevin!
Aaron has just rushed into the back of hoop2 with Dave joined on south boundary. Looks like Aaron is going to try to bounce it back.
Shocker! Aaron plays an airshot! Dave now for hoops2 and 4 with two balls in the jaws of hoop2. Should be able to get started. Joe Hogan "Aaron has now created a new definition for double-loading". Dave has a backward rush though, and James is concerned the two balls are a bit tight to the hoop. Dave playing his hoop 2 ball (shock).

Dave plays a nice roll. Claims it's a Hogan Roll, it's actually easier, but Joe doesn't fancy it.
Hits his roquet and wanders off to ask Aaron if it will be a peel if he puts it through. Shouldn't be as the airshot left black partly in the jaws for the bounce. Plays the peel and gets his own clip. Courts will start getting easier in 30 mins.
More Americans coming - Ron Lloyd is great! Two hands - two beers - good man.
Dave puts out a short hoop4 ball, but gets a nice rush to hoop3. Over 8 hours on this match now, a good test of concentration on a very difficult lawn. Oops - Dave's just failed hoop3. Rowdy crowd recommend double-loading everything.
Aaron hits from north of hoop4 with his hoop2 ball. Nice hoop approach and he's back in business. Roasting here in the evening sun. Getting a bit breezy, and Aaron is re-stalking his hoop 3. No problem there.
Big news - the Wimbledon Cup has just arrived!!.
Aaron has just run 2back. Had a sweaty 4 yarder after 6.
Jerry has gone for beer. Good man.

A quick check of the rankings suggests Robert should overtake Reg by the end of the tournament.
Stewart Jackson diary: game 1 at 9.15am yesterday. Odd number of people. Stewart's next game at 2pm. - that's his two games for the day. Turns out there's another round tomorrow to get the 9 through. Bit of a shambles, but with the quarter final losers going through to the 8-player KO, hard to see a plate person winning. My money is on James.
Dave's taking a quick injection of PowerAde. Ron's got a more traditional approach for a spectator.
Aaron's now on peg and 4back. Thinking about a leave.
There goes the neighbourhood - the Aussies have arrived. Trev on 6/8 in the plate. Tim's not telling.
It's... a reverse OSL.
5:51 p.m. 8/02/2008
Dave narrowly misses the short lift and Aaron has a chance to go 2-1 up.
Argh - lost a dollar to Hogan - Aaron runs an excellent long 4back. Hits the return. Joe thinks he played a couple of good shots under the conditions. He should do with that dollar in his mitt.
Very good takeoff to get a rush to penult. Lovely rush.
Grovels through penult, but looks like he's got an easy shot on partner. Yellow a bit south-west of rover. Good takeoff, bit long, but perfect direction.
Good rush, but bit of a long and angled hoop approach. Should be ok. Runs it well to the boundary. got a 5 yard return. Gusty wind interrupts his swing. He has missed!!
Dave's now lifted his hoop3 ball. We reckon the lawns have started to slow down a little. Dave hits, not particularly centrally. Nice thick take-off getting a rush pointing at corner 3 - should be able to cut this to hoop3. Does so nicely. This game is back alive!
Runs hoop3 this time. No rush, but a nice croquet stroke.
Courts slowing a bit now, and the sun is now gone. Joe reckons he'll take his 3 ball break around.
Dave sticks in 3!
Aaron is shooting from 5 at Dave. He has shot really well today. Smacks the middle of that. Can't see him finishing - red is in the jaws of 4, and blue is on the west boundary next to hoop1.
Turns out the hangi isn't to be cooked under ground. Josie: "they're flavouring it with earth tones". Hope it starts soon.
Best steaks in town: Jerry Stark - absolutely delicious.
Aaron having a leave. Dave has at least 20 yards at anything. Hits Aaron!!
Anton Varnas arrives with a big tray of Speights Gold Medal Ale. Generous fellow. Good folks those Scandinavians. Great win for Anton in the blocks - beat Mac playing Englishman/Kiwi/Aussie Steve Jones. Well done Anton. Took Marcus to 17-19 too.
Dave has rushed well, and approached and run 4 - don't expect to see him be sticking in any more hoops. Couple of nice shots to get a ball to 6 and a rush to 5. Dave has a big match temperament, but Aaron is shooting well.
The Spit Roast company has arrive - hurrah! (is anyone out there reading this??)
Dave has made hoop6 well, and now has a controlled 4bb under way.
Aussies on the outside of the fence. Can't find the gate...
Ok, there's people out there - thank you for your replies :-)
Dave has just run 3back, black is in the middle of EB, blue looks like it's going into hoop4 (that's Dave's hoop), and he's going to lay up on EB. He has bounced blue a bit into the front of hoop4, but it looks ok.
Marcus has just come back from Arthurs Pass. Think they've seen a bird out of the corner of JK's eye, and they saw lots of sheep. Seem to have enjoyed their day off though (Marcus, IanB, Jonathan).
Meanwhile Dave has had an NSL. Don't see Aaron finishing from this, but he's lifted the ball from in hoop4 and is taking a defensive lift. Needs to snick yellow to finish.
Aaron misses. Couple of dollars change hands in corner of lawn 3.
Interesting pickup for Dave now - He has a rush to WB though.
All this time Stephen has been practising up on lawn 6 - I wonder if he's on that tomorrow - had a couple of hours practice. Surprising Rob hasn't been out on the practise lawn.
Rushes across to WB, back to south of hoop4. Take off to near C4 snicks oppo. Approach to 4 putting oppo level with 6, south of 3.
Dave shoots over to WB to partner. Less than two balls target for Blue - nothing short.
James and Jerry reckon take the shot. James "solid two balls". Aaron's taking this on. Gonna have to dig out a dollar. Hits the back ball - good shot Aaron - should finish from here. Sideline quote: "Reg wouldn't have taken that shot". Jerry "Hit is you win, miss it and he's not going to triple.".
Rushes red 2 yards west of black - must finish. Battery gone...sorry!
Gets rush directly along south boundary. Pegs one out. Dave misses. 2-1.
6:46 p.m. 8/02/2008
Aaron wins game 3 26-12 to take a 2-1 lead.

6:59 p.m. 8/02/2008
Game 4 starting. Great atmosphere. Some excellent shooting. That last break got Dave back into the game and got him back going. Aaron should be having a sign of relief getting that 3rd game.
Dave to mid East boundary. Aaron a yard south of C2
Dave misses to C4. Aaron attacks and hits the short shot into C4. Lays up in corner 2.
Dave misses from 1 to 3 and Aaron rushes across.
Aaron has rushed to well south of hoop1. Approaches to a long hoop1 and runs it well, hits his short hoop2 pioneer.
Aaron has a big rejection out of hoop2 back to WB somewhere just north of the peg. Big chance for Dave to get back into the match.
Dave hit half the length of the lawn and is currently going around nicely, on 2back, nice ball at the peg for a spread - this is huge in match terms.
Conditions becoming a lot easier - "slowed right down" (Skinley).
Meanwhile the Maori concert party has started the entertainment in the tent - lovely voices - absolutely torn on what to watch. Will stay here and report a bit.
Now sitting in the evening sun with Paul Skinley and Nelson Morrow. Horrible sunburn in a laptop mark - ugh!
Dave's croquet stroke to put out the west boundary ball deep means he's going to need a good croquet stroke to get this wired. Clearly hates the ball at the peg as he's gone about 9 yards apart on east boundary.
Aaron taking the long shot - hits the back ball. He has shot well today! Got a rush to 2.
Looks like he's on a break pretty well now. Lawns fairly easy.
Reg arriving with a tray of beer. Thank you Reg - current World Champion - you're a gentleman - from the first moment he stopped mid-break to smile and say hi in the British Open Semis in about 2000 when I was an unknown 5 handicapper come to watch. Good chap that Reg.
Gallery now dominated by kiwis - not surprising with the visitors enjoying a cultural experience and a kiwi on the lawns.
Bit sweaty - Aaron has run 5 and needs to hit a 5 yarder on yellow after cross-pegging himself from partner. Gets enough of that.
News from the developing nations: David Hajn is the new Developing Nations Champion - well done to the tall guy.
Aaron's gonna have a diagonal spread.
Charles Jones is here, demonstrating his two words of Maori. I know at least 5. No - he has a few more words - not bad.
Jenny's gone, and the new reporter here is Paddy Chapman. Howdy. Right then:

Westerby has just run 3-back, and has no forward rush

Setting up for a diagonal spread

Aaron has played a thocking croquet shot and has ended up 5 yards from ball at peg. Shoots gently, and hits, but sends it a yard past the peg. Reverting to an Old Standard Leave

Gains rush to Corner 4

Rushes to Corner 4
Greg burps loudly, and startles the spectators

Then contributes to global warming

Aaron has set his leave. Wixy is waddling this way, here comes trouble.

Maugham is taking the short lift. Swinging wildly and crookedly:

Hits it somehow - I think he was aiming at the other ball

Maugham rushes partner ball on west boundary to hoop 1. Very short, and is taking off for position.

Short on his take-off

That's just bad

He's swanning backwards and forwards like a frustrated spaniel - Maugham walks off in disgust after leaving Aaron a double target from C4

Hmmm, had a bit of computer trouble just then - hope it's still working. Aaron missed from hoop 2. Maugham is doing the load and hold stroke, loading hoop 2. A Mike McClure lookalike has just walked past.

The load and approach to 1 is good, but a slightly angled hoop. Swinging:

Runs hoop to mild applause

I'm off to get some food from the Hangi. Back in 5

Right - JC is back! Dave is just approaching hoop6. C'mon Dave! No sign of peels - keeping it tight.
Paul Skinley: "David Maugham would kill me if I said he looked divine out there."
Chapman back from his dinner fetching. Looked like a spanked spaniel after being battered by Maugham if you ask me. Fancy seeing those two in the cage together!
Dave's round, Paddy's concentrating on his hangi - looking at bit disappointed at the Beast's dominance. I think he's a closet hero-worshipper - wonder if Dave has a spare playing shirt to autograph for him.
OSL - laid up in corner 4. Aaron with his last shot - hits from A baulk - the crowd goes wild!
He's hit with his 4back ball - bit unexpected. Rushes to 4back, but seems to be thinking about maybe not making 4b. Sun gone now - my gosh it's cold.
Old fella Joe is struggling to keep track of the balls in the fading light. it's getting too cold to type.
Hats off to the Kiwi Spit Roast Company - their food is very yummy. Many people raving about the Maori concert also - it really was very impressive.
JC "what's he doing?". Claire G: "he's looking and thinking. That's about it right now."
8:39 p.m. 8/02/2008
then plays a little scatter leaving both balls open.
Not a target - unless he really shanks it. Referee has given up - taking his toys and he's off.
Dave shoots from 4 to 3 - yuk. Big miss. Noone here likes the body language. Joe wants to stop for light. I want to be warm again. I have a spa pool - yeehah!
Aaron picks off Dave with his hoop2 ball. Plays a wee roll to get a rush to 1 ... with red in the way. Cut rush to on top of yellow on WB - great shot!
Paddy being sad with his camera again - get a life son!
Skinley's spelling is sooo appalling, but at least he knows my surname. He's doing ok so far - has a lovely smile - he's off the hook.
Aaron rushes short to 1, then really misjudges the slow pace to come up well short of hoop1.
Name withheld to protect the innocent: "Paul, I dunno why you're trying to educate an Australian - you'll be here for years". Something about Claire and thongs. I don't approve - Claire's a top girl - best wishes to her and Trev for April - congratulations guys!
Aaron retires to partner at 2, Dave misses from 1 to 2.
Skinley wants to stop cos it's "dangerous" - we're not playing cricket here sunshine!!
Jackson (S) and Mulliner in trouble for standing in front of the crowd - lucky we're too polite to throw our bottles!
Aaron is playing his 4back ball (why?) - seems to have picked up a break - off to the peg. Dave's peg and 4back.
Aaron Westerby just ran a controlled 4-back - to the middle of Hagley Park.
stephen: "I'm keeping myself pure for tomorrow.". Suspect he was talking about alcohol. Mulliner risking trouble from Jackson (J) for wandering in front again.
Optimistic kiwis reckon Dave's swing has gone. C'mon Beastie!
Can you believe we're still here?!
Paul Stuart: "If Aaron pegs a ball out, it'll be like cat and mouse, so they'll have to peg it down." Joe Hogan: "But cats like working in the dark." He's a legend - welcome back Joe!
Ok, it's dark, it's cold, Aaron's pegging out Dave. Pegs him out from 6 inches - who on earth is applauding a 6inch pegout???. Hits a scary and rather unnecessary 5 yarder. Has an 8 yard join with peg ball south of hoop2 and hoop1 ball in C2. C'mon Dave.
oooo - thought he had that. Misses by nothing.
Manager and refs march on and we're pegging down. Spa pool here I come...
G'night all. 2-1 to Aaron. Aaron is peg and 1 and has the innings with Dave on 4back alone.

 

 

 

Commentary of conclusion of Quarter-Final Stage Saturday 9th February 2008

Commentary by Ian Burridge

 

Conclusion of:- David Maugham v Aaron Westerby

 

The practice has just ended and the referees are setting up the lawn for the resumption of Westerby maugham 2-1 to the Kiwi who is one and peg against 4back alone

Predictably the early start will start late as almost always appears to be the case

The managers hope is for this match to finish and for the semis to be played on lawns 1 and 2 but I would have thought that this will require aaron to win in 4

Robs advice to Aaron would have been to croquetDaves ball to hoop 3 going to partner and roll up towards hoop 1

We are off aaron plays with his peg ball and rushes Daves ball to3 yards W of hoop 4 and takes off back to partner

He is laying a rush out of corner 2

Dave goes to just out of corner 4 on the S boundary

The game doesnt have the tension of last night yet

Only 11 people are watching most of them competitors or officials

Aaron rushes 1 yard N of 1

Takes off to 2 feet and runs it with no rush

He has croquet beside hoop 1 and rolls to corner 2

Aaron lays a rush and Dave moves to N of corner 1

Aaron rushes into the jaws of hoop2

Makes the hoop with no rush, has croquet behind hoop 2

rolls to hoop 3 and lays a rush

Dave moves his ball slightly nearer corner 1

It is a still overcast morning

aaron approaches hoop 3 well and gets a rush pointing at the w boundary level with hoop 6

He rushes to 11 yards N of corner 1

He rolls to Daves ball leaving himself a 4 yarder

which he hits in the middle

Dave and aaron are both playing well in the KO stages

Both are potentially winners of the event and this is a big match for both of them

Aaron croquets dave into the yard line area in fornt of hoop 3 I think Dave thought it was out, aaron has a rush out of corner 1

Dave moves to just S of corner 3

Te pace of play is quite brisk this morning

aaron improves his rush in corner 1

Dave deems with a little wave of his gloved left hand

arron improves rush and dave deems

aaron rushes well to hoop 4

aaron makes 4 with a 3 yard cut to 5

aaron rushes to 2 yards from hoop5 approaches to a foot with partner well W of the centre line

Get are 2 yard rush to a point of te W boundary level withh 5

He is very near a mid lawn wire

aaron is wearing a black croquet new zealand shirt and shorts, dave is all in white

aaron is laying a rush from the middle of the W boundary to hoop 6, no wire

opts to roll a little south to try and get wired using hoop 3, leaves the peg ball open, the rush is 4 feet long pointing between 6 and one back

dave has a quick look at the rush but quickly deems, verbally this time

stephen arrives pulling the smallest suitcase you will ever see with wheels and a handle

aaron improves rush dave deems
aaron improves rush 3 further times before taking it

The grandstand is being expanded for the final but tey are being very quiet about it

a new lawn is to be set up for the final using the existing lawns 5 and 6

The rush is 1' behind hoop 6 slightly to the side, he makes it with a rush south

he rushes to 4 yards N of hoop 1

trying to find the same wire on the W boundary, he rolls across getting te peg ball wired and the other ball open

dave deems aaron improves rush, takes the rush after 3 deems

rush hits the hoop and drops back to an inch directly behind the hoop

probably too far away for a bounce back (and airshot!!)

he is looking at rolling to the w boundary level with 1 back

or maybe just 1 yard to a wire

The crowd has doubled in size since the start

Stephen arrives at the lawn without his suitcase and wishes Dave good luck

He is approaching with a backward take off , the wrong hill will be very bad

gets an 18" 10 degree hoop but parner looks like it is still perfectly behind (in the way??))

runs it rushing partner 3 yards

aaron calls an umpire and croquets his peg ball to 13 yards S of corner 2 with the 2-back ball in corner 2

Dave is shooting at the peg ball the same shot as he hit by nothing last night

as this isnt the bbc come on Dave

missed by a couple of inches

so will dave wait for a nother lift or will it be a suicide shot??

aaron taps daves ball and croquets it towards corner 3 going to partner

he has a 5 yarder at partner

hits it in the middle again, looks solid at those

Chris and rob arrive together rob has opted for a rucksack which looks rather more trendy than the suitcase, Chris just has his mallet

aaron rolls to 2back, daves ball is on the line of 3 and 4

it is defintely open on the 2 back ball

aaron has to dribble to partner from 8 yards, plays it well has a 2 yard ruch to 2 back

his pick up will be 5 and a half yards if dave shoots

he really doesnt want to shoot iin my opinin, I think corner 2 is favourite

he is walking very slowly to his ball, he really wants to shoot I think

he has reached his ball, still hasnt decided

he is going to shoot i rekon

he is on the line still undecided

he really wants to take it I reckon

he is ceryainly managing to recreate some of the tension from last night now

8:53 a.m. 9/02/2008

he still hasnt moved, he is still lloking at the shot

corner 3 just got a quick glance

he is going to corner 2

if he doesnt shoot at this he is waiting for his lift, aaron is going to get the chance to 2 ball out from 4back I think

Dave is just S of corner 2 aaron rushes to 18" from 2 back

slightly angled hoop may preevnt control

has a 2 yard rush pointing to hoop 6 after the hoop

taps it and rolls oever to corner 4

goes to have a look at corner 4 before playng the shot, the tension is back the play is slowing down

45 people are now here

he lays a good rush and dave moves his ball a little nearer corner 2

rob mutters that he should have gone to corner 1

aaron improves his rush

dave deems

aaron improves

dave deems once aaron has got his attention

aaron takes the rush but decides not to approach and lays up again

dave deems

aaron improves

dave deems

aaron approaches from 2 feet

overhits a 6" hoop stroke when he could have got a forward rush

rushes to a wired spot on the e boundary near hoop 4

60 people here now

dave comes out of his shelter on to the lawn, I think he is going to move

dave deems
aaron improves rush
dave deems

aaron takes rush to 3 inches awayslightly to one side

its all going to be on getting the rush out of penult

dave wanders by saying he is going to look like a twat when aaron finishes

the rush out of 4back is a foot long pointing at the peg

takes it to one yard east of penult

approaches with a full roll putting the peg ball well west

runs it very cleanly has a 7 foot rush to the boundary in front of 1back

plays it really well, first applause of the day as it goes 6 inches south of daves ball

rushes to 8 feet S and 3 feet west of rover

approaches to 20" slightly angld

runs it has a 4.5 yarder pointing due north partner is still on the yard line

This will be one hell of a rush, I think he will settle for hitting it

rushes it gently to the peg

well daves got his extra lift but I dont think he will be pleased with the position

aaron is rolling to corner 2 putting dave to the middle of the N boundary, not one to put off this

rob has spotted it too, he is talking about extra adrenaline in your body

he has made t shot harder daves ball is now going towards corner 3

aaron has a 3 yarder at partner, dave i2 2 yards NE of 4back

he hits partner

rob wants arron to put partner towards corner 1 peggng partner out - WHAT ABOUT THE LIFT TACTICAL GURU!!

