Swindon Croquet Club compete in Champion of Champions knock-out

By Jessica Durston - 3 September 2021

Clubs & ActivitiesSport
  • The Swindon team (L - R) Colin Bailey, Martin Briggs, Dave Booth, Beverly Briggs, Clive Smith (Captain), Jeff Hannath, Garry Douel

    The Swindon team (L - R) Colin Bailey, Martin Briggs, Dave Booth, Beverly Briggs, Clive Smith (Captain), Jeff Hannath, Garry Douel

The club travelled to the outskirts of Tewkesbury for this prestigious match against Beckford CC.

Captain Clive Smith about to clear his opponent's red ball with the black ball
Having become champions of the SW Croquet Federation Golf Croquet League, Swindon Croquet Club’s low handicap team qualified for the SW Champion of Champions knock out competition.
 
The Swindon team said being used to playing on the pristine, level lawns at Moredon, adjusting to the various slopes and inconsistent undulations of the Beckford lawns was challenging.
 
Martin Briggs remained unbeaten on the day, scoring 2 1/2 valuable points which contributed to Swindon’s slender lead by lunchtime. However, Beckford fought back strongly in the afternoon games and with one game still in play, the home team held a 1 point lead.

Having won 2 doubles games and 1 singles game, Beverly Briggs competed strongly but, despite her best efforts, was unable to overcome her opponent’s accurate clearing and hoop running, narrowly losing 5-7, resulting in a 11 - 9 victory for Beckford.

Swindon Captain Clive Smith said: "The home draw was a massive advantage for Beckford so I was proud of the determined manner in which my team approached the match. Ultimately we just fell short but, nevertheless, it was an enjoyable day of croquet as we were made very welcome and the match was played in a friendly spirit throughout."

Your Comments

Be the first to comment on this article

Login or Register to post a comment on this article

Sport
Swindon Town Football Club's chase for promotion

Swindon Town Football Club's chase for promotion

A monthly column from Alfie Howlett

Sport
Tough two days for Wildcats

Tough two days for Wildcats

The Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats endured ...

Sport
Why Cheltenham Festival is so special for Swindonians

Why Cheltenham Festival is so special for Swindonians

Cheltenham Festival 2022 is fast approaching ...

Sport
Highway Code Changes to Support Walking and Cycling

Highway Code Changes to Support Walking and Cycling

Monthly column with Becky Cox of ...

Perry Bishop April 21 - Jan 22
Sport
Images from the 2021 ITC Southern Open Competition

Inclusive club welcomes all to try Tae Kwon Do

North Wilts Tae Kwon Do are ...

Registered in England & Wales. No: 4513027, Positive Media Group, Old Bank House, 5 Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4BJ