David Raison

We are writing with the sad news that David Raison passed away on the 15th September after a long battle with lymphoma.

David was an active and supportive member of the club who worked very hard to successfully raise the profile of Merrow Bowls. He will be greatly missed both as a friend and a bowler.

Our condolences go to David’s family.

As soon as the club has further information about the funeral, we will let you know.

September Round-up

The evenings are drawing in and since the announcement of the hosepipe ban it seems to have rained non-stop. However, looking back over the month plenty has happened.

The end of the club night league resulted in torch-lit play for the last end and Helen came out top with Steve D second. Thirty-nine different bowlers took part in this over 18 weeks and it made Thursday evenings very interesting. David O topped the skills challenge leader board and we have all had the opportunity to use our skills in match-play to good effect.

Who’s holding shot?

Very poor weather meant no bowling at our fish ’n’ chips night so we adjourned to the main club instead to eat. Ken, Trevor and Andy ran the raffle and eventually managed to distribute all the prizes. Thank you to everyone who contributed – just under £100 was raised for club funds.

Club competition finals were played on a dry weekend 10th and 11th September. There were lots of finalists and supporters who came to watch some very close matches and eat cake. Well done to Julie for organising and all those who took part to make the event a success. The winners and runners up will be presented with trophies and medals at our annual presentation lunch in October.

Merrow has had some great success this year and for the second year in a row won the Harding Cup, this year against Albury. Thank you to Ripley for hosting, to David Poole for organising and to Mariane for the delicious cakes.

Our Harding Cup Team

As top of their zone our Knaphill Triples squad qualified for the semi-final and finals playoff. Due to poor weather the two matches were played in one day. Well done to the team for defeating Knaphill in the semi-final. Merrow eventually ended up second to Camberley after a tiring but rewarding day.

Knaphill Triples Runners Up – still standing after a tiring day!

We played our annual match against the main Club on Sunday 18th September. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, the green still looking and playing well. The club players got their eyes in quickly and were in the lead half-way through. However, the bowlers eventually came good to win the trophy back with a resounding victory 96-70. We had a wonderful barbeque and salad provided by the club and Ali. Thanks to everyone who made the day possible.