Bowls round-up: Maidenhead Town lose narrowly to Royal Household in Kennet league

Maidenhead Town’s Tim Eales


Maidenhead Town Bowls Club

Maidenhead Town’s Kennet A team visited Royal Household and despite being in a strong position to win the game, ended up losing by 3 shots, 59-62. Best rink for Town was that of Steve Tegg, Roy Palmer, Andy Mayne and skip Tim Eales. They were never behind at any stage of their game and ended winning 17-10. Town’s only other winning rink was a much tighter affair with Clive Knowles, Peter Stopp, John Butchart and skip Stewart Wright edging their game by the odd shot on the last end, 11-10. Town’s other two games ended in defeat, 16-25 and 15-17. This was another game that Town should have won, but ultimately could not finish off their earlier good groundwork.

After a month of visiting other clubs, Town’s KL B-Team were at home again this week and they really enjoyed playing on an immaculate surface for a change! Grant Oxtoby's team, with new recruit Chris Schweir were consistently a few shots ahead of their opponents and finished up winning 20-16. Robert Knight stood in for Peter Herke and guided his team to an 11-2 lead before halfway but their opponents then found their line and length and finished up 2 shots ahead. Steve Wheeler's team were one short because of a no-show but all credit to him, Vijay Sandal and Peter Rogers, who was playing his first B-Team match, managed a remarkable come-back from 1-11 down after 6 ends to come home winning by one shot after taking the 25% penalty. Tony Ruffell's team played consistently to maintain a steady lead and, helped by two 5-shot winning ends, came home by 5 shots. So the end result was that the B-Team won by 77-66 shots and 12-2 on points.

Town’s KLV A team entertained Royal Household at home and had a comfortable win on all three rinks and taking maximum points. Tim Eales team of Clive Knowles and Tony Roberts came home 13 shots ahead of the opposition, 23-10, having led throughout the game, Dave Davis’s team of Tony Stuart and Richard Pooley won by 7 shots, 18-11. The third team of John Butchart, Clive Behmber and skip Stewart Wright had to work hard for their 1 shot win, 16-15 after giving away 3 shots on the 14th end.

Town’s Royal Shield entertained visitors Windsor Great Park on Tuesday. Despite being down at the halfway stage, Town found their line and moved ahead, winning on all three rinks, 59-30. Carol van Noorden’s triple with Norma Cormican and Julie Beal won their game 22-11, but with Windsor unable to put out a full team had to sacrifice 25 percent on their score reducing their final score down to 6. Kathy Leonard skipped her triple of Kay Jilkes and Kathy Wells to 21-7, whilst Mary Mackay’s team of June Palmer and Eileen Schweir won by 4 shots, 16-12.

Desborough’s Bluebells were at Maidenhead Town to play in the TVL with Town winning 50-43. Kathy Leonard led her team of Joyce Motley and Carol van Noorden to an easy 21-10 win whilst Kim Eales’ team came home 2 shots ahead 17-15. Mary Mackay’s team struggled to find the green and were 11 shots down before scoring, so it was hard going to catch up. However with some great bowling they reduced the deficit down, ending just 3 shots down, 15-18.

The weekend friendly against Reading at Oaken Grove did not go Town’s way, losing 59-78. Town did manage one winning rink with Barbara Pooley, Chris Schweir and skip Joyce Motley winning by 7 shots, 20-13 and there was one drawn rink, 21-21, but unfortunately the losses on the other two rinks severely lowered the final score.


Desborough Bowls Club

Trailing by 4 shots , Desborough welcomed High Wycombe to Green Lane for the second leg of the Dessau Cup with high hopes of picking up the trophy and after a hard fought game, came out victorious by 36 shots, 114 – 78.

Desborough won on five of the six rinks and even the losing rink skipped by Steve Isaac played a team game to make sure they only lost narrowly but special mention has to go to the top rink of Tonie Philpott, Jacinta Monteiro and Mark Essex who won by 19 shots, 30 – 11. It’s not often we win the Dessau Cup so we will make the most of holding on to the trophy until the next outdoor season.

Rink scores

T Philpott J Monteiro M Essex 30 – 11

P Smith P Winstanley S Isaac 9 – 13

V Wyatt M Hobson D Hasler 23 – 9

D Smith R Earl R Wyatt 20 – 19

A Davis B Forster T Buckley 17 – 12

D Davis R Dale B Jones 15 – 14

Desborough travelled to Henley for the first time and the trip was worthwhile as they won by 1 shot, 86 – 85 although the hosts could claim a moral draw as both teams won on 2 rinks with 1 drawn. The rink skipped by Brian Wright won by 3 shots but top rink honours went to Michael Hobson, Don Isaacs and Dave Hasler who won by 5 shots, 17 – 12.

Rink scores

M Hobson D Isaacs D Hasler 17 – 12

E Sharp V Wyatt R Wyatt 17 – 21

C Tupling L Davis E Sharp 17 – 20

J Monteiro R Earl B Wright 19 – 16

T Philpott J Davis B Forster 16 – 16

Desborough played local rivals, Maidenhead Town in the National Double Fours with some trepidation but needn’t have worried as they won by 14 shots, 32 – 18, with a fantastic performance from Peter Braddock, Keith Roper, Graeme Mason and Mark Peachey who won by 15 shots, 22 – 7. The prize for winning was a game against one of two of the best teams in Berkshire, Reading or Suttons, in the next round. No need to panic as everyone is beatable!!

Rink scores

P Braddock K Roper G Mason M Peachey 22 – 7

A Essex B Forster D Seymour M Essex 10 – 11

In the Kennet League, Desborough B maintained their place at the top of their division as they beat Twyford 13 – 1. Desborough A went down 2 – 12 to a very strong Suttons side.

In the KLV, the A team won 7 – 3 against Wraysbury but both the B & C teams suffered 10 – 0 defeats against Sunningdale A and Windsor & Eton B respectively, which in the case of the B team was not helped by the searing heat. The D team went down narrowly to Wokingham C on overall score which resulted in an 8 – 2 loss.

For the Ladies in the TVL, the Buttercups wilted in the heat and despite a good effort from Ryda Eyre, Sally Lane and Val White they too fell to defeat. The Bluebells, despite a valiant effort from Sally Darby, Linda Harvey and Angie Isaac, fell to an 8 – 2 defeat against our neighbours from Maidenhead Town.

In the County Competitions, Mark Essex continues to fly the flag for Desborough in the Men’s Singles as he beat Tim Eales from Maidenhead Town 21 – 14 and now plays Andy Mayne, also from the Town, in the next round.

In the Men’s Unbadged Singles, Mark Essex won comfortably against an opponent from Maidenhead Thicket to progress further.

Peter Braddock and Mark Peachey made exits from the Men’s Two Wood Singles which left Mark Essex and Bruce Adams as Desborough’s representatives and they now have to play each other.

In the Men’s Pairs, Peter Crabbe subbed for Bruce Adams and along with Peter Braddock beat a pair from Bracknell, 19 – 14. Mark Peachey and Graeme Mason went to Windsor & Eton and also won 19 – 14. Alas, the Essex twins, Andrew and Mark, had to bow out of the competition as they narrowly lost to Ralph Cooke and Richard Heathman from Windsor & Eton.

In the Men’s Fours, the quartet entered by Andrew Essex opened their campaign with a 22 – 8 win against Great Hollands.

Angie Isaac always knew she was going to be up against it in the Ladies Singles and so it proved as her interest in the competitition ended in defeat against top bowler, Morgan Merryweather.

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