The final outdoor match for Marlow in their Centenary season was played at Pound Lane this week against Glory Mill and it concluded a great season for the Marlovians. Glory Mill were due to host the game but their rink was not playable and so the game transferred over to Marlow and a fascinating match it was. The green was playing slower after the heavy rainfall of the past few days but fortunately there was only a short lived shower during the middle part of the game but for the most part it was warm and sunny. All 3 Marlow rinks started well with Annie Mindry, Margaret Day and skip Alan Steptoe leading the way 10-4 ahead after 6 ends and Bob Dixon, Jean Barltrop and Paul Simmons shadowing them 8-3 ahead at the same point. When the tea break came along Marlow were still ahead on 2 rinks whilst Helen Dixon, Des Watkins and Trevor Day were 4-9 down but they came back into the game following the break and with 12 ends gone they were just a single shot behind.
But the tea break proved magical for the rink of Paul Simmons as his threesome scored 9 shots in the next 3 ends though the break was not as beneficial for Alan Steptoe's rink as they only managed 3 shots over the next 9 ends and were drifting out of the game. Trevor Day's team were battling away but shortly before the close they dropped a 6 and this blew their chances of a win but Dixon, Barltrop and Simmons were taking good advantage and eased through for a solid 28-12 win and thus ensured an overall victory for Marlow by 57 shots to 52.

An exquisite sun soaked afternoon provided yet another wonderful backdrop for Marlow against the visiting Windsor & Eton squad who descended upon Pound Lane last weekend for what turned out to be a tough 6 rink bowls match. The taste of victory against Thame recently soon disappeared as Marlow struggled and indeed it was only one rink that of Peter Jennings, Sue Burden and skip Trevor Day who were one shot behind into the 15th end but kept in the game and pulled off a 20-18 victory.  But any hope of victory for Marlow was dashed early on and it was only Mark Hill, Clive Brookes and Mags Shelley who provided any real challenge but they left it late as they were 3-21 down after 12 ends came surging back into the game and were just 4 shots down at the close losing 17-21. Marlow lost the match 89-135.

The arrival of Thame to Marlow always a welcome fixture proved successful this year for Marlow as the home side reversed last year's result winning by 6 shots. It was an equal split in terms of winning rinks as it was 3 from 6 and it was two PB's who applied the main pressure. Sue Moore, RayJustice and Peter Barltrop 4 shots behind at one stage won well 22-14 whilst Annie Mindry, Margaret Day and Peter Butler were doing well 12-4 ahead at the halfway point and stayed ahead winning 21-10. Felicity Rees, Alan Bartram and Jean Barltrop came back from a 9-12 deficit to win 16-15 in the last end. Alan Burden's rink were just 1 shot ahead going into the last end but dropped 2 shots to lose 14-15. Marlow concluded the match with a 99-93 triumph and it was a shame that Thame bowler and former BBC weather forecaster Bill Giles was missing on the day, he was allegedly searching for a solution to the climate change problem !

Marlow ladies were hoping to capitalise on their win over High Wycombe when they entertained Amersham this week and although they won on 2 out of 3 rinks Amersham took the game 40-55. Top rink for Marlow was Lesley Brown, Margaret Day and skip Jean Barltrop who looked well on course leading 17-4 after 11 ends but the opposition pulled back and were just 2 shots behind after the penultimate end but the home side hung on for a 19-16 win. Annie Mindry, Sue Burden and skip Ann White were also well on course for a good win up 10-4 into 10 ends and again Amersham fought back but Marlow just held on for a 13-12 win. Sadly Lynda Taplin's rink had a poor start and never recovered.

Marlow Ladies had a fine victory over High Wycombe last week getting a 9 shot victory 64-55. Marlow won on 2 of the 4 rinks with the top rink  going to Margaret Day, Sue Burden and skip Mags Shelley who won impressively 19-11 and they were closely followed by Sue Moore, Angela Moss and Ann White who looked evenly matched with their opponents after 13 ends with a score of 8-8 but they kicked on over the closing stages and came in for a 16-9 victory. The rinks of skips Jean Barltrop and Lynda Taplin were both involved in closely contested games but both ended up 3 shots shy of their opponents.

