KINGTON Langley Croquet Club’s Ted Crossley has qualified for the national Charity One-Ball Handicap Championship in Surbiton on Sunday.

The tournament has been running for many years, over which time it has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of different charities.

This year, the chosen charity was the British Heart Foundation, and competitors were encouraged to wear an item of red clothing in line with the charity’s colours.

With seven entries, the manager decided on an all-play-all format with no time limits, and this worked perfectly with the event concluding just in time for tea.

Handicaps ranged from 20 all the way down to minus six, and we saw plenty of close finishes with all players winning at least one game.

Entering the final round, it was looking very tight with Crossley on four wins, and John Grimshaw and Richard Smith both on three wins all still in with a chance of emerging victorious.

The manager’s nightmare scenario of a three-way tie for first place was avoided when all three players won their final games and so Ted emerged victorious with five wins out of six.