Our last outdoor match of the season

Merrow’s final outdoor match of 2018 was at Castle Green on Sunday, 23rd September. We have often had mixed fortunes with Castle Green fixtures during the Summer due to Guildford in Bloom taking over their facilities, so this match was our last opportunity in 2018 to play alongside Guildford Castle.

Saturday had been very wet, and Sunday morning also saw a heavy downpour, but by noon the rain seemed to have stopped, with a dry afternoon forecast, indeed we played in bright sunshine.

With Castle Green loaning us two bowlers, we were able to play three rinks of triples, although on one rink we were to play two against three, playing with a total of eight bowls for each team.

The match started well with all getting used to the green. Three of the rinks were nip and tuck, but our fourth rink was up against very strong competition.

After ten ends we stopped for a warming tea kindly prepared by Joan. We hoped that the refreshments would give Merrow added impetus, and that seemed to be the case, with all rinks making progress. However, the match ended with a good win for Castle Green on 84 points to Merrow’s 57. Well done to everyone for putting up a good showing against strong opposition.

This was our last outdoor match of the season. Our next match is an indoor fixture against Mole Valley in November, so make sure you put your name on the team sheet.

A first at Seale & Sands

On Saturday, 15th September, Merrow bowlers travelled to Seale & Sands for our first friendly with the club.

Preparing for a match of four triples, we were blessed with a warm and sunny afternoon.

All rinks were playing with great friendliness and humour so, on breaking for tea after ten ends, the scores were looking quite respectable. We all enjoyed our tea, kindly provided by Rosemary and Colin, and the raffle was shared equally between the teams with both captains winning.

Unfortunately, Merrow’s Mark was not well enough to continue after the break, so his place was taken by super-sub Ben, playing in only his second match. Well done Ben. We also had Julian playing in his first away match, who also acquitted himself well.

After the final end, we were surprised to find that two rinks had drawn, and each side had won on one rink. The final scores were Merrow 47, Seale & Sands 53.

A splendid afternoon was enjoyed by all, and we look forward to hosting the return match in 2019.

Finals Day

Merrow’s club competitions Finals Day took place on Sunday, 9th September.

Starting at 10am, spectators were treated to a feast of good bowling throughout the day.

Matches played on Sunday were:

  • Ladies Drawn Pairs
  • Men’s Junior Championship
  • Two Wood Singles
  • Three Wood Singles
  • Men’s Drawn Pairs
  • Handicap Singles
  • Ladies’ Championship
  • Novices’ Championship
  • Men’s Championship

The Mixed Pairs final was played on the previous Wednesday. The 101 final is to be played on Tuesday, 11th September. These adjustments were made due to player availability.

Here are a few photos of the day. If you’d like a copy, please contact David Raison

Things didn’t go too well

On Saturday, 8th September, Merrow hosted a friendly of three triples against Heathervale. The weather had been threatening rain during the morning, but fortunately it stayed dry, if a little cool.

Heathervale got off to a flying start, although David’s rink 2 was making a good showing. The bowling on all rinks was close, even if the scoring didn’t reflect it. At the half-time break, we all enjoyed tea and cakes provided by Colin.

After the restart, Heathervale seemed to be rejuvenated and came at us with a vengeance, eventually running out winners on two rinks and winning overall by 53 points to Merrow’s 34. A consolation for Merrow was the win by Mark, Joan and David F on rink 2, 17-10. Well done!

No photos for this match, as I was too busy trying to get my bowls in the right place!

 

A good win over Ripley

Saturday, 1st September promised to be warm and sunny. Fortunately, this proved to be the case when we entertained Ripley for a friendly of four triples.

On arrival, Ripley were a player short due to illness, so Merrow’s Tony C volunteered to step in for the opposition.

Initially, Merrow were ahead on three rinks. Sadly, Merrow’s Mike had to retire after six ends due to back pain. Out of the blue, Mark’s son Ben stepped in as substitute. Now, Ben had only had a roll up on the Thursday but had shown some promise, but he was soon contributing to the match, much to his Dad’s pleasure.