Sun seeking Marlovians were not disappointed last weekend as Marlow celebrated their 100th Club Finals as many came along to watch the bowls on display. In somewhat testing conditions with a dry hot atmosphere and a variable playing surface Ann White played excellent bowls winning in four finals. Ann combined with Angela Moss to win the Ladies Handicap Pairs but then beat her partner twice firstly in the 2 wood and then a very exciting Championship singles that completed Finals Day.

Stewart Rump won the 2 wood encounter against Andy Savin and then went on to victory against Mike Woolams to win the Men’s Championship Singles. However Stewart and partner Dave “Courtney” White could not pull off a win in the Championship Pairs taking the runners up spot to Brian Jones and Dave Turner.

Trevor Pounds beat Bob Perrin in the Dorset Cup 21 - 18 and Jo Perry narrowly beat Annie Mindry in the Ladies Novice final 23 - 18

A thrilling trip to Waddesdon ensued for the triples team of Bob Broad, Roger Turpie and Andy Savin as they firstly beat Hazells in the county Benevolent Triples semi final in a see saw encounter and then went on to beat Bletchley in the final, a great achievement and last accomplished back in 2003.

A trip to Loudwater was a good test prior to the finals weekend but Marlow came in second best losing 39-49. Marlow’s only winning rink came courtesy of Sue Moore, Martin Timbrell and skip Trevor Day as they enjoyed a 15-13 victory whilst Suzanne Bell, Don Isaacs and Angela Moss were 2-8 down after 7 ends but won 8 of the last 10 ends and were unlucky to lose 12-15.

An away trip to the artificial surface at Slough was in order for Marlow this week but despite winning on two rinks out of four a heavy defeat on the rink of Clive Brooks consigned Marlow to second place. Marlow's top rink was skipped by John Henniker with Bob Coombs and Ian Burns as they took a 7-2 lead into the 4th end. Slough crept back into the game and levelled the scores 9-9 in the 11th end but the Marlow boys got themselves back into contention and won by 4 shots 17-13. Marlow's other winning rink came from Anne White, Steve Tight and Peter Barltrop although their hopes were looking slim going into the final end 1 shot behind but they grabbed 3 shots in the that end to win 17-15. Peter Burgess's trio that included Des Watkins and Martin Timberell pulled back  well after a slow start but could not quite pull it off losing by 4 shots. The final match score 57-82.

The last game in Marlow's series of Centenary matches took place this week as they hosted a very competitive squad of players from the Friends of English Bowling.  The weather was set fair although it started with a bit of a chill as the usual "one leg in the ditch" spider preceded the game but the game soon warmed up and leading the charge for Marlow was Peter Jennings, Sue Burden, Doug Pounds and skip Peter Barltrop who had a super start 8-1 up after 4 ends and continued in that vein controlling the game and taking the game 29-11 for the top rink award. Close behind was Elizabeth Bamford, Martin Timberell, Alex Hamill and Bob Broad who were level pegged at 4-4 after 6 ends but pushed ahead helped by a 6 in the 14th end to gain a fine 24-10 win.  Skip Mags Shelley, John Battersby,Sue Moore and Peter Butler were being savaged early on, 1-9 down after 6 ends a big rally by the home side, with 14 shots in 7 ends, saw them power back to win with plenty to spare 21-14. The closest match was taking place on the rink of Jean Barltrop, Don Isaacs, Pam Butler and Alan Burden as the game turned tail several times eventually ending up 20-20 in 19th end, but Marlow just edged the game with a single shot in each of the last 2 ends to help the hosts finish the day with a winning match score of 129-97. It was a splendid day a great turn out and a fine meal to grace the occasion afterwards and yet another day when the local newspapers were significantly not present ?

