Andy #dibben writes:
After the Covid break the annual Surbiton Edinburgh match took place at the Balgreen Club in Edinburgh on Friday 24th June.
The match was organised by Graham Brightwell. 5 other Surbiton members made the trip, Andy Dibben, Linda and Julian Sheraton-Davis, Alan Grundy and Colin Dinwoodie.
The morning doubles went well for Surbiton, winning 2 of the 3 games. However, the Surbiton members over indulged on the excellent lunch provided by the hosts and this seriously impacted their performance in the afternoon singles losing 4 out of the 6 games and the match 5:4.
Following the friendly match, Graham, Andy & Julian played in the Scottish Open that was played over the weekend. Andy did quite well, knocking out the #2 seed in the quarter final but then lost in the semis.
Everyone had a very enjoyable time and we look forward to welcoming the Edinburgh team to Surbiton next year. Due to the depressed nature of the Surbiton team following their heavy defeat there is no team photo.
However, far more interesting than a group of people waving mallets is this photo of a tree that blew down onto Lawn 2 in the middle of a game on Sunday morning. Surbiton very nearly returned from Edinburgh minus Julian S-D who was playing in the shadow of the tree when he heard a creaking sound and only just managed to avoid being flattened!
The croquet rules say that a ball can be moved to avoid loose impediments/imperfections on the lawn but we are not sure from what position Red can be moved to and still run hoop 2!.
Luckily with all the competitors working together we were able to break off some of the branches move the rest of the tree off the edge of the court, and sweep up the debris so that play could continue.