Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Shiplake successful in University challenge

HENLEY lost out to visitors HARWELL on Saturday in the Oddfellows Triples League despite winning on

HENLEY lost out to visitors HARWELL on Saturday in the Oddfellows Triples League despite winning on three of the five rinks.

The hosts, who lost heavily on the remaining two rinks, lost out 94-71 overall to secure six league points to Harwell’s eight.

Barrie Davies with Simon Hastings and Sally Daniells ran out winners 23-15 for the hosts while Richard Kingston with Joan Edwards and Norman Daniells won narrowly 16-15 after being 14-4 up after 10 ends.

Peter Watkins with his team of Colin Ward and Janet Thompson managed to win 14-12, after being 12-9 down after 14 ends.

Elsewhere Peter Borsberry with Bill Outram and Di Woodford lost 24-10 and Andy Scott with Jeanie Davies and Cliff Blakeway went down 28-8.

On Sunday HENLEY went down 102-77 to MAIDEN ERLEGH in a five triples mixed friendly with only Barrie Davies skipping a winning rink, with Barrie were Angelika Crisa and Len Snelgrove 21-12.

Skips Colin Ward and John Rees both narrowly went down by three shots. Ward with Jeanie Davies and Brian Borsberry lost 20-17 while Rees with Dilys Smith — playing her first match of the season — and Keith Lawrance lost 20-17. Elsewhere Andy Scott with Peter Field and Val Rees lost 27-11 while Richard Kingston with John Cross and Kevin Browne lost 23-11.

HENLEY won on two rinks and lost on three during their Plomer Cup match away at DIDCOT on Wednesday of last week which ended in a draw.

The overall score was 86-86 resulting in five points for Henley and seven points for Didcot.

Both Roger Sayers and Andy Scott’s rinks got off to flying starts and after six ends Sayers’ was 12-3 up and Scott’s 10-0 up. Sayers, with Angelika Crisa and Norman Daniells, continued to power ahead and eventually won 29-8. Scott, with Colin Ward and Di Woodford, only managed to score three more shots on the next 12 ends, losing 18-13.

Richard Kingston, with Simon Hastings and Janet Thompson started slowly and were 8-2 down after five ends, but then found the green and ran out 23-14 winners.

Barrie Davies with Theresa Dombey and Kevin Browne went down 21-11 after leading 7-6 after eight ends while Peter Borsberry with Jim Woodford and Sally Daniells struggled for the whole match having dropped six shots on the second end, going down 23-10.

On Thursday of last week HENLEY narrowly lost out by 60 shots to 59 to MAIDENHEAD THICKET in a men’s four rinks triple friendly having won on two rinks and lost on two.

Roger Sayer with Terry Mills and Malc Johnson continued his good form winning 18-8, having been level at 7-7 after 10 ends.

Keith Lawrance, skipping for the first time, with Brian Borsberry and Bill Outram narrowly won 17-16 while Peter Borsberry with Tony Hewett and Jim Woodford lost 17-11 and Peter Watkins with John Cross and Dave Palmer went down 19-13.

SHIPLAKE ran out winners by 105 shots to 73 at UNIVERSITY OF READING on Saturday in an Oddfellows Triples League match. The result saw the visitors pick up 10 of the 14 league points on offer.

After a see-saw beginning Shiplake’s Graham Kennedy took the lead again and never lost it, winning by seven. Although winning fewer ends than his opponent Barrie Evans scored better on the ends he did win to come home by four.

Picking up a five on the first end Wendy Cross never scored again until the ninth where she picked up two consecutive fours to take the lead again. Dropping a five on the next she was unable to catch up, going down by three.

Level at the seventh Jim Bland’s triple dropped a four, five and two threes to lose by seven.

Stars of the afternoon were the triple skipped by Matt Shepherd who completely outplayed their opponents, who only won three ends for a total of four to Shiplake’s 35.

Scores (Shiplake names): E Robinson, M Lovejoy, G Kennedy 21-14; R Copp, M Belcher, B Evans 16-12; D Lloyd, M Stafford, W Cross 17-20; D Buckett, J Buckett, J Bland 12-23; K Bland, L Mitton, M Shepherd 35-4.

SHIPLAKE ran out 120-83 winners away at THREE MILE CROSS in a five rink mixed friendly match on Sunday.

Howard West was 14-0 up by the seventh when the game became more evenly contested but still extended his lead to 18 at the finish. Tony Reid trailed from the start and although picking up a five and some twos he never was in contention, going down by 11.

Getting off to a good start Melvin Stafford always had a few shots’ leeway, finishing six to the good. Both sides had spells of not scoring for six ends and with Dave Webb trailing by four at the 17th he again put together a run of four ends to draw the game.

Match of the day was skipped by Matt Shepherd with 10-year-old Charlie Buckett playing his first ever game for the club and helping to secure the highest winning rink. Scoring freely all afternoon, including a seven — just missing out on a hot shot by an inch — they completely outbowled their opponents to the tune of 24 shots.

Scores (Shiplake names): J Webb, P Mansfield, R Copp, H West 29-11; A Main, S Reid, P Christmas, T Reid 17-28; B Copp, D Snell, M Bullock, M Stafford 20-14; M West, P Walker, P Main, D Webb 18-18; J Buckett, C Buckett, E Robinson, M Shepherd 36-12.

On Thursday evening of last week a depleted SHIPLAKE side went down by 84 shots to 53 at BANBURY CENTRAL in Division 1 of the Oxfordshire Bowls League. The hosts secured all six league points.

The triple skipped by Melvin Stafford were on level terms after six ends but in the second half the home team pulled away to win by 12 shots.

David Webb’s rink didn’t start well but rallied to pull level after 16 ends, but the last five ends went to the hosts who won by seven.

Barrie Evans’s four never got to grips with a very difficult bumpy rink, but managed to pull back a halfway deficit of 14 shots to lose by nine.

Tony Reid’s rink held their own trailing by just one at the halfway, but the home side finished the stronger winning by three.

Scores (Shiplake names): D Buckett, H West, M Stafford 12-24; D Lloyd, F Benham, J Gutteridge, D Webb 13-20; P Christmas, L Mitton, M Cranstoun, B Evans 14-23; B Copp, P McCoubrey, D Bullock, T Reid 14-17.

SHIPLAKE defeated visitors TWYFORD in a six triple mixed friendly by 10 shots, 104-94.

Scores (Shiplake names): E Davis, R Copp, D Webb 24-8; P Walker, J Munnelly, L Mitton 15-19; E Robinson, J Gutteridge, M Cranstoun 14-13; C Gutteridge, D Buckett, J Bland 9-19; J Webb, W Copp, M Lovejoy 18-21; D Lloyd, S Cranstoun, M Shepherd 24-14.

On Monday evening of last week WARGRAVE defeated READING B 82-64 in the Kennet League clash to secure all 14 points on offer. Wargrave’s best winning rink was that of Sam Morrison, John Winter, Fred Furneaux and Roger Prew.

On Wednesday of last week WARGRAVE defeated THREE MILE CROSS in a friendly by 67 shots to 54 as they won all four rinks. The best winning rink was that of Mel Davies, Bill Cordell and Mike Pope.

WARGRAVE LADIES went down to a 60-47 defeat against TWYFORD. Wargrave won on one rink and lost on the other two. The Wargrave winning rink was that of Mary Coster, Doreen Blake and Jean Burton.

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