An away trip to local rivals Bassetsbury for Marlow ladies proved a successful one as they played and won on all 3 rinks in a triples encounter recently. Top rink went Sue Moore, Lesley Burgess and Jean Barltrop as they were ahead early on taking an 8-3 lead in the 4th end but got caught in the 8th end at 10-10 but then kicked on towards the close running out with a 19-13 victory. Lesley Brown, Sue Burden and skip Lynda Taplin were behind after 7 ends but turned the game on its head and completed a 15-10 victory whilst Geraldine Perrin skipped  Elizabeth Bamford and Angela Moss to a smart 13-15 win despite behing behind after 14 ends to give the ladies a useful 49-36 win.

Likely the most colourful and significant fixture in the Marlow Centenary calendar happened last week when the scarlet and red outfits of the Chelsea Pensioners graced the Marlow green for a 4 rink bowls match. The Pensioners were walked in fronted up by a bagpiper and the match took place in fine conditions.
Marlow had a large turn out for this match and so a split selection was made that saw 4 players play the first 9 ends and a second batch of 4 players the second lot of 9 ends and in reality the refreshed legs and minds playing the second batch came out on top. The top rink for Marlow was skipped by Alan Steptoe in the first half and Peter Butler the second with the first 9 ends showing a lead of 16-4 and by the finish that lead had extended to 24-8. There were further successes for skips Pam Butler and Mags Shelley as their match concluded with a 22-13 win and Alan Burden and Lynda Taplin who completed a 9 shot win 18-9. This gave Marlow an overall match winning score of 76-44 but the success of the day was the Chelsea Pensioners themselves who were warmly welcomed and were also extremely gracious in their gratitude to their hosts and undoubtedly enjoyed their first time visit to Marlow.
The only sadness considering the type of event was the lack of any media support for this event, particularly our own local newspaper who failed to respond to calls to cover such an auspicious occasion.

Marlow were blessed with perfect bowling conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend as several past Marlow members and friends descended from various parts of the country to play in a Marlow v Old Marlovians encounter. The conditions were  probably a shade too good as the heat was quite oppressive throughout the game but this did nothing to lessen the quality of the play as all 4 rinks fought competitively until the end. 

On rink 2 current Marlow man Dave White was facing a team comprising former Marlow lead bowler Terry Anstead and his dad Dennis White and on this occasion it was the elder statesman who came out on top. Dennis and his team mates Lynda Taplin and skip Paul Simmons who went behind early on, took a 14-7 lead into the 11th end and despite a late comeback by Dave White's team which included Alan Burden, Anne White and one of Marlow's past bowlers and former greenkeeper Ian Newell, they secured a 19-15 victory. But top rink of the day went to skip Tim Hyde, Pam Butler, Angela Moss and former Marlow bowler Lorrette Burton winning 20-12. Tim Hyde was playing against wife Carol, Ray Justice, Denis Bloomfield and another top lead bowler from Marlow's past Derek Barton but it was Tim Hyde's team who had the upper hand from the start and never conceded their lead.  
On rink 5 another excitingly close duel was emerging as two former Marlow bowlers Ann Cox and Matthew Hyde faced each other. For Ann Cox she had Roger Turpie, former Marlow bowler Shirley Pulham and John Battersby up against Matt Hyde's team of Dougie Bird ( played for Marlow about 10 years ago ), Sue Burden and Peter Jennings and this game was close throughout until the 16th end when Matt Hyde's team dropped a 4 to fall behind 18-12 but in the last two ends they grabbed a 5 and then 2 more to clinch a single shot win.
Another two former Marlow favourites Nigel Burton and Jean Williams were facing each other on the fourth rink and for Nigel who played at 3 along with Sue Moore, Elizabeth Bamford and skip guest bowler Keith Buckle it was a good start as they took a 11-2  lead after 6 ends and then 17-7 ahead after 9 ends. But Jean Williams and her team of Peter Barltrop, David Jenkins and lead Martin Cooper turned it round and with the help of 7 shots in one end they got back to 18-18 but Keith Buckle's team went 3 shots ahead and just managed to hang on for a tight 21-20 victory.
It was an absorbing day full of fine bowls and nostalgia and the match was followed by a superb meal laid on by John Henniker and his helpers in the kitchen but it was a great occasion not just for the players but for the many old faces that turned up to watch on the day. Attention now turns to the eagerly awaited match against Chelsea Pensioners in the midweek.

