Edinburgh Tournament 2015 - day 2

The wind couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be consistently strong or just strong and squally on the second day of the Edinburgh Tournament. As well as stealing ill-fitting hats and camp chairs unsecured by spare bisques,  Alan’s sheaf of notes was taken by a gust and had to be fielded by competitions and spectators at lawn 2.

The day was devoted to events 1 to 4 - the various different singles competitions aimed at competitors in different handicap ranges.

Event 1, the open singles, had four competitors. These were double-banked on the show lawn, the lawn nearest to the building works (that haven’t been finished since last year). Campbell Morrison and John Surgenor both won their first games convincingly against Peter Thompson and Alan Wilson respectively, and then beat Alan and Peter respectively in their second games. That only left them to play each other, with Campbell defeating John +19 by way of a triple peel. Alan Wilson beat Peter Thompson in their tie, a game that got progressively scrappy as time went on. (All ties to be repeated on Thursday.) Alan then played a Swiss game against Bob Cross winning a very close and entertaining game by a couple of hoops.

Event 2, the 4+ handicap, also had four competitors but only saw one game played today – Allan Hawke prevailing against Bob Darling by seven hoops. This event will resume on Thursday.

In Event 3, the 8+ handicap, there are seven competitors.  Alastair Malcolm was the only player to notch up three victories in the day. He started with a very narrow victory against Alastair Burn-Murdoch, +1 on time, and followed this up with solid wins against Hamish Duguid and Chris Martin. In the latter game, he came back with some tidy break building and prudent bisque use and finished in style, pegging-out across the hill from corner 2 at first asking. Alastair M’s handicap drops from 14 to 12 and Chris’s from 8 to 7. Still all to play for with the second half of matches to be completed on Thursday.

Event 4 was the only event to attract competitions from the remoter parts of Scotland* with Michelle and Kevin Wright making an early start to come from Auchincruive and Charles Henderson from Aberdeen. They joined the Edinburgh-based competitors of Rachel Frith, Brian Cosford, George Geis (suffering from an ankle injury), Rosemary Saunders Robertson and Lyn Gilpin. A number of these ties - Lyn v Michelle, Rosemary v Rachel, and Charles v Kevin - went on into the late drizzle. Lyn had three strong wins in her half of the draw against Brian, Michelle and George (who was not helped by an ankle injury). In the other half, Kevin made it three out of three, following a tense one hoop victory against Charles in the last match – a margin of victory he had also enjoyed against Rosemary earlier. So Kevin and Lyn will play out the final, probably on Saturday morning.

Tomorrow, the croquet turns away from tense competitive singles play, towards tense competitive doubles.

* Though not as remote as Strathpeffer.

Chris Martin