Townshed defeats New Zealander to lift B Level Competition.

PUBLISHED: 19:48 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:07 13 August 2010

Pam Hendry in action.

Pam Hendry in action.


AT THE Budleigh Croquet Club's Championship week there was a popular local win in the B level competition.

AT THE Budleigh Croquet Club’s Championship week there was a popular local win in the B level competition.

The event was contested by a well-matched group of a dozen players, all carrying a handicap of between 2 and 3.5.

Wendy Betteridge from New Zealand won her block with four wins and Brain Shorney, a local member, came second with three.

An injury problem left this block short of a competitor so Betteridge was actually undefeated in all her games.

The second block also had a drop-out and that left Croquet Club Chairman, Charles Townshend, coming out on top with three wins out of four.

Peter Miles, who had in fact beaten Charles +1 (on time) was runner-up, with two wins and a better points score than the other two players with the same tally of wins.

The semi-finals both went to time and saw Betteridge beating Miles +5, while Townshend defeated Shorney by the same score.

The final was played on Lawn 5, the fastest in the club, and both players had their problems.

Townshend had a well-controlled break under way, but came to grief after five hoops, while Betteridge went into the lead until a hit-in by Townshend in the closing minutes, enabled him to make three hoops and snatch victory by a single point.

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