A close match between Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club and Bath in the SWF Golf Croquet Central North League was inevitable, with both clubs fielding teams with virtually equal handicaps. In the morning, this played out as expected, with neither team leading for long and then only by one game. At lunch, it was 6–6. A tight match throughout seemed inevitable.
Bring on Brian’s meat loaf, a delicacy warranting respect – even the flamingos were nowhere to be seen. Those on the home team, now immune to this treat, fared better. In the second half, Bath could only manage to win one game, leaving the final score an undeserving 13–7 to CPCC.
Lunch as a weapon can backfire. In the same team’s earlier league match away at Bristol, CPCC was 2–6 down at the break; however, refreshed, they went on to win narrowly 10½– 9½.
With no such WMD in CPCC’s Quarter-Final match for the Croquet Association’s GC Murphy Inter-club Shield, they lost to a stronger Watford team, 4½–2½. But CPCC had reached the last eight in this national tournament.
The SWF Croquet Central South League match against Abbey Croquet Club Glastonbury was set against a forecast of unsettled weather and the threat of CPCC’s new secret weapon and the Man of the Match, Andy Loakes. Throughout, Andy faced the downpours and his opponents, not in the favoured waterproofs, but shorts. This distraction resulted in him winning all five of his games. Not bad for a player who only started playing just over a year ago. It is rumoured he practices alone, deep into the night. At least his efforts resulted in the CPCC team winning the match with an impressive 14–6 scoreline.
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