Pendle Make More Progress in Longman Cup
On Sat July 1, at a superbly appointed sporting club in Kenilworth, the Pendle & Craven Croquet team were greeted by the home team Captain, Cliff Daniel, to play on 2 immaculately tendered Courts. Play being started at approximately 10:30 am after a welcome cup of tea/coffee had been consumed.
A relative newcomer to the Associsation game, but experienced Croquet Golfer, Libby Dixon, demonstrated her ball hitting ability & hoop running skill, to overwhelm her opposition in both her games against Melvyn Harvey and John Leader. The fast improving Paul Dowdall also beat Melvyn and also prevailed against Captain Cliff Daniel, (+8). All these singles games finished, well within the 3 ¼ time limit in double banked conditions.
By contrast, the Doubles and the two afternoon singles, played on the Court in front of the pavilion, were decided on time, at the end of 3¼ hours. Catherine Parnell & Robin Delves overcame Cliff Daniel and Ray Clipson (+5). In the singles Catherine conquered John Leader (+13), having been in receipt of three Bisques. Whilst in the other Singles, both Ray and Robin were off the same Handicap (10) so there were no Bisques and both are Octogenarians and this was a close run thing, but PENDLE were just able to complete a clean sweep.
A superb day was concluded with further kind hospitallity when tea, cake and buns were consumed to fortify the Pendle team for a three hour journey home.
Longman Cup Result: Kenilworth 0 Pendle & Craven 7