Thursday, 11 August 2022

Henley edge narrow victory in mixed triples league clash

HENLEY MEN lost out by 80 shots to 60 in a triples friendly fixture at WOODLEY

HENLEY MEN lost out by 80 shots to 60 in a triples friendly fixture at WOODLEY on Tuesday of last week despite winning on two of the four rinks.

Scores (Henley names): D Palmer, W Outram, C Ward 17-14; K Lawrance, R Kingston, B Davies 15-18; J Woodford, A Scott, D Silvester 28-7; J Cross, L Snelgrove, F Powell 20-21.

Hosts HENLEY suffered a 119-90 defeat at home to BRENTWOOD last Saturday in a friendly mixed rinks match in a game that saw both sides win on three rinks each.

Scores (Henley names): A Crisa, M Johnson, L Snelgrove, R Sayer 21-17; M Belcher, L Sayer, M Robins, F Powell 18-15; T Jones, D Smith, J Rees, R Kingston 11-17; J Cross, W Outram, V Rees, A Scott 11-27; J Bonar, T Hewett, D Woodford, B Davies 18-13; J Woodford, M Johnson, J Thompson, D Silvester 11-30.

HENLEY made a successful return to league action on Sunday in a closely contested Oddfellows mixed triples match against visitors HARWELL.

Each club won on two rinks with the fifth rink tied but Henley ran out winners by 92 shots to 82 as they picked up seven points to Harwell’s five.

Scores (Henley names):J Woodford, J Thompson, D Silvester 15-22; D Smith, A Scott, J Eatwell 15-13; L Sayer, R Kingston, B Davies 32-12; A Crisa, W Outram, R Sayer 15-15; J Edwards, C Blakeway, C Ward 15-20.

WARGRAVE LADIES lost out by 62 shots to 42 in their three triples friendly match against HURST LADIES on Tuesday of last week. Wargrave won on two of the three rinks, the best winning rink being that of Hilde Jones, Doreen Blake and Mary Trussler.

On Wednesday of last week WARGRAVE ran out 87-83 winners at home to TWYFORD in the Hedges Cup.

Wargrave’s best winning rink in the six mixed triples match was that of Doreen Blake, Ray Trussler and Graham Whiting. Last Saturday WARGRAVE ran out comfortable 95-42 winners at home to BURGHFIELD in a friendly fixture.

The hosts won all four triples rinks played with the best winning rink being that of David Smith, George Hedges and Graham Whiting.

SHIPLAKE entertained WOODLEY in a mixed five rink friendly where they won by 94 shots to 78 thanks mainly to the rink led by Barry Lambourne.

Dropping a five on the 16th in a tight game left Dave Webb losing by one at the finish. Leading from start to finish, Tony Reid cruised home by 11. A strong rink on paper, Graham Kennedy’s four were completely outplayed, losing by 14.

Barry Lambourne put his stamp on his game from the start, scoring a five on the first end and scored frequently after that to end up 22 to the good. Ten down at the seventh Barrie Evans fought back to finish two adrift at the end.

SHIPLAKE held their annual in-house drawn triples match last Saturday in which seven teams entered. The final was played between Barrie Evans’ triple consisting of Elaine Robinson and Melvin Stafford — who earlier in the season had won the drawn fours — and David Webb’s triple including David Lloyd and Mark Belcher.

The final was a close game with Evans going into the last end two up. Webb was holding shots in the last end but a fine bowl by Evans gave him shot. Not to be outdone Webb put the jack into the ditch to hold one but with the last bowl Evans glanced off another wood to give him a second shot and almost impossible to get out so he went down by one.

Last Sunday SHIPLAKE defeated TILEHURST 112-75 in a six triples mixed friendly.

Martin Cranstoun picked up an eight on the fourth end to lead by 14 and scored regularly for the rest of the afternoon to win by 18. Jim Bland won nine ends on the trot in the middle of the game, coming home by seven.

Matt Shepherd let a nine shot lead at the tenth slip dropping a four three and two before going down by one. Melvin Stafford kicked off with a five, but his opponents came back into the game but couldn’t catch him as he won by three.

Despite only winning five ends of the 18, David Webb only lost by four after scoring two fours and keeping his opponents down by ones and twos. Daphne Jacob led from start to finish in her game, coming home by 14 shots.

Scores (Shiplake names): J Webb, J Gutteridge, M Cranstoun 25-7; S Stretch, P Main, J Bland 17-10; K Bland, S Cranstoun, M Shepherd 18-19; A Main, P Christmas, M Stafford 19-16; D Harris, J Stafford, D Webb 13-17; E Davis, J Snook, D Jacob 20-6.

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