Ryan wins British doubles title

PUBLISHED: 14:21 29 June 2011




Ryan Cabble (18) partnered by Surbiton’s Nick Cheyne, won the British Open Golf Croquet Doubles Championship.

LAST week, 18-year-old Ryan Cabble from Nailsea, partnered by Nick Cheyne from Surbiton, won the British Open Golf Croquet Doubles Championship.

They beat a more experienced pair in the final 7-5, 5-7, 7-4. The next day, Ryan came runner-up in the British Open Singles Championship. In the semi-final, he beat Ivor Brand from Worcester 7-5, 6-7, 7-4, but in the final he lost to Stephen Mulliner from Surbiton 5-7, 5-7.

Nailsea Croquet teams have been involved in several South West Federation league fixtures this week.

Nailsea Central lost to Bath at home 4-3 in the Intermediate League. The Nailsea team won all three of the close morning games and needed to win just one of the afternoon singles. However, they were convincingly beaten in two of the afternoon singles and narrowly lost the other two.

Results - doubles: Mike Tracy & Brigit Clayton won +4T (15-11). Singles: Kathy Wallace won +6T (23-11) and lost -19; Graham McCausland won +2T (21-19) and lost -5T (19-24); Mike Tracy lost -13; Brigit Clayton lost -2T (13-15).

Nailsea Central beat Bristol 4-3 in the Federation League. In the morning, Brian McCausland convincingly won his singles, but Nailsea lost the doubles and the other singles, so they were 2-1 down at lunch.

However, wins by Peter Dyke, Brian McCausland and Ian Telfer secured victory for the Nailsea team.

Results - doubles: Pat Long & Peter Dyke lost -7T (12-19). Singles: Brian McCausland won +24 and +7T (21-14);Ian Telfer lost -2T (20-22) and won +15; Pat Long lost -15; Peter Dyke won +5T (20-15).

In the B League, Nailsea Central were comprehensively beaten at home by Weston, by 6-1. Nick Taylor and Robin Hendry won the doubles, but Nailsea lost all six singles.

Results - doubles: Nick Taylor & Robin Hendry won +13. Singles: Robert Penrose lost -7 and -9; Pam Hendry lost -2T (15-17) and -2T (10-12); Nick Taylor lost -7; Robin Hendry lost -6T (18-24).

On Sunday, all four of Nailsea’s Golf Croquet League teams were in action. Nailsea North lost at home to Lansdown North. The team did well in the doubles winning three and drawing the fourth, but of the 16 singles they won three, lost 12 and drew one.

Results - doubles: Carl Jones & Valerie Jackson won 7-3; Alan & Lynda Longdon drew 6-6; Alan Longdon & Valerie Jackson won 7-2; Carl Jones & Doreen Wallace won 7-5. Singles: Chris Jackson lost 2-7; Carl Jones won 7-6 and 7-3; Alan Longdon lost 3-7 and won 7-0; Valerie Jackson lost 2-7 and 1-7; Lynda Longdon lost 5-6 and 2-6, and drew 6-6; Margaret Robinson lost 5-7 and 3-7; Doreen Wallace lost 3-7, 3-7 and 6-7.

The Nailsea Central team had an interesting day away at Lansdown. The Lansdown club is part of Lansdown Tennis Club and they have lost one full-size lawn as it has been relaid as a tennis court with an artificial surface.

The Tennis Club is allowing the croquet section to use an old tennis court with an artificial surface for its six home matches this season.

Even though the Nailsea team were without Ryan Cabble, they adapted to the conditions quicker than the home team and were 9-1 up at lunch. In the afternoon, Nailsea won seven games out of 10, giving a final score-line of 16-4 to Nailsea.

Brian McCausland and 14 year-old Harry Dodge both won all their singles and gained handicap reductions, Brian to three and Harry to six.

Results - doubles: Peter Dyke & Harry Dodge won 7-2 and 4-0; Brian McCausland & Tony Hinchliffe won 7-4 and 7-3. Singles: Peter Dyke won 6-3, 6-4 & 7-6 and lost 5-7; Brian McCausland won 7-5, 7-3, 6-1 and 7-1; Tony Hinchliffe won 6-4 and lost 6-7, 3-7 and 2-7; Harry Dodge won 5-2, 7-3, 7-1 and 7-5.

The Nailsea South East team beat Abbey (Glastonbury) 13-7 at home. Nailsea got off to a good start and were 6-2 up at lunch and managed to win seven of the 12 afternoon singles.

Results - doubles: Mary Barnes & Ron Harridge won 7-4 and 7-6; Geoff Hughes & Coral Harrison lost 1-5 and won 7-5. Singles: Geoff Hughes won 7-5, 6-5 & 7-5 and lost 3-7; Mary Barnes won 7-6, 7-2, 7-6 and 7-4; Ron Harridge lost 3-7, won 7-2 and lost 6-7 & 5-7; Coral Harrison won 7-5 & 6-5 and lost 2-7 & 3-7.

Nailsea South West were 2-6 down at lunch in an away match at East Dorset Croquet Club (Parkstone), but staged an excellent recovery in the afternoon to win 11-8 with one drawn game.

Results - doubles: Brian & Brenda Roynon lost 3-5 and 2-4. Singles: Polly Reynolds & Robin Hendry lost 5-6; Jim Gregory & Pam Hendry won 6-4; Jim Gregory lost 2-4 and won 4-3 & 7-5; Brian Roynon won 6-4, 7-4 and 6-3; Polly Reynolds lost 4-7 and won 7-4 & 7-5; Pam Hendry lost 1-7 and won 5-3; Robin Hendry lost 0-7 and won 6-3.

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