Gerrard Cross bowls stars battle through the rain
THE Gerrards Cross Bowling Club finals proved to be a weekend full of skills and spills played in a friendly yet competitive spirit.
Despite appalling weather on Saturday, all bowlers performed heroics in the wet in front of a packed club house.
A delayed start of Sunday to allow the rain to pass through was inspired and saw some first rate matches.
None more so than the blue riband competition, the men's singles.
This saw a father and son encounter – Tom McGuinness, who recently won his first U25 England cap, against his father and current England captain, John. It was a close and tense affair that proved to be a lesson for the many spectators in quality bowling.
On this occasion youth prevailed and Tom at 21 became the youngest winner of this prestigious club competition.
The winner of the women's championship was Mary Smith, who again lifted the trophy after some very tough qualifying rounds. The full results were: Men's champion – Tom McGuinness; women's champion – Mary Smith; mixed pairs – Julie Skelly and Ernie Cochrane; junior singles women's – Katie Reid; 55+ pairs – Gillian and Keith Young; women's pairs – Terri Keen and Katie Reid; men's pairs – Kirk Smith and Gary Amer; women's two woods – Julie Skelly; women's 100 points – Janice Welch; men's 100 points – Keith Young; senior singles – Kevin Dwyer.
Sponsors are a key part of the success of the club and in addition to Nunn Hayward, Strutt and Parker, BP Collins and MMCG Countrywide, the club are pleased to announce that Carpetright are now also sponsoring the club.
September has been a particularly successful month for the club.
Not just did the two fours become English champions, but teams from Gerrards Cross also recently won the Buckinghamshire Mixed Triples League, The Chiltern & Thames Valley Trophy and also the Benevolent Triples.
The latter included the ever-green David Thompson winning his first county title at the age of 86.
Tom McGuinness receives the trophy from Carpetright’s Will Walsh