Woking's heat for the Charity One-Ball Croquet competition took place on Saturday 1st August in bright sunshine. The event usually happens at the start of the season with the national final in May, but was postponed due to coronavirus.
Eight competitors all played each other. The winner was Colin Groves, with 6 wins; second was Mike Town, also with 6 wins, having lost to Colin in the first round; and third was last-minute entrant Ray Burton with 5 wins. Colin and Mike are now entitled to participate in the national final at Surbiton on 20th September.
We also had several socially distanced spectators, who enjoyed the opportunity to be entertained while sitting out in the sun.
The day raised £138 for Macmillan Cancer Support, coming from tournament entry fees and additional donations from spectators and other members who were unable to play on the day.
This national charity competition just keeps getting bigger each year and raises more and more for good causes. Last year it included 588 participants in 44 heats and raised a massive £6870 (including Gift Aid) for the Alzheimer's Society.