Sidmouth croquet team win first Federation League game.

PUBLISHED: 11:01 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 20 April 2017

Action from the Sidmouth croquet greens

Action from the Sidmouth croquet greens

Archant

Sidmouth Croquet Federation team won their first league match of the season, defeating Nailsea 4-3, writes Richard Thurlow.

On a sunny, but windy day and 11 days after the beginning of the summer croquet season both the Sidmouth and Nailsea players had to rehone their skills and tactics after the winter break.

In the morning a doubles game and two singles games were played.

The Sidmouth pairing of Mike Taylor and Andrew Thomas played the Nailsea team.

All four players appeared rusty and shots were missed. However, as the game progressed confidence grew and longer breaks were made. After two-and-a-half hours the game was evenly poised, but a mistake by Sidmouth let in a Nailsea player who ran seven hoops. This was the deciding break and Nailsea won the game 25–16.

David Clarke played one of the morning singles. Again both players were rusty and made mistakes. Sidmouth lost 24 -6. The second singles game Peter Nelson (Sidmouth) and a Nailsea was a complete contrast.

Right from the start Peter had the measure of the lawn, he hit in and made an 11 hoop.

He then soon managed to get his second ball around and ran 11 hoops with this ball. Peter finally pegged both his balls out to win 26-5, and this meant that at the luncheon interval, Sidmouth trailed 2-1.

There were four singles matches contests post lunch and the home side needed to win three of them to take the overall match honours.

Peter Nelson continued his good form of the morning and won 26-7. Mike Taylor won his game 26-6, but David Clarke lost 26-14.

That left the overall score at three games each with one to play.

The Sidmouth fate rested in the arms of Andrew Thomas. Both he and his opponent played confidently and each made five and six hoop breaks, but it was Andrew who finally won the game 22-18, securing Sidmouth a 4-3 match victory.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 09:53

Ottery under 13s secured their most comprehensive win of an unbeaten season with a 98- run victory over Whimple when the sides met to contest a Bradleys East Devon Youth League fixture.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:44

Sixteen-year-old Byron Knowles scored a maiden senior cricket century as Sidmouth III recorded an emphatic win in their Tolchards Devon League 2nd XI B Division East meeting with Seaton II at Newton Poppleford.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:44

On Wednesday, Sidmouth ladies travelled to play round three of the Inter Club competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:43

Sidmouth seniors’ visit to Vivary Golf Course in Taunton was a journey into the unknown for most of the team as it was a new fixture with them, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Thu, 12:33

On Wednesday the Sidmouth ladies played a qualifying competition in the Express and Echo Foursomes, writes Andrea Milton.

Read more
Thu, 12:32

Sidmouth 2nd XI skipper Dec Lines racked up his highest league score to date when he stroked his way to 132 in what became a comfortable victory for the team at home to Plympton II.

Read more
Thu, 12:31

Phew! It’s been a hot one! Sidmouth Bowling Club rinks have been pushed to stay green this week, but thanks to underground water storage tanks and the extremely hard work of Barry and Noel - the green keepers - everything is looking as beautiful as ever, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Thu, 12:29

The draw has been made for the 2017/18 Devon RFU Under-15 Cup.

Read more
Thu, 11:23

The Upper Crust Monday Stableford was won this week by Brian Cole with 42 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 11:23

Sidbury were six wicket winners when they entertained touring outfit The Greys.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications