Thursday, 17 June 2021

Henley secure maximum points from triples league clash

HENLEY continued their winning run in an Oddfellows Triples Mixed League match on Wednesday evening of

HENLEY continued their winning run in an Oddfellows Triples Mixed League match on Wednesday evening of last week at home to PANGBOURNE. The hosts won all five rinks and gained the maximum 14 points.

Roger Sayer with Angelika Crisa and David Maybury won by the greatest margin of 11 shots, 23-12 while Gill Robins with Len Snelgrove and John Rees triumphed 25-15.

Colin Ward with Romy Painter, playing in her first representative match, and Maurice Robins won 18-10 while Simon Hastings with Andy Scott and Val Rees dropped four shots on the last end, but still won 16-13.

Richard Kingston with Lynn Sayer and Peter Borsberry were 16-10 down after 13 ends and fought back to win 19-17.

On Thursday evening of last week SHIPLAKE put in a good performance against the cream of Oxfordshire bowlers as they went down by 38 shots to HEADINGTON A in the Oxfordshire Bowls League Cup. Graham Kennedy was all square at the 14th but then lost the remaining four ends to finish seven adrift. Not scoring until the ninth end Barry Lambourne then had slightly the better of exchanges, finishing 13 behind at the end.

Jim Bland got off to a bad start, dropping a five on the third end and was never in contention from then on, losing by 21.

Winning by three shots with three ends to go Barrie Evans’s game was finished early because the result of the match was impossible to change.

Scores (Shiplake names): M Belcher, F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy 14-21; L Mitton, J Gutteridge, M Shepherd, B Lambourne 13-26; B Copp, R Pitcher, D Webb, J Bland 8-29; D Lloyd, M Cranstoun, T Reid, B Evans 14-11.

Last weekend saw SHIPLAKE hold their annual in-house club competitions, starting on the Friday evening with the men’s and ladies’ singles competitions and finishing on the Sunday with the rest of the games. The men’s singles was a close game between Barry Lambourne and David Bullock in which Bullock at times was holding good shots only for Lambourne to hit back to secure a four shot win, 21-17.

The ladies’ singles saw the lead change four times and ended with the last end being played with the scores level before Margaret Bullock beat Helen Robinson by one shot, 21-20.

The two wood pairs was a run-away win by Sue Reid and Barry Lambourne who defeated Sonia Stretch and Wendy Cross 20-4.

The four-wood pairs was another run-away victory, this time for Jean Buckett and Jim Bland when they defeated Pat Lean and Len Mitton 32-6.

Bland notched up his second win when he beat Bullock in the two-wood singles, 7-2 and 7-3.

Another close game was the 91-Up in which Bland needed nine points to beat Lambourne on the last end but unfortunately for Bland it was Lambourne who scored the nine to win 97-83. In the handicap Jackie Stafford had to give John Gutteridge a four start and had made up the leeway by the sixth end. They were level again at the 14th and with Gutteridge holding a good two for game on the 17th Stafford trailed the jack back to get her one shot needed by the measure to win 21-19.

The Handicap Plate saw Bullock give her opponent Martin Cranstoun a four shot start and with the lead changing four times it was level at the 17th. Cranstoun scored a couple of twos in the last three ends, to triumph 21-18.

The Senior Citizens trophy was won by Barrie Evans as he easily beat Bullock by 11 shots in this first to 15 shots game, allowing Bullock to win only three ends (15-4).

The Novices saw John Munnelly take the lead against Gutteridge and was always a few shots ahead until the 16th and 18th ends when he scored a maximum four shots on both ends to win 21-14.

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