Press Report – October 23, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 21.10.18


Desborough once again played Cambridge Park, this time in the National Top Club and won 12-4. Although Tim Eales and Helen Jones made a valiant effort in their singles defeats, the pairs of Mary Price and Len Essex, fours consisting of Lorraine Woodley, Jenny Morgan, Brett Long and Malcolm Woodley and the triple of Jan Frost, Kevin Scrace and Eddie Orme performed magnificently to see the team through to the next round to play Whiteknights on 18 November.


Expectations weren’t high when Desborough met Westlecot in the 1st round of the Denny Cup, so it was no disgrace to lose 91-70 to a very strong side. The home rink skipped by Len Essex and the away rink led by Colin Jones did well to produce winning scorecards and the club has the consolation of now going into the Plate Competition where they will play West Berks on 3 November.


Iver Heath B C were welcomed to York Road and for an outdoor club put up a spirited performance in going down to a 166-99 defeat. Desborough won on 4 of the 6 rinks with top rink honours going to Kath Spracklen, Jan Marshall, Cy Woodward and  Brian Faulkner who won 41-9.


Rink scores

C Tupling, M Hobson, D McDonald, D Perriman.        39-11

C Howard, J Newton, M Pelling, N Smelt.              30-8

R Hughes, T Scherer, J Smelt, R Wyatt.                17-22

J McDonnell, V Wyatt, C Northover, P Winstanley.      17-28

K Spracklen, J Marshall, C Woodward, B Faulkner.     41-9

L Eumorfopoulos, P Tuttle, P Patel, B Parish           22-21


Desborough welcomed the London Welsh B A for their annual visit and after an entertaining afternoon had an 87 shot victory, 159-72. The home side won on 5 of the 6 rinks but there was no doubting who the top rink was as June Sculthorpe, Marsha Buckles, Ron James and Sam Stack won 45-17.


Rink scores

Y Hurley, K Crump, J Clark, T Buckley.        16-17

E Sharp, C Crunden, J Bucknell, E Sharp.      27-9

C Howard, C Buckley, B Pocock, B Gill.        21-11

P Hatch, E Gill, C Northover, D Webster.       19-17

J Sculthorpe, M Buckles, R James, S Stack.   45-17

C Bartlett, M Hobson, G Braddock, R Hatch.   31-11

Press Report – October 15, 2018

Desborough began their Egham Trophy campaign with a potentially tricky tie against Cambridge Park but everything fell into place and in the end had an easy passage into the next round as they won by 40 shots, 89-49. On the home rinks, Len Essex’s foursome, especially the ladies, Jan Frost and Julie Beal, put on an impressive performance to win well and Colin Jones’s rink contributed to the team effort by minimizing their loss to 2 shots. Away from home, Eddie Orme’s crew started slowly but along with Malcolm Woodley’s rink asserted their class to register excellent wins. Next up is King George Field on October 28.


Rink scores



J Frost, J Beal, K Scrace, L Essex         26-13

J Morgan, K Eales, T Eales, C Jones.      12-14




M Price, Y Stuart, B Long, E Orme.          25-12

L Woodley, H Jones, C Behmber, M Woodley 26-10


Desborough welcomed Egham to York Road but proved to be no match for the visitors as they ended up receiving a bowling lesson in a 158-93 defeat. The rinks skipped by Cy Woodward and Sam Stack did well to limit their losses to 4 shots but the kudos of being top rink went to Carole Tupling, Jim McDonnell, Ray Weaver and David Perriman who only lost on the last end by 3 shots.


Rink scores

R Hughes, J Kingston, C Northover, D Webster.               15-27

K Spracklen, M Hutley, M Buckles, C Woodward.              17-21

C Tupling, J McDonnell, R Weaver, D Perriman.               15-18

M Hallett, C Howard, J Bucknell, B Faulkner.                  17-34

L Eumorfopoulos, K Scowen,D McDonald, S Stack.            17-21

V Wyatt, A Willis, Y Hurley, R Wyatt.                          12-37


A trip to Portsmouth to play Victory IBC is an enjoyable experience but on this occasion proved fruitless for Desborough as they were humbled in a 139-84 defeat. Only one rink could return a winning scorecard so the heroes of the day were Carol Bartlett, Michael Hobson, Paul Patel and Brian Wright who won by 10 shots. Desborough will seek revenge in the return fixture early in the New Year.


Rink scores

P Arnott, P Hatch, T Buckley, R Weaver.                    18-26

R Hughes, K Scowen, M Buckles, B Gill.                   7-28

C Bartlett, M Hobson, P Patel, B Wright.                  21-11

J Kingston, T Scherer, J Bucknell, D Webster.             12-22

M Bellworthy, M Hallett, D McDonald, P Winstanley.       18-19

J Tuhill, L Eumorfopoulos, E Gill, D Perriman.              8-33

Press Report – October 8, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 7.10.18

For the start of the 2018/19 indoor season Desborough made the arduous trip to Oxford & District and after a frustrating afternoon fell to a 111-80 defeat. The rinks skipped by Sam Stack and David Webster had an afternoon that all bowlers dread, Brian Faulkner’s rink put up a fight to only go down by one shot which left two rinks to battle for top rink honours. Roy Hughes, Yvonne Hurley, Jim Roll and David Perriman along with Pauline Tuttle, Paul Patel, Kel Crump and the enigmatic Paul Winstanley won by 3 shots but the latter foursome got the nod on count back.


Rink scores


V Wyatt , P Arnott, M Hutley, D Webster     11-30

T Scherer, M Hobson, M Buckles, B Faulkner 14-15

P Tuttle, P Patel, K Crump, P Winstanley.    24-21

R Hughes, Y Hurley, J Roll, D Perriman.     17-14

K Spracklen, J McDonnell, R Wyatt, S Stack. 14-31

Indoor Newsletter – September 2018

I hope you have all had a good outdoor season and are now looking forward to the challenge of the indoor rinks.

We have a full schedule of friendly representative matches arranged for the coming months and if you are available and want to play in any of these, then please put your name of the fixture sheets displayed on the Club noticeboards.

The first friendly fixture is away at Oxford & District, (transport provided if required) on Saturday 6th October, followed by a home match against Egham on Wednesday 10th October.



We are pleased to report that the development of the new Club at the Green lane site is on programme and the contractor, Wren Construction have confirmed they are aiming to achieve Practical Completion in February 2019.

This would then allow us to furnish and commission the new club with a view to opening both the new indoor and outdoor facilities in April 2019.


Regular updates as to progress with the new club development will be posted on the notice boards however to answer some of the most common questions asked by members I would advise as follows:-


Q: Will the Indoor mat be at the right speed?

A: The new mat will achieve 18 secs (as existing) within 12 months.

Q: What colour will the new bowls carpet be?

A:  Green

Q: Will the bar be open and staffed all day?

A: Not 100% decided but at least for lunchtimes and during /after any events/matches

Q: Will there be food available?

A: Yes –it is hoped, on all days

Q: Will lockers be available and what size will they be?

A: There will be 500 lockers available all large enough to accommodate a 4 wood bowls bag. Existing members will be automatically allocated a new locker at no additional charge.

Q: Where will the Honours Boards go?

A: Some will be retained.

Q; Will we have Trophy Cabinets in the new clubhouse?

A: Yes, we will be transferring the existing cabinets

Q: Will the club furniture be new?

A: Yes


Q: How many car parking spaces will there be?

A: 107 for Cars and 2 for Coaches

Q: Will the green be ready for playing at the start of next season?

A: Yes, although it will need bedding in and no friendly matches will be played on it until May. Friendly matches in April and May will be “away” matches.

Q: Is there an irrigation system for the new green?

 A: Yes, a new sprinkler system is already installed

Q: Will we have floodlights?

A: Yes, a new set of LED lights are to be installed

Q: Will there be enough tables, seating and shelter/umbrellas?

A: Yes – there will be shelters and seating on all sides.

Q: Will the area surrounding the green be landscaped.

A: Planting beds will be formed within the perimeter paving.

Q: Are there outside toilets at the green?

A: There is a Unisex toilet adjacent to the green.

Q: Are we recruiting new members now for the Club?

A: Definitely YES!

