On Thursday 18th July Chester Centurions played Culcheth in the NW level play golf league. It was a close match and with two games to go the score was 9-7 so it could have gone either way. However, the Chester team of Alan Clare (captain), Trevor Farrell and Garry Greenwood held firm and the final score was a 10-8 victory to Chester. It was a very pleasant day, sunny with a breeze and the lawn played very fast.
Teams from Chester Croquet Club have had a busy week in national and regional competitions.
In the national Mary Rose association croquet competition, Chester beat Pendle 4 – 3 at Chester on 8th July. Jerry Guest (captain), Mark Lloyd, John Dawson and David Boyd now progress to the next round where they play Nottingham at Nottingham.
On Wednesday 10th July, Chester and Broadwas played their second round / quarter final match in another national competition – the 2019 Secretary’s Shield tournament – at Shrewsbury Croquet Club. The match was evenly balanced, where the final result could easily have gone either way but Chester finally had their chances and managed to overtake Broadwas during the last ten minutes to give them the edge and the final victory 4-3. The victorious Chester team was David Boyd (captain), Robin Tasker, Paul Watson and John Dawson. Chester is now due to play Ashby in the semi-final.
Also on Wednesday 10th July, 12 contestants from the North West region took part in the Millennium Golf Handicap Tournament hosted by Chester Croquet Club. We welcomed competitors from Crake in the north of the region to Llanfairfechan in the south. Two groups of 6 players played a round robin, with the winners of each group playing for first place and the runner’s up in each group playing for third place. In a closely fought final Sam Seal from Llanfairfechan beat Roger Edwards from Craig y Don 6-4. The third place went to David Leach from Bury who narrowly defeated Brian Hayes from Chester 7-6 at the golden hoop. It was perfect weather, the lawns looked great and everyone remembered why they love croquet!
Chester played Bowdon twice during the week in the NW Federation midweek and weekend full lawn handicap leagues. On Friday, 12 July, the Chester team of David Guyton (captain), John Dawson, Robin Tasker and Paul Watson played away against Bowdon Earls. The weather varied from a heavy shower shortly after the start followed by bright sunshine later. Individual games were equally varied with some comfortable wins for Bowdon and some narrower wins for Chester giving an overall 4 – 3 win for Bowdon. Several of the players met again on Sunday, 14th July, when Chester played at home against Bowdon St Mary’s. This time, the Chester team was David Guyton (captain), David Boyd, John Dawson and Brian Walton. Bowdon found the slope and variable surface of Chester’s lawns more of a challenge compared with their lawns, and the match ended with a 4 – 2 win for Chester and one draw.
On Saturday 13th July, the Chester short lawn team of Sally Slater (captain), Val Sanders, Pat Wheeler and Nigel Worthington played Bury Vikings in the NW Federation league. Chester was leading by 2 games at lunch, but Bury caught up in the afternoon and the final score was a draw 8-8.
At the same time the golf croquet team of Edward Baskerville (captain), Janet Jackson, Liz Baskerville and Brian Hayes played Fylde Coasters at Chester. The rain stayed off and Chester won by 12 games to 6.
Chester lawns looking splendid for the millennium competition
On Thursday a group of members paid a visit to Dibley’s specialist nursery near Ruthin. They are famous for their Streptocarpus and Coleus particularly, winning a gold medal at Chelsea every year.
It was expected that we would look around the commercial greenhouses, but it was a great surprise to be taken around the magnificent garden created and developed by Rex Dibley. His knowledge and enthusiasm was fantastic. There were many specimen trees and other shrubs that he had grown from seed, including varieties of hollies, acers, oaks, birches, even eucalyptus. Rex still manages the garden single handed, and it is well worth a visit to see it.
The commercial greenhouses also had the wow factor, with beautiful, colourful streptocarpus stretching nearly as far as the eye could see. Another greenhouse contained begonias and coleus and was equally impressive. It was interesting to see how the commercial operation was managed.
Thanks to Sandy for organising the trip.
On Wednesday 10th July, 12 contestants from the North West region took part in the Millennium Golf Handicap Tournament hosted by Chester Croquet Club.
