Local croquet results
PUBLISHED: 12:27 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton Croquet Club held its main annual tournament last week with over three hundred games completed in the main events and a number of competitive friendlies played as well when competitors were not otherwise occupied!
BUDLEIGH Salterton Croquet Club held its main annual tournament last week with over three hundred games completed in the main events and a number of competitive friendlies played as well when competitors were not otherwise occupied!The A Class event saw a record number of 18 low handicap entrants battling for the Colman Cup and the title 2008 South West Champion and, such was the volume of matches generated by the competitors, that Sidmouth Croquet Club kindly leant two of their lawns for early rounds.After these the field was reduced to eight players. Holder Lionel Tibble battled hard to retain his crown before going out in a last four match at the hands of Roger Jenkins. The other semi-final saw up and coming player, James Field beat Bob Burnett. Jenkins then claimed the title, playing an almost 'perfect' game that included a skilful triple peel and a score of +26. The B class competition saw a dozen players contest the Longman Cup and local player Michael Lester put up a strong challenge before losing in a close semi-final match with Nigel Amos, who went on to beat Ian Lewis decisively in the final. Melanie Foster, from the Southport Club was part of a strong northern contingent and was awarded the trophy as the most improved lady player. Last year she was handicapped at 10, came here at 6 and left after winning no fewer than twelve of her fifteen contests to earn a new handicap of 4. Her final game was in the C Class final where she overcame Peter Miles who achieved 11 wins out of the 16 games he played. Foster received the Stone Challenge Cup and also reached the final of the big handicap event where she collected the Marshall Salver as runner-up. The D Class event was played for the Armada Dish and was decisively won by Brian Lewis who received the trophy as the most improved gentleman player.John Reddish, from Dulwich, carried off the magnificent Oliver Bowl for the Handicap competition, winning seven out of eight games played. Budleigh players had put up a strong showing with four competitors reaching the quarter final stages only to see visitors taking the semi-final places. The Doubles competition was played as a knock-out in the late afternoons and there were a number of keenly fought games. The final saw Marie and Michael Lester, of Budleigh, beating a strong pairing of Roger Jenkins and Gordon Weir and winning the Le Mesurier Cups. Trophies were awarded for the fastest games (Lionel Tibble 34 minutes); most games, Roger Jenkins; most triple peels, Roger Jenkins; Golf Croquet, Lionel Tibble,who also won the One Ball competition. Budleigh Croquet Club were most grateful to Mr Philip Musselwhite of Palmer Whitton and Laing, the sponsors, who presented the cups and trophies and, fittingly, as the presentations were being made, the sun burst through to assist in the closing formalities of what had been a thoroughly successful week.Roger Jenkins spoke on behalf of the visitors to thank Budleigh members for all their efforts in preparing beautiful playing conditions, excellent meals and other refreshments and to congratulate Budleigh Manager Mike Town for his work in keeping everyone occupied and happy during the competition.SUMMER sun bathed the Croquet Club Bowlers as they competed for the Evans Cups last Thursday. An enthusiastic crowd of players and supporters saw a gripping final between Rob Weeks with playing partner Jackie Hardcastle up against the pairing of Brian Goddard and Michael Peters. After six ends the match was tied and it was necessary to play an extra end to establish the outright winners. After the last wood rolled down the lawn it was Goddard and Peters who emerged victorious. This competition was started at least sixty years ago and is played in American blocks, and it is thought that this may well be owing to the fact that Americans were still stationed in Budleigh at the time the competition was launched.The first trophies were presented in 1949 by Mrs Evans, herself a keen bowler and wife of the local doctor. The name remains to mark this as the most important club competition of the year for the Budleigh Croquet Club bowlers.Thirty-two players began the competition with sixteen involved in the morning, sixteen more in the afternoon and the final between the winners of the two blocks being played off after tea. A splendid lunch was supplied and enjoyed by the members and there was the club's excellent tea to strengthen finalist and spectators before a delightful day was over.