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.

No Half-Measures at the Autumn Quiz Night

The start of the autumn Quiz Night was delayed by road closures on the approach to the venue but when proceedings finally got under way eight teams were ready to compete. We had been warned from the outset by Peter, our quizmaster, that in the case of disputed answers his decision was final and as the evening continued it became clear that he is not a man who does things by half. You will not find him sitting on the fence or hedging his bets. Fifty shades of grey? – black and white will do. So no half-marks.

But let’s face it: there are some questions that require a more considered response. As key members in the gathering would confirm, quiz nights are a serious business. After a closely-fought contest the “Answering Machine” emerged as the winning team.

Assisting our deceptively affable quizmaster on the night were Dea who kept score (whole numbers only) together with Alison and Jean who organised the half-time refreshments.