Nigel Polhill won The Tompkinson Shield. He is the first player to have won it thrice.
Craig Winfield was fast out of the blocks, with two triples before lunch. He emerged the only unbeaten player on Saturday to play Richard H. Smith in the semi on Sunday.
The Manager happened upon the format two years ago, and having had three goes it seems to work with this quantity and quality of field, and with the benign conditions Edgbaston usually affords. Saturday is played as a Flexible Swiss, then anyone with 50% or better qualifies for Sunday's knockout.
In the second semi-final Cesar Miranda's attempt to win the Shield three years in a row was ended by Nigel.
In the final Craig again hit his last shot, but a couple of uncharacteristic errors were too many against Nigel's solid play.
QF: Polhill beat Gregory +16tp
SF: Winfield beat R H Smith +5
SF: Polhill beat Miranda +15
Final: Polhill beat Winfield +18
Full results on croquetscores.com
The winners of our in-club competitions in 2018 were: Association Croquet The Parish Cup A level play - Richard Thompson Esther Jones Gong B level play - Richard Thompson
The Victory Cup handicap play knock-out competition - Neal Bacon
The Deakin Holroyd handicap play block competition - Nick Roberts
The Horlor Cup handicap play for 10 and above - Esther Jones
The Meacham Doubles handicap play - Richard Thompson and Chris Wright
The Bromsgrove doubles knock-out - Keith Bishop and Jennifer Thompson