CROQUET: Broadwas claim victory at Swindon

SWINDON entertained Worcestershire outfit Broadwas B in damp and testing conditions.

The day started with a doubles game between Bill Marner and Tony Mayer (Swindon) and Gill Brooks and John Evans (Broadwas).

Marner soon got his ball round to hoop six and then concentrated on trying to enable his partner to score. Evans also started well, but Brooks did not score a hoop until nearly two hours into the game.

The hosts maintained their lead with the Broadwas pair catching up slowly, but the game ended with a 8-7 victory for Swindon.

Meanwhile, Rosemary Wall (Swindon) played Ian Dampney (Broadwas) but never really got into the swing of things and although she scored some good hoops Dampney pulled away to win 14-9.

Dampney played Mayer and won by 14-5 after lunch, Evans beat Marner 14-7, while Roger Bedells (Swindon) took over from Wall to play Brooks.

With scores tied at 8-8, Brooks made a mistake in trying to peg out one of Bedells’ balls when this was not allowed. This put her off her stride and gave Bedells the confidence to go on to win 14 -10 and seal a 3-2 victory for the visitors.

An in-house Golf Croquet match with eight ladies taking part in a doubles tournament.

By lunch, Liz French and Teresa Hunt had won two games, Elaine Turner and Jenny Walklate and Rosemary Wall and Lin Jones had won one game each, while Rose Mortimer and Margaret Carter were struggling without a win.

In the third round both Turner and Walklate and Wall and Jones won their games so three pairs had now won two games each.

Hoop difference was calculated and the top two pairs played in the final with French and Hunt beating Turner and Walklate 7-5 after a late surge.

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