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The players have finished warming up and the game is about to begin. Both players are in shorts and polo's with Mulliner wearing a white cap. It appears Westerby has won the toss and will take play with Mulliner choosing B an K
15 Jan 2014 8:04AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Westerby hits partner, takes off to C2.. 3 yards short. Good shot
15 Jan 2014 8:06AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Roll's to 3 yards off WB just N of the peg? Lags back at R finishing 2y W of it. Good shot.
15 Jan 2014 8:09AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Mulliner hit's! Good shot
That should be first break to Mulliner, he has a rush pointing to c1 though...
15 Jan 2014 8:12AM (Tournament); 35 Readers
OK cut, but tough approach to start off with. 5y SW of 1, he's over approached it
15 Jan 2014 8:13AM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Retires to c4 and will be disappointed with himself on that one
Westerby shoots at partner from H2 to EB.. misses. Looked good coming off the mallet though
15 Jan 2014 8:15AM (Tournament); 40 Readers
Mulliner shooting from h1 to the balls on the EB.. steers it with the Mallet so it must have been close but sails past
15 Jan 2014 8:16AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Westerby digs K out to 4y NE of the peg, gets a rush to SB level with h4.. Cuts to 2y W of C4.. Good takes off followed by a good rush and is approaching H1 from 2ft SE
15 Jan 2014 8:19AM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Runs 1.. middles the 5y return, couple of big shots coming up here for the skipper
15 Jan 2014 8:20AM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Croquets B to 4y ESE of h3 while going to R near C4.. Roquets R and has a take off now for the break..
15 Jan 2014 8:21AM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Takes off to far an has a 1ft rush pointing at c1.. plays the defensive approach sending K NW of h2, has a 4ft 40 degrees h2.. puts the clip on h2
15 Jan 2014 8:23AM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Nope he's looking at the hoop.. stalking..
15 Jan 2014 8:23AM (Tournament); 61 Readers
Nope changes his mind, was he just teasing Mulliner..? Speaking of which has gone to say hello to Dave who's just arrived. Retires to C4 and has retains the innings
15 Jan 2014 8:24AM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Looks like the H2 ball has a rush to H1..?
15 Jan 2014 8:25AM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Mulliner has a look at it.. K the ball by h2 goes to C1
15 Jan 2014 8:25AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Surely the rush doesn't point at H1 then..? Must be more towards 5?
15 Jan 2014 8:26AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Westerby plays the big cut trying to go to 2/near H3.. Gets it halfway and is 7y E of the peg, loads H3 sending partner 4yN of h3 and has a 3 yard rush to h2..
15 Jan 2014 8:27AM (Tournament); 69 Readers
Hits it straight and rushes it to 4y SE of h2.. over approaches? 2ft 25 degrees maybe?
15 Jan 2014 8:28AM (Tournament); 74 Readers
Cleanly through to the boundary at a nice controlled pace.. hits 5y return, OK croquet stroke and has a rush to h3 but pioneer for h4 is 5y WNW of h4
15 Jan 2014 8:30AM (Tournament); 77 Readers
No rush out of h3, good roll down leaves a 2y rush to 4 and a good pioneer at 5.. only snicks the rush. Big approach now...
15 Jan 2014 8:31AM (Tournament); 79 Readers
Good approach, another smooth hoop and should be fine now.. will he go to C1 to pick up the 4th ball now or later?
15 Jan 2014 8:32AM (Tournament); 83 Readers
Takes off to H1 finishes dangerously close to the WB.. nope its pulled up more than we think and finishes 3 inches shy of it
15 Jan 2014 8:33AM (Tournament); 81 Readers
Croquet stroke from C1 gets a good rush to h5 but his h6 pioneer is 3y NE of it
15 Jan 2014 8:35AM (Tournament); 84 Readers
After 5 rushes down to the SB, digs partner out to just E of h4 and gets a rush up to the ball NE of 6.. back in control now
15 Jan 2014 8:36AM (Tournament); 83 Readers
Rushes back to SB after 6.. I'm going to guess we will see a spread
15 Jan 2014 8:37AM (Tournament); 84 Readers
After 2b the Kindle has been put down and the practice swing is out. In the meantime Westerby has adjusted the peg ball, made 3B and is adjusting the peg ball again
15 Jan 2014 8:45AM (Tournament); 96 Readers
Looks good. Just adjusting the final position of the balls near EB and its a solid start for Westerby
15 Jan 2014 8:48AM (Tournament); 96 Readers
Mulliner lifts the peg ball..
15 Jan 2014 8:49AM (Tournament); 102 Readers
It must be close he's steering it again...
15 Jan 2014 8:49AM (Tournament); 101 Readers
Nope into c4
15 Jan 2014 8:50AM (Tournament); 99 Readers
Aaron approaching h1 from 1yE
15 Jan 2014 8:53AM (Tournament); 103 Readers
I'm predicting a nice tight break to the peg, no look at the delayed TP from him
15 Jan 2014 8:53AM (Tournament); 104 Readers
Good croquet stroke from H1 loading 3 going to 2
15 Jan 2014 8:55AM (Tournament); 111 Readers
Good take off to the ball in C4 after 3 but his H4 pioneer is further NW than what he would have liked.. good shot, tight rush an good pioneer at h5
15 Jan 2014 8:59AM (Tournament); 116 Readers
Rushes partner up to 4b after h4 finishes 3y SW.. croquets partner to 1inch SW of 4b leaves B in a good escape position and comes down to 5.. goes to far and won't get a rush out of h5 now
15 Jan 2014 9:02AM (Tournament); 119 Readers
Catches a lot of wire going through h5. Big croquet stroke coming up now .. good 1b but has a 4y yarder on partner
15 Jan 2014 9:04AM (Tournament); 124 Readers
Peel attempt from 5ft bounces off RH wire but has a good rush to h6
15 Jan 2014 9:04AM (Tournament); 120 Readers
Makes h6 and aborts the TP partner goes to 2B as he goes accross to 1b
15 Jan 2014 9:08AM (Tournament); 125 Readers
Has made 2b an back in complete control now. i expect we will see another spread
15 Jan 2014 9:11AM (Tournament); 127 Readers
Its on its way for a spread, has currently made penult
15 Jan 2014 9:19AM (Tournament); 129 Readers
Makes rover, positioning the WB ball now.. 4 yards off the line, tidying up the peg ball now
15 Jan 2014 9:21AM (Tournament); 132 Readers
Good leave, Mulliner lifts the peg ball and heads to c3 again..
15 Jan 2014 9:26AM (Tournament); 128 Readers
Average rush over, coruqets R to 9yW of the peg gets a cut rush to 4b an will be approaching from 7yN
15 Jan 2014 9:27AM (Tournament); 135 Readers
Coruqets is a new word btw.. hope you all know what it means..
15 Jan 2014 9:27AM (Tournament); 134 Readers
Approach has a good deep ball.. runs the 5ft hoop by nothing.. if he's open on B here I think he's a very lucky fellow
15 Jan 2014 9:28AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Is open on B.. hits, has a look at where he needs to go to get to R.. taking croquet from NB level with 6.. neary sends B off the SB as its in baulk line! No rush to penult and is taking off from 5y SSW
15 Jan 2014 9:31AM (Tournament); 133 Readers
Runs it to the worse possible position.. finishes 2y NE of Rover.. has an 8 yarder on parnter.. middles it with control..
15 Jan 2014 9:32AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Will take off to K in c4.. has a 5 yader..
15 Jan 2014 9:33AM (Tournament); 141 Readers
No problems... takes off to B.. no rush has a massive take off now..
15 Jan 2014 9:34AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Tough hoop now.. 1 yard 25 degrees?
15 Jan 2014 9:35AM (Tournament); 145 Readers
Sails it through and has a 3y rush to just N of 1 on WB.. partner is 4yS of H2
15 Jan 2014 9:35AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Dribbles at it.. rushes it to h1.. another big take off now..
15 Jan 2014 9:36AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Falls short.. finishes with a rush to c3.. will be attempting the peg out from 7y W of h6
15 Jan 2014 9:38AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Misses with the front ball.. finishes 3ySW of h4.. back ball 2yN of the peg
15 Jan 2014 9:40AM (Tournament); 144 Readers
Doesn't peg the second off an goes to c2..
15 Jan 2014 9:40AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Nope.. changing his mind..
Going to peg it off..
15 Jan 2014 9:42AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Nope changes his mind again an goes c2
15 Jan 2014 9:43AM (Tournament); 141 Readers
Mulliner lifts the ball in c4.. goes to the edge of a baulk an is taking the 7 yarder at R..
