Father and son duo win prestigious croquet competition

WET WINNERS! -- father and son Mike and Richard Bilton receive the Jubilee Park Invitation Cup from Cass Hewson, of Woodhall Spa Croquet Club.
WET WINNERS! -- father and son Mike and Richard Bilton receive the Jubilee Park Invitation Cup from Cass Hewson, of Woodhall Spa Croquet Club.

A father and son team from Gainsborough defied heavy rain to win the prestigious Jubilee Park Invitation Cup competition at Woodhall Spa Croquet Club.

Mike and Richard Bilton, who play for Richmond Park Croquet Club, are pictured receiving the trophy from Cass Hewson, of the host club.

They won six of their seven games in the prestigious competition, which attracted teams from Branston, as well as Gainsborough, to join Woodhall Spa members in their final event of the year.

The rain left pools of water on the lawns, which had to be continually brushed away. But everyone carried on smiling and the standard of play, led by the Biltons, was high.