Klim Seabright won the Parsons Green One Ball Competition
Klim Seabright won the Parsons Green One Ball Competition, with Tony Fathers and Martin Strong as runners up.
Competitors from clubs as far away as Cheltenham and Watford arrived to the always friendly welcome from Parsons Green Club members and with tournament manager Gary Duke at the helm all started smoothly under the grey, spitting skies.
One-Ball is a quick and fun form of croquet so the games passed quickly and the contenders for the title started to show themselves as the early rounds progressed. Roehampton player Tony Fathers was looking good with some early wins, but with last year's winner Brian Rees failing to produce his usual form it was Klim Seabright from Cheltenham who was the one to watch with some deadly accurate play before lunch.
The lunch at Parsons Green Club was as usual a very sociable feast and with the catering now under new management provided a variation on the usual Ploughman's.
With a couple of drinks from the bar to smooth the swing, everyone came back to the lawns happy to see the warm spring sunshine. The afternoon session saw three local newcomers all lose any early tournament nerves to enjoy some deserved wins but the winner was never in doubt, and after Rosemary Callan's super cakes and tea were eagerly scoffed in the warm afternoon sun and to warm applause, Gary Duke presented the deserved winner's prize to a delighted Klim Seabright, with Tony Fathers and Martin Strong both very happy runners-up.
A fine day's croquet!