September showers and scores

The Snowdonia Trophy is played between the four croquet clubs of Chester, Craig-y-Don, Llanfairfechan and Tattenhall. Chester was in action twice this week in this competition. On Thursday, 23 September, the team of Kerry Dadson (captain), Jude Wise, Liz and Edward Baskerville played away at Tattenhall on a lovely day and won 9.5 – 6.5. On the following day, Friday, 24 September, Kerry and Jude were again in the team along with Paul Cronin and Jill Foley. The weather was again kind despite an early shower and scores were level for the first part of the day, but then Llanfairfechan drew ahead and the final score was 10-6.

Chester Croquet Club welcomed a record breaking 27 new members this season, and on Saturday, 25 September, an inaugural First Season Finale was held. Eight new members, Ian Shaw, Danny Fisher, Liz Jones, Louise Cronin, David Johnson, Paul Woods, Doreen King and Sarah Clements all played each other over the course of the day. Some excellent croquet was played in the sunshine, with many games going to the golden hoop. By the end of the day Sarah Clements was the overall winner, winning all of her 7 games. This was a particularly admirable achievement as she had only started playing croquet in the last few months.

Participants in the First Season Finale on Saturday, 25 September, lined up and ready to play after overnight rain
… and after a long day’s play
Organiser Sally Slater with her scoreboard and presenting the winning prize to Sarah Clements

Chester Croquet Club came top in the southern half of the this year’s NW Federation weekend full lawn association croquet league and went up to Fylde on Sunday, September 26, to play Crake, the northern winners, in a play off for overall league winners. Sally Slater, Robin Tasker, Paul Watson and Brian Walton were team representing Chester and despite many close games, they lost 5-2.

It’s behind you – Sandy Grievson and a rainbow over Chester