Marlborough bounced back from last week's defeat against Burbage with victory away at Devizes.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl Marlborough had Devizes in early trouble at 4-1 with Will Langton taking the vital wicket of Joe Wookey. Opener Tom Grant hit 46 for the home side and Jon Bedrook 20, James Langan 19 and Tom Andrew 14 all got starts for Devizes but failed to push on as Marlborough spinner Mike Bush took charge with 6-24 as Devizes lower order crumbled to 122 all out with youngster Fraser Gordon 2-26, Alex Cox 1-31 and Langton 1-24 the other wicket takers for Marlborough.
In reply Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 22 helped to see off the new ball at the top of the order with Bob Homani 30, Peter Day 38 not out and George Penfold 19 not out helping to see Marlborough comfortably home in the 37th over for the loss of 3 wickets with Ben McGowen 1-21, Tim Saye 1-36 and Kyle Pack 1-23 the wicket takers for the home side. Marlborough skipper Norris said "It was good to be back to winning ways and hopefully we can go on another winning run".
Young tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossIn a week that Andy Murray won the nation's heart by winning the men's singles final at Wimbledon, Marlborough's Sports Forum has awarded a grant to up-and-coming tennis star George Wardley.
The 10 year old, who attends Ramsbury School, told the forum – made up of representatives from all of Marlborough's major sports clubs – that he trains four or five times a week, and was hoping to play in regional tournaments next season.
And the rising star, who already competes at county level, is already used to giving interviews, having appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire just prior to, and following, Murray's Wimbledon win.
There were also grants for St John's schoolgirls Ella Duncan-Zaleski and Rachel Cox.
Swimmer Ella, from Marlborough, represents the county at backstroke, and may compete at regional level if she can shave a vital second off her time.
Hockey player Rachel plays in midfield or defence for the south west of England squad, and trains at the Junior Regional Performance Centre in Bristol. She is aiming for a place with with the national under 16s squad.
There was a second grant for another young hockey star, Will Seward, whose cheque was collected by his proud father, Peter.
Will was unable to attend the Sports Forum AGM, which was held at Marlborough Town Hall on Thursday (July 11) because he was representing the UK under 18s in a three-match tournament against Germany.
Since last year, Will has left Marlborough Hockey Club to play for the Bath Buccaneers, and his juggling his success on the hockey field with AS levels at St John's Academy.
This year's grants – which are awarded to help the town's young sports stars meet the costs of kit and equipment, travel, and other costs associated with performing at a regional or national level – were made possible thanks to a fundraising dinner held at Marlborough Town Hall last October, at which cricket star Mike Gatting was the guest speaker.
Town councillor Andrew Ross, who presented the awards to the young sporting stars, said the £6,000 raised by the event was 'truly remarkable', and a sum the forum hoped to repeat.
Grants of £500 were also awarded to a couple of the town's newest sports clubs: the netball club and boxing club.
Peter Day hit a brilliant unbeaten 107 as Marlborough recorded their 7th straight win in a hard fought 19 run victory against Winsley in the match kindly sponsored by Track Tractors ltd.
After being asked to bat by the visitors Marlborough thanks to Day's 107 not out reached 247-7 off their 50 overs with Bob Homani 28, James Richardson 24 and Tom Norris 24 also making useful contributions with the bat with Brendan Nasser 2-41 and Peter Orchard 2-19 the pick of the bowlers for Winsley.
In reply Charlie Holton 54, Stuart Hammond 44, Brendon Nasser 38 and Giles Williams 37 always made sure that Winsley were in contention for the victory chase but once again Marlborough stalwart Ben Head made a vital contribution taking 4-48 brilliantly supported by teenager Fraser Gordon making his first team debut 2-36 ensured that Winsley were bowled out for 228 in the 49th over.
Zumba dancers try out the new Movida Studio on opening nightPeople don’t have the opportunity to dance any more, except at weddings and occasional special events. That’s one reason why Zumba has become so successful – and why Marlborough’s first Zumba Movida Studio is being launched tonight (Friday).
