Category Archives: Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy

Somerset pip BW in Men’s Balcomb Trophy

On Sunday we suffered a narrow 2 shot defeat against Somerset in the Regional Finals of the Balcomb Trophy.

There were never more than a handful of shots in the game; at 5 ends we were 3 up, it was similar at 10 ends where we still held a 2 shot lead and at 15 ends its was all square.

Graham Shadwell’s rink finished 6 down and with Neil Collett’s rink 2 up, we were 4 down with 4 ends to play.

Neil’s rink picked up 3 singles to leave us one down playing the last end where they played a great end and were holding 5, but with the last bowl of the end, the Somerset skip played a brilliant bowl to draw shot and deny us victory.

It was a real battling performance by all 8 players, with some excellent bowls played and was a welcome response after the disappointing team display in the Middleton Cup.

Somerset beat Cornwall in the final to progress to the National Finals at Leamington, on another day this could so easily been have us…..

We wish Somerset all the best and hope they can bring the trophy back to the South West.

Rink Scores:

Gary Jackson, Mike Snell, Russ Francis & Graham Shadwell lost 19-25

Kyle Anderson, Dave Godwin, Graham Hatherall and Neil Collett won 17-13



Mike Jackson
Team Manager

 BALCOMB TROPHY 2021 Regional Finals: Bowls Wiltshire v Somerset
Sunday 18 July 2021 @ Olveston & District BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Somerset
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Graham Shadwell
2 4 8 16 19 25 21 15 8 3 Nick Pearce 1
2 Neil Collett
6 11 14 15 17 13 12 7 5 2 James Amery
Total 8 15 22 31 36 38 33 22 13 5 Total
Total Shots 36 38 Total Shots

BW Men select team for Balcomb Trophy

Opponent: Somerset – Regional Finals Date: Sunday 18th July
Start: 10am (arrive for 9.30am) Match Fee: N/A
Dress: County Shirts/Whites Venue: Olveston BC,

Old Down Sportsground, Alveston Road, Tockington,

BS32 4PH


Lead Kyle Anderson Lead Gary Jackson
Two Dave Godwin Two Mike Snell
Three Graham Hatherall Three Russ Francis
Skip Neil Collett Skip Graham Shadwell



Scott Edwards

Tom Warner

Reserves Unavailable for Regional Finals:

Mikey Titcombe

Wayne Snook

A disappointing afternoon in the Middleton Cup for BW Men

This afternoon we suffered a very disappointing 20 shot defeat against Worcestershire in the Preliminary Round of the Middleton Cup, played at the neutral venue of Cotswold BC; this defeat coming despite winning on 3 rinks.

We made a slow start and after 5 ends were trailing by 16 shots, but then mounted a comeback and at 10 ends had managed to open a 10 shot lead. This was short-lived and at 15 ends we found ourselves 10 down with the ends starting to run out. Once again we dug deep and with 8 ends left across the board we’d managed to tie the scores but our hopes were well and truly dashed as we lost those remaining ends 2 -22.

It was not a result I saw coming; the atmosphere was very flat across the green and several players will have travelled home disappointed with their performances.

There is much for the selection team to mull over for the 2022 campaign.


Mike Jackson
Team Manager

 MIDDLETON CUP 2021: Bowls Wiltshire v Worcestershire BA
Saturday 3 July 2021 @ Cotswold BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Worcestershire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Wayne Snook
1 9 10 11 14 31 27 23 11 6 H Griffiths 1
2 Mike Snell
7 10 12 17 18 25 20 15 10 4 J Oliver
3 Russell Francis
2 10 13 16 17 12 11 10 5 4 S Poyner
4 Scott Edwards
4 9 14 17 21 20 17 13 11 8 R McCaughtrie
5 Neil Collett
1 11 12 13 15 26 20 18 11 8 R Moule
6 Graham Shadwell
3 14 17 21 23 14 10 9 5 4 D Summers
Total 18 63 78 95 108 128 105 88 53 34 Total
Total Shots 108 128 Total Shots

BW Middleton Cup Team to play Worcestershire

The Middleton Cup Team to play against Worcestershire on Saturday 3rd July starting at 2.00pm.

The Match is being played at Cotswold BC, Jubilee Way, Stroud GL5 3HQ

Lead James Nobbs Lead Gary Jackson
Two Craig Hatherall Two Andy Moore
Three Graham Hatherall Three Mikey Titcombe
Skip Neil Collett Skip Graham Shadwell



Lead Paul Kistle Lead Andy Blake
Two Phil Gregory Two Chris Cheesley
Three Neil Smith Three Dave Godwin
Skip Scott Edwards Skip Russ Francis


Lead Kyle Anderson Lead Tony Keating
Two Dave Snell Two James Richman
Three Mel Biggs Three Tom Warner
Skip Mike Snell Skip Wayne Snook

Travelling Reserves

Aaron Tucker

Adam Bolwell

Chris Moore

Tom Walkley

 Non – Travelling Reserves

Ashley Kierl

Chris Collins

Colin Easton

Fraser Boynton


Squad Members unavailable for this game

Connor Rabey & Nick Revell

Balcomb Trophy Team

Balcomb Trophy team to play Herefordshire on Saturday 19th June at Ross on Wye BC Crossfields, Ross on Wye HR9 5AR starting at 10.00am.

Lead Kyle Anderson Lead Gary Jackson
Two Dave Godwin Two Mike Snell
Three Graham Hatherall Three Russ Francis
Skip Neil Collett Skip Graham Shadwell

Reserves: (in no particular order)

Mikey Titcombe

Scott Edwards

Tom Warner

Wayne Snook

Middleton Cup Update

This years Middleton Cup is going to be a knockout competition and Bowls Wiltshire Men have been drawn to play against Worcestershire on Saturday 4th July with the match being play at the Cotswold Bowls Club in Stroud with a start time of 2.00pm. Should Wiltshire win they will play Gloucestershire on Saturday 10th July.

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


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 !!!!



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 It has been decided the match will start from scratch.

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