Past Presidents v Borough of Croydon BA 16.8.17 @ Croydon BC 118-116
Rink 7: Phil Froude, Roy Ward, Graham Spencer, Peter Miller 11-30
Rink 8: Keith Atkins, Aga Hassan, Terry Foote, Gordon Beddall 16-24
Rink 9: Robin Taylor, Brian Cave, Den Francis, Bill Ayling 15-16
Rink 10: Alan Bradshaw, Colin Popple, Mike Reed, Van Deroy Parker 28-12
Rink 11: Peter Duncan, Bill Hudson, Geoff Taylor, Joe Cable 26-16
Rink 12: Colin Clarke, Alf Medlin, David Miller, Mick Gray 22-18
What could be nicer than sitting in a comfortable chair watching a typical game of bowls? Well if the team concerned is one from Surrey then that can be a problem at times. Look at the score to see the type of game there was today. The only thing to say really, is thank goodness for Rinks 10, 11 and 12. Let's deal with the biggest losers Rink 7. They just were not in this, I nearly wrote, contest, but this was definitely not one of those. I suppose to be fair one has to say that the opposition had the luck, but you get that when you actually get near the jack!! Rink 8 also struggled although they did come close in the early ends they also were no match for their opposition as the game wore on. You may by now have noticed the trend and Rink 9 with only a single shot loss was setting the stage for the best part of the show to come on the later rinks. Rink 10 claimed top spot with some lovely bowls from Parker ably backed by the members of his team. They were in command from early on and never let off the pressure. Cable on Rink 11 chased them for the whole game but despite some really excellent bowling from Hudson couldn't quite catch them. Now let's talk about Rink 12, for if I don't I am sure Gray will be on the telephone to complain I did not do his team justice. The first half of this encounter should have carried an 'X' certificate for such was the poor efforts of the Surrey men, but come the second half and they obviously found revival in the cup of tea for this was a different team. They fought back and to cap it all Gray with his last bowl took the jack to score a four and grab victory. Well done them! Just as an aside with the losses on Rinks 7, 8 and 9 decreasing along the green, a similar situation was happening from Rinks 10, 11 and 12, funny eh!
Surrey v Middlesex 15.8.17 @ Sutton BC 119-107
Rink 1: Terry Buckland, Norman Smith, John Hort, Joe Cable 29-13
Rink 2: Robin Taylor, Phil Froude Peter Marshall, Peter Staples 21-18
Rink 3: Graham Dawber, Terry Foote, Bill Ayling, Nigel Whiteman 15-18
Rink 4: Peter Duncan, Roger Tarran, David Candeland, Peter Hunt 13-22
Rink 5: Alex Neil, Mike Dutton, Norman Mann, Jim Scott 16-22
Rink 6: Peter Gay, Peter Wenmouth, Les Owen, Steve Shanley 25-14
Today the sun came down on the County Match Programme for President Harvey. 18 Matches with 15 wins, not a bad total when one has hardly put up a bowl during one's Presidential season. Todays match was a strange affair with Cable on Rink 1 going 15-1 up in the early rounds only for his team to be brought down to earth in the middle section. Luckily though they recovered to run out top rink, Buckland having overcome the problems of wearing a shirt 3 times too large having forgotten his own. Much of the early exchanges pointed to Shanley's Rink 6 taking the honours as they maintained a healthy gap in the score, only to be outdone by Rink 1. This match heralded a departure from the County by Wenmouth, who is upping sticks to somewhere nearer the sea!! The other winning rink was Rink 2 specially chosen by the President for SVP Marshall, as it was likely to serve up a win. The rink was skipped by Staples and it is true to say that this game was a struggle all through, but a victory at the end. Whiteman's team on Rink 3 found it hard going and although the lead changed several times they could not pull away. Rink 5 with Scott skipping was another that managed to pull up from a poor start but finished with as bad a close as they started with! One had to feel for Rink 4 with the present MC Manager and future MC Manager not having the best of days. Never the less an overall victory sealed the season and I am sure that the results will please the President whether he played or not. Something to bear in mind, this is the second match at Sutton this season where a member of the opposition departed in an ambulance; something in the water?
SHCL v Berkshire 12.8.17 @ Croydon BC 123-108 (16-6)
Rink 1: Mark Porter, Tony Wood, Don Leach, Gary Clarke 18-19)
Rink 2: Chris Jones, Graham Dawber, Finlay Morton, John Graham 28-18
Rink 3: Mike McDonagh, Mike Dutton, Jeff O'Leary, Simon Clarke 22-11
Rink 4: Jamie Tindall, Bill Ayling, Andy Barclay, Paul Bennett 18-17
Rink 5: James Butterworth, Sammy Tindall, Peter Staples, Nathan Beeson 20-25
Rink 6: Andrew Orme, Craig Baker, Elbio Gomez, Mick Sigamoney 17-18
What a match this was 5 wins from 5 going into the 6th with 5 points in hand over Kent for Surrey to claim the title. Claim it they did with some excellent bowling, a fitting tribute to the MC Manager Candeland making his last selections. When one considers that some 11 players dropped out of this match it shows the depth of the talent that Surrey has in store for future matches. Although defeated, praise must go to Clarke (G), and his team team on Rink 1 who from 4-14 after 10 ends and 8-18 after 15 finally finished only 1 shot adrift. I have to say that this was assisted by Porter who finally found out where the jack was in relation to the centre of the rink. Another successful late surge could be found on Rink 2 where Graham assisted by the rest of his team put on a great display to finish 10 up. The 'heart throb' hairstyle of Clarke (S) this season has seen him playing some great bowls and today with the steadying influence of O'Leary at three his team ran out top, putting real pressure on Berkshire's Knapper to use heavy woods on many occasions. Say what you will about cheeky chappie Bennett, one has to admire his silky drawing shots and today on Rink 4 he provided the viewer with some beauties. It must be said though that dropping 10 shots over the last 6 ends does nothing for the viewers state of composure. Beeson on Rink 5 suffered, with heads and position being against them almost throughout. The middle ends were where the game was lost for them. To say Sigamoney loves Rink 6 may be an exaggeration but he has seen it a fair bit this season. A close game all through with the lead changing regularly resulted in a very unjust loss at the final end.