he isnt trying to get both off one ball is deliberately sent 2 yards W of the peg

partner is pegged out

the ball by the peg rolled on a bit so is 4 feet west and 3 feet south of the peg

Dave is shooting from corner 1 for the rush rather than taking the shortest shot

possibly a double with 4back

misses, hits 4 back but doesnt run it

aaron cant miss this

he misses to gasps from the crowd

no-one thought that was missing

it might have gone wired

from daves reaction he doesnt have all of it

8 yarder

takes it quickly and misses

aaron will want to get this take off close

2 feet

3-1 westerby

9:23 a.m. 9/02/2008

 

Commentary of Semi-Final Stage Saturday 9th February 2008

Commentary by Ian Burridge

 

Robert Fulford v Chris Clarke

 

It will be fulford clarke on lawn 2 and mulliner westerby on lawn 1

clarke is complaining about the lack of wind

rob is ready no-one else is anywhere to be seen

9:27 a.m. 9/02/2008

chris is back

This could be a classic Chris is playing well, probably quite near his best rob is playing fine but definitely below his best

rob takes blue and black for the practice, clarkre red and yello

chris hopes to shoot well I havent been convinced by his shooting all week
It looks more in hope then expectation to me

9:31 a.m. 9/02/2008

clarke has only practiced shooting so far, ok at up to 10 but nothing overthat

a 2 ball break now for Chris rob seems to be doing the same

The crowd are taking their seats around this lawn, I think they know mulliner westerby will be waiting for them later

I take aaron to win 3-0 but the other is more interesting, if Chris turns up and it isnt just 3-0 to rob I think we will have a 5 game thriller
9:36 a.m. 9/02/2008

70 spectators watching the knock up one other watching aaron sit in a hut waiting for Stephen

rob and chris have both made hoop 1 look quite tight in practice

rob is hitting the ball progressively harder as his wrists loosen

there is no wind at all, breaks are appearing in the cloud but there will certainly be no pce in the lawn until midday at the earliest

clarke is ready

rob joins him and tosses

body language says chris wins

chris has won and gone second rob puts out a supershot ball

rob has clearly decided the lawn is very playable

chris shoots hard (but not overly so) to 2 and half yards E of corner 2

mulliner still keeps westerby waiting

rob hits from b baulk

gets a good 2 yard rush to hoop 1 with a roll

rushes to a foot to the side of 1

has to play a croquet stroke from beside 1 going to a ball 9 yards west of the peg

9:44 a.m. 9/02/2008

rushes it to 2 yards sw of 2

approaches to 2 feet and crashes through to the boundary for a break

9:47 a.m. 9/02/2008
mulliner westerby has cuaght me by surprise and already started, stephen must have been practicing elsewhere

mulliner supershot, aaron to corner 2 stephen hit played a good roll and is approaching from 3 yards

gets a 2 foot angled hoop

press up time

runs it well , was from a yard in fact

has croquet beside 1 with a ball 5 yards NW of 5

rob has a 5 yard return after hoop 6

stephen gets a very good rush to hoop 2

plays it poorly to 6 yards SE of 2

rob hit and has already made 1 back

mulliner gets 4 foot 20 degree hoop 2

runs and has a small celebratory fist

rob gets a lot of wire at 2back, I think it is a tight hoop

will rob do something defensive or just have all the ball on the W boundary

mulliner has to approach hoop 3 from 3 yards NE for a break

1 yard straight hoop for mulliber

runs it, he will have a good chance if his hoop stroke holds out for the whole match

I have a question about Mulliners practice this morning, he certainly had very little if any on the lawn before the game but presumably was delayed arriving because he was practicing elsewhere

rob is laying up on the west boundary at the maximum length spot

This will be a big shot in the match will we get a wild thrash at it or a proper swing

mulliner did apparently practice on lawn 4 after the conclusion of the pegged down game

aaron will not have been entitled to a warm up having played

I think rob was concerned he had left a bit of a target and has played a scatter with his final stroke

I dont think there is a double but ther will definitely be a call in play for a bad shot

chris misses but struck the shot well

stephen is approaching 1 back with a 5 yard backward take off

gets a 4 fiit 10 degree hoop

has a refusal and is now doing a press up

runs it generating another fist, I think we had better get used to this

rob rushes to 8 feet in front of one with everything set up n front of him

it hills slightly but he ruuns the angled hoop, should be 1-0

stephen is laying up with a rush on oppo from the E boundary to partner on the west

the ball on the west boundary is a yard or so in

robs peel ball is slightly goes slightly short and to one side I reckon he will be lucky to end up with it jawsed after 3

aaron misses from b baulk into corner 2

robs takes the escape ball after 4 back rushing it to the n boundary, surely not just a 4 ball break??

10:09 a.m. 9/02/2008

he croquets a ball to 5 goes to peelee and takes off awfully to 4 has a 7 yarder that he hits in the middle

has a 4 yard backward take off

has a 1 yard 10 degree hoop which he runs to the boundary

stephen rushes poorly across the lawn but plays an OK croquet stroke and has to apprach 1 from 2 yards with a ball 1 yard N of hoop 2

I am going to have to move I keep losing my network connection

rob plays a good rush peel from 6" before 6

mulliner grovels through 3, looks like a tricky 3 yarder
hits it
has a ball at hoop 4 and a ball in corner 4

stephen takes off 5 yards from corner 4

asks half a dozen spectators to move before hitting it in the middle

rob is doing a death roll

sorry network problems are stopping me giving a better description of this more intersting TP than usual

peel jawsed good if slightly long rush

takes it well and is approaching 2-back from a foot, the peel is just through

mulliner has croquet on partner on the S boundary a hoop 5 pionner and an escape ball at 4 back

no rush out of hoop 5

dbm is taking over commentary on mulliner westerby I may be able to find a network connection where I can see robs lawn now

rob aproaches 4back with the peel ball 4 feet from rover and a ball 6 feet from penult

he elects to go to the peelee before penult

penult ball is north not great for taking off to, he is short.

8 ffot approach is to 2 feet

network has died again
has to do an irish, from a foot without a deep ball

goes fine

1-0 Fulford

10:32 a.m. 9/02/2008

I think the players have declined to have the hoops reset

my connection is now "low" an improvement of very low!

rob has taken a comfort break

dave cant get a connection at all and I can hardly see the other lawn, Mulliner is still in play

not any more he isnt he has failed 2 back

rob has had a supershot ball
chris is going just S of corner 2
aaron has made 1 with a ball at 2

rob thought he had his shot from b baulk but it just misses

this is a big shot in this match

he only just missed the corner so doesnt quite have a 2 ball target

seemed to strike it well again but it didnt look that close

must have been fairly close as it comes back on in contact

dont think it was quite in contact rob doesnt play a cannon

Aaron is at hoop 3

rob has to run an 18" 30 degree hoop which he does for a break

stephens 2back was apparently easy

I dont think any of the reports have mentioned te chiccadas yet, they are loud today

dave is apparently up and running on the other game now

rob has a solid 4 ball break at hoop 4

The crowd is now split roughly 50:50 between the two games

daves commentary is on
http://www.worldcroquet2008.com/commentary2.shtml

rob has played a bad hoop stroke at 1back, hampered stroke has some difficulty

plays it as a sweep and hits it easily

rob runs 2back hard and hits the escape ball (unlucky?) doesnt seem that upset about it

chris is taking his jumper off - I always think if you cant hit anything it is a good idea to add or remove clothing

Both players now in their 2006 GB Mac shirts

Rob ran 3 back without much control and is settling for just making an OSL with the middle ball actually on the E boundary 16 yards N of corner 4

the ball by hoop 2 is 5 yards W and 1 yard N of the hoop
may be the shortest shot

robs balls in corner 4 are only about 15" apart

chris is shooting with the ball on the e boundary at robs balls he is a foot in the lawn so has a slight target it is probably 15 yards

Rob cant get his balls quite in the right place but it is "close enough!"

chris misses by absolutely nothing right under my nose

11:04 a.m. 9/02/2008

rob has a good rush to 1

it is 2 yards short

good ball at 2 (partner) and one 2 yards N of 4

1 yard straight hoop

there is some movement in the crowd, is it raining?

runs it and has an 8 yard return

hits it smack in the middle

false alarm on the rain I think the sun is still trying to break through

rob has croquet in corner 4 with balls at 2 and 3, roll or take off?

He goes for the Hogan roll

plays it well will be approaching 2 from 3 yards straight with 2 balls w of 3

strange I am sure he coached me to have one on each side so it doesnt matter where your rush out of 2 goes

maybe thats just what he advises people who are rubbish

runs 2 to the boundary and has a good rush

he has put peelee tpo a similar position to the first game, probably slightly better but he will need a 6" hoop to get the peel

is going to play a cannon withe the approach shot

plays it perfectly should be 2-0

knocks it slightly to one side and only jawses the peel, that was poor

rob doesnt go back after hoop4

11:15 a.m. 9/02/2008

the lawn shows its first sign of pace as Rob doesnt get his forward rush out of 5 when it looked like he had it

the roll across after the rush peel is not great, another death roll required?

just noticed where he has his one back pioneer 2 yards se of 2 can probably peel going to this

no not enough control for that setting up for death roll

no rush out of 1back it is looking awkward again

attempts a rush peel from 6" rushes it through off the S boundary

peelee goes to 3back as he couldnt put out a good one and get in position for the rush peel

chris has come out of his hut now and is pacing around knowing he is going 2-0 down without having croquet - will he put Rob in again?

rob doesnt get the rush across after 3 back but croquets peelee to 15" in front of rover

rob has all the balls at rover it is going to be anoter irish

peelee only stays in by 4 feet but I dont think rob was ever worried

he has a good rush on it back to the peg

7' peg out

2-0 fulford

11:33 a.m. 9/02/2008

chris looks like he might play a lunch card

yes they will resume at 12 robs advises some spectators they may be better off watching the other lawn

They take his advice, will they return

11:34 a.m. 9/02/2008

26 mins for Chris to decide if he is going to put rob in

westerby has made 1 back with balls at 2 back and 3 back

dave has found an extension cable and will be back on in a minute

im getting one too! That should be the power sorted and the network is holding up better now we have moved the receiver

rob expects to be put in again

he is eating a braeburn apple for lunch

I have my cheese and spring onion sandwich and braeburn

chris is in conversation with Jerry Stark in the bar

i have kept the commentary guarded from rob I dont want him picking up any of my tips

chris and rob are back

curtailing my research chris has not beaten rob from 2-0 since 1997, possibly ever

chris goes in and plays to 10 yards n of corner 4, he will be desperate for the innings out of this opeining

duffer 4 feet s of hoop 6

chris is shooting at partner from a baulk

another goods stroke hits pretty much in the middle

looks like his shot to the duffer is down a fastish line

fastish is relative the lawn still doesnt have any real pace about it

plays an excellent 4' cut to one getting it 8' straight in front, we might have a match yet

20"hoop

12:04 p.m. 9/02/2008

runs it has croqyet 3 yards n of 1 with partner 6 yards s of 2

an approack from 2 yards to the side gives an 18" 30 degree hoop

has to take evasive action as it comes back at him

rob has a 7 yarder from b baulk at the ball by hoop3

rob hits in with 2 balls at hoop 2

rob has to approach from 3 yards straight for a break

gets an 18" 15 degree hoop

had two middle balls ran it past them to the hoop 2 pioneer

rob has got his break back

will we get a pop?

pretty sure having continued the research that Clarke has never beaten fulford from 2-0 down

robert hasnt lost from 2-0 since the westerns in 2005 when he threw away a 2-0 lead against kibble

there is no pop, rob has a secure four ball break at hoop 6

rob is making the same OSL type leave that he had in game 2

the hoop 2 ball is the ball by corner 2 which this time is about 5 feet south of the corner and a foot off te yard line

as far as I can see clarke has never come back from 2-0 down to anyone

he is taking the e boundary shot again probably a yard shorter than last time

14 yards

strikes it well as a mobile phone goes off, thin it nearly hilled off

he has rushed it 3 yards west of corner 4 so a tricky first take off

gets a short rus straight at hoop 5

misses the peg and hoop 2 to find corner 2

in the plate there is a five way tie on 6/9 for 3 places in the KO play off

dixon, patmore, lowe and lines are through and james is the only losing QF playing

clarke rushed two yards from hoop 1 and ran a 20' hoop

has rushed back to corner 4

the tie break sound like it is going to be quality of opponent based on their world rankings!?

has to approach from 2 yards east again

runs an 18" hoop getting a 4 yard return

hits it in teh middle, should have a break now

has croquet on the w boundary and is playing a roll I think he wants a TPO peelee is the hoop 3 pioneer

TPO it is

robs has doen 2 TPS without making them look trivial

the peel is jawsed

there are no time limits on the play today

chris is going back to the peelee after 4

rushes it to the N boundary, this is a tricky roll the hoop 5 pioneer is OK

the peelee misses penult the strikers ball is more or less perfect

patmore says the chiccadas are hissing like the sausages on the barbecue

The crowd is just over 150 now

poor peel attempt after six looks to have ended up somewhere from wheer it wont rush peel

peelee is an inch back not straight but should rush peel

chris is playing for the rush peel

perfect position for it, gets it

2 feet straight in front of rove can try it going to 2back

2 back pioneer is 1 yard w

peel bounces 2" to the side, poor rush to 2back

18" backward take off

20"straight hoop

4 yard return

rushes it into the front of 1

can only roll across both balls to the 3back pioneer

approaches 3 back

is he laying up

2 balls at 3 back one at rover

non stopping

he is going to make 4 back off the peelee

partner is the penult pioneer

good 12" rush to 4 back

rusges it 2 yards sw

approach is shorter than he would like

gets quite a lot of wire running it to the boundary

3 yard return, could do with rushing it

goes 4 yards e and 2 yards s of the peg

over hits roll to peeling position it is at about 2' and 45 degrees

two off would be a good result from here

poor rush to penult approaches from 2 yards to side

another 2foot hoop

no rush out of penult

this is tense

rolls partner down as the side ball

there is no deep ball, 2 side balls

15" 10 degree peel

maybe nearer 20 degree

cant line it up

good irish

he can get a leave from here

rushes partner 14 yards S of corner 3

hoop 5 must be in play to some degree if rob tries to approack from there

5 foot peg out

peg ball goes to corner 2 remember his other ball is for 2 rob is for hoop 1

the officials have begun to lay out the lawns for the final

lawn!

rob plays a roll to hoop 1 from the e boundary

5 yard dead straight hoop

he is taking it on

bounces bakc to 4 feet straight

pretty good squeeze

chris moves the middle ball to corner 4

he is coming towards the commentary position, we might get a whige about the squeeze

no he just returns to his seat

rob runs the hoop by 11 yards

hits centre ball into corner 2

hopefully the final lawn will be set better than this one where the balls in corners 2 and 4 are open on each other

the roll up from corner 2 is short and hills

I think he can take wired position from where he is

seems to get more hill not sure it is wired or runnable

clarke moves the ball behind hoop 2 to corner 1

rob can run the hoop it is about 30 degree and short

sounds very loose as he runs it to te boundary

this is a good game now

rob goes to the middle of the S boundary, 1 yard east slightly nearer chris peg ball

the peg ball moves from corner 1 to 2

rob shoots into corner 4

misses on the nortehern side, control to Mr clarke

the crowd might be just under 200 if you count those watching from outside the fence ;-)

chris rushes to 3 yards west of 3 and takes off to partner in corner 2

the roll up from the corner is poos giving and 8' 20 degree hoop. He places a good hard hoop shot as opposed to a thrash and it rejects to 11 yards S of corner 2 he cant complain about the squeeze now

rob is looking at the hoop 2 ball

HE IS TAKING IT

misses it

it was 20 yarder from 3 to 2 was about a 12 yarders

the first croquet stroke is good getting a rush on the ball that was only a yard in

he should win from here

rob is coming in for a loy of stick for shooting at the hoop 2 ball

not sure I agree with "it is not a shot he would have finished off if he had hit it!"

poor rush to 3 has to approach from 18" to the side off the hoop 3 ball

maeks it

chapman, bassett and watkins were the lucky 3 in the plate

clarke has made hoop 6

there are 220 here now, reasonably accurate count

if it is any consolation to rob wixy would have taken the same shot as him

im still on the fence, I think black was much more hittable but the argument must be thaht the lwan is difficult enough that he thinks he needs an easy chance of break

he must have expected chris to finish if he missed

chrsi has a 5 yarder out of 3back, hits it

the lawn has a tiny bit of pace at last

he is on penult now

partner is at rover but he has got a rush should be all over

makes rover

4 foot peg out

2-1 fulford
1:26 p.m. 9/02/2008

clarke and fulford both leave the arena

both are coming back with a glass of water

will rob put chris in now the conditions are getting more difficult?

no it is going to be rob to go first 9 yards N of corner 4

clarke duffer is 4 feet w and one foot s of 6 I reckon more or less where he would have placed it

rob is shooting at a slight angle, into corner 1 presumably

hits it centre ball

it is on the yard line 3 yards e of corner 1

his approach finishes a foot to the side the other ball is 5 yards in front of 2

he is shooting back at partner, almost certain to leave a double if he misses

changes his mind 2 foot join, might have hit if he had hit it badly!

clarke shoots from a-baulk

centre ball ish and promotes the other ball 4 yards n and in a couple of inches

discussion continues on the tactics in game 2 should clarke have tried his hoop 2

I enjoy "I have a feeling he went for the left hand wire to make sure he bounced away"

approaches 1 from 5 feet behind

gets a 4 foot hoop

hits it ludicrously gently gets through with an eash hampered shot

reminiscent of some of the shots we were watching on video from the 1991 final the other day, except this one got through

he has a break now

this lawn for the final is going to be the most precisely set lawn in the history of the game

about 15 bisques, 11 corner flags, a tape measure and a piece of string

four ball break at hoop 5

if you guys in england dont e-mail soon we will think you have all gone to bed, which one of you has the stamina to see this through

did I count the crowd for nothing?

no hammers or noise from the hoop setters yet another section of grandstand was erected in silence earlier in the day

indeed I think lawn setting has stopped as they have got to the noisy part, no sign of anyone

chris is at 2-back

still overcast not even the slightest of breezes the chiccadas continue

diagonal spread coming up

just tried to catch up on the other game, following these commentaries is tough if you join mid game!!

