Windsor and Eton Bowling Club
From the Green 2019
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The green closed after the final Club Night game of the season on Weds 25th Sept
Success at Potters
Members of the club made their annual pilgrimage to Potters Resort in October, with three teams advancing to the later stages of the competition.
Clive and Janet Dawson, Marion Melrose and Bryan Pritchard made it through to the last 16. Pauline and Stan Rawlings, Tim Marshall and Barrie Taylor reached the quarter finals. Martin Allum, Alastair Gibson, Colin Andrews and Jim Fenlon progressed to the semi-finals. WEBC was assured of a team in the semi’s but it was a shame they were drawn against each other.
Seemingly it’s 20 years since the club last had a team in the semi-final, so this is quite a milestone and the successful team deserve congratulations. There were others less familiar with success for whom it was a week that will stay in the memory, and, for that team, playing in the last 16 when other more “distinguished” players had been knocked out and were sitting at the side supporting, was both nerve-racking and euphoric. This year all our 6 teams played the 4 group matches at the same time in the same hall which on one hand meant we were not able to support each other, but, on the positive side, there was no-one to witness if anyone messed up!!
However, there is much more to a few days at Potters than the bowls competition, and our party of 27 made the most of what was available. The weather this year could have been better, most of us arrived in rain, the skies were grey for most of the week and we had a few further showers, but at least it was quite mild. Pauline had managed once again to get us allocated tables in the smaller Gallery Restaurant which cuts down on queues, noise levels, and the time spent waiting for food to arrive. We all ate more than is probably advisable and although 3 of our 4 bowls matches were scheduled right after meals there wasn’t much evidence of people refusing dessert!! (Thought – maybe those teams who kept winning have better digestive systems than the others!!). I don’t know what the record is for the amount of ice-cream eaten at Potters in any one week but our group certainly contributed significantly to the week’s total.
Away from the bowls there was plenty of competition going on amongst club members – some challenged others to short tennis, table tennis, golf and snooker. Crazy golf in particular seemed to bring out the worst in people, with much gamesmanship during play and cheating at scoring. Some people swam regularly, some went walking, the 'Segway' challenge was popular and one member, who shall be nameless, was seen to covertly slip into Aphrodite’s Beauty Salon, where they claim to “re-balance mind, body and spirit” – some people will do anything to improve their bowling!!
The evenings at Potters offer many options including their spectacular shows in the theatre, though for some these prove too noisy. Several people played Bingo, though we had no winners this year; one group of 4 won the quiz one night, for which they received an indifferent bottle of plonk which they “generously” shared at dinner the next day; some played cards together, and every evening after the show there were a few stalwarts who stayed up into the small hours drinking in the bar, dancing and occasionally indulging in the midnight snacks.
It was a great week and thanks, Pauline, for organising it once again.
Quarter finalists, Stan, Barrie, Tim and Pauline
Semi finalists, Martin, Alastair, Colin and Jim
Thanks to Pam and Janet for their (combined) report
and to Charlie for the photos ©
Press Report 22 – Fortnight ending Tuesday, 24th September
The Final Game - Saturday 21st September
The season ended as it began - with a win! This was in an away friendly fixture against Marlow BC. The overall score was 136-89. Top rink honours went to John & Christine Giles and Alastair Gibson, with 24-11.
The hosts supplied an excellent after-match meal, at which their President graciously recounted the string of County and National finals played by our captain, Tony Scott.
The final game means that this is also the final match report of the season.
If you have been....thanks for reading.
Here’s to next year!
Captain v President - Sunday 15th Sept
It was a grand sight to see so many WEBC players on the green when President Richard and Captain Tony led their respective teams out to play on a gloriously sunny afternoon. The weather was on our side for the duration and the green played exceptionally well.
The game was followed by a smashing buffet tea laid on by the “Socials Team” (thank you all), who catered for about 70 players and guests, including guest of honour, our much loved Patron, Mrs Betty Besford.
The event was enjoyed by all and the result hardly mattered but, for completeness, it was a win for the Captain’s team of 127-84.
Press Report 21 - w/e Tuesday 10th September
Tony Scott returned to Bracknell on Thursday to play the delayed final of the County Champion of Champions. His opponent was Andy Knapper of Tilehurst.
We all knew that Tony was up against an exceptional opponent, who in the past has played for England. Tony got off to a slow start as Andy's tactics were to bring the mat right up the rink. But Tony fought his way back to 9 all, showing Andy that he was not going to give up without a fight. He continued that fight with some excellent bowling, but Andy was just one step ahead. The final score was 12-21 to Andy. But WEBC supporters were not disappointed with the standard of Tony's game, which gave us some thrilling moments and a lot of pride.
by Pauline Rawlings
The Club's annual competition finals took place on the
evening of Friday 6th and all day Saturday 7th September. It was the
culmination of a season long series of knock-outs, across several formats
and permutations of the game. The winners are as follows.
