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.