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TOP SEEDS FULFORD, CLARKE, MULLINER, BAMFORD REACH QUARTER-FINALS AFTER THREE ROUNDS OF PLAY
--based on Chris Williams' report on the Nottingham Board


David Maugham, Steve Comish, Mark Avery, and Jeff Dawson are the top seeds who have been knocked out in the first three rounds of play in the British Open, while a quartet of pre-tournament favorites have gone on to compete in the quarter-finals.

Still playing in seeded positions, Robert Fulford, Chris Clarke, Stephen Mulliner and Reg Bamford meet lower ranked opponents in the four two-out-of-three matches that comprise the quarter finals.

Hanging in the balance is not only the satisfaction of winning the most prestigious croquet annual in Britain, but also the celebrity of achieving the number one position in the world rankings. World champion Chris Clarke recently edged ahead of Robert Fulford, who has long dominated the top rank. Currently, so few points separate the four leaders of the rankings that a single tournament can cause a shift in positions.

ROUND ONE RESULTS
Fulford* beat Openshaw +12tp, -9, +9tpo
Johnson (NZ) beat R Ransom +25tp, +19
Goddard beat Morrow +23tp, +26
Trimmer beat Bennett +19, -8, +7
Comish* beat Carlisle J +26tp, +25tp
Brown R beat Wiggins +23tp, +6
Aiton beat Guest +26tp, +11tpo
Cordingley beat Carlisle V +26stp, +14
Clarke* beat Gale +25tp, +16tp
Southern beat Ransom F +16, +16
Gregory beat Avery* +20, +17

ROUND TWO RESULTS
Bond beat Mrozinski +3, +16
Fulford beat Liddiard +26tp, +26tp
Farthing beat Browne +15, +15
Johnson beat Dawson* +14, +26
Mulliner* beat Gaunt +17tp, +26tp
Goddard beat Murray +14, +20
Burridge beat Smith J +26tp, +24
Trimmer beat Comish -14tp, +26tp, +26
Maugham* beat Saurin M +19, +26tp
Brown R beat Healy P +26tp, +15
Bamford* beat Heap +26tp, +25tp
Aiton beat Cordingley +8tpo, +7tpo
Patmore beat Coles -17, +26, +15
Clarke beat Noble -17, +17tp, +26tp
Vincent beat Smith R -17, +11, +2
Southern beat Gregory +6, -9, +15

ROUND THREE RESULTS
Fulford beat Bond +12, +26tp
Farthing beat Johnson -26tp, +4, +17
Mulliner beat Goddard -17, +20, +25tp
Trimmer beat Burridge +21, +7
Brown R beat Maugham -26tp, +9, +17
Bamford beat Aiton 2-1
Clarke beat Patmore +20tp, -26tp, +17tp

QUARTER FINALS LINE-UP
Fulford v Farthing
Mulliner v Trimmer
Brown R v Bamford
Clarke v Southern/Vincent


 
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