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Technical
Sextuple Leaves
Wide Cross-wire Ladies Sextuple leave

Fig. 1. Wide Cross-wire Ladies Sextuple Leave

'Ladies' Sextuple leave

Fig. 2. Standard Ladies' Sextuple Leave

Also see: 1-Back Leaves.

John Prince wrote:

Interesting to read that Robert Fulford employed a variation (figure 1) to the standard (Ladies' - figure 2) sextuple leave at the East Midlands Championships, I recall John Solomon also experimenting with the wide cross-wire with hoops 1 and 4 during the late 60's.

However, I've always thought that Keith Wylie's variation with a ball south of hoop 4 and a tight cross-wire at 1-back with the other three balls, (opponent's balls only open to each other) was the most "artistic" version (figure 3).

Rob Edlin-White wrote:

The point seems to be that opponent feels the need to play the ball near hoop 1, and even if they hit, they have no easy break, and will probably give away the 1-back rush peel attempting to get a break.

It does leave a shorter shot than the cross-wire leave (figure 4) or the one you described, and the "not easily rushable" aspect cuts both ways.

Sam Murray wrote:

My understanding is that the hoop 1 ball is on the north boundary, from which it will pick-up the missed lift shot ball, or rush-peel the peelee in the event that opponent cornered rather than shooting.

Chris Clarke wrote:

This is an enormously difficult leave to make and should only be considered by a small handful of players. You only have 2 hoops to make the leave, you need to be able to get a good ball at hoop 4 and also to jaws the strikers ball in 1-back, which I never find easy. Having done that, you need to be able to hit 6-yarders if opponent corners. It is, however, an extremely powerful leave in the hands of the expert and gives good compensation if opponent hits. I am surprised that Robert regards this as a higher winning percentage than a straight ball to 1-back with say a tight cross-peg, laying up on the west boundary. If you can consistently get the "jawsed" 1-back leave, then it probably is better. If not, the additional shot seems to offer opponent too much.

Samir Patel wrote:

This is for the old-fashioned game, rather than the modern version so there are six hoops available for the leave.

Wylie Sextuple leave

Fig. 3. Sextuple Leave used by Wylie

Delayed Sextuple Leave (Tea-Lady)

Fig. 4. Delayed Sextuple Leave (Tea-Lady)

I don’t see that this is much harder to create than the usual tea-lady (figure 4), and if you don’t like the position at you’re approaching hoop 4 it’s easy to switch to the normal tea-lady. It’s certainly easier than a tea-lady with 2 pops [peels on opponent].

I thought the hardest shot after the pick-up was after running hoop 6 sending the opponent ball to a wired area south west of hoop 1 whist maintaining a good enough rush to be able to lay-up at 1-back with a jawsed striker’s ball. Clearly with a well-placed ball at hoop 4 the wired area is huge, but you’re after depth as well.

Chris Clarke wrote:

Thanks Samir, I would say that it is easier to create than the usual tea-lady since you should have greater control at 1-back. Getting a very tight ball at hoop 4 should be pretty easy and that allows you plenty of scope for croqueting the ball down towards C1. I like it - providing jawsing is easy.

Mark Avery wrote:

For what its worth I copied Rob's leave at weekend and the leave is fairly easy as long as you keep good control around hoops 4 to 1-back. I tried 2 of them at weekend and completed one. After hoop 6 I rush opponents ball up to level with hoop 1 to the west wired/pretty much wired from hoop 4 ball. Take-off to good pioneer at 1-back (partner), leave partner ball between 1-back and boundary (so having a 3 to 4-yarder at boundary ball or peelee in hoop). Then a careful slightly angled 1-back hoop so it is easier to jaws. If this shot goes well then the start of sextuple is much easier plus the rush to hoop 1 should be easier.

Chris Clarke wrote:

Hi Mark. When you opt to rush down after hoop 6, isn't this less reliable than playing a croquet stroke? I guess either way it is easy to abort and just go to 4-back, but I would have thought that the croquet stroke gave greater control. Which option does Rob play?

Robert Fulford responds:

I think having made the leave a few times; you probably want the ball by hoop 4 ideally so it is most hidden from a spot between hoop 1 and C1, but can be rushed to a couple of yards north of hoop 1. Your opponent is most likely going to miss with the ball near hoop 1 and if you fail to place the 1-back ball in the jaws, or only rush peel by by a short distance this gives you a bit more to play with. In practice at Nottingham most often it was in an old hoop hole a hoop's width to the east of hoop 4.

The first thing I've done wrong more than once making the leave is get hampered out of hoop 6 trying to get a rush to an ideal spot for the croquet stroke sending the down to C1 going to the 1-back pioneer. (I still managed to make something approaching the leave, hitting partner next and then playing a stopshot approach to send the ball down to C1). Anyway being more careful about getting the rush out of 6 now.

The ball you send to 1 from near hoop 6 can be sent between hoop 1 and C1 or maybe even closer to the west boundary, this makes sure the shot at it's partner is long even if left partially open, it doesn't have a shot at 1 and allows you to put your partner virtually straight north of 1-back without giving a double.

To get the ball in the jaws of 1-back looking to play an appraoch from roughly 12-18 inches to the side and drive partner towards the boundary making sure no wiring lift or double is left. Still getting a feel for what distance I want to try to approach to, aiming for 3 inches means you can easily end up so you can't get in the jaws, but at least where you have a fair chance of lagging your ball to an inch straight with the final stroke and no danger of running the hoop. Aiming to send partner about 4 yards N.

Nick Parish asks:

How would you proceed if the opponent played the hoop 1 ball into C3?  I can see various options but none of them look nice and some require using the peelee as the hoop 3 pioneer after just one peel, which would seem to put the peeling behind schedule.  Would you just rush-peel the ball in the jaws of 1-back and then make a leave?

Robert Fulford responds:

Haven't played the position yet, but personally I'd tend to have a go at rush peeling to hoop 1 and then if it lands somewhere relatively easy to make hoop 1 and get a rush to C4 go for a break putting partner to hoop 3, happy to be going for peeling 2-back before hoop 5.
 
Outside of that there are an awful lot of different ways of playing a turn making 1-back and a leave (and maybe a speculative look at getting a rush on the ball by hoop 4 to near hoop 1). If you rush peel to N of hoop 1, an attempt at peeling 2b may be playable.
 
On the whole I'd expect to see playing to C3 most often after the ball isn't jawsed in 1-back properly. This is where it helps to have the ball by hoop 4 rushable somewhere near hoop 1, to be threatening to do something.

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