Until further notice, the expense policy, for players representing the Scottish Croquet Association, is as follows:
- Players participating in qualifying events in the UK are entitled to claim up to £30 per playing day for travel and accommodation, with a maximum entitlement of £120.
- Players participating in qualifying events overseas are entitled to claim up to £60 per playing day for travel and accommodation, with a maximum entitlement of £120. For the avoidance of doubt, "overseas" includes the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Ireland but not any of the Scottish, English and Welsh islands.
- Events qualifying for funding will be listed by the SCA at the beginning of each year. Exceptional circumstances may occur and will be given consideration.
- It is expected that representative players will take all necessary steps to minimise their expenses. e.g. by economy travel, car sharing or accepting offers of host accommodation.
- All expense claims must be supported by relevant receipts.
- All claims should be submitted to the current Treasurer.
Read more: Expenses Policy - Players
30-31 August 2014, Middlesbrough
Three Scottish players - Brian Murdoch, Alan Wilson and Fergus McInnes - made their way down the A1 and were joined in Middlesbrough by three from further south - Sam Murray, David Magee and Derek Knight - in an attempt to wrest back the Glasgow Quaich from the English.
The teams appeared quite evenly matched, with the SCA handicaps at -0.5, 0, 0, 1.5, 3 and 3, and the CA at -0.5, 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5 and 4 - suggesting a slight advantage for the SCA if anything. The opening doubles round was in line with this, going 2-1 to the SCA. But in the singles things began going the wrong way for the Scots, and the score after the first day was 9-6 to the home side.
The first round on the second day increased the CA's lead to 13-8. The SCA could still turn it around to 13-14 (a good scoreline for a Scottish victory!) but only by winning all six games in the final round. This they failed to do, achieving only an equal split in the head-to-head games; and so the final result was CA 16, SCA 11.
Read more: CA v SCA 2014