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
CAMBRIDGESHIRE DEVON V LINCOLNSHIRE
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
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
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