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Longman Cup 2020

This is a nationwide handicap inter-club tournament for teams of four with handicaps between 3.5 and 20. One doubles and two singles are played in the morning and four singles in the afternoon.

St Albans won through to the final of the 2020 Longman Cup but for various reasons including Covid Lockdowns and bad weather on the finals day in October the final has not yet been played.  We're expecting the final to be played sometime in March/April so look out for a report!  See reports below for the previous rounds.

In the 2019 competition St Albans lost in the semi-finals but won the 3rd/4th playoff.

We will decide if we're entering in the 2021 competition at the AGM. 

18th July 2020 - Quarter-final at Ealing   St Albans beat Ealing 4-3

As only 6 teams are entered in the Longman Cup his year this match was a quarter final and the next match is a semi final against East Dorset.

The team of Heather, Stephen, Roger and Stuart travelled to Ealing for the match. The lawns were very fast but the hoops were slightly more forgiving than the St Albans hoops. There were two singles and a doubles in the morning with St Albans winning the doubles and the singles being split. In the afternoon Stephen won his match relatively quickly, with the other three matches being much closer with multiple changes of lead. All three went to time and with the clock running out Roger put together a break to pull two hoops ahead, a helpful peel by his opponent put him three hoops ahead and clinched the winning point as time ran out.

Heather Bennett (3.5) & Stuart Stafford (16) beat Simon Tuke (6) & David Graham (14) +6 (T)

Stephen Mills (8) beat Colin McKenzie (6) +23

Roger Bowman (12) lost to Tony Elliot (6) -3 (T)

Heather Bennett lost to Tony Elliot -8 (T)

Stephen Mills beat Simon Tuke +22

Roger Bowman beat Colin McKenzie +3 (T)

Stuart Stafford lost to David Graham -5(T)

24th September - Semi-Final at East Dorset (Poole)   St Albans beat East Dorset 4-1

The team of Stephen (6) Roger (14) and Stuart (16) travelled to Poole to play East Dorset. The weather was autumnal to say the least, cloudy with multiple showers and a sprinkling of sunshine. East Dorset has five lawns and we were playing on lawns 1 and 3. Lawn 1 was very flat and drained well. Lawn 3 was a bit more interesting with a distinct change of pace and drainage from one side to the other. Stephen and Stuart played the morning doubles on lawn 3 with Roger playing the morning singles on lawn1. Stephen and Stuarts game was a game of multiple errors on both sides (mainly Stephen on our side!), not helped by a massive bout of rain which made Stephen's roll for hoop 1 stop after about a yard (2 yards short!) and led to both sides taking a break and an early lunch. On resumption Stephen and Stuart gradually edged ahead and managed to hold on as time ran out, eventually winning 15 - 12. Roger won his match by a far greater margin, winning 23 - 11 on time. With a 2 - 0 lead from the morning's matches we only had to win one of the afternoon singles to progress. Roger put together two impressive four ball breaks to win his match 26 - 2 while Stuart gained an early lead which his opponent couldn't pull back and won 26 - 12. Stephen lost his match 26 - 14 after his opponent took his first ball to rover on his first turn. The overall score was 4 - 1 which means we play High Wycombe in the final on October 4th at Surbiton. 

Stephen Mills (6) & Stuart Stafford (16) beat David Williams (3.5) & Mike Rice (11) +3 (T)

Roger Bowman (14) beat Sue Longcroft (10) +12 (T)

Stephen Mills lost to David Williams -12

Roger Bowman beat Mike Rice +24

Stuart Stafford beat Sue Longcroft +14

Final

The Longman Final is traditionally held at Surbiton early in October together with the final of the Interclub Competition (in which some of the country's best players play), however, this year the final's day was called off because of torential rain.  A rescheduled final has been cancelled because of lockdown so its likely that the 2020 final will be played in 2021.

Secretary's Shield

This is a tournament for the winners of the previous year's regional federations' tournaments.   It is normally played with teams of four with one double and two singles in the morning and four singles in the afternoon.

St Albans won the Shield in 2019 and were runners up in 2020 see the Archive for match reports.

                                                        

Herts-Beds League

This is a team tournament for the seven clubs within the Herts-Beds area, St Albans, Watford, Letchworth, Wrest Park, Enfield, Meldreth and Northampton. Matches are played on handicap, a combination of singles and doubles, between teams of three or four players depending on whether the match is being played at a club with one or more lawns.

The league has not been played in 2020.