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Good morning from Surbiton.
And it is good - sunshine though it's just clouded over.
11 Jul 2021 9:34AM (Tournament); 8 Readers
The sunshine has prompted me to retreat deeper into the Management tent.
I can still see all the hoops on lawn 3, and most of the corners.
Management not here yet, which means I don't have a socket.
Battery might run out soon as I did the last game last night from nearer the lawn.
11 Jul 2021 9:37AM (Tournament); 7 Readers
Statto has furnished some stats:
[This] will be the 11th Reg v Robert final. First was in 1995.
Reg leads 6-4
Both are on 11 Opens wins - the record - Solomon had 10
11 Jul 2021 9:43AM (Tournament); 9 Readers
I'm all plugged in now.
Besides the Championship Final, we have the Plate Play-off between Mark Suter and Jamie Burch. (lawn 2, best-of-3)
And an 8 man knock-out for the Z. Details on croquetscores should you care.
11 Jul 2021 9:49AM (Tournament); 10 Readers
The most recent Fulford v Bamford Opens Final was in 2017 at Hurlingham.
Reg Bamford beat Robert Fulford -25sxp, -3, +20sxp, +26sxp, +19sxp
I dare say we can expect more sextuples today.
11 Jul 2021 9:53AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Both players here, no practising yet.
We should be underway at 10 o'clock, but I bet it'll be closer to quarter past.
11 Jul 2021 9:55AM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Fulford seems to be practising laying the northern tice.
On first turn, will he be going for the supershot (hitting hoop 5?
I don't know, I have no expert to guide me at present.
11 Jul 2021 10:04AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Bamford is testing the east boundary.
11 Jul 2021 10:04AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Now 10:08 so I've won my bet that it'll be closer to quarter past.
Who's your money on today? (I'm not offering odds!)
11 Jul 2021 10:09AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Bamford seems to have had enough practice.
11 Jul 2021 10:11AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
11 Jul 2021 10:12AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
G1T1 Bamford Black 9y N of 4th corner.
G1T2 Fulford Red northern tice: 11y W of B-baulk, presumably in lawn a bit.
11 Jul 2021 10:13AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
G1T3 Bamford Blue shoots at Black from A-baulk. Misses on the southside. Comes on 1'or 18" N of Black.
11 Jul 2021 10:15AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
G1T4 Fulford Yellow at Red (11y)...
11 Jul 2021 10:16AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
... Fulford misses. May have been nearer 10y. Yellow is just S of 2nd corner.
11 Jul 2021 10:17AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
G1T5 Bamford Black rushes Blue near 3. Takes off 4 or 5y shy of Red. Rushes Red into 2nd corner. Stops Red a yard or so into lawn. Rushes Yellow 7 or 8' west of 1.
Good approach. Thru the hoop. If he can make 2 you'd expect him to go round from here. Not all the way round, ,obvs. Six hoops and a spread.
11 Jul 2021 10:22AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
G1T5 After 1, Bamford Black rushes Yellow near 4, good take-off to Blue, rushes Blue to 2nd corner. Red is further in-lawn than I thought.
Black stops Blue 3y E of 2, rushes Red to 2, makes hoop.
11 Jul 2021 10:24AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Nick Parish is horning in on Statto's territory:
I looked up some stats for the Surbiton Facebook page. Rob has reached 18 finals and Reg 17. 10 of those finals were against each other.
Weirdly, early only it tended only to be one or the other who reached the final. Of the first 8 finals in which one of them featured, only one involved them both.
They have only ever lost 3 finals not to the other - each has lost once to Mulliner and Reg lost to Jimbo two years ago.
From what I’ve seen Rob has shown superior break play but Reg has shot better. I’m going for Rob in 4.
11 Jul 2021 10:29AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
G1T5 Bamford Black makes 6 off Red. Yellow is already 1' E of peg, Blue 2y E of peg.
Black rushes Red east of Blue, croquets it 2 yards in from west yardline, north of peg-high.
Black taps Yellow, little take-off, Yellow now very close to peg.
I've had a quick squint. Yellow will rush close enough to 1.
Blue has rush on Black from 12y N of 4th corner.
