Match Reports - written mostly in date order.
Andy Savin takes the Men's singles title for the second year running and Geraldine Perrin the Ladies title in Marlow Club Finals.
Marlow's last match ends in a win against Thame. Loudwater bring Marlow's 6-match winning sequence to an end, but only just !
A superb two days of late summer sunshine cast its spell serenely across the Marlow rink, two fabulous days of bowls, good friendly banter and signing off with a delightful dinner at the very end, were all the ingredients needed for a great finals weekend at Pound Lane.
The array of matches kicked off on Friday as the competition organisers Mags Shelley and Felicity Rees faced each other in the Ladies Sets and a truly exciting match it was, both players were neck and neck and as they went into a tie break it was Felicity who just edged ahead to take the match.
The Saturday morning was not looking good as the early morning dew was further moistened by some light rain but fortunately this soon disappeared and the sun burst through the clouds as yet again Mags Shelley and Felicity Rees confronted each other this time in the 2 wood singles but again Mags was thwarted and could not gain revenge for the previous defeat as Felicity triumphed 14-8.
Next up was the Aussie Pairs featuring Trevor Day and Paul Simmons playing Doug and Trevor Pounds and despite a close tussle early on Day and Simmons came home winners 24-16. It was a huge achievement by Doug Pounds to even play the game having had hospital treatment a few days before the match but he acquitted himself well throughout. Well done Doug.
John Heather took on Mike Woolams in the Handicap Singles winning impressively 23-10, whilst John Boult beat Dawson Whitman in the 2 wood yardstick match and Jean Barltrop and Mags Shelley took the Championship Pairs title beating Rose Turner and Sheila Pounds in a close match 17-15.
Sunday saw the bulk of the matches and first out of the blocks was definitely Andy Savin as he took on Stewart Rump in the Mens Singles and for the second year running it was Andy who turned it on winning by 6 shots 21-15. But Stewart was to gain success in the Men Championship Pairs later in the day as he teamed up with Marlow stalwart Dave White and together they resisted the early challenge of Roger Cantell and John Boult and moved ahead to win 26-14.
One of the fast improving lady bowlers at Marlow is Geraldine Perrin and with 3 matches lined up during the day it was always a daunting prospect but despite an earlier defeat to Paul Simmons in the Mixed 101 Singles she took on the consistent Rose Turner in the Ladie Championship Singles. From the off Geraldine took the upper hand and it took a few ends before Rose could get into the game but the tenacious ambition of Geraldine Perrin was eating away at the scoreline and ultimately she was too strong on the day and took the title 21-14.
A massive thanks goes to all the club members who put in such an incredible amount of time and support to stage the finals, there is always so much that has to be organised and there are far too many names to mention here but credit goes to you all. Check out pictures from the Finals on the Photo Album page.
Mens Championship Singles : Andy Savin 21 Stewart Rump 15
Mens Championship Pairs : Stewart Rump, Dave White 26 John Boult, Roger Cantell 14
Mens 2 Wood Yardstick : John Boult 12 Dawson Whitman 4
Mens Singles Sets : Peter Burgess beat Martin Sharpe 2 sets to love.
Mens Novice Singles : Trevor Day 21 John Boult 12
Mens Handicap Pairs : Mike Stroud, Mike Woolams 22 Bob Perrin, Peter Tassi 15
Mens Aussie Pairs : Trevor Day, Paul Simmons 24 Doug and Trevor Pounds 16
Ladies Championship Singles : Geraldine Perrin 21 Rose Turner 14
Ladies Championship Pairs : Jean Barltrop, Mags Shelley 17 Sheila Pounds, Rose Turner 15
Ladies 2 Wood Singles : Felicity Rees 14 Mags Shelley 8
Ladies Singles Sets : Felicity Rees beat Mags Shelley in a tie break.
