Press Report – December 16, 2018



There were mixed fortunes for Desborough`s entries in the National Over 60`s Double Rink. The A team faced West Berks A who have been successful in this competition in recent years and after a pulsating encounter the Maidenhead side triumphed with an aggregate score of 34-25. They will play Whiteknights A who defeated Desborough`s B team by 3 shots, 33-30. Desborough started slowly and left their late surge too late to overcome their county rivals leaving them to face the A side on 8 January.


Rink scores ( Desborough A)




S Williams, C Behmber, B Long, E Orme              18-13




G Knapper, H Pike, T Eales, L Essex                     16-12


Rink scores  (Desborough B)




S Wong, C Knowles, B Jones, D Seymour            17-14




J Stenson, R James, R West, M White                  13-19



Ad Finem BA were welcomed to York Road and after the usual tussle  came out winners by 24 shots, 151-127. David Webster`s rink managed a draw leaving two rinks to build the foundations of the win. Maurice Rhymer`s crew won by 12 shots but were put in the shade by John Stenson, Pat Hatch, Ron James and David Perriman who won by a mindblowing 34 shots, 38-4.


Rink scores


R Hughes, G Braddock, C Woodward, M White                   15-26

K Scowen, D Griggs, D Webster                                            15-15

C Howard, J McDonnell, K Crump, B Humphries                 16-18

B Faulkner, M Bellworthy, C Northover, S Stack                  21-27

M Rhymer, M Hallett, D McDonald, R Wyatt                       25-13

J Stenson, P Hatch, R James, D Perriman                              38-4

Y Hurley, C Dawson, R Hatch, T Buckley                             11-24



A trip to Wey Valley IBC in Guildford is always a daunting task  and so it proved as Desborough went down by 31 shots, 135-104 but as the six rinks were shared it was declared a honourable draw. The rinks skipped by Paul Winstanley and David Perriman both won by 1 shot leaving the top rink honours to go to late substitute Jim McDonnell, Peter Crabbe, Cy Woodward and the indomitable Brian Faulkner who won by 4 shots, 21-17.



Rink scores


K Scowen,  C Howard, J Bucknell, S Stack                         15-33

M Buckles, G Fowler, R Wyatt, D Webster                          14-16

Y Fowler, T Buckley, P Winstanley                                      22-21

R Hughes, P Hadwell, P Hatch, M Rhymer                          15-32

J McDonnell, P Crabbe, C Woodward, B Faulkner              21-17

J Tuhill, N Harlow, I Bond, D Perriman                               17-16



Earlier in the season Desborough`s men had failed to win a Bannerette against their County counterparts and now the ladies have done the same as they went down by 46 shots, 130-84. The losses on each rink were minimal but honours went to Kathy Wells, Tina Scherer and Margaret Hallett who went down by 3 shots.


Rink scores


J Sculthorpe, G Braddock, G O`Neill                                                                    16-22

C Buckley, M Bellworthy, M Pelling                                                                     18-24

V Wyatt, R Pike, Y Hurley                                                                                    10-25

K Wells, T Scherer, M Hallett                                                                                16-19

J Beal, J Lawrie / V White, D Lovering                                                                11-22

J Williams, J Marshall, J Smelt                                                                              13-18

Press Report – December 11, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 9.12.18


A trip to Camberley turned into disappointment for Desborough as they fell to a 26 shot defeat, 115-89. Sam Stack’s rink had a strong finish to claim a draw and Roger Wyatt’s triple returned a winning scorecard which left the top rink honours to go to Yvonne Hurley, John Bucknell and Dave Perriman who won 21-15.


Rink scores

C Bartlett, K Crump, R Wyatt          15-14

C Howard, P Tuttle, M Rhymer.         8-26

Y Hurley, J Bucknell, D Perriman.      21-15

R Hughes, M Hallett, B Faulkner.       9-16

P Arnott, K Scowen, C Woodward.     16-24

K Spracklen, G Braddock, S Stack.     20-20


A 4 rink game against Handy Cross was more to Desborough’s liking as they eased to a 16 shot win, 71-55. The rinks skipped by David Perriman and Roger Wyatt returned winning scorecards but there was no doubting the top rink as Kath Spracklen, Paul Patel, Jessie Clark and David Webster won 24-9.


Rink scores

N Harlow, M Buckles, M Pelling, R Wyatt.      21-17

P Arnott, P Hadwell, G Coussins, D Perriman.  13-11

K Spracklen, P Patel, J Clark, D Webster.      24-9

C Bartlett, P Hatch, P Colton, S Stack.        13-18

Press Report – December 4, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 2.12.18


It was a quiet week where the attention centred on the two entries in the National Over 60’s Double Rink. Desborough A played Oxford & District and managed a 42-26 victory. The away rink skipped by Len Essex started slowly while they got used to the playing conditions but eventually got a win which left all the glory to go to the home rink skipped by Eddie Orme who were always in control and ran out 29-15 winners. The A team now face West Berks A on December 11.


Rink scores


S Williams, C Behmber, B Long, E Orme.      29-15



G Knapper, H Pike, T Eales, L Essex.         13-11



Desborough’s B team faced West Berks B and won with an aggregate score of 37-30. The home rink skipped by Dave Seymour had a titanic battle which was always in the balance with Desborough finally winning by 1 shot. The away rink skipped by the unassuming Michael White were always in control from the start and won 16-10. They now have the daunting task of facing Whiteknights A.


Rink scores


M Forward, C Knowles, J Young, D Seymour.    21-20



J Stenson, R James, R West, M White.         16-10

Press Report – November 27, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 25.11.18


Desborough faced Camberley in the 1st round of the London & Southern Counties Shield with some trepidation but needn’t have worried as they forced them into submission with an 81-53 win. It was a fantastic performance as 3 of the 4 rinks won with the other drawing. Hopefully it’s a start to an extended run in the competition.


Desborough A played Whiteknights in the Mason Trophy and because of a tardy start they fell to a 35-24 defeat.


A trip to Foxhills proved fruitless as Desborough slipped to a 36 shot defeat, 117-81. Having lost on 4 of the 5 rinks the only saving grace was Ken Scowen, Pat Arnott, Joan Kingston and Sam Stack who won by 16 shots, 29-13.


Rink scores

D Griggs, P King, C Crunden, C Woodward.          14-32

K Scowen, P Arnott, J Kingston, S Stack.            29-13

R Hughes, P Hatch, M Hobson, M Rhymer.          19-23

P Tuttle, C Howard, P Patel, D Perriman.            14-21

K Spracklen, C Dawson, R Wyatt, B Faulkner.         5-28


Herts IBC came to York Road and left with their tail between their legs as Desborough eased to a 109-75 win. With 4 rinks winning they were plenty of candidates for top rink but finally that honour went to Ken Scowen, Val Wyatt, David Webster and Sam Stack who won 26-11.


A trip to Egham resulted in a 112-96 defeat although the six rinks were shared so it could be considered a draw. The rinks skipped by Sam Stack and Sid Williams had winning scorecards but there was no doubting the top rink as Ken Scowen, Josie Williams, Brian Parish and Newark Smelt won 29-9.

Press Report – 19 November, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 18.11.18


Terry Davies, the County President, brought his merry men to his home club Desborough and left without losing the Bannerette as the York Road side went down by 41 shots, 137-96. All the home side’s efforts were in vain as they could only muster two winning scorecards as John Stenson, Iain Bond, Sam Stack and Michael White edged home by one shot which left top rink honours to go to Brian Faulkner, Paul Patel, Bill Pocock and the evergreen John Stannard who won by 8 shots, 22-14.


Rink scores

K Scowen, M Everard, M Hobson, J Young.         7-35

R Wyatt, K Brooks, D Perriman, B Jones.           18-22

J Stenson, I Bond, S Stack, M White.              19-18

B Faulkner, P Patel, B Pocock, J Stannard         22-14

S Wong, G Coussins, C Woodward, P Winstanley.  15-29

M Hutley, M Rhymer, B Parish, R James.          15-19


Desborough bowed out of the Top Club competition but not before putting up a great fight against Whiteknights. After all the disciplines of 2 two wood singles, pairs, triples and fours had taken place it was 8 points apiece, so the scoreline came into play which unfortunately was 70-56 in favour of the Lower Early side.


There was even more misery as Desborough’s Ladies went out of the Yetton Trophy against Westlecot. The home rinks for Desborough performed magnificently but the away rinks struggled against powerful opposition who used home advantage to good use as Desborough went down by 21 shots overall, 76-55.

Press Report – November 12, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 11.11.18


In the National Over 60’s Double Rink, Desborough have two entries and both have progressed to the next round. Desborough A played Whiteknights B and eased to a 47-24 win. The home rink skipped by Eddie Orme did enough to ensure there were no major disasters but the stars of the day were away as Gordon Knapper, Howard Pike, Tim Eales and Len Essex had a mindblowing 31-2 victory. They now play Foxhill or Oxford & District on 27 November. On the same day, Desborough B, who had a walkover against Banbury, will play West Berks B.


Rink scores


N Smelt, C Behmber, B Long, E Orme.       16-22


G Knapper, H Pike, T Eales, L Essex.        31-2


In the 2nd round of the Egham Trophy it was always going to be a tough game against a very strong Egham side and so it proved as Desborough slipped to an 85-64 defeat.


On the friendly front any game against Southampton Old Green is always an entertaining affair and this match was no different as Desborough eased to a 72 shot victory, 159-87. There were two drawn rinks, those skipped by Paul Winstanley and Brian Parish producing winning scorecards and Cy Woodward’s four winning by 22 shots. However that wasn’t good enough for top rink honours as the late substitute Martin Everard, Linda Eumor, Tony Buckley and the mercurial Barry Gill won by 29 shots, 37-8. The real winner was the game of bowls.


Rink scores

J Tuhill, C Buckley, K Brooks, S Stack.          16-16

M Hutley, J Motley, M Hobson, P Winstanley.    29-17

R Hughes, J Sculthorpe, C Crunden, C Woodward 33-11

J Kingston, G Motley, J Walker, M Rhymer.       20-20

M Everard, L Eumor, T Buckley, B Gill.           37-8

C Tupling, P Hatch, R Earl, B Parish.            24-15


The weekend finished with a visit from Whiteknights IBC and after a pulsating game that was always in the balance, it ended all square, 89-89. Of the 5 rinks, Desborough only won two with Kel Crump, Kath Spracklen, Bill Pocock and Jeff Simpson playing second fiddle to Pauline Tuttle, Peter Colton, Margaret Hallett and Bruce Adams who had a fantastic second half to win by 13 shots, 21-8.


Rink scores

P Tuttle, P Colton, M Hallett, B Adams.          21-8

E Sharp, T Scherer, Y Hurley, E Sharp.           13-18

J Marshall, M Buckles, J Bucknell, D Webster.        16-22

M Everard, M Pelling, M Hobson, D Perriman.         14-23

K Crump, K Spracklen, B Pocock, J Simpson.         25-18

Press Report – November 6, 2018

Desborough won three friendlies in a week and started their treble with the visit of Glebelands who were despatched by 51 shots, 160-109. Only one rink suffered a reverse, with one drawn and the rinks skipped by Dave Perriman and Sam Stack both winning by 14 shots. However there was no doubting the top rink which included a hotshot, the bowls equivalent of a darts 9-dart finish, so all the accolades go to late substitute Martin Everard, Marsha Buckles, Ray Weaver and Roger Wyatt.


Rink scores

P Arnott, M Hobson, J Bucknell, J Stannard.             17-16

R Hughes, J Marshall, J Simpson, D Perriman.           29-15

C Tupling, C Dawson, B Parish, S Stack.                25-11

K Scowen, P Patel, C Crunden, B Faulkner.              17-17

M Bellworthy, C Woodward, C Northover, D Webster.     19-16

M Everard, M Buckles, R Weaver, R Wyatt.               37-14

P Tuttle, T Scherer, D McDonald, R James.              16-20



The second leg of the treble meant a trip to West Berks IBC in Newbury which resulted in an 8 shot win, 104-96. The rinks skipped by Bruce Adams and Dave Perriman both won by 5 shots but top rink honours went to Ken Scowen, Jim Roll, Cy Woodward and Barry Gill who won 25-16. This win was made even sweeter as Barry suffered a possible match ending fall but bravely carried on and as for Jim he went out in a blaze of glory in his last game for Desborough before he goes to pastures new in Bournemouth. Desborough will have the chance to do the double in the New Year.


Rink scores

K Scowen, J Roll, C Woodward, B Gill.           25-16

R Hughes, E Gill, C Crunden, T Buckley.          19-24

K Spracklen, M Rhymer, R Weaver, B Adams.     23-18

P Tuttle, M Hobson, B Faulkner.                19-25

C Tupling, A Willis, C Northover, D Perriman.     18-13


The treble came up with the visit of Herga IBC who were beaten after an entertaining afternoon by 20 shots, 122-102. Again 1 rink suffered a reverse with one drawn but this time there was a dilemma for top rink honours. The rink of Josie Williams, Clare Buckley, Ralph Hatch and David Webster along with that of Marion Pelling, Linda Eumorfopoulos, Roger Wyatt and Eric Sharp both won with identical shot difference and ends won but it was controversially decided that the latter were top dogs as they gained more shots.


Rink scores

J Tuhill, P Hatch, S Stack, N Smelt.        16-15

E Sharp, V Wyatt, J Bucknell, S Williams.   10-27


J Williams, C Buckley, R Hatch, D Webster.         24- 9

M Pelling, L Eumorfopoulos, R Wyatt, E Sharp.      29-14

B Faulkner, A McCabe, J Smelt, D Perriman        26-20

M Hallett, C Northover, M Buckles, P Winstanley.   17-17



Desborough’s ladies played a strong Whiteknights side and gained an impressive 88-77 win. They now face the daunting task of playing Westlecot on 17 November.


Desborough’s men played West Berks in the Denny Plate but suffered an agonizing 1 shot defeat, 74-73.

Press Report – October 30, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 28.10.18


Desborough faced King George Field in the 2nd round of the Egham Trophy and won by 10 shots, 79-69. The away rink skipped by Malcolm Woodley won by 3 shots and at home John McGuiness edged home by 1 shot which left the performance of the day to come from Jan Frost, Julie Beal, Gordon Knapper and Len Essex who won by 13 shots. After edging through this round they now face a very strong Egham side on 11 November.


Rink scores


J Frost, J Beal, G Knapper, L Essex.           29-16

J Morgan, K Eales, C Behmber, J McGuinness. 17-16



Y Stuart, M Price, T Eales, C Jones.          13-20

L Woodley, H Jones, E Orme, M Woodley.     20-17


Desborough hosted the Bucks VP’s and enjoyed a comfortable afternoon as they won on 4 of their 6 rinks and won by 59 shots, 148-89. Paul Winstanley and Jeff Simpson’s rinks got winning scorecards which left a titanic battle for top rink honours which resulted in Sam Stack’s foursome giving second best to Chris Howard, late substitute Brian Parish, Kel Crump and Clive Northover who pipped them by one shot with a 34-8 win.


Rink scores

M Bellworthy, K Brooks, M Buckles, D Webster.          13-18

K Scowen, J Motley, G Braddock, P Winstanley.          21-16

A McCabe, P Tuttle, J Bucknell, S Stack.                35-10

K Spracklen, G Motley, C Crunden, J Stannard.           19-20

J Tuhill, Y Hurley, R James, J Simpson.                 26-17

C Howard, B Parish, K Crump, C Northover.             34-8

Press Report – October 23, 2018

PRESS REPORT w/e 21.10.18


Desborough once again played Cambridge Park, this time in the National Top Club and won 12-4. Although Tim Eales and Helen Jones made a valiant effort in their singles defeats, the pairs of Mary Price and Len Essex, fours consisting of Lorraine Woodley, Jenny Morgan, Brett Long and Malcolm Woodley and the triple of Jan Frost, Kevin Scrace and Eddie Orme performed magnificently to see the team through to the next round to play Whiteknights on 18 November.


Expectations weren’t high when Desborough met Westlecot in the 1st round of the Denny Cup, so it was no disgrace to lose 91-70 to a very strong side. The home rink skipped by Len Essex and the away rink led by Colin Jones did well to produce winning scorecards and the club has the consolation of now going into the Plate Competition where they will play West Berks on 3 November.


Iver Heath B C were welcomed to York Road and for an outdoor club put up a spirited performance in going down to a 166-99 defeat. Desborough won on 4 of the 6 rinks with top rink honours going to Kath Spracklen, Jan Marshall, Cy Woodward and  Brian Faulkner who won 41-9.


Rink scores

C Tupling, M Hobson, D McDonald, D Perriman.        39-11

C Howard, J Newton, M Pelling, N Smelt.              30-8

R Hughes, T Scherer, J Smelt, R Wyatt.                17-22

J McDonnell, V Wyatt, C Northover, P Winstanley.      17-28

K Spracklen, J Marshall, C Woodward, B Faulkner.     41-9

L Eumorfopoulos, P Tuttle, P Patel, B Parish           22-21


Desborough welcomed the London Welsh B A for their annual visit and after an entertaining afternoon had an 87 shot victory, 159-72. The home side won on 5 of the 6 rinks but there was no doubting who the top rink was as June Sculthorpe, Marsha Buckles, Ron James and Sam Stack won 45-17.


Rink scores

Y Hurley, K Crump, J Clark, T Buckley.        16-17

E Sharp, C Crunden, J Bucknell, E Sharp.      27-9

C Howard, C Buckley, B Pocock, B Gill.        21-11

P Hatch, E Gill, C Northover, D Webster.       19-17

J Sculthorpe, M Buckles, R James, S Stack.   45-17

C Bartlett, M Hobson, G Braddock, R Hatch.   31-11

Press Report – October 15, 2018

Desborough began their Egham Trophy campaign with a potentially tricky tie against Cambridge Park but everything fell into place and in the end had an easy passage into the next round as they won by 40 shots, 89-49. On the home rinks, Len Essex’s foursome, especially the ladies, Jan Frost and Julie Beal, put on an impressive performance to win well and Colin Jones’s rink contributed to the team effort by minimizing their loss to 2 shots. Away from home, Eddie Orme’s crew started slowly but along with Malcolm Woodley’s rink asserted their class to register excellent wins. Next up is King George Field on October 28.


Rink scores



J Frost, J Beal, K Scrace, L Essex         26-13

J Morgan, K Eales, T Eales, C Jones.      12-14




M Price, Y Stuart, B Long, E Orme.          25-12

L Woodley, H Jones, C Behmber, M Woodley 26-10


Desborough welcomed Egham to York Road but proved to be no match for the visitors as they ended up receiving a bowling lesson in a 158-93 defeat. The rinks skipped by Cy Woodward and Sam Stack did well to limit their losses to 4 shots but the kudos of being top rink went to Carole Tupling, Jim McDonnell, Ray Weaver and David Perriman who only lost on the last end by 3 shots.


Rink scores

R Hughes, J Kingston, C Northover, D Webster.               15-27

K Spracklen, M Hutley, M Buckles, C Woodward.              17-21

C Tupling, J McDonnell, R Weaver, D Perriman.               15-18

M Hallett, C Howard, J Bucknell, B Faulkner.                  17-34

L Eumorfopoulos, K Scowen,D McDonald, S Stack.            17-21

V Wyatt, A Willis, Y Hurley, R Wyatt.                          12-37


A trip to Portsmouth to play Victory IBC is an enjoyable experience but on this occasion proved fruitless for Desborough as they were humbled in a 139-84 defeat. Only one rink could return a winning scorecard so the heroes of the day were Carol Bartlett, Michael Hobson, Paul Patel and Brian Wright who won by 10 shots. Desborough will seek revenge in the return fixture early in the New Year.


Rink scores

P Arnott, P Hatch, T Buckley, R Weaver.                    18-26

R Hughes, K Scowen, M Buckles, B Gill.                   7-28

C Bartlett, M Hobson, P Patel, B Wright.                  21-11

J Kingston, T Scherer, J Bucknell, D Webster.             12-22

M Bellworthy, M Hallett, D McDonald, P Winstanley.       18-19

J Tuhill, L Eumorfopoulos, E Gill, D Perriman.              8-33