11 Jul 2021 10:35AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
G1T6 Fulford lifts Yellow to B-baulk. Misses to 1'W of 4th corner.
11 Jul 2021 10:35AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Bamford is affably chatting to a spectator.
11 Jul 2021 10:36AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
So if you didn't know what six hoops and a spread meant, you do now.
11 Jul 2021 10:37AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
G1T7 Bamford Blue rushes Black to west bdry. Black to 2, slight cut rush on Red. Pretty good rush. He's thru 1, 2with northward rush.
How will he extract Yellow from 4th corner?
11 Jul 2021 10:40AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
G1T7 Bamford Blue declines his rush on Red, takes off to Yellow, hits it.
Big shot - the Hogan roll. Yellow close to 3, Blue close enough to Black.
11 Jul 2021 10:43AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Love and kisses to Fag-End Spice.
11 Jul 2021 10:43AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
G1T7 Bamford Blue fails to get posi for 1-back peel after 2. Perhaps he ran 2 too cleanly? Take-off to Red. Thick take-of sends Red to 4 as Black goes to Yellow
11 Jul 2021 10:46AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
After 3 Bamford Blue rushes Yellow to N bdry behind 2. I think Yellow will go between 1 and 5, hoping for 2-back peel before 5.
He's got to get the 1-back peel first!
11 Jul 2021 10:48AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Yellow is croqueted 5' NE of 1. Maybe I do know what I'm talking about.
Bamford Black trying to peel Black thru 1-back going to Red, which is 4y NNW of 4.
That's a good stroke. Black peeled to roughly peg-high, Blue nice on Red.
11 Jul 2021 10:50AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
After 4 Bamford Blue rushes Red 4 or 5' NW of Black.
Where's Red going?
4y N of 1.
Dolly rush of Black to peeling posi at 2-back, but he overhits it, Black ends up just east of east wire.
Facing west for this shot, he puts Black a few inches north of 2-back.
Now has 2y rush to 5, that'll do.
11 Jul 2021 10:55AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
After 5 Bamford Blue rushes Yellow 5y S of 1. Croquets Yellow 4y SW of 1-back.
Blue is 3 or 4' from Black. Rush-peel...
11 Jul 2021 10:58AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
... fails. It's not even in front of hoop.
Sextuple definitely behind schedule now.
11 Jul 2021 10:59AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Unless he does something clever I haven't thought of, Bamford will need a straight quintuple to finish.
After 6 he rushes Red toward 1. Hoping for a miraculous promotion?? No such luck, Red is 3y SW of 1.
Croquets Red 3y ESE of 1. Taps Black. Take-off to Yellow at 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 11:03AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Black is back in front of 2-back. Really needs a rush after 1-back. I'd have thought southward, but it's actually pointing south-east.
Cuts Yellow 5y NW of 5.
Take off to get posi for rush-peel.
Blue is 2' from Black.
This time he does get the rush-peel.
11 Jul 2021 11:07AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
Bamford needs straight quad to finish sextuple.
11 Jul 2021 11:08AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
After making 2-back, Bamford Blue croquets Red 2 or 3y south of 4-back. Rushes Yellow near Black. Black is within 2' of 3-back.
11 Jul 2021 11:10AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Irish peel of 3-back coming up...
Black well thru, maybe 4y SW of 4-back.
Blue is also thru, but only by inches.
Bamford's mallet is straight up in the air.
First he wants the ref to bang the carrots in a bit.
Yellow is about 5y away.
The way he's lining up it seems Blue landed fortunately.
Yes, he has hit Yellow.
11 Jul 2021 11:15AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
After 3-back Bamford Blue croquets Yellow 2y E of penult. Rushes Red SW of Black.
Can he rush Black to peeling position?
Rush not great one yard away, 15 or 20 degrees.
(You do realize I can't rush onto lawn with protractor and tape measure for every hoop approach. All measurements approximate.)
11 Jul 2021 11:19AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Black is peeled thru 4-back, I think, but may still be in jaws.
Blue jumps over it to make 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 11:21AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Bamford Blue trying to bombard Black with Red.
Spending a lot of time lining this up.
