Derek Oram goes top of All Time masterpoint list

Some time in November last year, quite probably unbeknownst to those playing, Derek Oram broke a very long-standing record, becoming the top masterpoint scorer in English history. John Durden, who sadly passed away in 2005, had built up such a huge lead at the top that it took over 13 years to catch him up.

Masterpoint records from the early years are unfortunately a little patchy. When they were digitised in the 1990s, they went on to the new database in one big lump, so we have no way of knowing, for example, who was #1 in 1985. But from the data we have available, it seems likely that John had held the number one spot for at least 30 years, and it may well be longer.

1989

This is the earliest year that our database has information for.

1 John Durden 485,386
2 Raymond Brock 483,142
3 Bob Rowlands 431,530
4 Bob Sharples 336,367
5 Douglas Smerdon 317,459
9 (Derek Oram) 286,972

1995

1 John Durden 596,104
2 Raymond Brock 500,089
3 Bob Rowlands 459,972
4 Derek Oram 365,039
5 Steve Preston 353,191

2000

1 John Durden 754,675
2 Raymond Brock 519,202
3 Bob Rowlands 517,268
4 Derek Oram 470,827
5 Steve Preston 435,303

2005

John Durden passed away in June 2005

1 John Durden 844,176
2 Bob Rowlands 599,344
3 Jon Williams 597,091
4 Derek Oram 565,150
5 Raymond Brock 540,006

2010

1 John Durden 844,176
2 Jon Williams 689,975
3 Derek Oram 680,430
4 Bob Rowlands 656,043
5 Jeremy Dhondy 632,653

2015

1 John Durden 844,176
2 Derek Oram 792,770
3 John Holland 765,012
4 Celia Oram 731,681
5 Jeremy Dhondy 710,306