The Marlow National Fours men's team of Dave Turner, Stewart Rump, Andy Savin and Dave White travelled to Gerrards Cross recently and came away with a comfortable 21-13 victory when the home opponents conceded with 2 ends left. They began well and took an early lead which they increased after 10 ends and despite a late comeback by Gerrards Cross Marlow's lead was sufficient to pressure their hosts into concession. They now await news of their next opponents.

The second of Marlow's sequence of Centenary matches went ahead against an Ian Harvey led London & Southern Counties team but in rather pitiful conditions, and although they managed to get through 15 ends at that point the weather took over and the bowlers headed for the clubhouse. It was yet another top rink award for Trevor Day and his team of John Prowse, Alex Hamill and Pam Butler as they dominated their match for a sublime 21-4 win. Clive Brooks skipped his foursome which included John Battersby, Tanis Hudson and Bob Perrin to a useful 17-9 victory but the 3 other rinks all lost in the difficult conditions. Nevertheless Marlow clung on to a 6 shot overall win by 69 shots to 63 thanks mostly to the excellent performance by Trevor Day and his team.

Marlow's second away fixture of the week against Maidenhead Town was yet another opportunity to get into a winning vein but the "Town" won heavily on one rink which ultimately swung the game in their favour. Marlow's best rink was Jean Barltrop, Bob Perrin and Trevor Day who were languishing after 13 ends 9-14 behind but within 2 ends they held a 3 shot lead and took the match 21-15. John Stevens, Peter Butler and Alan Burden had a scintillating start going 14-3 ahead after just 5 ends but their opponents came back to within 2 shots in the 17th end but they held on for a 21-18 win. The rinks of Clive Brooks and Pam Butler were closely matched but they both lost by 1 shot and 3 shots respectively giving Maidenhead Town a 89-95 overall win.

Marlow's final divisional Bucks Cup match ended successfully with 2 wins a draw and a defeat and enough of a shot difference to give them a 11- 3 win on points. The home teams of Dave Turner, Nobby Anson, Brian Jones and Pat Ryan, Trevor Day and Dave White did well with Brian's triple winning 20-11 and Dave's trio getting a 17-17 draw. Over on the synthetic surface at Chess Vale things were a bit more testing as Bob Broad, Roger Turpie and John Boult started slowly whilst Andy,Savin, Paul Simmons and Peter Burgess were competing well and were ahead for awhile. But the situation changed around the halfway mark as Bob Broad's team reversed the scores and began to build an increasing lead and eventually ran out 25-11 winners. Andy Savin's threesome were just a couple of shots behind when they dropped a four, and literally soon after the heavens opened and everyone ran for their wet gear and they eventually lost the match 11-20. This gives Marlow 43 points and enough to win the Division outright and conjures up a likely quarter final match against either Hazells, Long Crendon or Aylesbury dependent on results. 

The away trip to High Wycombe offered Marlow a good opportunity to get back to winning ways but the hosts won on 3 of the 5 rinks and took the match with the final score being 74-87. Marlow's top rink was Clive Brooks, John Battersby and Ann White  who included 6 shots in the 15th end and they won comfortably 24-13. Peter Jennings, Bob Perrin and Sue Burden also won 17-14 and victory looked certain for the rink of Ian Burns, Martin Timberell and Felicity Rees having led throughout the match and with 3 ends to go they were ahead 15-8 but were savaged at the death dropping 10 shots to lose 15-18 ! The rinks of Alan Burden and Sue Moore both lost 11-19 and 7-23 respectively.

A relatively long trip to Newport Pagnell was in store for the two Marlow Senior Fours teams over the weekend but the journey proved well worth it.  The Men's team skipped by Dave White, with Andy Savin at 3, Brian Jones 2 and Dave Turner at lead were 1-7 behind to their opponents Bletchley at one stage but turned it round to win 17-12 whilst the Marlow ladies team of Lynda Taplin (skip), Mags Shelley, Jean Barltrop and Felicity Rees played a closely fought match but ran out 19-17 winners against Stony Stratford. Both teams are now through to the final stages of the competition.

