Far­nish leads the way

BOWLS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

NEIL Far­nish set Ger­rards Cross Bowls Club on the road to victory in their Na­tional Two Fours clash with Burn­ham this week.

Far­nish scored a com­fort­able win in the two wood sin­gles to give the hosts the first rub­ber of what would ul­ti­mately prove to be a 5-0 white­wash of their near neigh­bours.

Richard Reid took the four woods con­vinc­ingly and victory was as­sured when Alan Price and Ge­orge Reid clinched a win in the pairs match.

Tom McGuin­ness, David Simp­son and Kirk Smith added a fur­ther point with victory in the triples and the rout was con­firmed when Burn­ham con­ceded the fours with Cross’s quar­tet well in front.

The Bucks Cup cam­paign is also off to a win­ning start thanks to a 10-4 win over Den­ham.

Two of the triples games were lost, but vic­to­ries in the other two by wider mar­gins was enough for a six-point mar­gin of victory over­all.

There was more suc­cess in the first leg of the an­nual Friend­ship Cup against neigh­bours Iver as Cross won five of the six rinks to carry a healthy 122-86 lead into the re­turn.

Alan Smith, David Roff and Kirk Smith led the way, over­turn­ing an early 8-0 deficit to be­come high­est win­ning rink in a 26-11 victory.

The ladies team are cel­e­brat­ing too this week af­ter record­ing a first win of the cam­paign and swiftly fol­low­ing it with an­other.

They broke their duck for the year with a tight 48-46 win on their trav­els to Flackwell Heath with Pat Holden, Joyce Lud­ford and Mary Smith mak­ing up the high­est win­ning rink.

Holden was then to the fore again along­side Sue Ol­droyd and Helga Thorpe as Mar­low were beaten 59-43.

And in a week of suc­cesses, the mixed team ended their los­ing streak with a 12 shot win over Court Park.

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