Press Report 14th May 2023

In the Ladies Top Club, Desborough faced a strong Royal Household team and have bowed out of the competition after losing 3 of the 4 disciplines although on the bright side there was a fantastic performance from the triple consisting of Trish Skinner, Tonie Philpott and Helen Payne as they  won 21 – 15.

In the Kennet League, Desborough’s B team defied the weather to play Maidenhead Town A but wish they hadn’t as they fell to a 12 – 2 defeat.

In the KLV, Desborough’s A, C and D teams lost to Maidenhead Thicket A, Windsor Great Park and Wargrave respectively leaving the limelight to fall on the B team as they beat Windsor & Eton B 10 – 0.

Due to a late cancellation of the friendly against Cippenham , Desborough had an internal spoon drive and after an exciting afternoon , Andre Davis emerged the winner with a score of +17.

Press Report 30th April 2023

To mark the beginning of the Outdoor Season, Desborough’s bowlers played a Spoon Drive, the format being 4 games of 4 ends with the winner being the person with the best shot difference.  Everyone found it challenging in the beginning to make the adjustment from indoor bowls but some had no problem with Keith Harvey getting a score of +17, Desborough’s Captain for 2023, Steve Isaac, getting +18 and the winner, Marina Bignell, with a score of +20. The season will be in full swing this week as leagues and County competitions start, so bring it on!!

Press Report 17th April 2023

The indoor season has come to an end for another year and we hope all of our members had a successful and rewarding season. The year culminated in finals week last week where all of the club competitions that were run throughout the season ended with a number of finals being played. There were honours across the board including some familiar names and some new names also which is excellent.

To view a summary of the Mens, Ladies and Open/Mixed finalists and results along with some brief commentary from our Club Secretary please click on the link below.



Press Report 9th April 2023

Womens Over 60 Pairs National Champions

Desborough has got National Champions as Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price triumphed in the Womens Over 60 Pairs. They began with a victory against Cumbria in the preliminary round and followed it up with wins against Gallow, North Cave and Bournemouth to set up a final against Northampton where they totally overwhelmed the opposition and  won  21 – 12 to claim a National title. Well done ladies!!








Press Report 2nd April 2023

County Inter Club Winners

Desborough travelled to Whiteknights IBC to play West Berks in the final of the County Inter- Club fearing that they would be in for a tough game but turned out to be anything but as they won by 44 shots, 118 – 74, winning on all 6 rinks which included a sterling performance from the rink skipped by Graham Crisp who won by 18 shots, 29 – 11.








Rink scores (Skips only)

G Crisp           29       M Noble        11

N Smelt         19       N Elphick       12

M Peachey  15        B Williams    14

C Behmber   20       N Cabeldu    11

M Essex         20       G Ballantyne 12

C Jones          15       D Parsonson 14


Desborough welcomed Southampton Old Green  to Green Lane for a 6 rink triples match and eased to an  85 shot victory, 155 – 70. The visitors’ team are an outdoor club with a spattering  of indoor bowlers and Desborough took advantage of this by winning on 5 of the 6 rinks with top rink honours going to Eric Ireland, Rose Turner and Dave Webster who won by 30 shots, 35 – 5. It will be a different story when we play them outdoors on June 3rd.

Rink scores

P Colton        K Harvey       A Isaac          34 – 10

S Stewart      S Isaac           D Perriman  26 – 12

T Philpott      B Wright       L Harvey       31 – 10

E Ireland       R Turner        D Webster    35 – 5

R Bridgen      P Winsanley J Monteiro   20 – 16


For the final friendly of the indoor season Desborough welcomed the Royal Household and the home side had the end of season blues as they went down by 49 shots, 91 – 140. Although the rink skipped by Gill Konrad returned a winning scorecard they were pipped to top rink honours by Mike Hutley, Sue Stewart, June  Palmer and Tony Buckley who won by 6 shots, 17 – 11.

Rink scores

C Moran       P Smith          M Gibbs        T Philpott      20 – 22

J Konrad       R Palmer       N Cormican  S Stack          13 – 29

R Bridgen      A Jones          J Sandal        G Konrad      21 – 17

V Sandal       S Page           P Winstanley                   7 – 33

J Gibbs           D Burdon      D Cormican                     13 – 28

M Hutley       S Stewart      J Palmer  T Buckley        17 – 11

Press Report 12th February 2023

Desborough travelled down to Portsmouth to play Victory IBC and after an entertaining afternoon unfortunately went down by 57 shots, 89 -146. Although some rinks had a game to forget it didn’t matter as everyone had a great day but the rink skipped by John Davis won 13 -12 which left all the glory to the Palmers, Roy and June, along with Val and Roger Wyatt to take all the glory with a 7 shot victory, 26 – 19.

Rink scores

J Jarman       C Tupling      J Munnelly    D Webster                9 – 34

J Marshall     D Isaacs        B Wright       S Stack                      20 – 25

R Palmer       J Palmer        V Wyatt        R Wyatt                     26 – 19

N Cormican  J Bucknell      C Northover M Hobson               7 – 32

J Monteiro    D Cormican  P Stanley      J Davis                       13 – 12

M Buckles     C Dawson     A Isaac          T Buckley                  14 – 24


In the London & Southern Counties Fours quarter final, Andrew and Mark Essex along with Rob Measom and Mark Peachey drove Camberley into an early submission as they won 25 – 12. They now face King George Field in the semi-final.

In the National Men’s Over 60’s Double Rink, Desborough played Malvern Hills and with the rink skipped by Kevin Scrace winning 26 – 10 at home and the one skipped away by Dave Simpson narrowly going down 18 – 20 with an aggregate victory of 44 – 30 meant Desborough are through to a quarter final against Plymouth A on March 7.

Press Report 5th February 2023

Desborough welcomed Herts IBC to Green Lane for a 6 rink triples match hoping to avenge the defeat at Watford earlier in the season   but it never materialised as they went down by 42 shots, 88 – 130. The Maidenhead side struggled on 5 of the 6 rinks which left Craig Moran, Jacinta Monteiro and Paul Winstanley to be the only ray of sunshine as they won by 7 shots, 19 – 12.

 Rink scores

R Palmer       A Isaac          R Wyatt            17 – 25

M Buckles     T Philpott      S Stack              4 – 33

V Wyatt        J Munnelly    K Crump           15 – 16

S Isaac           H Payne        D Webster       13 – 22

C Moran       J Monteiro    P Winstanley  19 – 12

Y Hurley        J Palmer        D Perriman     20 – 22


Desborough welcomed the London Irish Bowling Association (LIBA) to Maidenhead for their annual fixture and won by 13 shots, 111 – 98. It was a game of 3 triples and 3 rinks which turned into a ding dong battle but the winning rinks skipped by Mark Essex and Russell Dale along with the top rink of Vijay Sandal, Norma Cormican and Jeff Simpson got Desborough over the line. It is hoped that the rumours of the demise of LIBA are just that and they return in 2024.

Rink scores 

M Bignell      D Burdon      J Monteiro    M Essex         19 -8

S Gwilliam    C Howard     D Cormican  T Buckley      8 – 27

B Bushell       G Konrad      D Webster                            13 – 19

P Stanley      J Sandal        J McDonnell R Dale           24 – 11

 J Konrad      M Buckles     D Seymour                           17 – 23

V Sandal       N Cormican  J Simpson                             30 -10


In National Competitions the highlight was in the Womens Over 60 Pairs where Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price gave a mind blowing performance to defeat a pair from Whiteknights skipped by Sandra Kemp who conceded after 5 of the 18 ends as they were 21 – 1 down. Lorraine and Mary are now in the Area Final.

