The Budleigh Croquet Club is preparing to switch from summer play into winter mode, writes Charles Townshend.

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All the Club competitions are in their final stages so that trophies can be presented at the 2012 AGM being held on October 25.

The end of season dinner takes place on Saturday, October 27and that also signals the start of new winter arrangements.

Two important finals were recently contested.

The Club Championship was contested by Paul Whittall and Adam Wimshurst and it did not disappoint as the best of three matches went the distance!

Whittall made the best of a good start and gained an early advantage winning the opening game plus 21.

In the second game Wimshurst made excellent progress and was able to see one ball on the peg and the other needing only two hoops before being able to peg out and level the match score.

However, Whittall gained the innings and went all the way round, pegged his opponents ball out and so putting him at severe disadvantage, but an incautious leave, gave Wimshurst an easy chance to get in with his remaining ball and complete a well deserved plus 12 victory.

The third game provided Wimshurst with one or two opportunities, but not enough to prevent Whittall winning by the handsome margin of plus 23 to be crowned champion!

Croquet chairman Chris Donovan took on Tim Liles for the Bower Cup. Like the championship match it was played under advanced rules but this event allows the higher handicapped player to have bisques (extra turns).

In the end it was Donovan who emerged triumphant after winning both games with scores of plus seven and plus 11.

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