Thanks to the volunteers who came along this morning, we now have lawn 1 and lawn 3. The booking system has been modified to suit. The default time on bookings has also been reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours in readiness for the winter season. Mansfield sand have recommended we treat the lawns differently, lawn 3 to be dressed with sand only and the others with a low organic content 80/20 dressing. Lawn 1 is perpendicular to previous; the start point, with arrow, is marked as are the penalty areas. Martin will mow this shorter in readiness for Sunday.
You may have noticed on the lawn booking site that Lawn 1 is shown as ‘Maintenance’ for the rest of the season. Martin tells me that it has been reseeded and that time is needed for the grass to germinate and grow.
Our winning semi-final team of Mick, Rupert, Martin and Richard travelled to Cheltenham for a Murphy Shield final against reigning champions East Dorset. We had reached the final for the first time, after hard-fought victories in the quarter and semi-finals against High Wycombe (3-1 at home) and Camerton & Peasedown (4-2 away). Whereas our opponents, East Dorset, had enjoyed a rather easier route to the final, with a bye in the quarter-finals followed by a walkover against Hurlingham in the semi-finals.
In the final, Ashby won the doubles match 2-0, but East Dorset were the much better team in the singles, winning 11 games out of 14, and ensuring their overall victory by 5 matches to 1, with one match unfinished.
East Dorset: Michelle Leonard (3), Johannes Hamann (3), Mark Hamann (3), Tony Green (4) Ashby: Mick Haytack (3), Rupert Knapton (3), Martin Wroughton (4), Richard Sanville (5)
Michelle and Johannes 4-7, 3-7 Mick and Rupert Mark 7-3, 7-5 Richard Tony 7-4, 7-3 Martin
Michelle 0-7, 7-4, 7-3 Mick Johannes 3-7, 7-5 Rupert (match unfinished) Mark 7-6, 7-3 Martin Tony 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 Richard
Mick and Heather both played in York Croquet Club’s annual short croquet (a small-lawn version of AC) tournament. Mick finished second out of 18, winning six games out of nine. His final match was against Andrew Beaumont from Nottingham, who he had previously played three times in the 26-point game and lost every time, but in this game Mick says he played very well and beat Andrew 14-2 in seventeen minutes.
This year’s national Charity One Ball final has been delayed by four months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we in turn had to rearrange our One Ball Plus club heat which eventually went ahead on the first weekend of September.
As last year, we had six players in the 13-point tournament, but with reduced time limits (45 or 50 minutes for each round) which allowed us to complete an all-play-all competition. A game was recorded as a draw if the scores were level following the completion of the two turns after time is called. This was the case in the game between Mike and Rupert which finished 6-6. Only two of the 15 games were completed within the time limit, both involving Mick.
The overall winner was Richard with 5 wins out of 5. After trailing against Adam throughout his first game, Richard managed to snatch victory 8-7 in the final turn, and after that played consistently well. Heather and Mick both finished on 3 wins, with Heather winning the game between them.
Results: 1st Richard (5 wins); 2nd Heather (3 wins, beat Mick); 3rd Mick (3 wins, lost to Heather); 4th Rupert (1.5 wins, drew with Mike, hoop diff. -7); 5th Mike (1.5 wins, drew with Rupert, hoop diff. -17); 6th Adam (1 win).
Many thanks to everyone for their generous donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, totalling £70. When combined with the Christmas/New Year donations (£77) we have raised a magnificent total of £147, plus gift aid, for the charity.
Richard will represent Ashby in the one-ball national final at Surbiton on Sept 20th. Although the money raised entitles us to an additional place in the final, none of the other participants are available that weekend or willing to travel.
After a very close National Forest GC doubles tournament over the weekend (see separate report), the doubles theme continued on bank holiday Monday with our internal Clive Pearson GC competition. This turned out to be even closer, with all five pairs finishing on two wins out of four! Paul and Heather were the clear winners on a hoop difference of +9 , thanks to wins of 7-0 and 7-1 in their first two games. Runners-up were Jane and Richard on +1. Not far behind were Ray and Rupert, Mike and Julie, and Christine and Mick. Many thanks to Martin for organising the tournament.