A midweek match between Marlow and Glory Mill with yet another day of solid sunshine brought out the best in the home team as Marlow won on all 3 rinks with the top rink going to a fine performance from skip Lynda Taplin, Peter Jennings and Martin Timbrell. They kicked off with 8 shots in 2 ends and proceeded to dominate their opponents and had amassed a lead of 22 shots with just one from the opposition after 12 ends. Despite a slight late flurry from Glory Mill Lynda Taplin's rink ran out worthy winners 28-7. Close behind was the rink of skip Roy Fabry, Tanis Hudson and Lesley Burgess who were 3-1 down after 3 ends but came right back into the game in the 4th end and powered through the rest of the match totting up a tidy 26-10 victory.
Marlow's third rink featured Bill Pocock and Suzanne Bell playing a pairs match and they just clinched victory 19-18. A much needed confidence boost for Marlow with an overall match score of 73-35.

Marlow turned back into negative territory when they entertained Portsmouth last weekend eventually losing by 27 shots 103-130. Marlow's top rink was skipped by Peter Barltrop with Pam Butler,Lesley Burgess and Ian Burns in the team. However they started badly and were 12-0 down after just  3 ends and by the 11th end they were still languishing 8 shots to 21 down. But they engineered a 6 in the 13th end, progressed throughout the latter stages of the match gaining parity 22-22 in the penultimate end and grabbed 2 shots in the final end for what seemed an unlikely win. Marlow's only other winning rink was Alan Burden, Bob Perrin and Sue Moore who were also behind for much of the match and were still trailing by 5 shots in the 16th end but won the remaining 5 ends for a 21-19 victory. Sadly Marlow lost on the other 4 rinks giving Portsmouth a well deserved win.

Following a period of negative results Marlow had a sweet return to success upon their visit to Amersham recently and it was almost a clean sweep for the visitors as they won on 3 rinks but lost on the 4th.  Top rink for Marlow was skipped by Clive Brooks with John Battersby leading and Martin Timberell in the middle and they started in style with 4 shots in the first end and a further 3 in the second. Once ahead they stayed in front throughout the game and completed the match with 3 shots in the final end for a 22-10 victory. The rink of Sue Burden, George Malster and Peter Barltrop had a great start and were looking for a big score being 15-3 up after 12 ends but they dropped the intensity to concede shots but still held out for a win 17-11. Bob Perrin's rink of Sue Moore and Des Watkins fell behind early on but fought back strongly and were in the end worthy winners 17- 9. A tidy victory for Marlow 68-47.

Following the morning defeat in the Bucks Cup attention turned to the afternoon fixture against Southall but it was not Marlow's day and twice on the same day Marlow lost on every rink ! Marlow's closest effort was Geraldine Perrin, Tanis Hudson, Alan Bartram and skip George Malster who were 17-14 ahead after 14 ends but dropped 7 shots over the next 4 ends and although they won the last 3 ends they were 1 shot shy of victory losing 20-21. Bob Perrin's rink were also in with a shout after 14 ends leading 14-12 but they only won 2 more ends eventually losing by 6. The rinks of Clive Brooks and Peter Barltrop were always chasing shadows both teams losing by a margin and the final match score was 65-100 to Southall.

