Southport 10, Fylde 6
The sparkle of sun on the grass inspired Southport Short Croquet team to winning play against Fylde at the weekend. Captain Carol Lewis selected regulars Margaret Flemington and Fran Maher, consolidating the team with the welcome return of Melanie Foster after a four year break from play. Margaret and Melanie won both of their morning matches and by lunchtime Southport were showing great form at 5 wins to 3. But Fylde were no pushover. By late afternoon there were two deciding games left to play and winning either would give Southport the match. The spectators gathered at both lawns, hardly daring to make a distracting movement as they watched Melanie win in a golden hoop finish; giving her a win in all four of her games. But it was Carol who gained the point first, pegging out one colour to keep it safe from her opponent and her second to a burst of applause just as time was called. Final result Southport 10, Fylde 6.
photos show Carol Lewis and Melanie Foster in play