15 Jan 2014 9:44AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
15 Jan 2014 9:44AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
Remember there is a ball by h1 an he is away. Peg an Peg vs 1 an break
15 Jan 2014 9:45AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
Makes 1 with a southwards rush, takes off to c2, loads 3 but doesn't get a rush to h2. Should be fine, approaching from 3y SSE
15 Jan 2014 9:47AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
No problems, makes h2 an 3 an is away
15 Jan 2014 9:49AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Makes h4.. what leave do you make for peg an peg vs 1 an 4b?
15 Jan 2014 9:52AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Approaching 1b off partner has both oppo balls at 2b.. will be be playing for a ball on the back of h1?
15 Jan 2014 9:57AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
That idea goes out the window.. Mulliner making 3b with all 4 balls around it
15 Jan 2014 10:00AM (Tournament); 145 Readers
Currently making an NSL
15 Jan 2014 10:04AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
Hits the 5 yarder after making 3b, croquets R to 7yE of WB level with peg going to partner, croquets this to EB going to y by 3b, positions this an lags back at partner
15 Jan 2014 10:06AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Lag looks short.. is it a double from A baulk?
15 Jan 2014 10:08AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
Massive double from SB in between h1 an h5
15 Jan 2014 10:09AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
He's found his spot, lifts the WB ball and heads to A baulk
15 Jan 2014 10:10AM (Tournament); 146 Readers
Top shot from the skipper. G1 should be all over
15 Jan 2014 10:11AM (Tournament); 149 Readers
That was a good reward for leaving the 2nd ball on after the peg out. Has a 2ft rush to the peg..
15 Jan 2014 10:12AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
Good rush to the peg, pegs out from 1ft. Great start for the team in black.
G1 Westerby 26-9
15 Jan 2014 10:13AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
15 Jan 2014 10:22AM (Tournament); 145 Readers
Aaron takes his rush to H1 and plays it very well, Stephen's ball finishing about 1yd SW of H1.
15 Jan 2014 10:25AM (Tournament); 132 Readers
Sends out a H3 pioneer, going to the ball on the EB. Takes off to partner in C2 and rolls off H2, finishing with a 2yd angled hoop. Hits into the near wire and bounces about 2yd directly west of H2.
15 Jan 2014 10:29AM (Tournament); 127 Readers
The place that Aaron's ball ended up dissuaded Stephen from shooting, as the shot was half-guarded.
Aaron now has a 7 yarder at partner which he nicks to the N Bdy. Takes off to Stephen's balls on EB and hits. Bumps one of Stephen's balls towards H3 and gets a good rush to H2.
15 Jan 2014 10:33AM (Tournament); 131 Readers
Runs H2 to the NB and hits 3 yarder at partner.
Obtains rush on H2 reception ball to the EB and rushes it well, just south of blue.
15 Jan 2014 10:35AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Aaron fails H3 off Stephen's ball.
15 Jan 2014 10:38AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Stephen hits Aaron's ball in H3 and loads it to H2, getting a rush pointing near to H3. His partner ball is about peg high and 7 yards in from EB so he'll need a good take off.
15 Jan 2014 10:40AM (Tournament); 149 Readers
Gets a 2 yard rush which is snicks to directly south of H4.
15 Jan 2014 10:40AM (Tournament); 147 Readers
Stephen plays a defensive roll to H1 and makes a leave.
15 Jan 2014 10:46AM (Tournament); 152 Readers
Rushes to C3-ish and stops a pioneer down to H4-ish.
15 Jan 2014 10:48AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
Mulliner hits the 12 yarder on the h3 reception ball.. has Westerby's R still in the jaws of 3 and a ball 5y SW of h1 so very good opportunity here
15 Jan 2014 10:50AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Good take off from c3 to c1 has a 2y rush pointing at c4.. taps it an has the 5y approach. That's got a lot of brown stuff around that hoop so not an easy appraoch
15 Jan 2014 10:52AM (Tournament); 154 Readers
Very good approach has less than a 1 footer
Average croquet stroke loading 3 going to 2 and Mulliner misses a 5y dribble at his pioneer for h2
15 Jan 2014 10:54AM (Tournament); 151 Readers
Westerby now has an 8 yarder from c3 to near h3 with his h3 ball or a 7 yarder from W of h2 to a ball E of h2
15 Jan 2014 10:54AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Hits the 8 yarder with his h3 ball and can he get off this hoop!