Four Junior team members played today, Orme, Tindall J, Tindall S and Baker and fine performances they all put up. Dutton, Graham, Jones and Morton were presented with their HC Flashes by the President for competing in 10 matches.
Past Presidents v Sussex PP 10.8.17 @ Newdigate BC 156-70
Rink 1: Keith Atkins, Dennis Williams, Ray Uwins, Andrew Boarer 28-8
Rink 2: Chas Smith, Allan Weeks, Edward Dear, Peter Marshall 18-11
Rink 3: Robin Taylor, Roy Ward, Roger Lanham, Joe Cable 24-16
Rink 4: Peter Duncan, Terry Foote, Rowlsnd Pollitt, Jim Scott 34-12
Rink 5: Allen Banks, Colin Popple, Bill Hudson, Mick Gray 18-13
Rink 6: Martin Morris, Robert Brown, David Miller, Aan Rice 34-10
What a change in the weather from the previous day, and what a result for the Surrey PPs. This was the heaviest defeat Sussex had sustained againt Surrey. I have always said that you cannot better a good slice of Bread Pudding and sure enough when the team arrived there was a serving waiting for them. 'Pudding Power' certanly proved a winner today. Rink 4 skipped by Scott and Rink 6 skipped by Rice battled it out to be top rink, with 2 shots to the good Rice and his team took the honours. Today's obsession with health matters one could say that Brown Rice was just too good!! Cable on Rink 3 was in the early ends the only rink to be in arrears and once realising they got down to some proper bowls to exact a win. Boarer and his team had a comfortable afternoon to record what in normanl circumstances would probably been a highest rink score. Marshall on Rink 2 had a solid win by 7 shots. Gray's Rink 5 kept their heads to ensure a full house for the PPs. Nice weather, nice green and good hospitality went to ensure this excellent win.
President v Combined Areas 8.8.17 @West Wimbledon BC 107-138
Rink 1: Graham Dawber, John Hannon, Peter Wenmouth, Bill Ayling 24-22
Rink 2: Graham Spencer, David Loxton, Robin Fudge, Peter Staples 16-27
Rink 3: Mikee Glithero, Frank Middleton, Peter Marshall, Gordon Beddall 19-18
Rink 4: David Tucker, David Lokkerbol, Terry Hoye, Les Smith 19-26
Rink 5: Paul Songer, Alistair Cochrane, Geoff Farnish, Dave Sowdon 12-26
Rink 6: Don Davies, John Round, George Hope, John Cocoracchio 17-19
The President suffered his third defeat of the season here today, unfortunately his team were all sprinters but the race was over a mile!! On a cold afternoon there was very little to cheer for three hours. Things were progressing nicely with an early lead of some 23 shots and a game that looked like the Presidents' team would shake off the defeats of the last two seasons. It was however not to be. Ayling on Rink 1 having built a comfortable lead which counteracted the score on Sowdon's Rink 5 allowed the opposition to gradually pull back and in the end were grateful for the meagre win. The only other winning team at the end was Beddall's Rink 3 who had a battle right the way through the game. Early on there seemed hope on Rink 6 where steady bowling by Cocoracchio's team eased them into a lead, only to drop a 4 on the last end. That really did need more hope than was on display! Smith who came in as a substitute for the President's team, could do very little against excellent bowling from the opposition. Local knowledge was no help this time. Staples and his team were also hard pressed to counteract anything that the opposition was able to pull off, and it has to be said that luck went their way on many occasions. All in all a day when being back in the clubhouse seemed a good idea.
Past Presidents v Oxford PP 7.8.17 @ Milford BC 100-96
Rink 1: Colin Clarke, Roy Ward, Geof Taylor, Peter Marshall 14-23
Rink 2: Roger Rashleigh, Dennis Williams, Howard Quinnell, Bill Ayling 27-15
Rink 3: Graham Dawber, Terry Foote, Edward Dear, Roger Lanham 19-18
Rink 4: Peter Duncan, Bill Hudson, Robi Taylor, Andrew Boarer 26-16
Rink 5: Tony Bourne, Trevor Boty, Mark Medhurst, Gordon Beddall 14-24
Well here was a close match! 105 ends and only 4 shots in it, that's a close match. Ayling's team on Rink 2 were keen to see things tied up by going 12-0 after 5 ends and continuing to dominate all through. Boarer on Rink 4 followed the same principal and ensured another good win for the PPs. These two rinks countered the poor start by Rink 1 where Marshall's team struggled in the early ends at 12 shots adrift. They rallied as the game went on to finish 9 down. Lanham on Rink 3 had a very close game which was settled on the last end. You have to feel for Beddall and his team who were in the game at 10 ends and then let it slip away. Hospitality as usual at Milford was excellent and this combined with reasonable weather ensured a good day.
