Desborough vs. Hurst @Hurst Sat 20th July 2013, 3pm
Desborough Bowling Club travelled to Hurst on Saturday afternoon for a mixed six rink triples friendly and made good use of the lovely sunny conditions with a win over one of the oldest bowls clubs across the country.
With conditions perfect for bowling and spirits high, Desborough started the match well enough but there wasn’t much to choose from with both teams going into the halftime break fairly even, with the trio of Derek Smith, John Stenson and Alison Shoat (skip) doing the most damage for Desborough leading their rink by 4 shots after 9 ends. Going into the second half, again there wasn’t much to choose from but the visitors were slightly starting to get the better of Hurst as Robert Van De Bergen, Ralph Hatch and John Searle were one of three rinks to stage late fight backs, winning by 4 shots in the end. It was however, Smith, Stenson and Shoat, in that order, who continued to sweep aside their opposition and pick up shots resulting in a 24-11 victory and top rink prize.
|Rink No.||Rink scores and skips (Desborough first)|
|1||D Smith, J Stenson, A Shoat (skip) 24, Suzanne(skip) 11;|
|2||M Van Der Berghen, M Hobson, M Bellworthy (skip) 17, David (skip) 15|
|3||D Foster, N Penn, B Jones (skip) 15, Phil (skip) 13|
|4||P Smith, C Palmer, T Buckley (skip) 11, Ellen (skip) 20|
|5||P Hatch, B Bellworthy, J Bucknell (skip) 17, Mike (skip) 19|
|6||R V Berghen, R Hatch, J Searle (skip) 19, Kulwant (skip) 15|
Desborough beat Hurst by 10 shots overall (103-93)
Desborough vs. Stoke Poges @Desborough 21st July 2013, 2.30pm
Desborough hosted near friends from Stoke Poges at York Road on Sunday afternoon in a six rink friendly match.
Unfortunately, for the hosts it wasn’t to be their day, managing to win on just two of the six rinks. It all started off so well for Desborough with Pam Harrison-Smith, Roger Crunden, Michael Hobson and Gill O’Neill (skip) racing into a 6-0 lead and were narrowly leading at the halfway stage but couldn’t hold on and went down by 5 shots. Betty West, Phil Joel, Alan Glover and Doreen Lovering made a very good start themselves and were unlucky only to be 5 shots ahead at the break but continued their form into the second half scoring a 19-15 rink win. It was the quartet though of Peggy Tuhill, Clare Buckley, Alison Shoat and Val White (skip) who showed their bowls prowess as they clinically dispatched the opposition four also picking up a four late on to mark a brilliant 23-12 win and top rink honours.
The final score was Desborough 101-121 StokePoges.
|1||B West, P Joel, A Glover, D Lovering (skip) 19, P Carred (skip) 15|
|2||P Harrison-Smith, R Crunden, M Hobson, G O’Neill (skip) 15, S Williams (skip) 20|
|3||N Jones, J Tuhill, C Bartlett, T Buckley (skip) 18. B Sewell (skip) 22|
|4||E Cox, J Eyre, M Howard, C Crunden (skip) 16, P Southern (skip) 31|
|5||R Eyre, N Wood, J Ellaway, L Bartlett (skip) 10, R Grand (skip) 21|
|6||P Tuhill, C Buckley, A Shoat, V White (skip) 23, J Hayes (skip) 12|
Desborough ‘A’ vs. Reading ‘A’ at Reading BC Tues 16th July 2013, 6pm
Desborough ‘A’ lost their Kennet League fixture against Reading ‘A’ last Tuesday night, 10-4 on points.
There were wins for skips Gordon Knapper and Dave White with the latter winning by 12 shots but that couldn’t prevent the visitors going down by an overall six shots. The result does little for either side as Desborough are already guaranteed a top two finish but will be hoping to beat Suttons when 1st meets 2nd next week at York Road.
Desborough ‘B’ vs. Caversham @Desborough Tues 16th July 2013, 6pm
Desborough ‘B’ secured a thrilling 9-5 home win over Caversham in the Kennet League Div.2 East last Tuesday night, with a moment of brilliance turning the whole game.
The match was a very close affair throughout with Desborough leading after 18 ends on all four rinks by 4 shots overall, with John Stenson, Barry Gill, Brian Jones and Michael White (skip) winning by 4 shots and Dave Lee, John Brampton, Ron James, Derek Devonald-Batt well out in front at 20-3 which was covering the other two rinks who were losing by 17 in total. Then came the turning point in the game in Desborough’s favour as on the next end with 2 of the rinks dropping four shots, making the game even, John Stannard and his rink picked up 2 shots and Devonald-Batt & Co. scored a 4 to give Desborough a six shot lead in which they managed to hold onto and see out the game.