15 Jan 2014 10:59AM (Tournament); 162 Readers
Makes h3, still a few good
15 Jan 2014 11:00AM (Tournament); 164 Readers
shots required before the break is out but the balls are in court so its going to be a big rush to h4 to get the control he wants
Rush to 4 is shorter than he would have liked but a good appraoch an a good h4 an he should be away now
15 Jan 2014 11:03AM (Tournament); 161 Readers
Aaron in control now approaching 2b
15 Jan 2014 11:11AM (Tournament); 157 Readers
It's going to be another spread
15 Jan 2014 11:12AM (Tournament); 159 Readers
Backwards takeoff to 3b
15 Jan 2014 11:13AM (Tournament); 156 Readers
No problems but has a southwards rush. Good croquet shot and will be a nice leave
15 Jan 2014 11:15AM (Tournament); 152 Readers
Mulliner misses the long lift. Can't believe it
15 Jan 2014 11:23AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Runs a very good h1 with control
15 Jan 2014 11:24AM (Tournament); 155 Readers
Aaron fails h3
15 Jan 2014 11:29AM (Tournament); 156 Readers
Mulliner trying to establish a break
15 Jan 2014 11:30AM (Tournament); 156 Readers
Loads h2 rush to h1 finishes s of 1 and not by much so will be an angled hoop
15 Jan 2014 11:32AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Very angled maybe 18 inches 40 degrees
15 Jan 2014 11:33AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Doesn't take it on goes 7y South of c2
15 Jan 2014 11:37AM (Tournament); 151 Readers
Players have stopped for lunch watch this space
15 Jan 2014 11:38AM (Tournament); 148 Readers
Aaron plays the ball near h1 to c1
15 Jan 2014 12:24PM (Tournament); 114 Readers
Mulliner misses 10 yarder at partner
15 Jan 2014 12:24PM (Tournament); 113 Readers
Westerby hits with his h3 ball from n of 3 to the balls on the eb
15 Jan 2014 12:25PM (Tournament); 114 Readers
Over approaches h3 and has a wide join near partner in c1 on the sb
15 Jan 2014 12:33PM (Tournament); 116 Readers
15 Jan 2014 12:37PM (Tournament); 115 Readers
Mulliner* misses and Aaron digging out a break
15 Jan 2014 12:38PM (Tournament); 114 Readers
Runs h5 to far.. is he wired from partner who is at 5 and his h6 pioneer which is N of 6???
15 Jan 2014 12:41PM (Tournament); 115 Readers
Nope he's OK! Break back under control now
15 Jan 2014 12:41PM (Tournament); 119 Readers
Currently approach 2b and in control
15 Jan 2014 12:46PM (Tournament); 120 Readers
Approaching penult now.. still not sure what the leave will be. I'm guessing another spread
15 Jan 2014 12:53PM (Tournament); 116 Readers
Tough angled penult...
15 Jan 2014 12:56PM (Tournament); 120 Readers
Runs it to applause of the crowd.. Hits 5y return
15 Jan 2014 12:58PM (Tournament); 117 Readers
Another slightly angled rover..
15 Jan 2014 12:59PM (Tournament); 120 Readers
15 Jan 2014 1:00PM (Tournament); 122 Readers
It's going to be a spread, with Mulliners H2 ball at the peg. Mulliners other ball is on H1 and Westerby is currently 4b an peg
15 Jan 2014 1:01PM (Tournament); 121 Readers
It's a very very solid turn from him under the conditions
15 Jan 2014 1:03PM (Tournament); 123 Readers
Mulliner lifts his h2 ball an heads to A baulk.. looks close but not today
15 Jan 2014 1:04PM (Tournament); 127 Readers
Westerby makes 4b.. has a 3y rush on reception ball to WB with penult pioneer 7y W of penult
15 Jan 2014 1:08PM (Tournament); 123 Readers
Perfect rover pioneer and has a 1y rush to penult
15 Jan 2014 1:09PM (Tournament); 124 Readers
Approaching penult from 2y NNW
15 Jan 2014 1:09PM (Tournament); 126 Readers
Runs penult.. rushes partner level with Rover
15 Jan 2014 1:10PM (Tournament); 124 Readers
Leaves it there for security
15 Jan 2014 1:11PM (Tournament); 123 Readers
Rushes to 1y E of the peg, finishes to a big round of applause!
NZ 10 ENG 6
I'm off to give that man a hug. Brilliant match from the NZ skipper
15 Jan 2014 1:12PM (Tournament); 126 Readers
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