Past Presidents v Sutton & District BA @ Wallington 2.8.17 75-43
Rink 2: Colin Clarke, Dennis Williams, Bill Hudson, Robin Taylor 15-6
Rink 3: Butch Manning, John Hannon, Mike Reed 8-8
Rink 4: Graham Dawber, Mark Medhurst, Dave Botting, Van de Roy Parker 31-5
Rink 5: Peter Duncan, Alf Medlin, Derek Pearce, Bill Ayling 11-14
Rink 6: Colin Homes, Roy Ward, Terry Foote, David Miller 10-10
You know the song..."mad dogs and englishmen go out in"; oh no that's the wrong words! This was a match played in proper bowls weather, pouring with rain and a touch cold. Parker's Rink 4 made their minds up to ensure they made it a warm day for their opposition by marking up a 26 shot win. Dispiriting as it was the match continued for 15 ends before calling it a day. Taylor on Rink 1 sailed nicely to a 9 shot win with Rinks 3 and 6 recording draws. Ayling holding shot to complete a triple of draws was thwarted by the opposite skip who bowled a running wood to pick up a 3. Reparation to an excellent meal warmed everyones heart.
Surrey v Bedfordshire 1.8.17 @ Sutton BC 134-106
Rink 7: Peter Gay, Geoff Dunning, Norman Mann, Jim Scott 18-15
Rink 8: Gavin Pocock, Andrew Boarer, Edward Dear, Jim Mason 17-21
Rink 9: Peter Duncan, John Meningen, Mick Gray, Trevor Pocock 24-16
Rink 10: Roger Rashleigh, Robin taylor, Paul manuel, Colin Gray 37-18
Rink 11: Andrew Orme, Roger Lanham, Graham Dawber, Brian Cave 20-24
Rink 12: Dannis Knight, Alan Bradshaw, Keith Searle, Bill Ayling 18-12
What a shame, I was unavoidably detained and unable to attend this match, but I have received an accoount from the President as to how things went. Poor Scott on Rink 7 was very upset, for on an occasion when his rink were on the end rink where I would have had a perfect view he was denied the opportunity to show me his skills. Skills they were too, for on a few ends he drew lovely bowls to draw the shot when down. I understand the rink was a bit hard to handle but his rink came away with a creditable win. Mason's team on Rink 8 suffered early on and it looked at one stage they might have taken a hiding but steady bowling saw them reduce the arrears to 4 shots. I am not sure if Gray on Rink 10 has a new pair of trousers but he and his team ceratinly showed a clean pair of heels to their opposition. Rashleigh had some cracking bowls early on but faded as the gane moved on. They did however end up top rink by 19 shots. Pocock on Rink 9 also found things difficult at the opening ends but ran out winning by 8 shots. far awy on Rink 12 Ayling's men eased to a comfortable if tricky win by 6 shots. Cave on Rink 5 had debutante Orme on his team and the 17 year old did himsel no harm by his performance. True it ended in a loss, but there will be happier days to come. Following the match the President was pleased to present him with his County Badge.
Finals Day 30.7.17 - Report - We were treated to some pectacular bowling during these finals. Win or lose the players should feel proud of their performances in these finals.
Senior Fours: Chertsey 13 Sutton 17 - This was a spirited performance by Chertsey who struggled in the early stages but made a comeback in the later ends. All eight players made a contribution during the game to ensure the spectators had a competitive game to watch.
Triples: Old Dean 20 Cheam 16 - Excellent bowls in this encounter. A game that could have gone either way. The Old Dean triple with their two qualifiers certainly were not upstaged and gave Cheam something to thing about throughout.
U25 Junior Singles: Jon Wilson 19 - Marcus Street 21 - Two young men who have fought many a battle and this was no different. Excellent drawing from both ensured that the result was in doubt until the last bowl.
2 Wood Singles: Mark Eley 15 Matt White 16 - This game needed an extra end to finish off what was in anyone's language a thriller. The lead changed virtually every end and showed off this discipline to its best advantage. A great advert for 2 wood bowling.
Unbadged Singles: Jamie Tindall 21 Andrew Salvador 5 - Goodness, blink during this game and you could have missed a few ends. Tindall started off as if he had somewhere to go after the game. Salvador I am afraid was never in this contest although he did have some good bowls, only to be out bowled by some brilliant draw bowling. This just was not his day.
Championship Singles: Tim Orr 20 Al Vadher 21 - By this time in the day we thought that things couls not get better, well we had not reckoned on the players deciding to continue the trend. This was a game that stood up to its title; championship bowling at its best. Two seasoned players not prepared to get any quarter to their opponent. This was a terrific game.
Fours: Weybridge 22 Knaphill 1 - Unfortunately not a day for the losers. Weybridge were just to strong with their four experienced players taking no prisoners during the game.
Pairs: Epsom Park: 16 Cheam 18 - Another good scrap although it took a while for Epsom Park to get into the game. They were playing catch up all through and made steady progress, but the early success of Cheam carried them through to a victory.
Champion of Champions: Danny Wilkinson 19 Mark Porter 21 - That man Porter he knows what to do! A good performance from both players but when Porter finds line and length it's hard for the opposition to break the rhythm of this man. Another good encounter for the spectators.
U25 Junior Pairs: Cushen & Wilson 21 Souter & Street 20 - The latter two players forged a good lead early on but as the game progressed it slipped away. There was good draw bowling from all players.
SHCL v Buckinghamshire 29.7.17 @ Chesham BC 137-104 (16-6)
Rink 1: Paul Foley, Tony Wood, Simon Fishlock, Mick Sigamoney 29-11
Rink 2: Graham Dawber, Mike Dutton, Finlay Morton, John Graham 23-24
Rink 3: Mike Glithero, Craig Baker, Richard Cushen, Paul Bennett 36-13
Rink 4: Steve Higginbotham, James Shillingford, Elbio Gomez, Gary Clark 17-22
Rink 5: Andrew Orme, Bill Ayling, Gary Clark, Paul Vamvacopoulos 12-22
Rink 6: Paul Manuel, Norman Mann, Simon Greenwood, Martin Sampson 20-12
An overcast and miserable day saw Surrey go top of the League with this win over Bucks. There were some creditable performances across the rinks in this match particularly from front end bowlers. Rink 1 with Sigamoney skipping was lead by Foley who had a good game. Backed by the other members of the rink the opponents never looked like making an impression. What a game on Rink 2 where Graham's team were very unlucky. They grafted their way back after a poor start and were unlucky to drop a 4 on the last end. Arriving late one would have thought that Bennett was playing to ensure that he was noticed during the game. Excellent leading by Glithero and great touches from Baker left the back end ample opportunities to add to the excellent bowling, which they did, particularly from Bennett. Clark on Rink 4 was chasing from the start but the four came good from the 15th end and only went down by 5 at the close. Rink 5 were always chasing their opponents but Orme at lead had his own battle with his opponent and came out of it with credit. Placed on Rink 6 away in the distance from the clubhouse Sampson's team went about their game in a workman like way. Never troubled, they finished with an 8 shot win. Overall this was a good win for Surrey and puts them 6 points ahead of Berkshire at the top of the table. Roll on the 12th.
