On Saturday, 11th August, Merrow played host to Ewhurst for a friendly match of three triples.
With the end of the recent heatwave, the day was overcast and cool, with the threat of rain ever-present.
The match was played in good spirits on both sides, but Ewhurst were soon in the ascendancy. We had a welcome break for tea at the halfway stage, with delicious cakes provided by Debbie going down a treat.
After tea, Merrow started to fight back. However, the fates decreed that Ewhurst would win overall with a score of 35-58. Well done to Merrow’s team of Sue, Mike, and Colin, who managed to overcome their opposition, winning 19-16.
The Harding Cup is a competition for local villages and, since the demise of Shere BC, consists of Albury, East Horsley, Puttenham, and Merrow.
Each side is made up of two triples, each containing at least one lady bowler. One team play at home, the other away. The scores are aggregated to discover the winning team. At the end of all matches a final is played on a neutral ground. in 2017, Merrow bowlers made it to the final, which was played at Puttenham, sadly losing by just a single point.
On Monday, 6th August, Merrow played Puttenham in the 2018 competition. On a sweltering afternoon, the away team of Debbie, David R, and Bob travelled to Puttenham, while the home team of Tony C, Lorna, and David E entertained our opponents.
The result was extremely close, as the away team lost by eleven points. However, the home team won by twelve points, giving Merrow an overall win.
On an extremely hot Saturday, 4th August, Merrow travelled to Liphook to play a return match of four triples. As ever, we received a warm welcome from Liphook, and is often the case, met up with some fellow Wey Valley bowlers. During the match we were blessed with a light breeze which helped to keep us a little cooler, but the temperature was quite testing and any shade was greatly appreciated!
Liphook’s green proved to be very fast with lots of movement, so much so that it was almost like an indoor rink. After a good start, Merrow were holding their own. However, the break for tea at nine ends seemed to take away some of our impetus and we ended the day losing by 56-71 points. It wasn’t all bad news though. Although not managing a win, Judy, Debbie and Colin came back strongly to post a very respectable score. Our only victors on the day were Mark, Ken and David E, with an eight point victory; well done! As a club, we gave a good account of ourselves and our results will reflect that. To put that in context, we beat Liphook handsomely when they came to Merrow, so we can hold our heads high.