Short Croquet League. Llanfairfechan v Southport


In a tense and thrilling Short Croquet match at Victoria Park, Diana Williamson led her team of Ian Goulden, Jennifer Mawdsley and Fran Maher to a well deserved victory.  In the morning games Diana and Ian played excellent croquet to win both their games, moderating the disappointment of the other games where both Jennifer and Fran struggled against the best Llanfairfechan players, giving a lunchtime score of 4-4.

In afternoon play, both Fran and Jennifer secured third round wins to give the initiative to Southport. Diana was surprisingly beaten, but the reliable Ian Goulden delivered another win to make the score 7-5 for Southport. Diana belatedly recovered her form to secure a great win against Llanfairfechan’s best player, and consolidated the lead to 8-5.

Just as Southport thought they were cruising, the games became dramatic, as first Fran, and then Jennifer lost their games and gave Llanfairfechan a chance to recover the match. With the score 8-7 to Southport, it was all down to Ian Goulden who established a good lead in his game, but could only watch nervously as his opponent grabbed the initiative and started to catch up. With time running out, Ian gambled and hit the peg from 20 yards to secure his game and the match for Southport. Final score Southport 9 Llanfairfechan 7.

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