Category Archives: Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy

Middleton Cup v Devon Result

 MIDDLETON CUP 2018: Bowls Wiltshire v Bowls Devon
Saturday 2 June 2018 @ Topsham BC
 
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Devon
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Steve Snell 6 12 16 20 22 15 13 7 4 0 Rob Paxton 1
2 Ben Gadd 2 6 9 10 11 33 28 25 19 10 Louis Ridout 2
3 Neil Smith 5 10 10 11 19 20 20 18 11 3 Griff Sanders
3
4 Neil Collett 10 13 19 21 26 17 13 11 9 4 Jamie Chestney 4
5 Mel Biggs
2 5 8 13 14 26 22 18 14 7 Ian Lesley 5
6 Russell Francis 1 6 12 12 13 17 15 13 9 8 James Webber 6
Total 26 52 74 87 105 128 111 92 66 31 Total
Total Shots 105 128 Total Shots
Total Points 4 18 Total Points

On Saturday 2 June Wiltshire faced Devon in their opening Middleton Cup match against Devon at Topsham BC. With 24 ends to play Wiltshire trailed by 31 shots, however with only 11 ends to play across the six rinks WIltshire were only 10 shots behind. Two rinks on their 21st ends were holding 2 and 6 shots respectively, however strong bowls from the Devon skips on each rink saw them collect the shots.

Devon saw out the match to take 18 points and a positive 23 shot difference.

Wiltshire now look to their second match against Worcestershire on Saturday 16 June with the team to be announced shortly.

Balcomb Trophy v Devon Result

 BALCOMB TROPHY 2018: Bowls Wiltshire v Bowls Devon
Sunday 27 May 2018 @ Topsham BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Devon
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 N Collett 6 9 14 15 21 9 9 7 4 1 J Chestney
1
2 B Gadd 1 8 10 12 13 18 15 12 7 6 R Paxton
2
Total 7 17 24 27 34 27 24 19 11
7 Total

Wiltshire now face Gloucestershire on Sunday 10 June at Royal Wootton Bassett. Team to be announced shortly.

Middleton Cup vs Devon team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the first Middleton Cup match vs Devon on Saturday 2 June at Topsham BC, Exeter, EX3 0HF. All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. Dress is county tops and whites.

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

Congratulations to Wayne Snook on achieving his 50th Middleton Cup appearance for Wiltshire.

 

Rink 1

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Wayne Simmonds Holt
Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Wayne Snook Holt
Ben Gadd Holt

Rink 3

Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 4

Phil Gregory Royal Wootton Bassett
Tom Warner Salisbury
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 5

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton

Rink 6

James Nobbs Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Ian Jefferies Westlecot
Neil Smith Royal Wootton Bassett

Reserves

James Richman Westlecot
Tony Keating Holt
Barry Sictorness Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Richards Westlecot
Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett

 

Balcomb Trophy vs Devon team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the Balcomb Trophy vs Devon on Sunday 27 May at 12pm at Topsham BC, Exeter, EX3 0HF.

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

Rink 1

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Wayne Snook Holt
Ben Gadd Holt
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Reserves to attend

Tom Warner Salisbury
Mike Titcombe Westlecot

 

Middleton Cup vs Hampshire trial match

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the trial match vs Hampshire on Saturday 19 May at Royal Wootton Bassett. All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. Dress is county tops and whites.

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

Message from the Selectors:

“As always selecting Wiltshire sides are very difficult, the trial on Saturday went very well and we were pleased with the performances of a lot of players, some new into the fold and some who had been left out in previous years and have come back to prove us wrong, leaving players out of any team is really difficult, there is always disappointment, we all know how much you want to play for Wiltshire and we respect that, all we can say is keep playing well and have good seasons, doing it on the green is the only way to play your way back into the team.

Just because you have not been selected to play in the Hampshire match doesn’t mean you won’t be in the Middleton Cup squad, the door is always open and we are happy to accept we sometimes get it wrong and changes have to be made.

Our focus now must be on next Saturday, we all need another good performance in order to move forward to the Balcomb and Middleton cup.

We look forward to seeing you all next week.

Neil, Adam, Keith & Hedley”

 

Rink 1

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Wayne Simmonds Holt
Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Wayne Snook Holt
Ben Gadd Holt

Rink 3

Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 4

Phil Gregory Royal Wootton Bassett
Tom Warner Salisbury
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 5

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton

Rink 6

James Richman Westlecot
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Ian Jefferies Westlecot
Neil Smith Royal Wootton Bassett

Reserves to play 11 ends

Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Tony Keating Holt
Barry Sictorness Royal Wootton Bassett
Michael Richards Westlecot

Middleton Cup 2018 first trial

The following players are invited to the Middleton Cup First Trial to be held at Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday 12 May at 10.00am. Please arrive by 9.30am. Dress code Greys & Bowls Top.

The trial was originally scheduled for Sunday 13 May, but due to the White Rose Under 25 match on the Sunday, the trial has been re-scheduled for the Saturday.

Message from Middleton Cup manager, Neil Smith:

This is probably the largest number of players we have asked to attend a Middleton Cup trial, the selection committee feel it’s important to reward players for good performances, so we are prepared to give you a chance.

It’s very important for everyone to start the season positively, we don’t have long before the Devon game and even less time before the Prelim Balcomb match, also against Devon on Sunday 27 May at Topsham 12pm, we all need to hit the ground running, so we are in good shape when we face Devon.

We have mixed the rinks up a little so we can explore lots of possibilities, we want to see you all on top form so it makes our job really difficult. The trial will be a full game, we may make the odd positional change if we feel we need too.

There will be rolls available after the game.

The team to play Hampshire on Saturday 19th 2pm @ RWB will be on the website on Sunday 13th.

 

Rink 1

Phil Gregory (Royal Wootton Bassett) Paul Kistle (Westlecot)
Graham Hatherall (Royal Wootton Bassett) Anthony Sprules (Royal Wootton Bassett)
Tom Warner (Salisbury) Justin Davis (Holt)
Neil Collett (Royal Wootton Bassett) Gary Morphet (Royal Wootton Bassett)

Rink 2

Dave Murray (Highworth) James Richman (Westlecot)
Craig Morphet (Royal Wootton Bassett) Fraser Boynton (Salisbury)
Mike Titcombe (Westlecot) Craig Hatherall (Royal Wootton Bassett)
Mel Biggs (Royal Wootton Bassett) Wayne Snook (Holt)

Rink 3

Andy Blake (Royal Wootton Bassett) Gary Jackson (Westlecot)
Jamie Shadwell (Box) Jordan Moody (Salisbury)
Kyle Anderson (Royal Wootton Bassett) Mike Snell (Royal Wootton Bassett)
Steve Snell (Royal Wootton Bassett) Graham Shadwell (Spencer Moulton)

Rink 4

Tony Keating (Holt) Tom Newman (Avon)
Jamie Reynolds (Salisbury) Tom Pittuck (Swindon Town Gardens)
Mike Richards (Westlecot) Tom Walkley (Royal Wootton Bassett)

Rink 5

Wayne Simmonds (Holt) Gary Fippen (Spencer Moulton)
Colin Easton (Avon) Neil Yeoman (Broughton Gifford)
Mike Jackson (Westlecot) Dave Godwin (Royal Wootton Bassett)

Reserve: Chris Cheesley (Royal Wootton Bassett)