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Wraysbury Bowls Club

WBC in 2019

Good turnout to welcome in the New Year

The New Year's Day Roll-up was well supported which opened our social calendar for 2019 - and 18 players enjoyed a good session with decent weather .... and some welcome refreshments afterwards!

The end-of-year club Newsletter which was circulated in December outlined our eventful year and covered all the winners and awards at the Presentation Dinner.

(See Presentation Dinner 2018 page for full details).

It also recorded that thanks to support from the Royal Borough we improved and widened our footpath along the length of the rink and put in a new path from the rinks to the shed.

Winter Cup success for Tony & Gregg

IN a thrilling match on Sunday (Apr 7), the first trophy this year - the Village Trust Winter Cup 2018-19 - was won by Tony Britton & Gregg Scott with a 22-11 victory over Trevor Woodham & Mike McLachlan.

Several members watched the entertaining final as Tony & Gregg took an early 6-1 lead after five ends but a fightback by Trevor & Mike saw them just two shots behind after the 14th end. However, the victors then snatched five shots to move ahead and then saw out the match to take the honours. 

Enjoyable start to our summer season

Our opening event, Inter Club Day, was an enjoyable round robin tournament with teams of four representing the clubs/societies in the village.

The winners this year were Margaret Perkins & Dave Harrel (yes, just two of them as we were players short)!

They had 3 out of 5 wins to take the honours, with four other teams nearest with two wins and two draws.

Damp day at our Chess Vale opener

OUR season opening match at Chess Vale this year was hit by rain where normally we have enjoyed sunny weather.

We took 15 players to Chesham for our annual visit but the rain came three-quarters through and play was stopped at that point.

Disappointingly, the result was a reverse of our 4-1 rinks win in 2017 - this time only capturing one rink and one tied. Our winning triple was thanks to Vera, Ivor & Ian (12-9).

And with Fred, Hilary and Andy gaining a fightback 8-8 draw we certainly did better than last year's empty handed score by mustering 1 win, 1 tie, 3 lost for an 60-43 deficit.

As usual, it was an enjoyable day with a warm welcome from our hosts.

Club captain Alan Dell added a positive note, saying that the rinks we lost were closely contested when the rain came - so "those results could have gone either way."

It was certainly friendly at Stanwell

Our visit to Stanwell for our second friendly match was a three-rink contest and was cordially called a draw by the home captain as he felt that although they technically won on the score (53-41), we took two rinks to their one. Certainly that neighbourly gesture fitted the social atmosphere in which the game was played and enjoyed in fine sunshine.

Our top rink was Fred, Gregg & Ian (17-11).

Points on the board in our Berkshire men's league opener

Our first match of the new season after having been promoted to KLV Division One saw us take on Windsor & Eton B, who pipped us to the Div 2 title last year.

The home side won by ten shots (62-52) and 2 rinks to 1, but it was our successful rink of Howard Brooks, Len Carlton & Alan Dell (24-14) which gave us a valuable two points.

There was a rain interruption during the second half of the match which did our other two rinks no favours as they were in contention at the time.

Our men's KLV team took maximum points in an important win over Division 1 leaders Windsor & Eton A by 21 shots on Friday (May 17).

Wraysbury took all three rinks, with the top trio of Tony Britton, Len Carlton & Derek Spence leading the way with a score of 20-9.

Friendlies against Slough and Heathervale

An enjoyable home friendly against neighbours Slough went Wraysbury’s way 74-48.

Our top rink was Julie Cream, Janet Cross & Ivor Davies who had a comprehensive

40-9 success.

We then lost our friendly at Heathervale but picked up one rink thanks to Colin, Val and Andy.

Enjoyable second visit by Chess Vale - and a win

Our friends at Chess Vale visited us for a second year and this time Wraysbury took revenge for last year and earlier this season with

a 60-42 shot victory.

Due to players availability, the match was played with three triples and we took two of the three rinks. Top team were Doris Thompson, Alan Diver & Alan Dell with an impressive 27-4 success.

It was an enjoyable day with plenty of sunshine.

Great achievement for KLV team to finish 3rd in top Div

Congratulation to our Berks KLV team in a creditable third place finish in Div 1, having feared how we would fare in the top flight with our small squad.

The final match of the season saw a very tight finish where we were edged out by Maidenhead Thicket A by two shots and collected just two points when it could have been a winning eight.

Club captain Alan Dell's triple were holding a winning position for the team in the final match until skip and county bowler Paul Worthy drew the jack into the ditch to snatch the overall victory 44-42.

Nonetheless what a wonderful season and great team effort in our first season in Division One East.

No dampener for Memorial Pairs Trophy Day

Memorial Pairs Day had a delayed start because of rain but it soon cleared to leave a decent day for the 10 pairs of contestants to enjoy.

