Club chalk up their first se­nior level vic­tory

Cro­quet

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bowls -

Can­ter­bury Cro­quet Club are cel­e­brat­ing their first se­nior level golf cro­quet league vic­tory. The win was all the sweeter be­cause they had not in­tended to en­ter the south-east se­nior level league. By the time their golf cap­tain, Judy Stur­rock, re­alised the club had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion – rather than the re­stricted level league she had re­quested – it was too late to change. It means the club face chal­lenges from top level, rather than medium play­ers. When in­jury forced Stur­rock, hand­i­cap three, to with­draw from last week’s home match at Polo Farm against Mer­ton, she feared she might not be able to raise a team but Eng­land player Tobi Sav­age, who turns out for Rams­gate and Can­ter­bury when avail­able, man­aged to get a day off work. Sav­age has a hand­i­cap of mi­nus four. David Buckman, his part­ner in the dou­bles, has a hand­i­cap eight points higher but played su­perbly. Up against Mer­ton’s Ca­role Doswell and Graham Withring­ton, both with hand­i­caps of one, the Can­ter­bury duo ran out win­ners 7- 4, 6-7, 7-5 af­ter three hours. Mean­while, Can­ter­bury’s Ann Poole (h5), made short work of de­feat­ing Hi­lary Davis (h8) 7- 4, 7-3, while Barry Sales (h4) proved too good for Mer­ton’s Julie Shea­han (h2), win­ning 7-5, 7-5. This left Can­ter­bury need­ing to win one game in the af­ter­noon to clinch vic­tory and although Sav­age did not find his best form, he over­came Doswell 7-2, 7- 6. Sales beat Davis 7- 6, 7-2 and Poole lost 7-1, 7- 4, to Shea­han. Buckman and Withring­ton were 1-1, with both games go­ing to the golden hoop, when all other games had fin­ished, so they set­tled on a draw. Can­ter­bury are at home to Sus­sex County on Mon­day.

Can­ter­bury Cro­quet Club’s team who beat Mer­ton, from left, Tobi Sav­age, Dave Buckman, Ann Poole and Barry Sales

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