AC Association Croquet

National The Longman Cup is a national inter-club croquet tournament that is run each year in England and Wales. Club teams comprise 4 players who must each have handicaps between 3.5 and 20, and with their aggregate handicap being at least 24. It is a knock-out competition within each region, played with handicaps, with the regional winners progressing to the national semi-finals and final at the end of the season.

Fixtures contact: Simon Hathrell

Longman Cup runners-up in 2015

Last year we lost to Letchworth in the 2nd round.

Watford has done quite well in this event in the past, though with several players gaining lower handicaps and becoming ineligible for the Longman Cup our success has migrated more recently towards the Mary Rose instead. We were national Longman Cup champions in 2001, national finalists in 2003, 2012 and 2015, and regional finalists in 2004 and 2005.

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Longman Cup match results by year:

All games: H 26pt Handicap
Date Opponents Venue Results (Watford names first)
Round 1
Fri 27 May
Enfield Away

WON 4-3

(Net index points: +20)
Arthur Reed (3½) &
David Robinson (18)
lost to David Frost (4½) &
Thomas Halliday (7)
John Smallbone (3½) beat John Street (8) +10
André Machell (6) lost to Michael Broadway (11) -13
Arthur Reed (3½) beat David Frost (4½) +4T
John Smallbone (3½) beat Thomas Halliday (7) +20
André Machell (6) lost to John Street (8) -2
David Robinson (18) beat Michael Broadway (11) +17T
Round 2
Wed 6 Jul
Nottingham Home

WON 5-2

(Net index points: +20)
Arthur Reed (3½) &
David Robinson (16)
beat Viv Staley (9) &
Mick Owens (18)
John Smallbone (3½) lost to Mark Fraser (6) -23
Eddie Chung (18) lost to Mark Lansdale (10) -1T
Arthur Reed (3½) beat Mark Fraser (6) +4T
John Smallbone (3½) beat Viv Staley (9) +8T
David Robinson (16) beat Mark Lansdale (10) +17
Eddie Chung (18) beat Mick Owens (18) +10T
Sat 6 Aug
High Wycombe Home

LOST 1-6

(Net index points: -40)
Alan Clark (3½) &
Adam Huby (7)
lost to Edward Olhausen (4) &
Keith Harker (5)
John Bee (10) lost to Nick Jones (18) -7
Robin Barry (11) lost to Raghu Iyer (9) -14
Alan Clark (3½) lost to Edward Olhausen (4) -5
Adam Huby (7) lost to Keith Harker (5) -4T
John Bee (10) beat Raghu Iyer (9) +15
Robin Barry (11) lost to Nick Jones (18) -9

Handicap change: Robin Barry 11 to 12

Statistics (Watford players)
Name Singles
John Smallbone3-10-03-1
Arthur Reed2-01-13-1
David Robinson2-01-13-1
Eddie Chung1-10-01-1
John Bee1-10-01-1
André Machell0-20-00-2
Robin Barry0-20-00-2
Alan Clark0-10-10-2
Adam Huby0-10-10-2

The full knock-out table for this year's results and an archive of the results back to 1989 for all clubs are maintained by the Croquet Association.

See also: