CPCC’s Successful End to a Long Hot Season

After a difficult season, Camerton & Peasedown Croquet Club’s two AC teams were determined to finish on a high. The Federation League team took on East Dorset in Poole. Colin Britt beat their captain 26:6 with an hour to spare, while Ros Key-Pugh ground out a 21-16 win. The doubles match went to full time as well, being won on the golden hoop. The afternoon was a different story. Two singles were lost, before Colin, trailing, took his ball almost round the lawn to peg out in one turn just as time was called. CPCC finished 5:2 up.

Earlier Kington Maurward had come to Peasedown with a strong team that included Jonathan Powe who is selected for the England AC World Championship team. Although, Colin held him to a 24:21 win, overall the team lost the match 2:3.

On the hottest day of the year, CPCC’s inexperienced ‘B’ League AC team played their last match against Lym Valley. Tied at lunch, their determination to break their string of defeats was rewarded with a 3:2 win and revived confidence for their second season.

The Federation Level Play GC team struggled in their final two matches. There was one compensation for defeats by a very strong team from Nailsea and by Dyffryn; the latter was played on the stately lawns of the National Trust’s Dyffryn House, Glamorgan.

Dyffryn was also the venue for the Welsh Dragon Level “B” Trophy Competition won by CPCC’s Ros Key-Pugh (pictured here receiving her trophy from Kevin Ham). Sadly, it was the last croquet to be played there since the NT has made it untenable for the club to continue. No longer will NT visitors be entertained or coached there, unlike at Peasedown.

42 guests from the MSN Rotary Club, followed by 36 from regional Women’s Institutes enjoyed learning and playing croquet, imbibing drinks and food until the sun set.