There was a play off for one of the lowest scoring 7 players to go through to the main match, which was an Australian marble player, Ben from the Beavers.
The ten players then ‘Nosed Dropped’ for position and the match was underway. A new rule was added this year, that ‘at the end of each round we will be eliminating any players whose score leaves them unable to win, i.e. anyone whose current score added to the number of marbles remaining in the ring totals less than the current highest score’.
At the end of the contest, two players, Colin of the Black Dog and Halim of the Yorkshire Meds had a score of 13 marbles each. This meant that Rule 11 (d) was brought in to play, ‘If two players achieve the same score, a tiebreak game will be played. This game will have 13 marbles in a close packed group in the centre of the ring. The order of play being determined as in Rule 9(f). The first player to score 7 marbles shall be declared the winner.