President v Past President's 26.7.17 @ Sutton BC 119-98
Rink 1: Joe Cable v Mick Gray 16-16
Rink 2: Van de Roy Parker v David Miller 23-17
Rink 3: Nigel Chapman v Ted Barlow 14-17
Rink 4: John Cocoracchio v Derek Pearce 27-18
Rink 5: Peter Marshall v Edward Dear 28-12
Rink 6: Peter Hunt v Robin Taylor 11-18
My apologies for the missing players names; I mislaid the team sheet!!
This was a match that had the President in a very good mood halfway through when the overall lead was 34 shots! This however did not continue and it was soon a case of him having to patrol the green surrounds geeing up the rinks that were slipping away. Marshall's team on Rink 5 had a good game all through with telling bowls from the back end. Cocoracchio on Rink 4 came alive toward the end of the match to record a good win. Meanwhile on Rink 2 Parker's team had a real fight on their hands but were steadfast during the closing stages. Cable was extremely loud all through but shout as he may, he could only encourage his Rink 1 to a draw. We are all aware of Rink 6 and despite the experience of Hunt they could not overcome their opponents. Rink 3 struggled and could not match the opposition during this encounter.
President v Ottershaw BC 25.7.17 - 75th Anniversary 93-73
Rink 2: Jenny Bruno, Janice Huntington, Robin Fudge, Edward Dear 26-21
Rink 3: Freddie Clarke, Colin Clarke, Sylvia Russell, Bobbie Pothecary 25-14
Rink 4: Robin Taylor, Bill Ayling, Irene Izzard, Ann Rapley 25-19
Rink 5: Barbara Clarke, Jackie Tytherleigh, Graham Dawber, Alan Bennet 17-19
A trip into the Surrey countryside to visit Ottershaw and celebrate the club's anniversary. The weather pleasant and the company delightful. This mixed match produced some good bowls and a lot of banter across the green. Bobbie Pothecary's Rink 3 claimed top spot, but this was hard earned despite what appears to be a comfortable score. Come back in this match was Dear's Rink 2 who trailed by 1-16 at one stage, but some very accurate bowling brought off a win. Personally I thought Fudge struggled to master what was a difficult rink, but he did have one or two telling bowls. Ann Rapley's Rink 4 built up a good lead but dropped shots toward the closing ends. Rink 5 struggled despite having IPP Dawber, yesterday's top rink member in the team. This however was a match of celebration and celebrate the players did with a very nice tea prepared by the volunteer ladies. Here's hoping that the club's recruitment programme succeeds in its ojective allowing many more years of bowling in this lovely setting.
Past Presidents v West Surrey BA 24.7.17 @ Sutton BC 99-89
Rink 1: Dennis Abbot, Peter Rapley, David Miller, Gordon Beddall 24-8
Rink 2: Norman Winford, Roy Ward, Terry Foote, Terry Doyle 20-22
Rink 3: Robin Taylor, Graham Robinson, John Round, Trevor Pocock 15-22
Rink 4: Peter Duncan, Alf Medlin, Rowland pollitt, Jim Scott 25-14
Rink 5: Graham Dawber, Bill Hudson, Edward Dear, Brian Cave 15-20
I wasn't at this match, but my sources say it was a close affair. The rink tally shows that the WSBA won 3 rinks but a terrific win by Rink 1 ensured that the Past President came away with a win. Rumour has it that Miller and Beddall were the stars of the show, but I am have a feeling that information actually came from them!
President v Carshalton BC 23.7.17 107-97
Rink 2: David Loxton, Colin Clarke, Terry Hoye, Van de Roy Parker 21-18
Rink 3: David Aburn, Roy Ward, John Warren, Graham Dawber 24-16
Rink 4: Roger Lanham, Dennis Williams, Butch Manning, Bill Ayling 20-21
Rink 5: Terry Foote, Frank Middleton, Howard Quinnell, Den Francis 21-18
Rink 6: Robin Taylor, Norman Smith, Geoff Dunning, Peter Marshall 19-22
This was a match to celebrate the fact that the President began his bowling life here at Carshalton in 1978. A day when to some extent the weather was of secondary importance, although the rain did not amount to very much anyway. The rink scores give an idea of the way the match was played with plenty of good humour and banter with luck and some skill intermixed. Rink 3 skipped by IPP Dawber came out as top rink with the other rinks all being very close. Whilst sitting with the President watching the match, he commented that this was a day when memories were revived of times that had left indelible memories of his time at the club. Following the match the banter continued with the normal after match presentations being less formal. The fact that the President had forgotten to pack some of the usual gifts did not help. The tablets are obviously having an effect. Carshalton President Richard gave a potted history of the President's time at the club, and handed him a copy of his original application, and mentioned some facts clearly forgotten! Pleasantries excahnaged the President was very proud to be awarded Life Membership of Carshalton BC.
