Long wait is over for club

History has been made in Darley Dale with the town’s croquet club, now well into its fourth season, finally drawing blood in the Federation of East Midlands Croquet Clubs.

For the past three seasons, Darley Dale Croquet Club has come frustratingly close to winning games against other local teams in the East Midlands Federation, only to have victory denied them in the final stages of the game.

Recent games have, however, ended differently. The match against North Hykeham, played on July 27, saw Messrs McMeeken, Sullivan and Cook all on sparkling form. In a closely-fought match, they held their collective nerve to claim the game by seven hoops to five.

The old adage goes that you wait ages for a bus to arrive and then two, or more, come along together.

Messrs McMeeken, Sullivan and Cook, having equipped themselves well, went on to beat Nottingham B by eight hoops to four on July 29.

Further success followed on July 31 when Louis McMeeken, together with Mike and Diane Frosdick, beat Long Eaton by nine to three.

A club spokesman said all members were delighted at the success. While the club places great emphasis on the social aspect, the recent run of success provides a boost to all members and will help to raise the club’s profile locally.

Anyone who would like to know more about the game should ring Ed Runham (01629 732898) or David Gregory (01629 732455) for details. Free taster sessions are available.