It was unfortunate that the visiting Ad Finem bowls squad visited Marlow on such a damp day as their visit is always a notable fixture within the Marlow bowls calendar but they played on battling against the elements and enjoyed yet another successful day. However the result was not so favourable for Marlow as although they lost on just 2 of the 6 rinks the outcome was a 10 shot defeat for the home side 93-103. Top rink for Marlow was John Stevens, Alan Bartram, Ray Justice and Bob Broad who were behind up to the 14th end drew level and then pulled away for a smart 22-14 victory. John Battersby, Martin Timberell, Doug Pounds and Roger Turpie stated well and never relinquished their lead throuhgout their game winning 18-15. On the rinks of Martyn Nicholas and Ian Burns were experiencing fluctuating fortunes and were both staring at defeat going into the last end but in both cases they levelled up the scores 15-15 and 19-19 respectively. 

Marlow were always going to face a tough morning against the strong Gerrards Cross lineup at Iver Heath in the semi final of the Bucks Cup and indeed the pressure was intense as the Marlow boys attempted to pull off a win but despite a gallant effort by our team we could not match them and ended up on the losing side and now can look forward to another good run in the Bucks Cup next season.

 

The second match of the two leg Chesham Cup took place over the weekend fortunately in much cooler conditions than had been the case during the week but fortune favoured the visitors as Chesham, already with a victory back in May in their back pockets, punished the Marlow bowlers. Marlow's only winning rink came courtesy of Sue Moore, George Malster and Ray Justice who were closely matched with their opposition and in a low scoring game just edged it with a slender 12-11 win. The closest anyone came to a win was Jean Barltrop, Bill Pocock and Ralph King who played a topsy turvy kind of game with the score going one way then the other. It looked like Chesham had taken the spoils as Marlow after taking only 2 shots from the previous 9 ends suddenly grabbed 5 shots in the final end to square the match 16-16. However this had little effect on the final score as the other 3 rinks all lost giving Chesham an overall victory on the day of 88-71.

With the taste of defeat by Gerrards Cross in the Senior Fours still lingering in Marlovian minds it was a testing experience for the foursome of Pat Ryan, Nobby Anson, Alan Steptoe and Paul Simmons as they faced Gerrards Cross Erasers on a warm evening in Gerrards Cross. Marlovians got off to a good start and were 4-0 up after two ends but then failed to score for the next 6 ends by which time they were 9 shots behind. But from the 9th end onwards Gerrards Cross only won two more ends and Marlow were in with a chance but they could not get the big scores to haul back the deficit and ended up losing 15-19.

A brilliant evening on a sun drenched Marlow bowls rink is just about the most perfect setting for a Monday night Chiltern and Thames match as Marlow entertained their good friends from Chalfont St Giles recently. And there was an air of revenge in the game as the hosts sought to reverse the previous result at Chalfont when Marlow failed to win and only got 1 point out of 10 and indeed the home side pressured the visitors from the off.  The rinks of Felicity Rees, Alan Burden and Trevor Day and Anne White, Peter Barltrop and Bob Broad were both forging a good lead 8-1 and 7-1 ahead after 4 ends. By halfway both Day and Broad were still ahead but the trio of Geraldine Perrin, Alan Steptoe and Paul Simmons despite a first end 3 had fallen behind 7-13. As the teams approached the 15th end the scores were closing up overall but a great late surge on Simmons's rink saw them turn it round and win 24-17 and with both Day and Broad's rinks holding firm it was a full house as they won 18-11 and 21-13 respectively.

