L-R: Mick Abbott, Roy Tillcock, Shirley Thornton and Jim O'Keefe.



Croquet players at Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club took to the lawns to compete for ‘The Thornton Trophy’ last weekend. 

The tournament, which takes place towards the end of the summer season each year, was won by 2 of the highest-scoring players on Sunday.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown the club, which is located off Playstreet Lane, has seen an increase in new players taking up the sport.

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The trophy final on Sunday afternoon was between the highest-scoring 2 players from Saturday’s match, Vernon Gibbs and Mick Abbott. They went up against Sunday’s high scorers, Jim O’Keeffe and Alistair Calder.

For Sunday’s final Jim teamed up with Mick, going again Vernon and Alistair. It was the duo of O’Keeffe and Abbott that took the win and raised The Thornton Trophy for 2020.

A spokesperson for Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club said:

“Mick only joined the club during lockdown having had no previous experience of croquet so it was gratifying to think he had been able to gain enough experience to not only take part in the tournament, but also win through to the final.

“‘The Thornton Trophy’ was originally donated by Robin Thornton around a decade ago. Robin sadly died in July and so it was decided to ask his widow, Shirley, to present the Trophy on Sunday.

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“Well done to everyone who took part.”

Do you think you have what it takes to join Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club? Visit their website for more details – rydelawn.co.uk.

The finalists playing it out for the trophy.

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