Roger Wyatt (General Secretary)

Press Report – September 17, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 16.9.18


For the penultimate game at York Road Suttons were the visitors and Desborough managed to eke out a small win by three shots, 112-109. Although the rinks skipped by Eric Sharp and Tony Buckley suffered reverses, these were compensated by those marshalled by Dave Wagner, Brian Wright, Ray Weaver and David Griggs. The latter, along with Shirley Newnham and Paul Patel easily got top rink honours by winning 28-17.


Rink scores

C Tupling, R Earl, D Wagner.     21-14

C Crunden, J Roll, B Wright.     19-17

K Spracklen, R Turner, E Sharp.   9-23

G Coussins, B Harris, R Weaver.  22-15

E Sharp, M Hobson, T Buckley.   13-23

S Newnham, P Patel, D Griggs.   28-17



For the last game on Desborough’s outdoor green a celebration match was held involving two rinks from Hurst and one each from Maidenhead Thicket, Town, Windsor & Eton, Stoke Poges and High Wycombe, the latter being our first opponents on the green in 1907. The performance of the day for the home team came from Roy Hughes, Jenny Bosley, David Griggs and the Welsh Wizard, Brian Jones, who won 25-8 and for the visitors it was Town’s rink consisting of Richard Smith, Mary Mackay, Yoneko Stuart and Roy West that shone as they triumphed 36-6. 6 of the 7 rinks were shared with the other drawn, so the game was an honourable draw which was a fitting end to another chapter in Desborough’s history.

Press Report – September 10, 2018

In an interesting finals weekend, it produced two champions, one old and one new. In the Men’s Championship the title holder Tony Devonald-Batt had to succumb to a previous winner, Mark Peachey, who won 21-12. In the Ladies Championship, Eileen Gill held her nerve to beat County bowler, Gina Braddock, winning 21-15.


Two bowlers retained their titles. Geoff Lofthouse overcame Michael White in the Over 70s singles and Gina Braddock beat Gill O’Neill in the Ladies Two Wood singles. Gina was also successful in the Drawn Pairs with Sylvia Laban and the Drawn Triples with Maureen O’Reilly and Val Wyatt. Although Gill O’Neill was unsuccessful in the Two Wood, she made up for it by winning the Handicap Singles, Over 60s Singles and Mixed Drawn Handicap Pairs with Michael White. The latter also won the Mixed Nominated Pairs with Ryda Eyre who was substituting for his wife Val.


The reign of John Stenson, Ron James and Brian Jones in the Benevolent Triples came to an end as they were beaten by Bruce Adams, Graeme Mason and Alan May. Ray Weaver did the double as he won the Open Handicap Singles and the Men’s Handicap Singles. Peter Braddock was also a double winner as he beat the defending champion Barry Gill to win the Two Wood Singles and the Drawn Pairs with Dave Hasler.


The novice titles went to Pauline Tuttle and Mike Whittingham.






Championship    Eileen Gill 21  Gina Braddock 15

Novice.          Pauline Tuttle 21 Maureen O’Reilly 12

Handicap.        Gill O’Neill 21  Pauline Tuttle 8

Two Wood.       Gina Braddock 16 Gill O’Neill 13

Over 60s.         Gill O’Neill 21 Maureen O’Reilly 17

Drawn Pairs.      Gina Braddock Sylvia Laban 27

Pauline Tuttle Eileen Gill 19

Drawn Triples     Maureen O’Reilly Val Wyatt Gina Braddock 27

Carole Tupling Jenny Bosley Doreen Lovering 8

Mixed H’cap Pairs Gill O’Neill Michael White 26

Mary Martin Ken Hazell  18

Mixed Pairs.      Ryda Eyre Michael White 18

Maureen O’Reilly Mike Whittingham 16

Open Singles.     Ray Weaver 21 Peter Braddock 10






Championship     Mark Peachey 21 Tony Devonald-Batt 12

Novice.           Mike Whittingham 21 Paul Patel 16

Handicap.         Ray Weaver 21 Paul Winstanley 17

Two Wood         Peter Braddock 16 Barry Gill 11

Over 70s.          Geoff Lofthouse 21 Michael White 17

Drawn Pairs.       Peter Braddock Dave Hasler 17

John Brampton Paul Winstanley 16

Benevolent Triples  Bruce Adams Graeme Mason Alan May 19

John Stenson Ron James Brian Jones 11



Desborough welcomed Flackwell Heath to York Road and were generous hosts as they let the visitors win by 14 shots, although the 6 rinks were shared so it could be declared a honourable draw. The rinks skipped by Dave Wagner and

Brian Jones returned winning scorecards but they had to concede top rink honours to Ann Vaughan, Nicola Jones, Paul Patel and Tony Buckley.


