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Ashby beat Bowdon 6-0

[<<] [>>] by Ray Mounfield at Ashby Croquet Club
5th July 2015 (GC - Inter-Club)

This fixture gave Ashby the opportunity to overturn last year's defeat at the hands of Bowdon. Ashby fielded the same team as previously, while Bowdon made just one change.

Ashby started well, taking the first game in each of the three morning matches, but Bowdon fought back strongly and levelled all three. In the doubles, Will and Rachel proved too strong for Alan and Colin, taking their third game with relative ease. However, both of the singles games went to the thirteenth hoop and the result could have gone either way.

Fortune favoured Ashby and, at the later than expected lunch break, Ashby had a 3-0 advantage.

Will then secured the fixture for Ashby by beating Alan in two straight games. Rachel and Tim followed suit, each winning in two games but both needing to contest a thirteenth hoop in one of them. At this point Mike and Ken were level with one game each and elected not to complete their match.

The 6-0 score line flattered Ashby but, after two successive home ties, they now go on to play away against Letchworth in the semi-final.

Results (Ashby Names First)

Round 1

Will Gee (-2) & Rachel Rowe (-1) beat Alan Mayne (0) & Colin Irwin (3) 7-3, 6-7, 7-2
Mike O'Brian (0) beat Graham Good (2) 7-3, 4-7, 7-6
Tim King (1) beat Ken Cooper (1) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6

Round 2

Will Gee beat Alan Mayne 7-3, 7-2
Rachel Rowe beat Colin Irwin 7-3, 7-6
Mike O'Brian v Ken Cooper 5-7, 7-4 (not completed)
Tim King beat Graham Good 7-6, 7-5


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