Press Report – October 16, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Oct 16, 2017

Last Wednesday Desborough hosted a six rink friendly fixture against Egham IBC. At the halfway stage each side was winning on three rinks although Desborough were 17 shots behind overall. The game slipped away in the second half with the gap doubling to 34 shots and a 98-132 loss with a win on only one rink.

 

The sole winning rink was skipped by Sam Stack with Joan Kingston, Tina Scherer and David Griggs.

 

J Kingston, T Scherer, D Griggs, S Stack 27-13
K Scowen, P Tuttle, M Buckles, B Faulkner 12-13
R Hughes, P Hatch, C Woodward, J Bucknell 10-33
C Tupling, T Hudson, I Burns, D Perriman 20-25
B Harris, M Pelling, M Hobson, J Searle 11-29
R Turner, E Pelling, C Crunden, D Webster 18-19

 

On Saturday Desborough travelled to Victory IBC for a friendly fixture but failed to return victorious.

 

At the halfway stage Desborough were winning on two of the six rinks and adrift by 43 points. Although Desborough managed to stem the tide in the second half they continued the downward slide finishing with a 60 point deficit and a 87-147 scoreline with wins on two of the six rinks.

 

The top rink was skipped by John Searle with June Sculthorpe, Michael Hobson and Barry Gill.

 

J Sculthorpe, M Hobson, B Gill, J Searle 18-15
M Harris, I Burns, E Gill, P Winstanley 10-28
C Bartlett, D Wright, B Wright, V White 19-17
R Hughes, P Tuttle, J Bucknell, D Perriman 12-23
K Scowen, J Codd, C Crunden, B Faulkner 11-45
T Scherer, J Beal, C Northover, M White 17-19

 

 

On Sunday Desborough played the first round of the Egham Trophy competition against Whiteknights. Although each side won two rinks apiece Desborough won overall 74-62 and go forward to play Egham IBC on October 29th.

 

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Len Essex with Eileen Devonald-Batt, Mary Price and Brett Long.

 

E Devonald-Batt, M Price, B Long, L Essex 23-9
J Frost, J Mayne, P Sheldrick, C Jones 19-14
L Woodley, J Beal, G Knapper, M Woodley 16-20
J Morgan, H Jones, K Scrace, R Reid 16-19

 

 

 

Press Report – October 1, 2017

The first friendly game of the indoor season took place Saturday with the notable feature that the game was largely Desborough vs Desborough since the opposition was a touring side from Northampton which drew quite a few of its members from the second Desborough Bowling Club in Northamptonshire.

The visitors had the upper hand throughout with their familiarity as part of a touring side proving superior against a team mostly on their first or second indoor game after playing outdoors.

Desborough lost on all five rinks and overall by 68-169. Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Dave Webster with Roy Hughes, Michael Hobson and Barry Gill.

D Perriman, C Northover, S Stack, B Faulkner 16-21
B Harris, G Coussins, A Glover, J Bucknell 10-41
J Cano-Lopez, R Wyatt, D McDonald, B Pocock 11-38
K Hazell, B Bushell, P Winstanley, J Turner 9-41
R Hughes, M Hobson, B Gill, D Webster 22-28

 

Press Report – September 18, 2017

On Monday of last week Desborough played a home fixture against Marlow with three triples. At the midway stage Desborough were winning on two of the three rinks despite being seven shots adrift however by the close of play Desborough had slipped to a 27 point deficit 36-63 and lost on two rinks with a draw on the last.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Val Wyatt with Pam Harrison-Smith and Paul Patel.

P Arnott, M O’Reilly, M Pelling 10-14
P Patel, P Harrison-Smith, V Wyatt 22-22
K Spracklen, A Harris, S Newnham 4-27

 

On Tuesday Desborough played an away fixture against Suttons with five rinks of triples. At the midway point the situation looked bleak for Desborough with a 24 point deficit and winning on only one of the five rinks. By the end of the match this rink had also succumbed and Desborough lost by 63 points 55-118.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Val White with Steff Jasiewicz and Brian Wright.

P Patel, C Crunden, T Buckley 14-29
S Jasiewicz, B Wright, V White 10-17
G Braddock, G Coussins, D Griggs 10-31
J Bosley, R Earl, M Hobson 11-22

2017 Outdoors Champions

Below are the winners of the outdoor finals weekend 2017 followed by a photo of the Championship winners Tony Devonald-Batt and Val White.

Competition Winner Score Runner Up
Ladies Championship Val White 21-15 Alison Shoat
Ladies Novice Championship Val Wyatt 21-19 Maureen O’Reilly
Ladies Handicap Maureen O’Reilly 21-19 Liz Burns
Ladies Two Woods Gina Braddock 16-10 Gill O’Neill
Ladies Over 60s Sylvia Frost 22-18 Gina Braddock
Ladies Drawn Pairs Nicola Jones & Val White 16-12 Jane Tuhill & Sylvia Laban
Ladies Drawn Triples Pam Harrison-Smith, Gina Braddock & Rhona Pike 22-8 Shirley Newnham, Jane Tuhill & Marion Pelling
Mixed Drawn Handicap Pairs Liz Burns & Paul Winstanley 29-19 Maureen O’Reilly & Ken Hazell
Open Handicap Singles John Young 21-17 Bruce Adams
Mens Championship Tony Devonald-Batt 21-19 Peter Braddock
Mens Novice Championship Bruce Adams 21-10 Ernie Pelling
Mens Handicap Singles Mark Peachey 21-12 Peter Colton
Mens Two Woods Barry Gill 16-7 Mark Peachey
Mens Over 70s Geoff Lofthouse 21-6 Peter Braddock
Mens Drawn Pairs Robert Van Den Berghen & David Hasler 17-15 Iain Burns & John Young
Benevolent Triples John Stenson, Ron James & Brian Jones 15-11 Peter Braddock, John Brampton & John Young
Mixed Nominated Pairs Eileen & Tony Devonald-Batt 21-12 Rhona & Howard Pike

Press Report – September 4, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Sep 4, 2017

On Tuesday of last week Desborough played a Royal Shield fixture at home against Windsor Great Park. At the half way stage Desborough were one point behind with a win on one rink and losses on the other two. One of the losing rinks succeeded in pulling back to a draw and Desborough managed to turn the one point deficit at halfway into a one point advantage for a 50-49 win, so gaining seven of the ten points available.

Desborough’s winning rink was skipped by Gill O’Neill with Kath Spracklen and Val Wyatt.

J Lawrie, S Newnham, C Crundon 21-21
J Bosley, L Burns, M Pelling 16-19
K Spracklen, V Wyatt, G O’Neill 13-9

 

Tuesday evening saw a mens’ floodlit fixture played away against Suttons. Alan May won the singles 21-20, the rink finished in a 15-15 draw however Desborough lost in the pairs and triples and thus lost overall.

E Pelling, R Wyatt, R Earl, T Devonald-Batt 15-15
M Hobson, J Simpson 16-26
A May 21-20
G Coussins, B Wright, D McDonald 14-19

 

On Wednesday Desborough played a three triples away fixture against Twyford. Although Desborough were leading by three points at the half way stage they were unable to hold on to their lead and ultimate lost by 51-55 with a win on only one of the three rinks.

The winning rink was skipped by Marion Pelling with Pat Arnott and Val Wyatt.

K Spracklen, E Pelling, C Crunden 18-24
P Arnott, V Wyatt, M Pelling 19-7
A Harris, S Newnham, G O’Neill 14-24

 

Last Saturday Desborough made the short journey to Maidenhead Thicket for a friendly fixture played as a combination of triples and rinks. At the halfway stage Desborough were losing on four of six rinks and by 9 shots. Although the game ended with three rinks won apiece, Desborough lost overall 102-113.

Two rinks won by two shots and after a count of ends won the top rink honours went to Brian Jones with Jenny Bosley and Roger Wyatt.

