Gareth’s Cup runneth over… with plenty of bisques!

Gareth Hobby is Caversham’s new Association Croquet club champion.

He beat Brian Jamieson 12-6 in the Winslow Cup final.

Although good enough to thrash 2021 champ Chris Pegrum in the first round, Gareth still plays off a handicap of 18 and thus had the advantage of ten bisques in the final, with Brian playing off eight.

He used the extra shots to steadily build a handy lead on the very fast and tricky Albert Road lawn and the lower-handicapped player was unable to claw back that advantage. When Gareth finally ran out of bisques there was only 16 minutes of the three-hour match remaining — not enough time for a recovery.

Gareth is pictured receiving his trophy from club chairman Charles Briggs.