Ladies Novice Singles : Angela Moss 22 Elizabeth Bamford 14
Ladies Handicap Pairs : Sue Moore, Felicity Rees 22 Jean Barltrop, Geraldine Perrin 15
Mixed Pairs : Mags Shelley, Andy Savin 25 Pam Butler, Mike Woolams 12
Mixed Aussie Pairs : Rose and Dave Turner 25 Felicity Rees, John Heather 12
Mixed Handicap Singles : John Heather 23 Mike Woolams 10
Mixed 101 Singles : Paul Simmons 106 Geraldine Perrin 54
Marlow's final match of the season against Thames and despite some untypical summer rainfall they concluded the season on a winning note beating the opposition 82-75. Top rink went to Trevor Day, John Coombes and Judith Lomas with a 17-8 win and there were wins for skips Tanis Hudson and Lynda Taplin but the two remaining rinks both lost.
There was a hope that Marlow could continue their winning run until the end of the season but their midweek encounter with Loudwater dashed that hope as Marlow were just edged out by 5 shots 63-68. John Coombes, John Battersby and skip Lynda Taplin had their stress levels tested as they were seemingly out for the count 9 -16 down with just two ends to go, however they notched a 3 and then 5 on the last end to eke out a 17-16 win.
Top rink for Marlow went to Rose Turner, Don Isaacs and Clive Brooks who won well 22- 16 but it was not enough to prevent the match defeat.
A third convincing win came for Marlow as the ladies visited Desborough and they came home with an emphatic win 63-36 and so continued Marlow's winning run to 6 matches. Marlow's top rink was Mags Shelley, Rose Turner and Sheila Pounds with a resounding 27-4 victory.
Maidenhead Town were Marlow's next visitors the day after their London Welsh victory and they pursued their winning ambitions with great vigour. Marlow gained 3 wins out of 5 with Trevor Day, Peter Barltrop, Alan Bartram and Rose Turner getting top rink with a 25-7 score and there were also wins for Bill Pocock's foursome 25-18 and Clive Brooks who just about inched home 16-15. Marlow won thematch 93-78.
Marlow continued their winning run with a rain-affected match against the London Welsh at Pound Lane gaining a comfortable 37 shot win, 116-79. There was only one defeat for Marlow out of the 6 rinks playing, Stewart Rump, Don Isaacs and Terry Anstead were ahead for much of their game but got caught on the line and finished with a 15-15 draw whilst Dave White and Alan Steptoe skipped their teams to respective wins of 22-10 and 21-12.
Bill Pocock, Peter Barltrop and Felicity Rees turned a 5-10 deficit at halfway into a 18-15 victory but top rink for the day was Paul Simmons, Clive Brooks and Rose Turner who dropped a shot in the first end but went ahead in the following end and remained in front throughout winning 27-12.
A period of lacklustre performances was put behind them as Marlow ladies firstly went over to Bassetsbury and won well 63-34, the top rink for the ladies was Mags Shelley, Felicity Rees and Anne White who put in a solid showing with a 29-4 triumph.
A further win came over at Denham where all five rinks won impressively, Bill Pocock, Lynda Taplin and Peter Barltrop won in style and quite brilliantly scored 8 shots on the 2nd end which put them on the road to a top rink score of 24-12. Clive Brooks won 22-15 whilst Pam Butler's threesome won 18-10 and there further wins for both Clive Brown's rink and Trevor Day's trio 18-12 and 21-16 respectively. Marlow winning overall 103-65.
( Please note the newspaper report will show the Denham result incorrectly - editorial error ! )
The Marlow fixture against Gerrards Cross was called off by our opponents sadly and so the only club match was the away fixture at Glory Mill and Marlow came up trumps with a fine 12 shot victory which ended a run of defeats for Marlow. Top rink for Marlow was Lynda Taplin, Roger Taplin and Rose Turner as they won in style 26-10. Marlow's other winning rink was Doug Pounds, Tanis Hudson, and Bill Pocock with a 7 shot victory 18-11 though the two remaining rinks both lost but Marlow ran out winners 65-53.
Any match against Chesham is always a daunting prospect and last week the ladies from Marlow were on the receiving end after their trip to Chesham in a 3 rink triples game. Judith Lomas, Jean Barltrop and Elizabeth Bamford came as close as they could but still lost 12-19 and the other two Marlow rinks were well beaten but it was a positive introduction for two new Marlow bowlers Helen Dixon and Anne White, the signs are positive for the future of bowls at Marlow.
The Marlow bowls green subject to a torrent of rain in recent weeks was blessed by dry weather for the visit of Portsmouth at the weekend but the visitors were not here for a joyride as they won convincingly overall by 21 shots. The visitors were always ahead from the off as the home side struggled with the pace of the green and in the end there was only one winning rink for Marlow as John Stevens, Roger Cantell, Alan Steptoe and Paul Simmons took a firm grip of their match early on and went on to win with an impressive 34-10 victory. The match finished 85 to Marlow and 106 to Portsmouth.
The Marlow triples team of Jean Barltrop, Felicity Rees and Lynda Taplin were resplendent in their Bucks County outfits when they faced Northants at Leamington as one of two Bucks representative teams last weekend but sadly they could not quite stay in contention and lost the match 21-8 whilst the Chesham ladies trio also lost.
The trip to Desborough is always an enjoyable affair but despite some pleasant weather and the nearby Maidenhead United football match providing some rousing background noise, Marlow could not create a winning style and lost the match 100-130. Paul Simmons, George Malster, John Coombes and Rose Turner were the top rink for Marlow with a 24-10 victory, with Clive Brooks' rink also getting a win but the remaining rinks all lost.
The ladies were a little unfortunate on the trip to Henley midweek as they won well on one rink, 22-10 which featured Lynda Taplin, Tanis Hudson and Sue Moore but they lost by a similar score on one rink and frustration set in on the rink of Rose Turner, Jean Barltrop and Sue Miller. They were 2 shots ahead with just 2 ends to go but dropped 3 shots in dramatic fashion and as a result Marlow lost the match by a single shot.
Marlow tried in vain to reach a second successive Bucks Cup final but Gerrards Cross gained sweet revenge at Waddesdon for their dramatic defeat in the final last year and ultimately there was no repeat victory for the Marlow boys. Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner were the only real victors for Marlow and Dave White's rink was a shot ahead when play came to a halt but Gerrards Cross were winning with plenty in hand and Marlow conceded after 16 ends. It was nevertheless a fine run by Marlow to get to the semi-final and this match will galvanise and reinforce their resolve to make it a repeat performance next year.
The afternoon visit of Southall proved another tough game for Marlow as despite two winning rinks from Club skip Clive Brooks and Lynda Taplin the three remaining rinks were never in the hunt and the team ended up on the losing side 80 shots to 124.
The Marlow Ladies held an afternoon "Fun Day" bowls match on Saturday and the 12 entrants enjoyed some food and some bowls with a different format. All the players were switched around into different teams but accrued individual scores depending on their bowling skills and although rain showers came along and prevented a full programme a great day was had by all.
The winner on the day was Geraldine Perrin who has improved very well this season and is fast becoming a well respected bowling force and took the mantle of winner with 34 points, in second place came Jean Barltrop on 25 points closely followed by Pam Butler, Lynda Taplin and Chris Iszatt on 23,18 and 17 points respectively.
The rain stayed away when Flackwell Heath came to Marlow this week but the visitors had the upper hand and won the game overall by 8 shots. Marlow's top rink was Pam Butler, Rose Turner and Don Isaacs who were behind after one end but never looked back as they drew level in the next end, went ahead and ended up clear winners 23-6. Conversely Mags Shelley, Ian Burns and Elizabeth Bamford were 8-0 up very quickly but fell away and only scored another 6 shots losing 14-21. Doug Pounds, Dennis Martin and Jean Barltrop were 5-13 down with just 4 ends to play but miraculously turned it round and ended up with a creditable draw 13-13. The final match score was 73 to Marlow and 81 to Flackwell Heath.
The second leg of the match two leg contest against Chesham went ahead at Marlow at the weekend and despite a confident start to haul back the 24 shot deficit from the first leg a mixture of ground conditions, heavy rain and Chesham's bowling ability contrived to deprive Marlow of success.
Clive Brooks's rink of Alan Steptoe, Roger Taplin and Rose Turner provided the initial impetus winning 22-10 and this was followed up by a good win from Clive Brown's foursome 23-15 , but this was all Marlow could muster, as the rain took hold and curtailed the match prematurely. Chesham eventually victors by 110 shots to 95, and a 39 shot overall win for Chesham and so Marlow will look to 2018 to regain the trophy.
