Press Report – August 15, 2016



  • Winners of both the County Pairs and Triples County Competitions.


The Berkshire County Finals were held at Windsor & Eton on Sunday 14th August.

The Desborough team was successful, with Andrew Buckley and Kyle Mallandain winning the Pairs Competition by 2 shots against Kingston Bagpuize


The Desborough Triples Team, comprising Andrew Buckley, Kyle Mallandain and Skip Tony Devonald-Batt, won 20-5. (Photograph below)

County Triples 2016

A great effort by all concerned and both teams will now progress to the National Finals at Leamington Spa.

  • Desborough “B” – Kennet League Division 3 (East) – Champions

Following a strong finish by the Desborough “B” team, to the KL Division 3 fixtures, winning their last two fixtures by a score of 14 – 0, Desborough “B” became champions of Division 3 (East).

The reward is a “play-off” fixture against the corresponding winners of Division 3 (West) and this will take place at Reading BC on Saturday 20th August.

  • Desborough “A” – Kennet League Division 1 (East)

A slow start to the season with some indifferent results was dramatically improved with 4 consecutive wins ensuring that the “A” team finished mid-table in Division “1”.

  • Desborough “A” – Kennet LX Division 1 (East) – Runner-Up.

A good season by the Desborough “A” team in the KLX Division 1 (East), despite a disappointing loss to Sunningdale “A”, losing 53-54 in the final match, held on the 12th August.This result meant that Desborough were runner-up in the division, just being pipped to first spot.


On Monday, 8th August, Desborough “C” played their final, Kennet League, Division Three, home match, against Maidenhead Town “B”. Desborough won on 2 of the 3 rinks, however lost overall by 47-58.

Results (Desborough First)

T Harris C Palmer D Bishop 9-22
K Jordan E Pelling R Earl 17-16
S Croft B McQuhae D McDonald 21-20

On Tuesday 9th August,   Desborough “B” team played a Kennet league, Division “3” away match against Wokingham “C”. Desborough had a decisive win over the home side winning overall by 81 -52. Desborough 14 points, Wokingham 0.

Results (Desborough First)

R Hughes R Earl D Wagner J Searle 19-17
J Roll D McDonald D Bishop T Buckley 20-11
R Earl B Adams M Whittingham P Winstanley 20-18
J Leahy D Wagner D Locke J Searle 22-10

On Thursday, 11th August, Desborough Buttercups played a TVL Division 3 home match against Wokingham Oakapples. Despite Wokingham only arriving with 2 triples the match progressed with Desborough being the eventual winners with 8 points – 2.

On Thursday, 4th August, Desborough Bluebells played a TVL Division 2 home match against Bracknell. The Bluebells had a good afternoon, winning on all three rinks. The overall score ended as Bluebells 60 – Bracknell 42. Desborough 10 points – Bracknell 0 points.

Results (Desborough First)

J Lang A Shoat V White 24-13
M Howard E D-Batt G O’Neill 16-13
M Pelling J Lawrie S Frost 18-17


On Saturday 13th August, Desborough played a friendly home match against Marlow. Desborough lost overall 112-131. Top rink for Desborough was Carol Tupling, Ernie Pelling, Alison Shoat, and Skip Mike Whittingham.

Results (Desborough First)

C Tupling  E Pelling A Shoat M Whittingham 30-17
M O’Reilly R Crunden M Pelling G O’Neill 27-24
E Cox A Glover J Roll D Lovering 15-16
V Wyatt N Wood D McDonald D Griggs 8-28
K Spracklen N Jones R Wyatt P Winstanley 19-15



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.


Photo Gallery – Indoor Finals 2016

DSC_0770Eileen Devonald-Batt bowling (Runner up in Ladies Singles)

DSC_0775 (3)Lorraine Woodley bowling (winner of Ladies Singles)

DSC_0782Kyle Mallandain bowling (Runner up in Men’s Singles)

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Len Essex bowling (Winner of Men’s Singles)

DSC_0816John Bucknell, Club President, presenting Eileen Devonald-Batt with Winner of 2 Wood Singles

DSC_0817John Bucknell, Club President, presenting Lorraine Woodley with Singles Winner’s Cup

DSC_0830John Bucknell, Club President, presenting 2 Wood Pairs trophy to Len Essex and Kyle Mallandain

DSC_0838John Bucknell, Club President, presenting Kyle Mallandain with runners up award for Men’s Singles

DSC_0839John Bucknell, Club President, presenting Men’s Singles Champion Cup to Len Essex

DSC_0841Photograph of Ladies and Men’s Singles Champions (Lorraine Woodley and Len Essex)


Click here for the full gallery