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Solomon Trophy Won by Great Britain

3-5 July 2008
Heaton Park, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
by Ian Lines

The last day of the Solomon Trophy at Heaton Park saw the USA win 2 of the 6 third round singles games, making the final score 21-6 to Great Britain.

Danny Huneycutt and Ben Rothman from the USA have both played extremely well throughout the tournament, and were involved in all the USA's match wins in singles and doubles, but Great Britain's strength lower down the order proved decisive.

In the final match against Stewart Jackson, Keith Aiton completed a sextuple (finishing with a straight quad!), followed by his first ever tournament octuple!! There was some debate as to who else other than Rob Fulford, Reg Bamford and Bob Jackson has ever achieved this feat?

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It was a good end to an excellent tournament, for which thanks should be recorded to Bury Croquet Club and all those involved in every aspect of the event (including Jonathan Kirby for managing the event so efficiently). The excellent lawns at Heaton Park certainly also help make a strong case for Heaton Park to be involved in hosting the next MacRobertson Shield in 2010.

Finally, congratulations to all the Great Britain team of (in playing order): Keith Aiton (capt), David Maugham, Ian Lines, Jonathan Kirby, Tony Le Moignan and Ian Burridge; and also thanks to the American team [Danny Huneycutt, Paul Bennett, Ben Rothman, Stewart Jackson, David Bent, and Ron Lloyd] for helping to make the Solomon Trophy such a fantastic tournament.

Full results (Great Britain names first):

Doubles Round 1
Keith Aiton & Tony Le Moignan beat Ben Rothman & Paul Bennett +26tp(A), -18, +26tp(A)
David Maugham & Ian Burridge beat Stewart Jackson & Danny Huneycutt +25tp(M), +26tp(M)
Jonathan Kirby & Ian Lines beat Ron Lloyd & David Bent +26tp(K), +26tp(L)
GB lead 3-0

Doubles Round 2
Keith Aiton & Tony Le Moignan beat beat Stewart Jackson & Danny Huneycutt +26tp(A), -26, +17
David Maugham & Ian Burridge beat Ron Lloyd & David Bent +25tp(B), +17tp(B)
Jonathan Kirby & Ian Lines lost to Ben Rothman & Paul Bennett -11, -26tp(B)
GB lead 5-1

Singles Round 1
Keith Aiton lost to Danny Huneycutt -13, +6tp, -25tp
David Maugham beat Ben Rothman -25tp, +21tp, +17
Ian Lines beat Stewart Jackson +26tp, +9
Jonathan Kirby beat Ron Lloyd +25, +26tp
Tony Le Moignan beat Paul Bennett +10tpo, -24tp, +8tpo
Ian Burridge beat David Bent +3tp, +23stp
GB lead 10-2

Singles Round 2
Keith Aiton beat Ben Rothman +11tpo, +26tp
David Maugham beat Stewart Jackson +26sxp, +16tp
Jonathan Kirby beat David Bent +25tp, +25tp
Tony Le Moignan beat Ron Lloyd +26tp, +17tp
Ian Burridge beat Paul Bennett +8tp, +11tp
Ian Lines lost to Danny Huneycutt +17tp, -17tp, -25
GB lead 15-3

Doubles Round 3
Keith Aiton & Tony Le Moignan beat beat Ron Lloyd & David Bent -17, +26tp(A), +26tp(A)
David Maugham & Ian Burridge lost to Ben Rothman & Paul Bennett -13, -19
Jonathan Kirby & Ian Lines beat Stewart Jackson & Danny Huneycutt +7tp(K), +16tp(K)
GB lead 17-4

Singles Round 3
David Maugham lost to Danny Huneycutt +26tp, -26tp, -26tp
Ian Lines lost to Ben Rothman -2, -26tp
Jonathan Kirby beat Paul Bennett +25tp, +25
Tony Le Moignan beat David Bent +26tp, -26tp, +26tp
Ian Burridge beat Ron Lloyd +26tp, +25stp
Keith Aiton beat Stewart Jackson -19, +24sxp, +18ocp
GB win 21-6

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