Nottingham B win East Midlands Federation Short Croquet

In an exciting final, Nottingham "B" team (Mick Owens, Nicky Newberry, Kate Packham & Ben Shelton) narrowly beat the Melton Mowbray/Leicester team in a final on Thursday 8th July at Nottingham to win the revived Federation of East Midlands Croquet Clubs (FEMCC) Short Croquet Knockout.  

Four teams had contested the Knockout: Lincolnshire team (from Dunston & Woodhall Spa), Leicestershire (from Melton Mowbray & Leicester), Nottingham A and Nottingham B. In the final, Nottingham tied with the Leicestershire team with 6 wins each. The tie break between Mick Owens (Nottm B) and Richard Whiting (Melton M/Leic) had to be played twice from a corner four ball and another to run hoop 4, hoop 5 etc. Mick managed to run one extra hoop than Richard.

Nottingham B team were presented with the Short Croquet Silver Salver – last presented in 2007 – by FEMCC Chair, Patrica Duke-Cox.

The winning team will now represent the federation at the Nation Inter-Club Finals to be held at Bowdon on 18/19 September 2021.

The federation hope to resurrect Short Croquet with future coaching/games to clubs throughout the region.