Marlow's journey in the Chiltern & Thames League has proved mixed this season although we finished on a high after beating the League winners Chalfont St Giles at home 56-39. Top rink for Marlow was Ralph, King, Don Rockell and Geraldine Perrin who went ahead 9-3 after 8 ends and never lost control of the match winning 21-9. Andy Savin, Dave Turner and Rose Turner were close behind despite being 8-0 down after 4 ends they turned it round and won impressively 20-13. Marlow finished 3rd in the league on 27 points, 13 points behind league winners Chalfont.
Lynda Taplin, Jean Barltrop and Felicity Rees played so well and fought bravely but found Chesham a hurdle slightly too high in the EBA Triples final eventually losing 18-12 but they still take a well earned place representing Bucks B against Northamptonshire A at Leamington on August 13th which is a great achievement.
Pinner visited Marlow over the weekend and were in good form beating Marlow 57-65. Top rink was Doug Pounds, Pam Butler and Roger Cantell who went ahead in the first end and never relinquished the lead winning 19-12. George Malster, Roger Taplin and Chris Iszatt were in a tight game and got 2 shots in the final end to level their match 14-14 but the other two Marlow rinks both lost.
A wet Pound Lane was the setting as Marlow entertained Slough last weekend and the conditions were proving difficult for both teams but despite that there was some good bowling on offer as the 4 rinks battled it out. The game ended with Marlow losing on 3 rinks out of 4 but an enterprising display from Paul Simmons, Bob Coombs and Fred Burns produced a 25-7 win and this was a healthy contribution to a 1 shot victory for Marlow 60-59.
The Chiltern & Thames match at Glory Mill was a poor display overall for Marlow as they lost on two rinks and the only winning rink came from Ralph King, Alan Steptoe and Rose Turner. They put in a creditable show winning 22-16 but it was not enough to get Marlow the points as they lost overall 50-58.
Lynda Taplin, Jean Barltrop and Felicity Rees left it to the very last end against Waddesdon in the Count triples semi-final at Aylesbury but snatched the winning shot late on to win 13-12 and secure a final place against Chesham. Furthermore by reaching the finals they have also secured selection to represent Bucks at Leamington in August which is a tremendous result for the Marlow ladies !
The ladies of Marlow stayed in winning vogue with a close 2 shot win over Desborough at Pound Lane in a 3 rink triples match. Sue Moore, Chris Iszatt and skip Suzanne Bell took the main honours with a fine 20-14 victory though it could have been much better as they were 20-6 ahead with just 4 ends to go but conceded 8 shots in those 4 ends. Rose Turner's trio won by 2 shots 13-12 but the third rink lost by 6. But a good day for the Marlow girls.
It was an exhilarating day at Pound Lane as Marlow powered through to a semi-finplace in the Bucks Cup against Woburn Sands A huge support for Marlow was crucial as the Marlow team won on 3 rinks out of 4 and eventually clinched a 75-51 win and a 24 shot victory.
Among those watching were three of the winning Marlow team in the 2016 final Tim Hyde, son Richard and Roger Turpie and all the way from Australia long time Marlow favourite Jim "Captain" Kirk and they were treated to a fine win in pleasantly warm conditions. Top rink for Marlow was Don Rockell,Trevor Day and Paul Simmons as they lost on only 5 ends in a 26-8 win but there were excellent wins for triples teams skipped by Dave White and Brian Jones who won 21-10 and 22-11 respectively.
A great result for the boys of Marlow but they now face their 2016 final opponents Gerrards Cross and they will for sure be seeking revenge for that defeat and so this will be a cracker of a match !
The triples of Dave Turner, Trevor Day and Andy Savin were just beaten by Bletchley Town in a rain-soaked EBA county quarter final match at Aylesbury Town, in difficult conditions the Marlow men were up against it and eventually lost out 13-18.
Desborough were the visitors this week and it could not have been much closer with Marlow losing on 3 rinks and only winning on one rink and Club Captain Clive Brooks getting a draw in the last end on his rink. But the win of George Malster, Rose Turner and Denis Bloomfield 20-11 was enough to give Marlow a 2 shot victory 76-74.
