Top play­ers visit Bath to com­pete in na­tional event

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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

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