11 Jul 2021 11:23AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
I wish I could tell you exactly where Black is.
Can I walk 30y there and back before Bamford's played his shot?
11 Jul 2021 11:24AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford Blue bombards Black 5y NW of penult.
Blue taps Yellow, takes off to Black.
Rush leaves Black a few feet in front of penult
Bamford has spent a lot of this turn on his knees.
11 Jul 2021 11:27AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Penult peel thru by 4 or 5y. Peg is in the way of rushing it on front of rover.
Bamford Blue runs penult, rushes Yellow back beyond Red, croquets Yellow 2y SE of rover, rushes Red near Black.
More bombardment? No.
Big shot, this rush. Big in importance, not size.
Black just misses the peg.
Two yard peel, ten degrees.
11 Jul 2021 11:32AM (Tournament); 43 Readers
Bamford's rover peel hits near wire, bounces 4' east of hoop.
Blue runs rover.
11 Jul 2021 11:33AM (Tournament); 38 Readers
A runner informs me that the rover peel attempt was longer than I thought, 3y+.
After rover, Bamford Blue rushes Yellow a few yards south of 3rd corner. Too close to the corner.
Bamford thinking. He is conceding contact.
11 Jul 2021 11:38AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Bamford Blue croquets Yellow down the east bdry going to Red near the peg. Yellow is 5y N of 4th corner, maybe 1' in-lawn.
11 Jul 2021 11:39AM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Bamford Blue rushes Red off east bdry a couple of yards north of Yellow.
Takes off to Black, little bit short if he wants to go to second corner.
Blue rushes Black 10y south of 2nd corner, croquets it a foot or two south of second corner.
Blue to 3rd corner.
Clips: Fulford 1 & 1, Bamford Black rover Blue peg.
11 Jul 2021 11:45AM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Sixty-five minute turn there; more thinking is required when things don't go smoothly.
11 Jul 2021 11:47AM (Tournament); 34 Readers
G1T8 Fulford Red takes croquet from Black, taking off to Blue, then taking off to Yellow, 3 or 4' shy of getting a good rush.
Red rushes Yellow off S bdry behind 4.
Scooping to hoop 1.
Pretty good shot, he has a chance at hoop. 5', 10 deg.?
11 Jul 2021 11:50AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Fulford fails 1.
11 Jul 2021 11:50AM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Red and Yellow are 6 or 7y apart.
G1T9 Bamford Black at Blue (25y).....
11 Jul 2021 11:52AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Bamford misses. He seemed interested.
11 Jul 2021 11:52AM (Tournament); 35 Readers
G1T10 Fulford Red snicks Yellow.
11 Jul 2021 11:53AM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Burch has won the first game of the Plate play-off 16sxp.
G1T10 Fulford Red takes off to Black, rushes Blue ...
11 Jul 2021 11:55AM (Tournament); 37 Readers
... into the peg!
Blue bounces to 3y W of peg.
Fulford Red croquets Blue toward 4th corner, trying to approach 1 but not quite the correct angle.
Red and Yellow joined up north of 1.
11 Jul 2021 11:57AM (Tournament); 36 Readers
G1T11 Bamford Black at Blue (30y). Doesn't like it. Misses to south bdry.
11 Jul 2021 12:00PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
G1T12 Fulford Yellow rushes Red off south bdry. Croquets Red near 2. Rushes Blue off a yard or so north of 4th corner.
Yellow rushes Black to 1 Misapproaches hoop. Looks to be worse than 45 degrees. Joins up with Red.
Fulford hasn't settled yet.
11 Jul 2021 12:05PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
G1T13 Bamford Black shoots at Blue (17y). Misses to near 4th corner.
11 Jul 2021 12:06PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
G1T14 Fulford Yellow rushes Red about halfway between 1 and 2. Takes off to Black. Blue is 2y S of 4.
Black is croqueted between 6 and the peg.
Cut rush of Blue required, good shot.
At last Fulford makes a hoop.
11 Jul 2021 12:10PM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Fulford has 4-ball break.
11 Jul 2021 12:12PM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Fulford has put a ball to 1-back, presumably for leave purposes. Surely he'll be stopping after 6?
