St Albans Croquet Club lift Longman Cup after much-delayed national final

Roger Bowman, Stephen Mills and Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club

Roger Bowman, Stephen Mills and Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club were the winners of the Longman Cup. - Credit: ST ALBANS CROQUET

St Albans Croquet Club finally got their hands on the Longman Cup after their much-delayed final against High Wycombe.

The 2020 edition of the national competition had been pushed back by both the pandemic and bad weather but finally got played at Surbiton with St Albans winning it for the first time.

The Longman Cup won by St Albans Croquet Club

The Longman Cup won by St Albans Croquet Club. - Credit: ST ALBANS CROQUET

The cup is a national handicap competition run by the Croquet Association and has been running since 1927.

The team of Stephen Mills, Roger Bowman and Stuart Stafford played five matches in total, one doubles and four singles.

Roger Bowman, Stephen Mills and Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club

Roger Bowman, Stephen Mills and Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club won the Longman Cup. - Credit: ST ALBANS CROQUET

Bowman lost his singles match in the morning but Mills and Stafford took the doubles by one hoop after the time limit was reached.

Mills went down in the first of the afternoon singles quickly but the remaining two went the distance.

Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club takes a shot

Stuart Stafford of St Albans Croquet Club takes a shot. - Credit: ST ALBANS CROQUET

The first ended with a five-hoop break late on giving Stafford the win and that left Bowman free to clinch the win as the Wycombe player missed a vital hoop.

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St Albans Croquet Club is based in Clarence Park and anyone interested in playing should get in touch via their Facebook page.

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