the spread is made I think rob will take the long shot I think chris can come S

he is looking at getting hoop 4 in the way of the short shot, that is a fair way south

chriss balls are about 11 yards n of corner 4

i will get a good view of robs long lift as I am sat near corner 4, dave is similarly placed on the other lawn

he has lifted the ball by hoop 2, it was always missing

dave is more or less between lawns but I have virtually no view of his as there is the smaller of two grandstands bwteen the lawns and a row of people in chairs

the rush to hoop 1 is poor to 4 and a half yards in fornt

he runs a one yard angled hoop with a much better stroke than last time

he is still only 18 inches through

he calls a ref and tells him he hasnt got a clue what he is doing but thought it would be best for the balls to be marked

the ball he approached off is 8 yards n

he has a good prod at it but misses, I think it was on hoop 2 for some of the way

he has gone off the n boundary gurading robs 8 yarder from 1 to 2

rob takes it anyway and snicks it towards hoop 6

not much on here

the new lawn is being erected in front of the larger grandstand I assume the smaller one will be moved too

rob rolls the 4back ball to hoop 1 going to partner in corner 4, blue goes out 2 yards e of corner 1

rob is 6 yards short of partner

chris shoots from corner 1 to the more northern of robs balls

he misses I think ron is forced to take on the 7 yarder from the corner
1:59 p.m. 9/02/2008

he looks at it and then take the 3 yarder withe the other ball wit few break prospects

It is an 8 yard take off to corner 4

is 4 feet shot

has a look at whether or not he has wired chris's balls from each other

my runner tells me chris's balls are open on each other

rob rolls up from corner 4 and is short

chris's last shot was not great but he still has a fairly fluent swing this will be the one to hit

his backward ball is on the north boundary in from of 1 back partner is 5 yards east of hoop 4 rob has a sort of rush in corner 1

chris shooting at partner

shakes his head as soon as he hits it

there is a good pace about this game they could almsot be having a knock about at Colchester but just every now and then a shot gets given a little extra bit of care

talking of care rob would have done well to take a litlle more over his first shot which he snicks maybe they are feeling more pressure that they are showing

although they wont admit it they must both be thinking that this is the effective final

rob has croquted partner to hoop 2 and got a rush to 1 from by hoop 4

puts it 5 feer straight in front

a runner has been sent to tell dave to use the players names more and not 'hes', rather him than me

rob has a break would have needed some difficult shots to get the TPO and he las elected to just play a break

the pop this time with chris already on 4 back might get more commitment I think

i hope the runner makes it make alive I want a beer

he is still alive apparently dave is still struggling with his connection

rob has two oppo balls at 5 and partner at 6

clarkes hoop 2 ball is the 1 back pioneer still looks like a 4 ball break otherwise

hoop 1 is a bit tricky rob might fancy the 4 back ball in it? probably too difficult to make though

is there any chance of forcing chris

just testing out the bold tag apparently it will help some old men reading in england rob randonly rushed the 4 back ball into 2 back and it stays clos but he still doesnt look at a hoop leave

has 2 ropey 3 back pioneers

mulliner westerby is still 1-0 to mulliner

rob has partner 6 yards n of 4 the hoop 2 ball four feet north and is approaching form a yard off the 4back ball

2:21 p.m. 9/02/2008

after the hoop has both oppo balls 4 feet n and no useful rush

cuts the hoop 2 ball off the w boundary 8 yards s of corner 2 maybe he thought that was useful!

he takes off back moving it in a couple of yards, he has a phantom roquet on the 3 yarder rushing partner off. I was typing but some of the crowd definitely thought it missed.

he has croqueted partner to the yard line 12 yards n of 4 and rushed the other ball 5 yards n are 3 yards w of 1

this is an 11 yarder, chris will be taking it

wont do his street cred any good to do otherwise

rob has taken the most aggressive shot of this match thus far

chris has lifted the hoop 2 ball and will take the short shot into corner 2, he snicks it

while he was taking it rob wandered over to explain that he had wanted to rush the first ball much nearer corner 2 so that the ball by hoop 1 could be 3 yards further north

this really doesnt look like a good leav now as peelee is sent to 3 and clarke gets a rush to 2

rushes it 2 yards SE of 2

gets a 20" hoop

runs it and gets a rush to hoop 4

standard tp now

this is what we wanted when we turned up this morning a 5 game thriller this should be good from here

rob is here again, he thinks hoop 1 is harder than the rest of the lawn and would have liked a pioneer

kirby doesnt mix his words telling rob that his leave did just give chris an 11 yarder for a finish

chris rushed more or less straight in front of 3 and ended up having to peel from 2 yards at an angle which has bounced out

chris has put his hoop 6 pioneer very near hoop 6, he played to jaws the take off going to 5 and missed again

He glances off 5 at dead weight and inch away from a park there

he grovels through 5 trying to get a forward rush, hampered shot is easy but not rushable

i think we are getting a ball to the peg now

peelee goes to 1 back

rob thinks the lawn is difficult

hard for him to say whether or not it is the hardest he has played on all week due to the pressure

Rob hasnt played after this time all week

chris had his round game with johnston start in te heat of the day

chris nearly over approaches one back

rob says that chris is approaching nearer than him but that chris probably hasnt had one hill as violently as one of robs did against keith yesterday

peelee is the middle ball as chris makes 3back

the lawn is not as fast yet as on previous days in my opinion but is getting there

chris has a slightly long 3back after a backward takeoff

runs it expecting a hoop and roquet which misses is lucky to only have a 3 yarder that he hits

the hoop 1 ball is the rover pioneer, partner is at penult

looks like he wants the 4back ball in penult

he has got the ball by penult in a good spot, looks like it rushes to 4back and not to 1

this is getting pretty exciting now, I am close to making Clarke favourite

going to bed now in the UK really is for wimps

the hoop 1 ball is 5 yards w and 2 yards n of 2

chris is laying a rush 13 yards n of corner 4

rob has a bit of a target with the ball at penult

he cant get all his mallet on the ball

if he takes this you really do have to question his decision making

much hilarity now as news of the mulliner error breaks on our lawn

rob lifts the ball at penult and misses from b baulk at the ball near corner 2

chris rushes across and puts partner to penult need to rsuh from the w boundary to 4back

it goes to 1 yard se of the hoop

makes sure of it to the boundary

so clarkes toss in the 5th

fairly tricky lawn game 5 fulford clarke, dont go to bed

chris has a rush out of penult

runs rover with partner by the peg

2-2 Clarke fulford
2:59 p.m. 9/02/2008

I think rob has gone

rob wanders off

chris follows him

a referee checks the hoops

will clarke dare to go second again the lawn is tricky enough to justify it

I think he will

both back now 2 more hoops to check

here we go

clarke to 9 yards n of corner 4 (what do I know!)

duffer one yard se of 6

clarke shoots at partner from corner 3 poor looking stroke misses to corner 4

no eye contact from chris a couple of yards away, he is in the zone

rob hits centre ball rushing it to a yard short of the sout boundary perhaps he is in the zone too but I am dubious

i promise that this commentary is genuine and I am not stringing you along to keep you all awake

he is trying a big play here partner to 2 getting a rush on the northern ball

this is aggressive

having second thoughts

it looks like a fairly natural split

he is going to bottle it

takes off to the ball in corner 4 hills in when he would have had something he fancied cutting

I got all excited for a minute then I thought I was going to get to touch the ball but someone else has grabbed it!

he puts the ball to 2 hitting the other ball in the corquet stroke

I guess the lawn speed is 13 seconds would be surprised if it was 14, basically flat

gentle shots generally take a reliable line certainly nothing too harsh in this game

rob croquets the ball to 7 yards s of hoop 3 and retuns to partner on the s boundary

chris shoots from 2 to 3 a nod tells us it is a good one, it hits centre ball

has a ball at 2 and is rushing 2 1 from 8 yards

"the best aimer in the game" according to the crowd makes hoop 1

gets a rush back to the s boundary, he should take this round

the hoop perfect hoop 3 pioneer from the west boundary took exactly 11 seconds so I think 13 is probably about right, some mathematician can correct me

rob has just heard the best aimer in the game quote, he can hardly contain himself

chris has made hoop3 with with a perfect 4 ball break with the middle ball in the perfect fast lawn position half way between 3 and 4

rob is trying his equivalent of the clothing trick he is watching this break without his glasses when he has put them on for all chris's other breaks

it is going to be a diagonal spread for chris

3:28 p.m. 9/02/2008

chris has his spread and is 11 yards n of corner 4 with his balls

we need a hit to make this match but I am not particulalry convinced we will get it

chris takes longer than goacher would have for his final stroke

most people reading this think that is harsh but he did walk to the end of a baulk, shockingly enough it looked the same as always

rob lifts the peg ball and goes to baulk

hits it quite hard and misses into corner 4

I think chris will finish

I am certain he will try

the lawn shane did his tp on against reg was comparably trickly maybe the hoops are a little harder today

He rushes back to corner 4 rather than hoop 1 from the west boundary

I GET THE BALL

the rush to 1 is slightly hard goes 2 feet past

approaches to 20"

runs it with a rush

hogan roll coming up I reckon

no he is rolling to 2 and 3

the ball in corner 4 is 1 yard N and 1 yard w of the corner

he runs 2 to the boundary and has a reasoable rush

he is just going round, I will call something right soon

the hoop 4 pioneer is 2 and a half yards s of 4 and chris has croquet 12 yards n of corner 4

I might get the ball again if I am lucky

no he gets good position on it and only has to tap it

chris hits the nearer escape ball when running 4 to the boundary that will ensure no TP, I would have been proud of that myself

chris still playing at quite a quick pace but still appears to be taking considerable care

he is playing well, will this be the match of his life?

I think he will reject it because of the error at the start of the TPO game (or possibly becuase he goes on to lose!)

the flags are fluttering for the first time today, the wind has increased considerably in the last 5 mins

chris is making no mistakes as all the pioneers are put out perfectly

I think rob will hit the lift

I hope he does, a rigall now will be fantastic

(I was heckled into inserting that comma)

rob has been and got a drink

he makes 3back with the peelee at 4back but I still dont think peelee has been there enough for this to be considered a burridge TP this is without any doubt at all a ball round

will it just be a spread

doubt it now partner has gone to rover

he is appraoching penult wit the other ball 7 yards n of hoop 4

chris stops and reflects after penult (why is partner at rover!!)

he runs rover with one oppo ball 8' NE of rover, the other 18" south of the peg, I remember him telling me once what a good way this is to make a spread!

he palys a poor hoop stokre at rover but can still rush partner 11 yards N of corner 4

chris has got the oppo balls right now has to dribble back to partner

it is more or less perfect 7 foot rush

he doesnt like it think he wanted it about hlaf that length

the ball by hoop 2 has a target very small gap

misses badly

he knew as soon as he hit it

shake of the head from rob

rob thinks his last two shots in the final at fontenay were worse than these two

chris has got a short rush but the penult pionee is 4 yards s

he s approaching 4back from 3 inches

perfect ball at rover rushing to penult from 4 yards

hits the hoop but boucnes to the side

wixy wants to know if chris is going to do any form of celebration

marcus wants to know what time chris will stop grinning this evening

he has made penult

approaching rover from a foot

Clarke 3 Fulford 2
4:01 p.m. 9/02/2008

he certainly is grinning

that is me signing off - enjoy the other game

 

Commentary of Semi-Final Stage Saturday 9th February 2008

Commentary by David Maugham

 

Aaron Westerby v Stephen Mulliner

 

10:24 09/02/2008

Morning all, I'm (David M) taking over the commentary for the Mulliner/Westerby game now. Network issues and battery life notwithstanding...

I'm not sure how much Ian told you about this but what I've seen, Stephen didn't get his delayed TP out, and put partner to 2-b. He failed it and Aaron hit from 3-b to the pivot 7 yards away, turning down a similar length shot with an additional ball in the hoop to hi with his lift shot.

He's now having a 4bb with R, just putting K out as a fairly poor early 2-b pioneer out after 5.

He's made 6 and is putting Y about 4 yards of 1-b and has rushed U to a foot in front.

He's made 1-b and put U out to about a yard NW of 3-b, and rushed Y to near I

Y has gone to 2 feet from the peg and R has rushed K to 5 feet N of the hoop

Which he's run to the boundary, getting a rush back to the peg.

The balls are all nicely placed for his spread now

He made 3-b without a forward rush, but has played a good croquet stroke to get U nicely placed near the WB an a rush on K to the wired spot by the peg

Pretty much a perfect spread. RY maybe a touch far South (about level with 5) and Stephen may take the short shot.

Yep, he's lifted U (the 4-b ball) and is taking the short one from the end of a-baulk

He's hit R (the in-lawn ball)

He got a rush on Y into the midde and has put it to Penult, but has rushed poorly to 4-b, ending up about 3 yards to the side.

He's approached OK, though and has about a 1 yard fairly straight hoop that he can run to the boundary.

A few press ups before the hoop, as he like to do, and he smoothly runs it by a couple of yards.

He hit the ~4 yarder at partner and put it about 5 yards N and slightly E of Rover.

He's made penult with no trouble, and has a forward rush.

Stephen rushed Y to R on the EB, and rushed R back to a yard or so N of the peg and has put it 3 yards S of rover getting a rush on partner to the hoop.

The rush goes well, and he's now made the hoop and has a rush on R to Y again. K is a couple of feet S of rover.

Hmm.. interesting. He's just tapped R and poked it out to the peg, getting a rush to the WB level with 6.

A classic B-spread, in the making. He's just calling a referee on for his last stroke, which is tapping his ball a couple of inches, whilst hampered by partner.

Aaron lifted Y with no hesitation, and is taking the short shot at U&K.

Centre ball

Aaron's poked K out to three yards from 2, getting a rush to partner at the peg.

He rushed a little far to the hoop, but approached it well. Ooops. he's failed it. he didn't do that against me...

Stephen has missed with K from near 2 at partner near the peg.

Aaron made 1 and now has partner at 3 and a cut rush to 2.

Unfortunately he's hit it centre ball, so he's got a 4 yard sidey backward take off.

It looks like he's played it pretty well, and has a 1 yard slightly angled hoop.

But he's sammed it into a wire and stopped in the middle.

Stephen has shot U at K, missing by about a foot, so has both balls on the EB about 2 yards apart, level with 4.

Aaron is running 2 with Y, and now has a 13 yarder at partner near 3

He's hit it, to wild applause from the partisan crowd...

I'm about to run out of power now, so there may be a short break, while we organise another computer, but I'll keep going until it dies...

Anyhow, back to the game. Aaron has taken off to Stephen's balls, and rushed back to 3.

He's stopped K back up the lawn about 10 yards, and has run the hoop and hit R

R goes to 5 and Y has a cut rush on K to U on the EB. He's played it well, and is only a yard or so from the other ball.

OK, lost power for a while, but we now have an extension cable over here, so there shouldn't be any more breaks, provided the wireless network holds up.

In the meantime, Aaron managed to put his 2 back pioneer off the lawn whilst approaching it, giving Stephen a trivial finishing turn with his 2-b ball.

Stephen is giving these hoops some full respect, pressing up for both his last two 6 inch hoops.

He's now approaching 4-b from about a foot off Y, with U 3 yards S of the hoop. R is a yard in front of penult.

Y goes to 2 feet in front of rover, and Stephen uses U to get a nice short rush on R.

He catches a bit of wire going through penult, but nothing serious.

R is put 2 yards behind rover and U is now a yard from the peg.

No difficulty making rover, a simple rush on Y to U and Stephen goes 1-0 up.

+10 (or 26-16, depending on preference.)

Lunch break, by the looks of it.

Umm.. maybe not, they've just restarted, after the hoops were looked at by the referees.

Stephen put out U as a standad ball 8 yards up the EB, Aaron put R just out of IV, Stephen missed down the side boundary.

Aaron took the 13 yarder at K but missed on the left so Stephen could rush it up to partner.

He's rushed to 1 and put partner behind the hoop.

He's slightly angled, and is calling on a referee for no obvious reason.

Unsurprisingly, he's run it with no trouble, and made the roquet.

He's rolled down to II, and hit R.

A fairly poor effort at approaching the hoop from the corner put R only a yard from the EB, but K is 3 yards short of position at the hoop.

He's just gone back a yard to guard the corner. Aaron is shooting R at Y down the boundary.

He's hit, rushing Y to 5 yards out of IV on the S boundary.

The take-off to U&K is about a yard short of K, so he taps it.

and rolls it to 2 getting a 2 foot straight rush to 1

which goes about 3 yards SE of the hoop.

He approaches to a couple of feet straight, putting U 4 yards past the hoop.

and runs the hoop by 5 yards

He roquets U, and rolls it to 3, going to the ball at 2.

The striker's ball is good, but U is 4 yards short of hoop 3.

Aaron's made the hoop with no trouble and got a rush back to the S boundary, and is trying to roll K to 4 getting behind Y.

Not a bad efort, he can certainly cut it up the lawn, and he has got it to about level with 6.

Now he's got to get behind U which is only a couple of yards from 6.

A two yard straightish rush is taken to 5 feet E of the hoop. The approach is going to be a take-off.

He gets a 18 inch 30 degree hoop which he runs easily

Rushes U to the boundary, and pokes it up the lawn 10 yards getting a rush on Y

Takes Y down the boundary, puts it to 5 and gets a simple rush to 4.

He's made 4 with a rush pointing E, and can put it to 6 getting a rush on U.

Now a nice simple 4bb to play...

He's rushed Y to 3" in front of 5, but no problems with the approach

Y becomes the early 2-b pioneer.

K was about a foot N of 6, so Aaron's rushed U to near 3, before putting it to 6.

He's made 6, and got both balls over near 1-b, so maybe considering an N/MSL.

Having made 1-b he's left K near the boundary level with 6.

Approaching from an easy position, Aaron has got R to about 4" away from the hoop at about 45 degrees.

Nw he's doing his standard standing around thinking pose. Occasionally running his fingers through his hair...

He's looking at running away to IV. Yep, that's his choice.

Stephen's lifted U, which was at 3-b and hit his 6 yarder at Y, rushing it to K.

Ummm... not a good stroke from Stephen, his rush is well short, pointing at corner IV.

He's taken it there, intending to use R

A cut rush is taken to 4 yards from the hoop, and he's overhit the approach.

Ooohh... no it's stopped in time, and he has a straight 6" hoop.

A good roll puts R to 3 getting close to Y at 2.

He's made 2 and rushes Y to the SB behind 4. A little short getting his rush on K, he just knocks it up the boundary a couple of yards and takes off to R.

A nice short roquet on R and he has an easy approach.

Short hoop, easily made.

He doesn't get a forward rush, so he hits his short roquet, and takes off to K.

Clips K down to IV, and plays an OK roll to get it to 5 going to the ball by 4.

Gets a short hoop, but makes it look difficult.

He's over hit the yellow, definately not short of the hoop.

But he's close enough to K, to make the short roquet.

He's just underhit the approach, so a little short.

But made it easily. Hit's his short roquet, and takes off to R near 3.

Gets a rush on it and can get a nice short rush on Y back to 6, getting a good pioneer to 1-b.

According to reports, we have just short of 200 spectators here.

Stephen's made 6 and got yellow on top of 2-b, maybe touching.

He's got another short hoop at 1-b but feels the need for a few press-ups.

Made it easily and put out a good 3-b pioneer.

Now has to dal with this Y on the wire of 2-b.

He's approached the hoop OK from 3" away, but has only just squeezed through the hoop.

Y & K are both at the peg now, so a spread coming up, I expect.

He's made 3-b with a rush.

R is a bit short, probably 6 yards from the boundary.

but Y is good, and everything is in a nice line. U&K probably about level with hoop 5.