We all stopped for tea after ten ends and enjoyed tasty home-made cakes provided by Debbie, Joan, and Lorna. Many thanks to Jean for dealing with the teas.

The match resumed with mixed fortunes. At eighteen ends, both sides had won two rinks, but Merrow triumphed overall by ten points, 66-56.

Our top rink was Sally, Lorna, and David E, winning 25-9.

What a mix up!

On Wednesday, 29th August, Merrow were looking forward to an evening friendly at Holloway Hill, Godalming. The match normally starts at 6pm, so we were surprised to receive a call at 2:30 asking if we were planning to play. It transpired that having changed the fixture date, the match time in our fixtures list had not been amended too. After some frantic phone calls, match captain Brian T was able to get eleven of our twelve players to Holloway Hill for a 4pm start, with our hosts loaning a player to make up the shortfall.

After all the shenanigans, it was a relief to get on with the match on a cool afternoon. Fortunately, despite the earlier rain, the green had started to dry, so the bowling surface was in reasonable shape.

Both sides were soon playing hard, with scores ebbing and flowing. We had initially decided to play just twelve ends, but that was quickly amended to fourteen due to improvements in the weather. The match ended with both teams winning on two rinks, but Holloway Hill came out on top overall, scoring 52 points to Merrow’s 42. Merrow’s top rink was Sue, Ken, and Colin, who triumphed by five points, winning 15-10. Well done folks. Our other winning rink was that of the captain. Well done to Debbie, Brian R, and Brian T.

Following the match, we all sat down for sandwiches and cake, and some friendly chat.

As we near the end of the season, we anticipate meeting many of our hosts at Wey Valley over the Winter.

Not a good day at the office

On Saturday, 25th August, Merrow bowlers travelled the short distance to local rivals Burpham to play a friendly of five triples.

The afternoon started cool, but the sun soon came out to warm us up. After playing our trial ends, the teams went into battle. Looking around the scoreboards, your correspondent could see that Burpham were forging ahead.

We stopped for tea and biscuits at the halfway mark, which provided a most welcome break. Unfortunately for Merrow, the break did nothing to improve our score.

At the conclusion, Burpham came out on top by a significant margin, winning by 115-60. However, it was not all doom and gloom. Merrow had two rinks that broke the mould. Sue, Ken, and Bob lost on the final end by just two points, having come very close to a win. Meanwhile, Richard, Brian R, and Colin managed a draw, certainly our best rink.

The afternoon ended with all sitting down to sandwiches (thanks to Nina), drinks, and a chat. We thank Mike, Anne, and John for their sterling efforts on the catering front.

Our next match against Burpham will be in February 2019, when we play host at Wey Valley.

Merrow’s David Ewins delivers a bowlMerrow's David Ewins delivers a bowl

The match gets under wayThe match begins

 

A stonking win at Elstead

On Sunday, 19th August, Merrow bowlers travelled to Elstead to play a friendly of three triples.

The Elstead green had had some substantial improvements since our last visit, being very lush and well covered. The match was soon going Merrow’s way, with the final outcome being outstanding wins on all three rinks. The final score was 70-29 to Merrow, with our best rink being Mike, Rodney, and David E winning by 25-9.

Well done to the Merrow bowlers for a truly outstanding performance.

A fine win over Woking Park

On Saturday, 18th August, Merrow entertained Woking Park. Due to a misunderstanding, we ended up playing three rinks of triples instead of four.

A cloudy afternoon soon had the sun breaking through, warming things up.

Merrow started well, but started to run into problems as Woking got to know the green. However, we also got into our stride and were soon back on track.

We broke for tea after ten ends. Everyone enjoyed Sally’s cakes and a refreshing cup of tea.

After tea, Merrow stepped up the pressure, eventually winning on all three rinks, with a final score of 57-45. Top rink by one point was Debbie, Mike, and Colin with a score of 21-15. Well done to all players, a fine win.