AC Association Croquet

Newport - Sunday 2nd October

Manager: Terrey Sparks


Winner: Peterborough

Results vs.: Peterborough Wrest Park Newport GAME
Peterborough   4-3 w/o 4 1
Wrest Park 3-4   w/o 3 2
Newport def def   0 3

The Chairman's Cup
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AC League play-off results by year:

See also:

Previous AC league winners - all years

The Beds & Herts, Essex and Cambs & Norfolk teams that won their individual area leagues qualified to meet in a play-off to determine who would represent the region in the national Secretary’s Shield tournament the following year. This year’s winners were Wrest Park, Newport and Peterborough, the match to be played at the Newport Club. However, unfortunately due to illness and work commitments Newport were unable to raise a team, so it was to be a two-horse race.

Everyone arrived in good time. It was then that Peterborough revealed that their two star players Ian & Debbie lines were where otherwise engaged on a walking holiday tour so they had to recruit Justin Beaumont, a complete beginner normally playing off 24 but would have to play off 20. There then remained the problem of what format to use as the normal League format allows for a draw which was clearly inappropriate. It was decided by the Manager to use the one doubles, six single format similar to The Mary Rose/Longman Cup but with the doubles pairing in handicap order being 1 and 4 rather than 1 and 2.

Results (Wrest Park names first):

David Marsh (-1) & Tim Brewer (3) lost to Adrian Kirby (-½) & Justin Beaumont (20) -13

John Bevington (1) lost to Stephen Cornelius (8) -26

George Collin (-½) beat Keith Huggins (12) +1t

David Marsh lost to Adrian Kirby -17

George Collin lost to Stephen Cornelius -26

John Bevington beat Keith Huggins +7

Tim Brewer beat Justin Beaumont +13

L-R front: Keith Huggins, Adrian Kirby, Stephen Cornelius
rear: David Marsh, Tim Brewer, John Bevington, George Collin

A very close match throughout finishing in a Peterborough win 4-3. Glorious Autumn sunshine, flat lawns and lush but with some bare patches around the edges as a result of the summer drought, with fallen hazel nuts an occasional hazard. Hoops firm and generous. Many thanks to the Newport Committee for letting the Federation host the event and good luck to Peterborough representing the Eastern region in next year’s Secretary’s Shield.


Peterborough Wrest Park
Adrian Kirby (-½) David Marsh (-1)
Stephen Cornelius (8) George Collin (-½)
Keith Huggins (12) John Bevington (1)
Justin Beaumont (20) Tim Brewer (3)

Report by Terrey Sparks,
photos by John Bevington
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Area League Play-Off for the Chairman's Cup


  1. The winning team from each Area will meet to determine the overall EACF AC leagues championship.
  2. The format will be normal 26pt AC games played to handicap rules, with doubles in the morning and singles in the afternoon. Singles games will be double-banked and the duration of each game will be 3¼ hours.

    am: A1,A3 v B2,B4 B1,B3 v C2,C4 C1,C3 v A2,A4
    pm: A1 v C2
    A3 v C4
    B1 v A2
    B3 v A4
    C1 v B2
    C3 v B4

    A draw will take place in the morning to determine which teams will be designated A, B or C.

  3. Teams will comprise four players with no handicap restrictions.
  4. The Team Captain is to list his team in handicap order before the start of play and hand it to the manager. If two or more players have the same handicap those players can be listed in any order.
  5. The winner will be the team winning the most games.
  6. If the winner is still undecided, then a further contest will take place in which all team members take part using the following two-ball tie-break to determine the winner.
    • The order of play will be decided between teams by lot, with each team playing one turn.
    • The team in play places its striker's ball on the Corner IV yard-line spot, and a second ball anywhere on the court in a position of their choosing. All other balls are removed from the court.
    • With each member of the team in play rotating in handicap order to play one stroke, that team will then make as many hoops as possible in one turn, starting with hoop 4 and proceeding in accordance with normal AC rules for running hoops 4, 5, 6, 1-back etc. in order. No bisques may be taken.
    • After this procedure, if one team has scored more hoops than the other two then they are the winners. Otherwise, any team scoring fewer hoops than the others drops out and the whole procedure is repeated until there is a winner.
  7. The overall winner of the play-off will be presented with the Chairman's Cup to be held for one year, and will go forward to represent the Eastern Region in the Secretary's Shield for the next year.

Simon Hathrell