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Ladies soccer team seeks new players

Marlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies football club is looking for new players. Training takes place every Wednesday evening at Marlborough Football Club, Elcot Lane, and the Women's Wiltshire League club is open to players of all ages and abilities.

For more information, email team captain Sarah-Jayne Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cricket: Excellent season concludes with a (rare) home defeat to Swindon

Despite defeat at home to Swindon in the match - kindly sponsored by J Bates and Son plumbing of Marlborough - in the final league game of the season, Marlborough skipper Tom Norris was rightly proud of his teams achievement of finishing 3rd in the league.  "The best team won the league and we can be proud of our season with such a young side and hopefully next season we can be challenging".

On Saturday after winning the toss and batting Swindon reached an impressive 262-3 off their 50 overs thanks mainly to a brilliant 121 not out from opener Ardil Domingo who shared an opening stand of 132 with fellow opener Marc Williamson 54.  Paul Paginton chipped in with a useful 43 not out while Bob Homani 1-41 and Harrison Painter 1-49 were the wicket takers for the home side.

In reply Bob Homani top scored for Marlborough with 67 as Marlborough were bowled out for 150 in the 45th over with Domingo 3-12, Scott Edmed 2-15 and Nigel Dunstain 2-17 the leading wicket takers for Swindon.

Marlborough also enjoyed a double promotion weekend as the 2nd team won the Wiltshire 2nd 11 league under Captain Nick Down and the 3rd 11 under Captain Ed Puddick sealed the Wiltshire Division 8 league crown.

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Cricket: Marlborough record a comfortable victory at Winsley to finish the season's away fixtures

Marlborough's final away game of the season ended in a comprehensive victory for the Savernake forest based outfit at Winsley.  

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 38 and fellow opener Ben Head 40 set the tone with an impressive start to the innings and with middle order star Peter Day adding 51 and youngster Joe Arkwright hitting an aggressive 22 Marlborough reached a commanding 245-8 off their 50 overs.

In reply Winsley crumbled to 86 all out with Marlborough spin pair Head 3-17 and Ed Rothwell 4-24 taking the bulk of the Winsley wickets with seamers Alex Cox 1-33 and Will Langton 2-10 taking the other wickets for the visitors.

Marlborough Skipper Norris was a pleased man "Our openers started well finished off by Peter Day and Arkwright. Langton and Cox set the tone bowling wise and Rothwell and Head cleaned up the tail. A very professional job to finish our away campaign".





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Marlborough Sports Forum helps more young athletes achieve their ambitions

Young tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossYoung tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossTalented young athletes in the Marlborough area have been provided financial assistance in their quest for greater sporting achievement thanks to grant aid provided by the Marlborough Sports Forum.

Ben and Jamie Amor both received £250 to support their progress in golf, which has seen them rise through the ranks in county competitions and compete both regionally and in national competitions.

Zac Tunmore and Rhys Davies received support to further their ambitions in cricket, both players currently representing Wiltshire at different age groups.

In athletics, Callum Short, for representing Wiltshire in cross country and the pentathlon while hockey goalkeeper Selwyn Lilley was also recognised having been selected for Wiltshire and on the verge of a potential call up to the England Hockey Regional Junior Performance Centre.

This follows four previous awards made earlier in the year to Will Seward, after his selection for England Hockey at under 18 level, Ella Zaleski, a member of Marlborough Penguins swimming club, Rachel Cox, who has been called up to the England Hockey Regional Junior Performance Centre and George Wardley, who has been selected to attend county tennis training sessions at the Delta Centre in Swindon.

The Sports Forum has also awarded grant funding to Marlborough Junior Netball, Marlborough Boxing Club and Marlborough Junior Football Club, all of whom are looking to grow their sport in the town.

This marks the ongoing development of sport in Marlborough with a number of further initiatives planned for 2013, including an adult recreational basketball session, a women’s Back to Netball programme and the creation of a junior netball club for the town.

Chairman Andy Ross said: “‘The Forum is really trying to make a difference in the town, by supporting clubs and individuals, and encouraging all clubs to work together for the common good of sport in general.

“The growth of projects, ideas and funding grants would seem to suggest that the Sports Forum is beginning to make that difference.”

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Marlborough Golf Club Championship sees new course record

Club Captain Bryan Arthur presents championship trophy to Jez TomlinsonClub Captain Bryan Arthur presents championship trophy to Jez TomlinsonThe recent Club Championship at Marlborough Golf Club saw Jez Tomlinson set a new course record of 64 on the Saturday of the competition. His round included eagles at the ninth, twelfth and thirteen.

He followed this with a 74 on the Sunday giving him a two-round total of 138 and a clear win.

Some distance back on 150 was 16 year-old Jamie Amor, brother of Ben Amor who recently won the England Under-18 Boys Championship.

Don Seaman was third on 152. The day also saw David Lewis, fresh from almost winning the County Seniors Championship, hit a hole in one on the eighth.

For the Ladies, Karen Gosling again ruled supreme with a gross total of 155, twelve shots clear of her nearest rival Natasha Chapman.

The Championship weekend raised £1125 for various charities and was greatly helped by the sponsorship of Callaway and Fullers. 


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Golf: Ben Amor’s triumph in international not enough for an England victory

Ben Amor, Marlborough Golf Club’s Junior Captain, was in fine form last week at Forest Pines in Lincolnshire for the 2013 Boys Home International.

