• Belsay Hall beat Nottingham 5-2 in Murphy Shield

    A Nottingham team made the journey to the delightful location of Belsay Hall (NW of Newcastle and possibly the most Northerly croquet club in England!) and were fortunate to find the courts playable after torrential rain.  The morning session was close: we took the doubles and narrowly lost the two singles, but the home team consolidated their lead after an excellent lunch and sent us on our way with a strawberry tea.

    Ian Vincent & Eileen Buxton bt David Turner and Jack Shotton 7-5, 3-7, 7-3

    Valerie Harding lost to Eric Nixon 5-7, 7-5, 6-7

    Jennet Blake lost to Derek Johnson 2-7, 3-7

    Ian Vincent lost to David Turner 6-7, 3-7

    Eileen Buxton lost to Hack Shotton 5-7, 5-7

    Valerie Harding bt Derek Johnson 1-7, 7-5, 7-3

    Jennet Blake lost to Eric Nixon 3-7, 5-7



  • Nottinghamshire won Inter-Counties

    A Nottinghamshire team of Richard White (Captain), Keith Aiton, Gary Bennett, James Death, Patrick Hort and Richard Huxley won the Diamond Jubillee AC Inter-Counties competition.

  • Borehole drilled and produces 1litre/second

    The drillers brought their rig on Tuesday, 29th May, getting access through a gap in the fence between the Rhododendren bed and the cycle track, which had been created by the Community Payback team.  Drilling was underway by 10:15 am, but at 1:30pm they were 9m down and still in sand and gravel.  At 3pm they finally struck the hoped for sandstone at 12m and by 4pm they had drilled 23m through it, to the planned depth of 35m.  By 6pm the rig had gone, leaving only a short length of outer casement and liner exposed, with a large cork in it!

    They returned on Friday to install the pump (which is suspended in the hole), a flow meter, and tidy up, constructing two underground access chambers.  A test run with a portable generator produced a flow rate of about 1 litre/second (3.6 cu meters/hour), which looks promising.  The final steps for this phase of the project are to reinstate the railings, make good the area and connect up the pump to the electricity supply.

    The rig arrives on site, narrowly avoiding lawn one.

    The rig is manouvered into position.

    Drilling commences

    Another length of casement is needed ...

    ... while the drill bit is disconnected.

    The extra length of casement is attached - still in the sand and gravel.

    Sandstone and water struck at 12m

    And not long afterwards they have drilled a further 23m and the rig has gone, leaving only a short length of liner and casement showing.


  • Nottingham through to sem-final of Secretary's Shield

    Nottingham beat Ashby 7-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Secretary's Shield in the roasting heat of Sunday, 27th May.

    Omied Hallam and Clive Goode played together in doubles, against Mike Haytack and Richard Sandville, winning comfortably within time.  Meanwhile in the morning, Dan Greenaway beat Derek Buxton and Dave Gunn beat Mike O'Brian, who had very little experience of Association Croquet.  In the afternoon, players wilted, but all four singles finished in our favour.

    Our opponents in the semis will be Middlesborough.

    Full results:

    Omied Hallam and Clive Goode bt Mick Haytack and Richard Sanville +17
    Dan Greenaway bt Derek Buxton +20
    David Gunn bt Mike O'Brian +18
    Omied Hallam bt Richard Sandville +14
    Clive Goode bt Mike Haytack +14
    Dave Gunn bt Derek Buxton +9(t)
    Dan Greenaway bt Mike O'Brian +24

  • Marathon Successfully Completed

    The marathon finished as scheduled at 4pm on Sunday, 20th May, with a total of 806 points having been scored on lawn one.  The Sunday, although still cool, attracted more visitors and we have a good number signed up for the beginners' course.

    The lighting tower provided by A-plant functioned well overnight and fears that it might run out of diesel proved unfounded!  Thanks to Dave Gunn, Bob Thompson and Omied Hallam who organised the event, Omied and James who played thoughout the night, and to the many other club members who supported it.  The picture below was taken at the 1am shift change.




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