Aaron has decided not to take the short shot this time and is going down the EB with R. Missing into the corner.

K rushes U into the lawn, and is a little short putting it to 3, but gets an OK rush to 2.

Makes 2, but without a rush back down the lawn. Plays a good croquet stroke from behind 6 to get a rush on partner and Y a couple of yards past 4.

He makes 3, but gets little or no wire, and doesn't get a forward rush.

The take off to IV leaves him with about a 4 yarder, which he deals with comfortably.

R goes about a yard past 5, and he's just rushed Y into the jaws.

Fortunately he's in the back of the hoop, so he can poke it to one side and run the hoop past it.

He's left Y near 4-b, so I guess he fancies his chances of the delayed TP.

U gets rushed down the lawn, and stopped back, but it's gone about 3 yards to the side of 4-b.

Makes 5, but the rush is pointing east, and he's cut it to about peg high on the boundary.

A pretty good croquet stroke puts R a foot to the side of 1-b, but he's not played the cut he wanted and has a 2 yard peel.

It doesn't touch the sides, and almost goes off!

Rushes to and approaches 6.

Makes it with lots of wire, but hits his 4 yarder anyway, rushing it to near Y.

Rushes U over, but puts it very deep at 2-b. It's about 3 yards past the hoop.

He makes 1-b with a rush back to the end of b-baulk

R goes most of the way to 3-b, and Y is rushed to between the peg and hoop 5.

He's taken off to get a couple of yard rush to 2-b, doesn't cut it very well and has to take off from a couple of yards to the side.

Ooh, he's short!

Maybe there's a hill there, since that's the same side that Aaron went down.

He's gone in II.

Aaron's rushed U with R to near Y.

Hmmm.. he's rushed Y to a couple of yards SE of 2-b, lets see if he can get it up this hill...

Yep, no trouble this time.

He's made the hoop and rushed Y into the middle of the lawn, and just taken off to get a rush to 3-b.

Didn't rush very well to 3-b and needed a 2 yard sidey take-off to approach it with.

Made it with no wire, and ended up with a rush into IV. So he's now got the oppo balls in II and IV and partner about 3 yards from the peg. I dunno wht sort of leave he'll be putting together.

Well, U has gone to a foot to the side of hoop 1, and Y has been rushed to 5 yards out of II on the EB.

Rolled a bit closer to III and gave himself a rush to the ball in II.

Stephen's put U into corner IV.

I appear to have made a slight error earlier, K was about a yard out of the corner on the WB.

Aaron has rushed into the corner, and stopped partner about 4 or 5 yards into the lawn, getting a rush on K to 1.

He's clubbed it a bit, and nearly gone off the SB.

But a good approach has given him a to foot hoop.

Ran it, but didn't get a forward rush.

Tapped his roquet, and had a pretty good effort at the roll. K is about 3 yards towards II from hoop 3, and Y wasn't quite split enough to get the rush.

He's approaching the hoop from about 5 yards to the side, and has done very well. Another 2 foot straight hoop, with a ball waiting for him near the boundary.

Smashed through, and has a rush he can take to IV.

Hmm... he's just tapped it, and gone for playing the croquet stroke.

A bit short on both balls. R is 4 yards N of 4 and Y has to approach 3 from 2-3 yards.

Dealt with it again, but once again fails to get a forward rush.

Aaron's wandered down to IV to have a look at the stroke out of the corner, and has chosen to take off to U.

Stephen's wandered on, I'm not sure why. Now he's wandered off again. Must have thought there was some irregularity, but Aaron's still in play, so he must have been mistaken.

Despite the interference, Aaron has played the take off perfectly.

The roll, however, leaves a little to be desired. U is good at 5 but Y has a 3 yard half ball cut to rush to 4.

Clips it. He's approaching from about 4 yards straight.

Interesting. He didn't put R deep, and is now running a 4 foot straight hoop with the escape ball 6 yards from the boundary.

Or, in actual fact, failing the hoop...

He bounced straight back, and Stephen's wild leg movement wasn't enough to bring his ball onto line when he shot from hoop 5.

Aaron has played R, rushing Y up the lawn.

Hmm.. he's rushing K to 4-b, having put Y into the jaws of penult.

and he's keeping going, putting K to rover as well. I'm surprised about this, with U on penult.

He's roquets Y in the jaws and just played a little roll to put them both through.

He's put Y near the peg and just ran rover getting a rush back north.

Well, it looks like he's going for a reverse spread, having not touched U in the turn.

K is a little short of the wired spot, but Aaron's still laying up with a rush on the WB at the hampered spot

Stephen has lifted K from by the peg and is taking the shot up the boundary from I.

He's missed, ending up in the corner.

Waxy wants to know why Digger can't use upper case...

I'm pretty confident that's not how you spell cicada either...

OK, Aaron's back from his "comfort break" and has rushed to about 2 feet from U.

Made 4 and rushed to the boundary by R. Very precision...

Rushed to 5 and made it, but not with a rush to U. He's poked it to the east a bit and taken off behind U.

He's just failed 6 from about a foot straight in front...

Just for Lemon: Green just hit White out of the hoop and is about to take off to Pink near the EB trying to get a rush to penult.

He's overhit it a bit, and has a rush to Brown in II.

You can do your own colour correction from now on, I'll do the rest in primaries...

He's managed to get R on the line between K and the hoop, but he's played a good rush to miss it and will be approaching from a couple of yards from the side.

He's approached, and has run the hoop with enough control to get a rush back to R.

He's not played it too well, but has taken off pretty well, to get a rush to the SB.

He's put R an inch from the peg, just to make life interesting.

Made rover with another press up, and rushed back up the lawn a few yards.

Right, some network problems, so a quick round-up: R was pegged out, U didn't roll very well to I with K so Aaron shot and missed. Stephen Joined up in III, Aaron cornered, Stephen joined up in I and Aaron cornered in IV.

Stephen has approached and run 2-b without any sort of rush.

He's now rolling up to try and get a wired area near hoop 2, wired by 4.

He's got it apparently.

He's left a reverse rush though.

Aaron puts Y in I.

Stephen's now looking at the spot on the WB wired by hoop 1.

I think he's rushed pretty much onto the blade of grass.

Aaron's gone back into IV, giving Stephen the option of the stop shot approach.

Stephen's tried to rush to the hoop but wan't especially close, so he's rolled partner to near the SB and is playing the approach from the corner.

He's played it well.

He tried to run 3-b down to Y but got lots of wire and only got halfway down the lawn.

So he's retired to IV, not much of a guard, so Aaron's shooting.

Misses by an inch or so.

Stephen puts Y to rover, and has rushed a couple of yards too far for 4-b.

He's looking at laying up in the corner now

But he's decided to play his backward take-off, and needs a referee to watch the croqueted ball.

It's about a two yard hoop, so he's looking at the wired spot near the corner again.

No, he's changed his mind again, and is running the hoop now.

Very smooth. And has a rush back down the lawn.

The rush didn't go very near Y, and since it's quite near rover, Stephen has opted to be 14 yards apart on the EB, with U in corner IV.

Aaron's not shooting as well as he did against me (whinge) and misses his 13 yarder at the ball in the corner.

Stephen has chopped Y out to behind rover ging up to K.

He's rolled K off the lawn goin up to III. Aaron's shooting.

He's missed again.

Stephen's left Y near the corner, but hasn't rushed particularly near penult, and so has rolled both off near I.

Giving Aaron a lift!

The breeze is picking up a bit now. And Aaron has rushed to 3 yards to the side of 6.

Ran it, but missed his 7 yard return, ending up in the middle of the WB.

Stephen retires to III.

Aaron finally hits one, at U in I. Then manages to take off into hoop 1...

He shoots at K and misses

Stephen's got Y in III and has taken off to I. Let's see if he can avoid giving the lift this time...

Well, no lift, but it must have been fairly close, as Aaron hit the peg whilst shooting, bouncing off to level with hoop 1 on the WB.

Stephen rushes to penult, but is a bit short with his approach. about 4-5 feet at a slight angle.

Smoothed it through, even getting a forward rush.

which he's taken to rover.

managed to get about a 20 degree hoop, so a few press ups are needed, but smooths it through again.

Gets a rush back to the peg, and finishes +7 (26-19).

So that's 2-0 to Stephen so far.

15:32 09/02/2008

Start of the third. Looks similar to the last one. Stephen has gone in with Y to a standard spot 7 yards N of IV, and Aaron has gone just out of II.

This time Stehen hit down the EB.

He's taking off to K, leaving Y about level with hoop 4.

Stephen has rolled K about 13 yards out of the corner, and joined up with partner not leavin a rush.

Aaron has taken the shot at Y from a-baulk, and hit it.

He's got a rush to hoop 1 off R, ignoring K for the moment.

Made 1 and rushed R to the middle of the WB, in order to put it to 3, going to K.

Played it reasonably well. The hoop 3 pioneer isn't great, but he's got his rush.

He made 2, but had to roll to Y putting K to 4, so he didn't get a rush to R

A good take off has given Aaron the rush though.

He's made 3, and has very little work to do to get this 4bb under control.

Making 4 gives Aaron full control.

He's made 5 and 6, has Y at 2-b and R at 1-b. He's rolling partner over to near 1-b though, so maybe another attempt at an NSL.

Nope, it's gone to 4 yards from the peg.

Aaron's made 1-b without control and rushed back to the NB.

but played a good big croquet stroke to get R to within a yard of 3-b.

He didn't get a rush on partner and has taken off leaving it between 1 & 2.

Made sure he gave himself enough space at 2-b this time and smashed through a 2 foot hoop to the boundary.

He didn't get a rush back, and played an average roll to get Y by the peg but didn't get a rush on partner.

He's looking at playing the pass split to get partner east of the peg.

He's played it pretty well.

No forward rush again, making 3-b and he's overhit the striker's ball in the croquet stroke and has a 3 yarder back.

but he's played it well enough and only has to move it a foot or so into the wired spot.

All the crowd has now moved across and Aaron gets rapturous applause for his break with a leave.

Stephen's taking the long shot with R, and has just tickled K, only just getting it off the lawn. Gives it a bit of fist too.

Tonks the croquet stroke putting the ball a couple of yards past 2, and gets a rush to the end of a-baulk.

Approached it well, though from 8 yards, getting a 1 foot slightly angled hoop.

Made it with a forward rush, so the deep hoop 2 pioneer shouldn't be a problem.

He rushes across after 2, to about 3 yards behind 3.

He's looking at 4-b, he want's this TPO, lines up the take off, but no U is just going to hoop 4.

Looks like a dour 4 ball break.

Yep, 4 & 5 made with no trouble. Perfect pioneers ahead. Maybe Chris's win has inspired him...

The 2-b pioneer went about 2 yards too far, so he's put out another one, this one better.

Partner's at 3-b at the moment, but U is going over from 2-b now.

Looks like a spread coming up.

Oops, Stephen just rushed Y into 3-b, so he can't put it to the peg. He's stopped it to the EB instead.

He's made 3-b without a rush, but manages to put U deep enough that he feels he can have a go at putting K into the wired spot from a yard or so.

He's not managed it though, and has just slapped back to partner, about 3 yards apart, with Y's rush pointing S.

Aaron's taking the double from B-baulk. The same one he hit against me yesterday.

So he's missed it, of course.

He managed to not quite get in the corner though.

Stephen's rushed to about 3 yards out of the corner on the SB, and has taken off to get a playable cut rush to U.

Looked like he got a funny bounce and the rush has gone straight. So he's rolling from the end of B-baulk.

Looks like a good efort. Fairly straight, but about 2 yards long. And he's played it well too.

Not the best approach he's played, but should be adequate. May not get his rush after the hoop though (to R near IV).

I'm apparently wanted by the WCF, so I'm going to hand over to Jenny now.

Bit of a long rush, pointing to about mid south boundary, smooths it past the peg and hoop4, but comes up a couple of yards short.

Lovely takeoff from a couple of yards to get a rush. Much pointing.

Nice rush, black is well off the south boundary so he's in good nick.

Got the peelee in position...

Looks like a poor effort - in the front of the hoop, not really in the jaws.

Hard to see him even being able to rush peel it.

Ugly - doesn't get a rush down the lawn, and has just played a big croquet stroke from midlawn to get a deep hoop5 pioneer and no rush to 4.

Taking off to 4 from 3 yards south. Got a 3.5 foot hoop.

Worth a couple of press-ups. Reckon we'll get a fist after this hoop.

Gently runs the hoop to get a slightly hampered shot on black. Not in the way enough to warrant the company of a ref, and he hits it.

From about corner 4 sends black a copule of yards past hoop6 getting a decent rush to 5 which he rushes into the side of the hoop.

No rush out of there.

Big roll from south of 5. He's hammered it! "The fact that it's not out is the only good thing about it" (Michael Wright).

Got a 5 yarder from near EB with the hoop in play - gets an umpire... hits. Can't see any peels happening now as his 1-back pioneer has gone miles north.

Yup - partner across to 1back, got a bit of a cut to 6 and there's some more pointing.

Chris still grinning while watching Stephen run hoop 6 - can't see that grin fading for a fair old while.

2-back the key hoop on this lawn, and he's going to be putting out his pioneer from corner 2 while going to a widish, but ok, pioneer.

Whoosh! - nice blue, and about a 3 yarder on partner - lovely rush and it's back under control.

Swaps pivot and gets a nice 3-back pioneer.

Now approaching 4back, we won't be seeing any peels, but he now has two balls tightly around penult.

Two of our spectators reckon Aaron will hit his last lift. We'll see in a couple of minutes.

Right - after a whole day and a bit of supporting Dave - here he is, giving my spelling some lip. I'll go back to my diet coke and let him commentate on the exciting finale this afternoon

Stephen's got the balls nicely for his spread. U is fairly shallow, maybe a yard E of the line of 1 & 2, and K is placed well at the peg.

Hmmm... he's been a bit firm with his roll down the boundary, and R looks like it's not hampered from K.

He's not placed Y very well, either. I think U may have a double.

Aaron's not taking it though, he's lifted K and is taking the short shot.

He's missed it, so Stephen just has to play a three hoop break to get into his second Worlds final and first since 1997.

He's got about a 2 yard straight rush to 4-b on U, and he's played it about perfectly.

Now the 1 foot straight hoop needs a press up.

Smoothed through, and has a rush to the penult pioneer.

Rover pioneer is about 2 feet in front.

He's made penult and a got a rush to the EB

Y goes to the peg, and R rushes K to behind rover

6 inch slightly angled rover goes through smoothly

and a 1 yard pegout puts Stephen in the final

So at 17:05 the days play in the main event is finished.

I'm sure someone will pick up when we start the final at 9:00 tomorrow morning.

See you then

 

Commentary of Final Stage Sunday 10th February 2008

Commentary by Ian Burridge

 

Alternative commentary by David Maugham

 

Chris Clarke (Eng) v Stephen Mulliner (Eng)

 

The players have warmed up and we are nearly ready to go

It has rained reasonably overnight and there is light drizzle now

Not sure who won the toss but Stephen is going first

supershot 3 yards N and 1 yard w of hoop 5

Clarke to just s of corner 2

stephen hit more or less centre ball from b baulk

I believe this is their first match since Chris won 2-1 in the 2004 Open Championship

Stephen rolls a ball to hoop 1 getting a 3 yard rush pointing straight at Chris in his shelter who he moves

Good rush to 4 feet west of 1

dreadful take off 20" 45 degrees this is very difficult

clips off and a very long press up

Gentle jump shot sticks in the jaws, our first bit of interactivity

Chris hits the 6 yarder at the ball to the west of hoop 1, trivial break opportunity

With the light drizzle falling a gazebo has been erected for the commentators in corner 1

Chris is playing to irish the ball in the jaws down as the hoop 2 pioneer

The crowd is 74 at the moment

You couldnt ask for an easier turn to calm the nerves at the start of a final

There is no breeze and the drizzle has now stopped as the forecast said it would

It is also forecast to be the hottest day since I arrived

The lawn in easy at the moment but I think there is still scope for some pace this afternoon

Chris has got the second POP at hoop 2 and now has a perfect 4 ball break at hoop 3

Chris is playing red and yellow, this break is will yellow and it is blue that has been peeled to hoop 3

The sun has just burnt its way through the clouds

Chris is trying to POP the other ball through hoop 1 with a roll going to hoop 6

plays it very well and gets the peel

Stephen and Chris are using the lawn 5 players hut just 5 yards from the commentary position (the wet weather one at least

Owen Edwards who appears to be the appointed referee sits in the lawn 6 hut near corner 2

Chris has good position for the second peel on black at one back

He gets the second POP on black

Openshaw is whinging that yesterday was the fourth time Burnley have played a team who were bottom of the league this season and not won

I think he is guilty of setting his expectations too high if he thought they were ever going to beat the mightly Colchester

Chris is at 3back approaching from 1 yard with one the other oppo ball just out of corner 4 and partner near the W boundary

He grovels through 3back without a rush back to corner 4

he rolls a ball a yard n of corner 4 but doesnt get a rush

He cuts it the best he can to the w boundary 10 yards n of hoop 1

he roll s it to peg high on the w boundary

Gets a rush on partner to corner 2 and lays a yard line rush

mulliner lifts the ball on the w boundary and shoots from b baulk at chris's balls

The mallet twist on impact but he still hits a lot of the ball nearest the corner

he plays a good rush to corner 4 where the ball is probably 4 feet out

he plays the next shot poorly and has a rush pointing NNE

he takes it to 6 yards SW of 3 and approaches with a roll sending partner towrads the corner

the hoop is not on

lays a rush to the hoop, a nice piece of interactivity

Chris moves the 4-back ball from near corner 4 to corner 1

mulliner grovels through a striaght hoop 3 by an inch

the forward roquet is around 4 and a half yards

Owen Edwards marks the balls

It hits the middle gently and is declared clean

Mulliner rolls to corner 4 not attempting to approach the hoop

Lays a rush and Chris moves the ball from near corner 2 to corner 3

Mulliner rushes to the hoop but doesnt like it and resets his rush in corner 4, he enjoys this interactivity

Chris moves the ball in corner 1 to 4 inches out of the corner

Stephen approaches this time getting a hoop that he grovels through to get a good rush to corner 1

he was playing for a rush to hoop 5 I think

The refree is called to see if he gets a cannon, the rush goes off in front of hoop 1

A good take off gets a rush pointing at hoop 6

Hits it down a great line for hoop 5 and it goes about a yard too far to be ideal

gets a short 20 degree hoop run by very little after a press up

He is making these hoops look a lot more difficult that chris did

The rush is to the middle of the W boundary, cuts it well to 4 yards w of 6 and immediately puts his clip on

Takes off back to partner on the s boundary moving Chris's ball to 3 yards w of hoop 2

hits a 6 yarder at partner

He stand contemplatng his next move

9:38 a.m. 10/02/2008

He is laying a rush from corner 1 to hoop 6

Chris inspects the rush it is a bit long I reckon

chris moves the ball from 1 back to the e boundary 10 yards n of corner 4

I was expecting corner 4 there

probably 12 yards north actually

Stephen rushes to the middle of the N boundary

Takes off to the ball in corner 3

Approaches with a croquet stroke sending the hoop 1 ball towards 2 back

Chris's tactics may change now it is the backward bal in the lawn

he has rolled to the ball on the e boundary rather than approach, that was a tricky shot to take on

