Nailsea & District host Croquet Teams Championships
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2019
Over 100 players were at Nailsea & District Croquet Club for the traditional season opener, the South West Federation Short Croquet Teams Championships.
Played on a half-sized lawn with the winner needing 14 points instead of the usual 26, there were 32 players on in action at once.
The lawns were stripped, laser levelled and reseeded in September 2017, but due to unhelpful weather conditions throughout the winter, spring and summer that followed, play could not start until the middle of June.
The start of the 2019 season was an especially welcome occasion and marked by one of Nailsea's favourite annual events, initiated by Peter Dyke in 2000 with increased entry every year since.
Teams of four players are divided into groups of five and go head to head, with a record 27 teams entering this year, some from as far away as St Austell, Swindon, Brigend and Poole.
Some clubs entered more than one team, with Division Five won by Taunton Deane (10 wins) after Weston (10) lost a shoot-out.
Exeter B (9), The Bears (8), Budleigh Salterton Rushes (7), Camerton and Peasdown B (7) and Llandaff (5) completed the seven-team group.
Division Four was won by Bristol Boys (9 wins), ahead of Bristol and Nailsea Glassblowers who were both beaten in the shoot out, Parkstone (8) and Sidmouth Connaught (5).
Division Three was won by Nailsea Avening (10 wins) ahead of Exeter A (10) who lost the shoot-out, Taunton Deane A (9), Budleigh Salterton Roquets (7) and Dyffryn (4).
Divisions Two was won by Camerton and Peasdown A (11 wins), ahead of Bath A (9), Sidmouth Fortfield (8), Bath B (7) and Swindon (5), while Division One was won by Kington Langley Braves (12 wins), ahead of Cornwall (10), Nailsea Trendlewood (9), Nailsea (5) and Kington Langley Apaches (5).