Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club August Tournament proves to be a huge success

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 August 2018

The trophy winners after a highly successful Budleigh Croquet Club August Tournament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The trophy winners after a highly successful Budleigh Croquet Club August Tournament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The week-long Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club August Tournament is always a highlight of the South West’s croquet calendar, writes Peter Moore.

This year, some 30 players from 10 clubs across England gathered to compete for the historic trophies.

Four days of unrelenting heat called for considerable stamina on the part of competitors and, when the rain arrived on Friday, it was almost welcome!

The premier event, the A Class Open Championship, was won by Peter Nash of Urchfont, Wiltshire, beating the tournament manager Mike Town of Woking.

The final on Saturday was played in conditions deteriorating to heavy rain, which made the spectators grateful for the shelter of the clubhouse.

Peter’s victory by two games to one took nearly seven hours to achieve and the high quality of play by both finalists delighted the crowd.

David Warhurst of High Wycombe beat Budleigh player Nigel Amos in the B Class, but Budleigh members were to shine in the C and D class won by Alan Rush and Rosemary Bradshaw respectively.

In parallel with the class events, the tournament features handicap singles and doubles competitions, which allow weaker players to compete on even terms with the strongest.

This year’s winner of the handicap singles was Bob Burnett from Cornwall. The doubles trophies went to Mike Town and Rosemary Bradshaw.

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