Marlow's third Bucks Cup match against Chesham proved successful with 3 wins and 1 defeat which gave Marlow a 12 - 2 points score and also a little bit of revenge over Chesham following recent defeats by them in other matches. The one defeat though heavier than anticipated was swallowed up by the success of the 3 winning triples sufficient to provide Marlow with a 7 shot advantage and the 6 bonus points.Dave White and his rink put in a good performance winning 19-10, Bob Broad and his men won 18-12 whilst Brian Jones skipped his trio to a fine 22-14 victory.  Marlow now face Chess Vale next week and hope to get through as Divisional leaders.

The first Marlow Centenary year game took place this week as a select Marlow Ladies team matched up against a Bucks Bowls Association ladies side and it proved to be an excellent day for all those present despite the hosts losing out 74-95.  The top rink award went to the rink of Felicity Rees, Lesley Burgess and Anne White as they forged into a 16-1 lead after 6 ends including a huge 10 shots in 2 ends and ran out winners 24-13.  Marlow's only other winning rink was Annie Mindry,Jean Barltrop and Pam Butler who were also looking impressive in the early stages and had taken an 8-1 advantage after 6 ends though the opposition bowlers came back at them but they held on for a close 16-15 win. The rink of Geraldine Perrin,Sue Burden and Lynda Taplin were ahead at two points of the game but could not quite enforce their authority on the game and ultimately lost 12-16. The rinks of Suzanne Bell and Mags Shelley could not show their usual gusto and lost 14-20 and 8-31 respectively. But a superb start in the series of Centenary matches this year and there are photos from this match in the Photo Album section of this website.

It was a pretty dismal week for Marlow last week, following the defeat by Chesham in the Top Club, the men competed against Gerrards Cross in the National Fours competition and the home rink of Brian Jones and his boys just got edged out by 4 shots but away things did not go well and ultimately they lost by some margin, although the score did not completely reflect the balance of play. To cap that the ladies also played Gerrards Cross in a 3 rink triples match earlier in the week and were well beaten on the day. The club's away trip to Shiplake over the weekend did not prove successful either, as the visitors could only win on one rink that of Ian Burns, Denis Bloomfield and Bill Pocock who were ahead for much of the game and ran out 17-14 winners. But overall the other 3 rinks lost in rather dramatic fashion where on one rink the score was 6-25 in favour of Shiplake going into the last end and to finish us off they scored 7 in the last end ! A club defeat of 47-92.   The club's only success was in the Tony Alcock Trophy where we emerged victors over Chesham.

Chesham gave the Marlow men a beating for the second time in 2 days in the first round of the Top Club competition which has setup a must win scenario for the Marlow Bucks Cup squad when they meet Chesham again in 2 weeks time. The two singles players Pat Ryan and Dave Turner began well but firstly Pat Ryan succumbed and then Dave Turner which meant Marlow had to win the remaining three disciplines.The pairing of Stewart Rump and  Dave White and Bob Broad's foursome were holding their own and were both in front when the triples rink of Roger Turpie, Andy Savin and Paul Simmons decided enough was enough being considerably behind and conceded their game and subsequently the match. 

 

Marlow Ladies reached the semi final of the County Ladies Senior Fours competition last week after three victories within 7 days and it proved an exacting week for the four ladies playing Felicity Rees, Jean Barltrop, Mags Shelley and Lynda Taplin. 

The ladies kicked off with a tough away encounter against Gerrards Cross and indeed the Marlow team began badly being 0-9 down after 5 ends, but they pulled it back and a see saw battle took place until they reached the final end all square. The vital extra end went Marlow’s way with a 1 shot victory.

Marlow’s next opponents were Burnham again at home and yet again another close battle ensued with the home side taking the lead but Burnham were always in the hunt.

Marlow went into the last end with a handy 6 shot lead but the Burnham skip pulled out a couple of very useful woods to narrow the deficit but Marlow held on for a 19-17 win.

Finally a further home match against Iver Heath and like the previous matches Marlow were severely tested and with the scores really tight Marlow began the last end 1 down but tied the game to play yet another extra end ! In a dramatic finale they got the 1 shot they needed to win and now progress to the semi finals at Newport Pagnell on June 2nd.

