Somerset win inter-county title

PUBLISHED: 14:37 08 June 2011

Somerset croquet team

Somerset croquet team

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Nailsea Croquet Club members help Somerset to inter-counties championship victory.

SOMERSET won the inter-counties Association Croquet Championship at Southwick and Compton, beating all 10 of the other counties in Division 1, a feat that no county has ever achieved in previous years.

Nottinghamshire came second winning nine matches. The Somerset team consisted of two Nailsea members, Kriss Chambers and Marcus Evans, a former Nailsea member, Jim Field, two Bristol members, David Goacher and Edward Duckworth and a former Bristol member, Roger Tribe.

The championship was played over four days and each match consisted of three doubles games. Somerset beat Hertfordshire 2-1, Suffolk 2-1, Middlesex 3-0, Cheshire 2-1, Surrey 3-0, Dorset 3-0, Sussex 2-1, Nottinghamshire 2-1, Lancashire 2-1 and Glamorgan 3-0.

Essex won the second division, also with a 100 per cent record and will be promoted next year along with the Channel Islands and Gloucestershire. Middlesex, Dorset and Sussex will be demoted.

Nailsea Croquet Club, held its monthly Wild Wednesday competition. The June winner was Richard Delmas with a score of 93 points, the highest monthly score this year, Brian McCausland came second with 72 points, Mary Barnes was third with 61 and Geoff Hughes and Jim Gregory were equal fourth on 58.

Over the weekend, Nailsea held the Amelia Hall Plate, an annual handicap tournament. This year there were 10 competitors with eight Nailsea members and two visitors.

At the end of the first day, the joint leaders were Mike Tracy (Nailsea) and last year’s winner, Richard Way (Bear of Rodborough, near Stroud), both on three wins out of three. On two wins were Erica Malaiperuman, who joined the Nailsea Club as a beginner last year, Peter Dyke and Kathy Wallace (both Nailsea).

On Sunday, Mike beat Richard, Peter beat Erica and Wayne Wiseman (Bristol) beat Kathy. In the final round, Mike beat Geoff Hughes (Nailsea) by 16, won the tournament with five wins, gained a handicap reduction to 12 and also won a bronze award for doing his first 10-hoop break using bisques in a tournament.

Richard beat Peter and was runner-up with four wins and a handicap reduction to six. Peter, Wayne and Kathy finished joint third each with three wins.


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