After competing in two leagues of five, the winners of each battled it out in a competitive final - and it was Janet Cross & Tony Britton who won the day seeing off the challenge of Vera Davies & Ian Smith 7-2.

It was Tony's second success in this event and runner-up last year - and a second trophy for Janet, who won the Pairs knockout with Mike McLachlan last term.

Memorial Pairs Trophy finalists

Tony & Janet and

Ian & Vera

Chiltern & Thames League round-up

Our Mixed Triples finished the season with a home win against Osterley in rather damp conditions. Gaining two rinks to one our 68-33 shot victory brought us eight points.

Top rink was Janet Cross, Trevor Dobson and Alan Dell who won by

28 shots to 7.

Disappointingly, our penultimate game away to Stanwell had to be conceded as we were unable to field a team. Holidays and a social calendar clash left us with just three players.

We were unlucky when facing Rosedale at home on Monday (Aug 5), who pipped us 56 shots to 55, 2 rinks to 1, and 8 league points to 2.

Top rink was Alan Diver, Julia Cream and Alan Dell and on the skip's last bowl they were laying 3 shots up, but was against their ace player Jason who succeeded in breaking up the head with his last bowl to

turn it 1-up for Rosedale. If he missed we would have won the match

8 league points to 2! Rink 2 lost 4 shots on the last end, only 2 down on that end would have meant that we would have won the match 6-4.

The visit to Osterley's tricky green on Tues July 30 brought a disappointing loss of

71-29. Best rink for us was Val Lambert, Alan Dell & Ian Smith who kept the deficit to 12 shots.

Our return encounter against Isleworth on our home green (July 28) saw a reversal of the away result and the 68-48 victory brought us nine points.

Best rink came from Colin and Val Lambert & Andy Doughton (26-7). A good team performance also brought a one-point win from Margaret Perkins, Alan Diver & Dave Harrel, while Brenda Smith, Trevor Woodham & Ian Smith pulled back a late charge from their opponents to tie at 21-21.

On the Wednesday we brought nothing away from Rosedale, not helped by having a lady missing which cost us penalty points. Janet Cross, David Harrel and Alan Dell lost by 24 shots to 15 having been level on 15 shots each after 15 ends

On our first ever visit to Isleworth BC (July 6) we came away empty handed, though it was an enjoyable afternoon and an experience. We were in contention at the halfway point but they had some good bowlers who used their home turf knowledge to pull away to win 70-32. Our best rink was Jackie Carlton, Fred Parsons & Len Carlton (20-12).

Our opener against Stanwell in the C&T mixed triples in June resulted in a sweeping

67-35 home victory which clinched 10 points for a great start to the season.

The result was a reverse of last year's against our neighbours, and our top rink was put

in by Colin, Alan Diver & Vera 24-8

Super day entertaining Fordbridge Park

We entertained Fordbridge Park at The Green.for the first time on Wednesday (Aug 28) and a very enjoyable match was had by all.

It was a close contest with Wraysbury coming out on top by 2-rinks-1 and edging the match by seven shots.

Top rinks were shared by Janet, Fred & Alan Dell, and SarahJane, Howard & Mike, who both won by four shots.

Fordbridge liked our green and it looks like we have forged link up to play one another home and away next season.

The Gents are the tops again

The annual Ladies v Gents event was another enjoyable day at The Green, and it was the Gents who won the event, making it two in a row.

That means the Rolling Pin is displayed over the men's door yet again!

The Gents looking content following their victory


But the Ladies'

smiles say they've got the upper hand somehow! 

Close contest in our Staines Centenary friendly

We took 12 players to Staines BC for

a four-rinks triples friendly to help celebrate their centenary year.

It was a fairly close contest where three rinks could have gone either way, but in the end we could only manage one point in a tied game, with Sarah Jane Cole, Fred Parsons & Andy Doughton ending 15-15.

Two other rinks both disappointingly went down 15-14.

The match ended 70-56 and was played in glorious sunshine and a friendly atmosphere.

Afterwards Staines presented us with their centenary pennant and we presented them with a framed certificate marking their milestone.

* (The proposed match at Slough BC had to be cancelled as we could not field a team)

Our friends from Fordbridge visit again

Fordbridge Park came for a second time this season (Oct 16) - and another amiable game was enjoyed in a rare sunshine period amidst rainy weather that endured during October.

It was another win for Wraysbury, this time taking all three rinks, as opposed to 2-1 back in August, for a 64-42 result.

Top rink was Janet Cross, Alan Diver & Len Carlton 24-15.

A sociable refreshment session ended the day.

2019 Presentation Dinner

THERE were a few double successes at this year’s club awards dinner – led by Val Lambert who picked up the Ladies League and the Knockout trophies.

Trevor Woodham won the Men’s League and the Pairs Knockout with partner Janet Cross, who also doubled up with the Memorial Pairs trophy. In that, her partner Tony Britton also was a winner by collecting the Winter Cup trophy which was won with Gregg Scott.