Sunday, 19 September 2021
WITH the Phyllis Court croquet courts closed for regatta, the club used the occasion to play some away fixtures last week, and first into action was their unbeaten C team.
Raghu Iyer was back at the helm of the league leaders for a visit to High Wycombe, who provided Phyllis Court C with their toughest match yet and earned a 6-6 draw, so taking a first league point off of the Henley club.
Iyer, Dianne Browne, Ralph Chambers and the fast improving Robin Coates all won two and lost two apiece, and the settled squad — missing only Delia Norris on this occasion — saw Phyllis Court C stay top of the Handicap League North despite losing their 100 per cent record.
Elsewhere Phyllis Court’s top association croquet team earned a draw at Blewbury on Wednesday of last week. In the top match between the two international players, England’s Robin Brown warmed up for this week’s British Open with a +16 victory over Phyllis Court’s Carole Jackson. Phyllis Court’s Chris Roberts capitalised on a slip from Blewbury’s higher ranked Nick Butler to level the match with a +10 win.
Roberts and Jackson were joined by club mate David Hopkins back at Blewbury on Saturday where the former won a small single day association croquet tournament by a narrow margin.
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