A Member of The Croquet Association
The Pavilion, Lammas Park, Culmington Road,
Ealing, London W5 5JH
The croquet club is definitely one of Bromley’s best kept secrets, situated on the edge of Whitehall Recreation Ground and enclosed by tall hedges in a fantastic and secluded location with a distant view of a church spire thrown in. The one lawn, previously used for bowling, is well maintained and guarded against the local wildlife by an electric fence, but it was switched off by the time we arrived. However, it is always wise to check what tactics may be employed by the opposition.
The two doubles games were completed first with David and Luis achieving a comfortable win; however Martin and Margaret were unable to chase down their handicap resulting in a loss. Then four singles matches ensued with losses for David and Martin but wins for Luis and Margaret. This meant that at the lunch break the score was 3 wins each, with everything to play for.
The battle recommenced with two singles involving David and Martin, the former overcoming a handicap of minus three hoops to win but Martin was unable to follow suit. Therefore, the result depended on the final doubles game played by Luis and Margaret. After a slow start, with both missing easy shots at the first hoop, they managed to negate the handicap difference and progress to a 7-4 win, which meant that Ealing won the match 5-4 overall.
It was a lovely afternoon, with Bromley being friendly and relaxed hosts. The afternoon cream tea was particularly appreciated. Their captain also expressed a desire for a return friendly at Ealing to seek redress for a close fought encouter.
Many thanks, Bromley.
Article: Mararet Page
Bromley’s immaculate lawn