Press Report 29th January 2023

After qualifying and winning the Potters Champion of Champions week before Christmas out of 32 teams, Desborough’s team Russel Dale, Mark Peachey, Keith Roper and Mark Essex returned last weekend to the same venue and playing rink as the World Championship Finals 2023 to play the Champion of Champions final against County Durham.

The game was very close with some great bowls played by all on what can only be described as a unique and very individual playing surface built specifically for the World Finals. At the end of an hour and a half the scores were evens at 9-9 and therefore an extra end was required.

Both teams played it well and it was left to the very last bowl to decide the outcome and with County Durham holding shot within an inch of the jack, Desborough’s Mark Essex just drew his last bowl past the jack to sit a few inches behind. Well done County Durham on winning and unlucky to Desborough but the game was played in great spirits.

Picture shown includes Greg Harlow (World number 5) presenting the Desborough team with the Runners Up trophy.





Hard luck Desborough and we are hoping to be back there next year to take the spoils!

The Open Singles Circuit rolled into Desborough once again with 64 players hoping to win the top prize of £1000. 12 of the entrants came from Desborough Bowling Club and were a great advertisement for the club especially Andrew Essex who narrowly lost in the semi-final. After two days of fantastic bowls it came down to a final between Scott Edwards form Westlecot and Lee Harris from Bromley in a game that was just as good as the world singles final itself, with Scott just getting over the line in the tie break. We look forward to the OSC returning next year.

In National Competitions, in the Womens Over 50 Triples there was a match between two Desborough teams which resulted in Nicola Jones, Sarah Wooley and Jacinta Monteiro winning 16 – 10 against Helen Jones, Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price.

Press Report 22nd January 2023

In the Mason Trophy, Desborough Ladies faced Handy Cross and eased through to the next round with a 12 shot victory, 41 – 29. With the home rink skipped by Helen Jones and away skipped by Mary Price always in control the result was never in doubt. They now face North Wilts A on 17th February.


Rink scores

J Williams     J Mayne        J Beal             H Jones          22 – 15

J Monteiro    G Braddock  N Holder       M Price          19 – 14


Desborough welcomed Victory IBC from Portsmouth to Green Lane for a 6 rink friendly and after an entertaining game, the home side managed to win by 24 shots, 127 – 103.Desborough won on 4 rinks with one drawn with the rink skipped by Roger Wyatt winning by 15 shots which normally would have given them top rink honours  but they had to be second best to John Jarman, Marsha Buckles, Clive Northover and John Munnelly who won by 23 shots, 31 – 8. It is bound to be a different story in the return on February 11th.

Rink scores

J Jarman       M Buckles     C Northover             J Munnelly                31 – 8

T Portch        J Palmer        H Payne                    R Wyatt                     30 – 15

S Isaac           R Bridgen      V Wyatt                    T Buckley                  10 – 30

B Harris         S Stewart      M Hobson                S Stack                      17 – 13

A Jones          T Philpott      C Dawson                 J Monteiro                18 – 16

J Marshall     J Bucknell      P Winstanley           D Webster                21 – 21


The next visitors to Green Lane were Caversham for a 6 rink triples match and the visitors won by 1 shot, 107 – 108, although with Desborough winning 4 of the 6 rinks it would be fair to call the match a draw.The rinks skipped by Jacinta Monteiro, Trevor White and Sam Stack returned winning scorecards but top rink went to Craig Moran, Christine Howard and the enigmatic Paul Winstanley who won by 11 shots, 28 – 17.

Rink scores

C Moran       C Howard     P Winstanley           28 – 17

B Bushell       D Burdon      `J Monteiro              20 – 15

J Gibbs           S Page           T White                     17 – 12

R Bridgen      A Yanna        S Stack                      18 – 12

M Gibbs        D Isaacs        P Smith                      16 – 31

S Stewart      A Jones          P Tuttle                      8 – 21

Press Report 15th January 2023


Desborough entertained Iver Heath at Green Lane for a 5 rink triples match and came out the other side with a 10 shot win, 88 -78. The home side won on 3 of the 5 rinks with those skipped by Sam Stack and David Webster returning winning scorecards but top rink honours went to Marsha Buckles, Roy Palmer and the very experienced Brian Faulkner who won by 12 shots, 21 – 9.

Rink scores

C Moran       J Palmer        S Stack          19 – 16

M Hutley       J Monteiro    D Webster    21 – 13

M Buckles     R Palmer       B Faulkner    21 – 9

T Skinner      P Stanley      T Buckley      14 – 27

J Skinner       D Isaacs        C Northover 11 – 13


In the Men’s Over 60’s Double Rink Desborough A faced Foxhills and had a facile win by 28 shots, 49 – 21. With the away rink skipped by Dave Simpson winning by 18 shots and the home rink skipped by Kevin Scrace winning by 10 they eased into the next round where they will face Malvern Hills.

Rink scores

S Williams     G Knapper    C Jones          D Simpson    29 – 11

J Beal             C Behmber   M Woodley  K Scrace        20 – 10

In National Competitions, in the Women’s Fours, Julie Skelly, Lorraine Woodley, Helen Jones and Mary Price won 23 – 4 against a four skipped by Sandra Kemp from Whiteknights. They are now one step away from the National Finals at Nottingham. The Women’s Over 50 Triples saw Jacinta Monteiro, Sarah Wooley and Nicola Jones gain victory against a triple from Rivermead skipped by Pat Fowkes by 14 shots, 25 -11. They now face a local grudge match against Helen Jones & Co.

Press Report 8th January 2023


Desborough played Whiteknights in a friendly and although they lost by 24 shots, 92 – 116, the opposing captain said as there had been a problem with the scoring, the game was declared a draw. The Maidenhead side found it a struggle all afternoon and although the rink skipped by David Webster managed to draw, the only highlight for Desborough was the top rink of Vijay Sandal, Marsha Buckles, Keith Harvey and John Munnelly who won by 9 shots, 22 – 13.

Rink scores

T Skinner      J Tregurtha  D Perriman  B Faulkner                18 – 19

J Sandal        D Isaacs        P Winstanley                                   13 – 22

V Sandal       M Buckles     K Harvey       J Munnelly                22 – 13

J Skinner       A Jones          L Harvey       T Buckley                  13 – 19

H Boyce         R Bridgen      S Isaac           D Webster                17 – 17

S Page           S Stewart      A Isaac          C Northover             9 – 17


For the Desborough Ladies, the Yetton Trophy campaign is over despite being in control for most of the game with a 10 shot defeat against Dolphin IBC from Poole, 70 – 80. The men managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Whiteknights in the London & Southern Counties Shield with a 1 shot loss, 77 – 78.

In National Competitions, there was a terrific performance from Helen Jones and Lorraine Woodley in the Women’s Pairs as they came back from the dead to defeat Pat Holland and Morgan Merryweather from Whiteknights 19 – 15.

Press Report 1st January 2023

Keith Roper, Mark Peachey, Mark Essex and Russell Dale (pictured below) represented Desborough Bowling Club on a visit to Potters Resort for the 2022 Champion of Champions and competed alongside 32 other teams who had won through to the finals week. After some tough fought games, Desborough ended up winners of finals week alongside County Durham who they now meet in the final showdown in mid-January on the World Bowls Championship portable rink prior to the World Championship 2023 Singles Final taking place.








