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28 June - Fensome wins the Ladies Singles tournament

Top seed Helena Fensome regained the Ladies Singles tournament title and the huge cup today remaining undefeated through the five rounds.
Eight Ladies took part in this level play event and then adjourned for a lovely high tea, very kindly sponsored by Rosie Richardson (thank you very much indeed Rosie).
The closest game was the last one in the Red Block where Delia Norris won by one hoop against Dianne Browne, thereby avoiding Helena in the semi-final.
Madeleine Probert did well to reach her first singles semi-final but then fell to holder Delia.
Helena got the better of Dianne in the other semi, so, the final was a repeat of last season with Delia defending the cup against Helena.
Fortunes were reversed when Helena took control to win 7-4. Congratulations to Helena who becomes the first 'three time' winner of this event.
See the full results here:
29 June - PCC 'A' beat Littleton 6-1 and go top of the League

Phyllis Court 'A' made light of fielding a much changed team and travelled to Littleton (near Winchester) to record a convincing 6-1 victory.
This result puts our side top of the league undefeated but with some big matches still to come; most notably against Ryde and Winchester.
Roger Goldring captained the team for the first time and was the only player to have played in the previous two matches.
In came David Hopkins and Peter Haydon for their first league matches of the season and making is debut for the 'A' was Robin Coates, who stepped up in class from PCC 'B'.
The detail of thel results are still awaited but the league table has been updated already.
PCC 'A' - Roger Goldring (-1), David Hopkins (0), Peter Haydon (1), Robin Coates (5).

Current League Table

P
W
D
L
match wins
(rubbers)
Pts
  Phyllis Court A
3
3
0
0
18
6
  East Dorset
4
3
0
1
15.5
6
  Winchester
2
2
0
0
13
4
  High Wycombe
4
1
0
3
10.5
2
  Littleton
4
0
0
4
3
0
  Ryde A
1
0
0
1
3
0
  Blewbury






27 June - T. Peperell and Pitkeathly earn handicap reductions

Tony Peperell and Bill Pitkeathly are certainly improving their game this season and recent results have brought about well earned handicap reductions via the Automatic Handicapping System (AHS).
Peperell's handicap has reduced from 10 to 9 and Pitkeathley's from 11 to 10, but such is the latter's improvement, he has been given a further 'manual adjustment' by CA handicappers Chris Roberts and Frances Colman, so that he too now will play off the 9 mark - Congratulations gentlemen!
Current League Table

P
W
D
L
game wins
Pts
  Blewbury
4
2
1
1
28
5
  High Wycombe
4
2
1
1
25
5
  Phyllis Court C
4
1
2
1
25
4
  Basingstoke
4
1
2
1
23
4
  Harwell
3
1
0
2
14
2
  Phyllis Court B
2
0
1
1
11
1
  Wingrave
1
0
1
0
6
1
1 July - Roberts is 'Welsh', Allim gets points at Sussex and Hoppy in action at Blewbury

Three Phyllis Court players were in tournament action this weekend around the country.
The Welsh CA discovered that Chris Roberts' previous 10 residency in the Principality qualified him to play in the Welsh AC Championship - so he did and after an extremely quick main event exit at the hands of top seed Ian Burridge, Roberts won the plate event (even though nobody knew the whereabouts of the trophy!).
Raouf Allim helped High Wycombe to third place at their debut at the Southern Challenge GC team event at Southwick (near Brighton) and he is now closing in on a -1 handicap apparently.
Closer to home, David Hopkins found and AC tournament at Blewbury on Sunday and we await details of how he faired.

2 July - PCC 'C' lose unbeaten record at Harwell

Phyllis Court 'C' suffered their first defeat of the season at Harwell today.
Trailing 1-3 after the two doubles rounds (Delia Norris and debutant Bill Pitkeathley scoring the win for Phyllis Court), the 'C' had it all to do in the eight remaining singles games.
They slipped further behind in the first singles round when only captain Raghu Iyer was able to record a win.
And although wins from Norris and John Maguire halved the last singles, it was a disappointing 4-8 result for the hitherto unbeaten 'C'.
PCC 'C' - Raghu Iyer (5), Delia Norris (5), John Maguire (9), Bill Pitkeathley (9).

8 July - Roberts runner-up for 5th time at Ryde

Five runner-up places in a row at the Ryde GC Open is getting a bit ridiculous for Chris Roberts, who extended his run of 'always being the bridesmaid' this weekend.
In the scorching heat he dropped three block games but still came second in his side of the draw on Saturday, and then won through 'best of three' matches in the quarter and semi-finals.
But as so often before, he was beaten by a local man on his own turf and in this case our good friend Roy Tillcock too the spoils whilst Roberts added to his collection of 'silver' medals!
Phyllis Court's other representative David Hopkins was defending the 'plate' he won last year, but didn't get the run of the balls this time.
9 July - Phyllis Court reach National Semi-Finals with great come-back win at Sussex

