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Trevor Bassett wins croquet’s Australian Open Doubles Championship

By Michael Mattingly

Croquet superstar Trevor Bassett has added another accolade to his long list of achievements by taking out the Australian Open Doubles Championship.

The doubles tournament, which ran alongside the singles from Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 25, had proven a tough one for Kyabram’s Bassett to crack.

He had previously taken out the singles national title in 2000 and 2004, as well as a host of other national awards.

In fact, the elusive doubles was the only national championship titles he hadn’t won.

Bassett won the national doubles title alongside Jenny Clarke of New Zealand.

“It was our first doubles final together, so to reach that stage and go on and win it was amazing,” he said.

Bassett said he came up with some crucial shots in some big moments in the final, but heaped praise on his partner Clarke, who he said was more consistent throughout the day.

“We both played our parts, but she was really the solid one,” he said.

The win ended a 14-year national title drought for Bassett, who has been playing in the Australian Open for the past 20 years.

“It’s nice to taste that success again,” he said.

“This is the title I really wanted, the one I couldn’t get for the past 20 years.”

Despite achieving an incredible amount in the game of croquet, Bassett said he wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

“I will keep having a crack at it; I am only young still, so I think I have another 20 years or so left in me.”

Bassett’s partner, Claire, also competed in the doubles. She partnered up with Callum Hyland of Tasmania and finished third.

Trevor also finished sixth in the singles title.