SHCL v Sussex 22.7.17 @ Croydon BC 135-94 (20-2)
Rink 1: Jamie Tindall, Craig Baker, Steve Shanley, Nathan Beeson 21-14
Rink 2: Andrew Orme, Mike Dutton, Andrew Barclay, Simon Clarke 31-12
Rink 3: John Tucker, Sammy Tindall, Don Leach, Charlie Souter 15-21
Rink 4: Chris Jones, Tony Wood, Jeff O'Leary,Joe Stevens 20-17
Rink 5: Paul Manuel, Bill Ayling, Elbio Gomez, Mick Sigamoney 23-15
Rink 6: Paul Foley, Joseph Tindall, Finlay Morton, Dennis Hennessy 25-15
Well what a morning for a game of bowls; wet weather, warm weather it did not know what to do. Surrey however did know. They knew that a good win here would put them in an excellent position as far as winning this league goes. The 20 points gained here took them above Kent and only 12 points adrift of Berkshire with a game in hand. Despite the weather there was some very good bowls put up in the match. I thought Orme having his first match at this level had a very creditable game with some well placed lead bowls.The junior team players continued to give good service from the Tindall brothers, each on their own rinks, not being overawed. Clarke on Rink 2 came out top rink with the remaining three backing up Orme's good start. For a short while it appeared that Beeson's Rink 1 might steal the show but the opposition eventually found their line and length to give the game some balance. Rink 3 with Souter in charge never mastered the challenging rink and went down by 7 shots. Jones who led for Stevens on Rink 4 was there or thereabouts for much at the game and with old stager Stevens skipping they managed a narrow win. I must say that it is a surprise to me that Rink 5 was not accused of bringing the game into disrepute, such was the noise and frivolity on the green. I rather think they were, together with the opposition, enjoying themselves! Meanwhile Hennessy's Rink 6 went about their business in a much more sedate manner to earn themselves a 10 shot win. Sussex fielded a number of ex Surrey players and I must say they do not appear to have learned much since leaving our County!! Undefeated into the fifth match is unusual territory for Surrey but here's hoping that their form continues.
President v Area 3 20.7.17 @ Sutton BC 125-104
Rink 1: Graham Dawber, Vic Hemmett, Ted Barlow, John Cocoracchio 15-24
Rink 2: Neil Cooper, David Lokkerbol, John Meningen, Howard Quinnell 20-17
Rink 3: Brian Rogers, Roy Ward, Peter Wenmouth, Peter Marshall 18-16
Rink 4: Dave Hussey, Paul Songer, Geoff Taylor, Van De Roy Parker 21-23
Rink 5: David Tucker, Colin Popple, Robin Fudge, Bill Ayling 15-15
Rink 6: Robin Taylor, Butch Manning, Steve Sanderson, Brian Cave 36-9
This has been a stressful week for the President and in the early stages of this match things were not looking as though they would improve. Area 3 started off with a bang on most rinks with the exception of Rink 6 where Cave and his men were determined to lift the President's spirits, which they continued to do right through the match. Contrast that with the other end of the green on Rink 1 where Cocoracchio and his lads were for most of the match given a lesson in drawing by the opposition. Looking across the remainder of the rinks I was taken by the fact that the President was not at all pleased with the way things were progressing. Thank goodness for the tea break for it was at this point that the staying power of the President's team came to the fore. Quinnell on Rink 2 whose rink had, to be honest not shone up to that point began to fight back to emerge with a 3 shot victory. Marshall on Rink 3 had a really tough game all through and did well to come away 2 shots to the good. Parker's rink 4 did not shine in the first half but plugged away in the second part to finish only 2 adrift. Rink 5 early on seemed to be going the way of Ayling's men but the opposition kept at their heels and the game finished all square. Cave mentioned to me as he left the green that it made a nice change for him to be top rink and avoid the booby prize for once! The President despite being a member of Area 3 was relieved to put one over on their team and in fact had no need of the painkillers he had brought with him. Lucky he had them for it was Marshall, who had a pain in his nether regions who was more in need of them today.
Surrey v Northamptonshire 19.7.17 @ Kislingbury BC 131-91
Rink 1: Martin Harbottle, Bob Daintree, Peter Rapley, Peter Marshall 28-13
Rink 2: Peter Duncan, Steve Sanderson, Peter Miller, Joe Cable 27-13
Rink 3: Graham Dawber, Roger Lanham, David Candeland, Peter Hunt 21-13
Rink 4: Vic Hemmett, Bill Hudson, Jim Mason, Bill Ayling 20-12
Rink 5: John Tucker, Howard Quinnell, Mike Platt, Nigel Whiteman 14-20
Rink 6: Terry Foote, Geoff Taylor, John Warren, Edward Dear 21-21
A return to my second favorite County saw a huge win against the opponents similar to our success of last season. What a performance from Rink 6 where Dear and his team suffered in the early ends to 0-12, but from then on staged a dramatic turnaround to contest a great encounter and come away with a draw achieved on the last end. Cable's Rink 2 on the other hand stormed ahead to 16-0 and then decided it would only be fair to allow their opponents to have a few shots. Those shots ensured that he was denied top rink for the second day running being overtaken by Marshall's Rink 1 on the last end. Hunt on Rink 3 had the luxury of a top notch rink with him (well that's what they told me!) and managed an 8 shot win. Ayling on Rink 4 had a better day and with some lovely bowling by Hemmett the rink came away with a comfortable win. Rink 5 had it anything but comfortable with Whiteman's four suffering time and again from superb bowls and luck from their opponents, but credit to them for coming back over the last few ends to finish only 6 shots adrift. This was our first visit to this venue and hopefully will not be the last, for this was a superb green enjoyed by both teams.
