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Wet Tuesday but Happy Birthday to Joan O’N!

Happy Birthday to Joan.  She does not have internet, so if any of you know her and can give her a quick birthday ring, that would be lovely.

It stayed dry for almost all of Monday, but unfortunately it didn’t help the boys at Bishop Duppas, who lost their Triples.  Well done for getting to the last 16 though.  It’s been a fair old time since any of the men have gone so far in competitions, so to have the Senior Fours in the County Final and Kevin to battle out his Unbadged semi-final as well, has been a great success.  We’re proud of you all!

I mistakenly put the weekend’s fixtures the wrong way around.  The Saturday South Middlesex League match is away at Stanwell.  The 490 bus from Richmond goes 95% of the way but I am sure there will be drivers going from the club.

The Sunday South Middlesex League match v Hounslow Cons is at home, 2.30 pm start.  I think we need more names for both games.

Did anyone watch the tennis?  Did anyone not watch the tennis?!  The Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat the 4th men’s seed seemed to be in phenomenal form.  I would be surprised if there was any ‘fur’ left on the tennis balls by the time they changed them every 7 or 9 ends!

‘Our’ girl Emma has had an amazing run.  She seemed to be right in with a 50:50 chance until that very long game which Ajla Tomljanovic won and Emma started flagging.  As someone who had virtually not played any matches, maybe it was the fitness stamina that caught her out?  It happened to Murray early on in his career.  The cause for her withdrawing has been a bit vague, but she is a gutsy girl and should go on to do really well on the circuit.   Good luck to her opponent who had to dig deep just to keep in the first set.   Ashleigh Barty is on form, so Ajla is going to have her work cut out this afternoon.  Murray’s victor is not on court again until tomorrow afternoon.  With the rain, it’s going to be tough for those scheduled on the outside courts with no roof.  Organiser’s nightmare – rain in the second week!

Live football, tennis and bowls tonight – I know our National Mixed Fours won’t be appearing on a screen near you, but it will certainly be live in East Twickenham, and probably damp!

Sunday 4th July

10.00 am   Ladies Senior Fours Semi-Final followed by Final at Hayes BC.  Good luck to Ann, Nadine, Ange & Audrey

10.30 am  Men’s Senior Fours Semi-Final at Hendon BC.  Good luck to Steve, Norman, Gordon & Laurence

Match v Brentham cancelled as is Tuesday’s match v North Sheen

The ladies had wins in all four disciplines yesterday morning in the Top Club.  Well done to them and thanks to everyone who came along and supported us.  It was really appreciated.

Unfortunately, we didn’t come out top after playing Teddington in the Richmond & Barnes League in the afternoon!  They knew their green well and we all struggled to find it.  Norman’s boys had the best result losing 15-17, then Kevin’s who amassed a whopping 5 on the last end (which at least put us into double figures), then Steve’s team were up against Colin Hammond’s on-fire team led by Chris C.  Well done to Teddington!  Hopefully our turn next time!

Saturday 3rd July – Home This Morning ; Away This Afternoon

Starting at 10.00 am is the Ladies Top Club v Bishop Duppas at Cambridge Park.  Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours make up this competition.  Supporters welcome.

This afternoon, it’s the Richmond & Barnes League v Teddington – away at 2.30 pm  Supporters welcome at Teddington too!

Last night, Dawn playing with Paul Cater in the National Mixed Pairs, came from 3-10 down to win 15-13 v Paul & Elaine away at Hurlingham Park.  This puts them into the Middlesex area semi-final v Rob Hackwell & Anna Mays from Ashford.

Tomorrow morning:

10.00 am at Hayes – Ann H, Nadine, Ange & Audrey play in the semi-final of the MIddlesex Senior Fours.  Hopefully they will get through to the final.  Winners go to Leamington.

10.30 am at Hendon – Steve G, Norman, Gordon & Laurence play in the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Fours v Kevin L’s old club, North Greenwich, whilst Dave P’s Masonians Four play Poplar.

Supporters very welcome at both venues.

Onwards and Upwards

Hard luck to Jean & Norman who lost in their National Mixed Pairs Area semi-final yesterday.  Winners were Rob H & Anna M from Ashford.  They play the winners of Paul C (West Ealing) & Dawn v Paul & Elaine from Hurlingham Park.  That match is at HP on Friday evening.

Congratulations to Steve G, Norman, Gordon & Laurence in the Senior Fours last night v Robin I’s team from West Ealing.  They forego watching the England game to get their comp in and won 15-14.  Talk about cutting it fine!   They are now in the Semi-Final which is being played on Sunday morning 10.30 am (website states 10.30 pm – eek!) at Hendon.  I think it may be quite a while since the CP men have reached a County Semi-Final.  Well done chaps!  They play the winners of R Militon & J Crabb.  I’m afraid I don’t know where either chaps are from.

Another Senior Fours quarter final last night was Dave P v Paul C (West Ealing).  No results through yet.

Today sees the Ladies Senior Fours in action.  Nadine & team are off to Sunbury (not Ashford, sorry to wake you up, Ange!), whilst Jean’s old girls are off to Bush Hill Park.  With so few entries (are the other bowlers too young?), winners of these games are through to the Semi-Finals at Hayes on Sunday, which could be a busy day for Jean and Nadine!  Good luck girls!

Good luck to Kevin L as he plays G Rushmer at CP.  He hasn’t disclosed the time but we wish Kevin well!