11 Jul 2021 12:19PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Pete Trimmer's done a sextuple in the Z.
Only two games finished today, both sextuples.
Fulford has made 6.
11 Jul 2021 12:21PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
After 6 Fulford Yellow rushes Black near 2nd corner, croquets it 4y NE of 4.
I think Blue is already in the desired position, just SW of 2.
Yellow rushes Red off west bdry.
Leaves Red a few feet noth of peg-high, Yellow 4' NNE of Red.
Do I recall a similar leave in 2017? Bamford did the wrong thing and Fulford's sxp was soon reduced to a standard qp.
11 Jul 2021 12:25PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
G1T15 Bamford lifts Black to B-baulk. Misses Yellow. Black is replaced just north of Red.
11 Jul 2021 12:27PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
I'm sure this is what happened in 2017, though Bamford's clips would have been different.
G1T16 Fulford Red taps Black, rushes Yellow and attempts 1-back peel.
Cut rush of Blue to 1 ends up 10' shy.
Runs hoop, almost to north bdry.
11 Jul 2021 12:30PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Yellow wasn't where I thought.
Red hits Yellow (7y), it's spat out in front of 1-back.
Red peels Yellow to within a yard of 2-back, going to Blue.
Blue is croqueted to 3. Sometimes in a sextuple, pioneers are actually at the appropriate hoop.
11 Jul 2021 12:34PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
After 3, Fulford Red croquets Blue between 4 and 5. Hoping to peel 3-back before 5.
But he can only jaws the 2-back peel before 4.
11 Jul 2021 12:39PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
After 4 Fulford Red rushes Black say 7y SE of peg, takes-off to Yellow in 2-back, rush-peels it.
Rolls Yellow to 3-back, short of getting rush on Blue. Takes off to 5 from 4 or 5y. Makes it.
11 Jul 2021 12:42PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Fulford Red peels Yellow thru 3-back before 6. Yellow is peg-high.
11 Jul 2021 12:44PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Some thinking required.
Fulford Red will be making 1-back off Yellow.
Burch has won the plate with another sextuple.
11 Jul 2021 12:47PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
If all goes well, Fulford could be doing the 4-back peel after 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 12:48PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
No, he didn't get the rush. 4-back will be peeled before 3-back. At least that's the plan.
11 Jul 2021 12:49PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
All four balls are in a square yard south of 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 12:50PM (Tournament); 40 Readers
Fulford Red jawses Yellow in 4-back before 3-back.
11 Jul 2021 12:53PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Fulford Red rush-peels Yellow thru 4-back, rolls it to penult getting rush on Black to 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 12:55PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Fulford requires straight double peel to complete his sextuple.
11 Jul 2021 12:55PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Fulford's irish peel of penult goes well. Yellow is 3y NW of rover.
11 Jul 2021 12:58PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Fulford's irish peel of rover goes well.
11 Jul 2021 12:59PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
11 Jul 2021 1:00PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
G2T1 Fulford Black 8y N of 4th corner.
G2T2 Bamford Red just S of 2nd corner.
11 Jul 2021 1:03PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
G2T3 Fulford Blue misses Black from A-baulk. Comes on an inch or two north - a fat target.
G2T4 Bamford Yellow hits Black.
11 Jul 2021 1:05PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Bamford makes 1 off Blue, rushes back to Black, Black to 3y E of Red.
Take-off to Red slightly underhit.
Cuts Red 3y W of hoop 2.
Stoppo approach sending Red to 3.
Angled hoop bullied thru to the boundary
11 Jul 2021 1:12PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Bamfprd is having 4-ball break.
I am having lunch.
11 Jul 2021 1:15PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford has made 6 hoops and a spread.
11 Jul 2021 1:23PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
G2T5 Fulford lifts Blue (not Black by the peg) to B-baulk.
Hits Red centre-ball (22y), rushing it near 4th corner.
Not ideal rush on Yellow.
Overhits ten-yard take-off.
Cuts Black in the right direction, but 7y short of hoop.
Take-off approach yields 2y hoop.
Fails into middle of hoop.
