CROQUET: Swindon through to knockout stages
SWINDON Croquet Club’s federation team finished their league season in style as they defeated Cheltenham 5-2.
That meant that Swindon set up a semi-final meeting with the winners of the Central League, who are not yet known.
On Cheltenham’s well-groomed lawns, Diana Trott and Neil Morrison outsmarted Cheltenham duo Paul Hands and Michael James in the pairs.
Throughout the game, Hands regularly attempted to set up his partner for hoops, but James could not make any progress and Swindon cruised to a 26-2 win.
In the morning singles, John Airey (Swindon) broke in with his first ball to score an 11-hoop break.
However, Cheltenham’s Adam Moliver chipped away at the advantage and overhauled the Swindon player to triumph 26-16.
Swindon’s Mike Graham started with a good break against Alan Slater and despite then struggling for a while, found a second wind and took a 26-11 victory.
In the afternoon singles, Airey started well but was overtaken by Slater at the half way mark.
However, Airey was one hoop ahead when time was called and Slater failed to draw level on his last hoop, giving Airey a 24-23 win.
Trott fell behind against Hands but she came back with a good 10-hoop break, only for Hands to ultimately take a 26-13 victory.
Morrison followed up his excellent start with further good play to beat James 26-18, while Graham produced his best croquet against Moliver.
Graham started with a good break as he got to hoop nine, and while Moliver put up good defence, Graham made another large break.
Only failing on one hoop throughout the game, Graham stormed to a 26-0 win in less than 50 minutes.
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