Fylde lend Crake two Lawns by David Barrett (06 Oct 10 )
Advanced League Match Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Crake Valley v Bury.
Due to Crakes lawns being flooded overnight, the team captains hurriedly ageed to accept an offer made by Liz Wilson, on the previous Sunday, that if there were any problems at Crake we could play at Fylde. Phone calls were exchanged shortly after dawn today and although Liz and Peter were literally leaving to go on their holidays, they mobilised the club members immediately and then still found time to call in at the club to ensure everything was in order. It certainly was, so off they went. From then on Ian and Betty looked after us like royalty. By the time the Bury team arrived at 9.15am Ian had already re-painted the white lines on both lawns and was busy putting in the hoops etc. The whole place was a hive of activity as the Fylde Club members and contactors were dismantling the existing wooden shed and moving it further into the corner of lawn 1. Play started immediately on arrival of the Crake team at approx 9.45am
Throughout the match Betty plied us with teas, coffees and she even went to the local Butchers, from whom she bought the most delicious hot meat and potatoe pie which they had made specially for us. By close of play the ‘workers’ had re-erected not only their existing shed, but also a ‘ new larger sized shed’ in place of the original, so there will now be about three times more accommodation space.
It was an excellent days croquet which everyone enjoyed and both teams wish to express their thanks and gratitude to the Fylde Club for all their help and kindness.
Match Result : Crake Valley 3 Bury 6