Berkshire County Kennet KLV League
Wraysbury Bowls Club currently play in KLV Division 1 East
Our next fixture is .... ............. next year
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Great achievement to finish 3rd in top div despite last match loss
In a very tight finish our KLV team 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 victory 44-42.
Nonetheless what a wonderful season and great team effort in our first season in Division One East.
Men's team bounce back
Our Men's KLV team bounced back with a superb maximum points win against second-placed team Desborough A on Friday (Aug 2) and remain in third spot in Div 1E, with one match to go..
A clean sweep on all three rinks was led the way by Trevor, Gregg & Ian who won by 11 shots. Another fine team effort which made it six wins in our last seven games.
Winning streak ended by the league champions
Our men's KLV team's winning run finally ended away at top team Maidenhead Town A on Friday (July 26) losing 10-0pts.
It was always going to be tough against last year's overall champions and who remain unbeaten at home this term. Best rink was put in by Fred, Howard & Andy 25-12.
Good team effort brings winning run to five
Wraysbury produced a solid performance away to Sunningdale A on Friday (July 19) with a 56-46 victory in rainy conditions that secured six valuable points that keeps us well placed in the table.
This continues the determined effort by the players that has enabled the team to make a sound impression in our first year promoted to the top flight of the Berkshire KLV league.
Our top rink of Len, Mike and Andy, who won 27-8, gave the team a good margin and although our other rinks lost they kept their scores tight which contributed to us gaining the winning bonus points.
Close finish but we edge it to keep on the winning trail
Wraysbury took the honours at home to Royal Household on Wed (July 10) by the closest of margins - just one shot (55-54).
A winning rink from Alan Diver, Howard Brooks & Derek Spence by nine shots, a losing one by eight and a tied rink gave us victory for 7 points to 3, and kept us in third place and ahead of our Frogmore rivals.
Our team got away to a good start but Household hit back bowling well to put pressure on and it was a nervous finish that just got us over the line.
July hots up to complete three wins on the trot
Wraysbury KLV team are enjoying a good run at the moment, having won the last three games - two of them away - and sit in third spot in Div 1E.
The latest (Jul 4) was a really good-margin victory away at Windsor & Eton A (71-44) to take eight points at not our best hunting ground.
Top rink was put in by Alan Dell, Howard Brooks and Derek Spence 30 shots to 10.
The previous week we secured a home win against Windsor & Eton B 68-35 for another eight points. This time it was Trevor Woodham, Gregg Scott and Ian Smith (30-7) who took top honours.
Mixed bag for June
Although we lost the home match against Division 1 leaders Maidenhead Town A (June 5), our men did us proud by winning two rinks to gain four valuable points.
Town A took the match by seven shots - but against some of the best bowlers we had faced this season, this was a great effort.
Then Wraysbury were overwhelmed at Desborough's new green 10-0pts, but picked up a win 6-4 away at Maidenhead Thicket, helped by penalty points with the home side fielding just two rinks.
Great KLV win to keep up the momentum
Keeping up a good start to our first season in Berkshire KLV Div 1E we pulled off another fine home win, beating table toppers Sunningdale A 69-38 on Friday (May 31).
Top rink? ... This week all triples deserve praise for a great team performance as we did not lose a rink.
Leading the way with a commanding 23 shot victory were Trevor Woodham, Gregg Scott & Ian Smith (31-8); gaining an 8-shot win were Tony Britton, Len Carlton & Derek Spence (20-12), and facing a last-end deficit of three shots Fred Parsons, Alan Dell & Andy Doughton turned it around brilliantly to tie their rink.
After two games in the top flight we placed second in the table with 12 points, having defeated top side Windsor & Eton A in a brilliant home effort, taking maximum points to go with our two points from the first game away to their B team.
Our men's KLV team took all ten 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.
Our first match of the new season after having been promoted to KLV Division One saw us take on Windsor & Eton B away, 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.
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.
It was a tough game away at Maidenhead Town with the match advantage swinging back and forth, but our team have shown resilience this season and came through to win 2 rinks to 1 and with the score tied at 54-54 we shared the bonus points. Top rink was John Isaacs, Tony Britton & Graham Sinclair (18-13).
This victory meant Wraysbury could celebrate the achiement of reaching the top flight of this Berkshire league competition for the first time.
Our team lost only three of the 14 matches. Perhaps key was the flying start we had when in the opener snatching a narrow victory at Windsor Great Park, who we pipped for second place, then the following week beating division winners Windsor & Eton B.
All our squad players must be applauded for their efforts which made this a season to remember!
Two key wins keeps our unbeaten home record
Entertaining Desborough 'C' ended with Wraysbury conceding two rinks to pick up 6 points thanks primarily to a massive 36-2 score from Mike McLachlan, Len Carlton & Andy Doughton - the biggest winning margin since the 36-5 we had earlier in the season.
