Monday, 21 June 2021

Hosts put on their Sunday best to thrash Desborough

HENLEY held their annual gala day on Sunday where 16 mixed triples from clubs across Oxfordshire and Berkshire

HENLEY held their annual gala day on Sunday where 16 mixed triples from clubs across Oxfordshire and Berkshire competed for the Shield Trophy.

The day’s competition, which was watched on by Henley mayor Lorraine Hillier, was played in a two leagues of eight format with the winners of each league playing in the final.

The first round of matches started at 10am with the final scheduled for 6.15pm and the steady rain for an hour or so in mid-morning failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the day.

The final was played over six ends between the Desborough triple of Graham Rogers, Catherine Rogers and John Stannard against the Caversham triple of David Ash, Dorothy Ash and David Quint. The score was level coming into the final end with Desborough winning the trophy by a single shot.

Cynthia Townley, of sponsors AB Walker and Son Ltd, presented the shield to the winners.

SHIPLAKE lost out by 89 shots to 59 at CARTERTON on Thursday of last week in their Oxfordshire League match where the hosts gained five league points to the visitors’ one.

The rink skipped by Trevor Beaumont settled early, but then didn’t score for eight ends, by which time the home team had put a winning score on the board. Jim Bland’s four never got going and by halfway the host rink had secured victory.

Barrie Evans’ rink started well, but this didn’t last as the home side came back to level and pull away to a convincing victory. The only consolation for the visitors was the performance of Graham Kennedy’s rink where Graham himself won comfortably against his Middleton Cup opponent.

Scores (Shiplake names): J Chamberlain, J Gutteridge, L Mitton, T Beaumont 11-24; D Lloyd, R Pitcher, D Webb, J Bland 14-28; P Christmas, G Clinch, P Buckett, B Evans 11-24; F Benham, M Stafford, D Bullock, G Kennedy 23-13.

Last Saturday SHIPLAKE triumphed 114-102 at MAIDEN ERLEGH in a six triples mixed friendly.

Melvin Stafford lost out by one shot on the last end to lose 16-15. Although Ruth Copp picked up a seven on the last end she still went down by four. Phil Buckett’s triple were 17-0 up on the seventh end, ending up winners by 16.

Best score of the day came from Mike Lovejoy’s three who won by 17. David Bullock won the first end but then struggled to keep in touch for the rest of the afternoon, going down by 13. Barrie Evans got off to a good start but dropped eight in two ends to relinquish the lead.

Scores (Shiplake names): A Main, W Copp, M Stafford 15-16; S Stretch, P Main, R Copp 20-24; S Reid, J Buckett, P Buckett 25-9; W Buss, P Mansfield, M Lovejoy 28-11; M Barnett, M Bullock, D Bullock 13-26; E Robinson, P Christmas, B Evans 13-16.

SHIPLAKE defeated DESBOROUGH last Sunday by 86 shots in a mixed triples friendly. Despite picking up nine shots in two ends Roger Pitcher went down by six. Martin Cranstoun’s triple were run-away winners, winning by 36 shots. Although losing 10 shots on the last three ends David Bullock came home comfortably by eight.

Matt Shepherd’s opponents only won four ends all afternoon, giving him a win by 12. Graham Kennedy won the first eight ends, picking up 19 shots to send him home by 17. Barrie Evans also got off to a good start, scoring 16 shots in the first seven ends to canter home 30-11.

SHIPLAKE pair Jackie Stafford and Sylvia Blackmore lost out in the semi-finals of the county pairs held at Memorial Avenue last Saturday. The home-green pair crashed out to the duo of Englnad lead Caroline Campion and Carole Galletley.

Scores (Shiplake names): J Stafford, J Gutteridge, R Pitcher 15-21; M Bullock, F Benham, M Cranstoun 39-3; E Davis, R Copp, D Bullock 22-14; C Gutteridge, M Stafford, M Shepherd 19-7; D Harris, S Cranstoun, G Kennedy 26-9; D Buckett, B Copp, B Evans 30-11.

WARGRAVE LADIES went down to a 30-24 defeat against PALMER PARK on Tuesday of last week in a three triples match. Wargrave triumphed 13-11 on the rink of lead Christine Rogers, Mary Trussler and skip Marian Pope.

On Wednesday of last week WARGRAVE narrowly lost out to GREAT HOLLANDS 85-83. The Wargrave winning rink was that of lead Pam Jails, Eddie Alan and skip Graham Whiting.

WARGRAVE ran out 62-37 winners in their KLX match against BRACKNELL B on Friday of last week where they picked up eight points to two.

The two winning rinks were that of Richard Bedford, David Smith and Michael Pope who won 26-7 while Brian Turnbull, Keith Sykes and Clive Winfield won 23-13.

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