For a full list of winners and runners-up >click here<
Press Report 20 - w/e Tuesday 3rd September
Tony's second visit to Leamington ~ Weds 28th Aug
(scroll down for a report on his first visit, for the Men's Senior Singles)
Tony Scott made a return visit to Leamington, this time to
play in the final stage of the National Men’s Singles. Representing
Berkshire, his first outing was against Chris Smith from Kent. The first
two ends went against Tony, with his opponent picking up a four shot lead.
Tony then won most of the next seven ends to put him ahead 10-6 at nine
ends. The pendulum swung again and at the eighteenth end, Tony was down
14-19. In three more ends, he levelled the score at 19 all. Taking two
shots on the next end gave him victory by 21-19.
Press Report 19 - w/e Tuesday 27th August
There are two friendlies to report. The first was an away game against Desborough, which was lost by 97-110. Top rink was claimed by Eric Ireland, Brian Mellor, Jim Henderson and Jim Fenlon.
The second was a home fixture with Richings Park as the visitors. The green ran rather too well for many; home and visiting players alike. The ditches have never been so frequented! WEBC managed to take advantage, coming out winners with 91-80. Top Rink was Clive Dawson, Colin Andrews and Bryan Pritchard (sharing the game) and Chris Heitzmann.
As the season begins to wind down, attention turns to competitions; both Club and National.
August Bank Holiday Monday is the day for the Club’s annual
“Hathaway Memorial Cup” competition, an all day triples tournament named
in honour of former member Tony Hathaway; the first man to win all the
available County competitions at one time or another.
Despite obvious fatigue, they treated onlookers to some of
the finest bowling and tightest heads one could ask for. Knock for knock,
the 9 end final was drawn at 7 shots apiece, so an extra end was required,
bringing the total for the day to 34 ends. The standard of play didn’t
drop and the excitement continued to the final delivery. One shot to
Barker, Andrew and Fenlon gave them victory at 8-7. Cheers all round!
As a glorious sunset painted The Brocas, peeking through the trees to Goswell Meadow, the day was rounded off with a balmy evening barbecue.
Congratulations to Tony Scott
for winning two of his three matches today in the
Mens Senior Singles Finals at Leamington.
Preliminary Round - a win against Peter Knight (IoW) 21-10
First Round - another win, against Peter Rodgers (Cambs) 21-10
Sadly, in the Second Round he was beaten by Keith Caldicutt (Hereford)
Two wins at "HQ" is no mean feat.
A report on the day by our on the spot correspondent, Pauline Rawlings
Eight WEBC members made it to Leamington to support Tony in
his Senior Singles Finals. He gave us a really exciting day. The sun was shining
and the standard of bowling was excellent.
Again the supporters made their presence heard together with frantic waving of their cheerleader pom-poms in WEBC colours!
(I think that goes for us all - webmaster)
Press Report 18 - w/e Tuesday 20th August
Monday, 12th August - Friday, 16th August
A diary by Pauline Rawlings
Worthing Pavilion BC
Our tour was not a wash out on its first day but we did get a bit wet!! It rained during the first half but we did see some sunshine during the second. WEBC came second with a shot difference of 25. Top Rink went to Joyce Heathman, Jim Henderson, Stan Rawlings and Pauline Hayward. Pauline was relieved not to get Woody. That ‘honour’ went to Ralph's team.
The Score: 102-127
Our second day started with blue skies and a trip for some in the morning. The afternoon game produced a win for W&E against a club that has only 31 members, and a club house that that is smaller than ours! In fact it was so small the teams had to stagger their stops for tea as they couldn't all fit in at once!! The second sitting was fortunate to have their tea break when the rain started!
The Score: 120-98
Southwick Park BC
More rain, but didn't dampen spirits.
A group took a quick coach trip to Chichester for the morning, others browsed around Brighton, with the rain easing.
The game was moved to an indoor rink which proved very interesting, especially for those who had not bowled indoors before. The club fund increased considerably when fines were issued for more than 5 bowls in the ditch! The supporters were in a particularly boisterous mood and Bryan Pritchard was fined for being the ring leader.
Top Rink was John Mayne, Andree Mooney, Brian Faulkner and David Perriman.
Peter How celebrated his birthday and was given a card and a plastic skittle set..........perhaps in the hope it might improve his bowling!!
The Score: 90-132
Hollingbury Park BC
We welcomed back the sun and many took the opportunity to spend the morning strolling along the sea front.
Our hosts were another very friendly club, ensuring an enjoyable afternoon.
The Score: 100-96
Luggage loaded and fingers crossed for no rain we boarded the coach for Arundel BC. We arrived to a warm welcome and a much appreciated cup of tea and biscuits.
The match started under very windy conditions but no rain. Some of the rinks proved to be very challenging and we did see a very light shower that didn't dampen our efforts. The result was a win for W&E by 3 shots. Pam Andrew, Dennis Borrowdale, Stan Rawlings and Pauline Hayward had the toughest green with their woods performing weird manoeuvres around their rink, but still managed to end up top Rink.
Arundel provided an excellent meal and we also managed to bring home several of the raffle prizes. The Tour ended with a safe journey home and thanks were given to Richard for all his efforts in providing us with a great tour.
The Score: 105-102
Richard notes that some players had not played an indoor green and had difficulty adjusting to it. If one removes the shot difference from from that game, the final tally is +4 shots out of 4 games. "A very creditable result."
Next year's tour....
Thanks to Richard for sending the results and Pauline for the daily diary - Webmaster
Press Report 17 - w/e Tuesday 13th August
The KLV season came to an end with matches for the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. The ‘A’ team suffered a perhaps predictable loss of 36-68 at home to league winners, Maidenhead Town ‘A’. With one rink drawn and two lost, the points tally was 1-9 in favour of the visitors.
A slightly less painful defeat befell the ‘B’ team in their away match to Desborough ‘A’. With a close shot score of 50-56, but winning only one rink, the points were 2-8 against W&E.
With the club tour days away, there was one weekend friendly, requiring a short trip to Sunningdale. Some heavy losses on a couple of rinks led to a small overall loss of 90-95. Top rink players were Andree Mooney, Derek Smith and Jim Henderson, who reduced the deficit with an impressive tally of 24-7.
Press Report 16 - w/e Tuesday 6th August
We start with good news.
Congratulations to Tony Scott who won the RCBBA County Championship Singles Final played at Bracknell against Reading’s Simon Jones. It was a nail biting match which started badly for Tony. He was 3-14 down in the early stages. Defeat was beckoning. But, as Tony has shown in the past, he can rise to a challenge, and with a crowd of WEBC supporters cheering him on, he started a fight back. End by end, he nipped away at his opponent’s lead to level it at 20 all; just one shot from the 21 needed for victory. Tony rolled in a cracking shot inches from the jack. Simon Jones was unable to knock it off and the match ended 21-20 to Tony. Cheers all round.
WEBC Ladies RS team enjoyed a home win against Maidenhead Thicket by 54-49. Winning on two rinks earned them 8 points to 2.
The week’s KLV fixtures were less rewarding!
The ‘A’ team played twice this week. They began with a visit to Maidenhead Thicket to play their ‘A’ team. WEBC suffered a loss of 2 points to 8, going down on two rinks and with a shot score of 41-54. The winning rink, by one shot, was Rob Gordon, David Freeland and Tim Marshall with 15-14. Their second outing was a rescheduled away game against Desborough ‘A’. This ended as a 0-10 point loss, with all rinks being beaten. The total shots were 43-56 in favour of Desborough.
The ‘B’ team also lost in their home tie against Sunningdale ‘A’. Andrew Smith, Chris Heitzmann and Stan Rawlings were the only winning rink at 17-15, earning 2 points. The visitors went home with 8 points having won overall by 41-62.
The ‘C’ team also had two games. The first was at home against Maidenhead Town ‘C’ who won comfortably by 36-64 to claim all 10 points. The second game was away to Desborough ‘C’. This too was 0-10 loss on all rinks and a shot total of 38-55.
We end as we began, with good news.
In their last KL fixture of the season, W&E men pulled off a 10-4 win against Maidenhead Town ‘A’, scoring 73-66. Top rink honours go to Paul O’Connell, Derek Smith, John Giles and Martyn Hayward, with 23-11. Ralph Cooke skipped another winning rink, taking his successes to 13 out of 14 games.
The one weekend club friendly ended well for WEBC. Playing at home to High Wycombe, the final score was 117-87. Top rink was Sue Ireland, Bert Barker, David Perriman and Martyn Hayward on 38-15.
Press Report 15 - w/e Tuesday 30th July
W&E’s KLV ‘A’ team enjoyed a good win at home against Sunningdale ‘A’, taking all 10 points. The shot score was 50-31; created in no small measure with the help of top rinkers, John Giles, David Bradfield and Brian Parrish, who racked up a decent 22-6.
The ‘B’ team’s away fixture against Maidenhead Thicket ‘A’ was postponed, but made way for a re-scheduled home game against Maidenhead Town ‘A’. The visitors won all rinks by 22-52, and went away with 10 points under their belts.
Maidenhead Town’s ‘B’ team inflicted a similar fate upon W&E ‘C’; winning all rinks and with a score of 31-96.
There was no joy for the ladies who lost their RS match at The Household.
The weekend friendly put a sparkle back into the week when a team from Kettering made a return visit. The home team won by 133-108. The top rink accolade went to Jill Barker, Colin Andrews, Carole Williams and Tony Scott, who ended the match with 30-17 on their card.
Further good news came from the KL home tie against Maidenhead Thicket. W&E won over all by 90-51. Losing just one rink secured the Goswell Meadow boys 12 points to Thicket’s 2. Top rink was Martin Allum, Jim Fenlon, Tony Scott and Ralph Cooke with an amazing 31-6. Of the 13 fixtures played so far, the rink skippered by Ralph has won 12 times!
Press Report 14 - w/e Tuesday 23rd July
Tony Scott’s run of successes continued when he beat Peter Rogers of Abingdon 21-12 in the area final of the National Champion of Champions, played on neutral Trentham. This completes a triple of wins, which puts him into national finals to be played at Leamington.
There was something of a wash-out in the KLV this week with both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team matches being called off due to rain. New dates are yet to be arranged.
The ‘C’ team played at Desborough against their ‘B’ team. Winning on one rink, W&E picked up 2 points to the host team’s 8; the overall score being 49-57. The winning rink comprised John Mayne and the two Colins, Berwick and Andrews.
The ladies enjoyed a 6 points to 4 victory in their Royal Shield game at home to Great Park. The accumulated shots were tied at 51 each, but W&E won two of the three rinks.
There were two home friendlies at the weekend. The first ended with a narrow win for W&E of 99-98 against visitors from Bracknell. Top rink was Jacky Bradfield, Charlie Andrew and captain Tony Scott.
The second game was a more decisive victory for the home club against longer distance visitors from Lewes. The match ended with a score line of 151-81, created in no small part by top rink players, Marion Melrose, Peter Webb, Charlie Andrew and Ralph Cooke.
The KL team travelled to Lower Earley, Reading to play top of the league Suttons ‘A’. The home team took the full 14 points with a score of 44-113. W&E’s best performing rink was Tim Marshall, Derek Smith, David Bradfield and Tony Scott, with 13-22.
Press Report 13 - w/e Tuesday 16th July
The week began with two league matches rescheduled due to rain. The KL team played at Maidenhead town, winning on two of the four rinks, but losing overall by 63-81 shots. W&E claim 4 points, with the hosts taking 10. Top rink players, with 22-18, were Tim Marshall, David Freeland, David Bradfield and Richard Heathman.
The KLV ‘B’ team were at Sunningdale where they enjoyed a win over the hosts by 67-52, taking a well needed 8 points. Top Rink was Brian Humphries, Derek Smith and Barrie Taylor, scoring 20-10.
W&E Ladies had to borrow a player for their friendly against hosts Cippenham. Despite losing 2 rinks to 1, it proved to be an enjoyable afternoon. The winning rink was Yvonne Hurley, Pauline Rawlings and the borrowed player Peter Timmins! Peter was given the honorary name ‘Petra’ for the duration.
With KLV games now up to date, the ‘B’ team next faced the ‘A’ team. In a tight match, the ‘A’ team were victors overall by just 2 shots at 59-57. The rinks were split 2 to 1, also in their favour, giving the ‘A’ an 8 points to 2 win.
The ‘C’ team were at home against Windsor Great Park. Park have only one team in this league so are able to field their best players. It resulted in a small loss for W&E of 49-54. Winning one rink by 21-17 were Ian Hewitt, Dennis Borrowdale and Peter Blem, saving 2 points for W&E, with the remaining 8 going to Great Park.
On Saturday, the club made a short journey to Iver Heath for a weekend friendly, winning by the tightest margin of 98-97. Top rink on the day was Brian Mellor, Clive Dawson, John Giles and Pauline Hayward, scoring 26-10.
Players and guests representing six Isle of Wight clubs (collectively “The All Wights”) made a day trip across The Solent for a seven rink friendly match on Sunday. With such a large number of players, it was a jolly afternoon which ended with a narrow win for the visitors of 134-140.
W&E’s top rink, with a remarkable 33-6 score was Clive Dawson, John Mayne, Margaret Hallett and Brian Parrish.
As this game was taking place, Club Captain Tony Scott was booking his ticket to the final of the Mens County Singles. Playing two matches on one day at Three Mile Cross, he first beat Trevor Mortimer, of Thatcham, 21-8 to win his quarter final tie. He then faced Scott Winskill of Tilehurst in the semi final, winning by 21-20. That single shot was enough to seal victory and put Scott into the final. It also qualifies him for entry into the preliminary round of the Mens Singles at the Bowls England National Championships, to be played at Leamington on 28th August.
The next day he enjoyed a 21-12 win over Tim Eales, of Maidenhead Town, in the semi final of the Champion of Champions. Both of the above finals are to be played at Bracknell on 4th August.
The KL team were at Bracknell where they lost by only 4 shots, 75-79, with Bracknell taking 10 points to W&Es 4. Top rink, with 26-18, was Chris Heitzmann, Eric Ireland, Barrie Taylor and Bret Long.
Press Report 12 - w/e Tuesday 9th July
A double success moves Tony Scott further into two competitions. Beating Stephen Hall, of Caversham, by 21-6 puts Scott into the 5th round of the National Senior Singles. He followed that with a win over Mitch Cooper of Suttons 21-14 and is now in the Semi Final of the County Singles.
Charlie Andrew’s run in the County Unbadged Singles came to an end when he was narrowly beaten by Marc Layton-Smith of The Royal Household, 20-22.
It has not been the best week for W&E men playing in KLV matches. The ‘A’ team lost at home to Wraysbury 44-71. Winning one rink by 20-11, Rob Gordon, Chris Heitzmann and John Giles managed to claw 2 points, leaving the opponents with 8.
The ‘B’ team also managed to hold on to 2 points, having been beaten at The Royal Household by 40-63. The winning rink was Chris Heitzmann, Andrew Smith and Martin Allum who managed a decent 21-11.
No points for the ‘C’ team, who lost all rinks at home to Sunningdale ‘B’. The overall score was a disappointing, but neatly palindromic, 37-73.
There was a weekend awayday down the M4 for a game against Royal Wootton Bassett. Just as well it was a friendly, as W&E lost by 114-123. Top Rink, scoring 35-14, was Pauline Rawlings, Derek Smith, Alastair Gibson and Martin Allum.
The KL team were at home to Reading ‘A’, who are currently second in the division. The visitors won overall with 55 shots to 89, and 4 points to 10. Two of W&Es rinks tied for top rink, so the decision was made counting ends won. Honours went to Steven Kratsis, Charlie Andrew, Kel Crump and Bret Long.
Press Report 11 - w/e Tuesday 2nd July
In a good start for the week, Charlie Andrew beat Stephen Danvers of Bracknell 21-15, in County Unbadged Singles.
Tony Scott claimed his place in the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions singles competition by beating Peter Rogers, of Abingdon, 21-10.
Chris Heitzmann, Kel Crump, Stan Rawlings and Barrie Taylor were beaten 14-17 by players from Windsor Great Park, knocking the W&E team out of the County Fours.
The KLV ‘A’ team won by the narrowest margin of 51-50 against visiting local rivals The Royal Household. The best performing rink was David Bradfield, Brian Parish and Tony Scott. Their 22-10 win contributed to W&E’s 6 points versus the Household’s 4.
The ‘B’ team lost their match at Wraysbury 35-68. The only successful rink was Ian Hunter, Derek Smith and Barrie Taylor with 16-13, earning W&E 2 points, whilst the hosts took 8.
The ‘C’ team travelled to Maidenhead Thicket to play their ‘B’ team. W&E were a player short, leaving the two Colins (Berwick and Andrews) to play against three opponents; losing the rink by single shot, 15-16. But a 25% penalty for being a man down reduced that to 11¼-16. The match ended with W&E ahead overall by one shot, but the penalty cost W&E the match. The adjusted score gave victory to Thicket by 52¼-55 and 2 points to 8. W&E’s only winning rink was Tony Lyford, John Rassell and Peter Blem, who clocked up a creditable 32-19.
On a blistering day, hosts Chalfont St. Giles squeezed a 2 shot victory out of W&E in the first of the weekend’s friendly matches. Winning three rinks each, the final score was 95-97. W&E’s top rink was Else Lyford, Colin Andrews and Martin Allum, with 22-14.
The following day, Wellingborough BC were the visitors; their second time at Goswell Meadow. Despite out-scoring W&E on 3 of the 5 rinks, the overall score went against them, leaving W&E as winners, 104-92. Top Rink honours go to Chris Heitzmann, Les Swaney, Yvonne Hurley and Barrie Taylor.
Ralph Cooke and Richard Heathman won their London and Southern Counties Pairs tie against Martin Payne and Dave Ayton, of Egham BC, 24-13. This puts the W&E pair into the Area Zone final against Southampton Old Green.
The KL squad were away to Wokingham ‘A’. The result had not been provided by the deadline for inclusion in the press.
ADDENDUM - Weds 3rd July a.m.
Wokingham 'A' beat W&E by 69 shots to 81, 3 points to 11. Our top rink was Martin Allum, Rob Gordon, Jim Fenlon and Ralph Cooke.
Press Report 10 - w/e Tuesday 25th June
Another good week for Scottie!
There was a double success for W&E players in County Singles, with both Tony Scott and Ralph Cooke going through to the last 16. Scott enjoyed a comfortable 21-7 win over Bracknell’s D. Maruzzi. Cooke took a 2 shot win over fellow W&E man Richard Heathman, 21-19.
Tony Scott had to fight harder to advance in the National Champion of Champions. Playing on home turf, he was down 6-17 at 12 ends. By the end he had made great gains to narrowly beat Mark Stanley of the Royal Household 21-20.
Scott was also victorious in the National Senior Singles, beating Keith Sawdon of Bracknell, 21-9.
In County Fours, Barrie Taylor, Kel Crump, Martin Allum and Chris Heitzmann beat their Royal Household opponents 19-9.
Sadly, Tim Marshall and Barrie Taylor were prevented from entering the final stages of the County Pairs; losing to Kevin Scrace and Chris Goodchild of Maidenhead Thicket, 8-25.
It was not a joyful week for KLV teams!
The ‘A’ team were defeated 0-10 by Maidenhead town, losing all rinks and with an aggregate score of 43-60.
The ‘B’ lost at home to Desborough ‘A’, 38-58, picking up just 2 points to 8. The winning rink was Ian Hunter, Derek Smith and Barrie Taylor, 18-15.
The ‘C’ team were at home to Desborough ‘C’. In a match of ups and downs, victory slipped away at the end, with the final score at 47 shots to 50. Colin Andrews, Colin Berwick and Jim Henderson were the only rink to win, scoring 22-12. The result was a 2-8 points victory to the visitors.
Due to cancellations, both weekend home friendly matches were cancelled.
The week ended with a 72 to 90 shot loss for the KL team at home to the Royal Household. Martin Allum, Rob Gordon, Jim Fenlon and Ralph Cooke were the only winning rink. Their 25-11 score help prevent a clean sweep by the visitors, allowing the home team to claim 2 points to the visitors 12.
Press Report 09 - w/e Tuesday 18th June
W&E players enjoyed a couple of hat-tricks this week, including three wins against The Royal Household. In the first, Charlie Andrew beat Andy Jenkinson 20-11 in the County Unbadged Singles and, in a rescheduled County Singles match, Richard Heathman triumphed over Alan Speller 21-3. Later in the week, Chris Heitzmann, Barrie Taylor, Kel Crump and Martin Allum won their County Fours game 19-9.
Further success followed for Richard Heathman in County Pairs, partnered by Ralph Cooke. The W&E duo beat P. Braddock and J. Young, of Desborough, 22-10. Then, in an all W&E match Tim Marshall and Barrie Taylor beat Charlie Andrew and Chris Heitzmann by 21-19.
Richard Heathman’s earlier form ran out in a County 2 woods game, playing against his former partner Ralph Cooke, who won the match by a comfortable 16-3.
Tony Scott celebrated a hat-trick of wins against opponent Mark Peachy; this time in a County Singles game with a score of 21-16. In the same tournament, Ralph Cooke beat Peter Hawkins by 21-15.
It was a disappointing week in KLV games. The ‘A’ team hosted Maidenhead Thicket ‘A’. Despite losing a player mid game, Thicket managed a 49-53½ win, resulting in 2 points to 8. The one successful rink was Bert Barker, Charlie Andrew and David Freeland with 20-16½. The ‘B’ team match away against Sunningdale ‘A’ was called off on the day due to a waterlogged green. The ‘C’ team won only one rink away to Maidenhead Town ‘C’ and with a score total of 32-71, the hosts took the match by 2 points to 8. The winning rink for W&E was Colin Andrews, Colin Berwick and Jim Henderson, who picked up 3 shots on the last end to win by 19-17.
On a showery afternoon, Suttons BC made the trip from Reading for a mixed friendly, but suffered a loss at the hands of the home team by 97-68. Top Rink was Peter How, Brian Mellor, Colin Andrews and Martyn Hayward.
Brian Mellor and Colin Andrews were in the top rink again the following day in a friendly at Windsor Great Park. Playing with Pauline Hayward and Tony Scott, they racked up 24-13, to contribute to W&E’s win of 107-79.
Press Report 08 - w/e Tuesday 11th June
Tony Scott took a further step into the National Senior Singles by beating David Horton of Great Hollands 21-16. He followed that with a win over Peter Braddock of Desborough in the County Champion of Champions, scoring 16 to 11.
In County Pairs, Messrs Hayward and Scott dropped 2 shots to lose their third round tie against Tywford, 17-19, whilst Charlie Andrew and Chris Heitzmann enjoyed a win in their first outing, beating Peter Burton and Ray Trussler of Wargrave 24-15. Also comfortably winning their first round by 33-12 were Tim Marshall and Barrie Taylor, against the Royal Household's Andrew Jenkinson and Andrew Clemance.
More success followed for Taylor and Marshall when, joined by Martin Allum, they played M. Brailey, L. Cooke and T. Gilmour, of Wokingham, in the first round of County Benevolent Triples. Wokingham were ahead for 15 ends, but W&E turned things around to win 19-15.
Richard Heathman and Ralph Cooke beat R. Green and B. Wheeler of West Ealing by 20-17 in the London and Southern Counties Pairs.
In National Club 2 x 4s, W&E beat Bracknell with a total score of 37-27.
In this week’s KLV, the A team travelled to Sunningdale to beat the host’s A team by 59-34; earning 8 points to 2. Top rink was Bert Barker, Charlie Andrew and Jim Fenlon with 28-7.
Despite miserable weather, the home advantage helped to give the B team a victory over visitors Maidenhead Thicket A. Although losing 2 rinks to 1, the ‘Bs’ higher overall score of 53-44 was enough to secure 6 points to 4. The one winning rink was manned by Brian Binstead, Frank Doherty and Kel Crump, with 29-14.
The C team took a beating in their away tie with Maidenhead Town B, who wrapped up a full 10 points by winning all rinks with a score of 32-64.
On Saturday, W&E travelled to Maiden Erlegh for a friendly mixed triples game. A decent win of 142-68 made the trip worthwhile. Without question, the top rink was Marion Melrose, Brian Parish and Martyn Hayward with 32-9.
Sunday’s friendly was a home game against long distance visitors, Fairoak BC from Cardiff. An enjoyable afternoon ended with a win for W&E by 152 shots to 95. Marion Melrose, Paul O’Connell, Jim Henderson and Stan Rawlings were top rink, with 33-14.
There were two visits to Maidenhead Thicket on one day. The first was a Ladies Royal Shield match which was lost by 31 to 65. A few hours later the Men’s KL team fared better with an overall win of 82-68, bagging 11 points to 3. Top rink was Martin Allum, Rob Gordon, Jim Fenlon and Ralph Cooke on 25-11.
Press Report 07 - w/e Tuesday 4th June
In their away friendly at Sunningdale, WEBC Ladies lost by 17 to 42.
In the County 2 Wood competition, Richard Heathman squeezed a single shot victory out of G. Harris at Great Hollands. The game went to an extra end with the final score 15-14.
There was more nail biting for W&E players in the National Club 2 x 4s at Maidenhead Town. At 13 ends skip Richard Heathman’s rink was a hefty 8-21 down, but closed the gap to end at 19-24. Tony Scott’s rink was losing 0-12 at just 5 ends and staring defeat in the face, but a strong fight back secured a win of 23-16. The combined total was enough to swing the outcome in W&E’s favour by a narrow 42-40.
No such joy in KLV games this week. W&E’s A team were at home against Desborough A. With both clubs winning a rink each and the third a draw, the overall score of 51-61 gave W&E 3 points to the visitors 7. Top rink was Bert Barker, Charlie Andrew and Jim Fenlon 18-17.
Maidenhead Town A were hosts to W&E’s B team. Town won all three rinks, and overall by 31 shots to 84, so claimed the full 10 points.
The C team also lost 10 points, at home to Desbourough B, with all three rinks and a total score of 31 to 72 in favour of the visitors.
At the same time on an adjacent rink pride was restored as Martyn Hayward and Tony Scott cruised to a comfortable win over Paul Patel and Michael Hobson, also from Desborough. Their 29 to 7 win puts the Windsor duo into the third round of the County Pairs.
Tony Scott’s winning form continued in the first round tie of the Champion of Champions, beating M. Peachey (another Desborough player) by 21 to 13.
Tony was not so fortunate in the National Senior Pairs. He and Martyn Hayward lost by 5 shots against Bracknell, 13-18.
The first of two weekend friendlies was against visitors from Ladygate BC. In a match of widely differing rink scores, W&E managed a narrow victory of 120-114. Top rink, with an impressive 34-16, was Sue and Eric Ireland, Derek Smith and David Perriman.
The next day, Keynsham BC made their first visit to Goswell Meadow. The home team enjoyed their second win of the weekend, scoring 120-111. Top rink honours to Alastair Gibson, Les Swaney, Joyce Heathman and George Hayman.
The week ended with a loss in the Kennet League, at home against Suttons A. Losing all rinks and with a shot total of 53-104, the visitors claimed the full 14 points.
Press Report 06 - w/e Tuesday 28th May
There was a home derby in the KLV League between WEBC's A and B teams. Winning 2 rinks to 1, the A team were victors with an overall shot score of 56-38, earning them 8 points to 2. The A team’s top rink were Rob Gordon, Dave Bradfield and Brian Parish, with 23-5. The other two rinks were separated by only 2 shots apiece.
There was a double win in weekend mixed friendlies. On Saturday, WEBC beat Maidenhead Town at home. Town had the advantage at the halfway stage, but the home team pulled ahead to win the match by 92 shots to 83. WEBC’s top rink, with a score of 20-13, was Marion Melrose, Steven Kratsis, Colin Berwick and Jim Fenlon.
Sunday’s game was at home to Manorhouse BC, who had travelled from Crayford, Kent. WEBC won comfortably by 159-80. Jim Fenlon was once again the top rink skip, with Rob Gordon, Marion Melrose and Alastair Gibson in support, scoring 36-8.
In the Kennet League WEBC suffered a 2 points to 12 loss at home to Bracknell. The shot score 62 to 90. The only winning rink for the home club with 29-17 was Chris Heitzmann, Kel Crump, Brian Parish and Bret Long.
Press Report 05 - w/e Tuesday 21st May
Apart from Open Day, there was not much to celebrate at Goswell Meadow this week.
In the Kennet League, WEBC lost their home fixture against Wokingham ‘A’ by 70 shots to 86. Winning just one rink they earned 2 points to the visitor’s 12.
In a game reduced to two triples, the Ladies went down rather heavily by 22 to 44 at home to Twyford.
In well contested Ladies County Triples game, Carole Williams, Pam Andrew and Yvonne Hurley, were pipped 14-15 playing away at Maidenhead Town.
There were losses all round in KLV fixtures.
The A team dropped a full 10 points at Wraysbury; the shot total 35-56.
With a win, a loss and a draw across three rinks, the B team lost its home tie against Royal Household by 40 shots 51, earning 3 points to the visitor’s 7. Top rink was Andrew Smith, Brian Faulkner and David Perriman, 17-15.
The C team played two fixtures. The first was a close scoring game away to Sunningdale B. Losing by just 4 shots overall, 45-49 they earned 2 points to 8. The only winning rink was Dennis Borrowdale, Eric Ireland and Stan Rawlings with 19 shots to 15.
In the second game they were away to Windsor Great Park. The overall score was a disappointing 43-62. Again, with only one winning rink, of John Rassell, Richard Scott and Jim Henderson, the outcome was also 2 points to 8.
Good news for Tim Marshall in the County 2 Wood competition. He won his 1st round tie by beating Alan Speller of the Royal Household 17-8, but Barrie Taylor lost to Les Green of Sunningdale, 9-15.
In a preliminary round of the Mens County Triples, Kel Crump, Stan Rawlings and Barrie Taylor beat Wargrave 19-12 to go through. In the next round, Kel Crump and Barrie Taylor were joined by Martin Allum against Desborough, who won 13-19.
The week ended with a loss for the KL team, playing away at Reading. The hosts won by 58-116, 2 shots to 12. Top Rink was Martin Allum, Jim Fenlon, Tony Scott and Ralph Cooke.
04 - Week ending
Tuesday, 14th May
In the first Kennet League match of the season WEBC played
away to The Royal Household, both teams having been promoted to the first
division this season. In a closely fought match WEBC lost by just 6 shots
overall, 77-83, with a points tally of WEBC 2 and The Household 12.
03 - Week ending Tuesday, 7th May
Congratulations to Tim Marshall who was awarded his County Badge, having been part of the winning RCBBA (Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association) team who defeated Sussex by 134 to 98 at Goswell Meadow last Wednesday.
The Ladies team played away at Bracknell, suffering a loss of 34 to 67.
Due to a cancellation, there was no friendly game at the weekend. Instead, and to mark Club Captain Tony Scott’s birthday, an afternoon of fun games was organised. Six rinks were set up with various obstacles, with points awarded or deducted for hitting or missing the targets. A meal and birthday cake followed.
02 - Week ending Tuesday, 30th April
For their first game of the season, WEBC ladies welcomed players from Iver Heath.
In a match reduced to just two triples, the visitors went home victorious. The score was 21 to WEBC and 36 to Iver Heath.
The club faired better in both weekend mixed friendlies. At home to Hurst BC on Saturday, WEBC won by 92 to 68. Top Rink was Pam and Charlie Andrew, with Tony Scott as skip, clocking up an impressive 27 to 8.
Sunday’s away game was a trip into deepest Surrey to play Tongham BC. WEBC secured its fourth friendly win in a row, scoring 118 to 90. Top Rink awards went to Marion Melrose, Barrie Taylor and Richard Heathman; their score 26 to 10.
01 - Week ending Tuesday, 23rd April
Having blown away the winter cobwebs with a Spring Clean and club roll-up the previous weekend, the WEBC season began over Easter with a double win in two friendly games.
Saturday’s game, played in glorious weather and picturesque surroundings, was an away fixture at Old Basing BC in Hampshire. Taking 6 shots in their last end, John Giles, Chris Heitzmann and Ralph Cooke took Top Rink honours scoring 23 to 13. Coincidentally, the overall result was a win to WEBC by 6 shots; the score 111 to 105.
On Sunday, the club were hosts to Wokingham BC. WEBC beat the visitors with a score of 125 to 104. Jim Henderson, Les Swaney, Martin Allum and Martyn Hayward claimed the Top Rink award, scoring 31 to 12.
Anyone whishing to “have-a-go” would be welcomed at Goswell Meadow on any Wednesday evening at 6pm. All equipment will be provided, but we ask that you wear flat soled shoes.