Representatives from Royal Wootton Bassett and Box BC in Wiltshire travelled to Leamington Spa at the weekend to contest the National Quarter Finals of the Men’s and Women’s Top Club competition.
Unfortunately for Box, the quarter-final was the end of the road with them losing 3-1 to a strong Parkway BC team from Huntingdonshire. A spirited effort by the Ladies and something to work on for next year. BW wishes to congratulate the Box team for making it to the National Finals!
Royal Wootton Bassett, last year’s National Runners Up, took to A Green on the Saturday wanting to go one stage further than last year and were faced with a tough match of Gerrards Cross from Buckinghamshire. RWB started strongly and carried the momentum through the game, playing with the right attitude and spirit. In the end it came down to Neil Smith in the 4 wood singles to try and get RWB over the line – at 20-20 Neil drew the shot on his last bowl, leaving Alan Price to try and return the favour…with hearts in mouths the RWB could only watch on as Alan’s bowl came down the rink – luckily it just missed Neil’s shot bowl and the game was Bassett’s – you could see what it meant to the team as they flooded the green in celebration.
On the Sunday, however, the fairy tale came to an abrupt holt as RWB faced a very strong Reading side from Berkshire – boasting several ex-international players. Reading proved too strong in the end running out 4-1 winners and progressing to the National Final where they lost to eventual winners (back-to-back winners in fact) Kings BC from Devon.
BW wishes to congratulate RWB on another fantastic run in the competition!
Julia Hunt, Deanne Davis and David Adams this afternoon won the Bowls Wiltshire Officers Triples when they beat Dave Greenwood, Bev Lilley & Gerald Webb from Devizes 25 -21.
Royal Wootton Bassett this afternoon beat Westlecot in the Four Rink League final. More information to follow.
In this afternoons Champion of Champions, National runner up Russell Francis from Spencer Moulton won the County title when he defeated Brian Lobley from Haydon Wick 21 shots to 16.
Box this morning won the Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Top Ten winning the title on shot difference. Box won the Triples 19 – 13 and the Pairs 21 – 16 but lost the singles 21 – 17 and Fours 23 – 22 so took the title due to a 79 – 73 shot difference.
Holt this morning won the Tourist Trophy when they defeated Chippenham Town 46 shots 14. on Rink 2 they won 21 – 9 and on Rink 3 25 – 5.
Ben Gadd with Wayne Simmonds and Wayne Snook overcame their club colleagues Rob Jeffreys, Pete Hardie and Justin Davis in a hard fought Triples match played at Devizes this afternoon. After 11 ends they were in control of the game with the score standing at 19 – 10 but then heavy rain along with thunder and lighting halted play. After approximately half an hour play was resumed and the Davis triple pulled back to level the score on the 17th end. It looked as though the Davis Triple were going to take the match until, with his 2nd bowl Ben Gadd played a running bowl into the head to take shot and eventually the match.
In the Bowls Wiltshire Secretary & Treasurers played this afternoon at Devizes Don Butchers & Richard Coombs of Mere beat John Pheby & Keith Baker of Swindon North End 25 – 13.
Brian Whiitingham from Westlecot beat Dave Betteridge from Trowbridge Town 21 – 20 in the final of the Greenkeepers at the Bowls Wiltshire Finals at Devizes BC.