Morris overcomes reigning champ to lift Kenilworth title

Adrian Morris is presented with the trophy by the tournament manager and losing semi-finalist Mervyn Harvey. Picture submitted
Adrian Morris is presented with the trophy by the tournament manager and losing semi-finalist Mervyn Harvey. Picture submitted
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Adrian Morris won Kenilworth Croquet Club’s Championships after beating last year’s winner Ray Clipson in the final.

Morris saw off Mervyn Harvey to reach the showpiece, taking advantage of a strong start to win the first game 7-4.

Harvey produced his best croquet to take the second 7-4 and the third proved a nervy affair.

When Harvey failed to capitalise on some uncharacteristic errors by his opponent early in the game, it allowed Morris to recover and claim a 7-3 success.

In the other last-four clash, Clipson played scratch player Philip Wood and won the best-of-three match 7-5, 7-6 thanks to some accurate hoop running and clearances.

The first game of the final saw some excellent croquet from both players but when Clipson missed a ten-foot deciding hoop, Morris took the game 7-6.

In the second, Clipson was on the back foot throughout but made some excellent clearances.

However, Morris finished the game with a five-foot jump shot to win 7-1 and claim the silverware.

In the second tier final, Peter Kristunas beat Gordon Henderson 7-5, 7-2.

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