He has a 4 yarder which I think he is going to refuse

The hoop 1 ball is 1 yard NW of 2back

He returns to partner leaving a 3 yard rsuh to 1 back

chris moves the ball by hoop 1 to corner 4

Stephen rushes to 1 back and takes off the balls near corner 4

he gets a four foot rush on the northern ball at a slight angle to corner 4

It wasnt as good as I thouht he seemed to play it quite well but it is still 5 yards n of corner 4

He takes off getting a 1 foot rush virtually straight at corner 1

He finds a wired spot on the w boundary and marks it with his mallet unlike earlier in the week when he used a clip

The wire he is looking for is on chris's ball near corner 4, he rushes s of the desired spot

takes off back to partenr which is 4 yards ne of 1back, forgetting about the wire

131 watching now

lays a 3 yard rush pointing at the middle of the s boundary

chris moves the ball on the w boundary to corner 3

stephen is going to try totonk the rush to corner 4

no hoop 6 was on the same line and he hits it gently towards the hoop

rolls back to corner 2 having rushed 8 feet to the side of 6

I think chris will shoot this time

Stephend has a 3 yard rush to 6 from corner 2

Chris is shooting doen the e boudnary with his hoop 1 ball

Misses into corner 4 with a reasonable looking stroke

Chris is now only 5 yards wide in corner 4

Stephen rushes to 13 yards s of corner 3

James has just won the first game of the palte final 26sxp

Stephen croquets partner to 2 back not really getting a rush on the northern ball

A 4 yard take off this time is well short of the ball in the corner

He rolls to 6 from corner 4

Gets a 5 yard 10 degree hoop

partner is stranded half way between 1 and 5

Chris's hoop 1 ball is 4 yards n of hoop 6 the other ball is still 4 yards n of corner 4

Stephen decides to retire his black ball for hoop 6 to 9 yards e of corner 4

Chris is going to shoot with his hoop 1 ball at partner

Is interested in it I would guess it tried to hill on

9 yarder for stephen at Chris's hoop 1 ball

I was on the line of that and it was at the middle all the way

He gets a rush on the other ball to partner

He gets a ball peg high on te line of 1 and 2 and a one yard rush to 6

rushes 8 yards sw of 6

The hoop is nearly a yard long

runs it cleanly with a rush to the 4 back ball between 1 and 2

Its hard work commentating on a game with interactivity

rushes well to 1 back

Time now to continue the Burnley Story, the local paper ran an article on Burnley and its great sporting history

Statto wrote in saying that David Openshaw (a burnley lad) was in town playing in the Worlds and got it published

Mulliner has croquet near hoop 3 with a good ball at 2 back and a poorer ball at 3 back (he is live on both)

partner is at 2 back 2 poor oppoballs at 3 back as he makes 2back

james took 39 mins to win game 1 of the plate final against Chris Patmore and is already on 1 back in game 2

10:05 a.m. 10/02/2008

Looks like stephen is going to try and make a spread from this ragged starting position

The hoop 1 ball will be at the peg

He is going to need a rush out of 3 back which has lloked dodgy on previous play

He appraoches it putting the pilot into perfect NSL position, a change of plan??

well a change of plan but its not an NSL as he knocks it out of position, he croquets it towards the e boundary, he is trying for a reverse diagonal spread now

Needs to move the middle ball 18" getting a rush on partner

The reaction says he has got it

He lays his rush 12 yards s of corner 2

Chris lifts the hoop 1 ball from the peg and is going to take the short shot form b baulk at Stephens balls

Hates it as soon as he hits it

Will he get the benefit of his pops in the next turn?

Chris is again wearing his 2006 Mac shirt

Stephen has an older Mac shirt probably 2003 and a 2008 World Championship cap

his long shorts have a towel hanging from them which he uses periodically to dry his ands

The rush across the lawn is short he has to play a 9 yard roll to get his rush to 3

gets a 4 foot rush at corner 3

its worse than that actually

overcuts it and is now 8 yards s of hoop 3

Chris's hoop 1 ball lurks 1 yard e of hoop2

He is short on the backward take off

partner is 1 yard s of hoop 4

Crowd up to 170

10:16 a.m. 10/02/2008

stephen hits of the s boundary behind hoop 4

an interesting choice for chris now

the 4 backball at partner misses into corner 2 and he is taking this

hits it really well looks up expectantly but it misses

the towel is used to dry the mallet, a genuinely sweaty 5 yarder which Stephen hits

the take off to corner 2 leaves a 4 yarder

a slight mallet twist but hits most of it

partner is 5 yards e of the peg

he croquets the ball out the corner getting a 5 foot rush to the middle of the e boundary

cuts it to 2 and a half yards sw of the hoop

gets a 20: 20 degree hoop

takes a lot of wire running rushes it by a foot

The hoop 4 ball is 2 yards ne of hoop 5

rushes to 6 inches from hoop 4

4 ball break now at hoop 5, partner is the pivot

Stephen has been doing lots of pointing, on most of the critical rushes both the rushes to hoop 3 with this ball, the one to the wired spot during the interactivity and several others

he is setting up for a delayed tp but doesnt get a forward rush out of hoop 5, never looked likely to frankly

The peel going to hoop 6 is from 4 feet pretty much straight

The peel is jawsed the one yard rush to 6 requires some pointing to find the line

press up before an 18" straight hoop 6

gets a useful rush to corner 3

The s and e boundaries are lined with spectators in chairs, the grandstand is behind the chairs on the s boundary

This is where the other competitors are watching from along with the hut the players are not using in corner 3

the w boundary is empty possibly reserved for players and spectators

there are still spaces in the front row on the n boundary

he doesnt get a rush on peelee to attempt a death roll, he taking off to a good two back pioneer from by penult

the 3 back pioneer is not the best

certianly not for a peel attempt in any case being 3 yards sw of the hoop

Stephen is setting up for a delayed double taking off to the poor 3back pioneer from penult

just behind penult as it happens following a poor rush

The crowd comment that he forgot to point on that one

gets a perfect rush to 3 back

The Wimbledon cup has arrived and is on a table with the other trophies behind the boundary boards near corner 1

Stephen plays a poor hoop stroke at 3 back resulting in a perfect forward rush

the penult peel is from no more than a foot

it is deliberately jawsed getting a rush on the close escape ball

rushes to 1 yard directly behind 4 back

gets a 20" 20degree hoop

he should run this

good gentle hoop stroke

his croquet stroke out of 4 back hits the escape ball at penult, perfect position ofr a straight double

the peelee finishes a yard e of rover

the other ball is arguably too far s being virtually at rover too but he has a sort of rush out of penult so everything is fine

The hoop 1 ball goes out to the side, the 4back ball geos deep

the peel is froom 15" straight, shouldnt mess this up and irish looks easy

both balls through

mulliner 1 clarke 0

10:40 a.m. 10/02/2008

stephen retrieves the clip from 4 back and I think they are going to start immediately

Chris chooses to go in stephen chooses red and yellow

black to 12 yards n of corner 4

stephen off to b baulk

the duffer is one yard e of hoop 6

The referee changes to Gordon Smith

Chris hits partner from b baullk

the ROT graeme roberts observes the play from the main grandstand, seems to have been engaged in conversation wixy!

Chris puts a ball to 2 getting a rush to the middle of the w boundary. He hits it hard (hoping to get lucky??) and centre balls it to the middle of the w boundary

he plays a thick take off approach and knows it is short immediately

He joins Stephens ball on the west boundary

the shortest shot is at the ball by hoop 2 about 14 yards missing to corner 1

he misses this to one yard n of corner 2 as an incredibly loud (microlite?) flies overhead

chris plays a good first croquet stroke and has a one foot rush to corner 1 with a ball at hoop 2

He overhits the rush by a yard but still gets a less than 12" hoop

runs it with a rush back, should be a ball round from here

Stephens delayed TP looked pretty easy there wasnt all that much scrambling required, was luck to get a rush out of 3back but otherwise was pretty much in control and made it look easy

I am sure both players will attempt TPOs if the opportunity presents itself and Stephen will certainlty have sextuples in mind

The sun has disappeared again and it is cooler than an hour ago

Reg has wandered into the players hut and is having a little chat with Stephen who seems more relaxed than he did before the match

Chris is up to hoop 4 with everything under control

10:53 a.m. 10/02/2008

Chris is quite popular at all the clubs I visited with him and is well known in the area, there is no doubt that he will be the locals choice

The crowd can get quite partisan hear which all adds to the atmosphere

Stephen of course will have not earned himself many friends knocking outt 4 kiwis on his way to this final

There is more blue sky than has been visible all day now but the sun is still behind a cloud

10:57 a.m. 10/02/2008

chris is making an MSL

Most of the crowd have now returned with their drinks after the first game

Samir has his impressive looking camera set up on a tripod, also near corner 1, this area is getting quite crowded now

Chris has his MSL, his balls are 13 yards N of corner 4, the rush points at hoop 5

a ripple of applause breaks out

Stephen lifts the ball by hoop 4 and shoots from b baulk

is slightly interested in the fact that it might hit the wrong ball but it misses into corner 4

Good rush to a foot from hoop 1

If this lawn does get fast it will be hoop 1 that provides the most interest

doesnt get the rush he wanted out of hoop 1 and ignores the ball in corner 4

plays a poorish rush out of hoop 2 to the s boundary in front of 3back

It was quite a big cut not sure if he would have it again given the chance of not

stops the ball to hoop4 going to the other ball, which he prepares to roll down to hoop 3

mediocre shot getting an 8' cut with te escape ball well ne of hoop 3

makes a hoop that was longer tan he would have liked

the peel is from 4' it is not easy with the position of the escape ball

It is not jwased but may be rush peelable, gets a cut rush on the escape ball

The crowd is now 230 possibly the highest of the week

although earlier we had not been counting competitors and at least 20 are competitors

the sun is now out and it is hot

chris grovels through hoop 5, it might be difficult

Owen Edwards wanders on

the shot isnt even a yard but it is clearly difficult

chris speaks to the ref who leaves the court in the direction of the club house

are the carrots proud?

yes here comes the hoop hammer

chris asks owen to stop after 2 biffs with the largest hoop mallet I have ever seen

Chris is looking at a left handed sweep through the hoop

now a rigt handed one around the hoop

this is the sort of position you can never set up in practice it is so short but difficult

I suspect this is nearly impossible

a second ref is called, gordon smith

hits

plays it left handed through the hoop and snicks the end

plays an awful roll

not much chance of the rush peel with a 3 yard rush it has bounced back an inch or so sw of the hoop

that sweep shot has increased the feeling of tension around the lawn

It is a competitive world championship final

another rough shot going to peelee after 6 but the rush peel is easier than I thought

the 1 back pioneer is 5 yards s of 1 back following the earlier poor roll, this is not an easy shot from the n boundary

doesnt get a great rush

plays it well to 18" NE

Stephen made a finish from here look easy

he also fails to rush into position for a death roll, plenty of time left

he gets poor position on a well positioned peelee he had intended a rush peel as he put out a proper 4back pioneer, has to settle for no peel and taking off to 3 back

the peelee is in good rush peeling position again

3 back seems to be the tight hoop and he needs a forward rush

gets one with hoop stroke that gripped a lot

again he gets poor position of the peelee and can only rush it gently into the jaws

looks like it will peel with the take off

which it does

chris croquets the peelee to 12" NE of rover

will we have another game before lunch?

Stephen whinges that his ambition of a round of golf this afternoon is looking frustrated

12" sraight peel

no deep ball

gets both through

Clarke 1 Mulliner 1
11:27 a.m. 10/02/2008

game 3 coming up

they have a brief chat Chris describes the shot at hoop 5 as "very difficult"

Mulliner puts the supershot ball 3 yards n and 1 yard west of 1

They are not giving the commentators much time to get a drink

Clarke is nearly in corner 2 only an inch or so out

he was going very close to the corner against rob yesterday too, I suppose that is what you do when you are as good at aiming as he is

Stephen hits the short convincingly from b baulk

The roll is very good one ball 1 yard n of hoop 1 and the 2 yard ruch pointing straight to hoop 1

the rush is 2 feet short but down the right line

he sticks in a 15" 20 degree hoop 1, I wasnt really expecting that

chris can only make a target if he goes for the ball in the hoop

he is just taking the 6 yarder that misses into corner 2

seemed to strike it ok but misses to 2 yards E of corner 2

Stephen elects to play with the ball in the hoop

I thought it was an odd choice which Chris wanders over and confirms

makes 1 croquets a ball to the peg getting a 1 yard rsuh pointing at the middle of the w boundary

cuts it to 8 yards s of corner 2

the players hut is now in the sun so chris gets a chair and sits on the edge of the commentary tent

Chris confirms that hoop 4 is a "complete rock"

stephen croquets partner behind 2 without really attempting to get a rush

He sends chris to hoop 1 trying to get position

gets a 15" 40 degree hoop

runs it with a gentle jump

The ball to hoop 1 from the N boundary stops bang on the line of 1 and 4 in 10.8 secs, so probably not quite a 12 sec lawn, it is speeding up though

He takes off short to this ball which he roquets and plays a poor split to the ball in the middle

the rush is over 3 yards

the hoop 4 ball is good

pretty good shot rushes it 3 yards west of 3

gets an 18" 20 degree hoop 3, no harder than the hoop 1 he failed

gets a 4 yard return, still struggling for control

rushes it 8 yards e of corner 2, the ball there lloks like it is 1 yard se of the corner, he should get a rush

he does

should go round from here but the rock coming up

Stephen is on hoop 5 with a controlled 3 ball break

he stick in it from 18 in straight stephen wants the hoop checked

if hoop 4 is the rock hoop 5 is not far behind.

Stephen calls Owen on, Chris is not happy

The ball looks more than half way through from here

There is a bit of looking then the clip is put on without any checking occuring

Chris is at hoop 6 with a 12 yarder which he missed by nothing

"oh dear" suggests that there may have been some hill

he returns to his chair shaking his head

Stephen plays with the ball in the jaws and gets a rush back to the ball on the S boundary

A TV crew has arrived, transworld sport??, NZ TV?

he rushes 3 yards N of 6 not clear if he was rushing to the ball on the boundary in front of 1 back or hoop 6

plays an excellent roll getting a rush on the ball near the boundary straight at 1 back which he cuts to 2 yards sw of 6

gets another 20" straight hoop and sticks, that shot wasnt running anything

Could the hoops be baking in and becoming more difficult as the match progesses?

chris has a 4 yarder at a ball only just in the front of the jaws which he hits his ball boucning off and hitting owen Edwards just below the knee, he takes it like a man

Chris gets a good rush to1 and is approaching from 4 feet

make it Stephens 1-back pioneer which is 2 yards west of 2 is going to come in handy now

The hoop3 pioneer is good this is a 4 ball break

If Chris does not make a hoop error in this match it will be a good performance

The TV crew is TV3 an NZ channel

here comes the rock

runs it to the boundary

chris playing quite slowly now, slower than yesterday

hoop 5 sounds tight again

Chris has a deep ball behind hoop 6 on this 4 ball break

He takes too much wire and has to take near ball

patmore wins the second in the plate +1TP

chris rushes to the hoop 5 ball to corner 2 (for the leave I presume), takes off to the ball deep behind hoop 6 and is now playing a 3 bal break

Got a failable 1 back but made it look easy

putting out the 3bakc pioneer out from N of 2 is an important shot

gets a good rusg to 2-back but the 3 back pioneer is 4 yards NW

The lawn is looking quick now, I think we could be in for a feast

3back is from 18" 10 degrees

runs it to partner which is deiberately deep

Chris is definitely modifying his play for the conditions

he stops partner back to corner 4 going to the hoop 1 ball

His ball goes 2 yards N of corner 4

Chris plays a good rush from by 3 back to corner 2 where the hoop 6 ball is

he moves the corner ball a few inches out and rushes the hoop 6 ball to the middle of the E boundary

the hoop 6 ball is 15 yards S of corner 3

Chris has a 1 yard yardline rush

Stephen has been good at 13 yards so far

A tiny ripple of applause for a pretty good turn as the clip is put on 4back

You have got to start fancying Clarke now

the hoop 6 must have a bit of a target it is a 16 yarder

he hits the northern ball

the crowd has stabilised at 230

he rushes well from corner 4 to corner 2

the sun has gone in again, the flags are fluttering slightly

The rush to hoop 6 hits it an bounces to a dreadful spot 4" behind the hoop

probably the most unlucky shot so far

He calls on a ref for the backward take off

he sticks in it dreadfully from 20" more or less straight

His hoop stroke looks too gentle to me

Chris shoots with the hoop 1 ball from corner 2 at the escape ball and hits it in the middle

thats his best shot of the day I think he senses his chance, Stephen isnt looking good at the moment and he does want any interactivity to allow him to regain his composure

Chris rolls the ball from the east boudary to hoop 2 and is very short of the ball in hoop 6

He will have to go for the wrong side of it

He goes for the northern edge with a firm stroke and rushes it to the south boundary 11 yards east of corner 1

he approaches getting a nearly 2 yard hoop which he runs to near the ball at hoop 2

He rsuhes this to 14 yards N of corner 4 and gets a due W rush on the ball 3 yards ne of corner 4

he rushes it to 5 yards in front of 1, plenty of room to get it to 3

plays it pooorly gettng a 2 yard rush to corner 2

rushes it to 2 yards s of corner 2

The roll up is good

He fails the 2 foot 30 degree hoop with a hard stroke

shame that would have been one of the best picks I had ever seen

It is off teh hoop 6 ball and it looks difficult to hit

he has called on an umpire but I dont think he is going to take it

it looks like it will run

stephen is going to shoot at partner 6 yards n and 2 yards e of hoop 4

the 4 back ball is at 4back

Either stephen was wired by hoop 6 or it was an appauling misshit

chris is shooting from 4 back at the in lawn ball which misses to corner 4

he misses it

I am really getting into this now, this is a great match

stephens rush is SW and he takes it to themiddle of the south boundary

Chris says the ball at hoop 2 will run but will need reffing and it doesnt really rush to 6

stephen settles for a leave croqueting the ball from corner 4 to hopp 1

he leaves a rush to hoop 6

chris is shooting from hoop 1 to the ball at hoop 2

watches it all the way and it hits only moving it 6 inches, this gets a cheer not just applause

the lads doing good

he croquets partner towards the w boundary going to corner 4, is he making any hoops?

no he moves a ball 4 yards s of 4 rushes the hoop 6 ball to 4 yards se of 3 and lays a rush to hoop 2 from just N of the middle of the west boundary

chris returns to tell us the shot hilled on

I think Mulliner should from 3 to 4

apparently it is wired

mulliner moves the ball from 3 to corner 2

chris makes hoop 2 and refuses the ball in the corner having run it to the boundary

he rushes to 4 yards from the ball by hoop 4

gets a rush to corner 2 about a yard long which he take perfectly

Time for a cannon

The crowd has grown to 248 which is more than at any of the Welsh premier league fixtures today/yesterday

he just gets a rush to 3 which he plays well getting a rush out the hoop, the ball at 4 is good

