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Wraysbury Bowls Club

The Claret Jug award 2017 went to Colin Lambert

The President's Cup - a special award for outstanding services during the year - was given to Colin Lambert at the awards dinner in the Village Hall.

Also known as the Claret Jug, it was presented by club captain Alan Dell to Colin in recognition of his ever-willing enthusiasm

in getting things organised at roll-ups and club events.

Especially appreciated is how he makes sure all the equipment is out and ready.

Also not forgetting his way of keeping members happy with his good humour - and, of course, the sweets he often distributes!!

Good contests in our

Club Finals 2017

Ladies Singles champion is Val Lambert, who beat Doris Thompson 21-15 (pictured left), to take her second title in two years having won the Ladies League last year.

It was a nip and tuck match but Val managed to come out on top at the end.

In the Men's Singles, Ian Smith went one better than last year's runner-up to take the 2017 title, beating Mike McLachlan 21-17.

Ian raced into an early lead but Mike rallied and battled back to close the gap, but Ian dug in to see out a competitive match.

The Mixed Pairs was won by Dave Harrell & Mike McLachlan who struck a rich vein of form to beat Andy & Hilary Doughton 21-5, though it was more of a battle than the score suggests.


Maintenance crew attack encroaching hedgerow

An assault to reclaim our pathway from the invading hedge by the hardworking Maintenance crew of Andy Doughton, Ian Smith and Gregg Scott was carried out with great vigour.

The cutback was needed to have a clear pathway - and in particular in the corner where it was becoming difficult to negotiate safely.

There is still some work there needed and it looks somewhat shorn at the moment - but it is hoped to have it back looking pleasantly green again soon.

(More pics on Club Photos 2017 page

Note: Click on pictures to enlarge)

Match season ends on a high

We wrapped up our club competitive season with a convincing home win against Stanwell on Sunday (Oct 8) - the friendly played in fine weather and good humour.

Taking all three rinks we avenged the early season defeat - going one shot better than the reverse fixture at 87-29.

Top rink was Trevor Woodham, Hilary & Andy Doughton, with a commanding 40-6 win.

We look forward to our encounters next year.

Mixed results in our two late friendlies

Our home match against Heathervale resulted in a 68-52 victory despite winning only one rink. It was the outstanding performance from Trevor, Sue and Ian who overran their opponents 32-4 which brought the overall 16-shot success.

Our other two rinks, despite leading with five ends remaining, were both overtaken by Heathervale.

Our visit to Slough (Sep 30) was another close affair with again only one rink coming out on top we ended with a 10-shot deficit at 50-40.

It was another enjoyable visit on Slough's all-weather surface which played pretty fast and Wraysbury's top rink was Colin, Shirley and Val Lambert, winning 17-13, while Margaret, Hilary and Andy went down by just one shot.

The Gents halt the Ladies' winning run

The annual Ladies v Gents tournament saw the Ladies’ run of success in recent years come to an end with a victory for the Gents on a shots count of 46 to 37.

However, it was a close affair with each team winning one rink each and one tied. It was Trevor Dobson and John Isaac’s 21-9 win that secured control of the Rolling Pin Trophy.

A disappointingly low turn out this year for various reasons saw 10 ladies against

8 gents.

No luck at Staines

We took four teams to Staines BC for a mixed triples friendly on Saturday (Sep 16) but again struggled away from home, losing on all four rinks 106-42.

Best performance came from Anne Harrell, Shirley Warner and Alan Dell, who were comfortably 18-8 ahead after 12 ends but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when not picking up any more shots and were overturned 22-18.

Good effort at Chess Vale's Gala Day

Wraysbury took a team to Chess Vale for their big Gala Day event on September 6 and came 4th which was a great performance with the number of big clubs playing there.

Our representatives were Ian and Brenda Smith, Vera Davies and Sue Bennett.

Another first time success in the Memorial Pairs Trophy

Colin Lambert was overjoyed at winning his first club trophy taking the 2017 Memorial Pairs title along with partner Doris Thompson.

The duo saw off the challenge of Sue Bennett & Denys Webb 6-2 in a worthy final which saw some good bowling and much closer fought than the score showed.

Another fine day was had as club bowlers competed in pairs of two leagues with the winners of each playing in the final.  

¤ Memorial Day Trophy winners Colin Lambert & Doris Thompson (r)

with runners-up Sue Bennett & Denys Webb

KLV men's team secure their place in Div 2 east

After a nervous couple of weeks, when we flirted with the drop zone, our men's team were pleased to secure their place in the Berkshire KLV Div 2 East League.

Our battlers gained just one point away at Desborough last Friday (Aug 11) but thankfully the team that could overhaul us, Maidenhead Town C, were whitewashed at home by Thicket A, who thus became division champions on shot difference over Sunningdale A.

On the penultimate game against promoted team Sunningdale A we could only muster two points in what was our only home defeat of the season which led to a tense last day of matches.

A close call, but our men's squad did well to finish fifth out of eight in the division with some decent competitive bowling throughout the campaign.

A deserved 'thank you' to all the players for turning out and supporting the team throughout the season. Well done!

(Fuller details in the KLV League Reports section). 

An additional Roll-up session

There's been a good response to the suggestion of reviving the Thursday summer evening roll-up session (6pm to 8pm). It gives an option for those who cannot always make it on a Friday mornings. It has started so come on down!

Ending the C&T league season on a high note

Our mixed triples ended the C&T league season on a high with a 10-0 points victory against Osterley - just as at the start of the campaign back in June at home to Stanwell 71-36..

These were the only two wins out of the six matches played – a repeat of last year’s performance.

Winning all three rinks over Osterley was recompense for our whitewash at their place in our 3rd C&T game at the beginning of August. This time our team all played well and leading the way were Shirley Warner, Hillary Doughton and Andy D, with a tasty 33-10 score.

The visit to the mighty Rosedale saw us win one rink with Sarah-Jane Cole, Alan Dell and Graham Sinclair scoring 16 shots to 13. Rosedale, though, took the eight points with a total of 67 shots to 46.

Disappointment on Monday (Aug 7) when we entertained Rosedale as unlike at their place we could not win a rink, going down 83 to 30. Our best effort came via Julia Cream, Dave Harrell and Sue Bennett who after leading early on, suffered a dip but came back to lead on the 14th end. However, Rosedale hit back in the closing ends to pull away to win 24-14.

The penultimate fixture ended in a 64-41 defeat away at Stanwell. Our one winning rink was Shirley Warner, Sue Bennett and Tony Britton who took the two points with a 17-13 result.

And a good win in our June friendly

The friendly match between Wraysbury and Ashford played at home on

Wednesday 14th June was played in very warm conditions with very

variable results across the three rinks.

But despite Ashford winning on two rinks, it was Wraysbury who took the match on overall shots 60-54 - a better result than last year when we lost by one shot.

Rink 1: Anne Harrel, Tony Britton and Val Lambert won by 34 shots to 11

Rink 2: Sarah-Jane Cole, Trevor Woodham and Mike McLachlan lost by 12

shots to 14

Rink 3: Stephen Cole, Julia Cream and Alan Dell lost by 14 shots to 29

County competitions

Wraysbury is represented in the Berkshire County competitions by three pairs and a four, plus Graham and Andy in the unbadged singles.

A convincing win in the preliminary round Group D of the Men's Pairs Championship saw Graham Sinclair & Tony Britton go through at the expense of Entwhistle & Austin of Great Hollands.

Gregg Scott & Ian Smith battled back to win a tight 1st round match against G. Crisp & C. Carson (Royal Household) after an extra end play-off.

Gregg and Ian had trailed until the last four ends but doggedly fought back to tie on the 21st end and then clinch victory 26-25.

Unfortunately, Andy Doughton & Mike McLachlan narrowly lost their 1st round match against Windsor & Eton pairing Heathman & Cooke 20-16. It was a close match with Andy & Mike winning 11 of the 21 ends - but two very poor ends meant a frustrating result.

Then, Gregg & Ian also lost out to Heathman & Cooke in the 3rd round 27-11, having eased through the 2nd round against T.Bennett & A.Watson (Windsor GP) 30-15.

In the Unbadged Singles, Graham Sinclair won his first round tie beating Sunningdale's

J. Dumpleton, while Andy Doughton had a convincing 21-9 victory against D. Bradley-Brock (Great Hollands). Andy then moved into the third round after overcoming another Great Hollands' player, W. Van De Venter 21-16 in the 2nd round.

No Sunday stroll v Slough

Our first friendly on home territory was disappointing as visitors Slough showed they were not deterred by our shorter rink and won easily on all three rinks.

Our best rink of Anne Harrel, Julia Cream and Ivor Davies had a great chance to stop the clean sweep as they led by one shot going into the final end. But the win slipped away from them as Slough's battling triple took four to win 20-17.

Thrilling final in the Winter Cup

An entertaining and thrilling final saw Julia Cream & Andy Doughton triumph in a nail biting last end to overhaul Val Lambert & Gregg Scott 15-14.

Julia & Andy took the honours by landing a four-shot final end to turn around a three-shot deficit going after the 17th end.

It became a tight battle after Julia & Andy took an early 8-1 lead, but a spirited fightback from Val & Gregg to be level after 15 ends.

And it looked liked they may have clinched it but some fine bowling under pressure saw Julia & Andy home.

A shock win away at Chess Vale

Haven't not won an away friendly for some considerable time, it was a moment to savour as we came away victorious from Chess Vale BC having won 4 rinks to 1 and an overall three points margin at 87-90.

It would have a bit different but for very close successes on two rinks - one with Anne, Dave & Vera taking their match by one shot on the final end.

Our top rink was Sarah-Jane, Mike and Andy (25-13).

As last year, we enjoyed another fine sunny day at their excellent facilities on the outskirts of Chesham, with another warm welcome and friendly banter adding to the pleasure of playing on their first class carpet.  

The summer season 2017 up and running

Our summer season began on Sunday, April 2, with an enjoyable Inter Club Day -

a round robin competition in which members represent the various village clubs in teams of four.

Six teams took to the rink in fine sunny weather and, after the five matches, the winners were the team representing The Winemakers, comprising of Julie Cream, Anne and Dave Harrell.

Yes, they were one short, but took the prize with narrow countback victory.

* the happy winning team on Inter Club Day

Good road trip but disappointing result

We took to the road to visit Parkside Bowls Club, in Eastleigh, in a triples match at the Hampshire club on Wed, April 5.

As in recent years we failed to make an impression on their rink and came away empty handed with a 5-0 loss.

The players, though, thoroughly enjoyed the day helped with some decent weather.

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2016 News summary

The Men's title went to Gregg Scott who got his name back on the honours board again,

winning 21-20 against Ian Smith.

It was a nip and tuck match and the battle went into the final 23rd end. With the woods surrounding the jack, there was some tense measuring before Gregg was declared the winner with a tight half-inch difference.

* The Ladies Champion is Dorothea Webb,

and the

* Mixed Pairs winners are Julia Cream

and Andy Doughton.

(No further details on these matches have been made available).

Pictures from the Presentation Dinner on Friday (October 21) can be found on that relevant page.

Some other events throughout the year........

Close encounter with our friends from Heathervale

A very enjoyable mixed friendly when entertaining Heathervale BC on Sunday (Sept 25) saw a narrow win for Wraysbury 45-43.

Both clubs had difficulty in raising a full complement but with seven players on each side, the match went ahead with a triple and two pairs.

Heathervale again brought some fine weather with them and played well on our surface to find themselves ahead on all three rinks at the halfway stage.

But a determined effort got Wraysbury over the line to take two of the three rinks and win the match by two shots. Top rink was Anne, Julie and captain of the day Fred with a

16-10 winning margin.

Honours even against neighbours Slough

Honours were even after a friendly double-header against neighbours Slough Bowling Club.

With the late cancellation for the visit to Ashford BC, Slough were kind enough to arrange for us to visit with three triples on September 12, and they enjoyed a 72-36 victory.

Our best rink saw John Isaacs, Tony Britton and Vera Davies battling to the finish and scoring 3 shots on the last end to earn a 20-20 tie.

The return visit by Slough five days later saw Wraysbury take home advantage and win on all three rinks with a 58-48 score.

* A highlight was a Hot Shot performance from John Isaacs, Alan Diver and Vera taking an end with all nine woods and completed a 22-16 best rink.

Our Fours did well at Chess Vale Gala

Having answered the call to put a team of four into the Chess Vale BC Gala Day, our representatives gave a good performance and came fourth out of the 24 teams entered.

Vera & Ivor Davies,Tony Britton and Ian Smith looked a picture when they turned up in their blazers and whites and were sharp on the rink as well, winning three of their four games.

Vera said: "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and superbly run by the Chesham club who supplied a lovely lunch and refreshments. We have booked our place for next year!"

A full day at the Memorial Pairs

Our rookie bowler Tony Britton tasted success in his first year at the club when winning the Memorial Pairs Trophy with partner Vera Davies.

After a decent dry day, the final was played as the rain came in, and in a close contest Tony and Vera just got the better of Gregg Scott and Sue Bennett to win 4-3.

A good turn out of 24 bowlers competed in pairs of two leagues with the winners of each playing in the final, and Tony and Vera soon hit good form and lost only one of their five section matches.

Memorial Pairs finalists pictured below - more event pics soon.

A winning flourish closes our league season

THREE wins in a row brought some joy as we wrapped up the league campaigns in a satisfactory manner.

Two of those were happily in the Chiltern & Thames League - one away, one home - and our last KLX match saw the men beat Maidenhead Thicket A to avoid the ignomy of relegation and remain in Division 2.

C&T ends on a high note

Another solid performance gave us a 7pts-3pts victory at home to Osterley to end the campaign on a high. Our one winning rink was John Isaacs, Julia Cream and Ivor Davies 23-13, with one rink tied and one loss in a 56-47 success.

Previously, a great afternoon's work by the team in the C&T clash at Stanwell on Sunday (Aug 14) produced a 57-44 victory. Winning on all three rinks our players did captain of the day Vera proud, coming away with a valued ten points

Earlier, we again came second best to Rosedale at home, losing 67-37. Best rink was Anne Harrell, Dave Harrell and Andy Doughton who were just pipped by one shot


And away at Osterley the team went down 77-45. Gaining us the 2 points were Tony Britton, Shirley Warner and Ian Smith who won 17 shots to 15.

KLX team secures Div 2 status in tense season finale

With a narrow 2-1 rinks win at home against Maidenhead Thicket A, along with help from champions Bracknell, who took eight points at Sunningdale, the men's team finished above Sunningdale B and Windsor & Eton B, who drop to Division 3.

A determined effort in the latter games after a stuttering start to the season, saw the team stay in Division 2.

See KLX League section for further details.


Berkshire County Championships:

A good start, too, for our men in the individual county games, as Graham won through his preliminary round in the Unbadged Singles, beating G.Austin (Gt Hollands),

and Andy D and Mike beat C. Hosier & A. Phillips (Twyford) 15-13 in the preliminary round of the Pairs competition.

Unfortunately this didn't continue into the Fours Competition when Andy, Mike, Ivor and Gregg lost out 27-20 to rivals from the Royal Household. The key point was their slow start - going seven shots behind early, and although they matched the visitors through the rest of the game, they could not make up the deficit.

Close encounter

AN enjoyable first match against near neighbours Ashford Bowls Club, from Woodthorpe Road, ended with a narrow win for the visitors 49-48 on Sunday (May 15).

Despite winning 2 rinks to 1, Ashford took the match with a wide margin 20-12 score on their winning rink. Val Lambert's triple led the way with a 26-16 result, and Vera's team edged it 14-13.

Nonetheless, it was a successful day with sunny weather and Ashford said they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to us - despite their satnav sending them the other side of the Splash!

Over the Hedge!

A special event was held on Bank Holiday Monday (May 2) when we hosted a friendly bowls roll-up with Wraysbury Tennis Club.

Their members, many of whom had not bowled before, enjoyed a series of short matches in teams mixed with our players.

The day, which was organised by Mike McLachlan who is also a member of the tennis club, was voted a success and a great opportunity for the two clubs to mix socially.

(More pics on 'Club events pics 2016' page)

No luck at scenic Chess Vale

OUR 2nd visit to Chess Vale was bathed in sunshine and our team of 15 enjoyed another fine day at their excellent facilities just outside Chesham.

The cloud came over the result, though, as our five triples lost 3-1 and one drawn rink, with a 91-66 shots score.

This was a similar result to last year, and our winning rink this time was Fred, Mike and Ivor who carried the banner for us with a 26-14 result.

We could also have won on two other rinks, as both went to the last end. Captain Alan, Julia and Ian were holding four shots before their captain, Jean Nettleton’s final wood took the end by one.The rink was drawn 14-14. Then Sarah-Jane, Gregg and Andy were just pipped by one shot 14-15.

It was a very enjoyable away day, with another warm welcome and friendly banter adding to the pleasure of playing on their first class carpet.

Chess Vale were keen to invite us back for another early season match next year, and a date is being worked on.

Succesful 'Inter Club' Day tournament

The round robin fours event enjoyed some decent weather to get our social season

under way.

This year's winning team, representing the Short Mat Bowls Club, was Brenda and Ron Beckley, Doris Thompson and guest Ann Kemp, who saw off the opposition in fine style.

There was a 'Spider' competition to end the day - and it was Val Lambert who weaved her magic to take the pot.

Tournament winners (l-r)

Doris, Brenda and Ron.

Season opener

The first match of the new season was a friendly away to our old friends at Parkside BC, Eastleigh.

We took 18 players for six triples for the tour match to Hampshire on April 6, and as usual were given a very warm welcome and everyone enjoyed a great day out.

On the play itself, unfortunately we did not fare as well as we did on our last visit and came second best on all rinks. Guess we were caught a bit cold on this early season opener - but nonetheless it was felt it was good to go and play at a venue we are not used to.

Our President

Following the sad loss of our long time President Sheila Marshall, we are pleased to announced that founder member Jack Pengelly has agreed to take up the role

and has been co-opted by the Committee, prior to this year's AGM.


Club Championships 2015

Men's Singles: Derek Spence secured his second Men's Singles title in a row when beating Mike McLachlan in a belated Final, winning 21-9.

Mike bowled well but Del Boy was in fine form, with a consistent accuracy that

denied Mike scoring opportunities. In the semi-finals, Derek beat Gregg and Mike won against Graham.

The Final was kindly marked by Gregg Scott, and an enthusiastic gathering of members saw a good game.

(Above) Runner-up Mike McLachlan and Delboy wish each other a good game.

Derek Spence receives the Men's Singles trophy from Committee member Ian Smith .

Pairs final: An excellent match played in good spirit saw Mike McLachlan & Graham Sinclair take the trophy, winning 21-18 against Julia Cream & Len Carlton.

Julia & Len were looking good and holding a 18-10 lead, but a brilliant fightback saw Mike & Graham triumph in the end, with the match finishing pretty much in the dark after 22 ends with one dead end.

Mike & Graham collect the Pairs Trophy from captain Alan Dell

(See Presentation Pics 2015 for finalists) 

Ladies Championship: The Ladies Singles trophy this year went to Sue Bennett who beat runner-up Doris Thompson in the final.

Men's Championship: A very tight and exciting Semi-final was played out between Derek Spence and Gregg Scott, in a match worthy of a being a final.

It was nip and tuck all game, being 10-all, 17-all, 20-all.

Then on the 29th end after nearly 3 hours of play with Gregg holding 2 just 4-inches from the jack, Delboy draws the very last bowl of the match in and nudges both of Gregg's enough to take shot and win the game. A brilliant finish - and that's pressure!.