The Chiltern & Thames away visit to Chalfont St Giles came unstuck for Marlow as all 3 rinks lost, Margaret Day, Don Rockell and Ray Jenks were well ahead winning 12-2 but fell away badly and ultimately lost by 3 shots and likewise Sue Burden, Peter Barltrop and Ralph King also lost by 3 shots. Not a good night for Marlow at Chalfont .
A further heatwave of tropical proportions with stuffy hot conditions confronted the visitors Bassetsbury Bowls Club when they came to Pound Lane but despite the heat they came through to pip Marlow by just 4 shots as they won on 3 rinks out of five.
Top rink for Marlow was Alan Steptoe, Denis Bloomfield and Margaret Day who were just 2 shots ahead after 6 ends but then won every end bar 2 to consolidate a 27-11 win. Trevor Day, Peter Jennings and Mags Shelley were close behind with a 24-11 victory but the other three teams clearly felt the effects of the heat and as a result Marlow ultimately lost the match 90-94.
Just two days after the men's Bucks Cup quarter final the trio of Jean Barltrop, Felicity Rees and Lynda Taplin will face Waddesdon in the EBA county triples semi final. This came about after they took on Wexham Park in the quarter finals at Bletchley and rounded off a great day with a 14-9 win. The semi final will be played at Aylesbury Bowls Club on July 18th.
Marlow travelled to Burnham last Saturday and won on 4 out of 5 rinks with Bill Pocock's rink topping the scores winning 23-8 and Marlow triumphed overall 86-71.
The Marlow Ladies 2 wood competition got underway recently and there was a feast of fine bowling by the ladies of Marlow Bowls Club. The early rounds and semi-finals were all played on the same day as firstly Mags Shelley and Felicity Rees won with something to spare but Margaret Day and Suzanne Bell had tight matches as they faced Tanis Hudson and Sue Moore respectively but both won through Margaret by 2 shots and Suzanne by 4. This brought Margaret Day up against Mags Shelley in the first semi final and it was a close match but in the end Mags Shelley took a commanding 7 shot lead to gain victory.
Suzanne Bell, Ladies Captain was confronted by her fellow Vice Captain Felicity Rees in the second semi final and their match was as close as it could be but in the end Felicity held on for a 2 shot win and so faces Mags Shelley in the final to be played on Finals Day in September.
Paul Simmons and Stewart Rump travelled to Maidenhead Town for their second LSC pairs game but were slow out of the traps and allowed the hosts too much of a lead before they got into gear in the second half of the game but they ultimately ran out of ends and lost the match 16-19.
Andy Savin, Peter Barltrop and Trevor Day journeyed over to Chesham for their first round EBA triples match and were never really troubled as they took the match 26-6.
Marlow's second Top Club game of the season on Sunday was an exciting match as firstly Peter Burgess then Don Rockell both won their singles matches, and the pairs, triples and fours were well in contention deep into their games but in all three disciplines Marlow fell away towards the close and in a tense finish our opponents Hazels Bowls Club firstly pulled it back to 1-2 after winning the pairs then levelled the match with a win in the triples and then the ultimately took the fours and with it the match. A gallant effort from the Marlow lads but it was not to be this time.
To finish off a reasonably good week Marlow had mixed fortunes in their latest two away games. A trip to Flackwell Heath for a triples match came first and proved very fruitful as they completed a solid performance winning on all 6 rinks.
The game was significant for Club President Don Isaacs who skipped his trio to an excellent 18-8 win, Ray Jenks also shone guiding his team to a 20-18 victory but it was success for all the teams on this occasion. Fred Burns was looking well in front at the start of his match but faded in the middle and after 16 ends the match was tied 14-14 but Fred's threesome pulled it back towards the finish and won by 4 shots.
At the weekend it was a tougher match when the boys and girls of Marlow travelled to near neighbours Maidenhead Town and the game was very much in the balance right up to the final whistle but Maidenhead inched ahead. Clive Brown's rink were looking in good shape leading 16-8 after 16 ends but could only score one more shot yet they hung on winning 17-13. As it turned out Marlow won on 4 rinks and lost on 2 but dropped too many shots overall and ultimately lost the match by 4 shots 107-111.
News filtered through that we have topped the division in our quest for a repeat shot at the Bucks Cup trophy this year. It appears that Chesham were beaten by Chess Vale and that handed us the top slot and so we now face a home tie on the morning of Sunday July 16th and our opponents will be Woburn Sands who finished runners up in Division 1.