The lawn only looks fast when the sun is out which it is fairly frequently now

I cant believe that it actually makes all that much difference

he deliberately runs a 15" hoop 5 to the hoop 6 pioneer which he snicks from 2 yards

he approaches it with no ball at 1back and gets a rush to corner 3

I think he is counting each point now

I thought rob over judged the difficulty of their lawn yesterday is chris beginning to do the same today?

he puts out a 2back pioneer getting a rush N, he take it to 10 yards e of corner 2

he takes off short of the ball near the corner approaches from it putting the other ball betwee 1 and 2

a four foot hoop is run to the 2 back pioneer which he rushes to the hoop and makes it another point in the bag

he has a rush N with balls near the N boundary in front of 1back and between 1 and 2

I think hoop 2 is probably one of the easier hoops on the lawn

he rushes to corner 2 croquets partner to hoop 2 going to the ball near the n boundary that he gets a sort of rush on

he gets a 20" rush to 3 bakc puts it 2 yards in front of 3 back

evans observes that this guy knows how to play

he runs it and hits a 4 yard return, it is nearly a break now

the 4back pioneer is 3 yards west

he makes 4back with a perfect ball at penult, the hoop 6 ball

he croquets partner towards the e boundary going to the pivot which he rushes n and puts to rover (badly)

the penult approach is quck and he gets what looks like a 1" hoop

one more hoop for a good turn Im not sure many people would have approached 1 back with the shot he chose

the hoop 6 ball is rushed to the middle of the E boundary

he makes rover with a rush on the hoop 1 ball towards corner 2 where partner now awaits

he is playing well

rushes it into the corner and rushes partner towards corner 4

he is going to roll them both off just N of corner 4

the 4 back ball is one foot n of corner 4 and te other ball is 5 feet furtehr north

its seems quite hot but chris doesnt look all that hot as he comes off

Stephen lifts the hoop 1 ball and is going to take the short shot from a-baulk

he hits it in the middle again, he has been good at those today

hoop 5 is in the way of the rush to 1

chris's balls are at 3 and 4

he overcuts the rush to 3 and half yards NE of 1, this looks like a quick approach

he rolls back to the corner without tryng to get in front

the peg ball is 3 yards se of 3 the 4 back ball is 3 yards se of 4

i think he will shoot at partner

he is doing

I am calling a few more things right today!

misses probably by a couple of inches

stephen approaches from 18" and runs the hoop from 9 after a press up

has a reasonable rush

he puts a ball to 3 going to chris's balls if I was him I would make sure I took the peg ball to hoop 2

this is the boundary ball unfortunately so it is hardly the sensible line of play

so it is a 4 foot straight rush to hoop 2 off the 4back ball with a pioneer at hoop 3/4-back

the rush is 3 yards sw of 2

the approach rolls on and the hoop is less than a foot a 20 degrees

he runs its off the boundary

he needs to take this round

the rigall looks attractive given the other clip on hoop 6

it could be a long night chaps!

given the previous couple of turns taking this round would be an achievement

stephen has deliberately put partner to hoop 6, if he gets two peels in this turn he will have played a blinder

the hoop stroke has looked ok so far this turn

the approach to the rock hills a little right 9" 20 degree

didnt look too difficult that time

first controlled break for some time

another 9" 20 degree hoop

just get it through, he has to start hitting his hoop stroke harder or he is going to stick again

i dont think there is going to be a peel at 6

hes getting nice and close now just 6" at hoop 6

the 2 back pioneer from the north boundary to 3 yard n of 2 back takes 10 seconds exactly

I dont think this is a 13 second lawn (yet!)

2 back is from less than 6" I think Stephen is back with us now

the 4 back pioneer poor about 5 yards S of the hoop

a clarke mulliner pegged out ending on here should be good fun

will chris shoot at everything in the belief stephen wont be able to play a break or will he wait for all his lifts like Dave did against Aaron yesterday morning

gets a good rush on the dodgy 4back pioneer

clubs it one foot backward takeoff this will be the longest hoop of the break

less than a foot but 30 degrees

probably nearer 20 and he runs it well

any chance of the lunch break before the end of this game?

I am sure Chris wont want to but Stephen might if Chris doesnt finish from the contact

there is no queue for the hot dogs at the moment, it is tempting to get in early

the peg ball is at penult the other 2 balls are either side of rover

penult is from 2 or 3 inches you cant argue with the average hoop running distance in this break

a rigall is pegging out the opponent ball

he hasnt really got a rush to rover

cuts it quite well but a yard to the side is not a formality on these lawns

this one is about 15" looks pretty straight

fist having run it with a good stroke off one wire

the peg out is from a yard

he calls on a referee

that reminds us we are 12000 miles from home

he has a rush to the w boundary level with hoop 2

he takes it to corner 2

We believe that this is turn 17 of this game

he puts the peg ball in corner 1

chris takes contact from corner 1

well he rushes it 2 feet north first

rolling to 4 bakc

peg is in play

no he is going to corner 2 with the strikers ball

its not great he has an 8 yarder

hits it

the ball by 4 back is 4 feet sw

he is going to play a roll to 4back

time for a good one

he wants it to stop

8 feet straight hoop for the game

come on chris

it hits the outside of the left wire bouncing to the middle of the N boundary

that was not convincing

the ball on the n bouandary behnd 4 back is the hoop 6 ball which has a 10 yarder for a "break"

he goes for partner at 8 yards and hits it, not sure if that was the right shot he has been solid at 10 yards today

he is rolling to corner 1, I think chris will take this on

think he has left it open today

chris is shooting nto the guarded corner 1

looks like he strikes it badly but watches it for a long time

mulliner has croquet with the hoop 6 ball on the boundary in front of 1 and the other ball 3 yards in front with hoop 1 in play on the rush

puts chris to 2bakc and rushes 4 yards n of 6

he rolls to in front of 1 back and lays a guarded rush

more interesting what chris does this time, I wouldnt rule out a shot

chris goes to a foot s of corner 2

stephens rush is the best part of 3 yards

he tonks it to towatds the e boundary and is looking for a wire

it is on the boundary level with 5 and he needs to roll there from 9 yards

I dont think the players are thinkning about lunch

its good that we have some interactivity

he is very close to the wire

he lays a 3" rush cant really see where it is pointing

stephen hoevers by his balls

chris wants to shoot

it must be totally wired stephen is staying on the line

chris is playing a golf jump shot!!!!

it misses by less than a foot, I am sure he will appreciate the applause

stephen ignores chris's ball the rush is a good one

chris says it was straight but bounced off

no-one called that shot

stephen egst a 1 yard 10 degree hoop 6 with partner well place if he gets throught to the boundary

he looks at retiring

if that jump shot had hit it would probably have been the loudest noise ever recorded at a croquet match

he is going to retire to the boundary in front of one back

he is only 5 yards e of corner 2 is he guarding the corner?

his "rush" is maybe 6 yards long

chris goes 4 yards sout of corner 2

stephen misses partner to 10 yards s of corner 3

chris has an 11 yarder

hits it centre ball

the crowd are happy again

it goes 9 yards east of corner 3

an approach from the boundary for the game

he will want to be within a yard of the hoop

its awful

2 yards 20 degree

runs it

perfect 3 ball break

1:48 p.m. 10/02/2008

mulliner applauded the hoop stroke along with most of those present

has an 18" penult which I am worried he might stick in

forces it through by a foot with not the best of strokes

the carrots are proud again and we are off to find the hammer

this one is difficult too 8 feet the ball is through by a foot

it is Stephens hoop that is being banged in

right handed sweep I think

the ball at roevr is perfect he just need to hit this

i think it is going to be a stab with hampered backswing

he hits it

wasnt that difficult

he is rolling the ball deep behind rover

he can run it hard now

9 inch hoop

through to the boundary Im sure he says I cant play the game when I do that sort of thing

Clarke 2 Mulliner 1
1:53 p.m. 10/02/2008

mulliner is certainly having lunch

Chris looks pretty pleased with that

Time for a hotdog

they have all gone that is why there is no queue!

I have found Reg

he thought last night chris would win 3-1

and he hasnt seen anything to change his mind

he thinks Stephen is struggling with his hoop stroke

Reg was on the line of the jump shot and it missed by and inch at the end, nearly the best shot he has ever seen

his parting comment is that he thinks chris has got it

Joe Hogan thinks that things havent moved on much since 1989

You still gets as many twists and turns as you did then

it is a very good game to watch

having a bit of trouble extracting Rob

FWIW while I wait for him I would be shocked if Chris lost from here he is playing really well and Stephen looks fragile

he also has the advantage of having won before if Stephen does manage to force a 5th

i have rob now

he is surprised by how good the jump shot was

he was surprised that stephen didnt shoot at chris after chris failed 4back the first tiem

in game 1 he was surprised stephen turned down approaching hoop 6

rob thinks basically stephen is playing too defensively

he thinks chris will win unless he misses more or less every shot

chris is back from lunch

the cicadas are getting louder now

stephen is back, chris is going in

stephen has chosen blue and balck is he paranoid about the red that grovelled through hoop 6

chris to 10 yrads north of corner 4

mulliner overhits the duffer to 4 yards s of 6

chris misses partner from a baulk

stephen is shooting at partner from b baulk

no hes not he is taking the double of chriss ball from 5 yards e of corner 3

bad miss into corner 4

chris has had some interaction with the crowd, is he autographing something??

no the spectator comes over chris has picked up the score cards from the edge of the lawn and asked for the scores to be corrected.

Roger Lane decides the scores are correct and puts them back

not sure what that was all about

chris rushes to corner 4 then gets a good rush to 1 from by the peg. It goes 3 yards straight that was genuinely quick

he approaches to 15" and runs it

gets a good ball at three and a good rush to 2, has total control already

he rushes short from corner 4 to the north boundary he isnt going to have a hoop 4 pioneer now

he is going to try and get a rush on the ball that is 5 yard s of the hoop

he leaves a deep ball to run the hoopp too

rushes to 1 yard due south

20" 10 degree hoop

runs it to the boundary

I am glad he has learnt something from me over the years ;-)

james wins the plate

4 ball break now at 5 with the hoop 6 ball 4 yards s of 6

as the wind get up the organisers decide to be concerned for our welfare as they have not pegged our gazebo down

approaches 6 from a yard, no deep ball

makes it

perfect control at one back off partner

hes played every shot well since making hoop 5

he puts a ball over 4 yards w of hoop 2 after 2back

presumably it is a defensive leave again, he has good position for an NSL if he wants it

he plays for the NSL but doesnt run 3back from a foot by a couple of mm

stephen rushes the ball out of the hoop

it is now 5 yards s of 4 and he take off short to the other ball by 3back

he cuts it fairly well to the n boundary 11 yards e of corner 2

needs a good 8 yard roll now

4 foot rush straight at corner 1 perfect ball at hoop 2

great shot runs on te 4 yards straight

it will be a good shot to get this close

it is off partner

drifts a little right 20" 25 degrees

only 20

should run this he has put the escape ball deepish for the first time

runs its by 4 inches the forward roquet is just over 3 yards looks dead centre

owen edwards marks te balsl

goes very gently and hits it in the middle, maybe he saw what happened to my mallet when I tried to rush one of those

another 10degree hoop 2 thnk it is pretty short

dreadful rush out of 2 to 13 yards n of corner 4

the hoop 3 pioneer is 3 yards w the other ball is 5 yards s of hoop 4

our gazebo is being pegged down (rather noisily)

takes off to hoop 3 ball has to approach from 2 yards NW

gets the line right otherwise it was overhit

gets a forward rush, 2 really ropey balls at 4

gets a rush on the first to the ball near the s boundary

the hoop 5 pioneer is 2 yards sout of the hoop

unlike clarke he doesnt leave a ball deep but croquets it out towards

the rush to 4 off the 3back ball hits the hoop

he gets a 12" straight hoop after a backward take off and makes it

he isnt quite playing with the same control as chris but his game is holding up well

another side approach from 2 feet this time

20" hoop again

no deep ball

really poor hoop stroke is only just in the jaws off the hoop 1 ball

chris rushes it outand gets a rush on stephens hoop 1 ball to hoop 1

not the best of sot 1 yard side approach on the fast stuff

overhits it a little

should still make iit

does

the hoop 2 pioneer is Stephens hoop 6 pioneer

hes in a strong position if he takes this round

hoop 3 pioneer is 1 yard south

18" rush to 2

puts its a yard sw

the gazebo takes off

robin brown and evan newell are the anchors now

peelee goes to 3back ;-)

makes hoop 3 with no rush and 2 balls at hoop 4

he didnt look at a delayed tp against rob in the 5th yesterday surely there will be no attempt made here

he probably will want to be on 4back not 3back at the end of the turn though

runs the hoop a bit hard i dont think he can keep it in position

he tries the rush peel and it bounces back to a tempting position

mulliner is out of his chair for a look

he turns it down it is going to hoop6

mulliner sits down, he has another turn - as if that was ever in any doubt

approaching 5 from a foot to the side with a perfect break

again he puts a ball deep behind 6 he is playing the condidtions far better than stephen

everything is still perfect the pivot goes to half way between 1 and 2 he is playing the conditons perfectly

the middle ball is slightly nearer after 1 back and he takes it

the man "who is about to become the best croquet player in the world" gets some absue for turning down what was only a 3 and a half yarder

the strongest gust of the day hits but we are pegged down now

he has all 3 balls as potential reception balls as he runs 3 back from 18 inches

gets a hoop and roquet on the near when he was going to the middle ball

he learnt that one from me too ;-)

he is a bit psyched by 3back I think and I dont fancy that we will be seeing the best of hoop strokes next time he is there

total control at 4back

the hoop 5 ball is the rover pioneer he is making penult off partner

looks like he is making a reverse diagonal spread

the hoop 5 ball goes towards the east boundary

it is 6 yards n and 2 yards e of hoop 4

the hoop 1 ball seems to be in good position at the peg

looks like it will rush to 3 back

chris is going about 19 yards n of corner 1

last shot time

stephen lifts the ball near 3 back and is shooting from corner 1

the noisy plane is overhead again

doesnt miss by much, I dont think it was ever hitting

goes off in corner 2

he rushes on top fo the middle ball no 4back pioneer

gets a 10" rush

it drifts to 3 yards straight

the other ball is well e of the peg if he needs it

approaches to 20"

fails it

he isnt in it, it rushes to 1

stephens hoop 1 ball is joined more or less with the peg ball in the middle

he hits the 5 yarder to hoop 2

he is looking at the ball by 3 back it would be a brilliant shot to get a rush on it from where he is

he tries to get a rush on parner near corner 2

gets something playabel

it stops 4 yards ne of 1 that was 10.4 seconds - this more a less a 13 second lawn I would say

he rolls to ball by 3back

he gets a good rush but 2 yards long

this looks missable

cuts it into the far wire and bounces to the end of abaulk

roll approach, partner is 3 yards ne of corner 4

overhit down the wrong line

has to return to partner

2 balls at 3 back, chris will shoot

15 yarder at partner near hoop 2

not particularly close

another rigall would make this a classic

the first rush hits hoop 4, stays on the line of 3 and 4 taking off to the 3back ball on the boundary

hits it from 4 yards convincingly

gets a good rus to 1

goes 5 feet east

the sun is in it doesnt look difficult without te sun

take off approach is overhit

12" 25 degrees

runs it gently well

I think he looks up for this turn

the hoop 2 pioneer is perfect

cast iron 4 ball break

243 people still watch on entranced by a game of croquet

make that 251 I have just spotted another vantage point

not sure that we havent seen the last of the sun for the day

he is making 4 off the 3back ball

he is striding purposely and confidently now

he is going to get this riggall

10" 20 degree hoop 4

lots of care and goes through by 4 or 5 inches, he needs to start hitting these a little bit harder, not hard just firmly will do

you have got to admire how he keeps coming back from his errors he is putting up a real fight

has to send out a second two back pioneer after the first is short

dont know whether chris would prefer to be on 3back or 4back at this point with the riggall pending

I am not convinced that he going to make 3back this game

the 3 back ball is one of two balls at 3back as he makes 2 back

it is almost chilly now in the wind

3:30 p.m. 10/02/2008

it is 3back of the 3back ball

he has a ball deep this time

it is 5" straight

the penult pioneer from 4 yards s of 4 to 3 yards in front of penult takes 10.8 seconds this lawn is still quicker than 12 seconds

grovels through a very short 4back

the polarity is all wrong for him

the hoop 5 ball is at rover he is making penult off the 3back ball

the penult approach rolls w, this is trick he has some deep balls

jumping 8" 30 degree

fails it to the middle of the hoop

off the 3back ball

chris takes contact from the ball near rover and puts it to 4 back getting arush to 3bakc

it is pointing at the end of a baulk

rushes to 4 feet west

approaches to 15" staright

runs it pretty gently with a solid looking stroke

takes off getting a cut on the ball 4 yards from 4back

approaching from a yard

runs it off the boundary

has croquet from 13 yard s of corner 3 there is a ball stuck in penult the other ball is 2 yards ne of 3back

rolls out a rover pioneer going to partner near 3back

gets a rush would have liked th pioneer to be a bit better

rushes to the peg

he should win from here

he avoids peeling stephen at penult

he is putting out a deep ball from penult

he wont want to have to hit that it is 3 and a half yards in

approaching from 4 inches w

9 inch 10 degree hoop, gets a hoop and roquet

he is going to be the new world champion

Clarke 3 Mulliner 1

Chris Clarke World Champion
3:43 p.m. 10/02/2008

he acknowledges the crowd and shakes stephens hand

the best player doesnt always win a croquet tournament but he has won this one

the cup is on the lawn by hoop 4 already

Thats it folks

 

Commentary of Final Stage Sunday 10th February 2008

Commentary by David Maugham

 

Alternative commentary by Ian Burridge

 

Chris Clarke (Eng) v Stephen Mulliner (Eng)


Morning all (or maybe evening, depending on where you are)

This is Dave signing on, for my view of the final...

I think I'm going to have some more "colour" commentary from over my shoulder, so Ill try to include that as much as possible.

Looks like Chris is going for the second POP straight away, and has rushed into the jaws.

Well, the DDPO has ground to a halt, after Y hit U running hoop 2

I expect that Chris wil now be working on K to get it to 3 as well.

Yep, K goes over to 1 after Y makes 3.

Hmmm... U is very tight at 5, maybe 9" right in front.

The rest of the commentary team has lost control, and I've got to tell him where the black clip is <sigh>

And we get the first rays of sun, in what I've been told is going to be the hottest day so far.

Didn't get the peel before 5, but has just played a big roll going to 6, peeling K well down the lawn.

Partner now nicely at 2-b and K goes into peeling position behind 1-b

Second peel smoothed through, and 2-b made with a rush back to II

I expect we'll be seeing Chris's standard tight OSL, but reversed this game.

Oops. Made 3-b with too much control, and didn't get a rush back to IV, so he's croqueting it there from 8 yards up.

Under hit that one a bit too. U is about 2 yards out of the corner and Chris has to thrash his cut rush across to the WB.

He's rolled it nicely to peg high, though, getting his rush to II.

Stephen's pacing already.

R's about a foot out of the coner and Y is a foot or so S of that.

Stephen's lifted K to take the short lift from B-baulk at R&Y.

Cuts R into the corner.

