• Nottingham B beat Colchester in Inter Club

    A Nottingham team of Keith AIton, Paddy and Miranda Chapman and Ian Lines beat Colchester 6-1 away.

    Ian Burridge (playing for Colchester) reported the results as follows:

    Ian Burridge and Jack Wicks lost to Paddy Chapman and Keithhe  Aiton -3
    Jonathan Hills lost to Miranda Chapman -17
    Colin Hemming lost to Ian Lines -4

    Ian Burridge beat Paddy Chapman +17
    Jack Wicks lost to Keith Aiton -23tp
    Jonathan Hills lost to Ian Lines -25tp
    Colin Hemming lost to Miranda Chapman -26

    The semi-final is against Wrest Park, who put out our A team, at home.

  • Nottingham beat Middlesborough 5-2 to reach final of Secretary's Shield

    Dan Greenaway reports as follows:

    Secretary's Shield Match Nottingham VS Middlesbrough Saturday 11th Aug 2012

    Nottingham Team: Omeid Hallam (4.5), Dave Gunn (8), Dan Greenaway (10), Alan Scott (12).
    Middlesbrough Team: Roger Staples (4), Michael Akester (12), Nigel Roberts (14), John Fitzpatrick (16)

    Morning Games:

    Hallam and Gunn lost to Staples and Akester -22
    Greenaway beat Fitzpatrick +9
    Scott lost to Roberts -14

    Afternoon Games:

    Hallam beat Staples +10
    Gunn beat Akester +20
    Greenaway beat Roberts +17
    Scott beat Fitzpatrick +2T

    Nottingham win 5-2

    On a nice sunny day in Nottingham, Middlesbrough made the trip down for a match in the Secretary's Shield. The visitors made the better start in the morning; the doubles match of Hallam and Gunn verses Staples and Akester started tight, but then Akester got in and went round giving Middlesbrough a lead Nottingham couldn?t claw back ending in a +22 win for the Teesiders. On the other lawn Greenaway scored Nottingham's first point. A break with the white gave him a good lead but Fitzpatrick using his bisques picked off hoops narrowing the margin to a +9 win to Nottingham. The second game on lawn 3 was a tactical battle between Scott and Roberts; Roberts took an early lead which Scott couldn't get back resulting in a +14 win on time for Middlesbrough and an overall 2-1 lead going in to lunch.

    The weather carried over to the afternoon for some more top croquet. On lawn 2 Staples took an early lead against Hallam, but a stumble on hoop one allowed Hallam back in who promptly seized his opportunity and won +10. Gunn changed his morning form around and was firing both barrels in the afternoon giving himself a +20 win over Akester. Over on lawn 3 Greenaway had a good game against Roberts resulting in a +17 win. In the second game on lawn 3 Scott was making the most of the weather again with his game going to time again. This time he reversed his fortunes with a +2T win meaning Nottingham finished the day with a 5-2 win, to give them a chance to defend the trophy in the final against the Bear of Rodborough.

  • Ryan Cabble won first Nottingham GC Open

    Rachel Rowe managed the first Nottingham GC Open, for the new Diamond Jubilee Bowl, which had 12 entries, and has sent this report.

    We had the luxury of 5 lawns all weekend and most games were single banked with no time limits. There were some very tight games and a few upsets in the blocks, although everyone won at least one game.  At the end of Saturday there were 2 clear qualifiers from each block – Ray Mounfield, Richard Thompson, Tim King and Ryan Cabble; only Ray Mounfield was unbeaten with 10 wins.

    After a leisurely start on Sunday morning Tim was playing well and brought an end to Ray’s winning streak in straight games for a place in the final. Ryan held himself together well after losing the first game in the other semi, found his form again in the second game and took the third, despite a strong comeback from Richard. Both Ryan and Tim were shooting well in the final and not many hoops were missed. An hour and a quarter later, and in time for an early tea, Ryan was victorious. Sunday’s
    consolation event was an all play all block for all willing participants. David Bell played well to win all of his games and the consolation event. Richard beat Ray in the 3rd/4th playoff.

    Handicap reductions for:
    David Bell from 4 to 3 and Harry Dodge from 3 to 2.

    Semi final results:
    Tim King v Ray Mounfield 7-4 7-4
    Ryan Cabble v Richard Thompson 6-7 7-2 7-5
    Ryan Cabble v Tim King 7-3 7-4
    3rd/4th playoff:
    Richard Thompson v Ray Mounfield 7-2

  • AC Selections Announced

    Club members Keith Aiton and Paddy Chapman have been selected to playin the President's Cup, the event for the best eight available AC players, which is being played at Colchester this year.  Miranda Chapman has been selected for the Chairman's Salver, the second eight, at Ramsgate, Ian Vincent for the 4th eight, the Treasurer's Tankard, at Hunstanton.  Nottingham is hosting the Selectors Weekend, 7-9th September, in which Richard Huxley and Beatrice McGlen are playing.  It is currently undersubscribed and anyone else interested in playing should contact David Maugham, the chairman of the selectors.

    Keith Aiton has also been selected to play for GB against Ireland and, with James Death, the USA.

  • Keith Aiton ahead in adjourned final of AC Eastern Championships

    Keith Aiton is 2-0 up in the best of five final of the Eastern Championship, against David Maugham, who has won the event more than ten times.  The final had to be adjourned, to a date and place to be decided, mid-afternoon, after the courts became inundated. 

    It may well be the last time the event is played in the glorious setting of Wrest Park, a stately house and parkland currently in the care of English Heritage, which wishes to restore it to its historic state before the club was established there.  If you would like to play there yourself, there is an open weekend tournament from 11th-12th August.

    Keith getting ready for the final in bright sunshine

    though the clouds were gathering

    and the infamous trench turned into a moat

    which rendered the lawns unplayable, despite the best efforts of local members!


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