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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DESBOROUGH TO HOST AMY ROSE REGIONAL FINALS SUNDAY 3RD JULY
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Press Report 12th June 2022
Desborough travelled to Great Hollands knowing that they were going to face a challenging green and so it transpired as it ended in a 54 shot defeat, 60 – 114. There were some good individual performances but conditions made it difficult to get a rhythm as a team and we ended up winning on only one rink which meant the stars of the day were Ralph Hatch, Len Stallwood and Dave Hasler who were victorious 22- 17.
P Hatch R Stallwood S Isaac 8 -24
H Payne J Monteiro T Buckley 11 – 19
R Hatch L Stallwood D Hasler 22 – 17
L Davis J Bucknell E Sharpe 10 – 30
E Sharpe J Smelt P Winstanley 9 – 24
Desborough held their annual Charity Day which was again in support of the Thames Hospice and £300+ was raised. It involved a triples competition with the winner being decided by the highest shot difference and that team were Andre Davis, Jacinta Monteiro and Roger Wyatt.
In the Kennet League, the B team were once again victorious 12 – 2 against Sunningdale and remain top of their division. The A team went down 2 – 12 to a strong Reading side.
In the KLV, the A team went to Windsor & Eton and beat their A side 8 – 2 but the B team didn’t fare so well at the same venue as the went down 2 – 8 to their C side. The C team have moved up the table with a 10 – 0 win against Sunningdale A.
In the National Men’s Double Fours, Desborough travelled to old foes Windsor & Eton and came away with a four shot victory, 34 – 30. The next round is on June 21.
A Essex B Forster D Seymour M Essex 20 – 10
P Braddock K Roper G Mason M Peachey 14 – 20
In the TVL, Bluebells hosted the Wokingham Acorns and won 8 – 2 which included a fantastic performance from Gina Braddock, Sylvia Laban and Gill O’Neill who won 23 – 6. The Buttercups weren’t so lucky as they went down at Trenthams.
In the County competitions , it has been left to Mark Essex to fly the flag for Desborough in the Men’s Singles as he beat Barrie Taylor 21 – 10. Mark is also still in the County Unbadged, Pairs, 2 Wood and Singles Champion of Champions when he beat George Harris of Great Hollands 21 – 15.
In the Men’s Fours , Desborough still have rinks skipped by Bruce Adams, Mark Peachey and Andrew Essex left in the competition but unfortunately the triple skipped by Mark Peachey has bowed out of the Benevolent Triples after a narrow defeat to Windsor & Eton.
For the Ladies, Angie Isaac remains in the Singles after a win against an opponent from Bracknell and now faces Morgan Merryweather. However the performance of the week came from Jacinta Monteiro in the Unbadged Singles as she was facing defeat in the face as she stood at 12 – 20 but fought back to get to the magic figure of 21 to get a well earned win.
Press Report 5th June 2022
Desborough made their annual pilgrimage to Southampton Old Green with the usual result as they went down by 46 shots, 93 – 139. Some of the rinks found it challenging but Desborough managed to win on two rinks with the rink skipped by Mike Whittingham being victorious which left top rink honours to go to Sally Darby, Linda Davis, Peter Crabbe and Roger Wyatt who won 24 -12. Desborough will have a chance of revenge in the return on August 13.
C Bartlett H Watkins J May P Patel 9 – 31
J Kingston V Wyatt J Skinner B Wright 15 – 22
T Skinner J Bucknell M O’Reilly M Whittingham 20 -17
S Darby L Davis P Crabbe R Wyatt 24 – 12
F Bateman N Bayley J Monteiro T Buckley 16 -26
J Walker H Payne M Hobson P Winstanley 9 – 31
Desborough welcomed the Berkshire Masonic B.A. to York Road and managed to win their first friendly of the season with a 41 shot victory, 100 – 59. Top rink honours went to Jacinta Monteiro, Mandy Boyce and Paul Patel.
In the Kennet League, Desborough B went to the top of their division with a 10 – 4 victory over Wargrave which included a fantastic performance from the rink of Richard Earl, Jim May, Tony Buckley and Dick Bishop who won 29 – 7. Desborough A unfortunately lost 14 – 0 away at Wokingham A.
In the KLV , the A team managed to win 8 – 2 away at the Royal Household which included a top performance from Peter Braddock, Bruce Adams and Dave Seymour who won 25 -10. That was mirrored by the D team who also won 8 – 2 away at Suttons C which included a spectacular performance from Robert Vandenberghen, Len Stallwood and Ralph Hatch who won 27 – 7. Desborough C managed to beat Windsor & Eton C 10 – 0.
