Author: Dawn Slaughter

It’s Not Cricket .. or Is It?!

I recently saw a FB post from one of my brother’s prep school friends saying they were playing in a celebration game of Walking Cricket at Lords.

Walking Cricket?  Must be great for batsmen that can hit 4’s and 6’s and a nightmare for fielders, who presumably have to speed walk to field the ball.

Anyway, Walking Cricket came to the outskirts of Ripon yesterday and my brother and wife had a go.  They enjoyed it.  However, the tutor from Barnsley said they should be careful if they ever played against Wakefield.  “If you fall over in a game there, one of their players comes up to you and measures you.  He’s an undertaker!”

Have any of you tried Walking Cricket?  Is there anywhere around here that does it, not that any of us will have time once the outdoor season starts.

Great to see lots of names up for the Green Prep morning of Friday 26th April.  The more the merrier.

Car Park – Thursday 11th & Saturday 13th

Good news … the car park is to be cleared of weeds, leaf debris etc on Thursday. Parking during the day will be at your own risk and please use just the middle two rows.
On Saturday 13th, the whole car will be getting a spring cleaning with a jet wash followed by line re-painting so there will be NO PARKING all day.
If you intend to combine cars to go to the Middlesex Finals at Century, please arrange alternative parking/pick-ups.

The Board apologises for any inconvenience this may cause, but it will make parking easier as we go forward


Indoor Finals Over and Thoughts Turn to Outdoors

With that in mind, there is plenty of work to be done on the surrounds of the green, whilst leaving the grassy bit to the greenkeepers!

The notice below is on the boards at Cambridge Park and Tony O’B would love as many people to sign up to help.  In this case “the more the merrier” rather than “too many cooks …..”

Sunday Afternoon – The Final Finals for 2024

What a great end to Finals Weekend.
First to finish were Teresa and Ange for the Ladies Championship. Teresa got off to a good start and despite Ange fighting back, Teresa held on.

Next to finish was the Men’s Championship between Andy H and Peter J, in his third final of the weekend. With two wins under his belt, Peter tried to make it three with some terrific draws and the odd running shot. However, Andy was also on his A game staying cool, calm and collected as he drew to the jack most ends, attacked Peter’s bowls with controlled weight when necessary even though not every attempt was successful. He pulled ahead with Peter digging deep and coming back. An unfortunate nibble on the jack when Peter was holding two and coming in for three pushed the jack just far enough to be nearest to Andy’s back bowl. An unlucky outcome.
It was a great game and definitely worthy of a final with Andy coming out on top.

The last event of the weekend was the MIXED Drawn Pairs. The girls did enter but so did plenty of men so it was really a Drawn Pairs competition. Hey, who cares?  The competition saw unusual pairings but most of them worked.
Dave P & Duncan settled down against John E & Karen who were both playing in their first final. Duncan was in his second and Dave in his third CP final of the weekend and 5th day of competition in a row if you count the Nationals in Nottingham!

it was intense and fun. Karen willing John on to cut down the oppositions’ number of scoring bowls. “Come on sweetheart.” “Take your time on the mat”. “ Don’t worry, you’ve got another bowl “

Alas, for Karen & John, even some of their best shots were picked off by Madame Pitt. It was Mr Pitt up until the 11th end when Karen decided to add a bit of spice to the match and Dave willingly joined in!

Great game played in the right spirit and gave much enjoyment to the crowd watching as Dave & Duncan took the trophy.

And finally (to quote Trevor MacDonald), the proceedings came to a conclusion.
Very many thanks to Stella, our Competition Secretary aided on the computer with David R and for this weekend by Peter C as chief host; to Brian C and Jacqui in the kitchen as ace sandwich makers/tea-coffee makers/washer-uppers and Brian’s daughter slaving over a hot oven making wonderful muffins; to Jane keeping everyone hydrated with non tea/coffee drinks; to Kevin K and Dawn for marking all the singles matches; to Vic P who came as umpire for this afternoon; and to all the club members, family and friends who came along to support, watch and cheer. It just wouldn’t have been the same without you.
We have a great Club and long may it continue!

Sunday Morning Winners

Two good matches with the Ladies Pairs going to the final end with Ann H & Tina trailing by 3 going into 18th end and superb bowling by Tina displacing Tricia’s shot bowl gave Ann & Tina a match holding position with 5!  Teresa geared herself up and her first bowl missed the jack but her second cleverly took the jack into the ditch and secured the win.

Meabwhile in rink 3, the (all male) Mixed Open Triples was taking place and this was a bit more of a one-sided affair. It wasn’t that Gary, Peter M & Gordon were playing badly but they were outbowled by Peter J, Ian D & Steve G.
Gary kept the match going by killing the 16th end twice (Duncan was very pleased that the coaching advice and training he had given Gary which Gary had subsequently practised on his own had paid off!) but it was still a hill too far to climb to get near the eventual winners.

Well played all of you.  The crowd enjoyed both matches.

Saturday Afternoon Winners

Well done to Scott – our youngest member – who won the Men’s Challenge Cup this afternoon. It was Scott’s first singles competition win. Runner up was Jonathan H, well known at his outdoor club Teddington in the summer months.

Meanwhile on Rink 4 Dave P and Mike C in their second final of the day faced each other in the Mixed Pairs with their respective partners, Ange and Tina.
Dave & Ange came out as winners in a hard fought match.

Thanks to Kevin for the photos.

A big thanks to caterers Brian C and Jacqui L who made us lovely fresh sandwiches for lunch. They did such a good job that Brian had to hurry off to shop for more supplies for tomorrow’s lunches. Brian’s daughter also had to return to her home kitchen to bake more delicious muffins.

Saturday Morning Winners

Well done to Dave R who had a cracking game with Mike C with Mike creeping back to 19-20 and holding match when Dave played the only 2 forehands of his morning to get shot with the final bowl! Exciting for all of the spectators of which there were over 30!

In the Men’s Open Pairs, Peter J & Dave took the first 2 ends v Gym & Duncan who took a 3 on the 4th end to take the lead. Dave & Peter then settled into the game and built up a convincing lead but Duncan & Gym fought back one shot at a time but not enough to carry on after 16 ends.