A spirited come-back took Phyllis Court Croquet into the National Inter-Club Semi-Finals on Monday.
The Henley side were looking at a tough afternoon ahead, needing to win three of the four remaining singles rubbers in order to turn around the trailing lunchtime 1-2 score-line of their quarter-final tie against Sussex County, at Southwick (near Brighton).
Chris Roberts and Roger Goldring had lost their morning doubles rubber to the accurate centre-ball clearances of the hosts Liz Farrow and Richard Brooks 5-7, 3-7, and Phyllis Court's Helena Fensome had come second best to Chris Heath 4-7, 6-7.
However, confidence was gained by Raouf Allim's solid 7-4, 7-4 win over the Sussex captain Roger Sutton, and whilst he looked good for an afternoon success, the other rubbers had the feel of being too hard to call.
Once the second half of the fixture got under way, Fensome showed good fortitude after the morning's disappointment and rattled off a very quick dispatching of Sutton 4-7, 6-7 to level the match score.
Allim duly say off Heath 7-5, 7-5 which left the match hanging on the two senior singles rubbers with Roberts one game up in his but Goldring trailing.
Goldring pulled his rubber level as Roberts game approached its zenith with Farrow trading clearances and accurate ball placing with the Phyllis Court man.
It was inevitably going to come down to the odd error or loose shot in an increasingly high-quality ending which matched the high stakes.
Roberts was cleared three ties from the jaws of hoop 11 which would have sealed the game, rubber and match, but it was only when Farrow finally missed a crucial clearance at hoop 12 that Roberts ended the contest with much relief.
With the match result beyond doubt, Goldring's outstanding rubber was left as a tie giving a final score of 4.5 to 2.5 to Phyllis Court.
This now sets up a mouth-watering national semi-final tie for Phyllis Court at home to the very strong Dulwich club who will be led by Belgian captain Pierre Beaudry with team that are likely to all be ranked in the UK top 40.
PCC 'A': Chris Roberts (-1), Roger Goldring (-1), Raouf Allim (0), Helena Fensome (1)

Allim becomes a 'minus' player
Raouf Allim's four game wins today saw his handicap reduce to -1 for the first time which is due reflection of his increasing ability and familiarity with the GC game - Congratulation's Raouf!
10 July - PCC 'B' draw with Basingstoke

Captain Raymond Wood reports that PCC 'B' were held to a 6-6 draw by Basingstoke today, playing on courts at the Winchester club.
Star of the day was Hugh Crook who won both his singles games.
13 July - Alim wins the Open Singles 'Blue Ball' tournament
                 (as Coates impresses and reduces his handicap)

A great day's croquet collimated victory in our top ranked Open Singles tournament for Raouf Allim today.
He lost only once in his seven games and was a clear two wins ahead of the pack at the end.
Robin Coates had a wonderful day as the pre-tournament 'outsider' and end ended wit three wins when his seeding predicted none.
He reduced his handicap to 4 for the first time and congratulations to him.
Elsewhere, the rest of the filed robbed gams off each other whilst Allim looked to be the in form player from the off.
He was beaten just the once by Chris Roberts, who finished third on net hoop count behind runner-up Roger Goldring, but it was Allim's day and he was a clear and very worthy winner of the Blue Ball Trophy for the first time.
See the full resuts here:
17 July - Christmas wins the AC One Ball Handicap Singles

Mike Christmas won all four of his games in this morning's AC One Ball Handicap tournament and in doing so he reached an unassailable position.
Instruction beforehand proved useful to the novices and beginners alike and it was good to see that all mastered the unfamiliar two-ball croquet stroke quickly.
Bill Pitkeathley and Tony Peperell (who both appear to have really got the croquet bug) showed well in the first couple of rounds, as did Edmund Shirley and Diane Browne who were on more familiar territory.
But it was Christmas who was the only player to win two out of two, and then he won twice more and could not be caught, even if there had been time for further games with AC old hands Frances Colman and Chris Roberts.
With time pressing and the and the arrival of the GC Mix-in players, there was time enough for the presentation of the lovely Wooden Ball trophy to worthy winner Mike.
See the full results here:
19 July - Morgan leads PCC  'Friendly' to a narrow win over Hurlingham

Our 'Friendly' GC team scored a very narrow victory of visitors from the Hurlingham Club today.
A first round of level play doubles was halved and that set the pattern for the next three rounds of handicap and level play singles, each one of which could not separate the sides.
The hosts' Colin Morgan revelled in being given the captain role to the extent that he was the only player undefeated all day and with good wins for Christine Searle, John Maguire and Tony Peperell along the way, it wasn't until the fifth and last round that Phyllis Court got their noses infront to record a 9 - 8 victory.
PCC 'Friendly': Colin Morgan (5), Tony Peperell (9), John Maguire (9), Christine Searle (10)

  Come and watch the Biggest Match at PCC for two years 

Phyllis Court v Dulwich ~ Sunday 29 July

National GC Inter-Club Championship semi-final

Featuring  International players Charlie von Schmeider (PC) and Pierre Beaudry (Dulwich), and six other players in the UK top 60.
The best croquet quality you will see this year right on our own courts - come along to support Your Club team in our second only appearance in the national semi-finals.
Play will start at 1000, break for lunch at 1300 to 1345, and conclude at about 1700.

A big crowd is expected, so to be sure of a seat, bring your own deck chair!