Kiwi wins world women's croquet title
New Zealander Jenny Clarke is the inaugural world women's croquet champion after going through the tournament in Melbourne unbeaten.
Clarke, from Christchurch, was the favourite entering the event and she backed up her status by winning all 16 of her games, downing Australian Alison Sharpe 3-0 in the final.
Traditionally, croquet is a mixed gender sport, with women competing against men, but a separate women's world championship has been added to the calendar.
Clarke's victory means she rises an impressive eighth in the world rankings for both men and women, 49 places above the next-highest ranked female.
A multiple New Zealand representative, she was part of the side that was just beaten into second place by Great Britain at the last MacRobertson Shield world teams championship.
source: newshub archive