Tibble crowned King of the Budleigh Croquet greens

PUBLISHED: 19:48 11 August 2010

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THE Budleigh Croquet Club had a record number of entries for their Championship week.

writes Charles Townshend.

Sixty players took part in the various competitions contested throughout the week.

There were also three players who had flown into the UK to compete.

Under the splendid tournament management of Mike Town, everyone was kept busy while the lunches and teas ,provided by club members, helped us to keep going (plus occasional help from the bar volunteers! ).

Conditions were tricky as the sun and lack of rain made ball control quite a challenge so that making a decent break was a real challenge.

An early start for groundsman and support team of members ensured that play could start at 9.30am each day, and it was often well into the evening before the last ball was struck.

l In the 14 low-handicap (A class), there were players in two blocks in the hunt got the Colman Cup and indeed the title of South West Croquet Champion.

Each person had to play six games under advanced rules with last year’s champion, Roger Jenkins, coming up against Lionel Tibble, who was in quite sparkling form.

Tibble won their game with a triple peel finish, producing top class croquet.

He had a clean sweep of wins that saw him at the top of the block and into the semi-finals. Richard Griffiths was the runner-up, suffering his only defeat at the hands of Tibble in the final.

The second block gave the top spot to David Magee with five wins out of six, losing only to Ed Dymock who was runner up with four.

In the semi-finals Tibble defeated Dymock +13 and Griffiths edged out Magee in a gripping finish by a single point when time was called.

The Final was played on Saturday afternoon and a cautious first game in the best-of three tussle gave Tibble the advantage (+6).

Both players then played some memorable croquet with a flurry of wonderful shots, but it was Tibble who claimed the second game with a marvellous triple peal to seal a +26 success and he is a most worthy 2010 Champion.

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