Marlborough's woes continued with a home defeat to Nationwide House in the match kindly sponsored by Colin Davies Design and Build which now sees the Savernake Forest side firmly in a relegation dogfight.
After losing the toss and being asked to field Marlborough's bowlers struggled to contain House's batsmen with Stuart Archer 74, Dave Cootes 44 and John Clarke 37 helping Nationwide to a healthy 234-9 off their 50 overs with Marlborough youngster Harrison Painter 4-45 the best of the bowlers for the home side.
In reply Marlborough's Tom Norris 41, Duncan Lorrain 39 and Magnus Painter 24 all battled hard to chase down the victory target but Nationwide's Andy Lewis took 5-32 with the ball to ensure victory for his side as Marlborough were bowled out for 177.
Rory Clark powering his way to success in the 100mMarlborough and District Junior Athletics club capped their Wessex League campaign in style, winning the fourth and final match at Andover on Sunday.
The victory saw MADJA finish joint fourth in the league of 20 clubs, a big improvement on last season’s 10th place. The club ended the season on 17 points, level with Camberley, and behind Basingstoke (20 points), Southampton and Team Kennet (19 points each).
On a day when many athletes were missing due to the school summer holidays, MADJA fielded a strong squad, finishing first in three of the six age groups.
The U13 boys were particularly dominant, coming first and second in almost every event. Leading the way was Rory Clark, who won the 100m in 13.3s, the 200m in 26.9s – a grade 2 performance – and the 1500m in 05:11.1.
Riley Booth won the 800m in 02:37.3, the discus with a throw of 18.22m and he came joint first with Harry Langhorn in the high jump, both clearing 1.25m. Kieran Short won the shot with a distance of 7.27m.
It was no surprise that the 4x100 relay team of Clark, Booth, Short and Samuel Deadman were comfortable winners, in a time of 58.1s.
Gemma Shepherd’s grade 2 run in the 1500m – she finished in 02:19.9s – helped the U15 girls to a win in their age group. Eve Tarring and Ashlen Sowerby tied for first place in the 75m hurdles in 13.6s, while Gabbie Painting was second in the high jump with 1.38m.
The U17 men topped their age group, thanks largely to their strength in the field events. Will Seward won the javelin with a throw of 43.22m and came second in the discus with a grade 3 throw of 33.0m and second equal in the high jump with 1.65m. David Cope was narrowly beaten to second place in the shot, with 10.87m.
Scott Martin cleared 1.55m to come joint first in the U15 boys high jump.
The event finished with MADJA first on 393 points, followed by Woking (321), Andover (315), Portsmouth (261) and Poole (124).
In the parallel QuadKids event, MADJA came fourth. The top-ranked boy was Daniel Sanders, who finished fifth overall, while Tess Mayer, the top girl, came sixth. MADJA’s girls finished 11th out of 21 teams in the QuadKids league, the boys 15th.
pic: by Neil Goodwin
Oscar Bruce claimed second spot in the U15 400mCompeting against big-hitting clubs including the home side, Basingstoke, MADJA finished on 271 points, way behind Basingstoke (518) and Team Kennet (447) but narrowly ahead of Salisbury (256) and Slough Juniors (242) (writes Ben Tarring)
With many MADJA athletes absent due to exams, the team was noticeably light in some areas: Millie O’Connor was the only woman representing the club at U17 level.
MADJA’s boys and men competed strongly at all age groups. The U17 team of Will Seward, Luke Callaghan, Patrick Maloney, Ben Holland, Alex Painting, Thomas Hamill and David Cope amassed 74 points and came second.
Notable performances came from Seward, who won the discus with a throw of 34.27m and was second in the javelin with 42.29m, and Painting, who came joint first in the high jump with 1.60m.
Peter Booten and Alex Davies led the way for the U15s, with javelin throws of 35.60m and 31.04m respectively. Elliott Lassiter claimed second spot in the 1500m with a time of 04:57.8, while a time of 59.60 earned Oscar Bruce second place in the 400m.
James Eyles starred for the U13s: his discus throw of 20.28m was a grade 3 performance. In the 800m, Rory Clark came second in the 800m in 02:33.8, a grade 4 performance.
The standout performance for the girls was Gemma Shepherd’s win in the 800m in a grade 2 time of 02:21.0. Ashlen Sowerby threw 6.65m in the shot, coming second.
In the parallel QuadKids competition for U11s, MADJA came fourth, with 1,297 points, behind Slough Juniors, Team Kennet and Basingstoke, and ahead of Salisbury. Oliver Rhoads and Thomas Holmes were the top two boys and Jesse Ford and Tess Mayer the top two girls. Poppy Davies broke the MADJA club record in the Vortex with a throw of 26.18m, nearly two metres more than the record, set last year by Bethany Palfrey.
Photo by Neil Goodwin
Saturday 19th May:
1st Team: v Spye Park - at home
Match sponsored by the Wellington Arms, High St, Marlborough
Match starts at 1pm
2nd Team: v Spye Park - away at Spye Park
3rd Team: v Highworth - at Minal Cricket Ground
Match starts at 2pm
Home Ground - Savernake
Minal Cricket Ground
With female membership down to a dozen stalwarts, Marlborough Bowls Club has issued an urgent plea for more women to join on the eve of its new season, which begins on April 22.
The club, founded more than 70 years ago, has a thriving male membership of 80 as well as a host of social members who enjoy its facilities in the Salisbury Road recreation ground.
“I’d love us to have another 20 women joining up,” club secretary Angie Watts told Marlborough News Online. “The trouble is that the perception of most people is that bowls is only for old women in cardigans.”
“But thanks to TV that is no longer true, the image is changing and younger women are enjoying playing bowls and taking part in competitions, which we have unfortunately had to give up.”
Pressure of work and looking after their families is also a problem, but playing bowls on a summer’s evening is one way of taking the stress out of life – and the normal membership fee of £50 has been reduced to £25 for new playing members.
The male members of the club, which has practice sessions on Monday evenings, have three possible leagues to play in, as well as friendly matches and gala events.
The club also stages an internal floodlit competition in September and has provisionally booked May 26 as an open evening when you go and see if bowls is a new sport worth trying.
Angie Watts is on 01672 511335