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

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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.

Merrow vs Horsell

On what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, Merrow welcomed Horsell Bowls Club to our green.

We played four rinks of triples, with high hopes of a good match. The green had been improved since our last match against Liphook, and we were quite positive. However, the gods were not with us, as we went down 45 – 87, losing on all four rinks. Still, it was a good-natured match, and I’m sure everyone enjoyed the day.

It was not all bad news though. Rink 1 had been leading for much of their match, eventually losing by four points. Well done Mark and David E for a storming performance (your correspondent was also on this rink but can’t claim any credit). Rink 3 also saw a fine performance by Merrow, again losing by just four points. Well done Mike M, Allen M and Bob C.

In the words of D:Ream, “things can only get better”.

New Thursday Triples

Merrow players made a good start to the new Knaphill Triples league with a win over East Horsley.

As is normal, two rinks of triples were played over eighteen ends. We were blessed with a nice sunny afternoon, which helped to dry what could have been a rather soggy green.

The final result was one rink each, with Merrow prevailing by just a few points overall.

Congratulations to both teams on a fine performance: Lesley B, Len M, and Colin M; Mark H, Ken B, and Lorna R.

Merrow vs Liphook, a home win

For our first outdoor fixture of the 2018/19 season on Sunday, 22nd April, Merrow welcomed Liphook for a match of four triples. An unseasonably warm day was very welcome, and we had a good number of supporters to watch the match.

All players found the green difficult, although it did improve slightly towards the end of the match. However, with more rolling and cutting, we should see a noticeable improvement over the next couple of weeks.

The match was closely fought, with Merrow eventually winning on three of the four rinks, with an overall score of 64 – 56. Well done to all, and to our best rink of John W, Len M, and Bob C, who won by nine points.

Our next fixture is on Saturday, 28th April, when we host Pippbrook.

The photos below are by Ben Hosking and your correspondent, David R. Please contact me if you require copies of any photos.

The green is open!

On a cool, damp Sunday, club President Tony Oldland officially opened the Merrow Village bowls green for the 2018 season. Tony welcomed new members Mike, John and Sally to the club. Also given a special mention were Len, Andy and Bernard for their work on erecting the new equipment shed.

Twenty three members turned out ready to see how well the green was performing. Unfortunately, the recent wet weather had hampered the green’s preparation, meaning that the grass was rather long for bowling. Still, with the forecast for next week being for warm and sunny weather, we should be ready for our first home match on Sunday 22nd April, when we host Liphook.

Here are a few photos of the opening, with Tony delivering the first bowl of the season:

Another successful sale

Our Spring jumble sale was another success. As usual, I was surprised by some of the items that sold and by those that didn’t.

You may think that jumble sales are a bit passé, but I get a lot of comments along the lines of “I love jumble sales”, and “I’m so glad you still have jumble sales”. Apart from anything else, it’s an opportunity to pick up a bargain (perhaps something you weren’t looking for) without spending loads of money. It also recycles items.

Remember, we have another sale in the Autumn and welcome any donations before then. Just contact us via the club’s website to arrange a drop-off.