Surrey v Hampshire 18.7.17 @ Oakley BC 119-99
Rink 1: John Wilkins, Eddie Adamson, Bill Ayling, Bob Campbell 17-26
Rink 2: John Tucker, Colin Popple, Peter Rapley, Peter Marshall 15-18
Rink 3: Stefan Tomm, David Miller, Alan Bennet, Joe Cable 24-10
Rink 4: Graham Dawber, Roger Lanham, Peter Miller, Jim Scott 21-21
Rink 5: Alex Neil, Robin Taylor, Martin Harbottle, Gordon Bedall 26-11
Rink 6: Peter Duncan, Bill Hudson, Howard Quinnell, Mick Gray 16-13
A day trip to the country saw us arrive at Oakley BC, a lovely venue deep in the heart of the Coleman Estate. If one has never been before it is advisable to drive slowly down the lanes or the club is easily missed. What a scorcher of a day! Caps were a necessity and sun bloc too. This is a strange green for the rinks are numbered from left to right away from the clubhouse, and I rather think that Campbell's Rink 1 were quite pleased to be out of direct view, from where I sat they appeared rarely to master the pace of the green. Nearer the clubhouse Gray's four on Rink 6 had a tough battle with their opposition, but pulled ahead when it mattered. Marshall on Rink 5 also had a tough encounter but with the opposite result. If the star of the day was chosen by the number of times his name was called out then Miller on Cable's Rink 3 takes the award. Cable unable to give his usual "well bowled Mr. President" settled for accolades to Miller during their win. However the rink was pipped for top spot by Rink 5 skipped by Beddall, although the early ends did nothing to signal their eventual success. What a strange day for Scott on Rink 4. It is rare that he has a day like this one which featured a large number of short woods. The rink managed a draw and I am sure Scott will say that he was hoping the other three on the rink would win it for him! Game over we returned home, providing the right road out of the estate was followed.
SCBA v SCIBA (Crawford Trophy) 13.7.17 @ Purley BC 124-102 (Overall Result 7.5 Points to 8.5 points)
Rink 1: Robin Taylor, Terry Foote, Howard Quinnell, Peter Hunt 18-19
Rink 2: Roger Rashleigh, Gavin Pocock, David Candeland, Jim Scott 26-19
Rink 3: Alan Bradshaw, Colin Homes, Terry Hoye, Trevor Pocock 16-16
Rink 4: Tony Bourne, Roger Lanham, Peter Marshall, John Cocoracchio 11-29
Rink 5: John Tucker, John Hannon, Peter Wenmouth, Joe Cable 28-10
Rink 6: Mike Glithero, Butch Manning, Steve Sanderson, Bill Ayling 25-12
The outdoor half of this encounter turned out to be a very good one for President Harvey's team. True the Indoor managed to prise back the trophy by a single point but there was some very good bowling from both sides. 18 shots to the good saw Cable's men come out as top rink with all players putting up some neat bowls. Rink 6 was once again the home of Ayling and his four used the tricky lines to their advantage to overcome their opponents. Another winning rin was Scott on Rink 2 who had a closer tussle but managed to overcome their opponents. Hunt's men on Rink 1 were very unlucky. Needing 4 to draw the match they scored 3 and lost out. Pocock on 3 gained a draw but the SVP's Rink skipped by Coco lost their way. The importance of these pair of matches is to bring Indoor and Outdoor players together as a County and they certainly are a winner in that department.
President v Stoke Park BC 12.7.17 128-93
Rink 1: Bob Archer, Terry Foote, Sylvia Russell, Caroline Duarte 15-15
Rink 2: David Loxton, Jim Roberts, Gill Platt, Charlotte Emanuel 14-16
Rink 3: Penny Bruno, Marilyn Walsh, Andrew Boarer, Bill Ayling 25-12
Rink 4: Colin Clarke, Roger Lanham, Jan Pedersen, Marion Beech 30-14
Rink 5: Sue Lokkerbol, Ronnie Pickering, Terry Hoye, Edward Dear 22-18
Rink 6: Linda Pillman, Chris Wooler, Howard Quinnell, Bernie Pedersen 22-18
This was a match to celebrate to joining together of two clubs Astolat BC and Guildford BC. A celebratory match in which the object was for all players to enjoy themselves. The score although of interest in the records was not the major importance here today. Rink 4 was top rink, closely followed by Rink 23. The home side though managing to claim a scalp by defeating Rink 2. Both clubs have a distinguished past history, let's hope that the club has a distinguished future.
Surrey v Leicestershire 11.7.17 @ Sutton BC 122-116
Rink 1: Graham Spencer, Fred Clarks, Brian Cave, Trevor Pocock 26-16
Rink 2: Neil Winter, Terry Foote, Les Owen, Jim Scott 32-11 (18 ends)
Rink 3: John Tucker, Martin Harbottle, Bob Budd, Edward Dear 17-21
Rink 4: Peter Gay, Alick Boobyer, Bill Ayling, John Graham 10-27
Rink 5: Robin Taylor, Alan Reed, Peter Marshall, Joe Cable 18-24
Rink 6: Terry Buckland, Paul Manuel, Norman Mann, Nigel Chapman 19-17
In this encounter it was a good job we had a Scot on the County side! What looked a promising start turned into a scramble to maintain a winning margin. The President was called upon to patrol the surrounds of the green urging his team to better things. A good response from Rink 1 as they came from behind to record a 10 shot victory, whilst Rinks 4 and 5 seemed to go in the opposite direction. Scott's men on Rink 2 had a fairly easy time of it with the opposition struggling to get on the board until 16-0 down. Marhall playing on Rink 5 against the Leics President found it hard going and with Cable almost silent except for one outburst of congratulation to the JVP this was a game to forget for debutante Boobyer. Dear on Rink 3 had a good struggle with the opposition and at the end was unluky not to be nearer than 4 shots. Chapman's Rink 6 were doing well but then caught the Surrey disease of almost tripping up over the last few ends. A pleasant meal was followed by the presentation of a County Badge to Alick Boobyer by the President.
