Nailsea suffer two defeats

CROQUET - NAILSEA Croquet Club's teams were involved in two South West Federation League matches on Sunday.

NAILSEA Croquet Club's teams were involved in two South West Federation League matches on Sunday.

In the Federation League, Nailsea Central lost 4-1 at home to East Dorset. Brian McCausland played well in the doubles, making a nine-hoop break before breaking down and then continued the break to the last hoop, but Peter Dyke struggled to get going.

He eventually scored seven hoops to establish a five-hoop lead. With time approaching Peter failed to get in front of his next hoop so he shot into corner three, the opponents joined up, so Peter advised Brian to shoot into corner one. From here it should have been difficult for the opponents to set up a break, but the East Dorset captain hit his partner's ball into the middle of the lawn, went to corner one to pick up the yellow ball, did a poor approach shot to hoop six, but then took a ten-yard angled shot, successfully scored the hoop and was able to continue the break until he scored the six hoops he required to win by one on time.

Nailsea also lost the morning singles game to go two-nil down at lunch. In the afternoon Ryan Cabble and Brian McCausland lost their singles, but Peter Dyke managed to redeem his poor morning performance and avoid a complete whitewash, by winning his singles game.


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Results: Doubles: Peter Dyke and Brian McCausland lost -1T (18-19). Singles: Ryan Cabble lost -16 and -19; Brian McCausland lost -12; Peter Dyke won +18T (23-5).

In the Intermediate League, Nailsea Central lost 4-3 away at Bristol. In the morning Nailsea won the doubles, but lost the two singles. In the afternoon, the honours were shared with each team winning two games.

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Results: Doubles: Kathy Wallace and Violet Delmas won +9T (17-8). Singles: Richard Delmas lost -3T (18-21) and -4; Graham McCausland lost -12 and won +1T (22-21); Kathy Wallace won +12; Violet Delmas lost -15.

Nailsea held their one-ball competition on Saturday. This is a version of the game where each player takes only one ball through all the hoops instead of the usual two.

In the morning, everyone played on equal terms with no extra turns for higher handicaps. Peter Dyke won his block by winning all his three games and Brian McCausland came second with two wins. In the other block, Jim Gregory and Steve Walker had two wins each but Steve won the block as he had beaten Jim.

In the afternoon, it was handicap play which gave a chance to the high bisquers. It was great to see Carl Jones and Tony Hinchliffe, both in only their second seasons, winning their blocks. Mike Tracy was runner-up to Tony. In the other block, Sheila Ware just slipped into second place, closely followed by Linda Shaw and Jim Gregory.

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