Category Archives: Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy

Middleton Cup horror as BW Men fall at final hurdle

Report from Adam Tanner:

Unfortunately our Middleton Cup campaign ended yesterday afternoon with a 16-6 defeat away to Gloucestershire at Cheltenham BC.

The majority of the Gloucestershire team, including all of the skips, are Cheltenham players, and they made home advantage count on a difficult green, particularly during the early stages. Although Wiltshire won on 3 rinks, we never quite managed to take an aggregate lead across the rinks, and eventually lost by 120 shots to 105.

Elsewhere, Devon’s comfortable 22-0 win over Worcestershire allowed them to overtake us and take top spot in the group. They will play Somerset in the national Quarter Finals.

This represented a frustrating end to the campaign. However, our recent win over a nationally dominant Devon side proves that we have the ability to compete at the highest level. Next season’s group will require us to play the same fixtures in reverse, so we will soon have an opportunity to put things right.


Balcomb Trophy result

The Wiltshire Top 8 visited Bristol BC for the regional finals of the Balcomb Trophy. Their first match was against a strong Dorset side with the winner due to face either Devon or Somerset to book their place at Leamington. Match report from Wiltshire Team Manager, Neil Smith:

A really tight first match against Dorset, Mel Biggs rink took on a rink skipped by Paul Pomeroy, Mel lead 11-6 at 8 ends but then lost 7 ends on the trot to fall 21-11 down after 15, at the same stage Grahamwas 15 -13 up on Jamie Lockwood, a strong finish was needed by both rinks and that’t exactly what we got, Graham won 4 of the last 6 ends to win 20-16, Mel also won 4 of the 6 ends to close the gap to 22-24 and ensure a 2 shot win for Wiltshire.

The 2nd game was against Devon, Mel played Sam and Graham played Jamie, we had a fantastic start and looked in control most of the way through, at 10 ends Mel was 14-7 up and Graham 9-6 up, the lads were playing well on a tricky surface, the wind was making it very difficult, at 14 ends Devon had reduced it to 3 shots, with Mel leading 16-12 and Graham now 11-12.

We held on and went 7 up with 7 to play, but the next end proved to be the turning point, a poor end from Mel’s rink, only 1 bowl in the head, Paxton took it out and Sam added 2 more to get a 7, Jamie took took 2 bowls out to make a 3 against Graham so all of a sudden we were 3 down with 5 to play, we tried to rally but to no avail, 4 down with 2 to play proved too much and Devon ran out the winners.  Mel finished 20-25 and Graham was 17-17 playing the last but tried to kill the end so not sure what happened.

A great effort from our lads against a very good Devon team, we were so close and in hindsight could have played that 1 end better, hopefully we will now get it right in 2 weeks time against Gloucestershire in 2 weeks time.

Middleton Cup vs Gloucestershire

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the final group Middleton Cup match vs Gloucestershire on Saturday 8 July at Cheltenham BC, Suffolk Square, GL50 2DX. All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

If unable to play or any other problems please contact Neil Smith on 07747 755860.

Rink 1

Mike Richards Westlecot
Jamie Titcombe Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Wayne Simmonds Holt
Craig Hatherall Westlecot
Wayne Snook Holt
Ben Gadd Holt

Rink 3

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Graham Hatherall Westlecot
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 4

Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Colin Easton Avon
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
Justin Davis Holt

Rink 5

Barry Sictorness Royal Wootton Bassett
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton

Rink 6

Tom Warner Amesbury
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Ian Jefferies Westlecot
Neil Smith Royal Wootton Bassett

Reserves to attend

Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Tom Pittuck Swindon Town Gardens
Fraser Boynton Salisbury
Kevin Embling Royal Wootton Bassett


Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the Balcomb Trophy Regional Finals at Bristol BC on Sunday 25 June at 10am. The first game will be against Dorset with the winner facing the winner of Herefordshire and Devon in the afternoon.

This is a big match for us and so any support will be greatly appreciated!

Rink 1

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton
Ben Gadd Holt
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 2

Wayne Simmonds Holt
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett


Tom Warner Amesbury
Neil Smith Royal Wootton Bassett

Middleton Cup success v Worcestershire

MIDDLETON CUP 2017: Bowls Wiltshire v Worcestershire BA
At Royal Wootton Bassett BC

On Saturday 17th June at 2-00pm


Wiltshire  Ends Ends Worcestershire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Neil Smith
2 3 10 14 14 24 19 14 12 5 Andy Walters
2 Mel Biggs
2 7 14 15 17 19 18 14 9 4 Grant Burgess
3 Russell Francis
3 9 18 27 32 13 11 11 6 4 K Weaver
4 Graham Shadwell
4 12 14 17 27 16 16 14 5 3 R Stanley
5 Justin Davis
6 9 11 11 17 19 16 8 6 3 R McCaughtrie
6 Ben Gadd
10 17 22 25 33 15 13 11 7 0 S Poyner
Total 27 57 89 109 140 106 93 72 45 19 Total
Total Points 16 6

Wiltshire managed a convincing 140-106 win over Worcestershire in the second of our three Middleton Cup group games.

Three of our rinks managed comfortable wins. Ben Gadd stormed to a 17-0 lead after 8 ends, and went on to win 33-15. Russell Francis was level at 9-9 after 12 ends, but his rink produced a superb second half performance to win 32-13. And, although Graham Shadwell led by just one shot after 18 ends, 10 shots in the final 3 ends gave his rink a 27-16 win.

We were unfortunate not to gain more than 16 of the 22 available points. Mel Biggs was beaten 19-17 by the final bowl of the game, Justin Davis conceded 3 on the final end to also lose 19-17, and Neil Smith was beaten 24-14, largely due to some excellent play by senior England international Andy Walters.

2 wins from 2 ensure that we remain 6 points clear of our main contenders Devon. Scoring 17 or more points in our final fixture, away to Gloucestershire at Cheltenham BC on 8 July, would therefore guarantee qualification. Any support which can be offered would be gratefully received.

Balcomb Trophy vs Worcestershire Result

Match Report from Adam Tanner:

This morning we managed an impressive 49-34 win over a strong Worcestershire side in the first round of the Balcomb Trophy. Graham Shadwell’s rink scored 4 on the first end and led throughout the match, eventually winning 26-15. Mel Biggs’ rink was never behind after the third end, and won 23-19.

We now move on to the Regional Finals on 25 June. There we will play Dorset in the morning and, if we win, another opponent in the afternoon in an attempt to qualify for the National Finals.

Worcestershire will visit us again next Saturday in the group stage of the Middleton Cup, at which support would be much appreciated.