Budleigh Golf Croquet team march on after sinking Swanage

PUBLISHED: 14:15 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:15 14 July 2015

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Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club played hosts to Swanage last week in their latest Level Play League match, writes Rob Weeks.

The Swanage team arrived all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, having won their last three matches, but the Budleigh team had some cause for optimism as they were also playing for a hat-trick of wins. The match got under way with four doubles and two single games, but no advantage was gained with the resulting score-line reading three points each.

Next followed a series of five singles games with Rob Weeks drawn to play veteran scratch player William Ormerod.

The match was – a miss-match, as explained by Rob Weeks, saying: “To say that I was mangled and annihilated by William is an understatement – I reckon that I would have given him a closer game if I hadn’t left the safety of the clubhouse. However, whilst my blood was being liberally daubed over Budleigh’s beautiful lawns, the rest of the team were quietly going about their business and managed to develop a slender lead of six points to five at lunch.!”

The weather had now improved from drizzly rain to warm sunshine and Budleigh’s fortunes followed suit as the team won all but one of the next five singles to forge into a 10-6 lead.

Another four singles followed and Budleigh finally ended up clear 13-7 winners.

The heroes in this encounter were Chris Donovan and David Hicks – who both managed to beat the aforesaid William Ormerod. To add an extra inch to David’s smile – he also managed a maximum – scoring wins in two doubles and three singles.

Budleigh entertain local rivals Exeter towards the end of the month and will clearly be hoping to extend their current unbroken series of wins to date this season.


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