Martin wins the Max Morris Trophy

Sunday 12th August, Moira. Report by Ray

Martin won the Max Morris Trophy (for the third time, after victories in 2011 and 2013).

Six members contested the event – GC handicap played on an  “all play all”  basis, 13 point with no time limits.

The handicaps ranged from 1 (Chris M and Mike O’B)  to 10 (Janet H and Lesley E)  with Ray M on 3 and Martin W on 4.

After four rounds of play Mike and Martin had 4 wins each and played each other in round 5.

This game was effectively “the event final” and was won 7-4 by Martin.

Secretary’s Shield semi-final: Middlesbrough 4-3 Ashby

Sat 11th August, Middlesbrough

Arthur reports that the morning doubles was Ashby’s best chance of a fourth game win but it wasn’t to be. It took Ashby a while to adapt to the slow lawn pace, with Andrew & Dennis getting to penult and peg whilst we were still on 4 and 1 back. Arthur & Mick then got to peg and 2 back before the Middlesbrough team hit in and finished.

Heather played solidly to secure two wins, but Mick was the only other Ashby player to get a win in the singles.

Report by Dennis Scarr:

The match was played against the backdrop of 150th year celebrations of the opening of Albert Park, Middlesbrough which has Middlesbrough  Croquet Club lawns at its centre.

Sunshine, a carnival atmosphere, a good number of bisques and friendly rivalry produced a close match with Middlesbrough running out winners 4 games to 3.

Middlesbrough – Andrew Killick ( 0.5 ) Dennis Scarr ( 1 ) Nigel Roberts ( 10 ) Julian Gibson ( 12 )
Ashby – Arthur Rowe ( 3 ) Mick Haytack ( 7 ) Derek Buxton ( 16 ) Heather Hardy ( 20 )

 ( Middlesbrough names first )
Andrew Killick & Dennis Scarr beat Arthur Rowe & Mick Haytake 26 – 20
Nigel Roberts lost to Heather Hardy 13 – 22 ( T )
Julian Gibson beat Derek Buxton 25 – 16 ( T )
Andrew Killick beat Arthur Rowe 26 – 9
Dennis Scarr lost to Mick Haytack 13 – 26
Nigel Roberts beat Derek Buxton 26 – 17
Julian Gibson lost to Heather Hardy 9 – 18 (T)



East Mids GC league: Ashby B 6-6 Branston A

Wed 1st August, Moira  Report by Eileen

Ashby were 3-6 down after four rounds, but our team of Rupert Knapton, Peter Richards and Eileen Buxton all won their singles games in the final round, bringing the final score to a draw! (6-6).  The Branston “A” team were Tony Hunt, Bernard Johnson and Tony Cross. 

Ashby “B” now have a score of 3.5 wins out of 4 matches.

Ashby win East Midlands AC 26-point league

Sat 28th July, Moira

Ashby have won the East Midlands 26-point AC league for the second year running, winning 2-1 in each of the matches against Nottingham, Leicester and Pinchbeck.

This means that once again we qualify as regional champions for next year’s Secretary’s Shield national AC knockout competition.

After winning all his games, Derek’s handicap has come down to 16, but Richard’s has gone in the opposite direction back up to 9.

Ashby 2-1 Nottingham
Richard Sanville (8) 15-26 Andrew Beaumont (10)
Derek Buxton (18) 13-12 Sue Wileman (11)
Heather Hardy (20) 22-8 Alex McIntyre (12)

Ashby 2-1 Leicester
Richard Sanville (8) 8-26 Richard White (-1)
Derek Buxton (18) 26-6 Lawrence Whittaker (8)
Heather Hardy (20) 20-7 Richard Whiting (9)

Ashby 2-1 Pinchbeck
Richard Sanville (8) 18-26 Bob Thompson (0.5)
Derek Buxton (18) 26-13 Charles Ostler (2)
Heather Hardy (20) 26-9 John Filsak (3)

Other results
Leicester 2-1 Pinchbeck
Nottingham 2-1 Pinchbeck
Leicester 1-2 Nottingham

Final placings
1st Ashby (3 match wins)
2nd Nottingham (2 wins)
3rd Leicester (1 win)
4th Pinchbeck (0 wins)

Perry Bowl report

Manager and reporter: Eileen

The Perry Bowl Ladies Golf Croquet Handicap Tournament was played today Saturday, July 21st at Moira.  Seven lady members battled for the trophy and Prosecco!

Lesley Eastgate was the eventual winner. 

The scores were :-
Lynda Allen    5 v 7 Lesley Leitch
Eileen Buxton 7 v 6 Janet Harker
Lesley Eastgate 7 v 3 Jenny Biggs 
Lynda Allen 7 v 5 Janet Harker
Lesley Eastgate 7 v 6 Lesley Leitch
Eileen Buxton 7 v 2 Carolle Melville
Lynda Allen 7 v 4 Eileen Buxton
Lesley Leitch 7 v 6 Jenny Biggs
Janet Harker 7 v 6 Lesley Eastgate
Lynda Allen 3 v 7 Lesley Eastgate
Lesley Leitch 7 v 3 Eileen Buxton
Janet Harker 7 v 3 Carolle Melville
Lynda Allen 7 v 5 Carolle Melville
Lesley Leitch 7 v 6 Janet Harker
Lesley Eastgate 7 v 4 Eileen Buxton

Carolle and Jenny shared a place.  Lesley Leitch was second and Lynda third.  Five ladies were handicap 10, one was handicap 8 and one was handicap 6.  Martin and George visited during the day.  All enjoyed the day. 

Murphy Shield: Ashby 4-3 Hunstanton

Mon 16th July, Moira

The Ashby team of Mick, Rupert, Martin and Jane beat Hunstanton 4-3 in an extremely tight quarter-final Murphy Shield fixture at Moira.

Hunstanton were 2-1 up after the morning matches, all of them having gone to a deciding game, but Ashby fought back in the afternoon to level at 3-3.  The last match to finish was Mick’s, which he won 7-3 in the deciding game.  It was a long day, with the last match not finishing until around 6pm just as the evening visitors were arriving for the taster session!

Report and results (CA website)

Ashby will now play Durham in the semi-final.


New Website

Welcome to the new Ashby Croquet Club website, which is now live!

This new site should be much easier for us to maintain than the previous site, and will also be much more suitable for viewing on mobile devices.

This is part of the Croquet Association’s website offering that you may have read about in the April Croquet Gazette. This project provides websites to clubs around the country, and  Ashby has been chosen as one of the dozen or so pilot clubs for the scheme.

The web address is still the same,, but please be aware that if you have links to individual pages within the previous site (e.g. as bookmarks in your web browser, or links from external websites), these will no longer work.

The News Archives and Tournaments sections are not yet complete, but these will gradually be extended over the coming weeks.  Also please note that the Members’ Area is not yet functional.

Please check back for regular news updates.

Richard S (Web Editor)