Marcus loses out in the final

PUBLISHED: 14:23 18 May 2011

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Nailsea Croquet Club player Marcus Evans lost in the final of their advanced tournament.

NAILSEA Croquet Club held their annual 
advanced tournament last weekend.

There were entries from Edinburgh, Colchester and Kenilworth as well as more local entries from Glastonbury, Bristol and three from Nailsea 
making a total of eight players.

The event was arranged in an American Block with all the competitors playing each other. With firm tight hoops and fast lawns, the players found the conditions difficult. Many found themselves with tricky hampered shots after just managing to run a hoop, and the referee and manager, Peter Dyke, was kept busy.

Nevertheless three players, James Hopgood (Edinburgh), Kriss Chambers and Marcus Evans (both Nailsea) managed to complete triple peels (the croquet equivalent to a century break in snooker) in the second round.

By the end of Saturday the clear leaders were Marcus and James, each with four wins out of four, Marcus completing his second triple in the fourth round and Roger Tribe (Kenilworth) was in third place with three wins.

On Sunday Marcus completed three peels of a straight quadruple peel before failing the final peel and he completed his third triple in the sixth round. James won his first game on Sunday and then had a hard fought battle against Kriss, which James eventually won by a single point.

This meant that James and Marcus went into the final round undefeated. Whoever won the battle between them would be the winner of the tournament. James took the early lead, and although Marcus had chances, he was unable to overhaul him and James eventually won by the game by 17 points.

Earlier in the week, Nailsea teams were involved in two Golf Croquet League matches. Nailsea North lost away at Dyffryn, 7-13. After four rounds Nailsea were trailing 3-11, but they won all four singles in the penultimate round, before losing the final round of doubles.

Results - doubles: Chris & Valerie Jackson lost 6-7 and 4-7; Carl Jones & Meriel Forshaw lost 5-7; Harry & Doreen Wallace lost 5-7.

Singles: Chris Jackson won 7-5 and lost 5-7; Carl Jones lost 4-7, 6-7 and won 7-3; Meriel Forshaw won 7-4, lost 4-7 and won 7-6; Harry Wallace lost 2-7 & 3-7 and won 7-5; Valerie 
Jackson lost 5-7 and won 7-3; Doreen Wallace lost 2-7 & 1-7 and won 7-6.

Nailsea South East lost, 8.5-11.5 away to Dowlish Wake.

Results - doubles: Mary Banes & Ron Harridge drew 6-6 and 5-5; David Hunt & Andrew 
Buchanan won 7-2 and lost 1-7.

Singles: David Hunt lost 4-7 & 4-7 and won 
7-3; Mary Barnes lost 6-7 and won 7-6 & 7-3; Ron Harridge drew 6-6, lost 6-7 and won 7-6; Andrew Buchanan lost 2-7, won 7-4 and lost 3-7; Coral Harrison won 6-4 and lost 3-7, 2-7 & 
2-7.

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