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Merrow Bowlers Busy As Outdoor Season Draws To A Close

Published on: 10 Sep, 2020
Updated on: 10 Sep, 2020

Merrow Village Bowls Club report by David Raison

It’s getting towards the end of the outdoor season but there are still matches to be played.

It’s all go on the green.

On Saturday, September 5, 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.

Seale & Sands captain Charmian gave us a warm welcome, and explained their Covid-19 procedures before we joined battle.

Sally centres the jack while Richard bowls.

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 Seale & Sands players were making the most of home advantage. After a very taxing but enjoyable afternoon’s bowling, Merrow prevailed, winning 48-34.

Social distancing in action.

Congratulations to Lorna and Richard, who played well to win 23-7, and to Sally and John who won 17-11. Great results.

Sunday, September 6 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 skips look on.

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.

Sue delivers for Castle Green.

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

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

Captains Lawrie and Allen.

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.

Getting ready for the off.

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.

John in pensive mood.

However, at the end of the match, Ripley had triumphed 40-44.

The leads watch progress.

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 September 16, when we hope for a good result.

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