Canada and Sweden share AC World Team Tier 2.2 title
Tiers 2.2 and 3 of the 2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship were played in two stages over six days from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July at Sussex County Croquet Club. Tier 2.2 consisted of Canada, South Africa and Sweden and Tier 3 of the Czech Republic and Germany.
Stage 1 was played over four days and involved all five teams playing each other in a "Jamboree" format. At the end of this stage, Canada and Sweden took first and second places and qualified to contest the Tier 2.2 final in a two-day Test Match on Friday and Saturday.
The Friday doubles were shared but none of the four second day singles had been completed before the weather took a hand with a torrrential downpour in the middle of Saturday that rendered the courts unplayable. The Playing Regulations stipulate that, in such circumstances, the Test Match is a draw unless at least four of the six matches have been completed.
The Tier 2.2 salver was therefore presented jointly to both teams and all eight players will receive winner's medals.