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

Press Report – August 6, 2018

Press report w/e 5/8/18

The highlight of the Outdoor season is the away day and this year was no exception. Desborough travelled back to Poole Park after last years’ washout and in brilliant sunshine won by 9 shots, 125-116. The six rinks were shared and although the rinks skipped by Paul Winstanley and Roger Wyatt made a valiant effort to be top rink, they could not live with Ray Weaver, Brian Harris, Ching Crunden and Tony Buckley who won by 22 shots, 33-11.


Rink scores

P Harrison-Smith, M Harris, R Earl, B Wright. 17-33

R Weaver, B Harris, C Crunden, T Buckley   33-11

J Codd, P Hatch, J Bucknell, R Wyatt.      23-13

M Hobson, J Lawrie, R Turner, P Winstanley 32-15

M O’Reilly, J Kingston, J Roll, M Whittingham 10-23

M Devonald-Batt, M Bellworthy, D McDonald, D Wagner 10-21


Desborough travelled to Burnham for a five rink triples friendly and escaped with a 2 shot defeat, 87-85. Dave Wagner’s rink made a spirited fightback in the second half and won by 6 shots but there was no stopping Carole Tupling, John Bucknell and Paul Winstanley who were outstanding in winning 29-8.


Rink Scores

A Vaughan, J Roll, D Wagner.     22-16

P Tuttle, M Pelling, D McDonald.  13-19

D Hasler, C Crunden, T Buckley.   10-28

R Weaver, P Hatch, R Hatch.      11-16

C Tupling, J Bucknell, P Winstanley 29-8


The Kennet league concluded with Desborough’s A team finishing on a high with a 10-4 win over their local rivals Maidenhead Town A. John Young’s rink was victorious but the gloss on the victory came from John Brampton, Graeme Mason, Derek Devonald-Batt and the evergreen Michael White who won 29-11. The same couldn’t be said of the B side who followed a familiar pattern in losing 12-2 to Maiden Erlegh with the rinks skipped by Dick Bishop and Tony Buckley providing the only solace by drawing their respective games.


In the KLV league, Desborough’s A team fell to another 10-0 defeat, this time to Sunningdale. The B team finally had a result as they won 10-0 against Maidenhead Thicket.


In the TVL, Desborough’s Bluebells suffered a rare reverse as they went down 8-2 to Sunningdale with the only bright spot being provided by Ching Crunden, Rose Turner and Val White who won 21-11. The Buttercups had a win at Island Bohemian which was helped by a winning performance from Elaine Sharp, Pauline Tuttle and Jenny Bosley who won 18-16.


The week ended with Barry Gill playing against Roger Goodchild from Morland in the County Two Wood Champion of Champions semi final and gaining a facile victory to set up a final against ex-Desborough member Andy Knapper which will take place at Thatcham on August 12.

Press Report – July 30, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 29.7.18


Nicola Jones played in the Two Wood Singles at the County Finals held at Suttons but came up short as she fell to a 15-5 defeat by Sylvia Pearce from Wokingham. She has the consolation of going to Leamington on August 14 to represent Berkshire against an opponent from Devon.

In the Kennet League, Desborough A entertained Maidenhead Thicket and eked out a 10-4 victory thanks to 2 winning rinks skipped by the Devonald-Batts, Tony and Derek. The B team travelled to Caversham but went down 12-2 with the only crumb of comfort coming from the winning rink of Paul Patel, Dave Wagner, Barry Gill and Derry Locke. With one game remaining it doesn’t matter anymore as both teams are relegated from their respective divisions.


Rink scores (A team)

D Hasler, A Buckley, M Peachey, T Devonald-Batt  23-14

N Penn, R Van Den Berghen, J Brampton, H Pike.  18-24

D Griggs, J Stannard, R James, B Jones.         13-18

J Stenson, R Wyatt, G Mason, D Devonald-Batt.    27-22


Rink scores (B team)

K Hazell, G Coussins, B Wright, D Bishop.   13-18

J Roll, D McDonald, M Whittingham, T Buckley 15-34

P Hinton, G Lofthouse, J McPherson, R Weaver 18-23

P Patel, D Wagner, B Gill, D Locke    25-23


Not so long ago in the KLV Desborough A were vying for top spot but their fortunes have waned and a visit to Windsor & Eton for a 10-0 defeat illustrates how bad things have got. The B team welcomed Royal Household A but were defeated 8-2 with Phil Hinton, Michael Hobson and Ray Weaver providing the only winning rink. The C team had a rare win triumphing 8-2 against Windsor & Eton C. Ray Brown skipped a winning rink but the performance of the week came from Jim McPherson, Geoff Lofthouse and Dick Bishop who won 31-4.


On the friendly front, Ad Finem were the visitors to York Road and Desborough didn’t have to break sweat as they won on 5 of the 6 rinks in a 130-86 win. The rinks skipped by John Stannard, Dave Wagner and Brian Jones were closely matched but top rink honours went to Elfriede Cox, Peter Colton and the Pikes, Rhona and Howard, who won by 21 shots, 32-11.


Rink scores

K Spracklen, M O’Reilly, M Whittingham, R Wyatt.  16-15

C Edmondson, P Hatch, B Wright, B Jones.       28-14

R Turner, B McQuhae, D Griggs, D Wagner.       21-8

E Cox, P Colton, R Pike, H Pike.                 32-11


R Hughes, N Jones, C Crunden, J Stannard.    21-11

J Kingston, B Harris, P Patel, V White.         12-27


Games against touring teams are usually tremendous occasions and the visit from the men of Plymouth & District was no exception. Both teams won on 3 rinks and the other rink was drawn but the visitors managed to score 7 more shots to claim victory. However the real winner was the game of bowls. The rinks skipped by John Young and Brian Jones thought they were fighting it out for top rink but they failed to notice Clive Dawson, Roger Wyatt, John Brampton and Tony Devonald-Batt sneaking up on the rails to pip them to that honour.

Rink scores

J Stenson, P Braddock, B Adams, J Young.   19-10

M Hobson, M Harris, G O’Neill, B Jones. 24-15

C Johnson, P Patel, G Mason, T Buckley  11-25

D Griggs, P Colton, C Edmondson, M Peachey 19-19

C Dawson, R Wyatt, J Brampton, T Devonald-Batt. 24-14

G Coussins, B Harris, J Bucknell, P Winstanley 17-35

R Hughes, B Gill, D McDonald, D Wagner  18-21



Press Report – July 23, 2018

Press Report W/E 22/07/18 – Desborough Bowls Club


In the Kennet League, things are starting to look bleak as both Desborough teams have the unwanted distinction of being bottom of their respective divisions.


The ‘A’ team travelled to Suttons on Tuesday evening but were unfortunately on the wrong end of a thrashing as they had no winning rinks and went down 14-0. Desborough B faired slightly better as Dick Bishop and Paul Winstanley managed to skip two winning rinks but lost by 8 shots in a 10-4 defeat.


Rink Scores (A team)

R Van Den Berghen, R Wyatt, G Mason, H Pike (skip); 8-39

G Lofthouse, R James, D Devonald-Batt, M White (skip); 12-35

N Penn, P Braddock, J Young, B Jones (skip); 13-31

B Adams, C Edmonson, M Peachey, T Devonald-Batt (skip);11-25


Rink Scores (B team)

K Hazell, G Coussins, B Wright, D Bishop (skip);22-19

R Earl, J McPherson, R Weaver, P Winstanley (skip);27-19

J Roll, D McDonald, M Whittingham, T Buckley (skip);17-33

B Gill, P Patel, D Wagner, D Locke (skip);18-21


Desborough’s Ladies had contrasting days in TVL on Thursday, as Desborough Bluebells won emphatically against Great Hollands winning on all rinks, while the Buttercups lost 8-2 away to Trenthams, with skip Nicola Jones along with Carol Tupling and Mandy Devonald-Batt grabbing a consolation winning rink.


Rink Scores (Bluebells)

J Lawrie, G Braddock, D Lovering (skip);14-11

P Harrison-Smith, R Pike, G O’Neill (skip);18-11

C Crunden, R Turner, V White (skip);23-17



C Tupling, M Devonald-Batt, N Jones (skip);19-14

A Harris, V Wyatt, E Cox (skip);11-16

K Spracklen, J Bosley, P Tuttle (skip);10-15


In a re-arrranged Royal Shield match against Maidenhead Town, the ladies had an afternoon to forget as they lost on all rinks. The final overall score was Desborough 30-59 Maidenhead Town.


Rink Scores

C Crunden, R Pike, G O’Neill (skip) 13-19

P Hatch, K Spracklen, M Martin (skip);9-15

A Vaughan, P Tuttle, D Lovering (skip);8-25


In the KLV, Desborough’s A Team suffered a setback in their title aspirations as they slipped to a 7-3 defeat against Royal Household. Michael White and his rink managed to take home two points and Desborough took home an extra point as well thanks to Brian Jones who managed a draw on his rink. The ‘B’ team travelled to Windsor & Eton on Friday afternoon and it was left to Roy Hughes, Roger Wyatt and Alan May to provide Desborough with a bit of comfort as they were the only winning rink in an 8-2 defeat.


Desborough Ladies travelled to Marlow on Wednesday afternoon in a 3 rink friendly, but found the short journey not to their liking as they went down 74-29.


Rink Scores

K Spracklen, P Hatch, R Turner (skip);10-23

A Vaughan, J Bosely, G Braddock (skip);14-18

A Harris, J Tuhill, C Crunden (skip);5-33


Desborough travelled to Hurst on Saturday afternoon and although only winning in two of the five rinks, the day proved worthwhile as the visitors eked out a slender 6 shot win.


The rinks skipped by Barry Gill and John Bucknell narrowly lost but Paul Winstanley and his rink narrowly prevailed by 3 shots and a superlative performance from the Devonald’s Batt’s, led by Mandy along with Eileen and Tony who won 24-6 to guide Desborough to victory.


Rink Scores

K Spracklen, P Hatch, B Gill (skip);12-13

M Bellworthy, C Crunden, R Wyatt (skip);10-22

M Hutley, E Gill, J Bucknell (skip);14-15

M Devonald-Batt, E Devonald- Batt, T Devonald-Batt (skip); 24-6

V Wyatt, P Patel, P Winstanley (skip);19-16


The final match of the weekend saw Desborough entertain Stoke Poges in a friendly at York Road on Sunday afternoon.


It was a similar story to the day before as Desborough only managed to win on two of the five rinks but won by six shots overall . Gill O’Neill (skip) along with Ching Crunden and Dave Wagner won by 7 shots, as did Pam Harrison-Smith, Eileen Devonald-Batt and Brian Jones (skip), both rinks guiding the hosts to victory. It was the latter trio however, who took top rink honours as they had scored more shots on the day.


Rink Scores

C Crunden, D Wagner, G O’Neill (skip);18-11

K Spracklen, J McPherson, D Devonald-Batt (skip);15-17

P Harrison-Smith, E Devonald-Batt, B Jones (skip) 23-16

R Turner, P Tuttle, P Winstanley (skip);17-18

M Hobson, C Tupling, V White (skip);13-18


In the Men’s County Double Fours, Desborough progressed through to the next round thanks to a 36-31 against Sunningdale on Monday evening but unfortunately were knocked out if the Club Championship after falling to an 86-57 defeat to Bracknell.


Congratulations to Nicola Jones who won her County 2 wood semi-final against Jane Murphy from Didcot, winning 17-10. Nicola has now qualified for the final stages at Leamington which take place in August.









Press Report – July 16, 2018

In the Kennet League, Desborough A had a morale boosting win against Bracknell A with a 78-73 scoreline in their favour with that converting to a 10-4 victory. The rinks skipped by Michael White and John Young went down but those marshalled by Tony Devonald-Batt and Brian Jones won through. This first victory might be the kick start they need as they fight to preserve their Division 1 status.

The same can’t be said for Desborough B as their relegation from Division 2 now seems certain after a 12-2 defeat at the hands of Windsor and Eton. Although the rink skipped by Dave Wagner made a valiant effort to win, the only ones who covered themselves in glory were Richard Earl, Jim McPherson, Ray Weaver and Paul Winstanley who won 27-10.

Rink Scores (Desborough A)

J Stenson, R James, D Devonald-Batt, M White 16-18

D Hasler, A Buckley, M Peachey, T Devonald-Batt 27-14

N Penn, P Braddock, B Adams, J Young 15-25

J Brampton, J Stannard, G Mason, B Jones 20-16


Rink Scores (Desborough B)

G Lofthouse, P Hinton, B Wright,D Bishop 14-30

R Earl, J McPherson, R Weaver, P Winstanley 27-10

J Roll, D McDonald, M Whittingham,T Buckley 5-32

P Patel, K Hazell, B Gill, D Wagner 20-25


In the KLV Division 1, Desborough B went down to Sunningdale A with a thumping 10-0 defeat which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Rink scores

R Hatch, D Griggs, B Wright 11-22

R Vandenberghen, G Coussins, A May 5-23

P Hinton, M Hobson, D Wagner 11-23


In the same division, the A team’s title hopes took a dent as they went down 6-4 to Windsor and Eton.


In the TVL, Desborough’s Bluebells and Buttercups had contrasting fortunes. The Bluebells prospered in the sun at Burghfield as they won at a canter 10-0 with an outstanding performance from Ching Crunden, Sylvia Laban and Val White who won 37-14. However the Buttercups wilted in the heat as they went down 10-0 to the Sutton Gems.

Rink scores (Bluebells)

C Crunden, S Laban, V White 37-14

J Lawrie, R Pike, G O’Neill 17-12

G Braddock, E Gill, D Lovering 15-8


Rink scores (Buttercups)

J Tuhill, M O’Reilly, P Hatch 10-16

E Sharp, P Tuttle, M Martin 15-25

V Wyatt, J Bosley, N Jones 7 -22


The only friendly for the Club this week involved a trip to South Oxford with an interesting result. Due to the hosts having personnel problems, some rinks became unbalanced but as both teams won on 3 rinks, the Captains decided on a honourable draw. The rink skipped by the Welsh Wizard, Brian Jones, tried hard to conjure up top rink honours but had to concede to Simran Thaman, Gina Braddock and Dave Wagner who won 25-9.

Rink scores

P Patel, P Hatch, R Hatch 15-17

S Thaman, G Braddock, D Wagner 25-9

K Spracklen, J Roll, M Hobson 11-32

E Sharp, R Hughes, B Jones 24-9

M Caulfield, C Crunden, T Buckley 5-20

K Coles, P Colton, R Weaver 19-12


To finish the week off Desborough took part in the great exhibition of Maidenhead bowls that is the John Guest Tournament. Although they came out third best, a good time was had by all in the searing heat and their best contribution came from the Braddocks, Gina and Peter, along with Tony Buckley who scored 29 points.

Press Report – 10 July, 2018

Desborough’s woes in the Kennet League continue. The A team faced Reading A and the quality of the opposition and the distraction of the football meant they slumped to a 14 – 0 defeat. The B team didn’t fare much better at the Royal Household as they went down 12 -2 with Ken Hazell, Roger Lewis, Danny McDonald and Tony Buckley being the only winning rink.

The KLV threw up a match between Desborough’s A and B teams and the 55-42 scoreline in favour of the A team for a 10-0 result didn’t give a true reflection of the closeness of the game.

In the Ladies Royal Shield, Desborough hosted Windsor Great Park and although they won on 2 of the 3 rinks, they lost 56-48 with the best performance coming from Sylvia Laban, Rhona Pike and Gill O”Neill who won 22-14.

The TVL produced a better result for the Bluebells against Woodley as they won on 2 of the 3 rinks winning 47-45 overall for an 8-2 result.

Desborough’s Senior Four of John Stenson, Bruce Adams, Peter Braddock and John Young beat Thatcham to reach the County Final where they faced a four skipped by Keith Jones of Tilehurst and were triumphant 23-16. They now represent Berkshire in the National Finals at Leamington.

Barry Gill produced an outstanding performance to beat Peter Hawkins at Bracknell in the County 2 Wood Champion of Champions to set up a semi final at Caversham on August 3.

Desborough’s week ended with a trip to Oaken Grove to face Maidenhead Town. With the visitors winning on 3 of the 5 rinks and the hosts scraping home by 3 shots, it meant that the winner on a really hot day was the game of bowls.With Tony Devonald-Batt’s rink and that of Ray Weaver winning by 10 shots, the latter along with Michael Hobson, Nicola Jones and Rose Turner claimed the bragging rights on countback.

Press Report – July 2, 2018

Desborough Bowling Club Press Report : Jul 2, 2018

Last Tuesday Desborough played a Royal Shield fixture at home against Royal Household. Although Desborough were losing by seven shots at the midway point they rallied to win overall by 16 shots, 60-44, and on two of the three rinks. The top rink was skipped by Val White with Rose Turner and Doreen Lovering.


M Devonald-Batt, M Bellworthy, M Martin 10-20
R Turner, D Lovering, V White 29-10
M Pelling, C Crunden, G O’Neill 21-14


That evening the Kennet squads were in action with the A team playing Wokingham A away and the B team playing Sunningdale at home.


The A team’s game looked to be heading for a defeat at the halfway stage with a lead on only one of four rinks and a 25 point deficit, 29-54. The trend continued through the second half resulting in an overall loss of 60-109 and defeat on all four rinks. The best of Desborough’s rinks was skipped by Howard Pike with John Stenson, David Griggs and Bruce Adams.


