2016 Outdoors Finals Results

Below are the results of all the 2016 Outdoors Finals matches. Congratulations to all who reached the finals and particularly to the winners!


For the convenience of spectators RED is always on the TOP of the scoreboard.
LADIES Red Score White Score
Championship Alison Shoat 9 Sylvia Frost 21
Novice Nicola Jones 21 Maureen O’Reilly 13
Handicap Nicola Jones 21 Gina Braddock 16
2 Wood Eileen Devonald-Batt 7 Jo Lawrie 16
Over 60’s Eileen Devonald-Batt 21 Gina Braddock 18
Drawn Pairs Ryda Eyre

Nicola Jones

20 Pam Harrison-Smith

**Gill O’Neill

Drawn Triples Val Wyatt

Mary Martin

Alison Shoat

18 Kath Spracklen

Jane Tuhill

Rhona Pike

Open Handicap Singles Gill O’Neill 15 Sylvia Frost 21
MENS Red Score White Score
Championship Andrew Buckley 21 Tony Devonald-Batt 14
Novice David Hasler 13 David Wagner 21
Handicap Kyle Mallandain 21 Howard Pike 11
2 Wood Kyle Mallandain 13 Tony Devonald-Batt 15
Over 70’s Nigel Penn 12 Howard Pike 21
Drawn Handicap Pairs Geoff Lofthouse

Paul Winstanley

21 Colin Palmer

Alan May

Nominated Mixed Pairs Mary Martin

Brian Jones

18 **Eileen & Tony Devonald-Batt 19
Drawn Mixed                    H’Cap Pairs Joan Kingston

Mike Whittingham

19 Val Wyatt

Jeff Simpson

Benevolent Triples John Stenson

Brian Jones

John Stannard

31 Ernie Pelling

Jim Roll

Jim Leahy


Desborough Bowling Club Schools Academy Opens

150 Maidenhead Pupils Start Playing Indoor Bowls

Desborough Bowling Club

Schools Academy Opens

June 15 saw a big step forward for youth sports and bowls in Maidenhead.

Day one of the Desborough Schools Bowling Academy introduced more than 150, Year 9 pupils, from Newlands Girls School, to the sport of indoor bowls.

The Academy was formally opened by the Desborough President, John Bucknell who presented a plaque to Newlands’ Girls School representative, Leigh Exworth, to commemorate the occasion. (See photo below)

At the formal opening of the Academy, Roger Wyatt, the Club Manager/General Secretary said:-

“This sport is for all ages and abilities, playing with and against each other and is enjoyed by players from the age of 8 to 88 plus.

Today starts our exciting youth development program which will be promoted and hopefully expanded over the next two years. We are investing in youth and hope to encourage more local schools to participate in the Academy.

Our goal is to achieve the involvement of over 400 local school pupils over the next 12 months and to actively encourage the pupils’ parents and grandparents to have free trial sessions too”.

In March, the Club was granted planning permission to develop a new state-of-the-art international bowling centre in Maidenhead. This facility is expected to be opening in early 2018 with 8 indoor and 6 outdoor rinks, parking for 107 cars and two floors with space for club and corporate social events.

This will be a major new center for bowls and other sport/leisure activities in Maidenhead of which the Schools Academy will be at the forefront of encouraging youths of all ages to visit and participate in the sport.

Following the two days of the bowls academy sessions the feedback from those who took part from Newlands Girls School was extremely encouraging, comments received:-

“Thank you so much again for the last two days – it has been exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable – your whole team and club were amazing and so welcoming. The girls enjoyed the experience so much and were amazed about the sport. Look forward to more Bowls in the future.

Leigh” Newland Girls School PE.
Typical pupil quotes:-

“I don’t play sports, but this is amazing, I want to keep playing!”

“This is a gentle and relaxing sport but so competitive, it’s great, can we do more?”

“I am coming back to play with Grandad”

“This is cool!”

Iain Burns, the Academy Project Coordinator for Desborough said:- “Thanks to all that made this a great first project for our emerging Youth policy. Over the 2 days we had 8 classes totalling 166 Year 9 Girls aged 14 and four from year 12 aged 17. We achieved our main goal of exciting a large group of juniors about our sport and the facility but also showed the quality of the people we have. They have all been sent home with an invitation to their parents and family to try the sport.

A good result from the Year 12 pupils is our decision to set up a new junior section to play on Sunday mornings 10-12. More to come on that soon. The teachers in Newlands and other schools are excited too. There are discussions about a Maidenhead School Staff Bowls League”

In addition, the school will be selecting 24 players for an inter-class tournament to be played later in July with parents invited to watch.


John Bucknell, Desborough President  Presenting plaque to Leigh Exworth of Newlands Girls School at the launch of the Schools’ Bowling Academy.


Diary Corrected For 2016 Fixtures

Something went wrong with the data import into the online diary for the 2016 fixtures.

I’ve checked through and fixed all the entries from now to the end of the season.

If you’ve used the online diary to plan your bowling please check again online, with the season handbook or the signing-up boards.

Apologies for the inconvenience.


Newsletter – September 2015

A Welcome from the Management and Indoor Committees to everyone for the 2015/2016 season

We hope you all enjoyed the summer, whether playing or not, and hope you will enjoy the new Indoor season.

Please join in the matches, competitions and events that have been organised, as the more people participating the better the atmosphere in the club.


Although it is very early, the first rounds of the Denny, Yetton, Mason and Top Club have all to be played before the end of October

Teams have been selected and notices placed on both the Men’s and Women’s boards. Please check to see if your name is there. It is hoped that if selected, you can play, but if you cannot please let the named person on the sheets aware.


The weekend matches start on the 3rd October with a game against Oxford and District.

Val White and Maurice Rhymer will once again be carrying out match selection on Mondays mornings. Please give them plenty of names to choose from.

If you are a newish bowler and have not yet put your name down, please do so. You will gain experience and enjoy meeting bowlers from other clubs.



The forms to enter all club competitions are available from the office. The indoor committee would like to see more participation especially from newish bowlers, as again it helps to improve standard

This season two new mixed competitions have been introduced, a nominated mixed fours (2&2 or 3&1) and a nominated mixed triples.

The mixed leagues and mixed matches already in the calendar are extremely popular and the Indoor committee therefore hope that these two new competitions will also prove to be.

Final date for entries for all competitions is the end of October. The Competition secretary for both men’s and Women’s competitions is Eileen Devonald- Batt.


The club is still hoping to increase the mailing addresses held, if you have not yet given your e-mail address to the club, please do so via the Club Manager Colin Brown. The fact that we can communicate directly and quickly with members is proving to be a great benefit.

Relocation Update

The proposed move of Desborough Bowling Club to a new site in Green Lane, Maidenhead has now progressed with a local developer with an Option Agreement having now been executed between both parties.

A full planning application has now been submitted to the Planning Authority and we should receive their decision on or before the 8th November 2015.

It is anticipated that, subject to planning approval being granted, the new Bowling Club will be completed by the Autumn of 2017.

Details of the architectural plans of the new proposed Club facilities are displayed on the Club notice boards