Weather hits the Golf Croquet competition.

PUBLISHED: 10:44 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 09 April 2010

THE three days of Golf Croquet last week included a very wet Wednesday when the lawns at the Croquet Club became so waterlogged that play had to be abandoned, writes Charles Townshend.

THE three days of Golf Croquet last week included a very wet Wednesday when the lawns at the Croquet Club became so waterlogged that play had to be abandoned, writes Charles Townshend.

Normal play becomes impossible under such conditions and there is a risk that the lawns might suffer.

Players are accustomed to donning waterproofs and playing on during rainy spells, but the heavy and persistent rain took out quite a lot of the time needed to complete the matches needed to produce a clear winner for the Alan Oldham Trophy.

Thursday gave us much better weather and all the necessary games were completed in time, although some had to be shortened a bit.

The Knockout semi-finals featured Dick Strover from Colchester (last year's winner) in a tight match against Carole Jackson from Capetown.

She won the first of the three games 7-6 but Dick recovered his winning touch and took the next two games 7-3, 7-3.

The other semi was between Ray Mounfield of Derbyshire and another Colchester member in Chris Sheen.

Both games went to a tight finish with Ray defeating his opponent 7-6, 7-6.

In the play-off for 3rd place, Chris went on to play Carole in a single 19 point game and was able to come out a easy winner by 10 to 5.

The plate competition for first round losers was won convincingly by Martin Prince from Sydney with four wins from four matches.

The Knock Out Final between Mounfield and Strover was a best-of-three 13 point game and saw both players a little below their best. Strover took the first game easily 7-3, after a long struggle for the 9th hoop, that finally gave him victory.

In Game 2 Mounfield started shakily before returning to form and wining 7-5.

The third game began well for Strover who led 3-1 before Mounfield took three in a row to level.

After 12 hoops the score was level at 6-6 and Strover took the 'golden hoop' to win 7-6 and retain the trophy.

Bill Arliss, the manager of the event, presented the trophy to the winner and thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the championships and praised the Budleigh Salterton club members for their work in providing the refreshments, drinks and well-prepared lawns.

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