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After a very long wait, the Random Triples event which was due to have been run two years ago was finally played.

Understandably though, there was a much reduced field of entries, with people dropping out right up to the morning of the event, due to Covid. However, we still had 54 players, including some who had travelled from Essex and Norfolk, for whom this would be their first tournament in quite some time.

Round 1
Leading the way after the first game were the trio of Les Webber, Sam Runnacles, and Sheila Fellingham, who scored 10 shots in their game. Six others, Pauline Godfrey, Gilbert Lakey, Don Allum, Eric Sainsbury, Pete Runnacles, and Maxine Poulter, were one shot behind.

Round 2
Twelve players won for a second time, with Pete Runnacles now leading the way on 22 shots, one ahead of Don Allum and Mick Watkins, while Adam Hubbard, Trevor Kidd and Tom Runnacles were a further 3 shots back.

Round 3
Eight players made it 3 wins out of 3, with Tom Runnacles now on top with 34 shots. On 30 shots were Pete Runnacles, Adam Hubbard and Mick Watkins. Ken Southwood had 35 shots, Linda Sadgrove was on 23, Trevor Bean 21, and Carol Sainsbury 18.

Round 4
Just 5 players now left with perfect records. Pete Runnacles was now back at the top, with 43 points, Ken Southwood was on 38, Mick Watkins 37, Linda Sadgrove 30, and Carol Sainsbury 26. Meanwhile, still with an outside chance were Tom Runnacles and Trevor Bean, who had won 3 and drawn 1 game.

Round 5
As it happens, the draw for the final round of games paired the top two runners, Pete and Ken, and between them they duly made it 5 out of 5, as did Linda and Carol, the four of them the only ones not to drop a point on the day, with the final standings as follows:

1st Pete Runnacles (10 points, 48 shots for, 21 shots against)
2nd Ken Southwood (10/43/22)
3rd Linda Sadgrove (10/35/17)
4th Carol Sainsbury (10/35/20)

We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend for their support, and for their donations to the draw, and look forward to mext year and a return to a full field.

You can find the full day's results here.