Press Report 18th December 2022

In the London & Southern Counties Fours, Desborough played Egham and won by 10 shots, 23 – 13. It wasn’t looking good after three ends as Desborough were 7 – 0 down but once they gained control on the 4th end there was no looking back and they sailed into the next round. Onwards and upwards!!

Rink score

A Essex          M Peachey   M Essex         K Scrace        23 – 13


For the last friendly of 2022, Desborough travelled to Wey Valley IBC in Guildford and didn’t find much Christmas cheer as they fell to a heavy defeat. Most people struggled so it was left to June Palmer, John Bucknell, Paul Winstanley and the mercurial John Davis to finish the year on a positive note as they won by 2 shots, 19 – 17.

Rink scores

J Palmer        J Bucknell      P Winstanley           J Davis           19 – 17

P Tuttle          V Wyatt        D Perriman              S Stack          6 – 32

S Stewart      R Palmer       J Monteiro                R Wyatt         10 – 24

L Davis           R Bridgen      P Hatch                     B Adams       7 – 37

Press Report 11th December 2022

The ladies of Desborough continue their Yetton Trophy campaign after a convincing win over Mid Glos, winning by 46 shots, 95 – 49. All 4 rinks won with a strong performance from the away rinks, skipped by Mary Price and Gill O’Neill, but nothing could match the rink of Josie Williams, Gill Jones, Norah Holder and Helen Jones who won by 24 shots, 33 – 9. Desborough now face Dolphin in the fifth round early in the New Year.

Rink scores 


J Williams     G Jones          N Holder       H Jones          33 – 9

M  Bignell     G Braddock  J Morgan      L Woodley    14 – 11


J Mayne        Y Hurley        J Beal             G O’Neill        23 – 16

S Darby         J Monteiro    J Skelly           M Price          25 – 13


Desborough’s  Men also played Mid Glos ,this time in the  Denny Plate, but unfortunately couldn’t match the ladies as they suffered a 10 shot loss, 65 – 75. The rink skipped by Dave Simpson managed to draw but the narrow losses on the other 3 rinks meant it was all over for this season.


Desborough welcomed Ad Finem to Green Lane and as an early Christmas present, they let the visitors win by 25 shots, 97 – 122. It was a struggle for most as the rink skipped by Tony Buckley managed a draw which left Trish Skinner, new bowler Paul McVicar, Vijay Sandal and the reserved John Davis to be the heroes of the afternoon with a 17 shot victory, 24 – 7.

Rink scores

T Skinner      P McVicar     V Sandal       J Davis             24 – 7

J Adams        R Bridgen      K Harvey       S Stack            15 – 28

P Tuttle          D Isaacs        S Isaac           P Stanley        13 – 17

S Stewart      S Lane            L Harvey       T Buckley        19 – 19

L Davis           A Isaac          R Dale            J Munnelly      14 – 21

J Sandal        J Simpson     H Payne        C  Northover  12 – 20


In National Competitions, there was an outstanding performance from Keith Roper and Mark Peachey in the Men’s Pairs as they won 25 – 12 against Fred Brown and Barry Williams from West Berks. Good news is always accompanied by bad news as they now have to face the top pairing of Robert Newman and Michael Knight. Everyone is beatable!!

Press Report 4th December 2022

Desborough’s Men played the Berkshire County Ladies in a 6 rink triples match and after a close game went down by 6 shots, 92 – 98. In a close game, it was surprising that Desborough could only win on one rink and drew on another rink which was skipped by Kel Crump. That left Captain of the Day, Brian Faulkner, along with Jeff Simpson and Clive Northover, to take take top rink honours with a 16 shot win, 27 – 11.

Rink scores

P Mingolla    M Hobson      S Stack            11 – 17

J Jarman       I Bond   D Perriman      8 – 16

M Hutley       B Harris           K Crump          16 – 16

J Konrad       P Winstanley T Buckley        14 – 19

C Moran       D Isaacs          R Wyatt          16 – 19

J Simpson     C Northover   B Faulkner     27 – 11


In the London & Southern Counties Shield, Desborough’s Men played Cambridge Park and came through with a 15 shot victory, 76 – 61, helped, as expected, by the winning home rinks skipped by Kevin Scrace and Steve McAlister. Desborough’s quest to win the Shield again continues.

Rink scores 


S Williams     A Mayne       N Smelt         K Scrace          19 – 16

L Essex           G Mason       S Cotterill      S McAlister     26 – 11


B Forster       R Dale            K Roper         M Essex           16 -16

R Measom    B Adams       A Essex          M Peachey      15 – 18


Desborough’s Ladies played Whiteknights in the Vivienne Trophy and although the 4 rinks were shared, Desborough went down by 8 shots and bowed out of the competition.

In National Competitions, the highlight of the week was in the Men’s Pairs when Kevin Scrace and Malcolm Woodley forced Malcolm Giles and Alan Symondson from Whiteknights into early submission due to a mixture of excellent bowls and Mr Giles feeling unwell.

Mark Essex played Robert Newman in the National Singles away at Whiteknights and after a close fought battle, Newman eventually won 21-16.

Press Report 27th November 2022

Desborough welcomed Caversham to Green Lane for a 6 rink friendly  and won by 24 shots, 111 – 87. When you play a predominately outdoor club it should be an advantage but Caversham did manage to win two rinks with the hosts returning winning scorecards due to the rinks skipped by Bruce Adams, Paul Winstanley and Dave Perriman. However they could get nowhere close to Jacinta Monteiro, Mandy Boyce, Steve Isaac and John Davis who got top rink honours with a thumping 24 shot win, 31 – 7.

Rink scores

C Tupling      P Smith          A Isaac          B Adams         22 – 10

J Monteiro    M Boyce        S Isaac           J Davis             31 – 7

P McVicar     L Davis           D Cormican  B Harris           12 – 23

P Hatch         R Bridgen      H Boyce         P Winstanley  14 – 10

A Gilkes         S Stewart      B Bushell       L Harvey         13 – 25

H Payne        C Dawson     K Harvey       D Perriman    19 -12


Desborough travelled to Herts IBC for a 5 rink triples match and after a tough afternoon went down by 36 shots, 78 – 114. As the score indicates, most rinks had an afternoon to forget which was highlighted by John Davis who skipped a winning rink the previous day but struggled in this game, which left all the glory to go to Paul Winstanley, Pauline Tuttle and Roger Wyatt who won by 12 shots, 27 – 15. Desborough will have the chance of revenge early in the New Year.

Rink scores

V Wyatt          M Buckles   J Davis          6 – 27

K Wells            L Davis         S Stack          17 – 27

J Monteiro    D Webster   M Peachey   18 – 20         

T Scherer      D Isaac         T Buckley      10 – 25

P Winstanley P Tuttle        R Wyatt         27 – 15

In the Mason Trophy, Desborough’s  ladies played Whiteknights B and won comfortably, 40 -19. They now play Westlecot on 9 December.

in the London and Southern Counties Mixed Pairs, Marina Bignell and Mark Essex travelled to Cambridge Park, Twickenham to win comfortably 22-6 to progress to the next round against Egham away.

In National Competitions, the performance of the week came in the Mixed Fours as Marina Bignell, Lorraine Woodley, Mark Essex and Malcolm Woodley beat a four from Whiteknights, 18 – 15.

Press Report 20th November 2022

In the Denny Plate, Desborough played Chipping Norton and in a game that didn’t go the full distance, they ended up winning by 39 shots, 91 -52. The Maidenhead side won on 3 of the 4 rinks with the rink skipped by Kevin Scrace winning by 12 shots but what made the victory sweeter was an outstanding performance from Jeff Beal, Bob Forster, Mark Essex and Colin Jones who won by 31 shots, 38 – 7. Desborough now play Mid Glos on 10 December.


Desborough’s Ladies continued their Yetton Trophy campaign with a tough game against county rivals Whiteknights but came out the other side with a 16 shot victory, 90 – 74. The rink skipped by Lorraine Woodley won by 6 shots at home but the strength of the victory came from the away rinks with one skipped by Gill O’Neill winning by 17 shots, the other skipped by Mary Price winning by 5 shots. The Ladies will also play Mid Glos on 10 December.


Desborough welcomed the London Scottish Bowling Association to Green Lane but they unfortunately the Maidenhead side went down by 23 shots, 77 – 100. Desborough only won on 2 of the 6 rinks with the rink skipped by Brian Faulkner beating his fellow Desborough member David Perriman by 8 shots to leave the kudos of top rink honours to go to Norma Cormican, Don Isaacs, Helen Payne and Clive Northover who won 17 – 7.

Rink scores

J Adams        D Cormican    N Jones       B Adams         16 – 17

J Palmer        S Stewart        L Harvey     T Buckley        14 – 19

T Skinner      M Buckles       R Dale          J Munnelly       9 – 28

N Cormican  D Isaacs          H Payne      C Northover   17 – 7

J Konrad       V Sandal       D Webster    S Stack          5 – 21

K Harvey       J Sandal        J Monteiro    B Faulkner    16 – 8


When the Berkshire County Indoor Bowling roll into town there is a prize of a Bannerette if a club beats them and although Desborough had this prize in sight for most of the game they came up short, losing by 9 shots, 87 – 96. The rink skipped by Mark Essex managed to win by 1 shot to leave all the glory to go to Steve Isaac, Daniel Teverson, Andrew Essex and Colin Jones who won by 13 shots, 28 – 15.

Rink scores

J Simpson     K Crump        J Munnelly    M Essex         17 – 16

S Isaac           D Teverson   A Essex          C Jones          28 – 15

V Sandal       M Gibbs        B Forster       M Harris       14 – 22

D Perriman  S Stack          B Faulkner    P Winstanley 18 – 18

K Harvey       M Hobson    T Buckley      R Wyatt         10 – 25


National Competitions are still progressing with Desborough members progressing but the performance of the week came from Andrew Essex in the Men’s Singles as he came back from the dead to defeat the talented Josh Jones 21 – 20. He now plays Michael Knight.

Press Report 13th November 2022

In National competitions, the Over 60’s Double Rink paired Desborough A against Rivermead and defeated them 37 – 20. They will now face West Berks A who beat Desborough’s  B team.

In the Over 60’s Singles, Malcolm Woodley played Barry Williams and after a tense battle got over the line, 21 – 19.

In the Men’s Pairs, Mark Peachey and Keith Roper defeated a pair from Whiteknights, 21 – 15. In the same competition, Andrew Essex and Mark Essex had a local rivals game against Russell Dale and Robert Measom and after a good game, the Essex brothers won 19-5 and move to the next round.

In the Men’s Triples, Andrew and Mark Essex along with Malcolm Woodley travelled to Handy Cross and after a slow start, they fought back but just came up short as they bowed out of the competition on the final end.

In the Ladies Champion of Champions, Helen Jones unfortunately went down to Morgan Merryweather, 21 – 16.

In the London & Southern Counties Fours, Robert Measom. Andrew Essex, Mark Essex and Mark Peachey represented Desborough and after a good tussle with a four from West Berks, came good at the business end of the game to win 21 – 17. They now play Loddon Vale.

Desborough welcomed the London Welsh Bowling Association to Green Lane and after a good afternoon of bowls they won by 18 shots, 110 – 92. The rinks skipped by John Munnelly, Dave Perriman and Sam Stack did well to return winning scorecards but the cornerstone of the victory came from the top rink of June Palmer, Yvonne Hurley, Nicola Jones and Captain of the Day, John Davis, who won 23 – 5.


Rink scores

J Sandal        D Isaacs        S Lane            B Faulkner                11 – 19

J Monteiro    V Sandal       H Payne        J Munnelly                20 – 17

J Palmer        Y Hurley        N Jones          J Davis                       23 – 5

N Cormican  L Davis           R Palmer       C Northover             17 – 19

G Barker       M Bignell      K Crump        D Perriman              19 – 14

J Adams        T Philpott      D Cormican  S Stack                      20 – 18

Press Report 6th November 2022

Desborough had a good weekend in National competitions as the ladies and the men both played Westlecot and both ended up with convincing wins. In the Denny Plate the men won by 49 shots, 81 -32, winning on all 4 rinks with everyone putting in a shift with Sid Williams, Howard Pike, Mark Essex and Kevin Scrace putting in the best performance with an 18 shot win, 24 – 6. The reward for their efforts is a match against Chipping Norton on 19 November.

Rink scores

S Williams     H Pike            M Essex         K Scrace                    24 – 6

J Beal             K Roper         M Woodley  J McGuinness          13 – 6

R Measom    S Cotterill      M Peachey   C Jones                      26 – 12

A Essex          B Forster       S McAlister   D Simpson                18 – 8


In the Yetton Trophy, the ladies won by 29 shots, 86 – 57, winning on 3 of the 4 rinks with a special mention for Josie Williams, Jean Seymour, Gill Jones and Helen Jones who also won by 18 shots, 27 – 9. They will now play county rivals Whiteknights also on 19 November.

Rink scores

J Williams     J Seymour                G Jones          H Jones          27 – 9

M Bignell      J Smelt                       J Morgan      L Woodley    20 -17

S Darby         V Linton-Phare       J Skelly           M Price          25 – 14

J Mayne        Y Hurley                    J Beal             G O’Neill        14 – 17




Desborough’s Ladies who played at home in the Yetton Trophy

(L-R) Jenny Morgan, Lorraine Woodley, Judy Smelt, Jean Seymour, Helen Jones

Gill Jones, Marina Bignell and Josie Williams


Desborough travelled to Newbury to play West Berks in a 5 rink triples game and unfortunately came up short by 12 shots, 67 – 79.  Winning rinks were in short supply for the Maidenhead side with John Davis skipping a rink to win by the bare minimum which left Jacinta Monteiro, Roy Palmer and Iain Bond to take all the glory with a 10 shot victory, 21 – 11.

Rink scores

J Monteiro    R Palmer                  I Bond 21 – 11

J Bosley         T Philpott                  B Adams       11 – 21

C Howard     V Wyatt                    J Davis           17 – 16

J Palmer        P Winstanley           T Buckley      11 – 16

L Davis           J McDonnell             R Wyatt         7 – 15

Press Report 30th October 2022

Desborough travelled to Whiteknights to play a 6 rink triple match and after a challenging afternoon went down by 40 shots, 85  – 125. Most players found the carpet difficult which resulted in only 2 of the 6 triples returning winning scorecards, although Brian Faulkner’s team did salvage a draw, with John Davis, Phil Smith and Nicola Jones winning 17 – 11 and top rink honours going to Jenny Bosley, Ian Bond and Bruce Adams who won 25 – 15.

