Match reports 25, 27, 28 April 2019

It’s been an excellent week for Chester’s association croquet players, as two teams won their matches and one player, Richard Smith, won an advanced tournament.
Against a backdrop of thunder and lightning, Chester beat Bury 4-3 in a closely fought association croquet away match on Thursday 25th April . John Dawson (captain), Robin Tasker, David Boyd and Sarah Andrew all contributed to the first win in the North West mid- week league.
On Sunday 28th April Bury were the losers again in a match played at Bury in the North West handicap league. Robin Tasker, Paul Watson, Brian Walton and John Dawson were leading 3-0 at lunch and only lost one game in the afternoon to give an impressive 6-1 final score.
Richard Smith competed in the weekend advanced tournament at Southport. As the sunny day 2 unfurled, a three way tie for the pewter Jubilee Tankard looked possible, but Richard didn’t falter and won all six rounds, overcoming some serious challenges on the way. The win improved Richard’s world ranking from 185 to 163.

Richard Smith