Mick has asked if people could please not lock the gate if there is a car, or cars, still parked on the site. Apparently, last Friday there were some people playing croquet and when they finished they locked the gate. One person in the bar was very nearly locked in, and his car was in the car park.

Martin retains the Max Morris Trophy

Sun 4th August, Moira Manager: Martin

Six players contested the Max Morris internal club GC handicap competition, in an all-play-all format with a good spread of handicaps ranging from 0 to 10.

Martin Wroughton was the clear winner with a 100% record of five wins. Lesley L, Ray and Julie all finished on three wins, and Richard S on one win. Mike was unlucky not to win a game, finishing on 6-7 three times.

Martin therefore wins the Max Morris tankard for the second year running, and is only the third player to do this, after Derek in 1999/2000 and Ray in 2005/06.

Ashby finish third in East Midlands 26-point AC league

Sat 3rd Aug, Nottingham

After winning the regional 26-point Association Croquet league for the last two years, we had to settle for third place this year. After a promising 2-1 victory over Leicester, we narrowly lost 1-2 to Pinchbeck after three close games, and in the final match we were convincingly beaten by the hosts Nottingham. Well done to Derek for recovering some of his form and winning two out of his three games.

Nottingham won the event overall with a clean sweep of victories, and they will represent the East Midlands in the Secretary’s Shield national AC knock-out competition next year.

Ashby 2-1 Leicester
Mick Haytack (8) 20-26 Richard White (-1)
Richard Sanville (10) 19-18 Lawrence Whittaker (8)
Derek Buxton (18) 26-13 Richard Whiting (9)

Ashby 1-2 Pinchbeck
Mick Haytack (8) 23-26 Adrian Kirby (-0.5)
Richard Sanville (10) 22-26 John Filsak (3)
Derek Buxton (18) 17-14 Patricia Duke-Cox (12)

Ashby 0-3 Nottingham
Mick Haytack (8) 13-26 Alex McIntyre (5)
Richard Sanville (10) 9-26 Mark Lansdale (12)
Derek Buxton (18) 8-26 Roger Watson (14)

Other results
Nottingham 2-1 Pinchbeck
Nottingham 3-0 Leicester
Pinchbeck 3-0 Leicester

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

East Mids League: Bakewell A 5-7 Ashby A

Tues 30th July, Bakewell

Bakewell: Steve Marsh (2), Alan Reeve (5), Tim Spray (5)
Ashby: Mike O’Brian (0), Ray Mounfield (3), Martin Wroughton (4)

Steve & Tim 4-7 Mike & Martin
Alan 7-4 Ray
Alan & Tim 6-7 Ray & Martin
Steve 7-6 Mike
Steve & Alan 7-2 Mike & Ray
Tim 7-5 Martin
Steve 5-7 Martin
Alan 5-7 Mike
Tim 4-7 Ray
Tim 7-4 Mike
Steve 5-7 Ray
Alan 2-7 Martin

Heather wins the Ladies’ Perry Bowl

Sat 27th July, Moira Report by Eileen

The Perry Bowl Ladies Handicap Golf Croquet Tournament was played in pouring rain. Ten Ashby lady club members bravely faced the elements! Jenny Biggs was the score keeper and the driest! 

The Tournament was shortened by one round when everyone decided that they had got wet enough! We did have a winner and three close runners-up. Any of the four could have won if the fifth round had been played.

Heather was declared the winner with four out of four wins. She was presented with the Perry Bowl Trophy and a bottle of red wine.

Winner: Heather Hardy 4 wins
Runner-up: Janet Harker 3 wins +16
3rd place: Lesley Leitch 3 wins +9
4th place: Julie Boulton 3 wins + 6

Inter-Club GC: Northampton 5-1 Ashby

Wed 17th July, Northampton

Northampton beat Ashby by 5-1, in a closely-fought match at Northampton. The contest was much closer than the final scoreline suggests, with five of the seven matches going to a deciding game, a sixth match finishing 7-6, 7-6, and the final match unfinished at one game all.

Scores (Northampton names first):

Lionel Tibble (-4) & Pete Dowd (-3) beat Will Gee (-4) & Tim King (-3) 6-7, 7-4, 7-6
Jayne Stevens (-1) beat Paul Durkin (1) 7-3, 3-7, 7-1
Michael Hills (0) beat Michael 0’Brian (0) 7-5, 5-7, 7-3
Lionel Tibble beat Will Gee 7-6, 7-6
Pete Dowd beat Tim King 5-7, 7-6, 7-6
Jayne Stevens v Michael O’Brian. 7-3, 6-7 (unfinished)
Michael Hills lost to Paul Durkin 5-7, 7-5, 5-7

Ray (Ashby’s non-playing team manager) added: “The first doubles game lasted 1 hr 40 mins. and was high quality croquet. Overall there were seven 7-6 finishes and six games finished 7-5. Considering the distinct home advantage, the Ashby team gave a very strong challenge to a Northampton team consisting of three minus handicaps and a scratch player.”

Tim wins the postponed 2018 GC Knockout final

The final of last year’s GC knockout tournament (The Moira Quaich) eventually took place at Martin’s Pension Party (combined with Tim’s early birthday celebration) on Tuesday 16th July. Rupert took the first game, but Tim fought back to win the best-of-three match 2-1.

180° change to Lawns 1 and 2

Last year we decided that we would rotate the orientation of the lawns part way through the season to even out wear. So hoop 1 is now on the far side of the lawn.

This took effect from Saturday 13th July, when we hosted a Secretary’s Shield match as a neutral venue, and will remain in force until further notice.

The trolleys are marked up with this information to remind you, but please do use the new orientation when you play from now on.

Murphy Shield GC: Hunstanton 2-5 Ashby

Sun 7th July, Hunstanton Reporter: Martin

Three Ashby players and one wife travelled in one vehicle to Hunstanton on July 7th to compete in the Murphy Shield where we met up with Jane and Paul who had stayed locally with the camper van.

Our journey was going well until we encountered the dreaded loose chippings for 5 miles just outside Kings Lynn which made our arrival very close to the 11am start.

It was a fine day for playing croquet and we even had some spectators!

In the morning matches, Ashby were in front 2 to 1 thanks to our doubles team of Chris Mounfield and Jane Tewson and Ray Mounfield in his singles; Martin lost!

The afternoon matches gave wins in the singles to Ray, Jane and Martin, unfortunately Chris lost!

So Ashby won 5 to 2.

Paul had to go out to fetch lunch as our hosts had not provided the promised catering; not good.

Our return journey involved an overnight stop in the Kings Lynn Premier Inn, then via Pinchbeck to Bourne. Chris visited more charity shops that day than she had visited in her whole life, my fault.