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Desborough To Host Open Singles Circuit 29th / 30th January

We are pleased to advise that Desborough are sponsoring a round of the Bowls Open Singles Circuit event (OSC), with the kind support of the Shanly Foundation, who have donated £1,000.00. towards the prizes.

This event, originally scheduled for April 2020, will now be taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022.

This event is part of a bowls series, run by the English Indoor Bowling Association, played at different locations around the country and attracts some high-profile bowlers. This is a sponsored event with 1st prize of £1,000 plus cash prizes for all that reach the ¼ finals and beyond.

The OSC (listed on the EIBA website under competitions/OSC), has 64 entrants from all over the country including 5 members of Desborough, John McGuiness, Mark Peachey, Keith Roper, Andrew Essex and Mark Essex – we wish them all the best of luck!!

The event is a singles knockout sets competition and splits the players into 2 sections, one group will start at 2pm on Sat 29th and play up to 3 games with 1.5 hours allocated for each game. The other group will start at 10:30am on the Sunday and the final will take place at around 7pm on the Sunday evening.

Spectators will be welcome over the weekend and if you want to see bowls at its best then why not take the opportunity to come along and watch some of the UK’s top players in action.

Emanuela’s will be open to provide catering on Saturday between 12pm and 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Catering will be drinks, sandwiches and snacks etc.


Press Report 29th November 2021

Another busy week at Desborough, with Desborough Ladies “A” Team playing against Whiteknights “B” team on the 26th November, in the First round of the Mason’s Trophy. Desborough proved to be too strong for the visitors winning 37 – 26. They now look forward to meeting the Whiteknights Ladies “A” team in the next round.


Southern Counties Single Rink Men’s (1st Round)


Overall Desborough 26 – West Berks 11


Desborough were too good for a West Berks Men’s’ four winning by 15 shots. The Desborough team comprised Geoff Beal lead, Mark Essex 2, Mark Peachey at 3 and Skip, Gordon Knapper.


Desborough Friendly v Herts IBC


On Sunday, 28th November Desborough travelled to Herts IBC for a friendly match. The occasion was the first 6 rink match played by Herts since the easing of lock-down! All enjoyed returning to some form of normality however Desborough did not enjoy the result, losing on 3 rinks, winning on 1 and drawing on 2. A loss overall 101 – 139.


Top rink for Desborough was, Dave Smith, Roy Palmer, Clive Northover and Skip Sam Stack who won by 23 – 14.


Press Report 22nd November 2021

A busy week at Desborough, on Saturday the 20th of November Desborough BC was the venue for the home matches of both the Ladies Yetton Cup (2nd Round) and the Men’s Denny Trophy (3rd Round).


With good support from members in the spectator’s area the Ladies achieved an excellent victory over Handy Cross and now go forward to play Swindon Manor on the 11th of December.




Overall Desborough 86 – Handy Cross 80

Lorraine Woodley won 21-17 (home)

Helen Jones won 29-14 (home)

Mary Price won 19-18 (away)

Jenny Morgan lost 17-31 (away)


Having progressed to the 3rd round the Men’s team faced a stiff challenge against Westlecot and after a close contest ended up losing by 14 shots – a very credible performance.



Overall Desborough 66 – Westlecot 80

Kevin Scrace won 22-18 (home)

John McGuiness lost 20-14 (home)

Malcom Woodley lost by six

Colin Jones lost by six


Club Friendly

On Sunday, 21st November Desborough hosted BERKS CIBA in a determined effort to win their first County Bannerette for several years. As usual, it was a very convivial affair enjoyed by all, however, Desborough could not match their opponents on the day and the County ran out winners by 40 shots!


Press Report 7th November 2021

Club Competitions

It was a good weekend for Desborough Bowling Club as the Men and Ladies played in National Competitions with both being victorious. The men played in the Denny Cup against County rivals West Berks and eased to an 82 – 51 victory with all rinks making telling contributions. They will now play Westlecot in the next round. The ladies put in a similar performance against a strong Whiteknights side in the Yetton Trophy as they won 78 – 59. They now play Handy Cross on 20 November

Club Friendly

Desborough welcomed Herga IBC to Green Lane for a 6 rink triples match and snatched a narrow win, 109 – 96, although in fairness the 6 rinks were shared which makes it a honourable draw. The rinks skipped by Brian Faulkner and John Munnelly managed wins but didn’t come close to the top rink of Chris Howard, Bob Forster and Sam Stack who won 24 – 14.

Rink scores

C Howard

B Forster S Stack 24-14
N Cormican T Burrell E Sharp 15-16
J Adams P Winstanley D Perriman 16-17
J Monteiro D Cormican B Faulkner 19-14
E Sharp J Palmer M White 17-18
A Burrell L Elmo J Munnelly



National Fours

Mark Essex, Marina Bignell, Lorraine Woodley and Malcolm Woodley played their National Fours game away at Whiteknights at the weekend. They were up against strong opposition which included Malcolm Giles and Alan Symondson. It was a terrific game and very close all along. The Desborough team went into the last end 1 shot down and needed 1 to force an extra end or 2 to win the match. After all the bowls had been delivered it came down to a close measure for shot and unfortunately Whiteknights had the edge by a couple of centimeters and won the game 20-18.