McGuinness family win separate England call-ups
THREE members of Gerrards Cross Bowling Club have tasted national success.
John McGuinness has been named England captain for the third time as the nation bid to make it three in a row at the British Isles International series in Belfast this month.
Meanwhile, McGuinness’ son Tom and fellow rising star George Reid have been given a trial for the England under-25 squad.
Tom won the county pairs with his father last year and the duo reached the quarter-final at the national finals at Leamington.
The junior McGuiness was Bucks U25 singles champion in 2015 and won the Bucks U25 pairs with Reid last year. The duo are members of the Bucks Middleton Cup team, and both played in the Bucks U25 team that won the Home Counties League.
And the McGuiness family warmed up for their respective international outings by winning the Bowls England National Family Pairs title at Leamington Spa on Sunday, beating Leicestershire’s David and Michael Simpson 27-14 in the final.
In a Chiltern and Thames fixture at home to Loudwater, Amersham lost 51-33 to the visitors. The top rink for Amersham was that of Neal Evison, Wendy Tindale and John Barber.
Next up was a trip to Chess Vale over three mixed triples where Amersham lost 57-46. The top rink was Helen Murphy, Evison and Jim Saunders. An injury to Meg Wilson and mixed weather marred a 20-10 loss at Bradwell and Amersham played a Three Counties League match at High Wycombe over five mixed rinks where late surges by the hosts saw a 115-77 loss.
Chalfont St Giles played their final game in the Chiltern and Thames league round-robin stage at Marlow and had a winning triple through Rob Kirby, Denise Williams and Mike Alderton (17-15) but lost the other two. Chalfont won the division and progress to the first knockout stage.
The men’s team played its final Thames Valley League game, over two legs against Chippenham, losing 67-57. The sole winning rink was that of Graham Buchanan, John Anderson and Tim Baldwin (17–11). In a friendly against Wexham, Chalfont won 81-43 with a top rink from Kirby, Liz Baldwin and Candi Ivey (27-8).
A Three Counties fixture at Harefield ended in a 79-46 loss but featured a winning rink via Bobbie Richards, Henry Bell, Anderson and Roger Darbourne (12-11). Bill Bowler, Anne Darbourne, Colin and Graeme Rich- ards earned a draw. The Ladies Trundell and Burnham Plate sides were both involved in quarter-finals. The Trundell was at Chesham where Chalfont were knocked out.
The Burnham Plate was at Long Crendon, where a team of Flora Alderton, Lyn Carroll, Liz Baldwin and Mo Harding also lost out.
Chalfont played a three-triple friendly at home to Bassetsbury and won 64-42, with a top rink from Bobbie Richards, Liz Baldwin and Rob Kirby.
Next up was a friendly at Eastcote where, despite winning three of five triples, the hosts won 90-75. The top rink came from Margaret Timberlake, Liz Baldwin and Roger Darbourne (24-19) and Rob Yalden, Hubert Cox and Denise Williams all impressed.
A Three Counties game at High Wycombe was played on Sunday. The visitors had a winning rink in a 10-2 defeat, from Bobbie Richards, Bob Baker, Robin Newman and Tony Batkins.
Chesham won both club matches at the weekend, starting at home to Hemel Hempstead, where the top rink of Sandy Duggan, Kitty Lofty, Sylvia Warrington and Alan Cohn helped them to a 102-81 win.
On Sunday at Eastcote, Chesham won 129-119 and top of the six rinks were Vi Coppen, John Burgin, Norman Green and captain Geoff Denham. Against Iver Heath, Chesham lost 63-57 but did have a top rink from John Henderson, George Fudge and Tony Strudwick.
Chesham’s triple of Richard Free, John Holland and Cohn are through to the semi-final of the county Benevolent Triples after beating High Wycombe and Loudwater.