Following on from the intense activity of previous weeks there was not as much to report this week, with the notable exception and disappointment of Dave White and his triples team of Brian Jones and Stewart Rump losing 13-15 to Bletchley Town in the Semi Finals of the EBA Triples competition and two days later the Marlow duo Stewart Rump and Dave White were well beaten in the Semi Finals of the EBA Pairs competition again at the hands of Bletchley Town.  If that was not enough it was a further upset when Dave White playing against S Varty from Bletchley St Martins in the semi finals of the EBA singles lost 13-21. Then the final nail in the coffin was the Marlow Mens Fours attempt to deny Gerrards Cross a place in the finals of the EBA Fours competition and they put in a tremendous effort but the foursome of Dave Turner, Brian Jones, Andy Savin and skip Dave White  just missed out losing by one shot 16-17. 
It was an exciting match that culminated in an extra end after finishing 16-16 after 18 ends. With Gerrards Cross holding shot Andy Savin moved the jack but following a consultation Gerrards Cross fired and took the jack into the ditch and despite Dave White's attempts to retrieve the position the game was lost.

In the Quarter final of the Ladies Unbadged Singles Geraldine Perrin lost 7-21 whilst the Marlow Ladies Seniors Fours team lost 15-20 to Stony Stratford and were within 2 shots of their opposition with two ends left but dropped a 5 at a difficult time.

A very frustrating set of results for Marlow but well done to all the players who managed to get to the latter stages and good luck to Bob Broad who is still in contention for a spot in the Unbadged Singles Final.


The friendly fixture against Flackwell Heath provided Marlow with another defeat as they lost on all rinks with a score of 71 to 92, Marlow's best rink was Dennis Bloomfield, Jean Barltrop and George Malster who were one shot behind their opponents at the end losing 16-17.

An electrifying nail-biting finish kept both the home and away supporters on the edge of their seats in Marlow's Quarter Final tie against Hazells Bowls Club in the Bucks Cup at Pound Lane last Sunday.  The hosts dominated events early on but Hazells kept pace with them. Brian Jones, Nobby Anson and Dave Turner were carving out a tidy lead whilst Pat Ryan, Stewart Rump and Dave White were 4-3 up after 7 ends and 12-9 up into the 15th end but they only scored once more in the last 4 ends 

Peter Burgess, Paul Simmons and Andy Savin were behind as the game took shape but they stayed with it and got within two shots of their opponents losing 13-15. As Brian Jones' rink were being hauled back  narrowly losing 22-23 Dave White's trio faded at the end and were beaten 11-15 but all the time the rink of Alan Steptoe, Trevor Day and Bob Broad were leading the charge for Marlow with a dominant display and as the other 3 rinks finished everyone focused on the last end on Broad's rink. It was an exciting close as Bob Broad held his nerve to close out their match with a vital 20-10 win to give Marlow victory 66-63.
They now await their next opponents Gerrards Cross in the Semi Final on Sunday 4th August being played at Iver Heath.

Marlow had a bad day at the office at the weekend against the might of London Welsh with 4 defeats from 4, the closest the home team came to a win was Peter Barltrop's rink who were 5 shots shy of their opponents losing 19-24, but that was as good as it got for Marlow.

A scintillating win by Andy Savin, Peter Burgess, David Alexander and John Stevens almost gave Marlow a victory over the Bucks Bowls Association team at Pound Lane this week. They took a 6-1 lead in 5 ends made it 17-7 in the 12th end and with some big scoring ends closed out the match with an excellent 36-9 win. Unfortunately Marlow's only other winning rink was Dennis Bloomfield, Clive Brooks, Peter Barltrop and Doug Pounds who took a storming 9-1 lead after 7 ends got chased down towards the end but took the game 17-15 with 3 shots in the last end. The remaining three weeks lost giving the Bucks Bowls Association a close 93-99 victory but another successful Centenary match in this big year for the club.

With the Marlow men facing Hazells Bowls Club in the Quarter Finals of the Bucks Cup this Sunday July 14 it was good incentive for the ladies pairing of Jean Barltrop and Geraldine Perrin when they faced the Hazells pair Teresa Newman and Judy Rogers but they could not get going and lost this Quarter Final match at Aylesbury 10-27.  The ladies also experienced defeat at the hands of Maidenhead Town 37-57. Jean Barltrop skipped the only winning rink alongside Jo Perry and Angela Moss with a tidy 22-12 victory. 