We welcomed competitors from Crake in the north of the region to Llanfairfechan in the south.
Two groups of 6 players played a round robin, with the winners of each group playing for first place and the runner’s up in each group playing for third place.
In a closely fought final Sam Seal from Llanfairfechan beat Roger Edwards from Craig y Don 6-4.
The third place went to David Leach from Bury who defeated Brian Hayes from Chester 7-6 at the golden hoop.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to an excellent day – from the ground staff in Westminster Park who cut the grass at the crack of dawn, to the tea makers.
We were blessed with perfect weather, the lawns looked great and we all remembered why we love croquet!
The team of Jayne Taylor (captain), Paul Taylor and Pat Clare faced the more experienced team of Bury Monarchs at Whitehead Park on Thursday 4th July. The day was lovely, the lawns were excellent and the match very enjoyable. Unfortunately Chester lost 15 games to 3, reflecting the greater experience of the home side. However, the team fought hard, and many of the games were very close with several decided on the golden hoop.
On Sunday, 7th July, Chester hosted Bury South in the NW Golf Croquet League. After losing both doubles games, the Chester team of Robert Jones, Doreen Leece, Liz Subrumanian and captain Pat Wheeler fought back, but ended up losing 8 – 10; two of those games were 6-all draws, so time proved to be the winner there. All in all it was a very enjoyable day against friendly opponents.
Bury CC will be holding an Association Fun Day on Saturday 27th July and a Golf Fun Day on Tuesday 6th August
Click here for further details
Big progress is being made with live streaming of croquet tournaments.
Surbiton have 2 excellent fixed cams on which I am watching the doubles live at the AC Open. In the next day or two Surbiton hope to have live YouTube with commentary.
To view go to http://www.surbitoncroquet.org.uk/
Feedback welcome as Surbiton and the CA aim to establish and improve the broadcast processes
A gorgeous sunny day on Thursday 27th June saw Chester Centurions play Pendle at home in the North West level play golf league. The Chester team of David Crawford (captain), Trevor Farrell and Mark Lloyd beat Pendle by 10-8 in a very closely fought match. Chester Centurions are defending their title won last year.
At Southport the UK’s largest festival of croquet took place on the weekend of 29th and 30th June,. Chester fielded teams in all of the competitions and the short lawn team were the overall winners in their section. The short lawn team of Helen Brophy, Pat Wheeler, Robert Jones and Roger Edwards had some very impressive wins in the hard fought competition. The full lawn team were not as successful, but nevertheless had a good competition.
Chester’s winning short lawn team
Chester player John Dawson competed at the English Veteran’s AC handicap national championship at Budleigh Salterton where he won the trophy, winning 6 out of 7 games.
John Dawson receives the trophy
A few matches were cancelled across the region due to the rain and waterlogged lawns, but Chester did field a short croquet team at Southport on Sunday 16th Sarah Andrew (captain), James Thomas, Pat Wheeler and Maureen Corrigan lost narrowly by 9-7.
After travelling to the edge of the north west region on Thursday 20th June, the level play team Chester Centurions found themselves up against some formidable opponents, in the shape of Crake Valley Croquet Club. The Chester team of Garry Greenwood (captain), Mark Lloyd and David Boyd fought a very tight morning session, to go into the lunch interval all square at 6 all. After lunch it remained very tight, until late in the day when Chester just managed to pull ahead 10 points to 8 to win the match. It was a very well fought match played in excellent spirits.
Chester played away against Southport on Sunday, 23rd June, in the second of the club’s NW Federation advanced croquet league matches this year. The Chester team was Jerry Guest (captain), David Guyton and Brian Walton who was playing in his first advanced croquet league match. The overall result was an encouraging 4 – 1 win for Chester.
Chester CroquetClub had a stall on Saturday 22nd June at the Westminster Park Summer Fayre as part of its commitment to being a community sports club. Lots of young people had a go at croquet during the afternoon, so hopefully we may be encouraging players of the future.
Children having a go at croquet at Westminster Park Fayre