Sidmouth croquet stars compete for Canton Trophy

Presentation of the Canton Trophy

Presentation of the Canton Trophy - Credit: Sidmouth Croquet

In glorious sunshine on Saturday, Sidmouth Croquet Club members competed for the Canton Trophy.  

This unusual artefact seems to have been originally presented to Edward Charles Bowra in 1872, at which time he was British Deputy Commissioner in Canton.   

Having died young, it passed through various country house sales and came into the possession of Colin Beaumont-Edmonds, who was a social member of the Sidmouth Croquet Club. It is not the prettiest of trophies but certainly provides a talking point. 

The event was played in two blocks, with Duncan Hasell winning all his three matches, although if Penny Ball had won two more hoops in their contest, it would have been she who progressed through to the final.  As it was, Duncan met Ed Dolphin in the Final and continued his winning streak. 

The photograph shows Duncan receiving the Trophy from the Tournament Organiser, Sue Dent, flanked by the other tournament competitors.