Short croquet triumph for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 09:12 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 October 2015

Nailsea Croquet Club.

Nailsea Croquet Club.

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Three teams from Nailsea Croquet Club entered the inaugural short croquet tournament at Budleigh Salterton.

Nailsea Croquet Club provided three teams to play in the inaugural short croquet tournament run by Budleigh Salterton.

The event for 14-point association rules games with a time limit of 75 minutes is ideally suited to autumnal weather and proved popular with a total entry of 20 teams, each of four players.

The teams were divided into four blocks with five teams in each, and on the Saturday Nailsea’s single team of Andrew Wimshurst, David Hunt, Ian Telfer and Chris Jackson started well and led at the lunch break.

Unfortunately, their afternoon deteriorated and they ended up with nine wins from their 16 games, in third place behind teams from Cornwall and Dyffryn.

The other two Nailsea teams were in action the following day and both made the running on their respective blocks.

Kathy Wallace led her team of Brigit Clayton, Libby Howard-Blood and Brian McCausland and they had a bye in the last round where they were four points ahead of nearest rivals Sidmouth.

Sidmouth were unable to win all their finals round matches, so Nailsea ran out block winners with 12 wins.

The third Nailsea team, led by Geoff Hughes, with Linda Shaw, Terry Young and Jim Gregory, ended up playing the other Sidmouth team in their final round and were able to increase their single point margin and end up with 13 wins from 16.

This was enough to give them the overall wining score. Nailsea’s success this year will guarantee them entry for next year.


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