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The Mitsubishi Motors European Team Championship started yesterday at Cheltenham

[<<] [>>] by David Openshaw at Cheltenham
29th June 2007 (International)

Fifteen countries have entered. Yesterday and Today are qualifying days for the eight-country Knock-Out, which will be played over the weekend.

Teams consist of three players: two play Association Croquet and one plays Golf croquet.

Highlight of the first round was the Scotland v Austria match. Klaus Gollhofer won the Golf Croquet for Austria and Bruce Rannie won an Association Croquet for Scotland. In the third game David Magee (Scotland) pegged out one of his balls and one of the opponents balls. But Leopold Walderdorf played well to reduce the deficit. He was in front of Rover with David's ball for the peg. David played an excellent shot from near the boundary to a wired position between penult and the peg and about 3 yards from the peg. Leopold ran Rover but the hoop prevented a shot at ball or peg. He jumped Rover but narrowly missed the peg. David finished to secure victory for Scotland by the narrowest of margins.

An interesting result from the Switzerland vs. Norway match was the Golf Croquet which Birger Stene won for Norway 0-7 7-5 7-6.

First Round Results

Switzerland 2 Norway 1
Scotland 2 Austria 1
Italy 3 Sweden 0
Isle of Man 3 Finland 0
Germany 3 Czech Republic 0
Wales 2 Belgium 0

Second Round Results

Germany 1 Belgium 2
Isle of Man 2 Czech Republic 1
Wales 3 Finland 0
Scotland 3 Norway 0
Switzerland 3 Sweden 0
Italy 2 Austria 1

(England has a bye so first plays tomorrow)


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