Chosen to represent England for the first time, he was competing in a round-robin tournament for England Boys against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

After his earlier success in taking the England under 18 Boys’ title, he continued his winning ways with victory in his three foursome matches followed by victories in all three of his singles matches.

Partnered with Harry Ellis of Meon Valley, they proved to be a formidable combination winning all three foursomes.

Ben’s sixth win of the tournament came in the singles on the final afternoon when he defeated Scotland’s George Burns 4 & 2. He was the only player to win all six matches.

The England players were aiming to take the trophy for the third successive year. However, despite Ben’s efforts it was not to be.

They lost out to Ireland who took the trophy for the first time since 2006.

It is proving to be a busy time for Ben. He now moves onto Royal Liverpool to take part in the Boys Amateur Championship next week. The Championship will feature a 252-strong field of the best boy golfers from around the world.

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Initiatives aim to get lapsed players back onto netball and basketball courts

Getting lapsed players back into the art of throwing balls through hoops is high on Marlborough's sporting agenda this September.

The national initiative Back to Netball will be run at the Leisure Centre starting on the week beginning Monday, September 16 with sessions between 11.15am and 12.15pm on Mondays and on Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.

Sessions are £3 each and are open to women aged 16+.

And from Thursday, September 19, Wiltshire Demon’s Basketball Club, in partnership with Wiltshire Council, are offering a new adult basketball session in Marlborough with a view to developing a weekly session.

Using the England Basketball ‘Ball Again’ package, the project will provide a relaxed reintroduction to the sport catering for players who have played some basketball, a little or a lot, in the past and is also perfect for those trying the sport for the first time.

The project is open to men and women aged 16+. Sessions start at 7.30pm every Thursday for six weeks at St John's School.

Both initiatives are being run in conjunction with Wiltshire Council.

For more information about netball sessions call Sophie Warner, Wiltshire Netball Development Officer on 07540 126813 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Pearson from Wiltshire Demon’s Basketball Club will answer any queries regarding basketball on 07952 815327 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Marlborough Hockey Club throws open doors

Hockey Club FlyerHockey Club FlyerMarlborough Hockey Club is throwing open its doors for anyone who wants to find out more about the sport.

A Club Day is being held at Marlborough College on Saturday, August 31 from 11am. Meanwhile, training sessions are held on the astro pitches from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesdays (men), 7pm until 9pm on Thursdays (women), and 9am until noon on Sundays (juniors).

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Cricket: Weather frustrates Marlborough again as another match has to be abandoned

Marlborough were once again frustrated by the weather this month as rain caused the game v Nationwide House - kindly sponsored by DIY Rainbows of Marlborough - to be abandoned.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat Marlborough began their innings in cloudy conditions, but made a positive start thanks to openers Tom Norris 50 not out and Ben Head 36, and were 64-1 in the 13th over when the players were forced to leave the field due to rain.

After the break for rain Marlborough resumed their innings and had reached 114 for 1 when the rain returned in the 25th over and the players were once again forced to leave the field.

With heavy rain falling the umpires were forced to abandon the game.

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Cricket: Rare defeat for Marlborough Cricket Club away at Marshfield

Marlborough slumped to a rare defeat this season as they lost by 62 runs away at Marshfield.

Batting first Marshfield recorded 243 for 9 off their 50 overs thanks largely to 100 run third wicket partnership between Rupert Crockett 62 and William Johnson 39.

Marlborough also gifted the home side 44 runs in extras with Jon Carroll 2-34 and Bob Homani 2-28 the pick of the bowlers for the Savernake Forrest based outfit.

In reply Bradley James 29, Cam Gordon 25 not out, George Fox 24 and Carroll 22 all made starts for Marlborough but failed to make the big score needed as Marlborough were bowled out for 181 in the final over with Bond 3-25,Burnstone 2-23 and Cox 2-44 leading the attack for the home side.

Reflecting on defeat Marlborough skipper Tom Norris said "we bowled way too many extras and subconsciously underestimated Marshfield despite what we had talked about before the game which turned out to bite us in the backside."

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Marlborough Hockey Club is recruiting new players

He’s usually spotted working his magic at the coffee machine in the Food Gallery, but in his spare time Richard Holman works a very different kind of magic on the hockey field.

Richard Holman is Captain of Marlborough Hockey Club and as the new season draws closer, the Club are keen to recruit new members: “We’re looking for players of all ages, all abilities – men and women, girls and boys.”

At present the Club has 80 members and a most encouraging list of 250 junior members.  The split among senior members is about half-and-half men and women.

The Club fields three men’s and three ladies’ teams and a raft of junior teams representing  the different age groups.  Last season the first men’s team failed to keep their place in the Davis Wood Championship Division and so next season they’ll be playing in the North Conference Division.

The first team has lost one of their star players. Will Seward, who has played for the England under-18 team. Will has moved to the City of Bath Hockey Club which is a national league team.

The Club are sad to see him go, but proud to have nurtured such a great talent.

Last season Marlborough’s two senior ladies teams both won their leagues and have been promoted.

The Club shares the clubhouse at Marlborough’s cricket ground.  And next season’s home games and practice sessions will be on Marlborough College’s two newly re-surfaced all-weather pitches.

First date in the Club’s 2013-2014 season calendar is the Club Day starting at 11.00 am at Marlborough College on Saturday, August 31 – for details see the flyer below.

And as if Richard wasn’t busy enough with all that coffee and with the Club, next Saturday (August 10) he’s getting married to his fiancée, Christina.  Have a happy marriage – and a successful  hockey season.

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