WBC in 2018
Triple top for champion Mike
Mike McLachlan swept the board this year in the 2018 club championships, winning
three titles - the Men's Singles, the Pairs and the Men's League, in what was an amazing feat for our Fixtures Secretary, whose consistency this season was the key.
Having picked up the trophies for the Singles and the League at the Presentation Dinner, the final part of the treble was completed this week for Mike when he and Janet Cross, became Pairs champions with a 23-6 victory against Trevor Dobson and Anne Harrel.
The final was watched by a gathering of members, who enjoyed the contest which was fairly close in the early stages but Janet and Mike produced the accuracy which won the day. Janet also celebrated her first trophy success since joining the club just two years ago.
Our 20th anniversary celebrations
Wraysbury Bowls Club, having opened its rink in September 1998, marked its 20th
Anniversary with a stand at the Village Garden Party at The Grange on Saturday, Sept 1, 2018.
To celebrate with the village, club members ran the stand with a Target Bowls game which proved very popular and entertaining. With fine weather, the day went very well.
On the Sunday, members took part in an Anniversary Roll-up and enjoyed a glass of bubbly!
Three friendlies wrap up the season
Wraysbury finished the competitive season with three friendlies - two defeats away but a satisfying home win to close the season.
Playing Staines away, we were glad to hear that their rink had been saved from closure. Despite a winning rink from Sue Bennett, Trevor Woodham and Derek Spence 16-11, Staines took the match 49-40.
Our venture to Slough BC saw us fare badly on their tricky all-weather green losing on all three rinks. However, with their warm welcome and friendly banter, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
We completed a friendly double over Stanwell, when winning the home leg 64-44 (8pts-2) in our last match of the season. Top rink was Val Lambert, Gregg Scott and Tony Britton (22-11).
We welcomed Chess Vale for the first time
Having played Chess Vale for four years only on their ground, the Chesham club finally found space to come to our place for a late season friendly. Their 12 players were warmly welcomed as we had 3 teams of four, all enjoying the competitive yet friendly match, played in warm weather.
It was Chess Vale who enjoyed the spoils of victory, winning 59-39 in a match that swung towards us at one time. Our only winning rink came from Janet, Paul, Gregg and
Chess Vale said they enjoyed the experience here and we will be pleased to see them back here next year.
Teams gather for tea after the game, with the captains giving their speeches (below) ........
Another enjoyable Memorial Pairs Day
Our Memorial Pairs Day again saw some pleasurable games with a competitive edge
as our club bowlers competed in 10 pairs of two leagues with the winners of each playing in the final.
In a very closely contested final, it was Len Carlton & Derek Spence who snatched victory in a dramatic finish against Margaret Perkins & Tony Britton.
Margaret & Tony were holding a three-shot lead and looking likely winners until
'Dead eye' Derek came in with his last two woods to secure the match and the trophy.
2018 Memorial Trophy winners Derek & Len (left)
Margaret & Tony
Wraysbury win the promotion race to move into the top flight
Congratulations to the Men's team who have capped a great season by winning the last game with the six points needed to claim the runners-up spot and promotion to KLV Division 1 East.
A victory away against Maidenhead Town C 2-1 on rinks was what we needed to beat Windsor Gt Park to second spot - and make the top flight for the first time in our history. Well done all the guys!
Chiltern & Thames League
Our Mixed triples team finished the season with a flourish - winning the last two games. Good job we did, it was our only wins in a short season of six games.
We were victorious at Stanwell 54-50 thanks to a wide margin result from our winning rink of Tony Britton, Hilary and Andy Doughton, which gave us the 6pts-4pts.
We do seem to have improved away at Stanwell, winning twice there this year, including the early friendly. We did slip up at home against them, though.
The last game at home to Osterley saw us sweep to a 10pts win 67-28.
Best rink was put in by Hilary, Tony and Alan Dell (26-9).
Wraysbury finished in 3rd place.
Our new President
The club is pleased to announce that Glyn Larcombe has agreed to become our President.
It was felt that Glyn was ideal in that he was very much involved in the early days of the club’s existence - being involved in work clearing the land to put in a rink and more especially in the design and building of our clubhouse.
Glyn is also a well-known figure in our village and said he felt privileged to be asked to be an ambassador for the village bowls club.
Thrilling 17-18 Winter Cup Final goes to the wire
IN a gripping and entertaining 2017-18 Winter Cup Final, it was
Anne Harrell & Len Carlton who took the honours, beating Julia Cream & Alan Dell 18-17 after a tense last end shoot-out.
Anne & Len (pictured below) built a commanding 10-2 early lead after eight ends but a brilliant fightback saw Julia & Alan overhaul their opponents 14-10 after 14 and, following close battles towards the close, were holding two shots going into the final end.
After some fine bowling from both pairs, Julia & Alan looked to have clinched it after Len’s effort disturbed the head to give them three shots. But a fantastic do-or-die last bowl from Len cleared out the jack for a dead end.
Again great bowling on the replayed final end and with Anne & Len holding two it looked like it was going into a tie – but Len again produced a killer final wood which rolled in for three and the match.
An appreciative group who supported and watched the final thoroughly enjoyed a thrilling, well-played match and, although a bit later this year, it was well worth the wait!
Congrats: Winning finalists Len & Anne shake hands with Julia & Alan at the end of hard fought match.
Chiltern & Thames campaign begins
Not such a good start to this year's campaign in the C&T League, as we could not repeat last season's 71-36 home victory against Stanwell - this time suffering a four-shot reverse in a close contest.
We managed to collect 2 points thanks to Val King, Trevor Dobson and Ivor Davies who won their rink 18-12. We have time to regroup as our next C&T match is late July away to Rosedale.
Men's winning run comes to an end
The brilliant start to the season by the men's KLV team, winning all four of the opening matches, had to come to an end - and it did, away at Desborough on Friday (June 1), losing 2 rinks to 1. We slip to 2nd with Windsor & Eton B drawing for 5pts at Sunningdale.
Full match details on the 'KLV League Reports' Page.
The 2018 season had a sunny start
Our 2018 summer season began on April 15 with our popular in-house tournament -
Inter Club Day, where our players represented the village clubs and societies in a round robin fours team event, with six teams taking part.
This year the winning foursome, representing the Bowls Club, were Val and Colin Lambert, Tony Britton, and Trevor Woodham. They won four out of their five matches.
Three days later, we took a team of 15 for our annual away-day visit to Chess Vale.
The early season friendly hosted by this top club in Chesham was played in blazing sunshine, but unfortunately, we could not repeat our victory their last year, and failed to win a rink, although some were closely contested.
Nonetheless, it was a great day out with a warm welcome from our hosts as usual.
Our first match on grass goes well
The visit to Stanwell for a friendly saw a 58-47 shots win for our three triples, although it was only winning rink of Val Lambert, Mike McLachlan and Andy Doughton that gave us that victory.
It was another cordial welcome from Stanwell which made the afternoon a very enjoyable one, with the match played in good humour despite the damp conditions.
A sad farewell to our President Jack Pengelly
Our President Jack Pengelly sadly recently lost his battle with COPD - though several members helped him celebrate his 90th birthday in January.
Jack is fondly remembered as a leading light in the founding of Wraysbury Bowls Club, of which he was President for the past two years. He was pleased to remind us just before Christmas that 2018 sees the club’s 20 anniversary and urged us to celebrate it.
It was his drive and hard work along with the late Bob Marshall and others that found land in the village for the club to exist and to open its rinks in 1998.
His support and enthusiasm for the bowls club continued after his playing days and he was usually seen on a bench enjoying watching the matches – a picture that will endure long in members’ minds. RIP.