Croquet: Mixed fortunes for Newport

PUBLISHED: 15:25 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 13 June 2018

Newport Croquet Club's Elms team of captain Tim Walder, Peter Cowper, John Richardson and Glenys Walder

Newport Croquet Club's Elms team of captain Tim Walder, Peter Cowper, John Richardson and Glenys Walder

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Newport Croquet Club have experienced mixed fortunes in the early stages of the season.

On a sunny day, a team of association players made up of Roy Darling, Arthur Flutter, Andrew Gregory and David Haslam travelled to Colchester to compete in an East Anglian Association League game.

A doubles game and two singles was played in the morning, followed by four singles games after lunch, with Newport winning 4-3 overall.

By contrast, on a cold, grey day, the golf croquet Elms team played Enfield East, using two of their three lawns.

But after a promising start, in which Newport won the two doubles games 4-7 and 6-7, they lost momentum.

In the following 16 singles matches, where each team member plays four separate matches with each of the opposite team members, there was a mixed bag of results with Newport losing 10-8 overall.

John Richardson stepped in to make up the Elms team numbers and played his first handicap league match.

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