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PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

The season is rapidly coming to an end and as always seems to be the case our fortunes are rapidly declining also. As we approach the change of season from summer to autumn Parwichians must start early hibernation.

Tuesday League.

Away – Whitworth Park – 7 August – 6.00pm.

Although the games were shared two apiece we could not match Whitworth’s points count. Pat and John B gave us a good win as did the ever reliable Edith and Rick, but our other pairs losses were greater. At the time we were third in the league and although we lost we have still maintained third place, which is good as only the top two teams are promoted and we are more than happy spending our time down below. Whitworth 76, Parwich 65.

Home – Bakewell – 14 August – 6.00pm.

Again the games were shared. It’s becoming a habit as our losses were again heavier than Bakewell’s. Tony A and John B got their game together after a dodgy start and eventually won 21 – 11. Edith and Rick again battled to a good win after trailing for most of the game, 21 – 18. Similarly Dot and Sue A, although they lost, came back well from a terrible start to only lose by 7. Best not mention captain Dawn’s result suffice it to say our pair lost. We must start plummeting down the table soon. Parwich 64, Bakewell 71. Only two matches to go for this year.

Next match – Away – Wirksworth – 21 August – 6.00pm.

Thursday Friendly League.

No match because of the charity game The Greenaway. Normally we have done quite well as a Club, winning the trophy on quite a few occasions, but not this year. Rick came closest, but was knocked out in the quarter final. Still the Greenaway Centre benefited from a good day and Ian J couldn’t stop winning on the Tombola. Wonder what Iris is going to do with the plethora of really useless, sorry useful, prizes!

Next match – Home – Bradwell A – 16 August – 1.45pm.

Bradwell are second in the division by a long way so a hard match was in the offing and so it proved to be. However, if nothing else we do try very hard and Sue A and Ian J played their little sock off to give us a great win in the doubles 21 – 7. Our other pairs faired less well so after the doubles we trailed 36 – 49.

Now although the green is beginning to come back to life it is still incredibly tricky to play on and our singles players, although also playing their socks off couldn’t match Bradwell. Having said that John H could do no wrong and gave us a great win 15 – 1. It was unfortunately to no avail, Parwich 66, Bradwell 73. Final score Parwich 102, Bradwell 122. Not a bad result in the general scheme of things.

Next Match – Away – Matlock Park – 23 August – 1.45pm

John B.

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Bowls Report

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

At least we have no excuses regarding the weather. I don’t think we have been wet once this year and with only 5 weeks left of the season we can’t grumble even if we are now. Mixed fortunes this week. The old archbishops egg thing in our case you know.

Tuesday League.

Home – Matlock Bath – 31 July – 6.00pm.

Having played our little legs off last week the bowls ‘form’ must have been way up there. Not a bit of it, we didn’t win a game! Edith and Rick came closest going down by the odd point 20 – 21. The rest of the team really should have stayed at home and watched repeats of Dads Army on the tele. Frances and Tony came closest of the losers 16 – 21. Better not mention the scores of our other two pairs, suffice it to say they lost well. Parwich 60, Matlock Bath 84. The team we beat comfortably last week went to Hope. A side going like trains and won at a canter. Perhaps we will win at a canter next week!

Next match – Away – Whitworth Park – 7 August – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Away – Wirksworth – 2 August – 1.45pm.

One of the problems some of our players have is ‘reaching’ a long jack and Wirksworths green is probably the biggest in the league. No problems reaching this weather, even after a drop of rain. Reaching the jack however was the least of our problems today, accuracy was sadly lacking. After the doubles we were 23 points adrift and that was after a fabulous win by Audrey B and Ian J 21 – 14. You can work out our other two pairs scores. Wirksworth 56, Parwich 33. Not a lot is the answer.

A lot to make up with the singles, but make up we did. Harry B and John H got us off to a flying start, both winning 15 – 6. Frances and Captain Fantastic Dawn also winning 15 – 10. Although we lost the remaining two singles Keith B and Tony A battled all the way, in Tony’s case losing by a single point. Wirksworth 62, Parwich 86. Final score Wirksworth 118, Parwich 119. Close as you can get without a draw. Good match played in a good spirit.

No Thursday match next week. It’s the annual Charity bash, the Greenaway. Let us hope the weather continues to shine on us and we raise lots of money for such a good cause.

Next Match – Blank week – Greenaway – 9 August

John B

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PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Not sure how you would describe our form. We seem to vary from not very good to not very very good to bl**dy marvellous. This week was not very, very good to marvellous.

Tuesday League.

Away – Ashwood Park – 24 July – 6.00pm.

Now earlier in the day there had been a stonking amount of precipitation in Buxton, rain to you and me. The wet stuff that comes out of the sky. The difference in the way our bowls played was quite remarkable and although the ‘green’ was still very slick it was really nice to play on. Even when we lost a game it was only by a few points namely Pat B and Dennis E going down 21 – 18. John B, playing with Harry B stormed home 21 – 10, with our captain fantastic Dawn playing with Frances also winning handsomely 21 – 11. We saved the best until last with stupendous Rick and Edith veritably strolling home 21 – 6. What a difference a week makes. Ashwood Park 48, Parwich 81.

