Surbiton: Howard Cheyne, Samir Patel, John Spiers, Don Beck (Photo: Ray Mounfield)by Samir Patel at Letchworth Croquet Club
Surbiton beat Ashby 4-3 in a very closely fought contest to win the GC Interclub Trophy for the 5th time.
Surbiton were only one hoop away from a 5-2 victory. But Ashby were only one hoop away from a 4-3 victory and two away from 5-2! Ashby also won 16 more hoops than Surbiton across the 17 games in the match. However, Surbiton team captain Don Beck brought home the victory in a tight finish against Rachel Rowe, after John Spiers had hung on for a vital win in the morning against Ray Mounfield (from 1-4 down in third game) and Samir Patel had been assured in defeating both Ray and Tim King.
Letchworth proved to be a perfect venue for the final. The club was hospitable, members formed a decent-sized crowd of spectators, operated scoreboards and (most important of all) the two courts were in fantastic condition, with a fast, true surface that was a fair test of croquet ability. Other clubs should note Letchworth as a possible neutral venue when they are in need.
(Ashby names first)
William Gee (0) & Rachel Rowe (1) beat Howard Cheyne (0) & Don Beck (0): 7-1, 6-7, 7-6
Tim King (1) lost to Samir Patel (1): 3-7, 6-7
Ray Mounfield (2) lost to John Spiers (1): 7-1, 6-7, 6-7
William Gee beat Howard Cheyne: 7-4, 7-1
Rachel Rowe lost to Don Beck: 7-3, 6-7, 5-7
Tim King beat John Spiers: 7-4, 7-3
Ray Mounfield lost to Samir Patel: 4-7, 4-7
|Points per game||6.00||5.06|
|Games won 7-6||1||5|