In the TVL, the Bluebells managed to get a draw against the Sutton Seeds and the Buttercups managed to get an 8 – 2 victory which included a great win from Janice Gibbs, Tonie Philpott and Judy Smelt who won 20 -11.
In the National Top Club Desborough played Bracknell and with Andrew Essex winning the 4 wood singles and Peter Braddock winning the 2 wood it seemed that the Maidenhead side were in the box seat to claim victory. In the end it came down to what happened to the triple skipped by Mark Essex and with the last wood on the last end success just eluded them but it was a terrific effort nonetheless. Hard luck lads!!
Press Report 29th May 2022
With no friendlies this week it was left to the Men’s Leagues to shine and there were contrasting fortunes.
In the Kennet League, Desborough’s A team played their counterparts from Caversham but unfortunately had a night to forget on a tricky green as they went down 2 – 12. It was the opposite in the battle of the B teams as Desborough beat Caversham 12 – 2 mainly due to a superb effort from Paul Winstanley, John Skinner, Jim McDonnell and Dick Bishop who won by 21 shots.
The KLV had the highlight of a club battle between the B and C teams and with a late surge from the rink skipped by Jim McDonnell, the B team managed to win 8 -2. Due to the Queen’s Jubilee the B team have played again since and thanks to a great effort from the rink skipped by Jim McDonnell (again!!) managed to get over the line by the narrowest of margins against Sunningdale B and Desborough B won 8 – 2 and now sit top of their division. Desborough’s KLV A team lost out on local bragging rights as they went down by 2 – 12 to Thicket A.
Mark and Andrew Essex managed to win through in their County Pairs game by beating a strong pairing from Royal Household 20-11. They move into the 2nd round to be played on 16th June against opponents yet unknown.
Mark Essex defeated Andrew Watson from Windsor Great Park 17-6 in the 2 Wood County Singles to move into the next round to be played in the coming 3 weeks.
Press Report 22nd May 2022
Desborough travelled to High Wycombe for the first leg of the Dessau Cup with some trepidation but needn’t have been so worried as they only lost by 4 shots, 71 – 75. A lot of the Maidenhead side’s bowlers found the green challenging but the rink skipped by Steve Isaac managed to win by 5 shots but there was no doubting who got top rink honours as Helen Payne, Russell Dale, Phil Smith and John Davis were always in control as they won 21 – 9. It is all set up for the 2nd leg which will be held at Desborough on June 19.
G Braddock D Smith J May A Isaac 12 – 17
P Winstanley B Forster J Walker B Wright 12 – 19
J Monteiro W Renouf B Harris T Buckley 8 – 17
H Boyce A Davis L Davis S Isaac 18 – 13
H Payne R Dale P Smith J Davis 21 – 9
The next day, Desborough travelled again to High Wycombe, this time to play Bassetsbury Manor and as both teams won on 3 rinks, the Captains, David Webster and Tony Buckley, declared the match a draw. Once again a rink skipped by John Davis won by 6 shots and the rink skipped by Michael Hobson was in contention to be top rink but they lost out to Huw Jones, a loanee from the hosts, along with the Stallwoods, Rose and Len, who won it on countback.
V Wyatt J Bucknell S Isaac 15 – 18
C Tupling D Hasler R Wyatt 11 – 30
T Philpott J May J Davis 18 – 14
P Winstanley J Seymour T Buckley 9 – 25
H Boyce A Isaac M Hobson 22 – 15
H Jones(sub) R Stallwood L Stallwood 18 – 11
In the TVL, Desborough’s Bluebells won 6 – 4 against a formidable Reading side which was mainly down to a stellar performance from Pam Harrison Smith, Linda Davis and Jean Seymour who won 23 – 12.
There was only 1 game in the Kennet League as the A team beat the mighty Bracknell 12 – 2 with some help from subs from the B team.
The KLV was a mixed bag as the A team went down narrowly 4 – 6 to Maidenhead Town B and the C team lost 3 – 7 to Maidenhead Thicket B. However with a gutsy performance, especially from the rink skipped by Jim McDonnell, the B team won 8 – 2 against Maidenhead Town C.
In the County Mixed Double Fours once again Desborough lost out to Windsor & Eton but this time it was very close as they went down by only 3 shots, 24 – 27.
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.
2022 OUTDOOR SEASON CLUB COMPETITIONS
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.
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.
PRESS REPORT 8TH MAY 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
PRESS REPORT 3RD APRIL 2022
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
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