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Pinchbeck Croquet Club are up and running ready for the new season

Pinchbeck Croquet Club’s plans for the new season are starting to gather momentum.

The season got underway at the beginning of this month and players are already being put through their paces ready for competitive action.

Mike Bowser has prepared the playing lawn to its usual high tournament standard and the club has been boosted by gaining several new members following an appeal in the Spalding Guardian newspaper.

Ken Knock, centre, holding his trophy with his Pinchbeck Croquet Club colleagues.
Ken Knock, centre, holding his trophy with his Pinchbeck Croquet Club colleagues.

The newcomers have quickly turned into committed players and are already starting to reap the rewards of their efforts.

Their skills and knowledge of the game has quickly built up and some are now looking forward to league games against other clubs and taking part on the new croquet ladder.

New recruit Ken Knock has already progressed to a standard to be able to play in the charity fundraising One Ball Challenge which is staged annually by the Pinchbeck club between members and invited guests.

It is a handicap event and, with the help of generous support, Ken won his first-ever competition and lifted the trophy.

He will be defending it later this month against even newer players with high handicaps as well as the seasoned performers.

The more established players will be competing in tournaments in Nottingham, Poole, Colchester, Ashby and London during the season.

The club have also been successful previously in the plate for the 14-point East Midlands Federation League. It is a one-day tournament between several clubs in the district.

Gordon Mills has also won a trophy in Colchester for coming top of the second group and over the season his handicap was reduced from 14 to six so after two years he is beginning to be able to compete on a no handicap basis with the long-established players with handicaps of around three.

Looking forward to this season, the club has entered several league competitions and will invite other local clubs over for friendly matches.

The established players have also booked places at several tournaments around the country.

Several of the Pinchbeck players are also members of Great Dunham Croquet Club near Swaffham and intend to play there again this season.

It provides a pleasant change of scenery and allows the Pinchbeck members to meet different players and enjoy its congenial atmosphere.

The Pinchbeck club will hold regular training days each week throughout the season with instruction if needed.

They have a friendly group of ladies and gents and have all the equipment and spare croquet mallets to lend to newcomers.

Potential new members can google the club’s website or for more information phone club captain Mike Bowser on 07930 865932 or press officer Gordon Mills on 07967 83294.

They still have spaces for a few new members who would be made most welcome.

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