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BERKSHIRE V KENT  ( REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL) 

Berkshire travelled to Sutton, Surrey on Sunday 18th June to compete in the Regional Finals where they were drawn against Kent.

Kent had knocked Berkshire out of the competition at this stage last year winning by 6 shots, and were hoping to reverse that result on what proved  to be a very hot cloudless day with  both sides up to the formidable task before them. The game became an absorbing watch with bowls changing heads consistently  through out the game.

The rink of Ben Mallandain, Elliott Winskill David Hancock and Skip Lloyd Sabatini played against the very experienced rink of S.Woolford, R.Fergeson,D.Weyland  and skip Perry Martin.

The score at 5 ends was a  6 shots to 2 lead for Berkshire. At 10 ends the lead had been cut to 3 with Berkshire leading 9 shots to 6. At 15 ends the lead had been cut again to 2 shots. eventually the rink lost by 1 shot 15 shots to 16. The last end proved to be very dramatic because when Lloyd went to bowl his bowls he was 5 down in the head and drew a brilliant bowl to get 2nd bowl and touching the shot bowl. to keep the deficit to 1.

 

The rink of Scott Winskill, Tom Moore Kyle Mallandain and skip B.J.Byles were drawn against M.Rich, D.Stearn A.Rodger and J. Pounds and was another very close match.

At 5 ends the scores were level at 5 shots each. At 10 ends Berkshire had built a lead of 5 shots 12 -7 but at 15 ends this advantage had been reduced to 1 shot 13 shots to 12.

Berkshire scored 4 shots to 3 over the last 6 ends to win their rink 17 shots to 15 and  to win a memorable match by 1 shot .

This set up the Area Final  clash with neighbours  Buckinghamshire who had beaten Hampshire 37 shots to  27 

BERKSHIRE  V BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (REGIONAL FINAL) 

The Berkshire team was unchanged for this match and the afternoon was even hotter than the morning with  dehydration being a great concern, but with plenty of liquid and a half hour delay to proceedings to allow the all the players some recovery time the match got underway at 2.30 p.m. 

B.J.Byles rink got of to a flyer and at 5 ends were 8 shots to 3 up. At 10 ends the score was 12 shots to 9 to Berkshire, but with a rally from the Bucks players who scored 5 shots to 1 over the next 5 ends the rink found themselves  13 shots to 14 down. Once again Berkshire dug in and collected 7 shots to 4 over the last 6 ends to win the rink 20 shots to 18.

Lloyd’s rink were 2 shots to 4 down at 5 ends, but at 10 ends were just 1 shot adrift 9 shots to 10.  the lead was stretched at 15 ends with a healthy lead of 6 shots 16 shots to 10 The Bucks players found a second wind  over the last 6 ends to score 6 shots to 3, and Berkshire won the rink 19 shots to 16 The match was won by Berkshire 39 shots to 34 and Berkshire are in the National Semi -finals at Leamington on 3rd September. the last time we  reached this stage was 1994.

A great deal of credit must go to all the players who played in searing heat all day and the spectators were treated to some outstanding bowls throughout the day. 

WHITE ROSE NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS   LEAMINGTON SPA . 3RD SEPTEMBER  2017 

BERKSHIRE V CAMBRIDGESHIRE DEVON V LINCOLNSHIRE

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HOME COUNTIES LEAGUE MATCH  V BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Sunday 11 June 

BERKSHIRE ENTERTAINED BUCKS. LAST YEARS CHAMPIONS  IN THE J.H.C.L. MATCH AT THATCHAM AND THE SPECTATORS WITNESSED A MARVELLOUS GAME OF BOWLS WITH BOTH SIDES AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME. 

BERKSHIRE SETTLED INTO THE GAME AND PACE OF AN EXCELLENT THATCHAM  GREEN AND AT 5 ENDS LED 16 SHOTS TO 11 SHOTS 

BUCKS DID RALLY AND AT 10 ENDS HAD CUT THE LEAD TO 3 SHOTS 31 TO 28. THE  BERKSHIRE LEAD WAS INCREASED TO 11 SHOTS AT 15 ENDS 47 SHOTS TO 36 EVENTUALLY WINNING 70 SHOTS TO 51 AND 10 VALUABLE LEAGUE POINTS 

THE RINK OF LOUIS BEHANNAH, DEBUTANTE THOMAS PIKE ,A 12 YEAR OLD BOWLER FROM SHRIVENHAM B.C. MATTHEW IREMONGER AND KYLE MALLANDAIN BUILD UP A 7 SHOTS TO 2 LEAD IN THE FIRST 5 ENDS AND WERE NEVER HEADED IN WHAT PROVED TO BE A VERY TIGHT MATCH. EVENTUALLY WINNING THEIR RINK 21 SHOTS TO 15.

 THE YOUNG FRONT END HAD AN EXCELLENT GAME AND WERE SUPPORTED BY SOME BRILLIANT BOWLING FROM MATTHEW AND KYLE.  2 POINTS FOR THE RINK WERE GAINED 

THE RINK OF BEN MALLANDAIN , JAMIE FLOOD  ETHAN STACEY AND SKIP RYAN COOPER PROVED TO BE TOO STRONG FOR THEIR OPPONENTS ON THE DAY  AND DESPITE BEING 3 SHOTS TO 4 DOWN AT 5 ENDS TOOK A  2 ,1 AND 6 OVER THE NEXT  ENDS TO LEAD 12 SHOTS TO 9  AFTER 10 ENDS.

SOME WONDERFUL  FRONT END DRAW BOWLING  AND CONTROLLED SHOT SELECTION FROM ETHAN AND RYAN SAW A FURTHER 15 SHOTS ADDED TO THE SCORE WITH 5 SHOTS IN REPLY . THE RINK WON 27 SHOTS TO 15 AND  GAINED 2 VALUABLE POINTS. 

THE RINK OF PAUL HUTCHINSON, THOMAS STRONGMAN, TOM MOORE AND ELLIOTT WINSKILL WERE IN A BATTLE ROYAL FROM A VERY SKILFUL AND VOCIFEROUS  BUCKS RINK AND THE PENDULUM SWUNG BOTH WAYS IN WHAT PROVED TO BE A VERY ABSORBING MATCH. WE LED 6 SHOTS TO 5 AT 5 ENDS BUT WERE 12 SHOTS TO 9 DOWN AT 10 ENDS. THE SCORE AT 15 ENDS WAS 15 SHOTS EACH , BUT A  4 AND 1 BY THE BUCKS RINK HAD OPENED UP A 5 SHOT LEAD AT  17 ENDS. NOT TO BE OUT DONE OVER THE LAST 4 ENDS THE RINK SCORED 7 SHOTS TO CLINCH THE RINK WIN AND ANOTHER 2 POINTS 22 SHOTS TO 20. 

OUR NEXT J.H.C.L. LEAGUE MATCH IS AGAINST KENT AT THATCHAM ON SUNDAY 25TH JUNE AND A GOOD RESULT AGAINST A VERY STRONG TEAM WILL SEE BERKSHIRE IN THE RUNNING FOR THE LEAGUE TITLE AGAIN. 

WE PLAY THE AREA FINALS OF THE WHITE ROSE TROPHY AT SUTTON B.C. (SURREY) ON SUNDAY OUR OPPONENTS IN THE MORNING ARE KENT. ANY SUPPORT FOR THE TEAM IS WELCOME

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