Our performance in the league means the club have gone one better than last year when we were runners up in the league, and this is a great achievement in itself so all those players who have put on the Marlow shirt this season should feel proud to have got through to this stage, well done lads !
....but of course nothing has been achieved yet, we have further battles ahead ?
A visiting Bucks Presidents team gave Marlow a beating as they won on 3 rinks, drew on 2 and lost just one rink, with only Club Captain Clive Brooks, with Clive Brown, Denis Bloomfield and Alex Hamill giving the Presidents much to worry about with a very convincing 26-8 victory. Skips George Malster and Trevor Day conjured up draws of 17-17 and 21-21 respectively but the remaining 3 rinks all lost giving the Bucks Presidents team a sound win by 135 shots to Marlow's 98 in the torrid heat at Pound Lane.
The Ladies triples match against Desborough was called off by Desborough.
The ladies team of Lynda Taplin, Jean Barltrop and Felicity Rees got through to the quarter finals of the Ladies County Triples after beating High Wycombe 16-13 at Wycombe. They were 15-7 ahead after 14 ends at which point Wycombe clawed themselves back to within 2 shots but Marlow closed it out with a single shot in the last end. Two days later that was followed by a home match against Amersham in the next round and they powered to an emphatic 22-6 victory with Pam Butler subbing for Felicity Rees. The ladies now travel to Bletchley Bowls Club on July 2nd to play the quarter finals and hopefully semi-finals.
As the temperature soared Marlow was much like a sauna as they entertained Lee on Solent on Saturday and both teams and visitors probably wished they had brought the Solent with them but despite the heat Marlow turned in a good overall performance as they won 91-80 thanks mostly to good wins from Alan Steptoe's rink and Clive Brooks's foursome winning 28-10 and 21-10 respectively. Clive Brown's rink was 4-14 down after 10 ends but came surging back to win 21-18.
Marlow's Chiltern & Thames game against Glory Mill at home was a very contrary match as the result was forever in the balance but an inspired comeback from Don Rockell's team and a victory by Ralph King, Ian Burns and Rose Turner ensured we gained the victory, be it by the merest of scores - 1 shot !
The visit of Ad-Finem is always a great event but sadly for Marlow we got beaten on 4 rinks drew on one and the only winning rink was skipped by Peter Burgess who was backed up by Ian Burns, Dennis Martin and John Stevens as they stormed to a big 30-9 victory. Marlow eventually lost the match 106-125.
For sure there were doubters within the camp that Marlow would not progress beyond the divisional stage in their attempt to keep the Bucks Cup this season but with a superb win over Chesham this has more or less assured them of a quarter final spot in July.
The return of both Dave White and Steve Smith proved invaluable as the boys at home secured two victories with Dave White's threesome winning 23-12 and Brian Jones's trio winning 21-16. Over at Chesham Ralph King's team secured a very good result against Chesham's Keith Patrick triple 19-16 and Andy Savin's group almost pulled off a whitewash losing by just 3 shots 16-19.
Marlow now play Chess Vale in their final league game looking to secure top spot and a home quarter final match on Sunday July 16th.
The ladies also made hay at Chesham's expense with a 12 shot victory at home, Rose Turner, Suzanne Bell and Jean Barltrop led the line with a solid 25-15 triumph whilst Judith Lomas, Sue Moore and Margaret Day chipped in with a tidy 21-17 win.
Marlow travelled to Pinner whilst the Marlow Regatta was in full swing and just nicked a 62-58 win courtesy of a 17-12 win by Clive Brooks, George Malster and Christine Iszatt and a similar result from Dave Lasenby, Don Isaacs and Jean Barltrop who won 18-13.
There was a nice end to the week for Marlow as they hosted close rivals High Wycombe in a friendly 5 rink triples match and they reversed the earlier result at Wycombe eventually winning by 28 shots. Top rink went to Clive Brown's team closely followed by Trevor Day who, with his team of Sheila Pounds and Tanis Hudson, celebrated his forthcoming holiday post as a "Fat Controller" on the West Coast Steam Railway, with a fine display and a 23-12 victory. Marlow winning 105-77.