President v London Scottish BA 9.7.17 @ Knaphill BC 114-128
Rink 1: John Wilkins, Eddie Adamson, Davee Harding, Bob Campbell 24-14
Rink 2: Don Davies, John Round, Alan Reed, Edward Dear 20-21
Rink 3: Colin Clarke, Jim Roberts, John Bennett, Peter Marshall 12-27
Rink 4: Frank Middleton, Tony Clark, Roger Lanham, Howard Quinnell 24-16
Rink 5: David Gaanney, Alf Medlin, Mike Plaatt, Jim Mason 20-21
Rink 6: Peter Duncan, Dennis Williams, Martin Morris, Bill Ayling 14-29
A first encounter between these teams proved to be sprinters versus stayers. The Presideent's team built up a reasonable lead in the first part of the match, but did not have the staying power to hold off the Scotts advance in the latter stages. Rink 1 finished top of the pile but from 16-0 in front felt it unsporting to have such a large lead and allowed the opposition to claw shots back. Rink 2 on the other hand with Dear skipping fought back from a damaging start to finish losers by only one shot. JVP Marhall has suffered somewhat over the last few matches and today was no exception I'm afraid. Quinnell's Rink 4 was another that built a lead with great bowls from Clark and careful leading from Middleton, but let the opposition in during the closing ends. A great game on Rink 5 where Mason and his men were unlucky to lose by the single shot. Ayling was again drawn on an outside rink, this time Rink 6 where no matter how hard they tried the President's four were never really in the game. There were no kilts on display, but the serviettes in the cheese cracker baskets were decorated with tartan. A very nice meal was provided and most players went home happy.
32-15Middleton Cup v Kent 9.7.17 @ Croydon BC 125-108 (18-4)
Rink 1: Alex Neil, Steve S hanley, Finlay Mortton, Charlie Souter 32-15
Rink 2: Sean Gingell, Jeff O'Leary, Matt White, Dennis Hennessy 13-23
Rink 3: Mark Porter, Richard Cushen, John Graham, Nathan Beeson 23-15
Rink 4: Myles Clements, Joe Cable, Eamon O'Flynn, Gary Clark 23-11
Rink 5: Terry Friday, Will Matthews, Simon Fishlock, Mick Sigamoney 24-16
Rink 6: Jon Winteer, Paul Bennett, Paul Vamvacopoulos, Simon Clarke 10-20
Surrey needed a big win to ensure topping this particular group to see them off to Leamington. They did not quite make it but this match had it all. Encouraged by the President to go out and play for each other as a team, this they did in spades. Manager Candeland said after the match that every player can feel that he played at the top of his game. I was so involved in what was happening that I dropped my scoresheet hence no invidual rink scores, although I will complete the report on Monday. I will just add that the match was played in an excellent spirit and Kent showed Surrey respect by fielding the strongest side they could.
Past Presidents v Bucks VPBA 3.7.17 @ Three Mile Cross BC 122-96
Rink 1: Robin Taylor, David Smith, Geoff Taylor, Howard Quinnell 24-20
Rink 2: Peter Duncan, Bill Hudson, John Southwell,Joe Cable 17-17
Rink 3: Bob Archer, Colin B (Guest), Ray Merritt, Roger Lanham 26-12
Rink 4: Colin Clarke, Aga Hassan, Graham Robinson, Andrew Boarer 11-17
Rink 5: Tony Bourne, Colin Popple, John Hannon, David Miller 19-18
Rink 6: Graham Dawber, Roy Ward, Rowland Pollitt, Alan Rice 25-12
What a great day the Past Presidents had here at Three Mile Cross. Played on one of the best greens seen this season they had a convincing win. Rink 3 with SVP Lanham skipping was exceeptional and he certainly had a classic gameAlan Rice on Rink 6 chased hard with his four playing good bowls but could not quite catch rink 3. Two very close winning rinks and a drawing rink carried home Boarer's losing rink to ensure the win.
Surrey v Buckinghamshire 4.7.17 @ High Wycombe BC 118-110
Rink 1: Roger Rashleigh, Steve Sanderson, Bob Daintree, Dave Sowdon 21-13
Rink 2: Neil Cooper, Alistair Cochrane, Howard Quinnell, Bill Ayling 29-9
Rink 3: Peter Duncan, Chris Young, Edward Dear, Peter Marshall 4-32
Rink 4: Alex Neil, Roger Lanham, Norman Mann, Joe Cable 20-24
Rink 5: Mike Glithero, Bill Hudson, Martin Harbottle, Peter Miller 19-19
Rink 6: Colin Popple, David Miller, Julian Astill, Peter Hunt 25-13
A long drive to High Wycombe was rewarded today with another win for the Surrey Team. Early ends favoured the visitors with the exception of JVP Marsshall's Rink 3, who came up against a very strong Bucks team. The score flattered the opposition for nothing went right for the Surrey four. Rink 1 with Sowdon skipping had the best of their encounter from the off although a stumble in the middle ends gave some hope to Bucks. Rink 2 With Ayling skipping a well drilled unit came out as top rink and were never troubled. Cable's Rink 4 built a lead but let that slip away despite some nice bowls by all players during the game. Hunt again drawn onto an outside rink had a struggle early on but once his four found line and length on Rink 6 they went from strength. Whether the opposition was intimidated by Popple in grey trousers and borrowed shoes we shall never know. The real fight back came on Rink 5 where Miller skipped his men to a very creditable draw after coming back over the last few ends to ensure a win for the President. Following the encounter and a pleasant tea, Young was presented with his County Badge by the Presiident.
