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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.


Press Report 31st October 2021


It was always hoped that when Desborough moved to Green Lane that their new facilities would attract big matches and so it happened last weekend as the Club hosted an International between England and Malaysia.

The format each day was three sessions with four matches and although England had the upper hand, both teams put on a display that was a great advertisement for our sport.Both teams were happy with our facilities and the Malaysians are considering using our Club as a training base before next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Let’s hope that this is the start of big games taking place at Desborough Bowling Club.



Desborough’s Egham Trophy campaign never got off the ground as they lost 90 – 70 to Whiteknights. Although there were winning rinks skipped by Kevin Scrace and Malcolm Woodley it wasn’t enough to overcome the strong opposition.


National Finals

Desborough ladies had amazing success when they qualified for the last 32 in the country in 5 national competitions. The finals were delayed due to COVID and played at Nottingham Bowls Club in early October 2021 this year.

Helen Jones qualified in the singles and a great run through to the quarter final where she was narrowly beaten 17-21.  On her way there she beat current England international Steff Branfield.

In the triples Julie Skelly, Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price won their first game. In the last 16 they were unfortunately drawn against three current England Internationals from Spalding and lost 11-20. The Spalding  girls went right through to the final which they won 18-16.

In the Fours Julie Skelly, Helen Jones, Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price made it through to the quarter finals. En route they beat previous winners from Swale who had 4 current internationals in their team. In the quarter final our ladies lost a very hard game 14-20 to a team from Barwell containing Jamie Lee Winch. Jamie Lee was one of the Elite Commonwealth Games England squad playing at Desborough against Malaysia last weekend. Barwell went on to reach the Fours final losing 15-16 to Lorraine Kuhler’s four from Arun. Lorraine K was also playing at Desborough over the weekend in the Elite Squad.

In the Over 60 Pairs Lorraine Woodley and Mary Price won their way through to the last 16 where they lost 19-23 to a pair from South Shields Vipers who went on to win the final.

Jan Frost, Gill Jones and Mary Price as we have previously reported made their way to the Over 50 triples final in which they beat a team from North Wilts 21-12 and became National Champions.

For those who like statistics every one of the teams our girls played went on to either reach or win a National final. They should be very proud of their achievements.