Thursday, 11 August 2022

Double delight for Henley with back-to-back cup wins

HENLEY enjoyed back-to-back Plomer Cup wins on consecutive days last weekend against DIDCOT and CAVERSHAM

HENLEY enjoyed back-to-back Plomer Cup wins on consecutive days last weekend against DIDCOT and CAVERSHAM respectively.

Each match was played in mixed triples format over five rinks. On Saturday Henley won on three rinks and lost on two as they defeated Didcot 102-87 to gain eight league points to the visitors’ four.

Leading the way was Colin Ward’s triple with Bill Outram and Jenny Wingrove who won 29-10, ably supported by Gill Robin’s triple with Andy Scott and Jim Woodford 20-14 and Roger Sayer’s triple with Sally Daniells and Brian Borsberry 20-11.

Norman Daniells’s triple with Angelika Crisa and David Maybury only went down on the final end in a closely contested game 25-28, but Peter Borsberry with Lynn Sayer and Maurice Robins met their match going down 8-24.

On Sunday Henley went one better winning on four rinks against Caversham and losing on one as they triumphed 91-76 to gain 10 league points to two.

The highest winning rink was skipped by Gill Robins with Norman Daniells and Andy Scott 24-12, well supported by Roger Sayer’s triple of Angelika Crisa and Kevin Browne 19-14, David Burdon’s triple with Rosie Maybury and Maurice Robins 17-14 and by Richard Kingston’s triple with Peter Watkins and Dilys Smith who recovered a deficit on the 14th end of six shots to win 19-17. Barrie Davies’s triple of Jeanie Davies and Peter Borsberry conceded a competitive game only in the last three ends 12-19.

SHIPLAKE were soundly beaten by 34 shots at WATLINGTON in a round of the Plomer Cup where the hosts gained 10 league points to the visitors’ two.

The only good point for the villagers was that of Barrie Evans who came from 13-3 down to win by eight.

Scores (Shiplake names): W Buss, P McCoubrey, D Bullock, G Kennedy 13-27; F Benham, R Copp, A Reid, B Evans 25-17; E Robinson, D Lloyd, M Lovejoy, W Cross 12-19; M Bullock, M Barnett, J Munnelly, B Lambourne 7-24; J Buckett, S Pitcher, R Pitcher, J Bland 14-18.

On Saturday SHIPLAKE outplayed hosts ALMSHOUSES in the Plomer Cup as they won on all three rinks by 36 shots to secure all 12 league points on offer. Graham Kennedy kept a few shots ahead all the game and ended up winning by five while captain Jim Bland always had the measure of his opponent, winning comfortably by nine.

Wendy Cross was 32-6 up at the 15th and although losing two ends, including a five, finished on a high at the 18th to win by the best score of the day, by 22 shots.

Scores (Shiplake names): R Copp, M Stafford, G Kennedy 17-12; D Lloyd, J Stafford, J Bland 20-11; B Copp, S Blackmore, W Cross 34-12.

Playing their third away Plomer Cup game in five days SHIPLAKE travelled to DIDCOT in a five rinks game and were successful on three of the five and won by 20 shots to gain eight league points to the hosts’ four.

Barrie Evans was 24-4 up at the 16th and although his opponents came good at the end he was well in the lead to win by 15.

Scoring six in the last two ends wasn’t enough for Matt Shepherd as he went down by two in this see-saw game. Having a comfortable lead at the 13th Jim Bland’s opponents then had a shots surge and came within one shot by the 17th before Jim scored a four and a three to claim victory by five.

Leading by one at the half-way stage Tony Reid then won the next six ends to open a 13 shot lead and although Didcot had the better of the last few ends couldn’t catch their opponents.

Holding a six shot advantage at the 12th David Bullock was then overtaken by his opponents and stayed there till the end.

Scores (Shiplake names): W Buss, P Main, J Gutteridge, B Evans 28-13; J Buckett, P Leen, M Stafford, M Shepherd 21-23; D Lloyd, C Gutteridge, E Robinson, J Bland 27-22; P Buckett, M Barnett, M Belcher, A Reid 22-14; A Main, D Buckett, P Mansfield, D Bullock 19-25.

On Tuesday of last week WARGRAVE lost out to READING UNIVERSITY in a Kennet League match by 79 shots to 70 despite winning on two of the four rinks played. The villagers picked up four league points to the University’s 10.

WARGRAVE lost out by 56 shots to 46 against CIPPENHAM on Thursday of last week in a Chiltern and Thames league match. Cippenham picked up eight points from the match to Wargrave’s two. Wargrave’s winning rink was made up of Ray Trussler, Dave Smith and Norah Holder.

Despite losing out to BRACKNELL on Friday of last week in the KLX league, WARGRAVE have been promoted to Division 2 as runners-up.

With just four ends to play Wargrave were in a winning position but ended up giving away 16 shots to lose 60-43.

The only winning triple was skipped by Mike Pope (19-16), whilst John Sumner and George Hedges triples lost 23-11 and 21-13 respectively.

On Saturday WARGRAVE lost out in a friendly match at BURNHAM in a three rinks clash with a fourth rink made up of just two Burnham players and new-recruit Sandie Blunden from Wargrave making up numbers. On the three rinks Wargrave won one, drew one and lost one. However, on the fourth rink, that included Blunden, Wargrave lost out to lose the match.

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