Published: 12:11, 31 July 2020
| Updated: 12:42, 31 July 2020
Tournament croquet returned to Canterbury's Polo Farm in style with a nail-biting finish to Canterbury Club’s golf croquet doubles finals on Wednesday.
Club chairman Henry Bryant and Aitch "Henry" Williams won the first of their best-of-three final games against Dave Buckman and Jim Godden 7-5, but they soon found themselves 5-1 down in the second game.
But they fought back doggedly to level the scores at 6-6 and went onto win the golden hoop to take the Frank Hughes Cup.
In the first round, Barry Sales and Heather Bryant won their opening game against Buckman and Godden 7-1 before they narrowly lost the next two games.
Bryant and Williams beat Stephen Barber and Hugh Pearson 7-2,7-6.
Jeremy St John and Lois Sales defeated John Millen and Sylvia Bowsher 6-5 (at time) 7-4.
In the semi-finals, Bryant and Williams earned a bye on points difference.
Buckman and Godden beat St John and Lois Sales 7-6, 7-5.
Tournament organiser and referee Judy Sturrock, who presented the cup, said it was good to see competitive croquet being played again.
If you want to try your hand at croquet, call club secretary Roger Loram on 01227 451329.
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