Kennet League ‘X’
Desborough KLX ‘B’ vs. Bracknell ‘A’ @ Bracknell Fri 19th July 2013, 2pm
Desborough KLX ‘B’ team lost away to Bracknell ‘A’ in the KLX last Friday afternoon 8-2.
The visitors managed to win one rink by a solitary shot with Roy Hughes, Peter Braddock and Ray Weaver (skip) providing just that but Jeff Simpson skipped Robert Van Der Berghen and Michael Hobson to a narrow two shot defeat and with the other rink going down by 9 shots Desborough would have felt a little hard done by maybe not coming away with more points.
Desborough KLX ‘C’ vs. Windsor & Eton ‘B’ @ Desborough Fri 19th July 2013, 2pm
Desborough KLX ‘C’ lost at home to Windsor & Eton last Friday in the KLX 8-2 on points. The home side managed one winning rink with Sid Croft, George Coussins and Ted Dugdale (skip) scoring a two shot 20-18 victory to give them something to cheer about and a crucial two points in their fight for promotion to the KLX East Second Division.
Ladies Top Club Desborough vs. Didcot @ Desborough 20th July
Desborough Ladies were left understandably disappointed after putting up a great battle against Didcot in the Top Club Quarter Final stages last Saturday morning and narrowly beaten by 10 shots.
With both teams winning two disciplines, Gina Braddock winning the singles and the fours consisting of Jo Lawrie, Mary Martin, Val White and Doreen Lovering (skip) scraping through their game by a couple of shots, it set up for a great game but they couldn’t hold on as Desborough lost the pairs and the triples giving Didcot the win on shot difference.
Desborough Ladies vs. Berkshire Ladies County Past Presidents Tues 16th July 2013, 2.30pm
Desborough Ladies had the upmost pleasure in entertaining and hosting The Berkshire Ladies County Past Presidents last Tuesday afternoon at York Road.
The match involved three rinks of triples and the Desborough Ladies put up a great battle and a good showing of bowls. Elfriede Cox, Jean Lang, Mary Martin and Doreen Lovering (skip) were involved in a great tussle against Past President and current Desborough member Jean Lyons-Hill who were even after 12 ends but the latter with her team managed to pull away in the end and win by 5. Clare Buckley, Nora Wood, Alison Shoat and Ching Crunden started off well picking up a 6 on the 4th end and racing into an 8-1 lead but were just pipped at the post and lost by 2 shots. It was Betty West, Shirley Newnham, Gill O’Neill and Val White who gave the hosts a deserved winning rink and were never behind in the second half as they won by 4 shots and gave them top prize.
The final score line was Desborough 37-41 Berkshire Ladies Past Presidents
Desborough Bluebells vs. Caversham 18th July 2013 @ Caversham, 2pm
Desborough Bluebells were unfortunately well beaten as they travelled to Caversham in the T.V.L last Thursday afternoon. The Bluebells lost 10-0 on the day with skips Ching Crunden and Chris Burton narrowly losing by 3 shots each. The Bluebells will be fighting with Caversham and Maidenhead Town in the second division for promotion with all three teams currently tied on 71 points with four games to play.
Desborough Buttercups vs. Wokingham Oak Apples @Desborough 18th July 2013, 2pm
Desborough Buttercups endured a successful afternoon in the T.V.L last Thursday as they trounced Wokingham Oak Apples 9-1 in a match reduced to 10 ends. Grace Humphries, Jean Ellaway and Gill O’Neill were involved in a tight game and looked to have won but dropped 4 shots in the last 2 ends to draw on their rink. Jane Tuhill, Daphne Foster and Shirley Newnham (skip) won by 2 shots thanks largely to picking up 11 shots in 2 ends to secure a 14-12 win and the match was topped off by Pam Smith, Alison Shoat and Marlene Bellworthy who won handsomely 19-6.
Congratulations to Desborough duo Simon Jones and Alan Price who have reached the final of the County Men’s Pairs which also means they are down to Worthing in the middle of August to battle for the National title as well, beating John Stradling and Robert Newman on an extra end.
Desborough men are through to the last 16 of the Men’s National Top Club after beating North London 4-1 in the Area Final coming through four rounds previous to this and now play either Weybridge or South London.