Sunday, 25 July 2021

Villagers take honours at Henley’s gala day triples event

WARGRAVE took the honours at Henley’s annual gala day competition held at their Mill Meadows ground

WARGRAVE took the honours at Henley’s annual gala day competition held at their Mill Meadows ground on Sunday.

Sixteen teams from clubs across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire competed for the mixed triples shield.

After more than seven hours’ bowling Wargrave and Desborough emerged as winners of their respective groups in the hard fought round robin matches.

The six-end final saw Wargrave skipped by Norah Holder with David Smith at lead and John Avery at two run out winners.

Andrew Bradley and his wife, representing sponsors A B Walker and Son Ltd, presented the shield to the winners together with their donated plaques and prizes to the finalists.

On Wednesday of last week HENLEY went down to a 99-73 defeat at BURGHFIELD in an Oddfellows Triples League match winning on two rinks and losing on three. Henley picked up four points from the match to the hosts’ 10.

Barrie Davies with John Rees and Di Woodford ran out winners 16-12 in a tight match with the scores level at 10-10 after 15 ends while Simon Hastings with Andy Scott and Janet Thompson took the lead on end 13, 11-9, and eventually won 15-12.

Peter Borsberry with Lynn Sayer and Kevin Browne fought back from 10 down after 14 ends to go down 1-22.

Roger Sayer with Colin Ward and Val Rees went down 25-14 having been level eight each after six ends while Richard Kingston with Norman Daniells and Angelika Crisa went down 28-11.

SHIPLAKE defeated visitors READING in a six triples mixed friendly match by 99 shots to 80.

Daphne Jacob got off to a poor start but scored three on the last two ends to draw. With a commanding lead at the 11th Martin Cranstoun then lost the next six ends to finish three to the good.

Relinquishing the lead on the eighth Tony Reid struggled to keep up, eventually going down by four shots while Melvin Stafford was eight adrift by the seventh but then scored a five and a couple of fours to win by six.

David Bullock, although losing the last end, hung on to win by one in an exciting game while the best score of the match was returned by Barrie Evans who ran out an easy winner by 13.

Scores (Shiplake names): D Lloyd, J Munnelly, D Jacob 15-15; P McCoubrey, M Bullock, M Cranstoun 17-14; S Reid, B Copp, T Reid 12-16; E Robinson, E Davis, M Stafford 20-14; K Bland, S Cranstoun, D Bullock 15-14; V Harris, R Copp, B Evans 20-7.

SHIPLAKE ran out comfortable winners at home to GORING in the Oddfellows Triples League as they eased to a 51 shot victory to secure all four points on offer.

Jim Bland was three up going into the last end where he scored a five to win his game while Graham Kennedy was level at the ninth before winning the next seven ends on the trot to romp home by 13.

David Webb lost seven of the first nine ends but then drew level before opening up a lead which he kept to the end, winning by 10. Best result of the match was Barrie Evans who led from start to finish to cruise home by 14 clear shots.

Storming away at the beginning Daphne Jacob won the first five ends for 11 before her opponents cut back the lead but she then won the last four ends to come home by six.

Scores (Shiplake names): M Woodard, P Main, J Bland 24-16; K Bland, M Shepherd, G Kennedy 23-10; A Main, M Stafford, D Webb 21-11; J Webb, L Mitton, B Evans 23-9; J Munnelly, M Belcher, D Jacob 21-15.

SHIPLAKE eased to a comfortable 113-63 victory against TRENTHAMS on Saturday.

David Webb thrashed his opponent by 25 shots while Howard West was all square three-quarters of the way through his match before pulling away to win by seven.

Another easy win was recorded by Melvin Stafford who ran out the winner by 19. One down going into the last end Tony Reid’s number three, John Gutteridge, trailed the jack for two which the opposing skip couldn’t change. Mike Lovejoy lost the last three ends to concede by two shots.

Scores (Shiplake names): E Robinson, S Reid, D Bullock, D Webb 34-9; E Davis, S Pitcher, S Cranstoun, H West 30-13; C Gutteridge, P Mansfield, F Benham, M Stafford 27-8; M West, D Harris, J Gutteridge, A Reid 17-16; V Harris, D Buckett, W Copp, M Lovejoy 15-17.

This year’s Shiplake Bowls Club’s millennium triples match was contested between six teams, each playing five matches of four ends against each other with two points awarded for a win and one for a draw.

As the matches progressed it remained an open contest between many of the teams, with two teams eventually emerging with sufficient points to contest the final.

Each of the teams featured one of the club’s two younger members — Emily Pitcher and 10-year-old Charlie Buckett.

The trio of Charlie Buckett, Pat Main and Dave Webb triumphed 5-0 against Emily Pitcher, Sue Pitcher and Melvin Stafford to take the honours.

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