Our last home game of the season was played in the steamy conditions of the hottest day of the year and again we triumphed by collecting all ten points against Maidenhead Thicket B. Unfortunately, they were short-handed and conceded one rink, The two other contested rinks produced the goods for us to complete a 69-19 win.
Top rink was John Isaacs, Gregg Scott & Derek Spence with a comfortable 34-9 victory.
A sterling performance keeps us in the promotion hunt
Another fine away performance saw the men to a 51-39 victory against Sunningdale B on Wednesday (July 11) and the eight points keeps us in the promotion places for a chance to play in the top tier.
Winning on two rinks, with the third losing by just a shot, showed our battling spirit came through to play well on Sunningdale's tricky green.
Our top rink was Trevor Dobson, Gregg Scott & Derek Spence (skip) who won by seven shots.
Disappointing results at Goswell Meadow
No luck on our two visits to Windsor & Eton - the first (Jun 8) saw our team suffer at the hands of their B team, who are highflying at the head of the division. Disappoint was we were on top in two rinks right up to the end, but came away empty handed.
The other visit (July 24) was the second attempt at a rearranged game against the C team following the switch because of the Royal Wedding. We could only muster two points thanks to Mike McLachlan, Len Carlton and Andy Doughton (17-12) in a close
49-41 reverse. Derek's triple had a luckless last end, losing the match by one shot.
Winning ways continue
A close game but a battling finish from Alan Dell's rink with Graham Sinclair, Tony Britton, secured an 8pts-2 win over Windsor Great Park.
Although that was a losing rink, pulling back to reduce the shots difference gave us the victory and the bonus points. The result means we are still vying for top spot with Windsor & Eton B, who with their result are ahead of us on shots difference.
Winning rinks were: Rink 1: John Isaacs, Alan Diver and Ian Smith 21-14 and
Rink 2: Paul Lester, Mike McLachlan and Trevor Dobson 20-13.
Full points makes us front runners again
A brilliant 81-30 home victory against Maidenhead Town C saw our team back on top of the division again.
In taking all ten points, top rink honours went to John Isaacs, Mike McLachlan and skip Alan Dell who stormed to a 36 shots to 5 win.
The result meant our team has won six out of the seven games so far, and with Maidenhead Town B collecting only six points at home to Desborough B, Wraysbury are ahead by two points at this stage.
Our KLV team back on the winning trail
After last week's reverse to Desborough which spoiled our winning run of four unbeaten games, our team swept to a comprehensive victory to take all ten points away to Maidenhead Thicket B on Friday (June 8).
Top rink was Paul Lester, Trevor Dobson and skip Andy Doughton winning 19-11.
But it was some tremendous last end magic from Derek Spence's team (with Trevor Woodham and Ken Spears) to pick up four shots and turn around a three shots deficit, which clinched the clean sweep.
Despite maximum points, Wraysbury still remain in second place, as top side Windsor & Eton B also secured ten points away at Maidenhead Town C.
Winning run brought to an end
The winning run of four on the trot had to come to end and it did, away to Desborough B 57-37 on Friday (Jun 1).
Our players found it tough, but picked up two points with one winning rink, thanks to Trevor Dobson, Dave Harrel and Ian Smith who took their match 12-11.
And then a fourth victory
Wraysbury took all three rinks in a comprehensive 69-39 win against Sunningdale B at home on Friday (May 25) - a result that gave us 10 points and saw us remain on top of the table.
A great all-round effort, with best rink of the day being Tony Britton, Mike McLachlan and Andy Doughton who won 29-10.
A great start to the season - winning three on the bounce
The Men's team got their Berkshire KLV League campaign off to a great start -
played three... won three, putting Wraysbury on top of the division.
The opener was away on grass at Windsor Great Park and we took the match on a narrow 43-42 shots margin but won 2 rinks to 1 and securing 8 points.
It was a good result on a tricky green. Top rink was Fred Parsons, Gregg Scott & Ian Smith (16-9).
This was followed by another close but hard fought 54-52 home victory against the Windsor & Eton 'B' team. Leading the way was our only winning rink of Graham Sinclair, Dave Harrel & Alan Dell (26-7).
But a second rink win was denied to Fred, Alan Diver & Derek who, leading by four into the last end, suffered a single shot defeat with a devastating last bowl from their skip to wipe out our positions. But it was a 6pts-4pts result.
The result of the third round KLV match against Windsor and Eton 'C'
was a 60-43 home win for Wraysbury .
This match was originally scheduled to be our away match but, due to the clash with the royal wedding preparations, the two fixtures were switched around with league approval. Leading the way to our 2-1 rinks victory and 8 points were Tony Britton, Mike McLachlan and Andy Doughton who won by 30 shots to 10.
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