We host Holloway Hill

On Wednesday, 11th July, Merrow played host to Holloway Hill for a friendly of four triples.

The weather, while warm and sunny, was a little cooler than of late, which was most welcome.

As the match developed, Holloway Hill were in the ascendancy, with only your correspondent’s rink ahead for Merrow. But, as you know, we Merrow bowlers never give up and recovery was on the cards. At the culmination of the match, Holloway Hill came out on top 57-60. However, Merrow won on two rinks and drew on a third, so we can be pleased with our performance, particularly as we had some inexperienced bowlers playing.

We stopped for some very welcome tea and cake at half time, provided by David Foster.

Merrow’s best rink, winning by two points, were Lorna, Debbie, and Ken. Good performances by Bernard, Julian, and Robin are also to be conmended. Well done to all our bowlers.


The history of our club

We had a clear-out at the club today and uncovered a lot of interesting documents and photographs, plus the odd trophy or two.

I shall be scanning and uploading the documents and photos over time, but for now, I’ve uploaded a letter confirming our acceptance into the Surrey County Bowling Association. All the uploads can be found under the menu item “Club History“, so why not take a look.

A great result for Merrow

On Wednesday, 4th July, Merrow hosted a friendly match of three triples with Mayford Hall.

We were fortunate that, with so much hot weather, there was a nice breeze to stop us overheating. With the ongoing lack of rain, the ground was very hard and dry, which resulted in a fast green, albeit a little bumpy.

After a shaky start, Merrow were soon in control. We managed wins on all three rinks, giving us a score of 61-38. Top rink was Mike, David R, and David E. It was great to have two of our newer bowlers in action; well done Bernard and Julian on a fine performance.

At the half-way mark, we all tucked into delicious home-made cakes and tasty watermelon. Our thanks to Lorna and Lesley.

A close result at Ripley

Sunday, 1st July, saw Merrow travel to Ripley for a match of three triples.

The day was hot and overcast, making for very sticky conditions. Fortunately, there was a ready supply of cool drinks by the green to keep us hydrated.

The match was very hard fought, with an outstanding win of 22-8 for Merrow’s Lesley, Len, and John. Well done to them. Sadly, we could not emulate that performance on the other two rinks, and Merrow lost by the slimmest of margins; 44-45.

Because of the heat, we had played the eighteen ends without a break, so the tea provided by Ripley was most welcome.

We look forward to our return match on Saturday, 1st September.


Delayed match with Pippbrook

Earlier in the year, we were forced to cancel a couple of home matches because of the torrential rain. On Saturday, 30th June, we hosted a rescheduled match with the Pippbrook club from Dorking.

A shortage of Pippbrook players resulted in a match of three triples, played in scorching heat with only a little shade available.

The match fluctuated with each side taking and relinquishing the lead. Eventually, Merrow managed to win on two of the three rinks, and winning overall by just two points with 44-42.

Our best rink turned out to be that of the captain, your correspondent. Well done to Tony (who stepped in at the very last minute), John, and David R, who won by nine points in a low-scoring game.

Rodney provided everyone with a very welcome tea at half time, which was taken in the shade of a convenient gazebo.

Well done to all the Merrow players.

Welcome to your new website

We’ve had a little re-vamp.

If you look at your browser’s address bar, it now says “merrowbowls.com”. No mention of WordPress, although they still host our site.

Another nice feature is something that you won’t see anymore; advertisements. We now have a paid-for website, which does away with advertising.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be adding results to the fixture list so that you can monitor how well we are playing in our friendlies.

Make sure to bookmark the new site and drop in each week for the latest news updates.

Happy bowling!

Castle Green visit Merrow

On Wednesday, 13th June, Merrow entertained Castle Green for an evening match. We played four rinks of triples, although Castle Green had to play as pairs on two of the rinks, due to a shortage of available bowlers.

The evening was a little chilly, but that was soon dispelled by the warmth of welcome by both teams.

Play commenced at 6pm and we played all eighteen ends straight through, to ensure we didn’t run out of daylight. Games on all four rinks were played in a friendly but competitive spirit, with Merrow running out as overall winners by 60 points to 50.

Well done to Mark, Mike, and Brian R for battling on a difficult rink four and getting a draw. Top rink goes to Ken, Lorna, and Wednesday Captain, Brian T, winning by a nine point margin.

The evening was rounded off with drinks and a chat.

A draw at Ewhurst

On Saturday, 9th June, Merrow bowlers made the trip to Ewhurst to play four rinks of triples.

A warm day promised a pleasant afternoon’s bowling. With introductions complete, the match got under way.

Ewhurst’s green proved a delight to play on; fast and smooth, with plenty of movement. Scores ebbed and flowed on each rink, with each side gaining the advantage during the match.

We broke off for tea and cakes after nine ends, and then we all got back to the business in hand.

The final result was a first for your correspondent, a draw! Each side won two rinks, which seems a fair outcome.

A special mention must go to Allen, Ken, and Colin, who came back from 21-4 down to only lose by two points at 21-19. Our top rink was John, Mike, and David E, who won by 8 points.

Our thanks go to Thelma for organising the refreshments, and to Mike for running the bar.

We look forward to our return match.