29 June 2012 Sidmouth Herald published
Members of Sidmouth Croquet Club playing at the weekend. Philip Harris takes his shot. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 2829-24-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Golf Croquet League Match v Cornwall
The Sidmouth Golf Croquet team continued their run of wins with a resounding victory at home against a team from Cornwall Croquet Club (Porthpean) in the South West Federation League, writes Colin Walls.
In all, Sidmouth won 14 games to Porthpean, three games with three drawn. Porthpean, playing with only four players, showed remarkable stamina during the 20 games against the larger Sidmouth team.
There were particularly good performances for Sidmouth by Keith Thorley, Ian Simpson, Margaret Piper and Marian Harris.
Result: Sidmouth 15½, Porthpean 4½.
Association B League Match v Budleigh
On a cold and windy day Sidmouth played an Association Croquet B League match at home against local rivals Budleigh Salterton.
The team of Marian Harris (captain), Muriel Philpott, Richard Thurlow and John Coombes played one doubles and six singles games.
In the morning, Sidmouth struggled in all three games, losing the doubles and one singles, but Richard Thurlow managed to just win his singles on the Golden Hoop in a close, hard-fought game.
Thurlow continued to play consistently well and won his second singles game in the afternoon, with wins also for Muriel Philpott and John Coombes in their singles.
Despite threatening skies after lunch, the rain stayed away and a dry day of croquet was enjoyed by all, with Sidmouth winning 4-3