K Spracklen, E Pelling, D Griggs 13-19
M O’Reilly, K Hazell, I Burns, P Winstanley 14-23
J Bosley, R Wyatt, B Jones 19-17
M Harris, L Burns, G Coussins, T Buckley 20-18
P Patel, V Wyatt, M Pelling, M Hobson 17-18
P Arnott, C Buckley, J Stenson, M Whittingham 19-18

 

Last Sunday Desborough played an away fixture against Chesham. Desborough struggled to find their way on the green ultimately losing on all six rinks and fifty points 87-137.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Brian Jones with Ernie Pelling, Maureen O’Reilly and Ching Crunden.

P Arnott, B Adams, P Winstanley 12-26
R Crunden, P Hatch, D Griggs, V White 15-26
E Cox, A Glover, T Buckley 12-17
P Patel, M Pelling, J Roll, M Whittingham 17-29
E Pelling, M O’Reilly, C Crunden, B Jones 18-19
K Spracklen, R Hatch, J Bucknell, M White 13-20

 

Press Report – August 29, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Aug 29, 2017

On Tuesday of last week Desborough played a Royal Shield fixture away against Royal Household. Desborough got off to a strong with an 11 point lead at the midpoint and winning on two rinks with a draw on the third. Although that drawn rink ultimately turned into a loss, Desborough won comfortably 65-49 and take eight of the ten points available.

J Tuhill, C Crundon, V White 15-24
M Pelling, E Gill, D Lovering 24-16
J Lawrie, G Braddock, G O’Neill 26-9

 

Last Saturday Desborough welcomed Windsor & Eton for a friendly fixture played as six triples. The visitors proved just too strong for Desborough in a closely fought match with final score 97-101 with Desborough winning two of the six triples.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Michael White with Roger Wyatt and Ryda Eyre.

Press Report – August 21, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Aug 21, 2017

On Tuesday of last week Desborough played a Royal Shield fixture against Maidenhead Town. Maidenhead Town had the upper hand throughout, leading 40-18 at the midpoint and winning overall by 76-45 and on three rinks.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Val White with Kath Spracklen and Gina Braddock.

B West, M Pelling, G O’Neill 17-28
J Tuhill, C Crunden, D Lovering 15-33
K Spracklen, G Braddock, V White 13-15

 

Tuesday evening saw the first of a series of floodlight games played to complete the outdoor season after the Kennet league ends. Desborough A and B each played against corresponding Wokingham sides with the B vs B match taking place at Desborough.

This is played as one rink, one triple, one pair and a singles game. Desborough B won the rinks and the singles but lost the other two disciplines losing overall on points scored. Wokingham B gain 10 points to Desborough’s 4.

R Hughes, R Van Den Bergen, D McDonald, T Devonald-Batt 24-18
R Wyatt, M Hobson, B Adams 12-30
R Earl, B Wright 8-29
A May 21-11

 

Desborough A also lost, retaining only 2 of the 14 points against Wokingham A.

On Thursday the Buttercups played a home fixture against Tilehurst. The Buttercups lost 45-67 and lost on all three rinks, taking none of the 10 points on offer.

The best rink, which only lost by one shot, was skipped by Maureen O’Reilly with Val Wyatt and Shirley Newnham.

V Wyatt, S Newnham, M O’Reilly 19-20
J Kingston, J Bosley, C Tupling 10-26
R Eyre, R Collier, P Hatch 16-21

 

The week finished with two friendly games. Saturday’s game was away against Cippenham played as six triples. Desborough led 61-45 at the halfway stage, winning on three rinks. By the end of the game this had changed to winning on four rinks and a draw on the fifth with the final score 123-77.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Barry Gill with John Stenson and Pat Hatch

C Buckley, D Griggs, M White 12-14
I Burns, E Gill, P Winstanley 19-15
L Burns, M O’Reilly, M Whittingham 14-14
J Stenson, P Hatch, B Gill 26-4
P Harrison-Smith, G Coussins, B Jones 26-12
R Wyatt, J Bucknell, V White 26-18

 

On Sunday Desborough welcomed Chalfont St Giles for a five rink triples fixture. This followed a similar pattern to the previous day’s game with Desborough leading 52-37 at the midpoint and winning on three of the five rinks. By the end of the game this had improved to winning on four rinks and an overall score of 108-67.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Tony Devonald-Batt with Eileen Devonald-Batt and Michael Hobson.

E Pelling, R Pike, H Pike 24-7
R Crundon, M Pelling, B Jones 22-21
M O’Reilly, M Whittingham, P Winstanley 11-19
P Patel, C Crunden, D Hasler 24-11
E Devonald-Batt, M Hobson, T Devonald-Batt 27-9

 

Press Report – August 14, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Aug 14, 2017

On Tuesday of last week Desborough’s Kennet League B squad played an away fixture against Three Mile Cross. By the half way stage Desborough were five shots adrift despite winning on two of the four rinks. However by the end one of those wins had converted to a loss and Desborough lost by ten shots 67-77. With the sole winning rink Desborough take two points and leave twelve behind.

Desborough’s one winning rink was skipped by Derry Locke with Richard Earl, Dave Wagner and Barry Gill.

R Wyatt, B Adams, M Whittingham, P Winstanley 13-19
M Hobson, G Coussins, A May, J Brampton 18-20
B Wright, D Mc Donald, D Bishop, T Buckley 13-23
R Earl, D Wagner, B Gill, D Locke 23-15

 

On Thursday the Buttercups played at home against Wokingham. At the midpoint Desborough were nine points adrift and winning on only one rink of the three. The Buttercups rallied to reduce the deficit to three points and convert one of the losing rinks into a draw. Desborough lost 53-56 and gain three points of the ten on offer. The winning rink was skipped by Elfriede Cox with Ryda Eyre and Shirley Newnham.

C Tupling, V Wyatt, M O’Reilly 19-19
R Eyre, S Newnham, E Cox 21-19
A Burley, J Bosley, P Hatch 13-18

 

Unusually, the Bluebells were also at home for their fixture against Reading. Reading only fielded two rinks, giving Desborough an automatic two points for the third rink. However these proved to be the only points Desborough gained since the game ended as a 25-47 defeat with both rinks losing.

J Lang, D Lovering, G O’Neill 8-24
M Pelling, C Crunden, R Pike 17-23

 

On Friday both KLV squads were in action with the A team playing an away fixture against Great Hollands A. Desborough got off to a slow start with a 13-26 deficit at the half way stage and winning on only one rink of the three. Although Desborough managed not to slip further behind they didn’t catch up either and the game ended 41-53 with Desborough winning on one rink and taking two of the ten points on offer.

The sole winning rink was skipped by Michael White with Barry Gill and Peter Braddock.

J Stenson, D Hasler, B Jones 14-23
N Penn, J Young, T Davies 9-17
B Gill, P Braddock, M White 18-13

 

The KLV B squad played a home fixture against Wraysbury. By the half way stage Desborough were 13 shots ahead and winning on two of the three rinks. By the end of the match Desborough had increased their lead to 36 points with a 69-33 scoreline and wins on all three rinks.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Jeff Simpson with David Lee and Michael Hobson.

R Hughes, G Coussins, A May 26-14
R Hatch, R Wyatt, D Griggs 18-12
D Lee, M Hobson, J Simpson 25-7

 

On Saturday played a home friendly fixture against Marlow across six rinks. Desborough got off to a good start leading by 16 shots at the halfway stage and winning on four rinks. The second half continued in like manner with Desborough increasing their lead to 30 shots for a 100-30 final result and wins on four rinks.

Two rinks had a +17 shot difference and an equal number of ends won, so based on the highest score the top rink honours were awarded to Tony Devonald-Batt’s rink consisting of Jane Tuhill, Roger Wyatt and David Griggs.

V Wyatt, M Pelling, B Gill, B Jones 30-13
J Bosley, E Gill, J Stenson, M Hobson 15-18
E Cox, P Hatch, E Devonald-Batt, P Winstanley 10-24
K Spracklen, N Jones, A Glover, M White 20-14
J Tuhill, R Wyatt, D Griggs, T Devonald-Batt 33-16
M Caulfield, I Burns, C Crunden, V White 22-15

 

On Sunday Desborough met Great Hollands again, this time for a friendly fixture played at home as six triples.

Desborough got off to a good start leading by 20 shots at the halfway stage and winning on four of the six rinks. The momentum continued to build with Desborough winning 110-64 and on five of the six rinks.

The top rink was skipped by Howard Pike with Clare Buckley and Roger Wyatt.

R Eyre, P Hatch, A Glover 17-9
B West, R Pike, D Hasler 12-19
P Patel, P Harrison-Smith, E Devonald-Batt 20-9
V Wyatt, E Pelling, C Crunden 15-12
C Buckley, R Wyatt, H Pike 29-5
R Crundon, G Braddock, R Hatch 17-10

 

Press Report – August 7, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Aug 7, 2017

The Desborough Buttercups played twice last week. On Monday they played a postponed fixture away to Wokingham Oakapples. Debsorough were only able to send two of the usual three rinks and lost heavily on both with the overall score 14-45 against and all ten points awarded to Wokingham.

A Burley, C Buckley, M O’Reilly 10-23
C Tupling, J Bosley, P Hatch 4-22

 

The following day’s Royal Shield fixture, at home to Windsor & Eton, went rather better with two of three rinks winning and 32-17 at the halfway stage. The lead opened up slightly in the second half for a 56-37 final score with wins on two rinks and a draw on the third. Desborough take nine of the ten points available. Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Ching Crunden with Betty West and Sylvia Frost.

K Spracklen, A Shoat, G O’Neill 14-14
J Kingston, M Pelling, D Lovering 22-17
B West, S Frost, C Crunden 20-6

 

On Tuesday evening the Kennet League B team played an away fixture against Sunningdale. This started off well with a fourteen point lead at the halfway stage and two winning rinks apiece. However Sunningdale rallied in the latter half of the game managing to clinch victory by just one point 79-80 along with wins of three of the four rinks. Desborough gain four of the fourteen points on offer.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by John Searle with Barry Gill, Dave Wagner and Derry Locke.

R Wyatt, B Adams, M Whittingham, P Winstanley 20-17
B Gill, D Wagner, D Locke, J Searle 26-11
R Earl, B Wright, M Hobson, J Brampton 21-25
I Burns, D Bishop, D McDonald, A May 12-27

 

On Thursday the Buttercups played their second game of the week at home to University of Reading. This too went badly with a 19-34 scoreline at half way and winning on only rink. By the end of the game the Buttercups had slipped to a 36-73 defeat and lost on all three rinks so gaining none of the ten points available. The best rink was skipped by Maureen O’Reilly with Carol Tupling and Joan Kingston.

A Burley, V Wyatt, E Cox 8-30
C Tupling, J Kingston, M O’Reilly 17-24
R Collier, J Bosley, P Hatch 11-19

 

The Bluebells fared little better in their away game at Palmer Park. Although the game was closer they lost overall 46-56 with a win on only one rink, so gaining two points of the ten available. The sole winning rink was skipped by Eileen Devonald-Batt with Sylvia Laban and Sylvia Frost.

G O’Neill, E Gill, D Lovering 11-23
M Pelling, C Crundon, R Pike 16-20
S Laban, S Frost, E Devonald-Batt 19-13

 

On Friday the KLV A team played an away fixture at Twyford. Although ahead by three points at the halfway stage this slipped back to a nine point deficit and a 41-50 final result with a win on only one rink, thus gaining two of the ten points available. The one winning rink was skipped by Michael White with Peter Braddock and Bruce Adams.

B Gill, J Young, B Jones 10-19
P Bradddock, B Adams, M White 26-9
J Stenson, J Brampton, R James 5-22

 

Meanwhile, the KLV B team played at home against Wargrave. Like the A team they were three points ahead at the midpoint however they held on to the lead and increased the margin for a winning score of 53-37 with wins on two rinks and a draw on the third, so gaining nine of the ten points available.

R Hughes, P Colton, D Devonald-Batt 16-16
R Van Den Bergen, J Leahy, J Simpson 18-10
R Hatch, R Wyatt, A May 19-11

 

Desborough Ladies’ Top Club campaign came to an abrupt end against Tilehurst in a semi-final played at Thatcham under very difficult conditions last Saturday. The trial ends were disrupted by a heavy downpour of hail accompanied by a thunderstorm. Play eventually resumed although the green was constantly changing as the grass dried off with the sound of bowls aqua-planing noticeable for a number of ends.

The first result was a heavy loss in the Singles discipline, which was followed by a more narrow loss in the Triples. With the remaining two games both running quite close and neither showing the prospect of the large win that would be needed to swing the shots difference in the event of winning the remaining two games the decision was made to concede the two remaining matches.

Tilehurst go forward to play Didcot in the Final

Desborough’s team was S Frost (Singles); G Braddock & G O’Neill (Pairs); E Devonald-Batt, A Shoat & S Laban (Triples) and M O’Reilly, P Harrison-Smith, R Pike & D Lovering (Fours).

Saturday afternoon also saw an away friendly fixture against Woodley played as five triples. Desborough got off to a poor start losing 17-62 and winning on one rink only at the midpoint. Although Desborough managed to reduce the deficit slightly in the second half they lost on all rinks with a final score of 57-98.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Val White with Kath Spracklen and Roger Wyatt.

K Spracklen, R Wyatt, V White 15-17
V Wyatt, M Pelling, T Buckley 12-16
K Hazell, N Jones, B Gill 11-22
E Cox, D Griggs, M White 12-21
E Pelling, E Gill, P Winstanley 7-22

 

On Sunday Desborough played another friendly away fixture, this time against Burnham. This game, played as five triples proved to be a very close affair with a midway score of 37-39 and Desborough losing on three of five rinks. By the end Desborough had rallied and concluded with a 78-76 victory and wins on four of five rinks. Unusually three of the four winning rinks all had a +3 shot difference. After a countback of ends won the top rink honours went to Dave Hasler’s rink of Ryda Eyre and Michael Hobson.

R Eyre, M Hobson, D Hasler 15-12
M O’Reilly, M Pelling, D McDonald 13-10
M Caulfield, A Glover, C Crunden 15-23
R Crunden, G Braddock, M Whittingham 18-15
N Jones, E Devonald-Batt, T Devonald-Batt 17-16

 

 

 

Press Report – July 31, 2017

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Jul 31, 2017

The week started off badly for Desborough’s ladies in the Royal Shield league with a comprehensive loss to Maidenhead Thicket. At the midway stage Desborough only trailed by three points however Thicket accelerated away to victory with a final score of 36-66. Desborough only won on one rink which skipped by Val White with Carole Tupling and Shirley Newnham.

J Kingston, C Crundon, G O’Neill 6-24
C Tupling, S Newnham, V White 19-11
B West, R Pike, D Lovering 11-31

 

That evening the Kennet League A team fared better in a close fought match away at Caversham played as four rinks. At the midway stage Desborough were winning on one rink and drawn on two more, holding on to a slim lead 41-38. At the end of the match Desborough’s lead had reduced to just two points 81-79 but returned victories on two of the four rinks, gaining 10 of the 14 points available.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Tony Devonald-Batt with Peter Braddock, Ron James and Andrew Buckley.

D Hasler, S Cotterill, R Hing, B Hing 17-20
P Braddock, R James, A Buckley, T Devonald-Batt 26-15
J Young, J Simpson, D Devonald-Batt, B Jones 18-25
J Stenson, G Mason, H Pike, K Mallandain 20-19

 

The Kennet League B team played at home against Maidenhead Town and eased into a 47-34 lead at the halfway stage and ahead on three of the four rinks. Although John Brampton’s rink ultimately lost a close fought game John Searle’s rink converted a one shot deficit at the halfway stage to a fifteen point lead at the end. The overall score was a 106-63 victory with three winning rinks, thus Desborough gain 12 of the available 14 points.

Desborough’s top rink, finishing with a 20 shot lead, was skipped by Paul Winstanley with Roger Wyatt, Bruce Adams and Mike Whittingham.

B Gill, D Wagner, D Locke, J Searle 30-15
R Wyatt, B Adams, M Whittingham, P Winstanley 31-11
J Roll, D Bishop, D McDonald, T Buckley 24-13
K Hazell, G Coussins, M Hobson, J Brampton 21-24

 

On Wedensday afternoon Desborough hosted Ad Finem for a six rink friendly fixture. This got off to a very level start with a 58 point draw at the midway stage although Desborough were only winning on two rinks.

During the second half Desborough rallied to win overall 126-98 and on five of the six rinks.

Desborough’s top rink, who converted a six point deficit at halfway into a twelve point lead was skipped by Val White with Jim McPherson, Gina Braddock and John Bucknell.

B West, P Colton, D Griggs, T Buckley 14-19
E Devonald-Batt, M Hobson, D Devonald-Batt, T Devonald-Batt 24-17
R Hughes, R Wyatt, C Crunden, J Young 17-15
K Hazell, J Roll, S Laban, D Wagner 21-17
J Kingston, G Mason, D McDonald, D Locke 23-15
J McPherson, G Braddock, J Bucknell, V White 27-15

 

Desborough Buttercups’ Thames Valley League fixture was once again played with only two rinks because Pangbourne could not field all three rinks. As has been the case lately, the match was also shortened to minimum length due to the weather.

Each team won on one rink however Desborough just clinched it with an overall score of 18-17 thus Desborough take 8 points of the 10 available.

Desborough’s winning rink was skipped by Maureen O’Reilly with Ryda Eyre and Clare Buckley

C Tupling, V Wyatt, E Cox 5-12
R Eyre, C Buckley, M O’Reilly 13-5

 

Meanwhile, the Bluebells played away at Sunningdale. In a commanding performance they won on all three rinks and overall by 57-33, claiming all ten points for the fixture. While Gill O’Neill’s rink had a narrow two point victory the rinks skipped by Val White and Sylvia Frost had comfortable wins to secure the overall result.

Sylvia Frost’s rink with Jo Lawrie and Rhona Pike had the best performance with 13 shot advantage by the end of the game.

J Lang, A Shoat, V White 22-13
J Lawrie, R Pike, S Frost 19-6
P Harrison-Smith, S Laban, G O’Neill 16-14

 

Desborough’s Kennet LV A team played Royal Household at home, earning six of the ten points available. The game was closely fought with Desborough ahead by two points on two rinks at the midway stage and a commanding lead on the third. By the end of the game these two close rinks both slipped to narrow defeats however the third rink skipped by Ron James with Barry Gill and Peter Braddock turned in a powerful performance winning by 20 shots and ensuring that Desborough took the overall win points with a 52-36 final score as well as the points for one winning rink.

B Gill, P Braddock, R James 26-6
B Adams, M Whittingham, H Pike 15-16
J Stenson, J Young, B Jones 11-14

 

The Kennet LV B team came close to a victorious whitewash in their away fixture against Great Hollands. Although they were winning on all three rinks at the midpoint, one rink slipped back to a draw at the end giving Great Hollands one point of the ten available. The final score was 56-41 and nine points to Desborough.

Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Alan May with Tony Buckley and Michael Hobson.

T Buckley, M Hobson, A May 21-13
G Coussins, P Colton, D Devonald-Batt 15-15
D Lee, J Bucknell, D Griggs 20-13

 

The week finished with a six rink home triples friendly fixture against Tilehurst. Desborough got off to a strong start leading 64-32 at the midway point, winning on five rinks and drawing on the sixth.

Although the drawn rink became a win for the visitors, Desborough went on to retain the other five rinks and win overall 114-88. Tilehurst made a comeback in the second half and reduced Desborough’s lead though not by enough to turn the tide.

Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Mike Whittingham with Eileen Gill and Maureen O’Reilly.

R Crunden, G Braddock, T Buckley 20-19
E Devonald-Batt, D Devonald-Batt, T Devonald-Batt 24-16
E Pelling, C Crunden, B Jones 18-10
M O’Reilly, E Gill, M Whittingham 19-10
A Burley, P Hatch, B Gill 21-15
K Spracklen, R Hatch, S Frost 12-18