Village hosts cream of croquet crop

Bamburgh became the focal point for croquet in the North East on Saturday as six teams descended on the Castle Green to do battle for the Alice Fleck Trophy.

The village was pleased to welcome teams from as far afield as Durham and Edinburgh, together with several clubs in between.

The lineup was Alnwick, Bamburgh, Belsay (two teams), Durham and Edinburgh.

The weather proved to be far better than the forecasters had predicted and an intense seven-hour session proceeded in the sunshine with two doubles pairs from each side taking on their opponents in a round-robin format.

Many of the games were very close, but the first team from Belsay were on top form and were the eventual tournament winners by a comfortable margin, with runners-up being the team from Durham.

All agreed that it was a most enjoyable day and thanked the hosts at Bamburgh for their hospitality.

Croquet players are always regarded as being quite a civilised bunch, and it was reported that not a single glass was thrown when several of the teams gathered in a local pub for a post-mortem after the match.