Surbiton beat Ashby at Cheltenham to win the 2016 GC Inter-Club Championship 4-3
Surbiton Croquet Club won the GC Inter-Club Championship against Ashby, 4-3. This makes it the sixth time that Surbiton have won the trophy, having not won it since 2011.
Going into lunch, Surbiton had 2-1 lead with both Nick Cheyne and Don Beck winning their singles matches. The doubles match was a close affair that was decided on the 13th hoop going to Rachel Rowe and Will Gee of Ashby, after Samir took an angled shot at 13 from the boundary.
After the break, Nick Cheyne quickly wrapped up his match against Arthur Rowe to give Surbiton the lead, 3-1. With Surbiton needing just one more win, it was down to either Don Beck, Samir Patel or Chris Farthing to win it. Both Samir's and Chris Farthing's matches were poised at one game all and Don Beck, was one game up. It was Don Beck who secured the win with some steady and consistent play against Tim King to win the trophy.
Ashby's first and second seeds (Will Gee and Rachel Rowe) secured their wins in third game to make the final result 4-3 to Surbiton.
Samir Patel & Chris Farthing lost to Will Gee & Rachel Rowe 2-7, 7-5, 7-6
Don Beck beat Arthur Rowe 7-5, 7-3
Nick Cheyne beat Tim King 3-7, 7-4, 7-4
Nick Cheyne beat Arthur Rowe 7-4, 7-5
Don Beck beat Tim King 7-6, 7-1
Samir Patel lost to Rachel Rowe 7-4, 6-7, 7-4
Chris Farthing lost to Will Gee 5-7, 7-4, 7-5