11 Jul 2021 1:27PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Red has 10-yarder for the break.
I guess Bamford is lunching.
Which means... pudding time!
11 Jul 2021 1:29PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
G2T6 Bamford Red elects to take the slightly longer shot at yellow (12y). Hits.
Another sextuple attempt ahead.
11 Jul 2021 1:33PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Bamford Red POPs Blue thru 1. Not for any tactical reason, just to guarantee the break.
11 Jul 2021 1:37PM (Tournament); 26 Readers
G2T6 Bamford Red peels Yellow thru 1-back after 2.
11 Jul 2021 1:39PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Sorry my mistake. Bamford did the 1-back peel before 2.
11 Jul 2021 1:40PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
A chance to catch up on my emails.
Richard Hilditch has been in touch:
In 2017 in game 1 at Hurlingham Robert had the following leave after 1 pop according to your report:
Blue is left a few inches SW of 2. Red is 11y S of 2nd corner. Yellow maybe 5' NNE of Red. A sort of reverse NSL..
Is that the same as today?
Yes pretty much Richard. I also saw Samir Patel deploy a similar leave, with the fourth ball just north of 5.
11 Jul 2021 1:46PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
A smattering of applause tells me Bamford has peeled Yellow thru 2-back before 4. I'm guessing a relatively lengthy peel.
And Ailsa has been in touch.
Judging by speed and quality of play of the finalists, when do you think the match will finish?
Rather depends how many games are needed. If we have five games each as long as the first, um... about 1am.
There are time limits but no-one seems sure what they are.
Also has there been a measure of the speed of the lawn?
Apparently the lawns were measured at the start of the tournament, and all were 10.5 - 11 plummers.
Much the same now.
11 Jul 2021 1:52PM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Bamford has peeled Yellow thru 3-back before 6.
11 Jul 2021 1:54PM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Bamford has peeled Yellow thru 4-back before 2-back.
11 Jul 2021 2:00PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Misapproach to 2-back. Forty degree hoop. Powered thru to boundary.
11 Jul 2021 2:01PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
After 2-back, Bamford rushes Black into Yellow. He didn't want to do that. Dare say he'll cope.
11 Jul 2021 2:03PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Bamford Red playing big split from near 3rd corner. Yellow to penult, Red to Blue is the idea. Blue is 3y NW of 3--back.
That is pretty good. Yellow is a yard from penult. Red just beyond where he wanted it, so he won't be getting rush after 3-back.
11 Jul 2021 2:07PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Good roll after 3-back might earn Bamford an attempt at the penult peel before 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 2:09PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford has peeled Yellow thru penult before 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 2:10PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Bamford needs a straight rover peel to complete his sextuple.
11 Jul 2021 2:14PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Just a good rush to the peg needed now.
11 Jul 2021 2:19PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
11 Jul 2021 2:20PM (Tournament); 26 Readers
11 Jul 2021 2:21PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
G3T1 Bamford Black 9y N of 4th corner.
G3T2 Fulford Red northern tice. Shorter this time - 9y?
G3T3 Bamford Blue at Red...
11 Jul 2021 2:24PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
11 Jul 2021 2:26PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
G3T4 Fulford Yellow at Red / Blue.
Hits Red, rushing it 1' south of Blue.
11 Jul 2021 2:27PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Fulford Yellow rushes Blue 8y N of Black. Take off 2' short. Cuts Black 11y from hoop 1.
Considered scooping to the hoop. Instead played croquet stroke sending Black off in 1st corner, Yellow going off N bdry 5y from Red.
11 Jul 2021 2:34PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Richard Hilditch has the answer on time limits
Standard UK tournament conditions T1c2 specify
for matches that are best of five games, cumulative limits of 3, 5½, 7½, 9 and 10½ hours for each game. Time taken to complete a game after time has expired is deducted from that available for subsequent ones, subject to each game having a minimum time limit of 1½ hours. These are known as standard time limits.
It may even be that I invented these :-)
11 Jul 2021 2:37PM (Tournament); 20 Readers
G3T5 Bamford Blue misses Red (32y)
11 Jul 2021 2:39PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
G3T6 Fulford Yellow hits Red (5y). Red is 2' south of Blue, which is in second corner.
