• David Maugham won the East Midlands Championship

    From a quick look at the trophy, which was donated by Gordon Hopewell when the event was inaugurated in 1997, David Maugham has now won it for the sixth time. His most interesting game en-route to the play-off was the final of the process, in which he beat Alain Giraud +1tpo, after pegging two balls out when the others were both for hoop 1. No recourse was needed to the impasse regulations.

    It was being played on lawn 1, which had been measured the previous day at 13.5 uphill: there were patches on the former bowls greens that were considerable faster. The groundsman has already turned the irrigation back on in the hope of saving some of the grass.

    The play-off against the winner of the draw, Jenny Clarke was less interactive: Dave won +17 in a normal advanced rules game, Jenny having declined the offer of playing super-advanced. Given that the play-off didn't start before tea, a single game was thought prudent if there was to be anyone left to see the end of it. Andrew Gregory let several trains go in order to commentate on the finals. Nick Mounfield won the plate, beating Alison Jones in the final.

    The full entry of 32 enjoyed virtually unbroken warm sunshine, Robin Hood beer from the Nottingham Brewery, and catering provided by Beatrice McGlen, and Ellen and Malcolm Gee. Many thanks to the club members who have stocked the bar, cleared up the empties and worked hard to re-occupy the pavilion after the interrupted restoration work over the winter.

    A final thought is that almost half the field were thought to be under 50, so there is some hope for top-class AC yet.

    Ian Vincent


  • Nottingham 5-0 Ashby (GC Inter Club)


    GC Inter Club played at Ashby on Monday 25th June 2018.

    Nottingham ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against local rivals Ashby. They got off to a flyer when Ian Burridge and James Death inflicted a 7-3 7-2 defeat on Rachel and Will Gee. Having come back from 1-4 down in game one Richard Bolton secured a comfortable victory over David Bell 7-4 7-4. Leaving Euan Burridge and Tim King tied 1-1 playing a tight 3rd game after Tim had equalised at the 13th with a good rush up from 12 and subsequent hoop shot. A pivotal moment in the decider was at hoop 6 with Euan leading 3-2 when Tim stopped Euan from playing his opponents ball, allowing Euan to get to 4-2. Tim fought back to take the game to the 13th hoop. Euan was short with the first ball, the next 3 balls all played to 4 yard position. Euan missed his clearance, Tim failed the hoop, Euan cleared but failed to keep position, Tim took position and Euan ran the hoop from the boundary to give Nottingham a 3-0 lead at lunch. This received the high acclaim of being described by Euan as “pretty good for a salad”.

    The temperature had now reached 30 degrees, further baking the courts which were generally quick outside the rectangle of the hoops but significantly slower within in it. The lower order again got Nottingham off to a flyer with Euan and Richard winning their first games. Shortly followed by James beating Will at the 13th hoop. When Euan beat David Bell in the second to secure the match for Nottingham, Ian and Rachel were still in a high quality first game which Rachel managed to close out. Richard and Tim agreed an amicable draw while Will and James remained keen and played their match out, with James triumphing in the 3rd game. 
    Results (Ashby names first)

    Rachel and Will Gee lost to Ian Burridge and James Death 3-7 2-7
    Tim King lost to Euan Burridge 4-7 7-6 6-7
    David Bell lost to Richard Bilton 4-7 4-7

    Will Gee lost to James Death 6-7 7-6 2-7
    Rachel Gee led Ian Burridge 7-4
    Tim King drew with Richard Bilton 5-7 7-5
    David Bell lost to Euan Burridge 4-7 6-7

    Ashby 0-5 Nottingham 
  • British Open GC Championship

    Several Nottingham players were in contention for the British Open GC Championship held at Southwick between 19 - 24 June 2018. Rachel Gee, Richard Bilton, Ian Burridge and Will Gee all managed to win through the blocks to the last 16 knockout. Only Ian Burridge managed to get through the first round only to lose to the runner-up of the event John-Paul Moberly in the second round. Reg Bamford won the champioship and Richard Bilton won the Bowl. Euan Burridge also entered and finished a creditable 5th in his block whilst taking a couple of notable victories.

  • Nottingham 5-0 Pendle (Mary Rose 2nd Round)

    Nottingham CC won their 2nd round Mary Rose match in a convincing manner 5-0 winners over Pendle CC on Friday 21st June 2018 at Pendle.

    Nottingham were 2-0 up at lunch, the doubles Ian Vincent (0) / Clive Goode (0.5) v Robert Essler (1) / Roger Scofield (2) being pegged down and ultimately unfinished. 

    Ian Draper (2) beat Paul Dowdall (8) +19

    Dave Gunn (1) beat Gary Wilson (9) +17

    The afternoon games saw Ian Vincent beat Robert Essler +9

    Clive Goode beat Roger Scofield +2

    Dave Gunn beat Paul Dowdall +26

    Ian Draper v Gary Wilson - unfinished

    As per normal the visitors enjoyed a delicious lunch and for once it is recorded that the match was played in glorious sunny conditions.


  • Beatrice McGlen runner-up CA Women's AC Championship

    Beatrice lost to Louise Bradforth (Bristol) 26-23, 15-26, 6-26 in the final of the knockout of the CA Womens AC Championship played 13-17 June 2018 at Budleigh Salterton.


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