Rink scores

K Spracklen, E Gill, D Griggs, D Wagner   21-13

P Tuttle, R Turner, J Stenson, B Jones.   18-13

C Tupling, J Bosley, J Bucknell, B Gill.    10-26

A Vaughan, N Jones, P Patel, T Buckley.  29-17

R Eyre, K Coles, C Crunden, J Stannard   17-22

P Arnott, J MacPherson, J Roll, B Wright.  9-27

Picture: Champions Mark Peachey and Eileen Gill

Press Report – September 3, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 2.9.18


Four members of Desborough Bowling Club’s School Academy, Simran Thaman, Katie Coles, Kira Smith and Sadia Siddiqi went to Leamington as part of the Berkshire squad to play in the Amy Rose Bowl and although the girls played well they succumbed to more experienced opposition from Worcestershire. Thanks goes to Gina Braddock for nurturing the girl’s bowling careers which will hopefully last many years.


Desborough welcomed local rivals Maidenhead Thicket to York Road with a positive outcome as they edged it 108-100. However as both sides shared the 6 rinks, the captains agreed on a honourable draw as being a fairer result. The rinks skipped by Bruce Adams and Tony Buckley had winning scorecards but they didn’t come close to Pat Arnott, Rose Turner and the Welsh Wizard, Brian Jones, who claimed top rink honours by winning 27-13.

Rink scores

E Cox, E Devonald-Batt, P Winstanley   15-17

C Buckley, M Pelling, R Weaver.        13-26

P Harrison-Smith, N Jones, T Buckley.  23-16

P Arnott, R Turner, B Jones.           27-13

P Patel, J Bosley, B Adams.           16-10

R Earl, P Hatch, B Wright              14-18


In the final Royal Shield match of the 2018 outdoor season, Desborough traveled to Windsor Great Park but unfortunately fell to an 8-2 defeat with the only joy coming from the winning rink of Pam Harrison-Smith, Rose Turner and Gill O’Neill.


In a two rink friendly against Twyford, Desborough triumphed 42-29 with a winning performance from Katie Coles, Carole Tupling and Rose Turner.


Rink scores

S Thaman, S Newnham, J Bosley.  16-22

K Coles, C Tupling, R Turner.       26-7


Desborough’s men finished with a flourish in the Floodlight League as they won both games in the double header against Suttons. The A squad played away and won 10-4 which included a scintillating performance from Michael White and Tony Buckley in the pairs as they won 30-9. The B squad won 12-2 at home with only the pairs going down against tough opposition.



Press report – August 27, 2018

Press report w/e 26.8.18

With the game at Wexham being cancelled due to the weather the only friendly entailed a short trip to Windsor and Eton which resulted in a 42 shot defeat, 133-91. It was a tough afternoon for 4 rinks and although the rink skipped by Tony Buckley had a winning scorecard they had to concede top rink honours to Simran Thaman, Jim Roll and John Stannard on countback.


Rink scores

S Thaman, J Roll, J Stannard.             21-12

K Coles, B Harris, R Pike, H Pike.          19-25

A Harris, E Cox, J Bucknell, N Jones.       9-25

K Spracklen, M Hobson, R Turner, P Winstanley 8-20

P Harrison-Smith, P Colton, C Crunden, B Wright 12-33

P Arnott, P Hatch, P Patel, T Buckley.       22-18


In the TVL, the Bluebells had two games which both resulted in an 8-2 win, firstly from hosting Caversham and then from a journey to Great Hollands. The Buttercups weren’t so lucky as they went down 10-0 to Palmer Park.


