Stony Stratford bowlers clean up on the county stage – after clean up

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CRICKET isn’t the only sport to have been badly affected by the summer rain – bowls clubs in Milton Keynes have also found it difficult to get matches played because of waterlogged greens.

Pictured above is Stony Stratford Bowls Club’s green at Ostlers Lane on a particularly bad day last week, although thanks to the hard work of their volunteers, the pitch was cleaned up and play could resume the very next day.

And when play has been possible, Stony have had plenty to celebrate on the county stage, with Carly Devereux-Jones reaching the final of the U25 singles and two wood pairs. Several other Stony players were knocked out in their respective quarter finals.

With club-mates Georgie Dimmock and Karen Gasson, Carly is also through to the National Finals at Leamington in the county triples.

Meanwhile Stony have been trying to attract new junior players, and although many were put off by the terrible weather on their recent open day, the club have been impressed by the interest shown and plan to start running regular coaching evenings in the hope of forming a Junior Section of 10-16 year-olds.

Other clubs in the district are doing the same, so there is the chance to play inter-club junior matches. The coaching evenings are on Thursdays at 6pm at Ostlers Lane.