Next match – Home – Matlock Bath – 31 July – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Away – Bakewell – 26 July – 1.45pm.

Talk about the curates egg, being good in parts, we had an archbishops egg, down-right rancid. And again what a difference a week makes in the bowls world. Bakewell’s green is not particularly good to play on at the best of times, but when there has been no liquid refreshment for the grass it is diabolical. The doubles games were best forgotten with only Sue and Liz getting anywhere near, Bakewell 63, Parwich 38.

Although we shared the 6 singles games 3 each, our scores were the complete opposite of last week, we lost very well. The only bright spot to mention, and what a bright spot it was, was Dennis E playing singles for the first time since he was a teenager (Dennis is in his 80’s) winning 15 – 12. This has to go down in the annals of Crown Green bowls, as one of the greatest games ever played. Fantastic! Suffice it to say we lost 80 – 64. Overall Bakewell 143, Parwich 102. At least we got over a hundred.

Not sure if next week will be any better at Wirksworth, keep your fingers crossed.

Next Match – Wirksworth – 2 August – 1.45pm.

John B.

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Bowls Report

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Still hanging in there in the Thursday League, but the wheels are well and truly falling off in the Tuesday League. The ‘greens’, as you will be aware, are slicker than ever.

Tuesday League.

Home – Hope Works – 17 July – 6.00pm

Hope works are third in the division and we are/were second. After this evenings attempts we are going to drop like a stone, only one win out of the four games. Dennis and Clara E did us proud though, even though they lost. At one point they were 15 – 5 down, but fought back to only lose by the odd point 20 – 21. Tony and Harry also came close, but lost 16 – 21. Best not mention Sue and Dot except to say, try as they might they could not get to grips with the lightening fast conditions. Thankfully Edith’s fractured left eye lash has heeled sufficiently for her to partner the long suffering Rick. They played Hope’s best pair and won 21 – 16. The final outcome, however, was never in doubt and we lost 62 – 79. Wonder how far this defeat will drop us down the league? Another tricky match next week.

Next match – Away – Ashwood Park – 24 July – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Home – Whitworth Park – 19 July – 1.45pm.

Whitworth Park have got to be one of the friendliest clubs in the league. It’s good to play them, win, lose, or draw. No losses or draws today however, with a clean sweep in the doubles games. Dennis E and Liz H winning in great style 21 – 9. Followed closely by Clara E and Sue A 21 – 11, and Ian J, partnered by the rejuvenated Edith, 21 -14. Parwich 63, Whitworth 34. What a good start to the match.

Although we shared the singles game 3 each, our losing players still scored heavily. Dawn A following on from the unmentionable last week, won handsomely 15 – 4, the score being matched by John B. Our other winner was John H who at one point was 9 – 2 down, but came back to win 15 – 10. All in all good results Parwich 80, Whitworth 63. Final score Parwich 143, Whitworth 97. We were third or fourth in the division so this should help us stay somewhere near.

Next Match – Away – Bakewell – 26 July – 1.45pm.

We have got a friendly game against Hazelwood on Sunday, so if you want to see what it’s like to play on an ‘ice rink’ come and have a look – 2.pm

John B

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Bowls Report

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Greens are still as slick as ever and we are not coping very well at all. For some reason we start the bowls season really well, but then drop off like the proverbial stone as the season progresses. This year the pattern is sadly being repeated.

Tuesday League.

Away – Chatsworth – 10 July – 6.00pm

Even when clubs are have their own automatic watering systems the sunny weather has been so intense that ‘greens’ are no more. Try as we might we could not get to grips with the Chatsworth green. At least we got to double figures, just. Captain Dawn back playing with Frances showed us all how it should be done by winning 21 – 9. This was our only win in what turned out to be the heaviest defeat of the year so far. Pat and John B were our next best pair and they could only manage to lose 12 – 21. Even our redoubtable combo of Edith and Rick lost. Let us hope that, not only for our gardens and fields sake, we get some rain soon to spike up the greens. Chatsworth 72, Parwich 55.

Next match – Home – Hope – 17 July – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Away – Youlgrave – 12 July – 1.45pm.

Now dear knowledgable reader you will know all about the items buried under their green, but when they are coupled with no grass we would have been better playing on the tennis hard courts next door. Our pairs teams did well on the treacherous ground, but only managed one win. Audrey and Clara winning 21 – 15. Both Dennis and Dot and Liz and Ian lost 14 – 21. Youlgrave 57, Parwich 49.

The singles games were shared 3 apiece. Edith had already said that she could not play because she had a badly fractured left eye-lash! What a smart move that was. Keith B did at least give us all a lesson on how to play on on the surface winning 15 – 9. Frances and John B also just about managing wins. We won’t mention how Dawn got on though. Youlgrave 77, Parwich 73. Overall Youlgrave 134, Parwich 122, not a bad result in the scheme of things.

