Robert Wilkinson, who played at Oxford but now lives in Bristol, was undefeated in the Advanced Singles Weekend, beating James Death in what was effectively the deciding match of the Flexible Swiss. James would have won the peeling (and lunacy?!) prize, had there been one, with, among other finishes, a Sextuple peel on his opponent. He also played the fastest game of the weekend, recorded at 28 minutes, before some players had even finished their knockup! James Hopgood and Ailsa Lines also put in strong performances.
Unfortunately there was a breakin in the adjacent Bowls pavilion on Friday night, but the gallery were amused to hear the community support officer who had been sent to investigate ask for the crochet pavilion!
Thanks to James Death who catered on Saturday (feeding the Hurlingham v Pendle Mary Rose players as well: Hurlingham won 6-1), and to Sophie and Beatrice McGlen who fed us on Sunday, including a magnificant coffee cake made with eggs from their own hens.
Several of the field will be playing again next weekend in the CA Selectors weekend, though with a dry week forecast the lawns will hopefully have got more interesting by then.
The final positions were: