Match report for Day 2.
Day got off to a sunny start with the Anne and Chris Alvey playing each other having both won 3 matches on Day 1.
Anne knocked Chris all over the lawn to take the win by 17 and move into the afternoon games as the clear leader.
David Cornes, Paul Dowdall, Philip Bass, Barbara Young & Steve Skelton also took victories I the mornings play.
The afternoon had the potential to make it a tie break situation for second place, but the final standings were
joint 3rd were John Henderson, David Cornes and Philip Snowdon all with three wins, runner up Chris Alvey with four
and tournament winner Anne Alvey having won all five.
Anne reduced her handicap to 18 whilst David Cornes had his handicap reduced to 14 by tournament handicapper Paul Rigge.
Tournament under-manager Liz Wilson and all of the players would like to extend their thanks to Paul Rigge and
Pendle & Craven Croquet club for their organisation and hospitality
National Forest GC Championship Qualifier @ Ashby on the 27/28th June
Jack & Graham Good played @ Ashby on the 27/28th June.
It was in the National Forest GC Championship a qualifying round of the season long (but somewhat curtailed) Ascot Cup.
Given the CA's rather enthusiastic interpretation of the Covid-19 Regulations the field was limited to 12.
We also had to take our own clips, ball markers and even pens to record scores.
In Pool 'B' Graham was seeded 4th but massively outplayed his ranking to finish 2nd - thus guaranteeing a place in the semi but also qualification in the end of season Final.
In Pool 'A' Jack lost 5/5, the scores were 7-6, 7-6, 7-5, 7-4 & 7-4 but they did include the UK #7 and #32.
Sunday saw Graham lose the semi 3-7, 6-7 to Ian Burridge, the 2 hour drive and straight on to play probably not helping.
For Covid reasons (lawn allocation) there was no 3/4 play-off.
The Final between Ian Burridge & Rachel Rowe was a true epic. Ian went 2-0 and 6-1 up but Rachel won the last 3 games all by 7-6 to take the trophy.
An event that we will remember for a long time.
The Covid rules (as applied) need some serious thinking about but many have already been superseded by changes to Regulations.
Everyone knew what they were letting themselves in for and it was a true shame that one individual did not 'go with the flow'.
If they were that unhappy perhaps a graceful withdrawal would have been more appropriate!
Report by Graham Good
Many members were kind enough to turn up on Sunday to help clean out the club house,
tidy the gardens and re mark out the lawns.
We had a reasonable day weatherwise, just a short downpour just after lunch.
Thanks to all who attended.
We welcomed members along with guests from Culcheth to our Annual pre-season dinner
at Breightmet Golf Club. An enjoyable and convivial evening, dinners enjoyed an excellent
meal whilst being entertained by excellent vocalist John Richie.
After the meal, the 2019 season trophies were presented to the triumphant winners.
The well supported raffle had some great prizes and we also held an auction.
Both the raffle and the auction went well, with quality items battled over with
plenty of 'friendly' bids and counter bids. The auction items were offered at extra
low starting prices, and thanks to the wonderful generosity of our members we raised a fine amount.
On the night from the raffle, auction and sales of dinner tickets, we raised £417.
Thank you to all those who contributed to the raffle, auction, organisation and to Susan Hardman for the lovely
Yet again, what a great turnout for the annual quiz.
We had 59 members with family and friends.
Anne and Chris Alvey did the usual splendid job of not only organising the quiz
questions but also the wonderful food – meat & potato pie plus cheese & onion pie.
The quiz was competitive and the food was delicious!
Elaine Bretherton made some wonderful trifles and supplied a lovely array of cakes.
The evening culminated in a raffle where we saw many lovely prizes. Total profit made from the night £448.08.
Many thanks go to Anne and Chris but also to everyone who helped by laying out
tables and chairs, dishing out the food and clearing up after the event.
The winners for (at least) 3 times on the run were the Anderton Family.
Bury Croquet once again were pleased to welcome members and friends from Culcheth Croquet Club
for a closed season social visit on Tuesday 18th February 2020.
Six guests from Culcheth joined 18 Bury Croquet members for indoor play at Whitehead Park clubhouse.
An informal fun all play all tournament took place, 20 minute timed games.
Much laughter and friendly banter ensued and an enjoyable time was had by all.
5 players achieved 10 hoops across their games.
Two of these, Janet & Jeannie from Culcheth unfortunately had to leave before the playoff, so they will
have to a play off at their club to decide the winner.
The prize was accepted by Culcheth Chairman Alan on their behalf.
The other 3 players Mark from Culcheth, Barbara Young & Lynne Mather from Bury took part in the play off,
with new Bury member Lynne being overall winner.
Lynne was congratulated by all and presented with her prize by Bury Chairman Barbara Young.
Guests & members enjoyed refreshments and biscuits throughout the day, and whilst play took place
Elaine Bretherton organised a birthday card making session that a number of ladies enjoyed,
producing some very professional results.
As ever thanks also due to club president David Barrett and secretary Margaret Eccles for organising and scoring the games.
Once again Bury CC members attended Hollywood Bowl........ (Bury!) for the Annual 10 Pin bowling evening.
The event was well attended this year with 20 playing members plus supporters.
We took over 5 lanes with some members playing 2 games and some 3 games.
As ever a great night was had by all, and we were very pleased to welcome a number of new members that joined last season.
Barbara Young, organised it as usual with David Barrett monitoring scores, and we all enjoyed it tremendously.
2 Game Matches:
Lane 13. Derek Deadman – average score 95.5
Lane 14. Lynne Driver – average score 109
Lane 15. Phil Mather – average score 80.5
3 Game Matches:
Lane 10: Simon Attwell – average score 107.3
Lane 12: Ken Anderton – average score 134.3
OVERALL WINNER: KEN ANDERTON with a magnificent 370 total and average of 134.3.
Ken also achieved the highest score for an individual game.
The event raised £50.00 for club funds.
Thanks to everyone for their support.
Report by Roy Spencer
Remember our next social event is the club quiz on Saturday 22nd February 2020.