Yellow rushes Blue 5y East of Black.
Takes off short of Black.
Thru 1 with work needed to establish break.
11 Jul 2021 2:43PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Fulford Yellow approaching 2 from west bdry. Red is sent beyond 3, Yellow is short.
Yellow successfully scatters Red.
11 Jul 2021 2:46PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
G3T7 Bamford Black hits Red (15y).
11 Jul 2021 2:48PM (Tournament); 26 Readers
G3T7 Bamford Black is thru 1, should pick up break from here.
11 Jul 2021 2:52PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
G3T7 Bamford Black looking to POP Red thru 1, so that Fulford's clips would be 2 & 2, making potential sextuple trickier.
11 Jul 2021 3:02PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
G3T7 Bamford Black does POP Red thru 1 before 5.
11 Jul 2021 3:04PM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Bamford is dissatisfied with his rush to 6. No real problem.
11 Jul 2021 3:08PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Spread. Yellow (at the peg) will not rush to 2. Bamford was unable to get final rush on partner, so rolled them toward east bdry. Blue a couple of yards short, so is scattered to boundary. Blue's rush looks OK.
Clips: Fulford 2 & 2; Bamford Blue 1 Black 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 3:14PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
G3T8 Fulford lifts Yellow to B-baulk. Misses to 4th corner.
11 Jul 2021 3:15PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
G3T9 Bamford Blue rushes Black to Red, Red to 1. Approach to 1 lands in a hole. Ref is on.
Is it an old hoophole, or the normal hazard of an indifferent court
Ref decided it was special damage, perhaps from a jump shot, moved ball back by an inch.
11 Jul 2021 3:21PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Bamford Blue trying another Hogan roll from 4th corner. (as in G1T7)
Aims Yellow a bit wider this time, it's 5y SE of 3.
Makes 2 off Black
Peels Black thru 1-back going to Red near 2-back. Black is about ten yards thru.
11 Jul 2021 3:25PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
After 3 Bamford Blue rushes Yellow nearer Black than he'd like. Yellow ends up further north than he'd want.
Rush of Black to peeling posi at 2-back not perfect, but Black is peeled anyway.
11 Jul 2021 3:30PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Bamford peels Black thru 3-back before 6.
Manager is calculating points for the Solomon peeling prize.
So far this year players have scored 1109, eclipsing 2017's 915.
11 Jul 2021 3:39PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
After 1-back, Bamford Blue could only rush Yellow off the west bdry. Big roll over to 4-back where Black and Red await.
Yellow is not ideal, it's just east of 4-back and a bit north.
Bamford is perplexed.
11 Jul 2021 3:47PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Can he find a spot whence he can peel Black thru 4-back, getting a rush on Yellow to 3-back?
Not that he's made 2-back yet, mind.
11 Jul 2021 3:48PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Rush to 2-back not the best, rolling up from 4 or 5y. Good approach. Lot of wire but still runs it to boundary.
After 2-back, Bamford Blue rushes Red... into jaws of 5! He really didn't want to do that.
11 Jul 2021 3:53PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Ref is on. It's Linesy!
Ref is lying on the ground for some reason.
Player asking ref something. Oh for a hoop-mic!
Unclear how close he can get to Black and Yellow, nor if he can get Red out of the hoop.
11 Jul 2021 3:57PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Bamford is unlucky Red ended up where it has. It was a 3-yard cut-rush, hoping to get Red in the vicinity of 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 3:58PM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Didi think he was about to play a stroke there, but no.
Now he's wandering up to 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 4:00PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Clean take-off played. Blue a couple of yards from Black. Red still in middle of 5.
11 Jul 2021 4:00PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
One more stroke, and the ref is back on. Intricacy around 4-back. Not in position to peel Black thru hoop.
He will need straight triple peel to finish sextuple. Extracting Red out of 5 a priority, I'd suggest.
11 Jul 2021 4:03PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Ref needs hammer. May as well take bucket.
11 Jul 2021 4:05PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford's shot not as easy as it looked, I'm told.
Bamford Blue rushes Yellow to3-back. Makes hoop.