P Braddock, J Stannard, J Young, B Jones 18-28
J Stenson, D Griggs, B Adams, H Pike 18-25
J Brampton, P Colton, D Devonald-Batt, M White 13-24
N Penn, R Wyatt, A Buckley, T Devonald-Batt 11-32


It looked like the B team were going to fare better with a 36-26 lead at the midpoint, winning on two rinks and drawing on another. However Sunningdale rallied and converted that to a 10 point deficit for Desborough, 61-71, and a win on one rink with a draw on another. Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Paul Winstanley with Paul Patel, Jim McPherson and Ray Weaver.


R Earl, D Wagner, B Gill, D Locke 13-21
K Hazell, J Roll, D McDonald, T Buckley 13-23
P Patel, J McPherson, R Weaver, P Winstanley 20-12
M Hobson, P Hinton, D Bishop, A May 15-15


The following day Desborough hosted a two rink Ladies friendly fixture against Woodley. The match was only played to the minimum of 12 ends due to the hot weather. Rink honours were shared with one win apiece however Desborough lost overall 15-24.


Desborough’s winning rink was skipped by Rose Turner with Katie Coles and Jo Lawrie.


S Thaman, C Tupling, E Devonald-Batt 1-17
K Coles, J Lawrie, R Turner 14-7


Staying with Ladies’ fixtures, the Buttercups played away against Pangbourne the following day whilst the Bluebells were at home against Maiden Erlegh.


The Buttercups started off well building up a 30-17 lead by the midpoint leading on two of the three rinks. By the end of the match the lead had doubled for a 60-34 result together with wins on all three rinks. Desborough’s top rink was skipped by Pat Hatch with Elaine Sharp and Pauline Tuttle.


A Harris, J Bosley, M Bellworthy 19-12
E Sharp, P Tuttle, P Hatch 23-10
C Tupling, M Devonald-Batt, E Cox 18-12


The Bluebells also started brightly with a 21-18 lead at the midpoint and winning two of the three rinks. However, they slipped back in the second half ultimately losing 38-49 with a win on one rink which skipped by Eileen Devonald-Batt with Ching Crunden and Marion Pelling.


P Harrison-Smith, S Laban, G O’Neill 11-17
G Braddock, E Gill, V White 10-18
C Crunden, M Pelling, E Devonald-Batt 17-14


Friday saw Kennet LV fixtures with the A team at home against Maidenhead Town B and the B team away against Maidenhead Town A.


The A team made the most of home advantage, leading by 39-14 at the midpoint and winning 62-32 overall with wins on all three rinks. The top rink was skipped by Howard Pike with John Stenson and Bruce Adams.


J Brampton, G Mason, D Devonald-Batt 16-15
J Stenson, B Adams, H Pike 27-6
B Gill, M Whittingham, B Jones 19-11


The B team suffered from the home advantage of their opponents losing overall 27-61 and on all three rinks. Desborough’s best rink was skipped by Brian Wright with Ray Weaver and David Griggs.


P Hinton, M Hobson, D Wagner 6-23
R Weaver, D Griggs, B Wright 13-16
T Buckley, P Colton, A May 8-22


The first of the weekend friendlies was played away against Chesham on the Saturday. At the midpoint Desborough had established a 71-43 lead with rink honours evenly shared over the six rinks. Although Desborough’s scoring rate slowed in the second half they secured a 134-94 win and wins on four of the six rinks with the top rink skipped by Dave Wagner with Mike Hutley, Pat Hatch and Rose Turner.


E Pelling, C Crunden, E Devonald-Batt, T Devonald-Batt 17-22
R Hughes, P Tuttle, R Pike, H Pike 19-17
M Pelling, M Hobson, R Wyatt, P Winstanley 28-9
M Devonald-Batt, R Crunden, D Lovering, T Buckley 23-17
K Spracklen, R Lewis, J Roll, B Gill 16-18
M Hutley, P Hatch, R Turner, D Wagner 31-11


Finally, Sunday’s game was played at home against Shiplake as five rinks of triples. Desborough were fifteen points adrift at the midpoint, winning on two of the five rinks with a scoreline of 39-54. Although Desborough went on to lose the match 85-91 they managed to close the gap somewhat and win on three of five rinks. Two rinks shared a shot difference of +4. Based upon the number of ends won the top rink honours went to Paul Winstanley with Nicola Jones and John Bucknell.


N Jones, J Bucknell, P Winstanley 21-17
E Cox, V Wyatt, R Weaver 18-24
R Eyre, C Crunden, R Wyatt 15-14
R Hughes, E Devonald-Batt, T Buckley 13-22
R Turner, M Hobson, G O’Neill 18-14