Dulwich lost to Phyllis Court 3-4
Without the aid of the coast guard as seemed likely at one point, Phyllis Court scored a narrow victory over Dulwich to progress to the Golf Croquet Inter Club Championship semis.
Despite being under standing water only 40 minutes before play, the remarkably well draining Dulwich lawns allowed a full programme of play that most other Clubs would have found impossible to provide.
Prior to what turned out to only be a slightly delayed start, the visitors were treated to a splendid lunch with main course by 'Chef du Masion' Pierre Beuadry.
Phyllis Court got off to a good start with Charlie von Schmeider (1) and TJ Johansen (2) taking their doubles rubber 2 - 0 against Pierre (0) and Simon Carter (0).
Chris Roberts (2) turned the same trick against Mark Ormerod (3) and Frances Colman (4) nearly joined the visitors party but went down 1 - 2 in three close games against Ed Dymock (2).
Buoyed (no watery pun intended) by their 2 - 1 half time lead Phyllis Court could see the looming possibility of another Cup upset and sweet victory in revenge for their exit in last years competition at Dulwch's hands.
As the sun came out, Charlie & Chris duly wrapped up straight game wins over Pierre and Ed respectively and it was smiles aplenty for Phyllis Court, as although the other two rubbers went to Dulwich, the visitors had done enough.
Gracious in defeat, the hosts still wheeled out the chocolate cake for tea and the late appearance of Sue Lightbody to renew friendships with Chris & Frances was equally delightful.
Phyllis Court await the winners of the Surbiton v Hunstanton match, to contest for a place in the Inter Club Championship final.
Results (Phyllis Court Names First)
Charlie Von Schmeider (1) & TJ Johansen (2) beat Pierre Beaudry (0) & Simon Carter (0) 7 - 6, 7 -5
Chris Roberts (2) beat Mark Ormerod (3) 7 - 6, 7 - 5
Frances Colman (4) lost to Ed Dymock (2) 6 - 7, 7 - 5, 7 - 6
Charlie Von Schmeider (1) beat Pierre Beaudry (0) 7 - 5, 7 - 5
TJ Johansen (2) lost to Simon Carter (0) 3 - 7, 7 - 4, 3 - 7
Chris Roberts (2) beat Ed Dymock (2) 7 - 5, 7 - 2
Frances Colman (4) lost to Mark Ormerod (3) 1 - 7, 5 - 7