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James Burnett of Leys, with SCA representative Brian Clark and Bob Burnett, at the presentation of the Burnett Cup to club captain Charles Henderson (R)
James Burnett of Leys, with SCA representative Brian Clark and Bob Burnett, at the presentation of the Burnett Cup to club captain Charles Henderson (R)

CRATHES Croquet Club celebrated a successful end to its first full season with the presentation of the Burnett Cup at Crathes Castle last month.

Donated by James Burnett of Leys, chief of the name of Burnett, and Bob Burnett, three times Scottish Croquet Champion, the cup will now be awarded annually to the Crathes player who wins the Club’s singles competition.

The Burnett Cup was presented on Sunday, May 26, after four days of intensive coaching provided by Bob Burnett for all club members.

Bob, who now lives in Somerset but regularly visits his family’s ancestral home to provide coaching and also to take part in competitions, said: “James and I are delighted to present this cup to Crathes Croquet Club.

‘‘Establishing a club in the north-east of Scotland to challenge the dominance of croquet in the central belt is an exciting development. Presenting this cup reflects the enthusiasm of Crathes members to improve their skills.”

Captain Charles Henderson said that, after two open days designed to attract new members, the club was thriving,

He added: “From small beginnings last year, membership has increased. We now have players entering national events and the Burnett Cup will be a real incentive to encourage players to be competitive and improve playing standards.”

SCA (Scottish Croquet Club) representative, Brian Clark, noted that they were delighted with the dynamic development of the new club, a ‘‘new light in the north,’’ and said: “We plan to put croquet on the map in the North-east.

‘‘Our coaching of beginners is now over but if people are interested in finding out more, or better still have played before but are not aware of our existence, please contact us.”

For further information visit www.crathescroquetclub.org.uk.