The "crowd" behind me are singing "Cruncher, Cruncher, give us a wave", but very sotto voce.

Meanwhile Stephen's rushed Y to about 2-3 yards W of corner IV.

He's rushed U to behind the hoop, near the boundary, and plays a defensive roll, putting partner towards the corner. He's short on the hoop approach though, and guards the corner.

Y goes to I.

Stephen grovels through 3, and I think he's got a fairly easy roquet through the hoop.

Yep. Didn't really need a referee.

He's rolled down to guard IV.

R goes to III.

Stephen's rush not good enough for him, so he's rolling back to guard the corner again.

Impasse looming...

Chris moves Y 6" out of I on the WB.

Stephen happier with his rush this time, and goes for the hoop. Just grovels through again.

Spawnily gets a rush to I though.

Which he takes to about 6 yards out.

Plays a good shot to take off into the corner, and is now thinking about where to take it.

Decides to go to 5, rushing about a yard to the side.

Slightly angled, so has a bit of pressing up..

Well, ran this one by a bit more this time, but not much, about 6" this time.

Y is far enough to the side for an easy short roquet, but not so far that he can't have a go at rushing to 6.

Didn't play it well enough, so takes off back to partner, leaving Y by 1-b.

Stays near I, guarding the corner.

Odd looks from the commentary team, as Clarke puts Y 10 yards up the EB from IV.

K rushes U to the end of B-baulk.

Keith say's we're like the commentary team at the World Chess Championships, unable to understand the finer details of the top class game...

Keith's now worried that I'm not painting him in a very good light, he's so mature sometimes...

Waxy:"Dave's lethal once he gets on that computer".

Anyhow, Stephen took off to R, rolled it to 1, going to Y, but left himself a 6 yarder so retired to partner.

R to IV.

I think we're up to the 15th turn so far, plenty of time to go before we reach the dizzying heights of their 58 turn game in the 1997 Opens final.

Right, back to the game. Stephen has laid up between 6 & 1-b, Y about 5 yards out of IV. Chris has put R about a yard out of III.

Stephen not happy with his rush, so he rolls back towards II, a bit short for a proper guard.

Chris shoots! R at Y, but misses.

Blimey, apparently James has just won the first game of the plate final 26sxp.

Stpehen's bashed U over to the EB, then put it to between 5 & 2-b trying to get a rush on Y to R.

He has to take off into the corner from about 4 yards, but is short this time. Plays the big roll approaching 6 from IV.

Short again, leaving K only about a yard or 2 past the peg.

R has gone 3 yards past the hoop.

Stephen cuddles Y, going off the SB about 3 yards E of the end of A-baulk.

Chris shoots at Y with R, looks at it for a while, but misses.

Stephen centre balls his 10 yarder at R.

He might be able to dig a break out now on the 21st turn, since he has a ball in the middle of the lawn.

Y is about 10 yards short of 1-b, but the rush to 6 is fine.

He's finally made a hoop without a bucket-load of wire.

Rushes to a yard in front of 1-b.

and makes it with a rush pointing at III, cuts it a bit probably fancying a big roll down to 3-b.

Standing around with his hand on his hip at the moment.

Finally, gets around to playing it, badly.

Y isn't a particularly good 3-b pioneer and he doen't get a rush on red.

Is a bit short on his take-off, but hits it and approaches the hoop without any trouble.

Catches a load of wire but goes through comfortably.

U goes to near the peg, K goes to R.

R goes to near the peg, so no effort being made to encourage the 4-b ball to play. It's looking like a dour old spread.

Dour old reverse spread, sorry.

Not a great take off, and has a 3 yarder at R, but hits it to a position where he can play a take off putting it on the wired spot, and getting a rus on U to the WB.

Y looks quite well South, so Chris may be feeling like he can take the short shot.

Yep, R to the end of B-baulk.

Doesn't like it at all. So lets see whether Stephen can do anything with this deayed TP.

Actually, if he plays well, he may be able to make it standard. I think thats the idea, as R goes to behind 2. However, he's not rushing partner to 3, so not any more.

A poor rush to Y means another roll, and another cut rush goes wrong as Y goes 10 yards short of the hoop.

The take-off is short as well, and now Chris is out of his seat, and pacing about.

U goes off the SB behind 4

Chris takes Y at R, and misses by very little.

Stephen bonks his 5 yarder into the lawn, about peg high, and doesn't really try to do anything with it, whilst taking off to Y.

Stephen joins Y up with K in the middle, and gets another longish cut rush.

He's played this a bit better, and has a 5 foot backward take-off.

A little short, and a press up is called for, for the angled hoop.

Smooths it through.

He now just has to rush Y to 4 for his break.

The hoop is made easily and Y goes up to the escape position by 4-b.

K joins it, although its still about 3 yards in front of the hoop.

I think he's going to have to be lucky to get a forward rush out of 5.

Didn't get it, but plays a competent roll to get a rush on K.

About a 1 yard peel attempt, just played to get K in the jaws.

Looks like it's slightly in the front of the hoop. The rush to 6 is good.

Makes 6 with a rush to III.

Y goes well to 2-b and U has an easy rush peel on K.

A little roll puts K near 6, getting a rush on R to 1-b.

Underhits U whilst putting R to 3-b, so can't rush it into position for the death roll.

Manouvering the balls now for his delayed double.

Y is about level with the hoop and about 3 yards to the side.

He's rushed K into the western wire of 6. But can still take off to the 3-b ball, moving K a couple of feet to the side.

Approaching 3-b from a yard straight, so might get a forward rush.

Has a load of Murray control to go through the hoop by 6" and get the rush.

Rushes the peelee to about a foot in front at a slight angle.

Plays the peel attempt as a thick take off, and gets it in the jaws.

R is level with the hoop, so I doubt he'll be rush peeling before hitting it.

Makes 4-b with hoop & roquet, and then christs off R putting Y down to rover.

A pretty good irish peel gets K down to level with the hoop, and a couple of feet to the side.

R is the shallow ball, and Y goes to about 3 yards off the SB.

Rushes to a foot straight in front, and irishes it through.

Gets a tight rush to the peg, which goes a couple of yards from it.

1-0 Mulliner +17tp (26tp-9).

Theyre starting the second straight away, with no fiddling with the hoops.

Chris puts out K 10 yards N of IV.

Stephen marches down to b-baulk with Y.

to put out a duffer, level with 6 a yard to the east.

Chris is shooting at partner down the EB, and hit it.

Short on the roll trying to get a rush to 1 off Y.

Has a thrash and hits it in the middle.

He's now taking off from about peg high on the WB to hoop 1.

Short, so joins up with Y.

I think Stephen will have a double at K & Y from somewhere near III, but he's choosing to take the short single ball at K from the end of B-baulk.

Missing to a couple of yards out of I on the side boundary.

Chris puts Y to 2, and rushes K to a yard N of R.

He makes 1 with a rush back to K.

Gets R out 6 yards, and goes to 2.

Makes 2 with a rush back, but doesn't hit it off the boundary, so can only get it in the lawn another couple of yards.

He chose not to put it in front of 1 either, so maybe no POPs this time.

Makes 3 without a forward rush, so is rolling partner down to 5 going to Y near hoop 1.

Rushes Y into , but only moves it a couple of feet or so. Y is croqueted towards the middle going to R.

Just a straight 4bb here, nothing too exciting.

K is the early 2-b pioneer.

The caffeine seems to be kicking in for Digger, as he's now using upper case at the start of sentences and for proper nouns.

Chris was going for an MSL, but managed to rush R on top of Y. So it's still hanging around 2, but might not be wired from the end of baulk at the moment.

Well, he's made 2-b with a rush over to 3-b so maybe it is.

Stephen is pacing...

Chris has a slightly angled hoop which he has to force through, but it's not a problem as he placed Y on the wired spot in the approach.

He hits partner and rolls up to level with 5, giving himself a rush that can be cut to 1

Stephen lifts Y with no hesitation, and takes it to B-baulk for he long shot.

Misses.

K rushes very well to hoop 1. 8" straight in front.

I think he wanted the rush to IV, but got too much wire. I'm surprised he wanted it, given that Y isn't in the corner.

Rushes up the lawn, partner goes to 5 feet S of 4-b, and makes 2.

A little too much control at the hoop, and then over-cuts his rush.

He's put R to 4 and is rolling up to 3 from IV.

Not a bad effort. A little short on the striker's ball, but makes the hoop well. Y is a bit deep for an easy peel.

U isn't in the jaws, so we'll have to see if it's rush peelable in a minute.

Y has gone of 5 so I guess that Chris won't be doing the rush peel before 5.

Hoop & roquet at 4 guarantees this.

R goes to 6 but is a bit short. I guess Chris must be confident of the rush peel.

Grovels through 5 and needs a referee to watch the hampered stroke.

Owen's wandered off the lawn, so I guess the hoop needs to be banged in a bit.

He's come back with one of the comedy giant mallets they use for the job.

Chris is lining up to play a sweep through the hoop, and now having a look at the one outside the hoop.

Jonathan reports that the wire is right on the line, and the ball is only a couple of inches through so this must be really difficult.

We've got a second referee on, and Chris plays a good stroke to just shave the yellow.

But it's followed by a ropey old roll that doesn't get much of a 1-b pioneer and isn't close to the ball at 4-b.

The blue stays more or less in the hoop, but Chris doesn't have the angle to peel it going to R.

He settles for getting close to R and making it with enough control for a rush to near III.

He's put R down a poor line, so it's 2-3 yards to the side of 2-b.

The rush peel goes through.

The roll puts Y a couple of yards past the hoop, but gets a good rush.

He makes 1-b and puts Y down to 3-b, getting a rush on the peelee back to penult, but he's a little short with the rush.

Takes of putting the peelee right in front of the hoop, and makes 2-b with a rush back. So we're all wondering whether he'll go for the rush peel.

He didn't give himself a straight rush, so has Waltered it off in favour of just taking off down to 3-b

He decided to put R as a good pioneer to 4-b, so needs to do the rush peel before that hoop if he wants to finish.

Rushes it into the jaws, and can play a take off peeling U by a couple of feet.

U is now a foot from rover, and Chris is about to make penult.

Lots of balls close to rover, so I think Chris will be playing for the irish as he has nothing deep.

1 foot very slightly angled.

Peeled by 8 yards.

Just needs to rush to the peg now.

And deals with it.

26tp to Chris, 1-1

Starting straight away again.

Stephen going in with a 12 yard supershot with Y.

Chris responds with a ball out of corner II.

Stpehn hits it, and plays the roll putting K to near hoop 1, getting a good rush on Y.

He's a little short with the rush, but approaches OK.

But he's stuck in it again. This is a repeat of the first game, but Chris can't make a double out of Y & K this time.

Just takes his 7 yarder at Y, missing it to a couple of yards out of II.

Stephen chooses to play R, and not have a hoop 2 pioneer.

Makes 1 with a rush back to the SB, and pokes it into the lawn getting a rush to U.

Doesn' play it particularly well, though, and rushes off the side boundary about 8 yards down from the corner.

He's putting partner behind 2, going to U. I guess to have a go at approaching putting U somewhere.

U has gone towards the end of A-baulk. Odd, since it was short and will leave Chris a 10 yarder if Stpehen fails the hoop.

However, he ran it pretty well, and has now hit partner towards II.

He took off to U but was short, and now has to play a squarish split to put U to 4 getting a rush on K by the peg.

Short again, so we get a bit of pinting for the threee yard rush.

He plays it down an OK line, but is short again, so has a 2 yard sidey take off.

Plays it OK, and runs the hoop with a rush pointing back towards Y.

The rush goes off the NB behind 2, so has a 7 yard take off to get behind Y.

Plays it well, to get a rush back into the lawn.

He's now got a 3bb, and has made hoop 4 to the boundary.

Hmmm... I go to the toilet and get a hot dog and suddenly there's all sorts of interactivity going on...

Chris hit the ball in the jaws of 6, and rushed Y to 1. He now has an easy 4bb. I wnder if he'll try some popping of Y.

R has gone to 4, and U is about 4 yards S of 3, as Chris makes it off Y. Y looks like it's going to 5, so probably no POPs.

U has gone behind 4, so I'm sure there's some tactical thinking going on.

Chris's made 4 and put U level with 5, about 4 yards east of it.

Chris stabs his way through 5, and shakes his head.

Y goes up to 1-b, K getting a rush on U.

U goes behind 6. Chris doesn't seem to want to use it as a pivot.

I think Patmore's just won the 2nd in the plate final +1tp.

Meanwhile, Chris has rushed R to near II after 6, and now has partner at 2-b.

Jimbo has just walked past wearing shorts, and I have to say that those are the whitest legs I've ever seen. I doubt that they've ever seen the sun before...

Chris didn't get a rush out of 1-b so had to play a roll, leaving the 3-b pioneer a bit short.

He's made 2-b, though and got a rush on Y to 3-b.

He made sure of the "rock-like" 3-b hoop, and had to hit partner first after the hoop.

The croquet stroke putting U to IV was a couple of yards short, and Chris has got a rush to II.

So Y is now in II, and R has been rushed to peg high on the EB.

Either U is on the boundary, or it must be a foot or so in lawn, as Chris as just gone off the boundary about 4 feet N of it.

Stephen is fingering his lift with R down the yard line at these two balls.

And clips the in lawn edge of K.

He's rushed U to 4 or 5 feet S of Y, and has taken off to get a rush to 6.

He's rushed it into the back of the hoop, and may be in the worse than death position.

Took off down the side, OK, but failed the hoop.

Chris is shooting U at R&Y from near II, and crunches off Y centre ball.

Chris has rolled back to to red but is woefully short, despite this he rushes R of the SB.

He's approaching 1 from where he is, and has played a pretty good stroke.

Keith says he's playing the game "just like Dave" as Chris runs the hoop down to the hoop 2 pioneer.

He rushes Y across to the EB, and takes off behind K. One good stroke and he's got a standard TP.

The president of the WCF has just admitted to grooming one of the younger menmbers of the tournament!

Chris didn't get a great rush, and didn't play it particularly well, but approached the hoop very well.

However he thrashed at the hoop and stuck in it.

Behind me, the crowd are pencilling in me and Wixy as the next 2 presidents of the WCF...

Stephen may have just had a mishit, shooting at partner. Unclear. He's certainly joined up in the middle of the EB.

Chris missed with K at Y and is now in IV.

Stephen rushes to the end of A-baulk and rolls to IV. He hits K and stops it to hoop 1, and guards IV.

Chris is shooting K at U.

and just clips it, knocking it out of the hoop. The crowd loves it...

Owen Edwards does a Billy Bowden impression and gives Chris two thumbs up.

Chris takes off to IV, hit Y and stops it out a few yards, so its now about three yards off the SB, a yard W of the hoop.

Red is rushed up to a couple of yards off the boundary near 3, possibly wired from Y. Chris lays up near the WB with a rush to 2. Apparently R & Y are wired, R at U is wired and Y at K may be wired...

Marcus has just made a comment implying that Phllip Drew looks like a gopher.

Marcus is taking a dim view of my reporting his comments, and thinks there's too much "bullshit & politics" in the sport already before I add any more...

Stpehen put R in II, Chris made 2, and rushed back to Y.

It's a poor shot, and doesn't get a rush to 3, but can take it to R.

He rushes it right into the corner to get a cannon.

He's played it backward to just get his dolly rush, only moving Y a foot or so.

Makes 3 with a forward rush.

Makes the difficult hoop 4 from 2 inches.

Has a wave of his hand appoaching 5, wanted to get closer than the 1 foot straight that he achieved. Bashes through up to the hoop 6 pioneer, obviously treating the hoop withn full respect.

Makes 6, and gets a longish rush on R to the NB in front of 1-b. He's trying to take off behind Y on the side boundary, but doesn't manage it.

Approaches well out of the corner though.

Slaps it through, and is hitting his pioneer again. And approaching 2-b straight away, ignoring the other balls for the moment.

Get those points on the board while they're there for you...

He's rushed back to corner II, so can put the 4-b ball out going to R.

Got a cut rush on R to Y, and is taking off from 3 yards to get his rushto 3-b.

A pretty good rush, lets see how close he feel he needs to approach this to.

Makes it with no wire, and has a 3 yard return.

Only just misses the peg rolling Y up to penult, and is a bit short with both balls.

Puts R to penult, getting a rush to 4-b.

Gets plenty of wire going through the hoop, and is now putting partner to the middle of the EB going pat Y.

Y is about 3 yards short going to rover.

And Chris gets a bit of roll appoaching the hoop, so get a little closer and more angled than he wants.

Makes it though, and rushes over to the middle of the EB.

K is going towards II, whilst U gets a rush on Y to rover.

Makes it easily with a rush back to corner II.

Chris calls Owen out, as heis rolling both balls off, neither in corner IV.

K is about a foot out, and U is about 3 yards out of the corner.

Stephen has lifted Y, and is looking at the shot down the line from B-baulk, now he's looking at the short one from A-baulk.

Yep he's taking the short one.

Hits it centre ball.

Pokes K out a few yards and rushes U to near R.

Goes a little far and has a cut rush back to 1, rushing it to about 3 yards behind the hoop.

Plays a little roll to guard the corner, I don't think he made any attempt to approach the hoop.

Chris is shooting U at K. Misses.

Stephen is making 1 straight away.

And gets a rush that can be taken to a spot on the SB that will go to 3 allowing him to get to the balls near IV.

He's gone to U first, and can stop it out into the lawn a fair way.

Umm.. OK, has chosen to play a little roll, leaving U 3 yards behind 4.

A pretty good rush to 2 gives him a 2 yard slightly angled approach.

He's put K deep, and has run the hoop down to it.

Cuts K back down to hoop 4, and he now has his break.

He makes 3, and R now goes to 6, I don't know if he wants to peel partner, whilst going for the riggall.

Squeezes it through hoop 5, but can hit the escape ball easily.

Red doesn't look like it's going into a position for a peel. I guess he's just going to settle for the break. Will he still go for pegging Chris out?

R is now going to 2-b after hoop 6.

Makes 1-b without issue, and puts U a little deep as the pioneer for 3-b.

R goes up the lawn as a pretty rubbish attempt at a 4-b pioneer, about 6 yards short.

He can't really put K up there, either with U being so deep at 3-b.

Makes 3-b from a foot away. Both the oppo balls are within a couple of yards.

K goes up the lawn a few yards, and Y rushes U to a good spot near R.

Makes sure of getting a good rush to 4-b. But just overhits it by a couple of feet.

Approaches the hoop to a foot or so, but at a bit of an angles. Hits it firmly this time and runs it no problem.

A rush down the lawn means that the rover pioneer is OK, although it is going to be made off partner.

Well, maybe not. He's put K down there as well, but it's not as good a pioneer as R.

A riggall is a term used for pegging out the opponent ball. Named for Leslie Riggall a South African player who had some correspondence on the matter in the gazette in the early 80s.

Stephen has decided to make rover off K, so now has R near the peg.

Makes it easily and has a bit of fist, I think.

Avoids the grievous, but feels the need for a referee on his 4 foot peg out. Very antipodean.

Rushes R to about 6" out of II, and takes off down to I. Which is where Y ends up.

Chris rushes Y up the lawn a yard.

and rolls Y to level with 4-b going to about 6 yards short of R.

