Ger­rard Cross bowls stars bat­tle through the rain

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - TECH NOW -

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

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