Category Archives: Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy

BW Men Balcomb Trophy vs Herefordshire team announced 05.07.22

Opponent: Herefordshire Date: Tuesday 5th July
Start: 6.30pm (arrive for 6.00pm) Match Fee: £3
Dress: County Shirts/Whites Venue: Royal Wootton Bassett BC
Please find below the team for our Round One game against Herefordshire in the Balcomb Trophy, this is being played at Royal Wootton Bassett on Tuesday 5th July @ 6.30pm.

With so many players in form this side was very difficult to pick, with all the squad members listed plus others from the Middleton Cup side having genuine claims to be in the team. Therefore, this is very much a side for this game only, and future Balcomb selection will take into consideration current form along with performances in the upcoming Middleton Cup game against Gloucestershire.

Cheers
Mike Jackson
Bowls Wiltshire Team Manager
Lead Tom Warner Lead Kyle Anderson
Two Mikey Titcombe Two Wayne Snook
Three Scott Edwards Three Graham Shadwell
Skip Neil Collett Skip Russ Francis

Squad Members:

Paul Kistle
Graham Hatherall
Dave Godwin

 

BW Middleton Cup Team to play Gloucestershire 09.07.22

We followed up our win in the Preliminary round against Worcestershire with a great win in Round One against our old rivals from Devon, winning by 7, 114 shots to 107, with 3 rinks up and 3 down..

We knew we’d need a strong start and that’s exactly what we got, opening up a 20 shot lead at 5 ends, which we extended to over 30 shots at the halfway point in the game.

Devon, although missing a few of their top players due to Commonwealth games commitments, are a quality side and we knew they’d battle away right to the end, and that’s exactly what they did.

At 15 ends they’d reduced the deficit to under 20 shots but we held firm and managed the game out well to come away deserving winners.

Heavy rain had made Chew Stoke trickier than expected but we played some great bowls and once again the team spirit was very good across all the rinks

We now face Gloucestershire in the Round Two on Saturday 9th July at Victoria BC, Weston-Super-Mare and the team is attached.

Parking isn’t great at Victoria so suggest everyone leaves in plenty of time to find somewhere to park on arrival.

Cheers
Mike Jackson
Bowls Wiltshire Team Manager 

 

Lead Paul Kistle Westlecot Lead Adam Bolwell Spencer Moulton
Two Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Two Mike Richards Westlecot
Three Neil Smith Westlecot Three Neil Yeoman Spencer Moulton
Skip Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

 

 

Lead Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Two Andy Moore Spencer Melksham Two Tom Pittuck Highworth
Three Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett Three Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Skip Scott Edwards Westlecot Skip Russ Francis Spencer Moulton

 

Lead Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Tom Warner Salisbury
Two Mikey Titcombe Westlecot Two Wayne Simmonds Holt
Three Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Three Wayne Snook Holt
Skip Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Squad Members to attend (in alphabetical order)

Chris Cheesley
Connor Rabey
James Nobbs
James Richman
Nick Revell
Tom Walkley

BW Men vs Devon Middleton Cup success

 

 MIDDLETON CUP 2022: Bowls Wiltshire v Devon BA
Saturday 18 June 2022 @ Chew Stoke BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Devon
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Graham Shadwell 3 6 7 11 12 25 22 18 9 3 Rob Paxton 1
2 Russell Francis 7 18 21 24 25 10 5 5 2 1 James Webber
2
3 Neil Collett 6 11 14 16 17 12 8 7 4 3 Kevin Phillips 3
4 Mike Snell 6 8 11 12 16 26 23 17 10 3 Griff Sanders 4
5 Steve Snell 4 7 8 13 15 23 21 19 14 5 Ryan Whitlock 5
6 Scott Edwards 10 21 25 28 29 11 8 4 1 1 Aaron Southgate
6
Total 36 71 86 104 114 107 87 70 40 16 Total
Total Shots 114 107 Total Shots

 

Middleton Cup Match Report – Worcestershire 4th June

Bowls Wiltshire Middleton Cup vs Worcestershire 4th June – Match Report

In a repeat of last year’s opening Middleton Cup match and still in the new knockout format, Wiltshire travelled to the neutral venue of Barnwood in Gloucestershire to take on Worcestershire, looking to avenge last season’s disappointing defeat that eliminated us at the first hurdle.

Wiltshire came out of the blocks far quicker than last season, racing into a 35-22 lead overall after 5 ends across the board. Steve Snell’s quartet got off to a remarkable start, leading 14-0. The only rink trailing at this point was Graham Shadwell’s who trailed 8-2 to Harvey Griffiths.

The 10 end point in the match saw Wiltshire assert themselves further extending the overall lead to 28 shots, 66-38. None of our rinks at this point were behind and confidence across the green looked to be incredibly high. At 15 ends, the momentum had slowed slightly, but we were still maintaining a strong lead overall, extending from 28 to 29 shots. All rinks were leading at this point with the exception of Neil Collett’s rink who were locked in a tough battle with Richard Moule, trailing by just a single shot with 6 ends left to play.

However, the next 3 ends across the board would leave Worcestershire with a huge mountain to climb to get back into the game, as Wiltshire extended their lead to 43 shots. This was largely helped by Mike Snell and Graham Shadwell’s rinks scoring 8 and 7 shots respectively without reply.

