An article, recorded at Nottingham, went out on the prime time, flagship news programme, PM, on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 13th July. You can hear it on iPlayer until 9th August be clicking on this link. It is approximately 22 minutes into the broadcast.
James Death won the National AC Open Championship for the first time, beating Reg Bamford, who has won it eleven times, +18tp +18tp in the final (the two games were almost identical: Reg got the first break and went to 1-back; James hit the lift and went to 4-back, peeling Reg's other ball to hoop 3 and conceding a contact; Reg failed to get going and James hit-in to finish with a triple peel).
As far as I am aware, this is the first time a Nottingham member has won the title. He also won the AC Open Doubles Championship, playing alternate strokes with Samir Patel, and holds the Mens Championship as well.
Another Nottingham success was that Miranda Chapman won the Doubles consolation event, partnering Eugene Chang.
On July 2nd Derek Blow will be offering coaching at 6pm on MOVING FROM HANDICAP TO LEVEL AND ADVANCED - An Introduction to the Basics.
After three, unsually for this summer, dry days, visitor Mark Suter beat local member Paddy Chapman +15tp +26tp in the play-off for the East Midlands Championship.
David Maugham, who had made a handsome box for the Hopewell Cup, won the play-off for the plate against his wife Alison with a sextuple peel.
Many thanks to Diana Plant and Sophie McGlen (with some help from her family) for catering, to Martin Beacon for stocking the bar, and to all who helped tidy up at the end of each day.
James Death won the AC Mens Championship, which was played at Cheltenham, coming back from 1-2 down to win the best of 5 games final.