Wednesday 26th August found Merrow bowlers making their way to Holloway Hill for a Friendly of three Pairs.
We were blessed with a sunny and warm afternoon. Social distancing rules were explained to all before play started, so that we were confident playing our opponents.
The match started well for Merrow, with each rink gaining an early advantage. However, our hosts soon found their feet and, on two rinks, started to come back strongly. A most enjoyable afternoon resulted in a win for Merrow 55-43. Our top rink was David and Debbie Ewins, with a great score of 26-11. Our other rinks had mixed fortunes, with John and Jarek losing 15-19 after a tough match, and Mark and David R waiting until the last end to win 14-13. Well done to all who played.
On Sunday, 16th August, we travelled to Elstead for our second competitive Friendly.
We were due to play a match of two pairs but due to a mistake on my part, we had five players. Elstead fielded an extra player, meaning that we played one pairs, and one triples. We abided by the covid-19 rules to avoid contamination.
The match started under threatening skies, and we were soon treated to a light rain shower, followed by a heavier downpour which stopped play for a short period.
The two rinks had mixed fortunes. On rink 1, John and Sally were storming ahead, while over on rink 3, we were having a much tighter match.
The end result was an overall victory for Merrow, with a total score of 42-24. A big well done to John and Sally, winning 28-8. From leading when going into the final end, Mark, Jarek, and David were unfortunate to lose 14-16. Well played everyone.
Our next two scheduled Friendlies are on 5th September at Seale & Sands, and 6th September at Castle Green.
The flag was flying again at Merrow as we welcomed Castle Green for our first friendly match of the summer.
Due to a short team from the visitors we played one pairs and one singles match. Luckily the threatening rain did not arrive. John Wills won his singles match comfortably 30-7. The pairs was a close run thing and came down to the final end with the skips battling it out for honours. In the end Debbie and David won 14 -10 thanks to an inspired shot by David which removed the Castle Green bowl from the head. Castle Green’s skip then narrowly failed to get shot with the last bowl which would have leveled the game.
Brian Taylor, Ken Webb and Jean came to spectate and it was an enjoyable afternoon all round.
Report by Debbie Ewins.