Keith Roberts felt compelled to put on a windproof jacket to play in the Midweek Croquet League match in Victoria Park for a day of cloud, rain and only occasional spells of warm sunshine. as captain for the day, he selected John Mawdsley, David Key and Alan Farrell for his team to take on the visitors from Bury.
It was a particularly difficult game against Keith’s first Bury opponent, who was armed with a raft of handicap points, an accurate swing and a ponderous manner of play.
David Key also wasn’t gaining any headway, but on another lawn Southport’s doubles pairing of Alan Farrell and John Mawdsley were making some progress. Alan went on to establish a decent lead for Southport, only to have it overtaken at the end by the doughty Bury duo.
In the afternoon game Keith was matched with Bury’s top player and managed to take his first ball round with an excellent break as his opponent struggled to make an impression. but pressure told and Keith struggled to maintain concentration as Bury’s best took control of the game, going on to win by six points.
John Mawdsley was also finding life difficult as his opponent made a slow but determined gain. But mustering his resources, with a solid come back John managed a well deserved win by three hoops.
David Key’s early afternoon was marked by outbursts of self criticism, telling its own story, and he ultimately finished three points behind. But on the same lawn Alan Farrell was trundlling along well in his game. He had got his act together and managed to pull ahead to win by seven hoops.
Bury left victorious with a score of Southport 2, Bury 5.
Picture shows: Keith Roberts in action.