Welcome to your new website

We’ve had a little re-vamp.

If you look at your browser’s address bar, it now says “merrowbowls.com”. No mention of WordPress, although they still host our site.

Another nice feature is something that you won’t see anymore; advertisements. We now have a paid-for website, which does away with advertising.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be adding results to the fixture list so that you can monitor how well we are playing in our friendlies.

Make sure to bookmark the new site and drop in each week for the latest news updates.

Happy bowling!

Castle Green visit Merrow

On Wednesday, 13th June, Merrow entertained Castle Green for an evening match. We played four rinks of triples, although Castle Green had to play as pairs on two of the rinks, due to a shortage of available bowlers.

The evening was a little chilly, but that was soon dispelled by the warmth of welcome by both teams.

Play commenced at 6pm and we played all eighteen ends straight through, to ensure we didn’t run out of daylight. Games on all four rinks were played in a friendly but competitive spirit, with Merrow running out as overall winners by 60 points to 50.

Well done to Mark, Mike, and Brian R for battling on a difficult rink four and getting a draw. Top rink goes to Ken, Lorna, and Wednesday Captain, Brian T, winning by a nine point margin.

The evening was rounded off with drinks and a chat.

A draw at Ewhurst

On Saturday, 9th June, Merrow bowlers made the trip to Ewhurst to play four rinks of triples.

A warm day promised a pleasant afternoon’s bowling. With introductions complete, the match got under way.

Ewhurst’s green proved a delight to play on; fast and smooth, with plenty of movement. Scores ebbed and flowed on each rink, with each side gaining the advantage during the match.

We broke off for tea and cakes after nine ends, and then we all got back to the business in hand.

The final result was a first for your correspondent, a draw! Each side won two rinks, which seems a fair outcome.

A special mention must go to Allen, Ken, and Colin, who came back from 21-4 down to only lose by two points at 21-19. Our top rink was John, Mike, and David E, who won by 8 points.

Our thanks go to Thelma for organising the refreshments, and to Mike for running the bar.

We look forward to our return match.

Pain at Puttenham

Merrow’s latest mid-week friendly was hosted by Puttenham on Wednesday, 6th June.

The weather gods were smiling on us as the match of three triples got under way. Initially, both sides had problems reading the green, with even the home side suffering.

Despite Merrow’s best efforts, we lost on two of the three rinks, with Puttenham winning by 53-41. However, congratulations to our top rink of Lorna, Len, and David E, our only winners.

Sadly, one of Puttenham’s bowlers was taken ill towards the end of the match and was treated on the green by a team of paramedics. I’m sure all Merrow players join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Our afternoon was rounded off with a delicious tea, with scrumptious home-made cakes.

Merrow entertain Puttenham on 14th August and we look forward to a good match.

Photos by David Raison and Libby Taylor.

A win at Godalming

On Sunday, 3rd June, Merrow visited Godalming for our maiden friendly.

We were treated to a beautiful, and very hot, afternoon of bowls, accompanied by a band playing in the adjacent park. There were hordes of people out enjoying the sunshine and music, and some even watched us bowling. Overall, a very bucolic scene.

Godalming had surplus bowlers who wanted to play, so we ended up playing two triples and two rinks, with Godalming loaning two players to make up the fours.

As ever, although this was a friendly, no quarter was given, but the match was played with good humour on both sides. The green was playing well, fairly smooth and fast with bowls turning as expected.

We had a welcome break for tea after ten ends, when Merrow were presented with a scroll marking Godalming’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

The final result saw a victory of 70-57 for Merrow, but each side won on two rinks, which seemed a fair result. Congratulations to Merrow’s top team of Ken, Lorna, and David E for an outstanding performance, winning 25-8. We look forward to this match becoming a regular fixture.

Photos by David R and Ben Hosking:

Merrow v Burpham – a narrow defeat

On a gloriously sunny afternoon we entertained our close rivals from Burpham for a match of four rinks of triples.

Merrow made an excellent start and at tea were up by 22 points overall.  Unfortunately the tea break gave the Burpham bowlers an opportunity to refocus, so although Merrow ended up winning on three rinks, overall Burpham won by 3 points.

Many thanks to Joan and Lesley for providing a lovely tea and congratulations to Merrow’s top triple of Ken, Mike and Debbie.

Ben Hoskings’ photos of the match:

Our first match at Westfield

Last season, we made contact with Westfield Bowls Club and invited them to Merrow for a friendly. This culminated in the two clubs agreeing to play home and away matches in 2018.

On Wednesday, 23rd May, Merrow bowlers travelled to Westfield for the first of our two matches, this one starting at 6pm. Merrow had expected to be playing four rinks of triples, but somewhere along the way Westfield had got the feeling that we were only going to be playing three rinks and had organised a Ladies final on one of their four rinks. As a result, six Merrow players agreed to play for half of the match, which wasn’t a great outcome for them, with one team’s players being spread out across the other three teams.

Eventually the match got under way. The weather looked threatening, but within a few minutes the skies cleared and we had a fine evening for bowls. It was nip and tuck for most of the match, but eventually Westfield came out on top, winning on all three rinks. Fortunately, the captain’s rink was our best performing, saving some embarrassment, losing by just two points, so well done Ken B, Richard D (first half), Debbie E (second half), and David R.

A very welcome tea was provided after the match by Ken, who was also manning the bar.

Although we lost this match, the score was a vast improvement over our last meeting, so there’s a lot for us to celebrate. Here are some photos taken by Ben Hosking to give a flavour of the evening.

Narrowly beaten at Pippbrook

On Saturday, 19th May, a dozen Merrow players forsook watching the Royal Wedding on TV, instead travelling to Pippbrook for a friendly of four triples.

On a glorious afternoon, battle was joined on a very fast green. Merrow soon started to move ahead, although rink 1 was having to deal with very strong opponents. A very welcome break was taken after 10 ends for tea and delicious cakes, kindly provided by Jean and Malcolm.

After the break, the reinvigorated teams got back to the business in hand. Despite Merrow winning on three rinks, Pippbrook came out on top, winning 64 – 61.

Congratulations to our top rink: Ken B, Richard D, and Colin M. Well done!

Our rearranged home match with Pippbrook will be on 30th June at 2:30, so be sure to get your names on the team sheet in plenty of time.

Here are a few pictures from the match.

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Preparing for the match

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Ready, steady, go!

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We are under way

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Waiting for the next bowl

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Bowls in full flow

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If you can just squeeze through this gap…

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A nice smooth delivery by C Emery

Away win at Mayford Hall

On a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon, Merrow bowlers (and their supporters) travelled to Mayford Hall for a match of four triples.

The green is a little smaller than Merrow’s, so we all had to adjust our deliveries. However, the green soon started to turn, which helped build the heads.

The match was a good natured affair, with many familiar faces from Wey Valley. Despite this being a friendly, no quarter was given by either side, as witnessed by the final score, with Merrow winning 62 – 68.

A welcome warming tea at half time was provided by Jim and Ian.

We look forward to our return match on 4th July.