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.
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".
Young 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.”
Club 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.
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.