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IT WAS closer than the score sug­gests – but Ger­rards Cross Bowls Club over­came Ban­bury Bor­ough 4-1 in the Na­tional Top Club com­pe­ti­tion this week.

John McGuin­ness got them off to a good start by win­ning the two woods sin­gles, and while the scores were lev­elled in the four woods sin­gles, the fours were al­ways com­fort­able in their match and soon closed out to put the Cross back in front.

The pairs and the triples were much tighter, but Tom McGuin­ness, David Simp­son and Kirk Smith held on to their last end lead to put the Cross in an unas­sail­able po­si­tion, be­fore Ge­orge Reid and Alan Price closed out the pairs for good mea­sure.

In the EBA com­pe­ti­tions, Smith and John McGuin­ness won through to the sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nals, while fa­ther and son duo John and Tom McGuin­ness have a place in the county pairs quar­ters, as do Reid and Michael Gomme.

There are last places in the last eight too for the triples of Smith, David Ross and Richard Reid, and Gomme, Tom McGuin­ness and Ge­orge Reid, and for the four of Ross, Simp­son, Richard Reid and Wayne Richard­son.

Mean­while, the club main­tained their 100 per cent record in the Chiltern & Thames League with a 6-4 win over Loud­wa­ter, their win­ning rink in­clud­ing Mau­reen Merry, Kevin Dwyer and Ray Merry.

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