The Anderson Shield is once again being run as a B-level competition between club teams, but this year played to Handicap Advanced rules.
Anderson Shield results
Entry fee: £11 per team
Last year's winner: Letchworth
This year the Watford and Pinchbeck clubs met for the final of the Anderson Shield, which was played under Handicap Advanced rules, and to keep it a ‘B’ level event it was restricted to handicaps 0+ and with a team aggregate handicap of 10+. The format used mirrors that of ‘The Mary Rose’. Unfortunately, the weather was anything but kind, being overcast with a strong south-westerly gusting wind which on the exposed lawns made it rather difficult to control the mallet swing. Nevertheless the contestants settled down to play under these most difficult conditions.
In the morning session, which comprised a doubles game and two singles, Watford struck first with Stephen Mills overcoming Charles Ostler +10. Next to finish was the Pinchbeck doubles of Peter Hanley and Ken Knock, beating Arthur Reed and André Machell +10(T) bringing the current result to one game each. The third game between Alan Clark Watford and Gordon Mills Pinchbeck was a bit of a cliff-hanger and went into extra time with Alan having a good 4-back leave when time was called. However, not to be outdone Gordon suddenly found his form and proceeded to run a last minute break to overhaul Alan, running out with a last gasp win of +3(T), leaving Pinchbeck at lunchtime with a 2 – 1 lead.
In the afternoon session which comprised 4 singles games played in handicap order, Pinchbeck seemed to lose their way with Watford hitting a winning streak. First was the game between Arthur Reed (Watford) and Peter Hanley (Pinchbeck) in which with 1½ bisques Arthur proceed to go round on a 12 hoop break without any assistance. With Peter not making any reply, Arthur than commenced another all-round break making use of his bisques to peg out winning +26. This was almost immediately followed by a win for Alan Clark over Charles Ostler +21, giving Watford a 3 – 2 lead. Next to finish was a further win for Watford with Stephen Mills overcoming his namesake Gordon Mills +13, which meant that as Watford now stood at 4 – 2 they could not be caught and had therefore won the day. The remaining game between André Machell and Ken Knock proved to be a bit of a cliff-hanger, swinging this way and that. However, Ken with his 5 bisque superiority proved too much for André, and Ken ran out the winner by +3.
This meant that Watford won the day 4 -3 and were presented with the Anderson Shield by the Federation’s President Tom Anderson.
Thanks go to the Wrest Park club for permitting the use of their lawns.Report & photo by Terrey Sparks
The Anderson Shield