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29-30 July - Norris is our star at the Wiltshire Open - as the AC World Champion found out!

Ian Norris (left) was easily the best performer of the Phyllis Court quintet at Hamptworth this weekend - he reach the main event semi-finals (a first for him at this Championship level) and took the middle game of three fro the AC World Champion Stephen Mulliner!
Norris eventually finished fourth, which is enough to open up the possibility of being offered a 'call-up' to the end of season English National Singles Championship (for the Ascot Cup).
Chris Roberts, Peter Haydon, Helena Fensome and Mike Fensome all contested lower places.

                   - and Haydon reduces his handicap

Congratulations to Peter Haydon who beat three 'minus 1' players at the Wiltshire Open,  on the way to reducing his handicap from 2 to 1.
31 July - Roberts wins the Open Singles 'Blue Ball' trophy for the second time

Chris Roberts (left) win five out of six games to lift the Open Singles 'Blue Ball' trophy for the second time today.
But the surprise package was robin Coates who, despite being the 'outsider' on paper, some four handicap ranks higher than his next nearest competitor, performed excellently, got two 'scalps' and very nearly caught Roberts out too!

               - and Goldring gets his handicap back down to 'scratch'

Congratulations to Roger Goldring who had a good weekend at the Ipswich Open before triggering a handicap drop in finnishing runner-up in our 'Blue Ball' today.

4 August - PCC 'B' 4 - 8  High Wycombe

PCC 'B' couldn't hold their unbeaten run of four games into this last fixture of their season today, and in losing, they relinquished third place in the division to High Wycombe.
PCC 'B: MIke Fensome (1), Raymond Wood (3), Hugh Crook (5), Colin Morgan (5).
2 August - Two wins for PCC as Watford's tour ends with a wash-out

Phyllis Court hosted the final leg of a five day AC toiur by Watford CC today.
Heavy rain put paid to afternoon activity but Raghu Iyer and Peter Haydon both won their morning games against visitors.
7 August - PCC 'C' 5 - 7 Blewbury - title decider lost  :o(

Phyllis Court 'C' came up just short and lost their Handicap League title decider to 5 7 Blewbury last week.
It was a close-run thing with four of the seven games lost being by a single hoop point.
Had any two of those close scores been the other way around, the title would have won not lost but winning is everything in competition matches and coming a close second counts for nought.
Both pairs shared their doubels game one each meaning there was a tie at the half way stage, but only Robin Coates and Ralph Chambers could record victories in the two round of singes games, and this was where the match was lost.
This was a disappointing end to an otherwise successful season in which the C were undefeated for five matches before coming off the rails on some poor courts facing Wingrave fortnight ago, and then this Blewbury result was a cruel blow.

The only Phyllis Court team yet to complete their league programme is the top side Phyllis Court A, who can still win their Level Play League but will need victories over both Blewbury and High Wycombe to do so.
The latter looks like being the title decider and both matches take place just three days apart later this month.
PCC 'C': Robin Coates (6), Dianne Browne (6), Ralph Chambers (7), John Maguire (9).

                  - Barbeque hit by rain again (of couse) but good fun as always

Thank you to the Phyllis Court Real Ale Apreciation Society for allowing the Croquet Club to join forces with them for this eveing's barbeque.
Many croquet members are jointly members of the RAAS (including thier chairman Jeff Smith) but others who are not were made very welcome too.
It rained, like it always does but the RAAS chefs, helped out by our own Deon Melck (thank you Deon), did their usual great job.
A lovely evening with good food and company.

8 August - Hardly worn waterproofs for sale

I have for sale an "Emsmorn" waterproof jacket and trousers set which have been worn only a few times, purchased as "medium" but found to be nearer to "large"; would suit 5' 8-10".  Asking price 50. Contact Robin Morrell  01491 577242
8 August - PCC AC Level draw 1 - 1 with Aldermaston

International Developement Squad member Andy Myers of Aldermaston eventually got the better of our Carole Jackson this evening, thereby securing a draw in this Level league match.
The other half of the fixture was played four weeks ago when Chris Roberts beat the visitors Steve Woolnough.
This completes our Level league programme in which we scored two draws and suffered two defeats.
PCC AC 'Level': Carole Jackson (0), Chris Roberts (1).
12 August - Smokey Eades returns at 97 to present his Cup

We hosted our annaul 'Smokey's Cup' tournament this wekend, which is part of the National B-Level Series, and wewere delighted when former club president R.S.'Smokey' Eades now 97, was able to attend once again.
'Smokey', who joined Phyllis Court Croquet Club in 1957, presented his cup to High Wycombe's Keith Pound who tied on 11 game wins (out of 13) with two times winner Andrew Carpenter of Durham, but the former won by virtue of a better net hoops score.
Of the Phyllis Court players participating:
Richard Peperell was disappointed finish one win behind in third, after letting a joint lead slip at the start of day two,
Raghu Iyer put in his best performance in this event with seven wins and reduced his handicap in the process.
Hugh Crook matched his seeding with six wins.
And, given the strength of the field, Colin Morgan also had a good result with four wins, even if one of them did dent clubmate Peperell's title hopes.
13 August - Goldring qualifies for the GC All England Handicap National Final

Roger Goldring gave away a hoard of extra turns today at Hamptworth but still qualified from the Southern Area Final for the All England GC Handicap competition.
He was the only one of our five potential qualifiers to make it to the National Final which will take place at Ramsgate CC on 16-17 September.
Don Rutherford and Robin Coates failed to even start due to injury and illness respectively, Raghu Iyer with a poorly timed handicap reduction the just day before, found conceding the 'extra' extra turn too much, a fate that befell Peter Haydon at the London Area Final last week.
Nevertheless, in Goldring, Phyllis Court have representation in the National Final for the first time in a couple of years.