Felicity Rees beat former Marlow bowler Jean Williams to reach the Bucks County singles Quarter FInals and there was mixed success for the 3 Bucks League teams playing during the week, the only win coming from Marlovians who beat Chesham 24-14 with Alan Steptoe skipping the team.

Dave White Brian Jones and Stewart Rump came up trumps against Eddie Pilgrim's trio  from Waddesdon in the EBA Triples Quarter Final at Waddesdon and produced a fine 23-9 victory, although Andy Savin's triple  went out 14-26  as they could not find a way past the Gerrards Cross threesome headed by former Marlow bowler David Ross. Later in the week Dave White and Stewart Rump sent a message to Marlow's Bucks Cup quarter final opponents Hazells as they won with a resounding 23-4 victory against a Hazells pairing and Dave White and co now go on to face Bletchley in the Semi Finals of the pairs and triples both against Bletchley Town. 

Marlow welcomed a formidable lineup of bowlers when they entertained Bowls England last week at Pound Lane, the weather was perfect as play got underway but it was clear from the off that the home team had a tough match on their hands. Dave White's rink of Sue Saunders-Miller, John Henniker and Ian Burns were ahead straight away taking a 10-3 lead into the 9th end but in that same end dropped 6 shots and from there on were engaged in an uphill struggle. The overall match was swinging in favour of Bowls England as the hosts laboured in the warm conditions, Ian Harvey skipping on his favourite rink could not contain the opposition and his foursome found themselves 13 shots down without scoring after only 5 ends. Mags Shelley, Clive Brooks, Alan Burden and Alex Hamill began well leading 6-1 at one point but fell 6-9 behind 4 ends later and despite levelling at 14-14 in the 17th end they were finally edged out 15-19. Peter Barltrop, Alan Steptoe, Dennis Bloomfield and Felicity Rees were behind after 7 ends and were still 4 shots down into the 15th and despite a comeback towards the end they were pipped by 2 shots at the death 16-18. Probably the most exciting match of the day featured the rink of Marlow newcomer Bob Broad who cajoled his team of Angela Moss, Mike Miller and Elizabeth Bamford to pull back from 8 shots down in the 13th end to 21-21 in the 19th, then dropped 2 shots in the penultimate end but drew level in the very last end. The final score was 91-147 to Bowls England. It was a delight to see the appearance of ex Marlow bowler Jim Kirk who travelled from Australia for the game and the event was a successful day for both Marlow and the visiting Bowls England players.

Marlow's first trip to the new facility at Desborough Bowls Club proved successful as they won with an overal score of 95-77 despite winning only two of the 5 rinks playing. The trio skipped by Lynda Taplin, with Roy Fabry leading and Peter Jennings romped into a 15-0 lead after just 6 ends but Desborough pulled back from the 7th end winning most of the ends but Marlow got the big scores to win the match 27-11. The other winning rink was Margaret Day, George Malster and Peter Barltrop who were tied 9-9 after 11 ends but pushed ahead and won nicely 22-11. Trevor Day's rink were looking for victory but dropped a 5 in the penultimate end so losing 16-17, Clive Brooks lost by 2 shots whilst Alan Burden's rink were ahead 12-6 in the 11th end but failed to register a score from there to lose 12-8.

Marlow continued their success in the EBA County matches, with Dave White, Brian Jones and Stewart Rump overcoming another Marlow threesome skipped by Bob Broad winning 28-9, whilst Andrew Savin, Roger Turpie and Dave Turner won their match against Chesham 19-11. It was a good week for Dave White and Stewart Rump though they fell behind early on in their pairs match against another Chesham pairing but came back strongly to win comfortably 24-14. Unfortunately the duo of Paul Simmons and Trevor Day could not follow their colleagues into the quarter finals and despite leading for much of the match they dropped shots near the close and eventually lost 17-22. This means both triples teams play in the Quarter Finals at Aylesbury on 9th July and Dave White and Stewart Rump pair up in the quarters at Waddesdon on July 11th.

