THE triples competition with its limited number of games in the season saw Murch ladies bowlers entertain Fairwater on August 7 on their home green.

Each of the clubs won a rink in this two rink league but rink two bowlers proved to be too strong for their opposition with a bigger margin of 10 shots making the overall score 29 shots to 22 in favour of the Murch.

Rink two players were G Hughes, E Carryer, P Ayres (capt) with the score being 17-7.

Murch ladies played away to Cowbridge in the afternoon league on August 10 with its all weather surface which visiting teams always find difficult to play and it proved to be so again for this fixture.

Murch bowlers lost heavily on two of the three rinks but did manage a draw on rink three.

Cowbridge players gained a very comfortable margin of 39 shots with the overall score being Cowbridge 72 shots, Murch 33. The Murch players on rink one were K Macleod, A Orchard, A Crouch, skip C Tranter losing 14-28, on rink two G Hughes, A Croom, P Ayres, skip S Mauchline losing 5-30 and on rink three C Real, M Rice, E Carryer and skip M Clake drawing 14-14.

On August 9 the Murch Bowling Club hosted the annual South Vale Ladies Bowling Association v South Warwickshire Bowling Association having a long association with the visitors.

Other Vale clubs were invited to participate by providing players for one rink.

This fixture is eagerly anticipated and Penarth, Millwood, Cadoxton, Barry Central and Dinas Powys clubs all accepted with enthusiasm.

The day began with a wet reception for the visitors but fortunately the afternoon improved so that a game of 15 ends could be played and everyone enjoyed the experience. All rinks were keenly contested but the visitors proved to be too strong for the Vale teams winning four out of the six rinks but the rink with the highest winning score went to Cadoxton.

Clubhouse festivities followed the match and another successful visit to Wales was enjoyed by south Warwickshire and home teams alike.

On August 24, Murch ladies playing away in a very important fixture to determine league position narrowly lost on all three rinks to Pencoed after a very keenly contested game in which rink three, unfortunately, were a player short but managed to win 18-17.

They had to lose a quarter of their score as per rules, giving Pencoed an overall score of 53 shots to 46 and a half instead of the very narrow win of two shots.

A very close match indeed on all three rinks.

The Murch players on rink one were K Macleod, M Rice, E Carryer, skip M Clakes losing 18-19, on rink two were C Hougardy, A Croom, J Garland and skip S Mauchline losing 15-17 and on rink three were S Wade, P Ayres, skip C Tranter with Murch losing 13 and a half to 17.