The Latin-style dance fitness programme created by Colombian choreographer Albert “Beto” Perez is now practised by 14 million people round the globe, at more than 140,000 localities across more than 150 countries.
It took off in Marlborough almost three years ago with the arrival of Laurence Costantini – a woman otherwise known as Lau – who says she is one of the “wild bunch” born in the mountains of Corsica.
In fact she is a trained lawyer and 44-year-old mother of four children who left London with her Chilean husband seeking a town with good schools like St John’s and started Zumba classes in Marlborough that have grown and grown in size.
And they have so flourished that she had 120 people a week enjoying the rhythm of dancing and at the same time giving themselves an aerobic workout that costs just £6 a session, the initial class free to allcomers.
“I have always been a dancer, from jazz and jive to flamenco and salsa, I dance all my life,” she told Marlborough News Online. “A friend too me to a Zumba class in London five years ago when the craze started. And it works for everybody.
“You don’t stop to learn the dance. You are learning while you are doing it and enjoying the rhythm of getting fit at the same time.”
Movida creator Lau (left) with class member Lisa Farrell at the launchAnd Lau believes that the popularity of Zumba, even in a nation accused of being lazy when it comes to exercise, is because of the lack of chances to dance nowadays, especially for women aged 35 to 65.
“Nobody is dancing anymore,” she proclaimed. “It has become something rare. You dance at weddings and maybe once a year at a special event but there is no longer the opportunity to get on to a dance floor.
“That’s why TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing are so popular and watched by millions. Zumba combines the pleasure of dancing with fitness and makes you feel you have done something good for yourself. And having fun.”
Her initial Zumba classes were daytime at Marlborough Football Club, starting with a handful of people, then following those with evening classes in St Peter’s School as more people joined in.
“People have been so warm and welcoming and showed such fantastic enthusiasm that I then had enough to keep the classes going. And lots of people who met in my classes have since become friends.”
So when the football club space became unavailable Lau found herself a site for a permanent Marlborough Movida Studio at the Foxfield Unit among the industrial buildings being refurbished in Elcot Park.
And they are being given a launch party tonight (Friday).
“Now I can comfortably accommodate 40 people in two classes a day, one morning, one evening six days a week and I have a Saturday morning session as well,” said Lau, who also teaches Zumba at East Grafton on Tuesdays.
Though it is mainly women who have joined, Lau includes men in her classes. “Three men are now coming very regularly with their wives and too love dancing,” she said. “And for them it is an important way to keep fit because men have less occasion than women to go to a studio in the daytime.”
She added: “I feel I am very lucky at what I am doing and being able to fit it in with looking after my children, who are aged 13, 11, eight and four.
“I am definitely surprised by the way Zumba has taken off in Marlborough, but then it has become a world trend now and it gives you a sense that you are part of something big – and also something that is part of the community.”
To contact Studio Movida go to www.zumba.com and enter Marlborough.
Ian Alexander kicks for Hungerford RFCBuoyed by a promising 2012/13 season, the Hungerford Hurricanes are on the hunt for new talent from the Marlborough area this summer.
The club wants to recruit more players to strengthen their squad before their 2013/14 campaign gets under way in September.
The Hurricanes were languishing at the bottom of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon premier league before Christmas, but seven straight wins after New Year saw them finish up a respectable fifth out of 11 teams.
Dave Smith, Hungerford's head coach, told Marlborough News Online: "What last season showed was that with a bit of belief we could be a decent side. It instilled belief throughout the club, and it got us thinking: 'We don't want to be in this league forever. We want to progress.'
"But to do that we need more players. It's not rocket science -- by beefing up our juniors, colts and second team, we'll put healthy pressure on our first team players to perform at their very best.
"So, regardless of whether you've never played before or if you're a former British & Irish Lion, if you want to be a part of a family-based club with great banter and a passion for fun, flowing rugby, we'd love to see you."
Pre-season fitness training for the senior players starts at 7pm on June 11 at the Triangle field, Priory Road, Hungerford.
Touch rugby is being played from 7pm on Thursdays throughout the summer. Check the Hungerford RFC website for details.