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Gerrards Cross Bowling club open day is Sunday 27th June & latest GX news

Come and try Bowls

Looking to learn a fun new activity? Keen to meet new people? Bowls is a great sociable game for all ages and abilities. If you are interested in having a go, why not come to our Open Day which in 2021 will be on June 27th. You will be introduced to the basics and can have a go on our beautiful bowling green, followed by a drink and some food in the bar. If you can't make the Open Day don't worry, we also offer free taster sessions. You don't need any equipment to have a go, just a pair of flat soled shoes as everything else is provided.

Gerrards Cross Bowls club mixed friendly matches have continued against Chesham, Court Park (home & away) and the ladies have had matches against Flackwell Heath and Marlow.

With the latest easing of Covid restrictions the numbers have increased to no more than 30 people allowed on the green at any one time

There is currently an internal GX Triples competition organised by Matt Hyde, which has had 3 sessions with the remaining league game and final on Tuesday 1st June. Currently Stephen McAlister, Michael Gomme & George Reid top the table with 3 teams still vying for 2nd spot and a place in the final. Katie Reid, Kirk Smith and myself currently sit second 2pts above the 3rd & 4th teams who play each other in the last game and we take on the league leaders.

The first Bucks cup league match against Richings Park took place on Wednesday 26th May with Gerrards Cross winning all 4 triples 2 at home and 2 away and picking up maximum points. The 2nd of the 3 league games is on Wednesday 3rd June against Iver Heath our local rivals and mostly likely to contest with us for top spot in the league.

In the Chiltern and Thames league the format in a match consists of 3 mixed triples with 2 points for each game and 4 points for the over winners on shot scored. Gerrards Cross mixed squad looking to retain the trophy they won in 2019, got their league matches underway with Home and away fixtures against Chesham both matches being tight affairs and unfortunately for Gerrards Cross results went against them losing by 3 shots at home and 1 shot away. From the two matches Gerrards Cross picked up just 4 points with Chesham picking up 16 points, so the battle to retain the trophy has got a lot harder.

The early rounds of National, London & Southern Counties, Watford & District, Buckinghamshire competitions have started with a shock in the first round of the National Senior Singles with the reigning champion and member of our club Neil Farnish getting beat by another of our members Bob Doddington. The game was played in the usual weather we have had in May with both players wearing their weatherproof gear in the pouring rain, with others crying off (that’s me & Keith Patrick) and rearranging to another day hoping for dryer conditions before the closing play by date of round 1.

Neil was to have better luck in the National Champion of Champions competition having won his first-round match played another member of our club in David Ross, Neil and David also got drenched with two hailstorm showers turning the green into a carpet of white.

Gerrards Cross will be well represented on Sunday 30th May as it hosts the Middleton Cup trial with around 30 of the counties best bowlers taking part with around half being Gerrards Cross players. All will be looking to be in the 24 man team (6 teams of 4) that will play Oxfordshire in the revised knock out format of the Middleton Cup.

The ladies not to be out done had their Johns Trophy trial on Sunday 23rd May and 5 Gerrards Cross Ladies making the squad for their knockout match against Hampshire. Following the trial the ladies team for the Walker Cup (2 teams of 4) was also announced with 3 Gerrards Cross ladies making the squad.

Since my previous post The Chalfont Bookkeeping Service Ltd has been fairly busy and in the last week have been conversing with a potential new client. On the bowls front I have played in another 3 friendly matches with my other 2 members helping to keep on the winning side in all 3 friendlies.

My first-round match of the National Senior Singles against fellow GX member Keith Patrick went well and I now have an away match against Michael Skerry at Iver Heath.

Busy week ahead taking part in the Middleton Cup trial, National Senior pairs, GX Over 55 league match, GX Triples, Watford & District Griffin Cup, London & Southern Counties Lonsdale and Bucks County Two Wood competition.

If you haven’t already put the GX Open day in your diary it’s Sunday 27th June, your chance to try out Lawn bowls or just visit for the social side. If you are unable to make the Open day but want to experience bowling then check out the GX website and contact the club to arrange a time more suitable.

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