Hits it.

He's rolling it behind the hoop, and has got about 2 yards straight in front.

Pulls out his wild thrash and bounces off the left hand wire.

Stephen hits his 6 yarder with R at Y and rolls down to guard corner I.

Chris shot, and was looking at it for a long time, as it just misses the R which Stephen claimed was wired. Chris could apparenty see most of it.

Stephen puts K to 2-b, and thumps his rush 3 yards past 6.

Rolls Y over a few yards, and goes off the boundary, trying to be wired again.

Chris goes in II, tempting Stephen to take his 7 yarder...

But he turns it down, and slaps partner over to the EB, trying to find the wired area behind 2, I think.

Found it, and Chris wants to play his golf style jump shot.

He's looking at it all the way, and it has apparently bounced off centre ball. The crowd really appreciating the effort. I'm not sure what they would have done if he'd actually hit it...

Stpehen's approached 6 to about a yard at a bit of an angle, with Y deep, but he's not happy with it, and is looking for the wired spot on the NB behind 6.

Chris goes to 3 yards out of II, and Stephen starts feeling the pressure and misses his 4 yarder.

Chris hits Y, rushing it to the NB behind 4-b.

He takes off to R and will approach 4-b from the boundary by the side of it.

Gets a 2-3 yard slightly angled hoop which he smooths at, rather than smashing at, and runs it ths time.

An "easy" 3bb to finish.

Gets a bit angled at penult, and gets a bit of grippage to come through the hoop hampered.

Chris wants the ACME comedy hammer out again to humble the proud carrots...

Playing it stood up, through the hoop. And hits it firmly, making the roquet.

Puts out a deep ball for rover, and is approaching from a foot away.

Slaps it through to the boundary, +9 (26-17) to Chris.

Chris 2-1 up.

A break for a bit of hoop setting, and maybe some food for the players.

According to Graeme, there's a bit of variation in the size of the balls, but not very much, and the hoops are all set to a snug 1/32" on the largest axis they could find.

Chis isn't worried about the width so much as the firmness in the ground.

They're back. And Chris has gone in. Stephen has chosen U&K.

Chris has a 10 yard ball on the EB. Stpehen has a duffer that goes 3 or 4 yards too long. Chris misses partner from A-baulk.

The duffer is so long that Stephen feels that his shot at the double down the boundary is better. He misses into the corner.

Chris rushes to the ball in the corner and gets a rush out to the ball in the middle

A good hoop 2 pioneer, and only a slightly overhit rush to 1.

Approaches it well, and runs it.

Got his 3bb break out, and gets a rush out of 2 to the SB to bring the 4th ball in out of IV.

Hasn't got much of a hoop 4 pioneer, but makes 3 with no trouble.

Has rushed to the ball behind 4 so should get a rush easily enough

Oops commentators blight. He's rushed to 4 feet behind.

Takes off well, and slaps through to the deep ball.

Jimbo's just won the plate.

I'm sure Rob Edlin-White will be pleased that a Nottingham player has brought back some silverware...

Meanwhile, Chris's break is round to 1-b, which he will be making off partner.

Bit of Goacher thigh slapping as Chris approaches the hoop to a foot straight...

K goes to 3-b

Let's see how he's going to put ogether his favourite defensive OSL again.

U is going to near II after 2-b.

I think Chris'll have a bit of trouble getting a rush to it though, he's very close to 3-b.

Maybe it'll be a some sort of NSL, oh well, we won't know know. He's just faild the hoop from 6" trying to run it gently.

Stephen's made sure or roqueting Y, and now has a 5 yard take off to get a rush on R to U.

He's left it a bit short, maybe a touch slower in the shadow under the tree.

He's played his cut and his little roll well, to get his rush to 1 off partner.

Overhit it by about 5 yards.

Approaches to 18" at a bi of an angle, does a couple of press-ups.

Grovels through, and gets a referee on straight away. Looks like he can just play it through the hoop.

Yep, pretty easy.

Shouldn't have too much trouble picking up this break now.

Makes 2, but cuts R over to the EB, and is ignoring Y for the moment, just taking off to U at 3.

But it's short, and his cut leaves him with a 3 yard approach.

Looks like he's played it well, to get a 1 foot straight hoop.

Rushes to Y behind 4, put R out into the lawn and tries to rush peel Y from near the boundary.

It bounces out to the side and he walters off the QPO...

He's got to rush to 5 from about 4 yards, an ends up with an 18" straight hoop, which he fails.

Chris knocks the ball out of the hoop and just gets a rush on U to hoop 1

Approaches 1 to a foot at a bit of an angle, and runs it smoothly.

Puts out his hoop 3 pioneer getting a rush on K to Y.

We nearly lost our tent there, as the wind picks up a little bit.

I think there trying to find some pegs to nail the tent down, but the ground is very hard and difficult to stick stuff in.

Chris has made 2 and 3 and has all the balls in front of him for his quad, but I will be shocked if he goes for it.

Well, maybe I was wrong. he did run hoop 4 a little hard but has rushed partner into the hoop maybe going for a rush peel. Looks at the peel in the croquet stroke, but turns it down, puting Y to 6 instead.

He's made 5 and appears to be doing some ball swapping as he has put K behind 6 as the escape ball, whilst approaching off Y.

4bb looking pretty solid at the momnt.

Runs 1-b a little firmly and has to turn down his 3 yard return in favour of a 1 yarder up the lawn at partner.

Has left U back at 1-b, so is going to it after 2-b.

Gets a rush over to the middle of the EB and has all the balls in front of his break again.

Partner goes to penult and Chris looks very solid with this break.

Makes 4-b, and hits the return, and has a think about the leave.

K goes perfectly to rover.

Y is floating about near the peg, after penult. Looks like Chris will be having a spread.

Yep, U is next to the peg as well.

K goes over towads the EB, a bit short to be a nice spread ball. Stephen may only have a 15 yarder from the end of a-baulk at it.

Chris seems happy enough with it though, as he is laying up with a rush into the lawn.

Smattering of applause from the crowd.

Stephen has lifted K and is shooting at Y from corner I.

Twists the mallet a little, and looks at it all the way, but still misses.

Chris clubs R into the lawn, only a yard or so from U. Makes sure of getting a good rush to 3-b though.

He's overhit this rush too, going 3 yards past the hoop.

Gets a slightly longer hoop than he wanted and fails it.

Stephen has about a 4 yarder with U at R in the middle of the lawn. Cuts it a foot or so behind hoop 2.

He's played a pretty good effort at getting a rush on the ball in the corner. But way overcuts it, so is about 4 yards west of hoop 5.

He's now rolling towards IV trying to get a rush on Y which is just in front of 3-b

Cuts it slightly into the wire and bounces off to the end of A-baulk.

Clubs the approach, and must retire to partner.

Chris is shooting Y at R but misses.

Stephen rushes K into the lawn, but hits hoop 4, so has to take off from peg high near the EB.

Hits the roquet and plays his little roll getting a rush well.

Plays the rush pretty well as well.

Approaches from 2 yards to the side with a tkake off, slightly overhit, but runs his angled hoop.

Rushes R to near IV, and puts it to 3 getting a rush on partner to the hoop 2 ball.

Now has his 4bb under control, lets see if he fancies another riggall.

Not a good shot to get a rush on the hoop 3 pioneer, and will have to approach from a couple of yards. Does so well, though.

Needs a refusal and a press-up before running it.

Squeezes through the pressure hoop, 4 off the 3-b ball.

Makes 5 and puts R up the lawn. No early 2-b pioneers here.

The cloud cover's come down, and ther's no direct sun anymore. There's some pretty dark stuff to the north west as well, let's hope it stays away.

Stephen's up to 1-b, and has had to put a second 2-b pioneer down, after the first was a bit short.

K goes adequately to 3-b but he doesn't like it and wants another ball over there as well.

Decision time, and R goes to 4-b for this riggall.

K goes out to the middle, and he is making 3-b off Y again. Plenty of balls to run the hoop too, though.

Well, he's got Y as the penult pioneer here, so I guess he'll have to make rover off partner.

Plenty of wire coming through 4-b, and R goes to the middle as U goes S of K.

He's underhit the rover pioneer, and not really got a rush on the penult pioneer.

Gets a sweaty angled hoop that he feels he needs to jump. Fails it though...

Chris is taking his contact from K, putting it to 4-b but has overhit it slightly, getting a cut rush to 3-b

Rushes to about a yard to the side of the hoop and approaches with a split.

Runs the hoop this time, no forward rush though.

He's taking off to K which is about 3 yards in front of 4-b.

Cuts it nicely in front.

Approaches with a stop shot, going very close to the hoop.

Runs it to the boundary.

Rushes K to about 14 yards up the EB from III.

Rolls it to abou 2 yards Ne of the hoop getting a rush on R back to the peg. U is still in the jaws of penult.

Takes off to 18" away.

Just one more hoop to go...

U goes deep, about 4 yards from the boundary.

gets a tight rush on K to the hoop. Approaching from 6" from the side.

Runs it with hoop and roquet. Rushes U back to R, and pegs out from 4 feet away, to become World Champion again.

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Pre-Championship Information

 

 

 

The World Croquet Federation has awarded the hosting of this prestigeous event to The New Zealand Croquet Council at the following Canterbury Croquet Association, Christchurch croquet clubs - United, Cashmere, Elmwood Park, and Fendalton Park, with additional lawns available at Barrington Park, St James Park and St Martins.

Tournament Management Entry Fee Venues Transport Tab Players
Accommodation Passport and Visa's Trips Extra Information Climate  

 

ANTI-DOPING

Players in this event may be tested for prohibit substances or methods

See the WCF Anti-Doping page for further guidance


Tournament

The Championship shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Association Croquet, 6th Edition, under Law 36 Advanced play conditions, as amended from time to time, and the WCF Sports Regulations as amended from time to time.

Dawson 2000 balls will be used

 

The Group allocation will not take place until after the Qualifying Tournament has been concluded on 29th January 2008.

 

Play will commence each day at 09.00hrs, but subject to the Tournament Managers discretion, may commence at an earlier time. It is expected that play will continue until dusk, which in the Christchurch area is approximately 21.00hrs.

No floodlighting will be used.

 

All matches played in this Championship shall be added to the WCF recognised Association Croquet World Rankings

 

PLAYING SCHEDULE

 

Block Play Sat 2nd February - Mon 4th February 2008 3 matches of a single game, per day, per player.
Block Play Play Off's Tue 5th February 2008  
1st - 2nd Round Wed 6th - Thu 7th February 2008 Best of 3 games
Quarter Final Round Fri 8th February 2008 Best of 3 or 5 games At Managers Discretion
Semi-Final Round Sat 9th February 2008

Best of 3 or 5 games At Managers Discretion

Final Sun 10th February 2008 Best of 5 games

 

NON-PLAYING SCHEDULE

 

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Transport: To be advised at the Players Meeting

Competitors Practice: Available at United Club. All other venues except those listed below are available from Wednesday 10.00hrs - 16.00hrs.

 

Exceptions are:-

Elmwood which has England vs the rest on Thursday.  Times are on the website (www.worldcroquet2008.com);

 

Cashmere whose hours are 10.00am to 1.00pm

 

Tournament Players Meeting: After the opening ceremony

Chaired by Charles Jones QSM JP.

 

The Opening Ceremony at 4.30pm at the United Club, including (from 5pm) a free very light finger buffet & welcome drink. There will be a couple of short speeches.

Friday 1st February 2008

Spit Roast Barbeque.
Following the close of play at the United Croquet Club.Cost $ 30.00 per person.

5.00pm Saturday 2nd February 2008

Casual Barbeque
Following close of play at the United Croquet Club.Cost $5

5.00pm Sunday 3rd February 2008
Steak Barbeque
Following close of play at the United Croquet Club.Cost $10
5.00pm Monday 4th February 2008

 

Reception for Players/Officials by The New Zealand Government at the Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall, Kilmore St at 6.30pm -ending approx 8.30pm. The draw for the knockout will take place at this function.

 

Tuesday 5th February 2008

12th WCF Council Meeting
7.00pm - Fendalton Park Croquet Club. A meal will be provided for association delegates.

Wednesday 6th February 2008
Park Kiosk Dinner
Following close of play at the Botanical Gardens Restaurant adjacent to United Croquet Club. Cost $30
6.00pm Thursday 7th February 2008
Hangi and Maori Concert Party
Following close of play at the United Croquet Club.Cost $30
5.00pm Friday 8th February 2008
Casual Barbeque
Following close of play at the United Croquet Club.Cost $10
5.00pm Saturday 9th February 2008

Closing Ceremony

Presentation Dinner.
PM at the Russley Golf Club, 428 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch. Cost $60

7.00pm for 7.30pm Sunday 10th February 2008

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Players

 

Australia flagAustralia: (17 players)
Ken Bald
Trevor Bassett
Kevin Beard
Neil Bonnar (Wild Card)
Ian Dumergue
Bruce Fleming
Liz Fleming (Wild Card)
Stephen Forster
Tony Hall (Wild Card)
Steve Jones (Wild Card)
Rod Kirk
Peter Landrebe
John Hardy
Tim Murphy (Wild Card)
Jeff Newcombe (Wild Card)
Mark Prater (Wild Card)
Simon Watkins (Wild Card)
 
Canada flagCanada: (2 players)
Leo McBride
Brian Cumming
 
Czech Republic flagCzech Republic: (1 player)
David Hajn
 

England flag

England: (16 players)

Robin Brown

Chris Clarke

James Death (2005 Semi-Finalist)
Marcus Evans
Robert Fulford (2005 Finalist)
John Gibbons (Wild Card)
Jerry Guest (Wild Card)
Colin Irwin
Ailsa Lines
Ian Lines
David Maugham
Stephen Mulliner
David Openshaw
Samir Patel
Chris Patmore
Jack Wicks
 
France flagFrance: (1 player)
Vincent Commarieu
 
Germany flagGermany: (1 player)
Bruno Hess
 

Ireland flagIreland: (2 players)

Evan Newell
Andrew Johnston
 
Isle of Man flagIsle of Man: (1 player)
Kevin Wells
 
Japan flagJapan: (1 player)
Masaaki Yamada
 
Jersey flagJersey: (1 player)
Richard Griffiths
 
New Zealand flagNew Zealand: (17 players)
Greg Bryant
Dennis Bulloch (Wild Card)
Paddy Chapman
Jenny Clarke
Shane Davis
Philip Drew (Wild Card)
Toby Garrison
Joe Hogan (Wild Card)
Bob Jackson (Wild Card)
Robert Lowe
Nelson Morrow (Wild Card)
John Prince
AJ Reid
Paul Skinley
Aaron Westerby
Brian Wislang
Michael Wright
 
Scotland flagScotland: (2 players)
Keith Aiton
Jonathan Kirby (2005 Semi-Finalist)
 
South Africa flagSouth Africa: (1 player)
Reginald Bamford (2005 Champion)
 
Spain flagSpain: (1 player)
Juan Ojeda
 
Sweden flagSweden: (1 player)
Anton Varnas
 
Switzerland flagSwitzerland: (1 player)
Danny Davids
 
USA flagUSA: (7 players)
Jim Bast
David Bent
Paul Bennett
Doug Grimsley
Stewart Jackson
Ron Lloyd
Jerry Stark
 
Wales flagWales: (2 players)
Ian Burridge
Chris Williams
 
WCF logoFurther WCF Wild Card: (1 player)
Rutger Beijderwellen (Netherlands) (Wild Card)
 
Qualification Tournament: (4 players)
Duncan Dixon (New Zealand)
Margaret Melville (Australia)
Peter Parkinson (New Zealand)
John Versey (New Zealand)
TOTAL: (80 players)

 

Management

The overall Event Management of the Tournament is under the joint control of the WCF and the New Zealand Croquet Council administered through an Executive Committee comprising of, Chris Clarke(Chairperson), Rodger Lane, Noel Lynch and Jane McIntyre.

 

Tournament Officials are:-

 

Tournament Director: Charles Jones QSM, JP

 

Tournament Manager: Dr. Kevin Fellows

 

Tournament Referee: Dr. Graeme Roberts

 

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Qualification Tournament

The WCF and Croquet New Zealand have organised a qualification tournament.

This will take place 23rd - 29th January 2008 at Nelson, New Zealand.

 

Entries must be on the official entry form with all entry fees to NZCC Executive Director, PO Box 11259, Wellington 6142, New Zealand (phone +64 4 916 0258) be Wednesday 9 January 2008. The form is available from the Croquet New Zealand site at:

http://www.croquet.org.nz/index.php?entityType=Document&id=11.

Entry fee: NZ$100.00

 

Conditions

  1. Advanced singles play (Championship).
  2. The format will be chosen to provide full tournament play for all entrants and will be decided after all entries have been received but Section Play (American System) will be used first to determine placings for the final event.
  3. Nominal hoop dimensions will be set at 311/16 inches.
  4. Dawson International Balls will be used.

 

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Entry Fee

The entry fee to the Championship is £60 (GBP) per player.

For member nominations and semi-finalists for the last event the entry fee shall be paid prior to the members closing date of 20th August 2007.

For Wild Card places accepted by the WCF, the entry fee shall be paid prior to 1st December 2007.

For easy payment, click on the card logo below and you will be taken to our exchange affiliate, "Paypal".

All costs transferring funds will be paid by the WCF.

 

Once you have made payment please send an email to the WCF Treasurer, Andrew Hope, with details of the player paid for.

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Venues

Maps

Location of Christchurch Croquet Clubs overview

 

Canterbury - Christchurch Croquet Clubs

Close up of Tournament venues

Tournament Venues

 

Close up of United Croquet Club, Hagley Park

 

United Croquet Club, Christchurch

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United Croquet Club

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St. Martin Croquet Club

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Fendalton Park Croquet Club

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Elmwood Croquet Club

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St. James Croquet Club

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Cashmere Croquet Club

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Barrington Park Croquet Club

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Local Transport

Local Transport

Players in the event must advise the Tournament Director of their accommodation address

in the Christchurch area to enable transport to be arranged on their behalf.

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Accommodation

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Overview of Christchurch Accommodation

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The George, Christchurch

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Chateau on the Park

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The Towers Motor Inn

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The following is a list of popular Motels, Hotels and B & Bs (Bed and breakfast) recommended by NZCC for players, spectators and their partners/families. The NZCC cannot stress too strongly that early bookings are essential for all accommodation in Christchurch as early February is an extremely busy time.

The following group located in the lower Riccarton Road area are all within a 5 minutes walk through Hagley Park to the United Croquet Club, Headquarters for the tournament, daily transport to the other clubs will leave from, and return to United. There are numerous restaurants and bars within a few minutes of the accommodation.

 

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Climate

Christchurch enjoys a mild climate:

February averages are:-

Temperature: Max 22C, Min 12C

Humidity: 9.00am - 78%, 3pm - 58%

Rainfall: 45mm

Wind: ENE, 17 km/ph

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Passport and Visas'

Passport and Visa Information for New Zealand:  Valid as at October 2006

Please note the above information is accurate as at October 2006.

Foreign Nationals wishing to travel to New Zealand should check the latest position with their own Government prior to booking their travel arrangements.

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Day Trips

Day Trips around the Christchurch area

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General Information

General Information

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