McGuin­ness fam­ily win sep­a­rate Eng­land call-ups

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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