James Death returns to Budleigh to win the Gold Challenge Casket

PUBLISHED: 10:06 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:06 22 June 2018

James Death plays a perfect break during the Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Championship. Picture:Stephen Custance-Baker

James Death plays a perfect break during the Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Championship. Picture:Stephen Custance-Baker

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Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club hosted the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships, writes Judith Moore.

Held over four days in June, this is one of the oldest and most highly regarded events of the croquet calendar and we were thrilled to invite some of the world’s top ranking players.

After four days the scene was set for the finals. Tournament manager David Maugham and doubles partner (and wife-to-be) Alison Jones won the mixed doubles playing against Dave Kibble and Erica Malaiperuman.

After a long battle, Louise Bradforth overcame Beatrice McGlen to win the women’s block. Alain Giraud eventually outplayed Jonathan Powe after another long contest to win the Du Pre Cup.

Budleigh members were treated to an exciting spectacle in the men’s final. In the best of five games, James Death was all set to win his third, when opponent Mark Suter put a spoke in the wheel to win this game.

However, James, undaunted and playing at lightning speed, took the fourth game to win the Gold Challenge Casket.

This was a welcome return of James to our croquet club where he first polished his amazing croquet skills while a student at Exeter University some 20 years ago.

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