Rink scores

P Smith          N Jones          J Davis           17 – 11

J Bosley         I Bond B Adams       25 – 15

E Sharp         D Isaac          D Perriman  12 – 36

J Palmer        E Sharp         B Faulkner    17 -17

A Jones          H Payne        S Stack          7 – 23

L Davis           R Palmer       T Buckley      7 – 23


Desborough welcomed the Bucks V P’s to Green Lane and had a more enjoyable afternoon than they had the previous afternoon with only 1 rink losing, they managed to win by 38 shots, 99 – 61. Mark Essex and John Davis skipped their rinks to win by 10 shots but they didn’t come close to Jacinta Monteiro, Val Wyatt, Jeff Simpson and Paul Winstanley who won by 21 shots, 29 – 8, which included a hotshot for good measure.

Rink scores

J Monteiro    V Wyatt        J Simpson     P Winstanley           29 – 8

M Boyce        J Skinner       H Payne        R Wyatt                     15 – 20

P Smith                                  S Lane            M Essex                     21 – 11

L Davis           T Philpott      P Tuttle          N Jones                      17 – 13

T Skinner      H Boyce         M Bignell      J Davis                       17 – 7


Desborough’s participation this season’s Egham Trophy came to an end  as they lost to a strong Whiteknights side, 51 – 84.

Press Report 23rd October 2022

Desborough’s Ladies played in the 1st round of the Yetton Trophy against familiar foes from Swindon Manor and ended up winning 85 – 64. The format for this competition is two rinks at home and two rinks away but due to flooding at the Swindon club everyone had to play at Desborough and the visitors did manage to win on 2 of the 4 rinks but the rink skipped by Mary Price provided the cornerstone of the victory by winning 32 – 12 with the rink skipped by Helen Jones turning their game around by gaining a hotshot in their 24 -17 win. The reward for their efforts is a game against Westlecot on 5 November.


Desborough’s Men played in the 1st round of the Denny Cup against County rivals Whiteknights and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as they went down 73 – 75. The home rinks were always playing catchup but did enough to keep Desborough in the game as the away rinks were always comfortable. However right at the death it all went pear shaped and the Maidenhead side fell to a narrow defeat. They now have the consolation of going into the Denny Plate where they will also play Westlecot on 5 November.


Desborough’s members made the trip to Potters in Norfolk and with 10 teams entered in the competition managed to get a team in the final and Jacinta Monteiro, Andrew Essex, Russell Dale and Bob Forster emerged triumphant as they beat a team from Louth in Lincolnshire on the final end. They will return to Potters to play in the Champion of Champions.






From L – R Andrew Essex, Bob Forster, Jacinta Monteiro, Russell Dale

Press Report 18th September 2022

Desborough  played their final friendly of the outdoor season  Hurst and after a very tight match, emerged victorious, 97 – 76. The match consisted of 5 rinks of triples, with Desborough winning  on 2 of those and the losing rinks skipped by Bruce Adams, Tony Buckley and Roger Wyatt all narrowly lost, Kim Barao skipped a winning rink but the cornerstone of the victory came from a fantastic performance from Rose Stallwood, John Bucknell and Brian Wright who won 34 – 11.

Rink scores  

R Stallwood     J Bucknell        B Wright          34 – 11

P Smith            D Hasler         K Barao          21 15

K Roper           M Hobson       R Wyatt            14 – 17

J Monteiro       L Stallwood     B Adams          13 – 18

H Boyce          R Earl              T Buckley        15 – 17


The outdoor season finished with an End of Season  Bash at Green lane which involved a spoon drive organized by Steve Isaac and Brian Harris  with the winner being the person with the highest score. After an interesting afternoon we ended up with joint winners, Brian Wright and Kim Barao. After the after match buffet, here endeth the outdoor season for 2022 and we look forward to doing it all again next year.

2022 Outdoor Finals Weekend Finalists and Results







Championship Singles

Gina Braddock


Kim Barao 


Gina, the reigning champion, unlike last year started well and was always in control. Congratulations to both ladies for entertaining the crowd with some excellent bowling.

Novice Singles

Helen Payne


Tonie Philpott


Fabulous game of bowls played in front of a large crowd that was of the highest quality. Both ladies should be very proud but there always has to be a winner and today it was Helen.

Handicap Singles

Angie Isaac


Sally Lane


Making the most of her 8 shot head start Sally raced to a 16-10 lead on the 13th end, however Angie’s greater experience helped to turn the tide and end by end she clawed the game back winning 21-16. 

Over 70’s Singles

Linda Harvey


Linda Davis


Linda Harvey will rue the slow start she made falling 15-5 behind after 10 ends. The next 10 ends saw Linda H score 10 shots to Linda D’s 4 but in the end Linda Davis held her nerve and pulled off the win.

Nominated Pairs

Kim Barao


Tonie Philpott


This was a fascinating tussle with all 4 ladies bowling some fantastic bowls. Kim and Angie raced off to reach a score of 14-4 after 9 ends and looked to be in control. The 10th, 11th and 12th end however saw Tonie and Nicola score a 3 followed by a 4 and then a very well deserved 6 to lead 17-14. The twists and turns were not over with Angie and Kim fighting back and retaking the lead with 4 ends to play. However, this was not be their day dropping 3 2’s meant we have new champions.  

Angie Isaac 

Nicola Jones

Aussie Rules Pairs

Jan Walker


Tonie Philpott


The 1st final to kick off the weekend was a closely fought context that looked to be going the way of Jan & Maureen who were 2 up with 3 ends to go HOWEVER one loose end from both ladies and Nicola and Tonie scored a 5 to go 3 up. Despite Jan & Maureen’s best efforts they lost by 1. Well done to all 4 ladies.

Maureen O’Reilly

Nicola Jones

Drawn Handicap Pairs

Maureen O’Reilly


Tonie Philpott


Closely fought contest with no one team dominating at any stage, the game was all square going into the final end and it looked like Tonie and Angie had sealed the win after Tonie put her 3-rd. bowl on the jack HOWEVER Gill managed to dislodge this with her 2nd bowl and won the game by the narrowest of margins. Exciting to watch.

Gill O’Neill

Angie Isaac

Drawn Triples

Kim Barao


Tonie Philpott


This was a game of 2 halves, Kim’s triple raced out the block and were 7-0 up at 4 ends. Sadly, for Kim, Gina and Jan the wheels fell off and at the halfway point they were 11-7 down, Angie’s triple continued to score heavily and eventually ran out 22-12 winners.

Gina Braddock

Jean Seymour

Jan Walker

Angie Isaac







Championship Singles

Mark Essex


Russell Dale


Great to see 2 relatively new bowlers in the final. Mark dominated from start to finish and was a well-deserved champion, Russell I am sure will continue to get stronger and will feature in many more finals to come over the following years.

Novice Singles

Bob Forster


Paul Patel


Both bowled well in places but in the end Bob’s greater consistency paid off resulting in a 10 shot win.

Handicap Singles

Bob Forster


Keith Roper


Bob found the green first and raced into a12-4 lead 9 ends. Keith got it back to 12-8 but from then on it was all Bob.

2 Wood Singles

Bob Forster


Andrew Essex


Closely fought contest that could have gone either way. In the end Andrew just about deserved the win.

Over 70’s Singles

Peter Braddock


Jim McDonnell


Well done to Peter who was back to his best, a 4 on the 1st end was followed by further large counts and Jim never got a look in.

Nominated Pairs

Tony Buckley


Mark Harris


Last 2 years losing finalists managed to go one better this year beating Mike and Tony. At 5 ends it was very close with Tony making a couple of big saves HOWEVER the relentless pressure applied by Mark and Paul was telling and after 9 ends they were 16-6 up and never looked back.

