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Bowls round-up: Desborough BC suffer an afternoon of angst on trip to Hurst BC

Desborough’s Nicola Jones 


Desborough BC

Desborough’s trip to Hurst last week turned into an afternoon of angst as they lost by 41-shots (102-61).

The club claimed victories on three of the six rinks with Paul Winstanley and Maurice Rhymer’s rinks both winning by one-shot.

Top rink honours went to the latter on countback, alongside Nicola Jones and Roger Lewis.

Desborough avenged an earlier season loss to Stoke Poges when they beat them by six shots this week. Kath Spracklen, along with Michael Hobson and Ray Weaver, took top rink honours (20-11).

In the Kennet League the A team suffered a 12-2 points loss against Suttons B but the B team beat Twyford by the same scoreline.

In the KLV the A team hammered Royal Household 10-0 on points which included an exceptional performance from Barry Gill, John Brampton and Mark Peachey, who won 34-10. The B team edged past Windsor & Eton 8-2.

In the TVL the Bluebells were 10-0 winners over Great Hollands while the ladies team overcame Windsor & Eton 8-2 in the Royal Shield.


Marlow BC

Following Marlow BC’s success in the Bucks Cup quarter finals the previous week, there was little good news to report this week.

The disappointing week kicked off with Dave White, Brian Jones and Stewart Rump losing 15-13 to Bletchley Town in the semi-finals of the EBA Triples competition.

Two days later Rump and White were beaten again, losing again at the hands of Bletchley Town in the semi-finals of the EBA pairs competition.

To add insult to injury Dave White, playing against S Varty from Bletchley St Martins, was beaten in the semi-final of the EBA Singles event, losing 21-13.

Gerrards Cross then put the final nail in the coffin of Marlow’s EBA hopes as Dave Turner, Brian Jones, Andy Savin and skip Dave White missed out by just one shot (17-16). A frustrating set of results but Bob Broad is still flying the flag for Marlow in the unbadged singles final.

A poor week was capped off by defeat to Flackwell Heath in a friendly fixture. The club went down 92-71 after losing on all of the rinks, with their best rink that of Dennis Bloomfield, Jean Barltrop and George Malster who finished one shot behind their opponents (17-16).


Windsor Great Park BC

Windsor Great Park’s KLV side continued their recent fine form by beating Desborough C 64-36, winning on two of the rinks and taking eight points to keep them top of the league.

The best of their winning rinks was skipped by Ron Willett, with Roy Humphries and Derek Corderoy.

The ladies’ Royal Shield match against Windsor & Eton went to the wire, with Pam Simms (skip), Angela Willett and Celia Pittman fighting to the very last bowl to help secure a draw.

The team came away with four points.

There was a good win for the ladies against Chertsey at home (51-44) with Ann Paton, Pat Yates and Clare Beahan (skip) leading the charge with top rink honours.

The mixed team also produced a fine display to beat Burnham 102-75 at home.

Top rink on the day went to skip Andy Watson with Angela Willett and Sandra Jones.

On Sunday Great Park pipped visitors Hurst by just one shot in a mixed triples match.

Skip Ron Willett and his team managed to turn a 13-10 deficit on the final end into a 15-13 victory to secure the win. Top rink honours went to Pam Simms with Peter Simms and Pat Yates.


Maidenhead Town BC

Maidenhead Town’s Kennet A side visited Reading off the back of previous good league wins but suffered a comprehensive 111-46 defeat.

Town’s B team were also defeated at home to Caversham, going down by a slightly closer 78-66 scoreline. They also managed one winning rink, that of Paul Stanley, Tony Ruffell, Cy Woodward and skip Andy Mayne (22-12). Town’s C team won on all three rinks to set up a 48-37 win at Thicket in the KLV. Two rinks tied for top rink honours, with John Williams, Ben Broers and skip Pash Bhardwaj (16-12) and Jim Mitson, Bill Pearson and skip Tony Ruffell’s (15-11) each winning by four shots.

Town were beaten 57-40 away by Royal Household in the Royal Shield but did manage two winning rinks. Yoneko Stuart, Phil Markwell and skip Carol van Noorden (18-16) edged out Joyce Motley, Julie Beal and skip Kim Eales (15-14) for top rink. They still came away with four valuable points. In the TVL Town travelled to Wokingham, securing wins on two of the three triples to seal a 53-34 victory. Kim Eales’ rink were 25-7 winners.


Windsor & Eton BC

Windsor & Eton’s Tony Scott’s run of successes continued when he beat Peter Rogers of Abingdon 21-12 in the area final of the National Champion of Champions, played on neutral Trentham. This completes a triple of wins, which puts him into national finals to be played at Leamington.

There was something of a wash-out in the KLV this week with both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team matches being called off due to rain. New dates are yet to be arranged.

The ‘C’ team played at Desborough against their ‘B’ team. Winning on one rink, W&E picked up 2 points to the host team’s 8; the overall score being 49-57. The winning rink comprised John Mayne and the two Colins, Berwick and Andrews.

The ladies enjoyed a 6 points to 4 victory in their Royal Shield game at home to Great Park. The accumulated shots were tied at 51 each, but W&E won two of the three rinks.

There were two home friendlies at the weekend. The first ended with a narrow win for W&E of 99-98 against visitors from Bracknell. Top rink was Jacky Bradfield, Charlie Andrew and captain Tony Scott.

The second game was a more decisive victory for the home club against longer distance visitors from Lewes.  The match ended with a score line of 151-81, created in no small part by top rink players, Marion Melrose, Peter Webb, Charlie Andrew and Ralph Cooke.

The KL team travelled to Lower Earley, Reading to play top of the league Suttons ‘A’. The home team took the full 14 points with a score of 44-113. W&E’s best performing rink was Tim Marshall, Derek Smith, David Bradfield and Tony Scott, with 13-22.

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