Marlow closer to Bucks Cup Quarter Finals spot. First round success for Marlow in Top Club.At last a victory for Marlow. Another defeat for Marlow !Marlow grab 3 wins to 1 in Bucks Cup.

A dominant home performance by Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner winning 24-6 was the catalyst as Marlow  completed their third Bucks Cup match with a 66-45 victory overall. Over at Wycombe the two Marlow rinks were in close combat throughout the night, Andy Savin, Roger Turpie and Robert Blake were 4-6 down at the halfway stage but rallied to draw level then pulled away towards the end winning 15-9. Paul Simmons, Alan Steptoe and John Boult were 11-12 down after 15 ends but just did enough to win 14-13. This gives Marlow 12 points from a possible 14. 

after Marlow excelled in their first round Top Club match away to Chalfont St Giles winning on 4 rinks out of 5. First to finish was Paul Simmons in the 2 wood winning 19-7, quickly followed by Dave Turner who won 22-14. But the key game was on the rink of Brian Jones, Roger Turpie, Nobby Anson and Don Rockell as they took a commanding early lead of 12-0 then continued the pressure to lead 23-1 after 10 ends. The Marlow pairing of Robert Blake and Andy Savin were in a close tussle and were 16-12 ahead when Chalfont conceded the fours match after 19 ends with the score at 32-5 and this clinched the match for Marlow who now face either Chesham or Amersham in June.


After a series of defeats Marlow put in a swashbuckling performance against arch rivals Chesham in a hot sunny environment  and the icing on the cake in this two leg affair, The Jubilee Cup, was a scintillating win by Clive Brown, Ann White and Ian Burns who were 5 down after 2 ends but then won every end bar two including an 8 in the fifth end. They completed a solid win 38-9. Doug Pounds and Clive Brooks both had winning rinks and this all contributed to a convincing 93-61 win for Marlow.


It was another poor day for Marlow when they travelled to Amersham. Despite the two winning rinks of Lynda Taplin, Tanis Hudson and Ian Burns 20-13 and Clive Brown, Alan Burden and Sue Moore 22-16 the result was savage for Marlow as they lost overall 64-120. Two of the rinks Marlow could only manage single figure scores against their opponents and the other rink just crept into double figures but all three suffered heavily in the end.


The second batch of Bucks Cup matches pitched Marlow against local rivals High Wycombe and again it was the rink of Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner who led the way at home with a solid 27-8 win. At a very cold Wycombe the rinks of skips Andy Savin and Paul Simmons were ahead from the off with the former winning 19-11 the latter 22-7. Dave White lost out at home 12-19 this gave Marlow an overall 80-45 win and additonal 12 points to 2 towards their divisional position. Next week Marlow face Chesham.


The Marlow bowlers must be feeling a little deflated right now after a poor showing away to Amersham. All 4 rinks lost and it was only Doug Pounds, Don Isaacs and Lynda Taplin who came close to a victory but just got inched out 16-17. Clive Brown, George Malster and Sue Burden were moving sweetly through the gears holding a 13-5 advantage after 8 ends, but their opponents rallied with Clive's threesome only scoring 2 more shots to lose 15-20. John Coombes and Clive Brooks and their teams could not match the opposition both losing heavily.


Marlow began their 2018 Chiltern & Thames competition with a trip to Glory Mill this week and the highlight was a 25-4 victory from Mags Shelley(skip), Alan Steptoe and Peter Barltrop. Clive Brooks, Felicity Rees and Ian Burns chipped in with a close win but Don Rockell's threesome were 14-4 ahead and cruising but failed to score again and lost 14-19. Marlow take the points 8 - 2


A hard looking fixture against Iver Heath in the London Southern Counties Challenge Shield was indeed just that as the two teams of 4 men failed by 10 shots to progress. Andy Savin's rink playing at home were ahead for much of their game but only just got a result by one shot. Paul Simmons foursome travelled to Iver Heath and were off to the worst possible start dropping 6 in the first end, but they inched back and drew level at 10-10 midway through the game. But Iver then nicked 3 shots which proved pivotal in the end and as the lights came on Iver increased their lead to win 24-13.