The Royal Shield against the Royal Household proved to be tough as they went down 8-2 on points with only Ann Vaughan, Shirley Newnham and Ching Crunden producing a winning rink.


The Floodlight League was a domestic affair between Desborough’s A and B squads which resulted in a 12-2 victory for the A squad with victories for Bruce Adams in the singles and rinks skipped by Andy Buckley and Michael White in the triples and fours respectively.

Press Report – August 20, 2018



Desborough welcomed Cippenham to York Road and the hosts enjoyed an easy afternoon for a change as they won by 64 shots, 130-66. With 5 of the 6 rinks winning, there should have been a queue for top rink honours but it was left to two rinks to battle it out with Dave Wagner’s crew having to succumb to Katie Coles, Ron James and Roger Wyatt who won impressively 26-3.


Rink scores

S Siddique, G Braddock, P Winstanley   20-16

R Hughes, V Wyatt, R Weaver.          16-17

S Thaman, M Hobson, B Jones.        19-9

P Arnott, R Turner, T Buckley           27-11

K Coles, R James, R Wyatt.            26-3

K Spracklen, P Patel, D Wagner        22-10


A journey to Chalfont St Giles ended up being a challenging one as they scraped home by 4 shots, 80-76. The rinks skipped by Howard Pike and Tony Buckley both won by 9 shots and were pipped to being top rink by Kath Spracklen, the magnificent Ron James and Ching Crunden who won 25-14.


Rink scores

K Spracklen, R James, C Crunden.    25-14

M Hobson, R Pike, H Pike.           18-9

E Cox, E Devonald-Batt, T Buckley.    20-11

M Caulfield, R Turner, P Winstanley.   8-25

E Sharp, M Pelling, E Sharp.          9-17


Desborough’s ladies made the short journey to Oaken Grove to play local rivals Maidenhead Town in the Royal Shield and managed to get one over on them as they won 51-44 which translated to an 8-2 points win.


The Buttercups hosted Tilehurst in the TVL and registered a fantastic 8-2 win.


Desborough’s campaign in the 2018 Floodlight League got off to a mixed start as they went down to a 15-13 aggregate defeat after a double header against Maidenhead Town. The A squad won 11-3 with winning performances from the Welsh Wizard, Brian Jones, in the singles along with Tony and Andy Buckley in the pairs. However the B squad had an evening to forget as they lost 12-2 with the only stars being Barry Gill, Derry Locke and Dave Wagner who won their triples 26-14.


Nicola Jones went to Leamington to represent Berkshire in the Two Wood singles but unfortunately just came up short as she went down 17-12 to an opponent from Devon.

Press Report – August 13, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 12.08.2018

Barry Gill played England international Andy Knapper in the final of the County Two Wood Champion of Champions and emerged victorious 16-9. Although Barry went into the game as underdog he produced a champions performance as he continually put his opponent under pressure and fully deserved his victory which gained him a County badge.


Desborough’s Senior Fours of John Stenson, Bruce Adams, Peter Braddock and John Young went to Leamington to represent Berkshire in the National Finals but after a tense game they went down 24-18 to a four from Lincolnshire.


With the men’s leagues finished, the ladies took centre stage but unfortunate the Bluebells missed their cue as they went down 10-0 to Three Mile Cross. The Buttercups won 6-4 against Trentham in a rearranged game but despite a winning performance from Kath Spracklen, Val Wyatt and Mary Martin they went down 8-2 to Wokingham Oakapples.


The only friendly of the week was a trip to Marlow and after coping with their challenging green, Desborough was triumphant 113-74, winning on 5 rinks and drawing one. Although the rinks skipped by Dave Wagner, Brian Jones and Bruce Adams were evenly matched, they had nothing on Val Wyatt, Jim Roll and Paul Winstanley who won by 18 shots, 25-7.


Rink Scores

K Spracklen, R James, B Jones      20-13

J Bosley, J Bucknell, R Wyatt.       16-16

V Wyatt, J Roll, P Winstanley        25-7

A Harris, D Griggs, D Wagner.       16-11

J Kingston, B Wright, D McDonald.   16-14

C Buckley, B Harris, B Adams        20-13

Below: Barry Gill, County Two Wood Champion