Ashford back – and ready to roll

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Bowls

ASHFORD’S out­door sea­son swung into ac­tion with a num­ber of friendly matches – with wins against Esher and Isle­worth the high­lights – and now the real busi­ness is un­der­way.

A Thames Val­ley League con­test against Cam­bridge Park – two triples matches – started the ball rolling, with Ashford squeak­ing home.

Ivor Houchen, Keith Robin­son and Bill Moody won by four shots on home soil while Phil Davey, Mick De­laney and Matt Lar­man lost by one. Away from home, Jeff Gold­smith, Cliff Tanner and Ash­ley Tanner lost 21-17 and Ken Mann, Ken Phull and Rob Hack­well tri­umphed by the same score, giv­ing Ashford a nar­row over­all vic­tory.

In the Lon­don & South­ern Fours, Ashford lost to North Sheen with De­laney, Robin­son, Moody and Lar­man go­ing down by five, while Terry Law, Dave Law, Ash­ley Tanner and Rob Hack­well drew 17-17.

In the Bowls Eng­land Se­nior Men’s pants from joined forces.

De­laney teamed up with Don Pope of Feather­stone and came away with a 21-19 win against last year’s area fi­nal­ist’s Lau­rence Gat­field and Jim Browne, of Cam­bridge Park.

Marion Bush­nell and Matt Lar­man played Sally and Pairs, par­ti­ci­var­i­ous clubs Kevin Wood­head of Ford­bridge Park in the Bowls Eng­land Mixed Pairs, win­ning 22-16.

The Ford­bridge League fi­nals day 2015, post­poned from last sea­son, saw Ash­ley Tanner take the Sin­gles crown with a 21-15 win over Garry Tay­lor of Staines.

Tanner com­pleted a sec­ond suc­cess when he and Wendy Bay­ley suc­ceeded in the Mixed Pairs 28-7, against Sheila and John Collins of Ford­bridge Park.

Mean­while, Ashford are hon­oured to have within their ranks two Mid­dle­sex County Pres­i­dents this com­ing sea­son, namely Liz Dut­ton and Ron Searle.

They have busy sched­ules, play­ing county games at home and in var­i­ous parts of the UK. Ashford will host six county-re­lated matches, the first next Thurs­day (May 26) – the Mid­dle­sex Ladies Benev­o­lent Day (2pm).

This will be fol­lowed on Sun­day June 5 by the Mid­dle­sex Ladies two-wood com­pe­ti­tion, with the first men’s event sched­uled for Wed­nes­day June 29, when Mid­dle­sex take on Hamp­shire.

Back in busi­ness: Some of the Ashford play­ers who will be com­pet­ing in a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

Pres­i­den­tial: Ron Searle is prom­i­nent in Mid­dle­sex county cir­cles. Pic­ture:Lewis Dar­ling. Ref: RS153465

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