Mike Whittingham

Paul Patel

Aussie Rules Pairs

Bruce Adams 


Michael Hobson


This was a game of the highest quality, neither team able to establish a lead of any note this went to the wire with Keith and Michael edging home with a 3 on the last end.

Mark Essex

Keith Roper 

Drawn Handicap Pairs

Fred Ashmore


Paul Patel


No one saw this result coming, Fred and Dave started well and negated the handicap after just 3 ends + lead 6-5 HOWEVER Michael with his lasers outplayed Fred with his swingers. Paul hammered home the advantage and together they won comfortably.

Dave Seymour

Michael Conaghan

Benevolent Triples

Andrew Essex


Bruce Adams


Closely fought contest, at the halfway point Peachey’s triple was 1 up, 6-5 HOWEVER a cleverly crafted 10th end saw Mark Essex triple pick up a 5 which was followed by 2 singles taking them to 12-6 @ 14 ends, a 3 on the 15th end put the game beyond the reach of last year’s winners. Well done to Andrew, Keith and Mark who will represent DBC next season in the county KO comp.

Keith Roper

Graeme Mason

Mark Essex

Mark Peachey







Nominated Aussie Pairs

Keith Roper 


Kim Barao


Fabulous game to watch, all 4 played well and at the halfway point the score reflected this HOWEVER a count of 5 on the 10th end put Kim and Bob 14-5 UP, they continued to dominate, and the game was all over bar the shouting by 16th end.

Nicola Jones

Bob Forster

Nominated Pairs

Nicola Jones

Brian Jones


Sally Darby

Mark Peachey


Both teams well balanced and could have gone either way. Sally & Mark were 12-7 up at the halfway point but a 4 on the 14th end brought the gap back to only 3 shots. In the end it was a win for Mark and Sally.

Press Report 28th August 2022

Desborough played their first friendly fixture against Windsor Great Park when they welcomed them to Green Lane for a 5 rink triples match and after an entertaining evening of bowls the hosts won by 17 shots, 95 -72. Desborough won on 4 of the 5 rinks with those skipped by Eric Sharp, Brian Jones, Roger Wyatt getting good wins but they were pipped for top rink honours by Pietro Mingolia, playing his first game for the Club, Linda Davis and Tony Buckley who won 21 – 12.

Rink scores

J Monteiro          B Harris                 E Sharp                 21 – 13

C Tupling              J Davis                   B Jones                 20 – 14

J Skinner              K Harvey              M Essex               13 – 21

L Harvey              D Hasler               R Wyatt                20 – 12

P Mingolia           L Davis                  T Buckley             21 – 12


Desborough travelled to  Wexham Bowls Club for another 5 rink triples match but this time things didn’t go their way as the challenging green led to a 37 shot defeat, 63 – 100. Most rinks had an afternoon to forget and top rink honours went to the best losing rink of Pietro Mingolia (that man again!!), Helen Payne and Roger Wyatt who only went down by 1 shot.

Rink scores 

D Isaacs                A Isaac                  R Earl                     16 – 22

P Mingolia           H Payne               R Wyatt                12 – 13

J Monteiro          P Winstanley      T Buckley             8 – 22

E Sharp                 S Isaac                   E Sharp                 11 – 23

A Jones                P Patel                  D Hasler               16 – 20

Press Report 21st August 2022

Desborough travelled over the river to Marlow for a 5 rink triples match and emerged victorious by 17 shots, 87 – 70. The rinks  skipped by Roger Wyatt and Eric Sharp managed draws but the winning rinks skipped by Tony Buckley and Brian Jones helped the push for victory with the latter, along with Mike Conaghan and Russell Dale, gaining top rink honours.

Rink scores

P Smith                 S Isaac                   B Adams              13 – 18

E Sharp                 G Braddock         R Wyatt                15 – 15

M Conaghan      R Dale                   B Jones                 26 – 12

H Boyce                N Jones                E Sharp                 16 – 16

J Monteiro          C Bowler              T Buckley             17 – 9


In the TVL, the Bluebells faced a strong Tilehurst side and emerged with a 6 – 4 victory with the highlight being a storming performance from Sally Darby, Jacinta Monteiro and Linda Harvey who won 24 – 8.

Press Report 14th August 2022

Outdoor matches against Southampton Old Green are always difficult for Desborough to win and once again it proved to be the case at Green Lane last Saturday as the visitors eased to a 23 shot victory, 86 – 63. However as the highest rink for the visitors  was supplied by Desborough it can only be fair to call this game an honourable draw.  Most of the home rinks struggled except for the one skipped by Michael White which won by 4 shots but with a slightly more consistent performance, top rink honours went to Carole Tupling, John Skinner, Michael Hobson and Tony Buckley who won 17 – 10.

Rink scores

R Stallwood        L Davis       L Stallwood        J Davis             10 – 20

C Tupling              J Skinner    M Hobson          T Buckley       17 – 10

J Monteiro          J Bucknell   S Isaac                 R Wyatt          11 – 18

T Skinner             B Harris       K Harvey            M White         16 – 12

J Gibbs                  K Archer     P Winstanley     B Adams        9 – 26


In the last games in the Kennet League, the A team had a disappointing end to the season as they got nothing out of their game at the Royal Household. However the B team are champions of Division 3 East and went through the season unbeaten as they beat Woodley 10 -4.

The last games in the KLV proved better for the A team as they got all 10 points against Windsor Great Park but the C team narrowly missed out on promotion from Division 2 East as they went down 8 – 2 to Sunningdale B. Although the B team didn’t play their last game against Windsor & Eton C because of the inability to raise a team due to the extreme heat, they are still Division 2 East champions and will now play Trentham A on July 25 as part of the process to find the overall Division 2 champions.

Any interest Desborough had in county competitions has now been extinguished as Mark Peachey lost at the semi-final stage of the Men’s 2 Wood Champion of Champions to Barry Williams from Thatcham.

Press Report 8th August 2022

Desborough welcomed Burnham to Green Lane for a 4 rink triples match and ended up winning by 15 shots, 61 – 46. The visitors took a while to get the hang of the green and the hosts took advantage by winning on 3 of the 4 rinks with the rinks skipped by Eric Sharp and John Davis returning winning scorecards but there was no doubting the top rink as Dawn Davis, Steve Isaac and Nicola Jones won 19 -6.

Rink scores

R Stallwood        L Stallwood         E Sharp                 17 – 11

A Davis                 A Isaac                  J Davis                   14 – 12

L Davis                  P Winstanley      T Buckley             11 – 17

D Davis                 S Isaac                   N Jones                19 –  6


In the Kennet League, the A team only gained 3 of the 14 points available against Suttons A while B side scraped a 10 – 4 victory at Twyford which means they are now promoted to Division 2 East of the league as champions.

The A team travelled to Wraysbury in the KLV and suffered an 8 – 2 defeat while the B team went to Sunningdale and won 8 – 2 which ensured promotion to Division 1 East of the league as champions.  The C team left themselves with a chance of promotion as they won 6 – 4 against Windsor & Eton B and now wait to see how results go in the last round of games.

Desborough’s Ladies went to Windsor and Eton in the Royal Shield and enjoyed an 8 – 2 victory. The Bluebells also won 8 – 2 with a win over our near neighbours from Maidenhead Town.

The only interest Desborough has in the county competitions is the Men’s 2 Wood Champion of Champions where Mark Peachey triumphed 15 – 12 over an opponent from Hagbourne. He now faces Barry Williams from Thatcham at Caversham  on 12 August.

