Liles wins Millennium tournament at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club.

Competitiors at the Budleigh competition Competitiors at the Budleigh competition

Thursday, July 10, 2014
11:15 AM

Despite some challenging weather, over the weekend Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club held its Millennium Tournament, an annual fixture since the year 2000, writes Bob Donald.

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Seventeen croquet players donned wet weather gear and managed to play 36 games of association croquet.

Each shortened handicap game lasted one-hour-and-thirty-minutes. Bisques (extra turns) had to be taken in the first hour of each game giving more experienced players a chance to make breaks and demonstrate their hoop running abilities in the latter part of the game.

By the start of the second day Tim Liles was a clear leader with only Barbara Thompson, Alan Rush and Martin Yates in a position to overtake him.

However Tim, continued to win all his games to win the tournament with Martin Yates finishing as runner-up.

In the evening players returned to the clubhouse to celebrate two days of very friendly, but highly competitive and skilful play at the Millennium dinner when Tim Liles was presented with a beautifully engraved glass goblet by the tournament manager.

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