Just think that by this time next week the World Cup will be over, as will Wimbledon, and the school holidays will be looming large!

Next Match – Home – Whitworth – 19 July – 1.45pm.

John B.

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Bowls Match Report

And still we haven’t got wet yet. No point in referring to ‘greens’ they are long gone. Even clubs who have automatic watering systems are struggling because as soon as the water goes on it is evaporated. At least its the same for everybody.

Tuesday League.

Away – Bradwell – 3 July – 6.00pm

A case in point about it being a great leveller was our match against Bradwell. They have not had a very good season so far and were virtually bottom of the league. We on the other hand were second in the division. That counts for nothing at the moment. Dennis and Clara E tried really hard, but still came second 21 – 10. This was somewhat countered by Pat and John B winning 21 – 12. Dawn, playing with Harry B this week, also won 21 – 17. Finally to put the icing on the cake for us, Rick and Edith just needed to win. Not on this patch they didn’t. Try as they might they could not win ‘ends’. The opposition played a blinder. Small consolation was that they did get double figures, just. Final score Bradwell 71, Parwich 63. Bradwell will probably go up a bit. We will certainly fall.

Next match – Away – Chatsworth – 10 July – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Home – Bradwell – 5 July – 1.45pm.

Bradwell again in this league. They are doing a bit better here and our ‘green’ is just as slick as anybodies. Dennis E continues his impressive record this time playing with Liz H. They romped home 21 – 3. Dennis is becoming a real ‘green’ bandit. Clara E and John H also managed to master the tricky conditions and won 21 – 15. Unfortunately we could not get a hat trick as Ian J and Audrey B lost against Bradwells best pair. However because of Dennis and Liz’s heroic efforts we held a slender 50 – 39 lead after the doubles.

We shared the singles 3 apiece with Keith B showing everybody how to play on an ice rink. He sauntered in 15 – 2. Although we only won two other singles our losing players managed to score well and John H playing twice because of too few players only just lost on the final end. Final score Parwich 124, Bradwell 102.

What is going to happen next week when we play on ‘the elephant buried under the green’, green. Your thoughts will be very much needed!

Next Match – Away – Youlgrave – 12 July – 1.45pm.

John B.

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Mixed Fortunes at Bowls

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Can you believe we are half way through the season and we have not got wet yet. I suppose it will rain again, but let us hope it is tomorrow. The greens are looking extremely brown indeed and when they are like this, bowls becomes more like curling. We are having mixed fortunes now though.

Tuesday League.

Home – Chatsworth A – 26 June – 6.00pm

A top of the table clash this week with Chatsworth top and us second in the division, would the table form come out the same in the match? The games were shared two each. Harry B and Dot H trying their little hearts out could not match their opponents and lost 21 – 9. Tony A and John B next up managed by some fair means or perhaps foul to overcome their opponents 21 – 10. Now you do need to keep up with the match and realise that we were one point down. Dawn A and Frances W try as they might could not overcome their pair and came second 21 – 14. We were 8 points down with only Rick and Edith to finish. They were playing Chatsworth’s best pair and again, although they won, it was not enough to claw back Chatsworth’s lead. 21 – 19 to Parwich. Final score Parwich 65, Chatsworth 71. Cracking match even though we lost and we stayed second in the division.

Next match – Bradwell – 3 July – 6.00pm

Thursday Friendly League.

Away – Matlock Bath – 21 June – 1.45pm.

The tightness of Matlock’s green and the slipperiness of the dry grass made playing a nightmare. You only had to ‘drop’ your wood on the ground and it went all the way to Sainsburys ( local knowledge of Matlock required here. Sainsburys is about a mile away ). As you know we do struggle in the doubles games and this week was no exception with only Sue A and Dennis E winning 21 – 17. Matlock 59, Parwich 28.

We shared the singles games this week with Harry B winning handsomely 15 – 5. The games that we lost also proved worthwhile as we did score well in the losses. However, the deficit from the doubles was too great to make up and we lost the match 131 – 108.

Away – Baslow – 28 June – 1.45pm

Another lightening fast square of brown stuff. Very similar to Matlock last week, but you could only get the Co-op store in Bakewell this week. Much better in the doubles though with Keith B and Liz H romping home in great style 21 – 8. Harry and Audrey B should have let us know they wanted to spend the afternoon on the ‘green’. Their game lasted just short of 2 hours achieving a great win on the last end 21 – 20. Baslow 49, Parwich 54.

We did very well in the singles winning 5 out of the 6 games. (smart bit of writing here) Nobody burned up the green any more than it already was. Baslow 119, Parwich 141.

At the start of the match we were lying third in the division even after losing last week so we will have to lose a few more to avoid promotion.

Next Match – Home – Bradwell – 5 July – 1.45pm.

Enjoy wakes week and hope the weather stays kind for everybody.

John B

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