Category Archives: Competitions

Purton’s Chris Mitchell beaten in the National Singles Final

Purton’s Chris Mitchell played brilliant bowls in the BE Ladies National Champions Singles narrowly losing  21 – 16 to England International Stef Branfield of Clevedon BC in this afternoons final. This was an outstanding performance over two days of bowling against high quality bowlers.

In this mornings Quarter Final she played against Ellie Last of Felixstowe & Suffolk BC winning 21 – 16 which set up a semi-final against England International Jamie-Lea Winch. Chris was never behind in this match winning 21 — 18 to set up the final against Stef who in her semi-final beat fellow International Natalie Chestney 21 – 12.

In the final Chris again got off to a good start leading 11 – 2 after 9 ends but Stef gradually chipped away at Chris’s lead with the turning point in the match coming in the twentieth end with Chris leading 15 – 14 Stef picked up a 4 and three ends later reached the needed 21 shots to win her first singles title.

However, Chris must be really proud of her fantastic efforts and Bowls Wiltshire would like to congratulate Chris on her outstanding performances over the last two days.


Read the Bowls England report on Katy & Lucy’s Win

Sister’s Lucy and Katy Smith lifted the Women’s Pairs Trophy this afternoon following a scintillating final end that saw the Wiltshire duo overcome a three shot deficit and win 17-16. Experienced players Shamista Patel and Margaret Smith looked close to victory as they entered the last end, having secured six shots in the previous three ends to edge in front after a tight tussle early on.

The two leads finished in style, leaving the skips with an exceptionally close head. Surrey lead Shamista played three perfect bowls, leaving Margaret with two close seconds and a well placed back bowl. Katy, 24, also left her older sister in a promising position, with a front toucher and her other two bowls lying firmly in the head.

With six bowls left to play, Lucy had a shot on to turn the game around and a chance to secure the three to force an extra end. Having missed with her first bowl and edging one of Shamista’s bowls out of the head, Lucy opted to switch her hand and go for gold – hoping to turn out the remaining Surrey bowl and clinch an extra end or even the win. With no nerves appearing on the surface, the 26-year-old played it absolutely perfectly, turning out Shamista’s second bowl and managing to stay in the count to hold the winning four. After a tense deliberation, the Surrey player decided to play a runner on the backhand, narrowly missing turning out any of the four Wiltshire bowls, much to the delight of the Smith sister’s.

Katy and Lucy looked close to tears as they hugged in the centre of the green and took in what had just happened. Friends and family shortly ran on to the rink to join in the celebrations. They later walked on to the green hand-in-hand to collect the highly-coveted trophy.

Speaking after the trophies had been presented, Lucy described the win as being “what dreams are made of”. She said: “We are actually current indoor pairs champions too so to win this on top of it, I’m absolutely over the moon and to win with Katy as well is just the best feeling ever.”

Margaret and Shamista will be back on the greens later in the season, as Surrey looks to defend its title in the John’s trophy. The Sutton skip was lost for words after she left the green, devastated to have lost a national final by one shot. But Margaret was full of praise for the Smith sister’s and fully congratulated them on their win. She said: “It was a very good game played in very good spirit and it could have gone either way. We look forward to coming to play the John’s on the 12th September.”

Men’s County Competitions Quarter & Semi Finals

Bowls Wiltshire
Men’s County Competitions Quarter & Semi Finals
Saturday 4th September 2021 – Chippenham Town
09.30am 12.00pm approx
A Moore v M Crook
(Spencer Melksham) (Amesbury)
White Red
C James v R Clews A Moore v G Hatherall
(Bradford on Avon) (Chippenham Town) (Spencer Melksham) (Royal Wootton Bassett
White Red White Red
K Sanders v J Fail D Gilchrist v T Pittuck
(Amesbury) (Purton) (Bradford on Avon) (Highworth)
White Red White Red
J Scoffield v D Murray Winner of Q3 v Winner of Q4
(Devizes) (Westlecot)
White Red White Red
T Pittuck v C Martin Winner of Q1 v Winner of Q2
(Swindon Town Gardens) (Ramsbury & Aldbourne)
White Red White Red
A Young v F Boynton
(Purton) (Salisbury)
White Red

Miserable morning for Bowls Wiltshire Bowlers

Bowls Wiltshire bowlers were out of luck in this mornings matches at the National Finals being held at Royal Leamington Spa.

In his Men’s Championship Singles quarter final Graham Shadwell of Spencer Moulton lost 21 – 15 against Joe Dawson of Kingscroft Leicestershire who will now play Sam Tolchard of Kings, Devon in this afternoons Semi-final.

In the Ladies Championship Triples Preliminary Round Chris Mitchell, Julie Jones & Alison Fail from Purton BC narrowly lost to Chris Lewendon, Sussex 13 – 11.

Graham Shadwell moves into Quarter Finals

In the Four Ball Singles at the National Finals being played at Royal Leamington Spa, Graham Shadwell of Spencer Moulton moved into the Quarter Finals where he will play Joe Dawson of Kingscroft Leicestershire tomorrow morning at 9.30am.

In his first Round match he beat David Howes of Frampton upon Severn 21 – 4 and in this afternoons second round he beat Adam White of Alton Social 21 – 6.

Earlier in the day Wayne Snook of Holt lost is Preliminary Round match 21 – 13 against Aaron Southgate from Topsham Devon.

BE National Championship important information

Bowls England have announced that counties with two entries in the National Finals, being played at Leamington later this month, that entry A will receive a bye into the first round.

Bowls Wiltshire have decided that the County Winners, both ladies and Men, will therefore be Wilts A and the Runners Up will be Wilts B.


If you have members in your club that have qualified for the National Finals can you please advise them?


BW Ladies Coronation Triple new date announced.

The Coronation Triples have been rearranged for Wednesday 9th September on the same greens.  Please confirm by email to your controller your availability to play on that day.


Highworth – Controller Sue Gravell – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Will provide tea / coffee / biscuits and cake.  Players need to take their own lunch.


Pewsey – Controller Mo Woolley – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Will provide tea / coffee / biscuits and cake.  Players need to take their own lunch.


Wroughton – Controller Babs Salter – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Will provide tea / coffee / biscuits and cake.  Filled rolls will be available to order.