England failed to make use of home advantage at Surbiton Croquet Club last week as dreams of claiming the World Golf Croquet Team Championship title evaporated in Surbiton this week.

England, who boasted current association croquet world champion Stephen Mulliner in their ranks, finished second in Pool B to reach the knockout stages where they lost 11-2 to Pool A winners Egypt in Thursday's semi-finals.

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Concentration: United States' Danny Huneycut gives his all in a clash with South Africa's William Louw at Surbiton Croquet Club in Alexandra Drive last week

New Zealand claimed the title with a 4-2 final triumph on Friday, while England secured a comfortable 6-0 win over Ireland to claimed third place.

The world's top eight teams - including Sweden, the USA and South Africa- descended on the club in Alexandra Drive for the week-long tournament.