John Guy hoops another blue during his win against Eardisley’s David White.

Gill Brooks takes another hoop during her 16-12 win over Eardisley’s John Lee.

Stuart Smith in action during his game against Tony Johnston

Ian Dampney hoops a red during his win against Eardisley’s Jen Johnston

On 9th August the Broadwas team of Stuart Smith (handicap 4.5), Ian Dampney (7), Gill Brooks (20) and captain John Guy (5), welcomed Eardisley to the Broadwas lawns in the latest match in the West Midlands Association Croquet League. Broadwas were undefeated in this league and were very keen to keep up this run of good results.

Eardisley’s team comprised of Tony Johnston (7), Jen Johnston (14), David White (14) and John Lee (18), so Broadwas often had to face a lot of bisques.

In the morning session Stuart faced John Lee and, despite having to give away 13.5 bisques went ahead early on and ran out a comfortable winner by 26 – 9. The other 2 games were much tighter, with Broadwas holding narrow leads throughout until eventually, when time was called, Ian had beaten Tony 18 – 14 and the doubles pairing of John Guy and Gill triumphed by 17 – 11. So, at lunch Broadwas were ahead 3 – 0 and only needed one more win to record a victory.

The afternoon session involved 4 games of singles – Stuart took on Tony, John Guy played David, Ian played Jen and Gill played John Lee. Some of the Broadwas players faced a lot of bisques particularly Ian who has 8 bisques against him and John Guy who faced 9 bisques. Even Stuart had to give away 2.5.

Half way through the afternoon these bisques looked to be working well for Eardisley and Stuart, Ian and John Guy were trailing by large margins. Only Gill was giving Broadwas hope by inching ahead of John Lee. Stuart could never really get going and lost to Tony 6 – 26 well before the 3 hour time limit was reached. However, as the bisques started to run out, both John Guy and Ian started to claw back in their games. With 15 minutes left on the clock John went ahead for the first time and kept his cool to record a 21 – 16 victory. Ian left it even later and only went ahead on his penultimate turn to record a very narrow 21 – 20 victory. Meanwhile Gill had been keeping her nose in front and she also triumphed 16 – 12. So overall a very good victory by 6 games to 1 keeping the Broadwas winning run going.

The final Broadwas match in this league is due to take place at Kenilworth on 29th August. Both Broadwas and Kenilworth are unbeaten so the winners will take the league title.

John Guy 10/8/23