The oppressive heat almost called a halt to Marlow's home match against Burnham and such was the intensity that it was decided to call a halt prematurely and only 15 ends were played but Marlow clinched a win by 63 shots to 48. This was largely due to a fine win by the triple of Margaret Day, Sue Burden and Lynda Taplin. They took a 5-0 lead in the 4th end dropped a 6 straight after, the Burnham rink's only score in the game, but got straight back into gear and won easily 29-6. Ian Burns, Tanis Hudson and Alan Burden were 7-9 down after 10 ends but closed out the game with a flourish winning 17-10 and despite two defeats on the other Marlow rinks the home side conquered both the heat and Burnham.  

It was another busy week for Marlow’s selection of bowlers as they competed in the next rounds of the EBA matches. However for the Marlow National Fours team of Dave Turner, Stewart Rump, Andy Savin and David White it was the end of the road as they were beaten 21-11 at Iver Heath. But Andy Savin achieved success in the EBA matches as he firstly joined up with Dave Turner and Roger Turpie to beat Chris Stonell's High Wycombe trio 19-11 in the EBA triples then edged him out again in the singles 21-20.
In the other half of the triples draw Bob Broad, Nobby Anson and John Henniker squeezed into the next round with a close 18-16 victory over Alan Cohn’s team from Chesham. Dave White, Brian Jones and Stewart Rump won by an even closer margin beating the other High Wycombe trio 16-15. 
 

In the EBA pairs Dave White and Stewart Rump won through convincingly against the Marlow pairing of Ian Burns and Bill Pocock but Peter Barltrop lost 18-19. Andy Savin faces Dave White in the EBA singles next up whilst Bob Broad takes on Dave White in the triples so still a good selection of Marlow bowlers engaged in county competitions.

In the midweek encounter between Marlow Ladies and Flackwell Heath it was a dominant display by the home team and in particular the rink of Helen Dixon, Sue Moore and skip Tanis Hudson who carved out a strong 12-3 lead after 9 ends, picked up a 7 in the 14th end and then coasted to victory 28-10. Lesley Brown, Elizabeth Bamford and Mags Shelley were ahead throughout their match and ran out 22-10 winners. Sue Burden’s rink were only 1 shot behind after 14 ends then tailed off towards the end but that did not affect the outcome as Marlow triumphed 60-38. 

Pythagoras was unfortunately unavailable to play in the home match with Flackwell Heath this week which may have accounted for the topsy turvy addition on the scorecards for this match, however it appears that Marlow won the match 76 - 46 thanks to 3 winning rinks and one defeat. Top rink went to Doug Pound's rink who were 10-3 ahead after 9 ends  and powered on for a sparkling 24-9 victory. The rinks of Clive Brooks and Alex Hamill also played well winning 19-8 and 20-15 respectively, though Alex's rink were 14-15 down shortly before the end but closed out the game with 6 shots in the last two ends. David Alexander's rink were unlucky not to make it 4 wins from 4 but just failed at the last hurdle losing 13-14.

The recent wet weather again came to blight the bowling fraternity at Marlow when Marlow Ladies entertained their friends from Desborough  and with only half the match gone play was brought to a halt.  Marlow's top rink at that stage was Rosie Field, Tanis Hudson and skip Jean Barltrop who had amassed a 14-1 lead by the finish of the 9th end whilst Sue Saunders-Miller, Angela Moss and captain Geraldine Perrin began slowly going 1-5 down after 4 ends but turned it round and were 9-6 ahead when the heavens opened. Marlow's third rink of Margaret Day, Elizabeth Bamford and Sue Burden were level at 3-3 after 5 ends took a 6-3 lead in the next end but dropped 7 shots to finish up 6-10 down. The score was 29-17 to Marlow when the teams headed for cover.

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 !