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Battling on Towards the End

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

Last match played in one League and only two more left in the other. All in all not a bad season for smallest Village and Club in Leagues.

Tuesday League.

Home – Matlock Golf Club – 28 August – 6.00pm.

A bit of a bogey team for us. We somehow can’t get to grips with the Golf Club, perhaps we should try a mashie niblick on a few ends. Having said that whether it was because it was the last match of the season or there wasn’t an ‘R’ in the month, we won! Captain Dawn was having a night off and Harry B partnered Frances with great effect. Perhaps Dawn should have more nights off because they won handsomely 21 – 9. Tony A and John B also had a good win 21 – 15 with Tony playing a blinder. Try as they might Dot and Sue came a gallant second, but they did not get the rub of the green. Finally our trusty pair, Edith and Rick brought home the bacon, 21 – 16. Final score Parwich 75, Golf Club 61. We are third in the league, but realistically when all the results are in we will be fourth or fifth. A lot of thanks go to Captain Dawn who puts up with us and sorts out the team and who should play with who. Many thanks for a fine job done. What will 2019 bring?

Thursday Friendly League.

Home – Chatsworth – 30 August – 1.45pm.

Chatsworth are top of the League, and deservedly so, how would we get on? The commentators curse fell on Ian J this week. Playing with Liz H they lost a hard fought game 16 – 21. I terms of doubles players Ian is 15 out of 198 players in the League. What about that! Our remaining pairs also unfortunately lost so after the doubles we were 36 – 63 down.

There were some cracking singles games with Frances and our Edith leading the way winning 15 – 3 each. Although we only won one other singles our players managed to accumulate some good points and we won the singles 76 – 64. Not quite enough to overhaul the 27 point deficit from the doubles. Still a good result against the runaway leaders. Parwich 112, Chatsworth 127.

Next Match – Away – Chatsworth B – 6 September – 1.45pm.

John B.

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Bowls Match Report

PARWICH CROWN GREEN BOWLS CLUB

The greens are ‘greening’ up again after the drought conditions we were playing under. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing from our point of view. Only a few matches left in the 2018 season.

Tuesday League.

Away – Wirksworth – 21 August – 6.00pm.

Penultimate match for us in this league and we are still trying hard. Tony A and John B played well to get us off to a good start by winning 21 – 10. Pat B and Dot fought like Trogan’s coming back from being well down to losing 17 – 21. Captain Dawn and Frances, playing their best pair had a blinding result winning 21 – 15. Finally Edith and Rick could not quite give us another win losing 19 – 21. Although we shared the games 2 each we only dropped 6 points from the maximum 84. As well as the bowls it was the 80th birthday of one of the Wirksworth players and we enjoyed a few nibbles and a glass of wine. Congratulations Harold A. Here’s to the next 80.

Final match – Home – Matlock Golf Club – 28 August – 6.00pm.

Thursday Friendly League.

Away – Matlock Park – 23 August – 1.45pm.

The star of Parwich Bowls at the moment is Ian J who, irrespective of who he plays with in the doubles, seems to come out on top. This week was no exception playing with Sue A they won 21 – 4. Audrey and Harry B also did us proud winning 21 – 8. You need a little luck in bowls and I think it fair to say that our third pair Keith B and Liz H did not have the ‘rub of the green’, but still managed a good 15 points. Matlock 33, Parwich 57.

There was a surprise in the singles with Frances (she who is the other half of our Tuesday pair with Dawn) losing. This, this year is a collectors item. Other members of the team however came through with Tony, John B and Dawn winning to 1, 3, and 4 respectively. Matlock 52, Parwich 79. Final score Matlock 85, Parwich 136.

Next Match – Home – Chatsworth A – 30 August – 1.45pm.

John B.

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Bowls Report

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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