August Round-up

We managed to fit in our annual President v Chair match, after the first was rained off last month, with four triples and a good number of spectators. This year resulted in a win for the Chair. We had our picnic indoors as it was rather chilly by the end.

It has been good to see many of our new bowlers having a go at both home and away friendly matches. Internal competitions are continuing and the finals will be held over the weekend 11th and 12th September. Keep an eye out for the schedule once finalists are known.

Merrow are through to the final of the Harding Cup and play Puttenham (at Ripley) on 13th September. Supporters are welcome.

We reached the semi-finals of the West Surrey Midweek League but were narrowly beaten by Godalming. The Tuesday Triple squad have qualified to play on finals day after finishing 4th in the Guildford Area.

With one game to play it is likely that Merrow will finish in at least 4th position in their zone for the Knaphill Triples.

The ladies played their first season in the Surrey Ad League and our squad of eight acquitted themselves well with three wins and a draw against some stiff opposition.

The New Bowlers League is very close with all to play for in the last few weeks of the season.

A Quick Update for July

Despite the weather (either hot or wet!) we have continued to play friendlies and league matches. The internal competitions are now well underway too.

The pictures above are of Merrow against Pippbrook (3rd July) where we had a narrow loss (56-60) and enjoyed tea outdoors after.

Some of our new players are already applying and playing in matches and Mike took the photo below at Stoke Park (10th July) where Barbara, David, Helen and Steve played their first friendly. An enjoyable afternoon despite a heavy loss.

Club nights continue to be popular with a training league in operation on Tuesdays for new bowlers and general play on Thursday.

The men have reached the quarter finals of the West Surrey Midweek league after finishing top of their division and edging Egham out in the round of sixteen. They play Bramley at Stoke Park on Friday (30th July).

Update on the Friendlies

Apologies for the lack of the usual regular updates and photos but here is a round-up of our last few friendly fixtures, starting with the latest against East Horsley which does have a photo!

We hosted East Horsley for two triples on Wednesday 30th June for a very entertaining match followed by tea and biscuits. We had our usual spectators plus extra, so moved a bench for double tier viewing. We won on both rinks – Lesley was delighted with her win, Ken was just surprised. Final score Merrow 38 East Horsley 29.

Our match against Ottershaw was cancelled as unfortunately they could not raise a team. Members made use of the green and spare time to practise and catch up on internal competition matches.

On Saturday 19th June we went to Albury with three triples for Debbie’s first time as match captain. We managed to play in the dry. It was a close match, but we managed to win on two rinks and draw on the third. Beginners luck!

Sunday Friendly at Milford

Despite the forecast we finally managed to play our second weekend friendly of the season.

Milford hosted four triples all of which were played in a friendly but competitive spirt. In the end Merrow were successful on all four rinks. The final score was 77 – 44 to Merrow, with our top rink being Ken, Steve and David F.

We enjoyed a convivial drink post-match, by which time the rain came down again!

A close match at Mayford Hall

A lovely sunny afternoon at Mayford Hall on Wednesday (19th May) was the setting for a close fought contest with two rinks winning and two rinks losing. Mayford Hall were very welcoming and friendly.

We had one illness, but lucky enough our spectator John Wills stood in.

We had one late comer due to an accident with a dog, so one rink started with two in our team. Fortunately enough our third player turned up and everything was back to normal from the third end.

The final score was Mayford Hall 58 – Merrow 59, all in all a very close match.

Friendly against Oatlands Park

On Wednesday 12th May, we hosted Oatlands Park for our initial Wednesday friendly of the season. This was the first time we had played Oatlands Park, so we were looking forward to the game.

It was a sunny afternoon following a wet morning, but the playing surface was in splendid condition as remarked on by the Oatlands Park players.

We played three triples, winning on two and losing on one, with a final score of 58 – 49 in Merrow’s favour. Our top triple was led by Wednesday Captain Allen Mead, ably supported by two of our new members Steve M and Allen J.

At the end (thanks to Debbie and David) tea and biscuits were supplied outside on the tables in line with the Covid restrictions. A very enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to playing at Oatlands Park next season.

Our next Wednesday match is away to Mayford Hall on the 19th May.

Coronavirus Update, 27th March

As many of you will know, following instructions from the Government the Parent Club closed last Friday (20th) and will remain closed for the next few weeks.

The Friday West Surrey league and the Thursday Knaphill Triples league have been cancelled for the season. Friendlies in the early part of the season have been cancelled by a number of clubs, with some doing so until the end of May and some to the end of June. Our next Committee meeting is scheduled for the 20th April, which is a week after the current ‘lock down’, so hopefully we will be able to make definitive decisions at that point, e.g. about opening the green for practise/informal rollups and playing of friendlies. Members should assume that the green will not be available until they have been informed.

I circulated statements from Bowls England and Bowls Surrey last week, but if you were unable to open the attachments these are available from the Bowls Surrey website:

Bowls England has today launched its own YouTube channel as part of its commitment to inform and entertain its members. The intention is that this will provide Bowls England with a one stop shop for all its multimedia content, e.g. where you will find the ‘Extra End’ Podcast, ‘Keep Active’ videos and other audio-visual content. You can find a link for this at:

For more general news from Bowls England, please visit their website:

I have also spoken with Conor Grogan, our BDA Club Development Officer today, and he will be sending information to me in the next few days to enable the committee members to complete background work before we undertake any green based activities. As you will have seen from the minutes our revised date for our Open Day is Sunday 21st June, so please put that date in your diary.

We are continuing to undertake essential maintenance of the green so that we can be ready for play within a few days of being given the go ahead. I know that a number of members have offered their support for this but, for the time being, to make it relatively straight forward for us to comply with government guidance, e.g. correct social distancing, Debbie and I will do the necessary work. Obviously we will be asking for help as soon as we feel this would be practical.

Finally, if any members need support/help over the coming weeks, please let Debbie or me know. Our contact details are on the website  and in your Fixture Booklet.

Kind regards

David Ewins, Secretary