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,
* 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.
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
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.
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.
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!.