  

The first round of the Chesham Challenge Cup presented Marlow with a good opportunity to make a mark but their trip to Chesham was unsuccessful as they could only gain one victory out of 6 rinks. The winning Marlow team comprised Sue Burden, Peter Barltrop and Ralph King who were ahead throughout and completed a fine match 27-8 up. But elsewhere only the rinks of Lynda Taplin and Trevor Day came close losing 14-16 and 14-15 respectively and with a final score of 84-111 to Chesham the return match will require Marlow to improve their game to have any chance of a come back

Marlow featured in another close match and yet another where they just lost out, this time by 2 shots against local rivals High Wycombe, losing 64-66.  The top rink for Marlow was Peter Barltrop, Peter Jennings and Margaret Day who led for much of the game winning tidily 20-11. But they were the only winners on a day when Clive Brooks, Tanis Hudson and Felicity Rees almost did the impossible ( maybe Watford could it ? )  being 0-8 behind after 4 ends and still 9-21 behind after 15 ends they miraculously clawed themselves back from the brink and finished the match 21-21. Trevor Day's rink were ahead after 8 ends 8-5 but fell away and eventually lost 14-19, whilst Ann White's rink lost 9-15.

The second batch of Bucks Cup matches were played out in warm sunny conditions and again Marlow had mixed results with 2 wins at home and 2 defeats away against High Wycombe. The best performance came from Dave Turner, Nobby Anson and Brian Jones who won convincingly 23-9 with ex-Wycombe man Bob Broad showing his former club a clean pair of heels with a solid 18-10 victory.However over at Wycombe the pattern of play was going the way of the hosts and neither Andy Savin or Dave White could cajole their teams into winning mode and both lost 17-21 and 18-21 respectively. This gave Marlow a 10-4 points haul as per the previous game.
Marlow now have a rest week until the Chesham game.

A pleasant day in Marlow turned out to be a successful one as the visiting Amersham team succumbed to a clean sweep as the home side completed a 4 rink win 71-53. However the game was initially quite close on every rink Peter Barltrop, Ann White and John Stevens were 6-6 after 9 ends then from the 12th end the home team kicked on and won easily 19-8. Top score went to the rink of Lynda Taplin, Bob Perrin and Margaret Day who were 0-6 down after 5 ends but pulled back for a 20-15 win. Likewise Trevor Day, Tanis Hudson and John Coombs were 6-12 down after 12 ends but they sorted themselves out and just won by 1 shot 16-15, an identical final score came the way for Clive Brooks, George Malster and Jean Barltrop who were also wallowing in the mud 5-10 behind into the 11th end.

With Marlow bowler Bill Pocock appearing in opposition colours for Slough at the weekend there was great incentive for the Marlow bowlers to shine in the pleasant conditions and shine they did, with 3 rinks winning and a well earned draw on the 4th. Top rinking was Trevor Day, Felicity Rees and Denis Bloomfield who completed their match with 6 shots on the last end to win 27-16. Clive Brooks, Don Isaacs and Margaret Day looked potential top rink winners with a 20-5 lead after just 10 ends but they only scored another 2 shots to win 22-17. Mags Shelley with John Stevens and Bob Perrin won by 3 shots 17-14 and Lynda Taplin, Martin Timberell and Phil Cripps drew on their reserves to pull back from a 9-15 deficit in the 15th end to salvage a draw 15-15.
Final 
match score 81-62.

 

An anticipated victory away to Stoke Poges did not materialise despite 2 successful rinks out of 3 with Alan Burden, Tanis Hudson and Bob Perrin conjuring up a 18-14 win and chased by Trevor Day, Geraldine Perrin and Sue Burden who battled to a 5-5 score after 7 ends and 11-11 after 17 ends and then trumped the opposition with 2 winning shots in the final end. Clive Brooks and his threesome lost 14-22 and this score gave Stoke Poges a narrow 2 shot win 45-47.

 

Marlow's first Bucks Cup matches took place recently against Chalfont St Giles and and it was 2 wins and 2 defeats but a higher overall shot difference gave Marlow 10 points from a possible 14. Andy Savin's rink won at home 19-11 though Roger Turpie's rink who were leading the way dropped away towards the close losing 18-22. Over at Chalfont newcomer to Marlow Bob Broad and his trio won convincingly 22-12 with Dave White's rink losing out 16-22.  The final score to Marlow 75-67. 

The following day after the trip to Oxford the second away match of the weekend against Burnham was not Marlow's most auspicious moment !  The match featured a pretty disastrous piece of bowling as Marlow could only manage one winning rink from 5 and that was Trevor Day, Bob Perrin and Felicity Rees who themselves were in serious problems after 5 ends with a 0-12 scoreline but they fought remarkably well to end up winning 19-18. As for the rest of the Marlow rinks it was a miserable day as they suffered a humiliating defeat 57 shots to 119.

