Category Archives: Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy

BW Men narrowly miss out on Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy qualification.

Middleton

Sadly our Middleton Cup campaign came to at end on Saturday as we suffered a 6 shot defeat to Cornwall.

Played on a tricky neutral green at North Petherton, the game was tight all the way through with neither team every being more than single figures up on the game. Despite holding a narrow lead early on, Cornwall fought back well to taker a slender lead into the closing stages. The team showed the fighting spirit that has epitomised our season and levelled the game with 5 ends to go but unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to get over the line.

It was very pleasing to see Graham Shadwell make a great comeback to win by 1 shot, a fitting way to celebrate his 100th cap, which is a fantastic achievement and well deserved by one of this counties best ever players.

There were also excellent finishes by Neil Colletts four to also record a one shot win, Wayne Snook who held on for a 2 shot win, and Mike Snell’s rink who staged a great recovery to earn a draw.

Steve Snell was unlucky to slip to a 3 shot defeat and Gary Morphet’s rink battled well against Cornwall’s top rink, narrowly losing by 7 shots in the end.

There are many positives to take from this season, with a number of players grasping the opportunities we gave them and this bodes well for 2020.

I’d like to thank all the players, reserves and selection team for their efforts this season, this isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning !!!!

 

Balcomb

On Sunday we played our re-arranged regional final game in the Balcomb Trophy match against Devon; the game was played at the neutral venue of Clevedon.

The green played very well, with it speeding up as the match progressed and there was some high quality bowls played by all players from both teams.

Up against a very strong Devon team boosting 5 current internationals we were about 10 shots down after 5 ends, the team fought resolutely but were still 14 down at 15 ends. The guys rallied and reduced the arrears to be only 6 down with 4 ends to play but despite their best efforts they couldn’t quite overturn the deficit.

Neil Colletts rink of Gary Jackson, Wayne Snook and Graham Shadwell ended up winning by 3 (19-16) and Steve Snell’s rink of Kyle Anderson, Mike Snell and Dave Godwin lost by 7 (12-19)

I couldn’t have asked any more of the team who participated in a top level game of bowls, as in Saturday’s Middleton defeat, there were fine margins involved in winning and losing, and unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of the result.

 

Mike Jackson
Team Manager

2019 Middleton Cup vs Cornwall team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the final group stage 2019 Middleton Cup match vs Cornwall on Saturday 6 July at North Petherton BC, Petherton Park, Bridgewater, TA6 6PR. The County welcomes your support!

With a full squad to choose from the selectors have decided to make a few changes, this unfortunately means some players miss out this time, but they full remain part of the squad going forwards – there are also some positional changes.

This is effectively a Last 16 game with the winner progressing to the Quarter Finals where it looks like they will meet Devon – let’s make sure it is Wiltshire that faces Devon in that game!

We’d like to see as many reserves as possible attend the game, but understand some of you may have other commitments so anyone who does not intend to travel please let Mike Jackson know.

All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. Dress code is county tops and whites. Match fee is £3 per player.

If unable to play or any other problems please contact Mike Jackson as soon as possible on 07960 327848.

 

Rink 1

Tom Newman Avon
Jamie Reynolds Salisbury
Mike Richards Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
James Richman Westlecot
Tom Warner Salisbury
Wayne Snook Holt

Rink 3

Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 4

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 5

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Tony Keating Holt
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 6

James Nobbs Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Travelling Reserves (in no particular order)

 

Fraser Boynton Salisbury
Ashley Keirl Spencer Moulton
Dane Rose Holt
Tom Pittuck Swindon Town Gardens
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Murray Highworth

Squad members unavailable (in no particular order)

Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett

 

Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals abandoned

Today’s Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals at Clevedon BC had to be abandoned due to a Warwickshire player being taken ill and taken to hospital.

At the time Bowls Wiltshire had played 14 ends against Devon and were 6 shots down.

The match will be replayed at Clevedon on the 7th July starting at 10.am. It has been decided the match will start from scratch.

Our thoughts are with the player and we hope he makes a speedy recovery.

 

2019 Middleton Cup v Worcestershire Result

 MIDDLETON CUP 2019: Bowls Wiltshire v Worcestershire BA
Saturday 15 June 2019 @ Royal Wootton Bassett BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Worcestershire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Mike Snell
5 12 13 16 19 11 9 8 4 3 M Stones 1
2 Steve Snell
5 7 10 11 17 21 21 17 9 2 R Moule
2
3 Gary Morphet
0 12 18 18 22 16 14 11 7 7 D Summus
3
4 Neil Collett
2 7 10 12 16 12 12 10 6 4 R Stanley
4
5 Dave Godwin
7 8 14 17 17 17 11 11 10 2 L Lane
5
6 Wayne Snook
8 13 18 24 30 10 9 8 5 2 R McCaughtrie
6
Total 27 59 83 98 121 87 76 65 41 20 Total
Total Shots 121 87 Total Shots
Total Points 19 3 Total Points

Mike Jackson, Team Manager:

“An excellent win today which puts us in a great postion heading into our final group game against Cornwall in 3 weeks time.

We were never behind, making a solid start which we built on as the match progressed, finishing strongly to record a comfortable 34 shot (19 point) win.

Wayne Snook’s rink provided the platform for the victory with a fine 20 shot win, and Gary Morphets rink turned an early 7 shot deficit into a very good 6 shot win.

Mike Snell’s rink were never in trouble in their 8 shot win, Neil Collett’s side won the last 4 ends to close out a 4 shot victory, while Dave Godwin was unlucky to not to record a win, having to settle for a draw.
 
Steve Snell’s rink battled to the end and after being 10 shots adrift ended up only losing by 4.
 
All in all a very good result, well done to all the team !!!”

2019 Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire at the Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals on Sunday 23 June at Clevedon BC, Chapel Hill, Princes Road, BS21 7LL, where they will face either Dorset or Devon. The County welcomes your support!

All players to report by 9.30am for a 10.00am start. Dress code is county tops and whites. Match fee is £3 per player.

If unable to play or any other problems please contact Mike Jackson as soon as possible on 07960 327848.

 

Rink 1

Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Wayne Snook Holt
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Reserves (in no particular order)

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Titcombe Westlecot

 

2019 Middleton Cup vs Worcestershire team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the third 2019 Middleton Cup match vs Worcestershire on Saturday 15 June at Royal Wootton Bassett BC. The County welcomes your support!

All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. Dress code is county tops and whites. Match fee is £3 per player.

If unable to play or any other problems please contact Mike Jackson as soon as possible on 07960 327848.

 

Rink 1

Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Jamie Reynolds Salisbury
Mike Richards Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
James Richman Westlecot
Tom Warner Salisbury
Wayne Snook Holt

Rink 3

Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
David Murray Highworth
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 4

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton
Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 5

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 6

James Nobbs Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Travelling Reserves (in no particular order)

Fraser Boynton Salisbury
Ashley Keirl Spencer Moulton
Dane Rose Holt
Tom Pittuck Swindon Town Gardens

Squad members unavailable (in no particular order)

Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett
Tony Keating Holt
Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Tom Newman Avon

 

2019 Balcomb Trophy v Somerset success

 BALCOMB TROPHY 2019: Bowls Wiltshire v Somerset BA
Sunday 9 June 2019 @ Royal Wootton Bassett BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Somerset
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
4 Neil Collett 6 12 16 20 24 16 15 14 10 5 Sam Steel 4
2 Steve Snell
3 9 9 13 16 16 13 13 7 3 James Amery
2
Total 9 21 25 33 40 32 28 27 17
8 Total
Match report from Mike Jackson, Team Manager:
“A great win today in the Balcomb Trophy over Somerset, there were some great bowls played by both sides with never more than 5 shots in it during the course of the game.
The turning point came on the 20th end, we were 5 shots up on the game but picked up 3 shots on both rinks so went into the last end 11 up across the 2 rinks.
Both rinks saw the game out for an excellent 8 shot victory, well done to all involved and we now move onto the Regional Finals at Clevedon on Sunday 23 June against either Dorset or Devon.”

2019 Middleton Cup v Herefordshire Result

 MIDDLETON CUP 2019: Bowls Wiltshire v Herefordshire BA
Saturday 8 June 2019 @ Royal Wootton Bassett BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Herefordshire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Neil Collett
5 11 15 15 22 21 18 13 8 3 R Loverig
1
2 Dave Godwin
11 15 26 32 32 12 6 6 6 2 C Handscombe
2
3 Steve Snell
10 10 13 16 19 15 14 9 6 1 A Edwards
3
4 Mike Snell
9 12 18 27 31 11 9 9 6 0 R Jones
4
5 Wayne Snook
1 6 11 12 17 13 12 10 9 5 P Williams
5
6 Gary Morphet
1 3 13 14 14 21 17 15 13 9 J Wear
6
Total 37 57 96 116 135 93 76 62 48 20 Total
Total Shots 135 93 Total Shots
Total Points 20 2 Total Points

Mike Jackson, Team Manager:

“Heavy overnight rain and blustery weather made for challenging conditions but the team adapted well and made it two wins out of two with a 42 shot victory which saw us win on 5 rinks and accumulate 20 points.

The rinks skipped by Mike Snell and Dave Godwin both registered comfortable wins which made the match result safe and it left the other 4 rinks to try and get the all important rinks wins.
There were some tense finishes with Wayne Snook, Steve Snell and Neil Collett all steering their rinks to last end victories. Had it not been for an outragous wick against Gary Morphet’s side we may have pulled off a clean sweep but all in all a very pleasing victory.”

 

2019 Middleton Cup v Somerset Result

 MIDDLETON CUP 2019: Bowls Wiltshire v Somerset BA
Saturday 1 June 2019 @ Victoria BC, Weston-super-mare
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Somerset
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Dave Godwin 8 12 18 19 24 20 19 15 9 3 J Amery
1
2 Neil Collett
9 15 18 18 26 24 21 17 9 3 S Steel
2
3 Gary Morphet
10 12 17 19 21 13 10 8 5 1 N Yeoman
3
4 Steve Snell 5 9 12 12 15 18 16 11 4 2 N Saunders 4
5 Graham Shadwell 11 13 17 24 27 29 24 24 16 0 N Pearce
5
6 Wayne Snook 3 6 10 14 14 22 14 12 10 5 K Jones
6
Total 46 67 92 106 127 126 104 87 53 14 Total
Total Shots 127 126 Total Shots
Total Points 16 6 Total Points

Mike Jackson, Team Manager:

“We made a great start to our Middleton campaign with a hard fought one shot win  (16 – 6). A flying start saw us go 32 shots up after 5 ends but Somerset came back strongly and with ends running out they took the lead. With 3 ends left overall fantastic counts of 7 and 3 on the rinks skipped by Neil Collett and Dave Godwin saw us regain the lead by 2 shots. Gary Morphet’s rink played the last end and saw us home by dropping just a single shot.

The team showed great spirit to weather the Somerset comeback and bounce back for the win which sets us up nicely for the rest of the campaign.”