Day Date Opponents H/A Time Venue Map   Result
Tue 7 Huntingdonshire
Past Presidents CANCELLED
H 2.00pm Oxford City & County BC                                                CANCELLED    


Mon 8 Surrey
Past Presidents
A 2.00pm

Malden Manor BC          Manor Park, Malden Road,    Malden. KT3 6AJ




Wed 17 Hertfordshire
Past Presidents
H 2.00pm Kidlington BC


Monday 8th August  versus Surrey Past Presidents

The Malden Manor club, hidden away in Manor Park, was a new club to most of us. We were welcomed by hosts who met our every need, open bar, tea & coffee and lunchtime rolls. Alex Fleming had been to the club previously with the Oxfordshire Under 25's and could only praise its hospitality.

Like many greens at present, the hot weather and brilliant sunshine had taken its toll on it's appearance but it seems that it bowled to the liking of our team who recorded a 120 - 76 win.

Rink 1 saw Mike Jones, David Bullock, Gordon Hooker and Chris Cox involved in a tight game which they were 11-9 up with only four ends left to play, then a dropped four and three on the next two ends left them five adrift. With the last two ends shared with one shot each, five shots remained the difference, 12-17.

Next door on Rink 2, Roy Radband, Nigel Satchell, Tim Cox and skip Keith Buckle went off on a flier, picking up a five on the second end and reaching 12-1 after end 6. Seven ends later the lead had moved up to 19-17 but they had not finished as they picked up another seven shots to Surrey's one, to cloe the game on 26-8.

Chairman Eddie Dorling, happy to be back bowling after a long time disabling health problem (I can't spell the name) was showed the way by Terry Gripe with John Hurren and Michael Morris bringing up the rear. After 19 ends of their tight game they led 18-13, then on the last two ends it all came together with a 6 followed by 3 giving them a final scoreline of 27-13.

With rink 4 not in play, Barry Willoughby, Martin Oliver, Ian Whelpton and Brian Bloomfield started badly, dropping a five on the second end. After twelve ends, of which they only won four, a pair of three's and two singles certainly helped in  keeping the deficit to 8-16. A fightback of 8 shots over the next four ends brought the scores level on 16-16 but they could only manage a couple of singles to Surrey's pair of twos and a one, to finally lose 18-21.

Stars of the day were showing off their talents next door on rink 6 where Roger Oliver, John McGeough, Brian Clarke and Alex Fleming collected three 5's in their heavy win. The fives came on the fifth end to give them an 11-3 lead, on the 11th in the middle of ten shots over three ends, and on the sixteenth in the middle of five ends which produced thirteen shots. Although it was a hot day and twenty one ends were being played, they either felt that eighten ends were enough or they became sympathetic to their hosts and managed to drop seven shots over the last three ends. Even with their three end melt down, they still picked up the highest winning rink on 37-17.

Sincere thanks were expressed by both captains to the hospitality and hard work of the Malden Manor members who kept everyone fed and watered and closed the day with a welcome salad and chunky apple pie and cream. 

Even the M25 was clear for our journey back home.




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