23 July – Centenary Cup @ Littlehampton CC

[Report by Martin Emmett]

On Sunday, the CFCC team travelled to Littlehampton to defend the Centenary Cup they had won in 2022. After a short speech by Littlehampton’s mayor, play started at 9.30. The matches were a mixture of doubles and singles and played with extra turns basis being awarded to higher handicapped players.

The first two rounds of matches found CFCC in mid table with one loss, one win and one tied match; all closely fought affairs. We improved our situation in the next rounds of matches, with two wins and one loss, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the day.

The tournament was organised with each team being involved in 13 matches and playing each of the other seven teams at least once. Most of our matches were very close contests, and many being tactical battles with the time limit being reached before either side had run seven hoops. The matches were organised so that the more able players from each side played each other, which meant that John and Tony competed against lower handicapped entrants, and Keith and Martin against those with higher handicaps.

Although play started at 9.30 and the last match finished at 6pm, there were times when competitors were not involved in a game, which was fortunate because it gave us a chance to take advantage of the delicious cakes on sale in the clubhouse – which, of course, we did!

The last round of matches started at 5.10, John and Tony were matched against West Chiltington. As the match progressed John and Tony regularly got themselves into good positions only for their opponents to use their extra turns to regain the advantage. As a result of this, eventually West Chiltington ran out as winners of this close game.

Finally, we attended the presentation with the other competitors, as the results of the day were announced. We we had narrowly beaten West Chiltington into second place and retained the cup. John was presented with the Centenary Cup by Lilian Holdsworth acting for the Mayor.

This was a perfect end to what had been, despite the constant wind, a very enjoyable day, and our thanks go to Littlehampton, who had organised everything so well and had been the perfect hosts.

CFCC team: Keith Burt, Martin Emmett, John Effingham and Tony Hicks

Competing sides: CFCC, Rottingdean, Sussex County, Lodsworth, Littlehampton, West Chiltington, Rother Valley, Worthing