Strong Worksop contingent celebrate Notts pool success

Notts Blackball County Pool Federation C Team (left to right); Jamie Thornton, Haydn Hickling, Steve Staniforth, Dean Croft, Rob Lee, Simon Whitham, Graham Cliffe and Wayne Glover. Not present for the photo are, Scott Bradley, Chris Revell and Trevor Anderson
Notts Blackball County Pool Federation C Team (left to right); Jamie Thornton, Haydn Hickling, Steve Staniforth, Dean Croft, Rob Lee, Simon Whitham, Graham Cliffe and Wayne Glover. Not present for the photo are, Scott Bradley, Chris Revell and Trevor Anderson
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A county pool team full of Worksop players brought a national title back to Notts last month, in only their second year of competition.

The Notts Blackball County Pool Federation C team were in action at Selsey, a seaside town about eight miles south of Chichester.

Captain Dean Croft, from Worksop, led the team to glory in the National County Championship C Section, after a thrilling final.

They beat favourites West Yorkshire 14-11 in the semi-finals before going on to triumph over Hampshire 14-12 in the final, Croft winning the last leg.

Their triumph added to a successful day for the county’s players.

Croft told the Guardian: “Six teams went down to Selsey, five got to finals and three came back with county championships.”

“This is only our second season, we went down in March last year as a new team and lost every game.”

“This year we won nearly every game to take the title.”

Croft was joined in the county C team by Jamie Thornton, Haydn Hickling, Steve Staniforth, Rob Lee, Simon Whitham, Graham Cliffe, Wayne Glover, Scott Bradley, Chris Revell and Trevor Anderson.

The team’s combined success wasn’t the only glory they celebrated.

Croft explained: “Haydn and Jamie play for the Notts Under 23s as well and they won another title.”

“It was a great championships for the county.”

It wasn’t just a triumph for Notts as a whole though, but the district of Bassetlaw.

The captain said: “Most of the team are actually from Worksop.”

Notts Blackball Pool is based at Mansfield Towers.