Members of Reigate Priory Croquet Club are celebrating their premier player’s recent success in winning the President’s Cup, the highest award in the country.

Entry is by selection, with only the top eight players invited to compete. Currently ranked sixth in the World, Jamie Burch won the play-off final against five times World Champion Robert Fulford.

The event took place at Bowdon in Cheshire on 7-8th September and Jamie’s play throughout the competition made him the man to beat.

The play-off itself was marked by some impressive shots and tactics by both players but Jamie’s remarkable accuracy at crucial stages of the game gave him a comfortable victory.

Jamie, 34, who lives in Reigate, started playing croquet with his parents at Reigate Priory when he was seven.

Now a devoted family man with two young children, he works full time as a painter and decorator yet still finds time to play darts as well as world class croquet.

Earlier this year he represented England at the top-tier World Team Championships in New Zealand.

Chairman Geoff Gunton said: "Reigate Priory Croquet club is justifiably proud of its star player and keen to welcome new members, whether beginners or more experienced players.

"If you think you might be interested in joining this thriving and successful club you will be made very welcome."

For further information please contact the Chairman, Geoff Gunton, on 01737 360374, or get in touch via the website: