Club competitions and tournaments


Please see the Club noticeboard for details of matches in these internal Club competitions:

The Crayke Cup – The Fraser Ross Trophy

The Scarcroft Shield – The Level Play Trophy

The Julian Tonks Trophy – The Club Doubles

The High Bisquers’ Mallet

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The Crayke Cup competition was established in 1988 when the Club was formed. The final MUST be played on finals day. If for any reason finalists cannot be present they will forfeit their place in favour of their defeated semi-finalist, and so on.  This is a short lawn, 14-point, full bisque, knockout competition open to all Club members. The games have no time limit.

The Fraser Ross Trophy competition was established in 1991. It is a full lawn, 26 point, handicap competition played from the Burnett’s variable base*. This is played as a knockout with the games limited to 3 hours. The final MUST be played on finals day. If for any reason finalists cannot be present they will forfeit their place in favour of their defeated semi-finalist, and so on.  * Add the two handicaps together and divide by 4. Round down to the nearest half bisque.

The Scarcroft Shield League (SSL) is an 18 point full lawn handicap competition. Bisques will be the difference between the 18 point handicap of the two players (see table below). The time limit is 2 hours.  The 18 points are achieved by starting off with all clips on hoop 1. As soon as one of your balls runs hoop 1 you transfer your other clip to hoop 3 back.

The Level Play, the senior Club trophy, is a 26 point, full lawn competition, with no bisques, and normal (not advanced) play. You may agree a time limit before each game or play unlimited.

The Julian Tonks Trophy, introduced in 2014, provides a short lawn league competition as an alternative to the High Bisquers Mallet. It is a 14 point, short lawn, full bisque competition open to club members with a short lawn handicap of 6 or more. Although it is not a requirement the final should be played on finals day if at all possible..