Nailsea through to the next round

PUBLISHED: 14:48 01 June 2011




Nailsea Croquet Club beat Ryde in the first round of the Inter-Club Championship.

NAILSEA Croquet Club beat Ryde 4-2 at home in the first round of the Golf Croquet Inter-Club Championship

Brian McCausland (hcp 4) played well above his handicap and won both his best of three singles matches against his handicap two opponents and he gained 55 points on his handicap card.

The team owe their win to this magnificent performance. Peter Dyke also had a good day partnering Ryan Cabble in the doubles win and he also narrowly won the deciding game in his singles.

Earlier in the week, Nailsea Central had a narrow win against Palace Croquet Club (Wells) in the B League.

In the morning, Nailsea lost the doubles, but Nick Taylor had a good win in the singles. In the afternoon, Robert Penrose lost his singles and Robin Hendry won making the score 4-4.

In the deciding game, the score was 20-all when time was up and so the players had to play the ‘golden hoop’, which Nick Taylor scored to give victory to Nailsea.

Nailsea Central beat Weston Central by 13-7 in the South West Federation Golf Croquet League.

The morning doubles were shared, Nailsea won three games in the first round of singles and shared the second round giving a score of 6-4 to Nailsea at lunch.

In the afternoon, Nailsea won both doubles and shared the third round of singles making the score 10-6. Nailsea needed just one more win for victory and made sure of it with three wins in the final round.

Once again Brian McCausland had a good day with a win in the doubles and winning all three of his singles to gain another 30 on his handicap card. 18-year old Ryan Cabble was on superb form winning his four singles and 15-year old Harry Dodge also had a good day winning both his doubles games with Peter Dyke and two out of three singles.

Tony Hinchliffe, whose handicap came down from six to five last week won a doubles with Brian and a singles game.

On adjacent lawns, Nailsea South East had a narrow home win against Weston South East by 10-9 with one drawn game.

Nailsea got off to a good start winning three of the four doubles, but they won only one game in the first round of singles making the score 4-4.

In the next round, Nailsea won two games, lost one and drew one to take a slender 6.5-5.5 lead. Nailsea extended their lead winning three singles in the penultimate round and just hung on by winning one game in the final round to win, 10.5-9.5.

Geoff Hughes had a particularly good day, winning all four of his singles. Mary Barnes and Ron Harridge won both their doubles and David Hunt and Andrew Buchanan also won a doubles game.

In the singles, David Hunt, Andrew Buchanan and Coral Harrison each had one win and Ron Harridge had a drawn game.

Nailsea South West lost away at Budleigh Salterton by 6-12, with two drawn games.

Brian and Brenda Roynon won both their doubles games. Jim Gregory, Brian Roynon, Polly Reynolds and Brenda Roynon each had one win in the singles and Brian Roynon and Pam Hendry each had a drawn game, but it was not enough to overhaul the Budleigh Salterton total.

On Sunday, Nailsea beat Taunton Deane, 5-2 in the Federation League

In the morning, Nailsea lost the doubles, but Ian Telfer and Brian McCausland won both singles.

In the afternoon, Ian Telfer, David Hunt and Peter Dyke won their singles and Brian McCausland had a commanding 19 point lead in his singles, but with only half an hour left, he let his opponent back in and lost 22-23.

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