Pam Harrison Smith, Gina Braddock and Gill O’Neill went to a Gala Day at High Wycombe and after all the games had taken place they returned victorious.

Press Report 24th July 2022

Desborough welcomed Keynsham, a touring side from the Bristol / Bath area, to Green Lane and after an entertaining   afternoon of bowls managed to win by 12 shots, 116 – 104. Although Desborough won on 5 of the 6 rinks the scores on the doors showed that it was a close game for everyone. Two rinks both ended up winning by 6 shots but the rink skipped by Steve Isaac lost out on countback to Jim May, Tanis Hudson, John Skinner and Bob Forster for top rink honors. We hope to welcome Keynsham back in the future.

Rink scores

J May            T Hudson      J Skinner            B Forster              24 – 18

S Darby        J Marshall     D Hasler             S Isaac                   20 – 14

J Monteiro   J Bucknell      K Harvey           R Wyatt                22 – 18

V White        L Davis          P Winstanley   J Davis                   13 – 22

R Dale           R Stallwood  B Wright            A Isaac                  19 – 17

T Skinner     L Stallwood    F Ashmore       T Buckley             18 – 15


Mark Essex travelled to Wantage for the final stages of the County Men’s Two Wood and although he won 2 games against 2 good players from Reading, he couldn’t beat another, Neil Gauld and therefore bowed out of the competition on the last end at the semi –final stage.

In the KLV, Desborough’s A, B and C teams all won 8 – 2 against Royal Household, Sunningdale B and Windsor & Eton B respectively, while the D team won 6 – 4 against Maiden Erlegh mainly due to an outstanding performance from Phil Smith, John Bowles and Bruce Cooke who won 36 – 5.

Press Report 17th July 2022

The Maidenhead Bowls Triangular Tournament, now sponsored by Mortgage Required, made a welcome return to the fixture calendar and was held this year at Desborough Bowling Club. The hosts, along with the Town and the Thicket provided six teams of 4 players, playing 4 games each to gain points to decide the winner. After some scintillating bowls, Thicket got 123 points, Town 129 and Desborough 144 with the latter lifting the trophy. Well done to the 3 clubs for a fantastic tournament.

After the heroics in the last round against Suttons, Desborough had the daunting task of facing Tilehurst in the regional final of the National Double Fours on a neutral green played at Bracknell BC.. A closer game than in the last round it went down to the wire as the Maidenhead side, needing 4 shots on the last end, managed to get the required score to clinch a famous 29 – 28 victory. They now face Boscombe Cliff on a neutral green before August 7 to continue their march to Leamington. With the confidence of the players and the magnificent supporters there’s nothing to say they won’t get there.






Above – Desborough’s National Double Fours squad

The Kennet League saw the A team win 13 – 1 against Caversham A while the B team took care of their Caversham counterparts winning  12 – 2.

In the KLV league, the B team gained bragging rights by beating the C team 7 – 3 to ensure that they done the double over them this season. The A team had an 8 – 2 win against Maidenhead Thicket A with a little help from B squad players while the D team unfortunately went down 2 – 8 to Crowthorne.

The Bluebells had a fantastic 8 – 2 win against Reading last week but unfortunately went down by that score to Sutton Seeds this week.

Mark Peachey and Graeme Mason along with Bruce Adams and Peter Braddock both bowed out at the last 8 stage in the Men’s County Pairs to pairings from Tilehurst.

Press Report 10th July 2022

Desborough welcomed Marlow to Green Lane and after an entertaining game played in very hot conditions, the hosts managed to win by 25 shots, 112 – 87. The triples skipped by John Davis and Mark Harris managed to get draws and those skipped by Brian Wright and Steve Isaac managed to win which left top rink honours to go to Tonie Philpott and the Harveys, Linda and Keith, who won by 16 shots, 25 – 9. The return fixture is on August 11.

Rink scores

H Boyce                A Isaac                  S Isaac                   24 – 19

C Tupling              T Buckley             M Harris               18 – 18

V White                J Monteiro            J Davis                   14 – 14

T Philpott             K Harvey              L Harvey              25 – 9

M Boyce              L Davis                  B Wright               20 – 11

T Skinner             J Skinner              E Sharp                 11 – 16


It’s not often that Desborough can get one over on their neighbours Maidenhead Town but the short journey to Oaken Grove resulted with the Green Lane outfit winning on all 4 rinks by 34 shots, 74 – 40. A subdued Michael White, Steve Isaac and John Davis managed to skip winning rinks but they didn’t come close to Trish Skinner, Dave Hasler, Nicola Jones and Bruce Adams who won by 20 shots, 25 – 5, to be top rink.

Rink scores  

L Davis                  H Boyce                P Winstanley      S Isaac                   19 – 10

J May                    J Skinner              A Isaac                  J Davis                   16 – 13

K Harvey              M Hobson           K Barao                 M White              14 – 12

T Skinner             D Hasler               N Jones                B Adams              25 – 5


In the Kennet League, it was disappointment for the A team as they went down 10 -4 to Bracknell.

The KLV was better for Desborough as the A team got all 10 points against Maidenhead Town B and the B team did likewise against Town’s C team. The C team won 8 – 2 against Maidenhead Thicket B.

The Buttercups blossomed in the TVL as a brilliant performance from all three rinks meant they took all 10 points available against the Sutton Gems.

In the county competitions, in the last 16 of the Men’s Pairs Mark Peachey and Graeme Mason beat a pair from Lambourn 16 – 14 while Bruce Adams and Peter Braddock needed an extra end to beat Gary Stacey and Darren Holder from Reading 15 – 14. Both pairs are in the last 8 at Thatcham on 14 July where both play opposition from Tilehurst. There is the possibility of an all Desborough semi final.  In the Men’s Singles, Mark Essex bowed out of the competition at the last 16 stage and Mark also exited the Men’s County Champion of Champions at the quarter final stage.

Press Report 3rd July 2022


In the National Double Fours, Desborough played Suttons at Green Lane as massive underdogs but with the help of fantastic support they overcame their County rivals, winning 37 – 29. They now play in the regional final against either Tilehurst or Hagbourne on a neutral green before July 24. With the confidence gained from the Suttons game, they should fear no one.

The team pictured are (from left to right): Bob Forster, Peter Braddock, Mark Harris, Mark Essex, Mark Peachey, Graeme Mason, Keith Roper and Andrew Essex.

Desborough played their neighbours Maidenhead Town in the Club Championship  and with the rink skipped by Mark Essex winning at home and Mark Peachey’s rink being victorious away, the Green Lane outfit gained local bragging rights with a 6 shot victory, 74 – 68.

On their annual away day, Desborough made the journey once again to Poole Park and after a fantastic game, fell to a 20 shot defeat, 108 -128. Some found their rinks challenging but those skipped by Michael Hobson and Paul Patel won while Roger Wyatt marshalled his troops to a draw. However there was no doubting who got top rink honours as Joan Kingston, Jim May, Val White and Michael White were always in control as they won by 21 shots, 25 – 4. It was a great day enjoyed by everybody (well nearly everyone!!) and all went home happy.

