James Death won the AC Mens Championship, beating Stephen Mulliner with three Sextuples in the final, and Ailsa Lines the Womens. Ailsa also won the mixed doubles with David Maugham. Congratulations to both of them.
Sanaa Hallam won the AC B level tournament, beating Rachel Rowe in the final. The trophy, the Sage Bowl, and the court were decorated with the herb to mark the event. Richard White yet again both manged and catered for the tournament, with assistance from his daughter Georgia.
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
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.
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.
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.