High Handicap League match at Bath CC

On a warm sunny day at Bath Croquet Club, CPCC started badly with the home team winning three of the four matches in each of the three rounds before the lunch break. This pattern continued into the afternoon but the final score of 15:5 to Bath fails to reflect a closely-fought match: ten of the games were won or drawn at the final hoop and seven of these were decided at the “golden” hoop. Patricia Naish was CPCC player-of-the-day winning four of the five games in which she played.

Here, Tony Curson, the match referee takes the knee to adjudicate on a shot by a member of the Bath team. Mary and Patricia look on as the red ball emerges from the hoop, caught mid flight by the camera.

In another doubles match, with the Abbey in the background, a Bath player offers advice to her partner while the CPCC players discuss tactics.