Rink scores

S Darby                 A Harris                D Isaacs                R Wyatt                16 – 16

J Monteiro          J Bucknell            P Patel                                                  18 – 13

C Dawson            T Skinner             M Hobson                                           14 – 9

R Dale                   J Marshall            M O’Reilly                                           14 – 17

L Harvey              P Crabbe              J Davis                                                   10 – 21

C Tupling              B Harris                 K Harvey       M Whittingham       7 – 26

J Walker               J Walker               R Earl                     T Buckley             4 – 22

J Kingston            J May                    V White                                M White              25 – 4


It was a good week in the Kennet League as both teams won with the A team winning 12 – 2 against Maidenhead Town A and the B team are still unbeaten after getting home 10 – 4 against Maidenhead Town B.

The KLV almost produced a full house as the B team won 10 – 0 against Maidenhead Thicket B and the C team beat their counterparts from Maidenhead Town 7 – 3. Unfortunately the A team could get nothing out of their game against Maidenhead Town A.

It was a busy week for the Bluebells in the TVL as they had two games, firstly getting nothing from their game against Tilehurst but making up for it against Great Holland Linnets by getting 9 of the 10 points available. The Buttercups also managed a victory as they won 8 – 2 against Maiden Erlegh Bees.

In the County Competitions, Jacinta Monteiro in the Ladies Unbadged Singles and the rink skipped by Gill O’Neill in the Ladies Fours both bowed at the Quarter Final stage. In the Men’s County Two Wood Singles, Mark Essex won the battle of Desborough as he defeated Bruce Adams, 14 – 10.

Press Report 26th June 2022

As there were no friendlies this week, the spotlight fell on the leagues and the county competitions.

In the Kennet League, the A team registered a 12 – 2 victory over the Royal Household while the B team travelled to Woodley and won 10 – 4.

In the KLV league, the A team won 8 -2 against Windsor Great Park while the B team were successful against Windsor & Eton C with a 10 – 0 win but unfortunately the C team went down 8 – 2 to Sunningdale B.

In the County Competitions, Mark Essex soldiers on in the Men’s Singles after a 21 – 8 victory over Andy Mayne from Maidenhead Town and is now in the last 16 where he will face Alan Symondson from Reading.

Mark has also won through to the later stages of the County Champion of Champions, 2 Wood Singles and the County Unbadged. Unfortunately he was defeated in the National Champion of Champions by a strong opponent from Bracknell.

In the Men’s Pairs, it was a case of beating Great Hollands as Bruce Adams and Peter Braddock beat a pair from that club 19 – 10 while Mark Peachey and Graeme Mason won 23 – 7. Both pairs are now in the last 16.

In the Ladies Unbadged Singles, Jacinta Monteiro continues to fly the flag for Desborough as she defeated an opponent from Reading 21 – 16 to reach the quarter final.



We would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to come and watch some high class bowling in the regional finals of the AMY ROSE BOWL on Sunday 3rd July from 10am..


AMY ROSE BOWL is an inter-county knockout competition for the Under 31’s age group and DESBOROUGH was chosen as the venue for the SOUTHERN section of the draw. Four counties ( Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey) will compete to qualify for the NATIONAL finals at LEAMINGTON later in the year. Each team is made up of 2 mixed rinks from each county and they will play 1st game in the morning ( 10am start) and the winners will play off in the afternoon starting at 2pm. Sandy Hazell (international) will attend on behalf BOWLS ENGLAND.


This is a great opportunity for the club to present itself as a venue of choice to host future high profile games and it would be great to see as many of you as possible on the day. Our caterers will be here all day and as ever the bar will be open for business.


Hope to see you all on the day

Press Report 19th June 2022

Trailing by 4 shots , Desborough welcomed  High Wycombe to Green Lane for the 2nd leg of the Dessau Cup with high hopes of picking up the trophy and after a hard fought game, came out victorious by 36 shots, 114 – 78. Desborough won on 5 of the 6 rinks and even the losing rink skipped by Steve Isaac played a team game to make sure they only lost narrowly but special mention has to go to the top rink of Tonie Philpott, Jacinta Monteiro and Mark Essex who won by 19 shots, 30 – 11. It’s not often we win the Dessau Cup so we will make the most of holding on to the trophy until the next outdoor season.

Rink scores

T Philpott             J Monteiro          M Essex               30 – 11

P Smith                 P Winstanley      S Isaac                   9 – 13

V Wyatt                M Hobson           D Hasler               23 – 9

D Smith                R Earl                     R Wyatt                20 – 19

A Davis                 B Forster              T Buckley             17 – 12

D Davis                 R Dale                   B Jones                 15 – 14


Desborough travelled to Henley for the first time and the trip was worthwhile as they won by 1 shot, 86 – 85 although the hosts could claim a moral draw as both teams won on 2 rinks with 1 drawn.  The rink skipped by Brian Wright won by 3 shots but top rink honours went to Michael Hobson, Don Isaacs and Dave Hasler  who won by 5 shots, 17 – 12.

Rink scores

M Hobson           D Isaacs                D Hasler               17 – 12

E Sharp                 V Wyatt                R Wyatt                17 – 21

C Tupling              L Davis                  E Sharp                 17 – 20

J Monteiro          R Earl                     B Wright               19 – 16

T Philpott             J Davis                   B Forster              16 – 16


Desborough played local rivals, Maidenhead Town in the National Double Fours with some trepidation but needn’t have worried as they won  by 14 shots, 32 – 18, with a fantastic performance from Peter Braddock, Keith Roper, Graeme Mason and Mark Peachey who won by 15 shots, 22 – 7. The prize for winning was a game against one of two of the best teams in Berkshire, Reading or Suttons, in the next round. No need to panic as everyone is beatable!!

Rink scores

P Braddock         K Roper                G Mason              M Peachey         22 – 7

A Essex                 B Forster              D Seymour          M Essex               10 – 11


In the Kennet League, Desborough B maintained their place at the top of their division as they beat Twyford 13 – 1. Desborough  A went down 2 – 12 to a very strong Suttons side.


In the KLV, the A team won 7 – 3 against Wraysbury but both the B & C teams suffered 10 – 0 defeats against Sunningdale A and Windsor & Eton B respectively, which in the case of the B team was not helped by the searing heat. The D team went down narrowly to Wokingham C on overall score which resulted in an 8 – 2 loss.

For the Ladies in the TVL, the Buttercups wilted in the heat and despite a good effort from Ryda Eyre, Sally Lane and Val White they too fell to defeat. The Bluebells, despite a valiant effort from Sally Darby, Linda Harvey and Angie Isaac, fell to an 8 – 2 defeat against our neighbours from Maidenhead Town.

In the County Competitions, Mark Essex continues to fly the flag for Desborough in the Men’s Singles as he beat Tim Eales from Maidenhead Town 21 – 14 and now plays Andy Mayne, also from the Town, in the next round.

In the Men’s Unbadged Singles, Mark  Essex won comfortably against an opponent from Maidenhead Thicket to progress further.

Peter Braddock and Mark Peachey made exits from the Men’s Two Wood Singles which left Mark Essex and Bruce Adams as Desborough’s representatives and they now have to play each other.

In the Men’s Pairs, Peter Crabbe subbed for Bruce Adams and along with Peter Braddock beat a pair from Bracknell, 19 – 14. Mark Peachey and Graeme Mason went to Windsor & Eton and also won 19 – 14. Alas, the Essex twins, Andrew and Mark, had to bow out of the competition as they narrowly lost to Ralph Cooke and Richard Heathman  from Windsor & Eton.

In the Men’s Fours, the quartet entered by Andrew Essex opened their campaign with a 22 – 8 win against Great Hollands.

Angie Isaac always knew she was going to be up against it in the Ladies Singles and so it proved as her interest in the competition ended in defeat against top bowler, Morgan Merryweather.

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