Monday Winning Pairs!

Well done to Steve & Norman on winning their match this morning and to Jean & Nadine on winning their MIddlesex Pairs tonight.  This puts Jean & Nadine into the semi-finals at Hayes on Saturday 4th July.  Timings to be advised.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we have the Senior Fours for the chaps after Norman & Jean take on Rob H & Anna from Ashford in the Mixed Pairs at lunchtime.

Still busy, busy, busy!


On the Friends’ match on Thursday, the Tuna Pasta Salad and Eton Mess are AFTER the match around 5.00 pm.  I think there may have been some confusion.  Apologies.


Janice M had an Open Garden yesterday afternoon assisted by Marie.  I hope they had lots of visitors and it must have been a relief to finish before that deluge of wet stuff dropped out of the sky in the early evening.  Gee whizz, there was a lot of water in a very short space of time!  We were coming down the M25 near the A30 turn off.  Not pleasant driving.  Jacquie E did a very good job.

Have any others of you offered your garden up for visitors?  Please let me have photos and I can post them on here.

The Middlesex Ladies lost by 2 shots to Oxfordshire yesterday at Banbury.  So close, yet so far.  The Middlesex Men were playing Oxfordshire in Headington and some of them came over after their match to watch and support us along with Dave P and Bridget Almond whom many of you will remember from all her years at CP.   Really great to have support from everyone, especially as the match wasn’t on the doorstep. Thank you.

Monday League at 1.45 pm today.  I haven’t asked Alexa, but the Met Office is predicting a shower at 1.00 pm, then dry until 4.00 pm when the sun should be poking its head above the clouds.

At 5.00 pm, it’s the quarter finals of the MIddlesex Ladies’ Pairs where Jean & Nadine face Liz & Sally from Fordbridge Park.   I think the men have a couple of matches tomorrow, the Senior Fours being one of them, so Norman or Steve should keep us informed of timings for those.  Thanks in advance!

Sunday 27th June

No club match today but Ange & Tina are playing Sarah & Lucy in the Senior Pairs at midday.  It should be a very close game.  All four girls have been playing really well.

Jean, Nadine, Ann, Cathy & Dawn are all heading off to Banbury in search of cakes.  No, we’re not really.  Last week’s trip there found no bakery selling the traditional fruity pastry.  When I played Myrtle Bagot (the Station Cafe Owner) in an amdram production of Brief Encounter, I made Banbury Cakes for each performance which were duly knocked onto the floor by Albert Godby (the Station Master) whilst he was trying to be over friendly    “Now look at me Banbury’s all over the floor”!!

I digress.  We are heading off to Banbury with Middlesex to play Oxfordshire in the first round of the Walker Cup – just two rinks.  Wish MIddlesex well.  If we win, the next round is at Cambridge Park on 11th July.    It is a real honour to be selected for this team, so we all need to be on our A game and do the County proud.

Yesterday we played Springfield in a friendly with three triples.  The CP reporter played for Springfield as they were one short. Well done to Andy, who has been playing less than a month and certainly didn’t disgrace himself.  He is playing with VERY old bowls which were numbered 1, 2 & 3 on the bias side.  1 is the narrowest bias, 2 slightly swingier etc.  I would be difficult if you had to put club stickers on as it would cover the numbers up.   Good luck as he progresses in his new hobby.

Overall Cambridge Park won the match and it was a good afternoon.

Saturday 26th June

Firstly, congratulations to the ‘old boys’ for their win against Hampton last night.  It was a good match and the heads were all pretty good.  Fractions and angles!

Good to see Brian C with his family playing too.  Dan doesn’t seem to have lost his touch since he moved to North Devon!  Bowls and golf have had to take a back seat now that he has two youngsters.

So on to today.  This morning sees the Middlesex Ladies Double Rink first round.  We play Rosedale, with one rink home, one away, starting at 10.00 am.

This afternoon at 2.30 pm, we have a Mixed Friendly Triples re Springfield.  A new fixture.

Come along for an hour or to to support the teams or just enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.  Bar will be open from midday – thank you, Jane.

For Those of You Still Sitting Up in Bed with a Cup of Tea – Apologies!

I overslept this morning – doesn’t help when you’re wide awake at 2.00 am.  Doh!  That’s  my excuse from withholding vital (or not) information from you!

Anyway, mixed bag of results last night.  Ange & Dawn and Sarah & Lucy retreated from the greens licking their wounds, not having played their best BUT that means wins for Nadine & Jean in the MIddlesex Pairs as well as Liz & Sally from Fordbridge Park.  Well done to both pairs who play each other in the Quarter Final next Monday 28th June at Cambridge Park.  Please let us know what time you will be playing.   Semi-finals and final on 4th July.

On the men’s front, Laurence had an excellent win against Kevin K in the Senior Singles.  Coasting along at 10-0 up, he found himself 18-19 down, 19-19, 19-20, 20-20 and then 21-20.  What a tight game!  He plays the winner of Dave P v Andy Tucker at Masonians in the Area quarter-finals.  Well done, that lad!  Let us know when you’re playing- we know it’s before 7th July!

Tonight, the oldies (Over 60s) are in the National Tony Alcock Trophy – two mixed rinks – v Bishop Duppas at their ground at 5.30 pm. Supporters and spectators welcome.

Good luck to all of them.  I will try and report the result ready for your morning cuppa!