Eventually, Wiltshire would see out the game with a 34 shot overall victory and no losing rinks to secure our place in the next round. A very good all-round team performance, with a fantastic team spirit on display. We will now face Devon at the neutral venue of Chew Stoke BC on Saturday 18th June.

Well done to all involved!

Rink Scores:

Kyle Anderson, Mike Richards, Graham Hatherall and Steve Snell beat G Burbridge 20-19

Tom Warner, Wayne Simmonds, Wayne Snook and Mike Snell beat J Oliver 22-15

Andy Blake, Tom Pittuck, Dave Godwin and Russell Francis beat R McCaughtrie 22-16

Dave Snell, Andy Moore, Mel Biggs and Scott Edwards beat S Poyner 20-13

Adam Bolwell, Nick Revell, Neil Yeoman and Graham Shadwell beat H Griffiths 26-13

Paul Kistle, Craig Hatherall, Neil Smith and Neil Collett drew with R Moule 17-17

BW Middleton Cup Team to play Devon 18.06.22

Last Saturday saw us get off to a great start in the Middleton Cup, beating Worcestershire by 127 shots to 93, winning on 5 rinks and drawing on the other.

The same opposition beat us last year, so it was nice to get revenge and also pleasing to see a much improved all round performance both in terms of the standard of bowling and the team spirit shown by all the players.

We now face Devon in the next round at 2pm (arrive by 1.30pm) on Saturday 18 June at Chew Stoke BC, Somerset and the team is below.

Mike Jackson
Wiltshire Middleton Cup Team Manager 

 

Lead Paul Kistle Westlecot Lead Adam Bolwell Spencer Moulton
Two Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Two Mike Richards Westlecot
Three Neil Smith Westlecot Three Neil Yeoman Spencer Moulton
Skip Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

 

 

Lead Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Two Andy Moore Spencer Melksham Two Tom Pittuck Highworth
Three Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett Three Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Skip Scott Edwards Westlecot Skip Russ Francis Spencer Moulton

 

Lead Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Tom Warner Salisbury
Two Mikey Titcombe Westlecot Two Wayne Simmonds Holt
Three Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Three Wayne Snook Holt
Skip Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Squad Members to attend (in alphabetical order)

Chris Cheesley
Connor Rabey
James Nobbs
James Richman
Nick Revell
Tom Walkley

A successful afternoon in the Middleton Cup for BW Men

 

 MIDDLETON CUP 2022: Bowls Wiltshire v Worcestershire BA
Saturday 4 June 2022 @ Barnwood BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Worcestershire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Steve Snell
14 18 18 19 20 19 14 11 3 0 G Burbridge 1
2 Mike Snell
5 10 14 22 22 15 9 9 5 3 J Oliver
2
3 Russell Francis
5 10 17 19 22 16 14 11 8 4 R McCaughtrie 3
4 Scott Edwards
5 10 16 20 20 13 10 9 8 5 S Poyner 4
5 Graham Shadwell
2 9 16 23 26 13 11 11 9 8 H Griffiths 5
6 Neil Collett
4 9 12 14 17 17 16 13 5 2 R Moule
6
Total 35 66 93 117 127 93 74 64 38 22 Total
Total Shots 127 93 Total Shots

 

Updated BW Middleton Cup Team to play Worcestershire

Congratulations to those players selected to represent Wiltshire in the Middleton Cup Team to play against Worcestershire on Saturday 4 June starting at 2.00pm.

The Match is being played at Barnwood BC, 119 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3HD

 

Lead Paul Kistle Westlecot Lead Adam Bolwell Spencer Moulton
Two Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Two Nick Revell Salisbury
Three Neil Smith Westlecot Three Neil Yeoman Spencer Moulton
Skip Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

 

 

Lead Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Two Andy Moore Spencer Melksham Two Tom Pittuck Highworth
Three Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett Three Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Skip Scott Edwards Westlecot Skip Russ Francis Spencer Moulton

 

Lead Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Tom Warner Salisbury
Two Mike Richards Westlecot Two Wayne Simmonds Holt
Three Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Three Wayne Snook Holt
Skip Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Following a call up to the England Under 25 side to face the Scottish Commonwealth Games team, Mike Titcombe is unavailable for this game.

Squad Members to attend (in alphabetical order)

Chris Cheesley
Connor Rabey
James Nobbs
James Richman
Tom Walkley

BW Middleton Cup Team to play Worcestershire

Congratulations to those players selected to represent Wiltshire in the Middleton Cup Team to play against Worcestershire on Saturday 4 June starting at 2.00pm.

The Match is being played at Barnwood BC, 119 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3HD

 

Lead Paul Kistle Westlecot Lead Adam Bolwell Spencer Moulton
Two Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Two Nick Revell Salisbury
Three Neil Smith Westlecot Three Neil Yeoman Spencer Moulton
Skip Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

 

 

Lead Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Two Andy Moore Spencer Melksham Two Tom Pittuck Highworth
Three Mike Titcombe Westlecot Three Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Skip Scott Edwards Westlecot Skip Russ Francis Spencer Moulton

 

Lead Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett Lead Tom Warner Salisbury
Two Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett Two Wayne Simmonds Holt
Three Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett Three Wayne Snook Holt
Skip Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett Skip Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Squad Members to attend (in alphabetical order)

Chris Cheesley
Connor Rabey
James Nobbs
James Richman
Mike Richards
Tom Walkley