Play-off victory for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 12:29 05 September 2012

Richard Broad.

Richard Broad.


Nailsea Central defeated Taunton Deane in a hard-fought Federation League play-off match.

NAILSEA Central won a hard fought away match by four games to three in the play-off of the Federation League at Taunton Deane Croquet Club.

In the morning, Peter Dyke and Linda Shaw had five extra turns against their lower handicapped opponents. Linda used the extra turns well to score 10 hoops and Peter started well with an all round break, the pair going on to win by nine points.

Nailsea lost the two morning singles games, so the lunchtime score was 2-1 to Taunton Deane.

Nailsea needed to win three of the four singles in the afternoon. Brian McCausland finished first with a 26 point win. Ian Telfer lost by five, but Linda used her extra turns to win by eight.

Peter had to use a different type of ball in the afternoon, but went on to win by 17 points on time to secure victory for the Nailsea team.

Nailsea Central proceed to the final against Nailsea North at Budleigh Salterton on September 23.

Results - doubles: Peter Dyke & Linda Shaw won +9. Singles: Brian McCausland lost -18 and won +26; Ian Telfer lost -17 and -5; Linda Shaw won +8; Peter Dyke won +17T (25-8).

The alternate stroke doubles competition attracted a bumper entry of 10 pairs at Nailsea Croquet Club.

The players take it in turns to play a stroke and the more experienced partner can help to keep the break going and also give some tactical coaching. Each pair played three 18-point games.

The most successful pairs were Geoff Hughes with Terry Young and Brian Roynon with Robin Hendry, who won all their games. Chris Jackson with Pam Hendry and Kathy Wallace with Doreen Wallace won two games each.

However, the points system being used rewarded good wins more than wins with narrow margins. On this basis, Brian and Robin had 76 points, Geoff and Terry were second with 75 points and Chris and Pam scored 64.

Jim Gregory and Tony Griggs claimed the fourth semi-finals place with 58 points, 41 of which were from a single game. Jim Field, playing with newcomer Steve Durston, took fifth place with 54 points.

There were six entrants to the high bisquers competition which is for players with a handicap of 20 or above.

The standard of play was high with eight of the nine games being completed within the time limit. Andrew Wimshurst, fresh from beginner’s lessons, won all his games with scores of +10, +9 and +11.

Tony Hinchliffe won one game with a score of +12 and had a narrow loss with a golden hoop against Doreen Wallace. Doreen came out on top of her block with two wins and a net score of +1.

Richard Broad, another player from the class of 2012, came second with a net score of zero. In the semi-finals, Andrew will play Tony and Doreen will play Richard.

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