Monday, 08 August 2022

Henley surprise league leaders with two emphatic victories

HENLEY achieved two outstanding results over the last week in matches against Oddfellows league leaders BURGHFIELD

HENLEY achieved two outstanding results over the last week in matches against Oddfellows league leaders BURGHFIELD and Plomer Cup leaders WATLINGTON.

On Wednesday in a mixed triples match against Burghfield, Henley won four of the five rinks and overall by 102 shots to 71 to take 12 league points.

Gill Robins’s triple with Norman Daniells and club captain Andy Scott led the way winning 24-13, supported by David Burdon’s triple with Kevin Browne and Angelika Crisa 22-12, Barrie Davies’s triple with Simon Davies and Jenny Wingrove 21-14, and Roger Sayer’s triple with Sally Daniells and David Maybury 20-16.

Henley’s final triple, comprising Richard Kingston, Peter Watkins and Jeanie Davies only went down by a single shot on the last end 15-16.

Then on Saturday, against Watlington in a closely fought Plomer Cup mixed triples match Henley won three of the five rinks and overall by the narrowest of margins by 80 shots to 79 to register eight cup points.

Davies’s triple won again, 19-11, while Burdon’s triple, this time with Peter Watkins and Val Rees, won 22-18, while Robins and Daniells partnered with Brian Borsberry and won 19-9. Sally Daniells’s triple of Roger Sayer and John Rees went down 11-12 on the final end, though Kingston’s triple with Maybury and Jeanie Davies met their match on the day 9-29.

Sunday saw SHIPLAKE entertain DESBOROUGH from Maidenhead in a six triple mixed friendly and were easy winners by 58 shots.

Sylvia Blackmore’s opponents only managed to win five of the 18 ends as she romped home by 17 shots while John Gutteridge, now getting used to playing skip lost by three in a very close game.

Five ends and five singles is all that Dave Webb’s opponents could manage as he ended up the highest winning rink for the hosts. Five shots in the last three ends gave Melvin Stafford victory by one shot in this ever lead changing game.

Another close finish saw Howard West overtake his opponent on the 14th end with a four and held out to the end, winning by one while, on his way to an easy victory, Roger Pitcher scored some big scores including a five, a six and a seven on the last end.

Scores (Shiplake names): J Stafford, D Lloyd, S Blackmore 26-9; D Harris, Jean Buckett, J Gutteridge 14-17; C Gutteridge, S Pitcher, D Webb 27-5; M West, P Lean, M Stafford 15-14; M Barnett, D Steel, H West 16-15; P Steel, J Webb, R Pitcher 31-11.

SHIPLAKE defeated TILEHURST in a six-rink mixed friendly by 54 shots. Wendy Cross won the first four ends which put her in good stead for the rest of the game, eventually winning by 10. Scoring a four on the last end allowed Melvin Stafford to draw his game 15-apiece.

One down on the 10th end, Jim Bland then couldn’t stop scoring, as he won the last 11 ends to romp home by 27 shots. Although dropping a four on the 20th, Sylvia Blackmore still came home by three after winning the last.

Allowing his opponent to win only seven ends Ryan Buckett ran out an easy winner by 16. However, Matt Shepherd, who was winning by seven at the 16th, then lost the last five ends to lose by two.

Scores (Shiplake names): P Walker, D Harris, D Bullock, W Cross 23-13; P Christmas, P Main, M Bullock, M Stafford 15-15; D Lloyd, A Main, J Gutteridge, J Bland 37-10; C Gutteridge, P Leen, J Stafford, S Blackmore 21-18; E Robinson, P Mansfield, Jody Buckett, R Buckett 25-7; Jean Buckett, C Buckett, K Bland, M Shepherd 15-17.

IN a reversal of fortunes, SHIPLAKE lost out to TRENTHAMS 17 shots in their friendly match.

Although scoring a five on the third end David Bullock’s four were completely out-bowled, losing by 19 shots.

Playing at the unaccustomed position of skip John Gutteridge did well to come home by four. Dropping three threes didn’t help Tony Reid in his pursuit of victory as he finished losing by seven. In a very close-fought match Melvin Stafford took the honours by one shot despite losing the last two ends.

Another close game saw Ryan Buckett’s four keep their opponents down to singles and one two, to win by four.

Scores (Shiplake names): P Christmas, P Mansfield, L Mitton, D Bullock 13-32; Jean Buckett, P Main, Jody Buckett, J Gutteridge 23-19; B Copp, M Barnett, M Lovejoy, T Reid 13-20; A Main, P Walker, J Munnelly, M Stafford 19-18; P McCoubrey, C Buckett, R Copp, R Buckett 16-12.

Last Thursday afternoon SHIPLAKE LADIES entertained UNIVERSITY OF READING LADIES in a three triples friendly and were beaten by three shots.

Ruth Copp was five shots up on the 15th but then dropped 11 shots in the remaining three ends to lose by six.

Sylvia Blackmore only managed to win five ends all afternoon as she went down by 13.

This game was in complete contrast to the one above as Daphne Jacob only allowed her opponent to win five ends as she cruised home by 16 shots.

Scores (Shiplake names): P Steel, J Stafford, R Copp 15-21; J Rolston, J Buckett, S Blackmore 11-24; S Reid, E Robinson, D Jacob 23-7.

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