Bowls England Big Weekend 28th May - Join Us

We have joined with Bowls England to support and participate in their Bowls’ Big Weekend initiative. This event is intended to promote the game of bowls throughout the UK.

As a present member of Desborough Bowling Club, we would greatly appreciate your help in promoting and publicising our planned Open Day on Saturday, 28th May, by inviting any of your friends, neighbours and relations, and anyone else who you think may be interested in taking up bowls, to join us on the day. The Club has a healthy membership at present, however new members will always be made very welcome.

Extract from Bowls England website

“The Bowls’ Big Weekend is a national event taking place from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May, providing the opportunity for you, your friends and family to give bowls a go. Up and down the country bowls clubs will be opening their doors to people who want to try a new sport, have some fun and meet new people. With a summer of sport ahead, where lawn bowls will take centre stage at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there’s no reason not to give the sport a go!”

As part of the Bowls’ Big Weekend we at Desborough Bowling Club are having an OPEN DAY on SATURDAY 28th MAY from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We will make certain everyone visiting on the Open Day will have a warm welcome and the opportunity  to experience bowling in an International bowling centre with  6 outdoor and 8 indoor rinks and a full range of bars and catering facilities.

You may register your intention to visit Desborough on the Bowls England website OR even better just turn up!  you will be very welcome.

We look forward to seeing you.


Outdoor Members,,

We hope you all enjoying playing bowls outdoors again, especially with the hot and sunny weather we are enjoying ?

Please find attached ( hard copy available to collect from the front of the reception desk) the club competition entry forms. There are a few changes from last year with some of the less popular competitions withdrawn and new, hopefully, more popular ones added.

Outdoor Season Entry Form and Rules

Following 2021 success we hope to encourage as many entrants as possible with ALL entry fees collected given out to the various winners and losers.

Closing date for entry is 31st May and the draw will be done by the end of that week. All monies to be paid to reception desk along with completed forms.

For those of you who took your trophies home please return them ASAP so that we can then get them engraved in time for this years finals weekend.

We will also run the ever popular Last Ditch Trophy ( open to all) and a Bowls ladder with target to release details by the end of this month.

Wishing you all a happy and successful outdoor season and look forward to receiving all your entry forms before the end of this month.

Best regards

Mark Peachey


For the first game of the 2022 outdoor season, Desborough travelled down the A4 to Cippenham and after a match on a challenging green they fell to a 16 shot defeat, 98 -114. Being the first game of the season, everyone struggled to get their rhythm especially the rink skipped by Tony Buckley which seemed to go into meltdown in the second half of the game after a promising start. Desborough did manage to win on two rinks with the rink skipped by Captain Mike Whittingham being victorious but top rink honours went to Maureen O’Reilly, Mark Harris and Roger Wyatt who won by 13 shots, 24 – 11.

Rink scores

R Stallwood        D Isaacs                B Wright                               15 – 19

M O’Reilly           M Harris               R Wyatt                                24 – 11

V Wyatt               B Forster             M Whittingham                      21 – 14

H Boyce                A Isaac                  S Isaac                                   14 – 21

P Hatch                 L Stallwood         K Roper                                16 – 18

P Winstanley      G Braddock         T Buckley                               8 – 31

The Early Season Syndrome seemed to continue when Maidenhead Thicket were welcomed to Green Lane as the visitors inflicted a heavy defeat on us. Two rinks, skipped by John Davis and Steve Isaac, managed to win by 1 shot but this was one of those games that is put down to experience.

Rink scores

E Sharp                 P Patel                 M Everard           E Sharp                 8 – 31

V White                                M Hobson           J Monteiro          J Davis                   20 – 19

H Payne               M Harris               A Isaac                  M Whittingham 7 – 22

P Arnott               J Walker               P Winstanley      S Isaac                   18 – 17

T Philpott             A Davis                 K Barao                 M White              14 – 31

J Marshall            L Davis                  B Forster              K Roper                12 – 26

Indoor Season Wrap Up

I would like to thank all those that participated in the various competitions held this winter 2021/2022. I hope all enjoyed. An even bigger thank you to all those that came along to watch and support the players during finals week culminating in Friday’s 4 singles finals followed by presentation and prize giving. The event was very well attended, and we were treated to some excellent displays of skill.

Indoor Season Finals 2022 Results

Indoor Season 2022 Final League Tables

A copy of the finals results and the final league tables are displayed here and are also posted on the Indoor Noticeboard in the Clubhouse.

On behalf of the club, we hope you all enjoyed last season and look forward to welcoming you all back at the end of September’22.”

Mark Peachey

Easter Mixed Triples Tournament


For the first time in a while, Desborough played an Easter Tournament and all the monies from the entry fees went towards the Ukraine appeal. With a good mixture of new and experienced bowlers, 48 players played triples, firstly in a round robin which lead to a semi-final and final. After a display of excellent bowls from everybody, we reached the final where Norma Cormican (who gained family bragging rights!!), Marina Bignell and the evergreen Len Essex beat a new bowler, Alan Jones, David Cormican and Gill O’Neill. Scores don’t matter as a good time was had by all and well done to everybody who made it a great day. (see image to side).

Mary Price and Lorraine Woodley reached the National Finals at Nottingham in the Women’s Pairs but unfortunately they came up against a pair from Norfolk who defeated them 21 – 11. Hard luck ladies.


Mark and Andrew Essex were at the National championship held at Nottingham where they were playing in the family pairs Final stages bowls competition, having won the area finals last month.
Their first game was yesterday (Thursday) at 1 30 pm was up against a team from Clarrie Dunbar where they won by 17 shots to 16. Their next game was at 6 pm when the last 16 teams play at the same time. They played a team from Hartlepool.
After 5 ends they were losing 1 – 6, but after 10 ends had regained the lead to be leading by 10 – 7, but a strong recovery by Hartlepool saw Hartlepool leading 11 – 14 after 15 ends and they went on to win 15 – 16, just by 1 shot.
However a worthy and hard fought contest by the Essex boys, and full congratulations for getting this far. Well done.


For the final friendly of the indoor season, Desborough welcomed Southampton Old Green to Green Lane and the hosts cruised to a 112 shot victory, 202 – 90. It has to be said that the visitors had mainly out door bowlers but Desborough took full advantage as they won on 4 of the 6 rinks. The rinks skipped by Tony Buckley and Dave Webster both won by 20 shots, John Davis’ won by 42 and Keith Roper’s team won by a whopping 58 shots. It won’t be so easy when we play them outdoors


Rink scores


L Davis                  M Brett                   J Skinner               M Essex                 17 – 25

A Essex                 M Buckles             S Stack                  T Buckley              32 – 12

M Hutley                K Spracklen          M Hobson             B Wright                 13 – 33

J Monteiro             R Palmer               D Cormican          K Roper                 60 – 2

T Skinner              N Cormican          C Northover          D Webster             33 – 13

J Palmer                P Tuttle                  P Winstanley        J Davis                   47 – 5



Desborough always seem to struggle against Wey Valley but that all changed at the weekend when the Guildford side came to Green Lane as the hosts won by 12 shots, 86 – 74. It was a good all round performance as Desborough won on  4 of the 5 rinks with those skipped by Tony Buckley,John Munnelly  and Dave Perriman being successful. However with a good performance at lead from Abbie Yannacopolou, along with Juliet Adams, Kel Crump and Brian Faulkner, they won by 14 shots to gain top rink honours.


Rink scores  

M Hutley             C Tupling              P Winstanley         T Buckley            20 – 15

A Yanna                J Adams               K Crump                 B Faulkner          26 – 12

A Davis                 K Spracklen         Y Hurley                  D Webster         7 – 26

J Sandal                M Buckles           S Stack                    D Perriman         17 – 8

L Eumo                 V Sandal               J Monteiro          J Munnelly           16 – 13



Desborough hosted the Royal Household and after an entertaining game, just came up short by 23 shots, 89 – 112. Under normal circumstances, as the six rinks were shared, being a friendly it would normally be a draw but using their experience of their indoor bowlers, the visitors earned a deserved victory. For Desborough , the rinks skipped by Paul Winstanley and Nigel Harlow won by 7 and 5 shots respectively which left Janice Gibbs, Kath Spracklen, John Skinner and David Webster to claim top rink honours by winning 20 – 8. The game was played in a great atmosphere and once again the real winner was the sport of bowls.

Rink scores

J Gibbs                  K Spracklen         J Skinner              D Webster            20 – 8

J Monteiro          A Yanna                T Buckley             P Winstanley        19 – 12

J Sandal                E Ireland              K Wells                 S Stack                    8 – 28

T Skinner             M Buckles           L Eumo                 J Davis                     12 – 26

S Ireland              V Sandal               P Tuttle                N Harlow               19 – 14

L Davis                  R Palmer              Y Hurley               K Crump                 11 – 24


Desborough had two home games in a week and first up was the Berkshire Masonic and the hosts racked up an impressive 44 shot victory, 114 – 70. Desborough had 4 winning rinks as those skipped by Brian Wright, Dave Webster and Mark Essex were successful but they come nowhere near to being top rink as Pauline Tuttle, Norma Cormican, Marsha Buckles and Sam Stack won by a whopping 32 shots, 37-5.

Rink scores

P Tuttle                N Cormican         M Buckles          S Stack                  37 – 5

C Dawson            S Isaac                   D Cormican         B Wright               20 – 12

J Monteiro          V Sandal               B Harris                 M Harris               8 – 22

L Davis                  D Isaacs                B Forster              B Adams              12 – 20

J Gibbs                  J Sandal                R Dreesden        M Essex               12 – 11

A Essex                 A Harris                A Isaac                  D Webster          25 – 9


Next up at Green Lane was our county rivals West Berks and although Desborough made a promising start, once the visitors found their feet, the hosts slipped to a 12 shot defeat, 94 – 106. The rinks skipped by Dave Webster and Dave Perriman narrowly lost but the rink skipped by Steve Isaac did manage to win by 8 shots which left Marsha Buckles, Roy Palmer and Michael White to take top rink honours with a 24 – 13 win.

Rink scores

T Skinner             J Monteiro          D Webster            15 – 17

M Buckles           R Palmer              M White                24 – 13

J Sandal                P Winstanley      T Buckley               15 – 25

L Davis                  J Skinner              S Stack                    10 – 27

A Davis                 K Spracklen         D Perriman           14 – 16

C Bartlett             V Sandal               S Isaac                     16 – 8


Desborough welcomed Ladygate to Green Lane and after an entertaining afternoon managed to win by 25 shots, 108 – 83. Ladygate is an outdoor club so it took their players a few ends to adjust but once they did it made the contest very interesting. The rink skipped by Tony Buckley managed to draw with those marshaled by Angie Isaac, Mark Essex and David Perriman gaining handsome wins with top rink honours going to Linda Davis, Steve Isaac, John Skinner and Dave Webster who won 26 – 10. It was a fantastic afternoon and a great advertisement for the sport of bowls.

Rink scores

J Monteiro          M Buckles           S Stack                 D Perriman          17 – 9

A Burrell              K Spracklen         E Sharp                 B Faulkner           10 – 27

L Davis                 S Isaac                 J Skinner              D Webster           26 – 10

J Sandal                V Sandal              P Winstanley      T Buckley             16 – 16

T Skinner              N Harlow             T Burrell               A Isaac                 21 – 13

E Sharp                 A Davis                 C Northover        M Essex               18 – 8


Desborough’s Ladies played North Wilts in the 5th round of the Mason Trophy and a good campaign in this competition came to an agonizing end as they lost by 1 shot, 36 – 37.


Desborough’s Ladies played Swindon Manor in the Mason Trophy and after a sluggish start they managed to win by 8 shots, 38 – 26. The home rink skipped by Helen Jones gave a steady performance to win 25 – 14 but the away rink skipped by Mary Price had an amazing game as after a slow start they finished strongly to  triumph 13 – 12. Desborough now play North Wilts A on March 4.

Rink scores

J Williams            G O’Neill              N Holder              H Jones                25 – 14

J Morgan             J Beal                    L Woodley           M Price                13 – 12


Desborough’s Men travelled to Whiteknights to play in the County Inter Club Trophy and narrowly went down by 4 shots, 99 – 95. With a mixture of badged and unbadged players, Desborough did manage to win on 3 of the 6 rinks but it was not enough to overcome our county rivals. Better luck next year!!


Desborough welcomed the Berkshire VP’s  to Green Lane and after a strong start the hosts made hard work of eking out a 6 shot victory, 104 – 98. The 6 rinks were shared with those skipped by Brian Faulkner and Bruce Cooke being successful but a stellar effort from Carol Tupling, Jeff Simpson and Clive Northover earned top rink honours as they  won 25 – 9.

Rink scores

A Davis                 T Burrell               T Buckley                            16 – 18

P Tuttle                J Bucknell            S Stack                                16 – 26

C Wells                 R Dale                  P Winstanley                     11 – 14

C  Tupling            J Simpson            C Northover                       25 – 9

L Eumo                 P Patel                 B Faulkner                          17 – 14

K Spracklen         B Harris                B Cooke                              19 – 17


The Essex twins, Andrew and Mark, have reached the final stages of the National Family Pairs when they defeated Neil and Lucy Smith from Westlecot, 16 – 8,
Their first game at Nottingham will be against opponents from Clarrie Dunbar on 31st March.            




Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price have reached the final stages of the National Womens Pairs by winning their Area Final, 12 – 10. Their first game at Nottingham will be on 11 April.

Desborough welcomed Adur from Worthing to Green  Lane and had one of those afternoons as the visitors ran away it to achieve a handsome victory. The rinks skipped by Paul Winstanley, Tony Buckley, John Davis and Eric Sharp had games to forget but Dave Perriman did manage to skip his team to a 3 shot win. That left Pauline Tuttle, Vijay Sandal, Mark Essex and John Munnelly to salvage some pride for the Maidenhead side by getting top rink with a 16 shot victory, 23 – 7.

Rink scores

P Tuttle                V Sandal              M Essex               J Munnelly                          23 – 7

B Patton              K Spracklen         L Davis                 E Sharp                                4 – 48

E Sharp                 A Burrell              R Palmer              J Davis                                 10 – 25

J Palmer               J Gibbs                  J Skinner              T Buckley                            8 – 34

T Skinner              A Davis                 T Burrell               D Perriman                         18 – 15

J Sandal                J Adams               F Patton               P Winstanley                     8 – 36


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Desborough once again had a double header at the weekend with the first up being Herts from Watford. It turned out to be a bowling lesson for the Maidenhead side as they didn’t win on any of the six rinks going down by 51 shots, 137 – 86 . Brian Wright, John Munnelly and the Captain of the Day Brian Faulkner skipped rinks that were close but the honour of top rink went to Paul Winstanley, Vijay Sandal, Pauline Tuttle and Sam Stack who went down by 2 shots.

Rink scores 

J Monteiro          J Emmons            A Isaac                 B Wright              19 – 24

J Walker               S Isaac                 J Palmer               D Perriman          7 -18

J Sandal                K Spracklen         R Palmer              J Munnelly           16 – 21

P Winstanley      V Sandal              P Tuttle                S Stack                 19 – 21

B Patton              C Bartlett             K Wells                 F Patton               13 – 33

M Essex               L Eumo                 C Northover        B  Faulkner          13 – 20


Next up for Desborough was the London Irish Bowling Association but it didn’t get any better as they went down by 38 shots, 123 – 85.It was tough going from the start and although there was a bit of a comeback in the second half, Desborough couldn’t claw back the deficit leaving the heroes of the day to be Elaine Sharp, Janice Gibbs, John Skinner and Mark Essex who won 26 – 14. The game was played in great spirit and the real winner was the game of bowls.


Rink scores  

E Sharp                 J Gibbs                  J Skinner              M Essex               26 – 14

T Skinner              T Burrell               F Patton               J Davis                  13 – 26

B Patton              Abbie Y                D Cormican         T Buckley             15 – 22

A Burrell              M Buckles           E Sharp                 S Stack                 13 – 34

N Cormican         A Davis                 L Davis                 D Webster           18 – 27


John McGuinness travelled to Poole for the final stages of the Champion of Champions but unfortunately fell at the first hurdle as he went down 21 – 13 to an opponent from Norfolk.



Having to play on a neutral green, Desborough’s Ladies travelled to Five Rivers IBC in Salisbury to play Honiton in the quarter final of the Yetton Trophy. It turned out to be a fruitless journey as their opponents from Devon found the conditions more to their liking and Desborough slipped to a 31 shot defeat, 85 – 54.​​


The Open Singles Circuit bandwagon rolled into Maidenhead at the weekend with an array of top class bowlers.







Some local bowlers took the opportunity to enter the draw with Mark Essex and Mark Peachey making it to the 2nd round but the Desborough contingent enjoyed the experience.

Spectators were treated to awesome displays of bowls throughout the competition which culminated with a final between  Martin Puckett and Martin Shepherd which the former won on a tie break. Desborough are looking forward to hosting the event again in 2023.


Desborough’s Ladies played in the Mason Trophy against county rivals West Berks and after making a flying start, the Newbury side came back into the match but Desborough managed to win by 15 shots, 49 – 34. They now face familiar opponents, Swindon Manor, in the next round on 18th February.

Having defeated Mike Blizzard, Paul Maynard and Neil Smith, Desborough’s John McGuinness has made it to the final stages of the Champion of Champions which will take place at Dolphin IBC in Poole. His first game on 5th February is against an opponent from Norfolk. Good luck John!!


Desborough played two friendlies over the weekend starting with a 6 rinks triples match against Iver Heath which resulted in a win for the Maidenhead side by 8 shots, 99 – 91. Three rinks returned winning cards and one drew with two of the successful skips being Dave Perriman and Sam Stack but the performance of the day came from June Palmer, Mark Essex and Brian Faulkner who won by a fantastic 24 shots.

Rink scores

J Gibbs                  R Turner               D Perriman                        22-14

N Cormican         R Palmer              S Stack                                  19-17

J Palmer               M Essex               B Faulkner                           29-5

J Delgado             C Howard            J McDonnell                       15-15

J Sandal                V Sandal               L Eumo                                 5-25

J Monteiro          D Cormican         M White                              9-15


It was then the turn of the London Scottish Bowling Association to visit Green Lane and although Desborough made a strong start they couldn’t deal with a Scottish revival and finally succumbed to a 23 shot defeat, 112 – 135. Two rinks skipped by John Davis and Brian Faulkner managed to draw, with Captain of the Day David Webster skipping his rink to a 4 shot win but in the end top rink honours went to Linda Davis, Vijay Sandal, Sam Stack and Roger Wyatt who won by 6 shots, 26 – 20.

Rink scores

J Monteiro          V Wyatt                J McDonnell       D Perriman           19-22

J Palmer               M Buckles           T Buckley             J Davis                     17-17

J Sandal                C Bartlett             D Cormican         D Webster            22-18

L Davis                  V Sandal               S Stack                  R Wyatt                  2620

E Sharp                 K Spracklen         C Howard            B Faulkner             20-20

C Tupling              N Cormican         R Palmer              E Sharp                   8-38




Desborough played North Wilts in the 5th round of the Yetton Trophy and emerged victorious with a 10 shot victory, the aggregate score being 84 – 74. The foundation of the victory came from stellar performances at home from the rink skipped by Lorraine Woodley and the away rink marshalled by Mary Price with the other two rinks doing enough to ensure that the overall score stayed in the Maidenhead side’s favour. The prize for victory is a quarter final game against Honiton on 29 January.

Rink scores


G Braddock         R Turner               N Holder              L Woodley                          32 – 14

J Williams             J Seymour           G Jones                H Jones                                13 – 18


J Monteiro          G O’Neill              J Skelly                  M Price                                 25 – 16

S Darby                 S Allen                  J Beal                     J Morgan                             14 – 26


Desborough’s first friendly of 2022 led to them welcoming Whiteknights to Green Lane  and although they lost by 36 shots, the Captain of the Reading side didn’t take the victory as he maintains friendlies should end in draws. Although they had only one winning rink, four of the rinks went narrowly down leaving Linda Davis, John Munnelly and Brian Faulkner to be the stars of the day as they were victorious 19 – 11.

Rink scores

T Scherer             P Colton               E Sharp                                 11 – 18

J Adams               R Palmer              B Wright                               12 – 17

P Smith                 N Jones                J Davis                                   14 – 18

E Sharp                 S Ireland              S Stack                                  8 – 34

L Davis                  J Munnelly          B Faulkner                           19 – 11

J Palmer               L Eumo                 D Perriman                         18 – 20