Top players visit Bath to compete in national event
Bath Croquet Club hosted the finals of the CA National Grassroots competition at the Rec last weekend. The tournament was the result of numerous preliminary rounds taking place throughout the country, with the competitors in the final coming from as far away as Bury and Hunstanton. After the morning block games, the afternoon consisted of three knockout rounds. The final was won by Jean Cording of Dowlish Wake who beat Michael Christmas (Phyllis Court) in a close match 7-5. The Bath club were well represented with Jennie Pope-saunders finishing in third place, Mary Bertin seventh, Brenda Gray 13th and Sue Andrew 14th. This weekend also saw Daniel Gott taking part in the Chairmans Salver at Southport, a CA invitation event, and the field consisted of some of the best players in the country. In a field of eight, with everyone playing the others twice, Gott finished fourth in the competition by winning seven of his 14 matches. The previous weekend Gott had won the British Universities AC Championships in Oxford. The club’s Federation team of David Prescott, Philip de Glanville, Folke Pope and Bob Hart took on Sheffield in the semi-final of the National Secretarys Shield at Kenilworth. Sheffield, who won the trophy last year, proved too strong for the Bath team and ran out 5-2 winners. Sheffield now meet Middlesbrough in the final. The club held their GC Progressive Doubles tournament last week. The winners of the two sections were Sue Andrew and Clare Fletcher, with Timothy Cantell and Brenda Fisher taking the respective runners-up spots.
Bath Croquet Club’s Jean Cording with the Grassroots Trophy