Chesham got their revenge for recent defeats when they beat us on all four rinks of the national Tony Alcock mixed double fours competition at Chesham. There was little respite as two of our rinks lost heavily and only Clive Brown's rink and club captain Clive Brooks' rink came close losing by 4 shots and 6 shots respectively. On the same day Andy Savin was beaten in the London & Southern Counties Gold Badge singles competition.
Marlow ended up playing at home to Amersham twice in two days, firstly in the Men's Double Fours which was not one of Marlow's better matches as Alan Pering's foursome were held to a 15-15 draw and Clive Brooks were always behind and never got into their stride.
However it was a different kettle of fish the following morning as the national Top Club competition got underway, first out of the traps was Dave Turner and Paul Simmons who won their singles matches and although the triples and pairs teams were not up to the mark it was left to the fours skipped by Brian Jones to secure the 3 wins needed . Marlow will now face either Hazells Bowls Club or Aylesbury Town BC in the next round.
The second Bucks Cup match took place against High Wycombe this week and it was a 'tale of two cities' as Marlow conjured up two wins at home but lost both games away. A fairly even start for Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner transformed into a sizeable win as they totted up a big 26-6 victory and Paul Simmons, Don Rockell and Pat Ryan were well ahead winning 15-2 then conceded 8 shots towards the back end of the game but still held on for a convincing 18-10 win. This gives Marlow 10 points on the night to add to their 11 points notched up last week so a healthy position going into the important game against Chesham.
The ladies had a very good win over Flackwell Heath during the week, the top rink went to Pam Butler, Suzanne Bell and Felicity Rees only losing on 4 ends out of 18 and piling up an impressive 37-7 victory. Sue Burden's threesome of Margaret Day and Chris Iszatt were well clear, got chased down in the finals ends but hung on for a 16-15 win and despite losing on the third rink Marlow Ladies scored a satisfying 63-37 victory.
Andy Savin took on Trevor Timms at Bassetsbury in the Champion of Champions second round and triumphed 21-16.
The home and away London Southern Counties match against Maidenhead Town proved unsuccessful as an excellent away win by Trevor Day's foursome 28-21 was negated as Paul Simmons's quartet lost 12-20, after being neck and neck with the opposition for much of the first period of play. It looked like it was going Marlow's way as the away side went 28-14 ahead but they conceded 7 shots whilst the home side faltered in the closing stages leaving a tough last end to get 4 shots but it was not to be and Marlow lost overall by 1 shot.
A good win against Loudwater 123-87 was preceded by a sound performance in the Chiltern & Thames league against old foes Chesham, winning on 2 rinks and drawing the third. The ladies took on Gerrards Cross in a 3 rink match and won but a trip to the small club at Shiplake proved fruitless, as Rose Turner's trio grabbed a 15-10 top rink win but Marlow lost the macth 83-93.
The Bucks Cup began this week with a fair start for the Marlow boys, Ralph King, Alan Steptoe and Dawson Whitman won 23-11 at Chalfont whilst Andy Savin, Trevor Day and Mike Woolams drew 17-17. Over at Marlow Paul Simmons, Stewart Rump pulled away after halfway in their match winning 23-10 but Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner were a shade unlucky on the night and lost 13-17. But this gives Marlow 11 points out of a possible 14 so a good start.
The London Southern Counties Gold Badge singles competition got underway this week and Andy Savin followed on from his success the previous week with a gutsy triumph against Colin Jones of Burnham. The match was tight right up to the closing stages but requiring 3 shots for the win he managed it with his second to last wood winning 21-13 and now plays Andy Bridgen in the next round.
Further success came the same night as the first of the series of Chiltern & Thames matches took place against old foes Chesham and it was almost a clean sweep. Ralph King's team outplayed their opponents for a super 24-9 win this was followed by Clive Brooks' trio who won 16-12 and Don Rockell's side almost pulled off the third victory of the night but dropped a shot on the final end for a 15-15 draw. But 9 points for Marlow and 1 for Chesham, that's a fine start !
Andy Savin, last year's Marlow Club Singles Champion, took on High Wycombe's Chris Stonell this week in the first round of the national Champion of Champions competition and on a very damp green it was a convincing display from Andy as he held off the threat from Chris Stonell throughout the match winning by 15 shots.
