Nailsea edged out

PUBLISHED: 15:02 27 April 2011




Nailsea Central croquet team lost their opening league match of the season.

PLAYING in their first-ever league match, Robin and Pam Hendry joined stand-in captain Nick Taylor for the inaugural match of the 2011 season, with Nailsea Central travelling to Kington Langley in Wiltshire.

In the morning, Nick and Robin played a doubles game against Ian Morrison and Gill Wheeler, coming out 14-7 winners, whilst Pam went down 16-8 against Kington Langley captain, Richard Wheeler in a singles game that was curtailed by the clock.

In the afternoon session of three singles, all played on small lawns, Nick Taylor managed a break of six hoops with his red ball to build up a lead over Richard Wheeler and although Richard found his form and made up several hoops, Nick stayed ahead to win 14-8.

Pam Hendry played Gill Wheeler and Robin Hendry played Ian Morrison in the other singles games, the Nailsea pair going down 14-6 and 16-10 respectively in hot conditions with all three afternoon games being timed-out.

Overall, Nailsea Central lost 3-2 to Kington Langley, with greater match experience and home advantage telling in the end.

On Sunday, 16 members took part in Nailsea Croquet Club’s Marshall Midda golf croquet competition.

The players were arranged in four blocks and the block winners were Ryan Cabble, Alan Longdon, Chris Jackson and Valerie Jackson. Ryan, Chris and Valerie were outright winners of their blocks beating the three other players in their blocks, but in block B, Jim Gregory, Harry Dodge and Alan Longdon each finished on two wins. Alan was declared the winner on net points.

The club uses this competition as the qualifier for the All England Golf Croquet Championship. Ryan is not available to play in the final of the championship, so he gave his place to Polly Reynolds who came second in the block. Polly, Alan, Chris and Valerie will take part in the All England area finals in August.

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