Marlow came as close as humanely possible to beating Oxford during their away fixture last weekend with 3 winning  rinks and 3 losing rinks it was really a tight finish. Marlow's top rink was Lynda Taplin, Tanis Hudson and Alan Burden who were well ahead 22-9 after 13 ends,conceded ground in the latter stages but just held on for a 22-18 win. Bill Pocock's rink of Bob Broad and Pam Butler were behind 10-13 in the 14th end but never gave up and eventually pulled off a solid 18-14 victory.
Dave White,George Malster and Margaret Day were looking for inspiration after 16 ends 8 shots behind their opponents and they pushed hard in the closing stages but were left with too much to do losing 18-20. The rink of Peter Barltrop, Sue Burden and Ian Burns were behind for a while but got back to 17-17 in the penultimate end and came good in the last end getting 2 shots for a 19-17 victory. Oxford ultimately took the match by one shot 101-102.

 

Marlow won 2 lost 2 and drew 1 against visitors Court Park but with two big wins on the rinks of Pam Butler and Peter Barltrop Marlow won the match 83-68. Peter Barltrop, Bob  Broad and Ann White completed a fine 24-11 win with a sparkling 6 shots on the final end to get the top rink award, whilst Felicity Rees, Peter Jennings and Pam Butler won well 21-10. Trevor Day, Peter Butler and Elizabeth Bamford were ahead 13-7 after 15 ends but just hung for a draw 13-13, Trevor's second draw within a week.Sadly the rinks of Clive Brooks and Bill Pocock lost 12-18 and 13-16 respectively.

The midweek match at home to Bassestbury proved fruitless for Marlow as they only managed  one win and a draw from 4 rinks. Top rink for Marlow was Ann White, Mags Shelley and Alan Burden who clinched a 4 shot victory 18-14 whilst Ian Burns, Don Isaacs and Trevor Day pulled back from 11-14 down in the 16th end to draw 14 all. Bob Broad's threesome were behind midway through, got back to 17-18 in the 16th end but fell away in the last two ends eventually losing 17-22. Marlow's other rink lost 7-26.

The annual Presidents v Captains match was played in somewhat chilly conditions and perhaps it was the temperature that kept some people from playing in this game, however those that turned out ended up in a very close match with the Captains team just edging the result 73-72.

Top rink for the Presidents was Trevor Day's threesome with Mags Shelley and Geraldine Perrin who triumphed over Mike Miller, Pam Butler and Alan Burden by 23 shots to 15. Close behind them was the quartet of Martin Timbrell, Bob Dixon, Margaret Day and Paul Simmons who were 8 shots ahead at one stage. 

The Captains trio of Elizabeth Bamford, John Boult and Peter Barltrop were also 8 shots clear after 11 ends and although their opponents Denis Bloomfield, Sue Saunders Miller and George Malster  pulled it back to within 3 shots Peter's team held on for a 19-15 win.

The Presidents team of Jean Barltrop, Don Isaacs and Ralph King were level  10-10 after 8 ends but a 9 shot blitz over the next 4 ends put paid to their chances as Sue Burden,Ian Burns and Clive Brooks turned on the screws for a 24-13 victory.

The last match to finish was on rink 4 as Paul Simmons battled against Bill Pocock and with 4 shots up in the head Simmons and his team just had to hang on to that lead to ensure an overall victory for the Presidents but on his last wood Bill Pocock got close enough to reduce the head count by 2 which meant a 21-15 win for Simmons's team but it gave the Captains side a one shot victory overall !  

The first outdoor match of the Centenary season took place at Thame recently which of course many of you know is the home of former BBC TV weather forecaster Bill Giles and Marlow certainly got into gear in the warm and sunny conditions winning on 4 out of 5 rinks. Peter Barltrop's triple of Martin Timberell and Sue Burden won by 6 shots 23-17 whilst Lynda Taplin's rink and Trevor Day's rink won 19-15 and 18-15 respectively but top rink went to Denis Bloomfield, Tanis Hudson and Paul Simmons who romped home 29-12. Bill Giles did say during the game that the weather this year will be similar to last year, hope that is the case for Marlow's 100th birthday !