Marlow's Bucks Cup campaign began with a good showing against Bassetsbury with 2 winning rinks 1 drawn and one defeat. The 2 home rinks had mixed fortunes early on with Dave White's rink 8-2 ahead after 6 ends whilst Brian Jones and his team were 2-6 down but as the game progressed the balance of power changed. Brian surged ahead and took their match 21-12 but Dave White conceded 10 shots in 4 ends to lose by a single shot 16-17.
Over at Bassetsbury Andy Savin's rink were 7-0 up after 3 ends then gave 6 away but edged into the lead and secured a 19015 win with 3 shots on the last end. Paul Simmons' threesome were in a tight game and were looking in good shape 4 shots ahead in the 14th end but they faltered and went into a murky last end 2 down but got 2 shots to draw. The final match score Marlow 71 Bassetsbury 59 giving Marlow 11 ponts to 3.

The sunny Bank Holiday weekend did little to inspire Marlow bowlers as they followed the Oxford 14 shot overall defeat with another 14 shot defeat against Burnham.
Clive Brown,Dawson Whitman,Mike Miller and George Malster took the top rink award against Oxford winning 27-10 but Paul Simmons, Alan Steptoe,Roger Cantell and Dennis Bloomfield was Marlow's only other winning rink with a 19-13 score. On the two ladies rinks Suzanne Bell,Sue Burden,Elizabeth Bamford and Felicity Rees drew 15-15 whilst Pam Butler,Tanis Hudson,Sue Miller and Jean Barltrop lost 20-24.

The visit of Burnham was hoping to be a win for Marlow but only Peter Barltrop,Bob Perrin and Sue Moore took up the fight with a solid 28-9 win and apart from that only Lynda Taplin,Don Isaacs, Peter Jennings managed anything with a 16-16 draw but the other 3 rinks all lost.

The Marlow bowlers endured arctic conditions during the annual Presidents v Captains match over the weekend, although it could have been far worse had the anticipated rain intervened but this was an endurance test for sure as Don Isaacs and his sidekicks just edged a very close match.

Don Isaacs, Mags Shelley and Ian Burns blazed an early warning taking a 12-0 lead up against Club Captain Clive Brooks, Martin Timbrell and Jean Barltrop and eventually took the match 23-15. Ralph King, Geraldine Perrin and George Malster were in a closely fought game and just edged it 17-15. Paul Simmons,Mike Miller and Elizabeth Bamford were ahead throughout their game up against Lynda Taplin, Peter Butler and Bill Pocock and only just secured top rink winning 20-11

All the matches were well contested but no more so than the match between Pam Butler, Ray Justice and Peter Barltrop as they were all square after 12 ends at 8-8 and 16 ends at 12-12 but they were just inched out by Clive Brown, Sue Burden and John Battersby at the death 13-15. The final result  97-95 to the Presidents team.
 

Marlow's first match of 2018 began with a close win against Thame at home 106-100. Top rink was Roger Turpie, Lynda Taplin and Martin Timbrell who took a 5 shot lead in the first end, before they were almost caught in the 10th end but then scored 14 shots including an 8 on one end to clinch a positive 26-18 win. Clive Brooks, George Malster and Jean Barltrop were behind after 3 ends but turned it round and led 9-5 after 7 ends and continued ahead to win 18-10. There were wins for Doug Pounds, Bob Perrin and Sheila Pounds 19-16 and Clive Brown, Geraldine Perrin and Denis Bloomfield 15-11. Sadly the two Peters, Barltrop and Tassi, could not find a winning formula and skipped two losing rinks.

                  

A fascinating ensemble of Marlow bowlers were up against the might of Handy Cross recently in an indoor bowls contest at the new bowling arena at High Wycombe.

As the 18 end match progressed it was clearly backs against the wall for 3 of the 4 Marlow teams and only Bill Pocock's team of Clive Brown, Peter Jennings and Margaret Day got ahead in the early stages and remained focused to complete a tidy 18-11 victory.

Doug Pounds, Alan Pering, Ian Burns and Sheila Pounds were languishing 1-17 down after 9 ends whilst Trevor Days' foursome with Clive Brooks Ann White and Peter Barltrop were 9 shots behind after 12 ends and were still 6 shots in arrears after 15 ends. But miraculously Trevor and his team crunched their numbers in the last 3 ends scoring 10 shots to register a superb 18-17 victory.

Meanwhile on the rink skipped by Roger Turpie, who had John Coombes, Christine Pering and Alan Bartram under his command, they too were on the back foot 0-6 down after 4 ends and still 12 shots behind with only 3 ends to go but they too finished with a flurry scoring 11 to finish only 1 shot behind Handy Cross.

Doug Pounds' team could not quite muster the same fightback that Day and Turpie managed but came close as they fought back from 16 shots down to within 3 shots of Handy Cross in the 16th end, but their opponents saw out the last two ends for a 15-22 win. 
But nevertheless an absorbing contest that ended up all square 70 shots each.