Keep your eye on the ball at the centre of the sport: First, it was Jaques of London, then Barlow from South Africa, and now it's Sunshiny, manufactured on the island of Taiwan.
The most respected name in croquet - Jaques of London - has ended its relationship with the Taiwan agent who has long produced Jaques balls of various grades and most recently has manufactured the plastic "New Eclipse" through various stages of improvements in response to official testing. The Taiwan agent intends to continue the development of the ball and will sell it to distributors throughout the world. And thereby hangs a still unfolding tale of international intrigue that may eventually affect every croquet player in the world.
For now, the big question is: will the croquet world - its clubs, its national associations, its distributors and retailers - embrace or reject a superior ball with a questionable lineage?
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