Andy now faces Trevor Timms in the next round at Bassetsbury Manor.
The first leg of the cup fixture against Chesham faired badly for Marlow, as only Trevor Day, Doug Pounds, Peter Barltrop and Sheila Pounds kept us in with a chance for the return game with an impressive 41-10 victory. The rest of the Marlow teams could not keep up the pressure and fell away during a hot afternoon of summer sunshine as we lost 97-120, so 23 shots to recoup in the return match !
The away fixture to High Wycombe played in wet weather conditions was not a great game for Marlow with Wycombe beating us easily 95-53. None of the Marlow rinks won and the best rink for Marlow was Alex Hamill's who lost 11-16 but everyone else suffered and so a poor day for the Marlow side.
Marlow entertained Amersham at Pound Lane in a 4 rink match that saw the home side gain victory by 77 shots to 63. Top rink was Clive Brown, Mags Shelley and Ian Burns who won 25-6 whilst Alan Steptoe, John Coombes and Sheila Pounds won 14 out of the 18 ends played to win 21-9. Fred Burns Doug Pounds and Elizabeth Bamford almost matched them winning 21-10. This continues the good start that Marlow Bowls Club have produced this summer.
Stewart Rump and Paul Simmons played their first round match in the London Southern Counties pairs competition at home to Iver Heath this week and came out winners 26-10. The Marlow pair restricted their opponents to just 4 winning ends and were just ahead 12-10 after 11 ends but the boys powered through the next 5 ends getting 14 shots at which point Iver conceded. Their next match takes place away to either Denham or local rivals Maidenhead Town.
The regular Presidents v Captains fixture went ahead without any interruption from the weather thankfully, and it ended up a close match with the Captains side just scraping home by a mere 3 shots.
The match started with an enterprising "spider" - all bowlers form a "web" around the rink and bowl a wood towards a jack sitting in the centre of the green, the nearest wood wins a bottle of champers which this time was won by Martin Sharpe.
Skip Clive Brown ( who must be congratulated on planting some lovely looking foxgloves on the top border ), Margaret Day and Fred Burton led the charge for the Captains side with a fine 23-9 win over Ken Bell's trio.
The Presidents' Alan Pering and Alan Steptoe both had wins whilst Club Captain Clive Brooks drew against Trevor Day's team 12-12, as did Rose Turner and Pam Butler who drew 16-16.
But the size of the win on Clive Brown's rink proved the deciding factor.
Marlow hit a winning vein in the opening week of the season as they firstly travelled to Princes Risborough and pulled off a fine 10 shot victory. This was originally a home fixture but was transferred to Risborough and the trip was well worth it as Alan Pering, Peter Barltrop and Sue Burden picked up the top rink award with a 20-5 win.
In midweek the first home game against Court Park also resulted in a solid win as the home team beat their opponents from Hillingdon by more than 40 shots. This time it was Dave Lasenby, Peter Barltrop and Dawson Whitman who were top of the scoreboard winning by 27 shots to 7.
However the journey to Oxford over the weekend was not quite so happy for the Marlow bowlers, especially the men ! The men were well beaten on all 5 rinks as only Trevor Day's side came closest losing by one shot and it really it was only the ladies who carried the day as Lynda Taplin's side won by 5 shots and Tanis Hudson only lost by 2.
Our home game to Burnham last Sunday was very close but thanks to two good wins from Trevor Day and Clive Brooks and their teams we came out on top 81-77.
We celebrated a fourth match win with a 64-38 victory away to Stoke Poges. Tanis Hudson,Don Isaacs and Ian Burns were one end from completing a whitewash for Marlow but conceded a single shot in the final end to draw 18-18. But with the ladies skipping on all three rinks it was a successful day as Sue Burden won 25-11 and Geraldine Perrin winning 21-9. Well done ladies !
It was not a good day for Marlow ladies when they travelled to Iver Heath losing on two rinks and it was only Mags Shelley, Suzanne Bell and Felicity Rees who almost pulled off a win but dropped 4 shots on the final end for a 19-19 draw. Lynda Taplin's triple looked on course with a 12-6 lead after 12 ends but they fell away and did not score again losing by 7 shots. Rose Turner's rink lost 11-18.