Chester has succeeded in becoming this year’s winner of the Snowdonia Cup taking the award from last year’s winner, Llanfairfechan. It is a local inter-club competition including both handicap golf croquet and short lawn association croquet and is played between four Cheshire and North Wales clubs – Chester, Tattenhall, Craig-y-Don and Llanfairfechanl. It started in 2019 with the aim of encouraging newcomers and less experienced players to take part in team events. After two more matches this month, Chester emerged top with 16 points, ahead of its local neighbour Tattenhall with 11 points, and Craig-y-Don with 8 points and Llanfairfechan with 3 points. Congratulations to the Chester teams!
In another match on Monday, 18 September, Chester’s association handicap team of David Boyd (captain), David Guyton, Robin Tasker and Paul Watson played at home against Fylde in a postponed NW Federation weekend association croquet handicap league match. The day started with torrential rain causing extensive puddles across the lawns. This delayed the start of the match by a couple of hours. Reversing the normal order of play of a doubles game and two singles games in the morning followed by four singles games in the afternoon, it was agreed to play the four singles games in the morning. The lawns were still very wet and slow and the score was two games each by a late lunchtime. At that stage it was decided to abandon the rest of the games and to agree an overall draw for this last match of the season in that league.