Tidying up

Monday was our second week of clearing the bank at the side of our green, having adopted it from the parent club.

Over the years, the bank has become overgrown with weeds and ivy, resulting in a not very attractive outlook. The plan is to clear the site, and replant with something more decorative.

While at the club, it was great to see our green looking splendid. I can’t wait to get my bowls out again.

Merrow adopts BIAS

To help our club move forward, and remove some repetitive tasks, Merrow have adopted the BIAS system.

BIAS is written and maintained by a bowler, so it addresses most of the needs of a bowls club such as Merrow.

Club members who already have a BIAS login can join the Merrow system very easily, as detailed in my recent email. Members without a previous BIAS login can easily register on the system.

Going forward, bowlers will be able to sign up to all matches online, or continue adding their name to the printed team sheets.

Looking good!

I dropped by at the club this morning, and thought I’d share how good the green is looking, even after all the recent rain.

You may spot that we now have the electric fence covering all four sides of the green. Many thanks to Len for getting the (very sturdy) corner posts organised, and to Bill for providing the soil to build up the ground behind the edging boards. Much appreciated.

Ripley, our last match of the outdoor season

On Wednesday 16th September, five intrepid Merrow bowlers made the short journey to Ripley BC for our last match of the outdoor season. Merrow’s honour was at stake, having been beaten at home by Ripley.

We were pleased to have lovely weather for the match, with shorts and hats much in evidence. Ripley’s green was rather soft, giving everyone problems getting their bowls to roll far enough.

By the end of the match, Merrow were feeling the strain of having to put so much effort into their deliveries. Ripley proved to be dominant, winning on all three rinks 42-66. Merrow’s best result was with Lorna and John, losing by just three points.

We look forward to welcoming our friends from Ripley to our green next year.

President vs. Chair

Merrow’s annual President versus Chair match on Saturday, 12th September, was played under a warm, clear sky.

We were to play four rinks of pairs over 18 ends. Chairman Brian elected to play the first 9 ends, with Robin taking his place for the remainder of the match, and demonstrating how his bowling has come on.

There was a lot of intense bowling on all rinks. New members Bill and Graham proved formidable opposition for Sally and John, winning by a substantial margin.

The teams had been organised by our coach, David E, who had given us a green to be proud of. President David M, unable to play, watched from the sidelines.

The President’s team were up 8 at half way and it was all square at 14 ends. However, after a hard-fought match, the Chair won 73-59.

Here are all the results. President’s teams first:
John & Sally 10 v Graham & Bill 26
Allen & Joan 16 v Colin & Jarek 23
David & Lorna 20 v David F & Sue 10
Andy & Mark 13 v Ken & Brian/Robin 14

The afternoon was rounded off with a picnic. There was plenty of animated conversation and laughter, a hallmark of our friendly club.

We all look forward to returning in 2021 to resume our outdoor bowling.

At home to Ripley

On Wednesday 9th September, we hosted Ripley for our penultimate outdoor friendly of 2020.

We were fortunate to have a warm and sunny afternoon to play a match of three pairs. Our green is in splendid condition and playing really well, thanks to David and Debbie’s efforts, so an enjoyable afternoon was in prospect.

Home advantage was in evidence as the match began but Ripley soon became accustomed to how the green was playing. There was a lot of concentration required on both sides as we all tried our hardest. However, at the end of the match, Ripley had triumphed 40-44. Ripley also won on two of the three rinks, so congratulations to Ken and John on their win, 20-14.

We play the return match at Ripley on 16th September, when we hope for a good result.

A very busy weekend

It’s getting towards the end of the outdoor season but there are still matches to be played. Over the weekend of 5/6 September we played Friendlies against Seale & Sands, and Castle Green.

On Saturday, 5th September, Merrow travelled to Seale & Sands for a match of three pairs. The clouds came and went, and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon.

Captain Charmian gave us a warm welcome, and explained their Covid-19 procedures before we joined battle.

The green played very differently to Merrow’s, giving yours truly a lot of problems. The other two rinks appeared to conquer the differences and were soon moving into commanding positions. However, on our rink, the S&S players were making the most of home advantage. After a very taxing but enjoyable afternoon’s bowling, Merrow prevailed, winning 48-34. Congratulations to Lorna and Richard, who played well to win 23-7, and to Sally and John who won 17-11. Great results.

Sunday, 6th September involved a trip to Castle Green for match of two pairs. Again we were fortunate to have a warm and dry afternoon. Given Castle Green’s location, we were assured of a number of onlookers.

The match started well for Merrow, with both rinks moving ahead. However, Castle Green began to find their line, and started to creep back into contention. At the final end each side had one rink ahead but the scores were reversed, with Merrow winning by a single point, 29-28.

Well done to all the bowlers. A tight match was played with great spirit and friendliness. It’s what bowls is all about.