Bath 4 Bristol 1
Having narrowly lost a relegation battle from the top division of the Parkstone Trophy at the end of last season, Bath Croquet Club were keen to get off to a flying start in 2011. Their first match of the new season took place against Bristol Croquet Club’s 2nd team on Saturday 21 May on Bath’s lawns at the Recreation Ground.
Bath stalwart and former captain, Roger Hayes, blamed early season rustiness as he succumbed to an uncharacteristic defeat against Bristol’s Marian Hilton in the morning. Andrew Willis and Peter Miles from Bath were pitched against Frances Ransom and Lisa Jones in the morning doubles; a match that Bath won leaving the scores level at lunch.
The afternoon singles matches proved to be a little more one-sided. A rapid return to form for Hayes resulted in a swift victory against Ransom. A win for Bath captain Willis against Hilton followed shortly after, with Miles completing the hat-trick of singles victories for Bath with a win against Jones.
Bath therefore won the match 4-1 and look forward to their next fixture, a visit by Sidmouth to the Recreation Ground on Saturday 11 June.