Oakham School becomes croquet champions

Oakham School national croquet champions. Pictured, teacher Adam Rothwell, Austin Steele, 15, Charlie Schanschieff, 16, Liam Payne, 16, Anthony Morris, 16 EMN-140624-155731001
Oakham School national croquet champions. Pictured, teacher Adam Rothwell, Austin Steele, 15, Charlie Schanschieff, 16, Liam Payne, 16, Anthony Morris, 16 EMN-140624-155731001

Pupils from Oakham School have triumphed at the National Schools Croquet Championship, with their two teams taking first and second place.

As well as sweeping up the doubles prizes, team member Liam Payne also emerged as the victor at the National Junior Croquet Championship, held on the same day.

Anthony Morris, Charlie Schanschieff, Austin Steele and Liam Payne, who are all in the fifth form, travelled to Bristol to take part.

The championship kicked off with the doubles competition. After some closely fought matches, it resulted in an Oakham-Oakham match for first and second place. Payne and Schanschieff quickly saw to it that they emerged as the champions, beating Morris and Steele.

In the singles competition Schanschieff and Morris finished 7th and 6th after tough early matches.

Steele was eventually knocked out in the semi-finals. Payne however, progressed to the final of the singles and in an extremely tactical match, he was able to emerge as the victor.

This gave Oakham a finishing tally of 1st place, 3rd place, 6th place and 7th place, all of which counted to the school emerging as the overall victors of the championship and, therefore, winning the accolade of best croquet school in the country.