11 Jul 2021 4:09PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
After 3-back, Bamford rushes Yellow off south bdry.
Croquets Yellow 2y N of penult going to Red.
Rushes Red out of 5 to north bdry, 3y W of B-baulk.
Black is 5' E of 4-back.
Good shot required here.
11 Jul 2021 4:12PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Bamford plays good stroke.
Straight triple finish still plausible.
11 Jul 2021 4:13PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Bamford Blue peels Black thru 4-back straight. Runs hoop, jumping over peelee.
11 Jul 2021 4:15PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford Blue hits Red. Red is 3y from Black, but he seems to be lining up bombard.
Excellent shot garners applause.
11 Jul 2021 4:18PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Finish still very much possible. Maybe even favourite to finish.
11 Jul 2021 4:19PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Irish penult peel goes well. Peelee is 2y NW of rover.
After penult Bamford Blue rushes Yellow into Red, which doesn't matter.
11 Jul 2021 4:21PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Bamford Blue irish peels Black thru rover. Black finishes 1' shy of the white line.
He needs good take-off now from 5 or 6y NE...
11 Jul 2021 4:24PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
11 Jul 2021 4:25PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
My expert thinks their should be extra letters for that sort of thing.
eg sextuple with straight triple finish, stxp, straight quad finish sqxp.
11 Jul 2021 4:27PM (Tournament); 40 Readers
G4T1 Fulford Black 10y N of 4th corner.
G4T2 Bamford Yellow just S of second corner
G4T3 Fulford Blue at Black from A-baulk. Misses.
11 Jul 2021 4:29PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Blue comes on 18" north of Black.
G4T4 Bamford Red at Black from A-baulk...
11 Jul 2021 4:30PM (Tournament); 41 Readers
11 Jul 2021 4:31PM (Tournament); 41 Readers
Red is just N of Blue. May even be touching?
G4T5 Fulford Blue takes croquet from Red, stops it in-lawn, rushes Black to 1.
Makes 1 with eastward rush.
11 Jul 2021 4:34PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
After 1 Fulford Blue rushes Black to Red, then Red.. into hoop 2. Red bounces off 3 or 4y N of hoop.
Take-off approach, runs hoop 2.
Hits Red off N bdry, 5y E of Yellow.
Takes off to Yellow, bit short.
Cuts Yellow to 6y W of 5.
Big rolls ends Yellow3y NNW of 4th corner Blue nicely on Black.
Makes 3 off Black.
11 Jul 2021 4:40PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
After 3 Fulford Blue bonks Black southward (6-yarder).
Good take-off gives rush on Yellow.
Red is still behind hoop 2.
11 Jul 2021 4:41PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Fulford Blue makes 5 off Black, then takes off to Red. Yellow is at 6.
11 Jul 2021 4:45PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Fulford Blue has made 6. Spread, with Red at the peg. Two inches away, so not as tight as preferred by Bamford.
11 Jul 2021 4:48PM (Tournament); 30 Readers
G4T6 Bamford lifts Red to A-baulk.
Shooting at Black (16y).
The usual preparation. Standing 5 yards behind shot, hands by the side, not grasping the mallet yet.
11 Jul 2021 4:50PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
G4T6 Bamford Red picks up break.
11 Jul 2021 4:53PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Six hoops, one POP on Black, spread.
Not the most outrageous prediction.
11 Jul 2021 4:54PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Bamford Red POPs Black thru 1 before 5.
11 Jul 2021 5:02PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
_2 hours for a +24sxp game. The slow play needs to be dealt with _
Not sure if correspondent wishes to remain anonymous.
11 Jul 2021 5:06PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
That should have been in italics.
Crowd is dwindling. A dozen or so.
Bamford has ref on to do some gardening by the peg.
11 Jul 2021 5:09PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Bamford unhappy with ball by peg(Blue). It is very close, but to the NNE, not the east.
I've been out to have a look, I think Blue can see all of Black ten yards away.
Bamford leaves rush for Yellow from west boundary anyway.
11 Jul 2021 5:14PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Six hoops, one POP on Black, B-spread.
Clips: Fulford Black 2, Blue 1-back; Bamford Yellow 1, Red 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 5:14PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Fulford thinks for a long time, then lifts Black to B-baulk.
Blue wont rush anywhere near 1.
G4T7 Fulford Black at Blue from near 3rd corner.
Misses to just east of 1st corner.
11 Jul 2021 5:20PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
G4T8 Bamford Yellow rushes Red one yard east of Blue.
I've never seen as much bombardment as the last few days.
Here again, Bamford is aiming to knock Blue away from the peg with Red.
That goes well, though Red is now parked by the peg, won't rush to 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 5:25PM (Tournament); 47 Readers
G4T8 Bamford Yellow rushes Blue to 1st corner to get a cannon, Yellow ricochets Red away from the peg!
A nice cannon and suddenly the sextuple is all there.
11 Jul 2021 5:28PM (Tournament); 41 Readers
G4T8 Bamford Yellow jawses Red in 1-back after 2. I think that's all he was going for.
11 Jul 2021 5:34PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
After 3, Bamford Yellow rushes Black to 2y W of B-baulk.
Croquets Black very near Blue (3y NNE of 2-back), but he can still rush Blue to 4.
Rush-peels Red to just in front of 2-back, takes off to rush Blue to 4.
11 Jul 2021 5:39PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
After 4, Bamford Yellow rushes Blue to the end of A-baulk.
Croquets Blue to 6, Yellow short of position for rush-peel of Red.
Roquets Black instead. Takes off to rush Red to 5.
11 Jul 2021 5:43PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
After 5, Bamford Yellow rushes Red to 7' in front of 2-back.
The peel goes thru by 4 yards.
11 Jul 2021 5:46PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
After 6, Bamford Yellow rushes Blue 2 or 3y East of 1st corner.
Stops Blue 2y NW of 5.
Can he rush Red to peeling position at 3-back?
No, short of that.
Takes off to Black at 1-back.
11 Jul 2021 5:49PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
After 1-back, Bamford Yellow rushes Black into 4th corner.
Black is croqueted toward 4-back.
Trying to peel Red thru 3-back, getting rush on Blue (by 5) to 2-back.
Good stroke. Red is 10' east of 4-back.
11 Jul 2021 5:55PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
After 2-back, Bamford Yellow rushes Blue poorly. It's somewhere west of 2.
Rolls balls eastward, but Yellow doesn't reach Red.
Bamford will need a straight triple peel to complete sextuple.
11 Jul 2021 5:59PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Bamford Yellow rushes Black to 3-back. It finishes one foot directly north of hoop.
11 Jul 2021 6:01PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Angled hoop. He's played for hoop and rush. Good shot.
11 Jul 2021 6:02PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
Red is somewhere beyond 4-back. I think Bamford hoped Red would hit the hoop in an earlier croquet stroke.
Good rush of Red in front of 4-back.
Peel goes thru.
Again he runs hoop jumping over peelee.
More bombardment on the way, surely!
11 Jul 2021 6:05PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
After 4-back, Bamford Yellow rushes Blue one yard east of Red.
While he's lining that up, a selective history of multiple sextuple matches.
If Bamford finishes this turn, this will be the third 4 sextuple match.
The second four sextuple match was the 2017 Opens final, much mentioned today.
The first four sextuple match was the previous day, Fulford beating Mulliner 3-1.
The first three sextuple match was the 3rd place play-off at the 1997 Men's, Fulford beating Maugham 3-0.
Of course, should Bamford not finish this turn, this might be a 5 sextuple match!
11 Jul 2021 6:09PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Bamford is now lining up his irish peel at penult.
Red sails thru, just misses the peg, finishes less than a yard in front of rover!
Yellow taps Black, takes off back to Blue, rushes Blue near the peg.
11 Jul 2021 6:11PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Bamford Yellow is one straight rover peel away from his twelfth Croquet Championship.
11 Jul 2021 6:12PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
irish peel at rover.
Just a little take-off, and a rush too the peg.
11 Jul 2021 6:13PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Three yard peg-out...
11 Jul 2021 6:15PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
11 Jul 2021 6:15PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
That's all folks.
11 Jul 2021 6:21PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
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