Junior “Postman” Waldron maintained his form and regained his recognition as a top player with a come-from-behind victory in the Master’s category of the Henderson Layne Memorial Draughts competition on Sunday.
His 1-0 defeat in the eighth round to Winston “Scarpetta” Lowe had damaged his public image and apparently his confidence as well.
But the “Postman”, who was second in the Double Knockout tournament won by Michael Barker, swept past leader Cedric Fields with wins against newcomer Hallam Hope (2-0) and Sam Marshall (1-0) to take his first title for the year.
“I am a very attacking player,” Waldron said, with a confidence that reflected none of the hurt from his match with “Scarpetta” Lowe. The seven points from the ninth and tenth rounds took him to two more than Fields in what has been a very competitive warm-up for the nationals starting June 21.
“I have been very consistent for the year,” Waldron said.
Fields and Nathaniel “Thani” Grosvenor ended on 23 points, followed by Barker and Jeffrey “Socks” Clarke on 22 and Darwin Lorde and Henderson Marshall 21 apiece.
Other notable wins Sunday were Barker defeating Keith Barrow 2-0 but losing heavily by the same margin to Marshall; Clarke defeating Fields 1-0; and Dennis Doughlin taking out Lowe 1-0.
Attention now shifts to the national A class and B class tournaments starting June 21 to be played at the Barbados Bridge League Headquarters on Belleville. Registration is currently open and ends June 15.