Croquet: Whiffen wins Michael Poole Cup at Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 June 2019

Bob Whiffen offers a tip to Libby Howard-Blood at Nailsea

Bob Whiffen offers a tip to Libby Howard-Blood at Nailsea

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Bob Whiffen claimed the annual Michael Poole Cup at Nailsea & District Croquet Club at the weekend.

Bob Whiffen running hoop three at NailseaBob Whiffen running hoop three at Nailsea

The competition is for advanced rules Association Croquet players for handicaps in the rage of five to 12 and attracted a field of 10.

Five were from Nailsea, with others from Bristol, Bath, Blewbery and Nottingham, as members worked hard to get the lawns set for a 9.30am start.

At the end of the first round of three-hour matches, Whiffen had three wins, with Nailsea's Libby Howard-Blood, Kathy Wallace, Brian McCausland and David Hunt all on two.

Play restarted on Sunday in pleasant conditions and Whiffen continued his winning form in the morning, with Wallace the only member of the chasing pack to also win.

Rain set in during the last round, as Whiffen and Wallace added further wins to finish first and second respectively.

Wallace won a token prize for fastest win, along with Bristol's Mike Salisbury for best win against a lower handicap-rated player.

*Nailsea & District held a golf croquet competition including singles and doubles under handicap rules recently.

A popular and competitive version of the game, it saw Fiona Illing win in Block A with 18 points ahead of Brian Roynon and MIke Powell won Block B with 20 points, ahead of Steve Durston (17).

Brian McCausland and John Malaiperuman (11) and Brenda Roynon and Polly Reynolds (12) came out on top in the doubles and will play Brian Roynon and Pam Hendry (9) and Durston and Powell (7) in the next leg. Semi-finals will be played in September.

*Nailsea Intermediate North hosted a team from Bristol in the Intermediate League of association croquet, with Brian Roynon and Graham McCausland winning their doubles 15-10.

Karen Cromey won 26-7, as Jon Knowler lost 20-15, and the afternoon saw four close-fought singles games.

McCausland battled away in a 26-16 loss, as Roynon won 17-7, and Knowler lost 17-16 in the final seconds, as Cromey (26-6) continued her winning run to seal a 4-3 victory.

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