Advanced tournament held at Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 09:17 18 July 2017

Nailsea Croquet Club.

Nailsea Croquet Club.

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An advanced tournament was held at Nailsea Croquet Club with 16 players from across the UK participating.

Nailsea Croquet Club hosted an open advanced tournament with 16 players from 11 croquet clubs across the UK participating.

Low-handicap advanced players travelled from Blackpool, Nottingham, Brighton and Sidmouth to compete in this level play (no handicap allowance) tournament of Association Croquet played under advanced rules. Three home players from Nailsea entered the competition.

Games were arranged in four blocks. The best player in the blocks was Nathan Baker (a handicap four player) from the Blackpool Fylde Club, who won all three games in his block including two peg-out finishes.

However, he fell -22 points to Andrew Wise from Bristol (1) in the first semi-final. The other block winners, all with two wins were Andrew Dutton from Woking (1), John Wells from Cheltenham (4) and Wise, leading to the second semi-final where John Wells beat Andrew Dutton +4 points on time.

In the final, Wise showed his experience and skill and put enough four-ball breaks together to win the match and take the Margaret Fleming Shield.

A prize for the fastest game was also awarded to Chris O’Byrne (3.5) of Reigate Priory Club with a winning game time of one hour and 53 minutes.

The local players from Nailsea failed to reach the semi-finals. Erica Malaiperuman was the most successful of the three (with Geoff Hughes and Pat Long), despite having the highest handicap, winning three of her five games over the two days against higher ranked opponents.

Nailsea fielded a team of three for this Intermediate North match played at Kington Langley. Their uneven lawns proved to be a challenge for the Nailsea players.

In the morning, James Galpin lost 26-8 to his opponent, while Linda Shaw and Brian Roynon narrowly lost their doubles game 14-12 on time.

After lunch, James beat his opponent 19-16 points and Linda won her game 13-11. Brian lost 26-14, so the final result was a close 3-2 victory for Kington Langley.


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