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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 first trophy success - after being runner-up in last year's event - 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
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 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.
(More match details on KLV reports page)
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.
Disappointly, 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
The men's winning streak of five ended by top team
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.
Wraysbury produced a solid performance away to Sunningdale A on Friday (July 19) to push our winning streak to five with a 56-46 victory that secured six valuable points that kept us well placed in the table.
Some good work by the players has enabled the team to make a good impression in our first year promoted to the top flight of the Berkshire KLV league.
(More details on KLV reports page)
Friendly v Slough
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
We then lost our friendly at Heathervale but picked up one rink thanks to Colin, Val and Andy.
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
The Winter Cup 2018-19 finalists
Good turnout to welcome in 2019
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.
A reminder that there is a Visitors Book in the clubhouse. It is the responsibility of any member who brings a guest to complete the visitor book and collect the £3 fee.