White­wash for Cross

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CLIN­I­CAL Ger­rards Cross Bowls Club achieved an­other 5-0 white­wash in the Na­tional Top Club com­pe­ti­tion, this time at the ex­pense of Iver Heath.

Neil Far­nish took the two wood sin­gles and John MacGuin­ness the four wood sin­gles, while Alan Price and Ge­orge Reid won the pairs and triples, and when the Cross took the lead in the fours as well, Iver sub­mit­ted.

A high­est win­ning rink from Sue Dwyer, Margery Kennedy and Mau­reen Merry was enough to earn the ladies a close 58-56 win at Den­ham, while progress to the quar­ter fi­nals of the Bucks Cup was also vir­tu­ally se­cured with a 10-2 win over Slough.

Kirk Smith, Ray Merry and Simon Cobb made the match safe with an em­phatic 34-8 rink win, while Wayne Richard­son se­cured a16-15 win on the other with his last wood.

The away leg proved to be more tricky, but Alan Price, Terry Webb and Neil Far­nish won their rink, with only David Simp­son’s suf­fer­ing de­feat.

Two games in the Chiltern & Thames League both pro­duced em­phatic 10-0 vic­to­ries for the Cross, Amer­sham be­ing the first to suf­fer with de­feats on all three rinks, with Roger Sheehy, Peter Bevins and Terry Webb top-scor­ing, which was fol­lowed by an­other com­pre­hen­sive win over Chess­vale.

A sin­gle point sep­a­rated the sides as the Cross edged past Lady­gate 94-93 on Satur­day, thanks in no small part to Sue Dwyer, Tim Coles and Mau­reen Merry’s top rink, but Sun­day saw a 64-56 de­feat to Stoke Po­ges, where in only her sec­ond game for the club, Shirley Mur­rell made it two top rinks out of two – part­nered by Martin May and Ray Merry – but it was the Cross’s only suc­cess of the day.

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