Home Counties League v Oxfordshire 1.7.17 @ South Oxford BC 125-111
Rink 1: Jon Winter, Mike Dutton, Elbio Gomez, John Graham 18-17
Rink 2: Jamie Tindall, Terry Berry, Bill Ayling, Paul Vamvacopoulos 15-27
Rink 3: Paul Manuel, Norman Mann, Simon Greenwood, Finlay Morton 25-19
Rink 4: Mike Glitheroe, Sammy Tindall, Graham Spencer, Don Leach 20-11
Rink 5: Graham Dawber, Joseph Tindall, Peter Staples, Joe Cable 27-15
Rink 6: Chris Jones, Peter Quaintance, Simon Fishlock, Paul Bennett 20-22
Striving to protect their unbeaten record, Surrey started as though they were determined to grind the opposition into the ground. 27 shots up after 5 ends and 34 shots after 10 ends this looked all but over. Graham's Rink 1 found the pace to their liking and built a 13-4 lead at 10 ends. They maintained that momentum to lead by 7 at 15, then it changed and came down to the last wood to be bowled by Graham who nudged the jack across to his team's bowl for a single to win the rubber. Rink 2 had a very similar start going 9-1 up after 5, but the home team bowled some very good bowls and took control of procedeings from then on. Morton's Rink 3 on the other hand started on a more even basis with the score being fairly close until the last 6 ends. Some nice bowling on this rink from the front allowed some pressure to be lifted from the back end. Rink 4 built a 7 shot lead at 10 ends and continued to increase the difference as the ends ticked by. One is never quite sure which Cable will turn up but today saw some excellent bowling by all four of the players who ran out top rink. The tie on Rink 6 was a strange affair with early ends indicatiing the possibility of a big win for the opposition. However some very nice bowls by Jones at lead inspired the four to make a real fight of the last 6 ends and it could be said they deserved a draw. Although the winning margin was 14 shots this did not reflect the heart stopping events of being 3 up with 6 ends to play, as the massive lead Surrey built gradually disappeared. However a couple of big scores saw them home to maintain their unbeaten status.
President v Patrons 28.6.17@ Leatherhead BC 132-104
Rink 1: Derek Pearce, Roy Ward, Butch Manning, Peter Rapley 16-25
Rink 2: Dave Loxton, Rowland Pollitt, David Miller, Andrew Boarer 30-7
Rink 3: David Lokkerbol, Vic Hemmett, Peter Marshall, John Meningen 24-19
Rink 4: David Tucker, Alistair Cochrane, Peter Wenmouth, Robin Fudge 24-14
Rink 5: Alan Bradshaw, John Hannon, John Bennett, Howard Quinnell 20-20
Rink 6: Dave Aburn, John Round, Graham Dawber, Bill Ayling 18-19
Another day when the skies threatened rain, but the game managed to get through without seeing any of consequence.
This game could have been reduced to some triples if it had not been for the 5 members of the home club who stepped in to play. Thanks to them a full match was achieved. Highlight of the day was Quinnell's Rink 5 who were in for a thrashing half way through, but the tea was to their liking and they came back to draw. The opposite can be written about Rink 2 where Boarer and his team acted as though they wanted to win the match on their own. Loxton playing on his home green led the charge. Rink 1 with Rapley skipping were in it for most of the match but the tea seemed to have the opposite effect and they slowly slipped away. Rink 3 with JVP Marshall playing three to Meningen had a steady first half but allowed their opponents back into the game late on. A similar story to be found on Rink 4 although they managed to keep a healthier gap between themselves and the opponents. Ayling was drawn on his usual end rink but could not overcome the determination of the Patrons four. As is usual here at Leatherhead a splendid meal followed plenty of good humour throughout the afternoon.
Surrey v Oxfordshire 27.6.17 @ Bicester BC 126-106
Rink 1: Peter Duncan, Steve Sanderson, Peter Rapley, Dave Sowdon 27-10
Rink 2: Colin Popple, Bill Hudson, Howard Quinnell, Mick Gray 10-28
Rink 3: Mike Glithero, Roger Lanham, Norman Mann, Peter Marshall 27-14
Rink 4: Dave Hussey, Jim Roberts, John Warren, Bill Ayling 18-20
Rink 5: John Wilkinss, Eddie Adamson, Geoff Taylor, Robert Campbell 15-18
Rink 6: Alistair Cochrane, Vic Hemmett, Bob Daintree, Joe Cable 29-16
The outlook for our visit to Bicester did not look good with sultry skies and the threat of rain, but it was good to have the President with us today. This was a match of huge differences with the early ends in the opponents favour. Gray's four on Rink 2 took the brunt of the attack with some excellent and at times lucky bowls from the Oxford skip. They did however stick to it and added ten shots to the overall victory margin. Rink 1 as it's neighbour took some early flack but Sowdon and his team settled to finding the oddities of the rink and piled pressure on to their opposition to come out top rink. They were chased by Rinks 3 and 6 with the former skipped by SVP Marshall taking similar action as the rest of the team in starting slowly but improving as the game went on. Cable on Rink 6 had the bonus of Cochrane at lead having a super game, setting the rest of the rink up for good bowls from them all. There was some rain during this latter part of the afternoon allowing Hemmett to wear his newly purchased waterproof jacket. Rink 4 had a tussle and Ayling's men did well to keep within close order and had chances to at least make a draw. The quiet rink was Rink 5 which again had a tight tussle with their opposition, but as with rink 4 they stuck with their opponents. This was, in one way, a strange match with both non-playing Presidents pacing the green like football managers urging on their teams. The day closed with continuous rain, but a victory in the bag!
Middleton Cup v Oxfordshire 24.6.1@ Croydon BC 125-100 (18-4)
Rink 1: Harry Cushen, Paul Bennett, Paul Vamvacopoulos, Simon Clarke 10-20
Rink 2: Myles Clements, Joe Cable, Eamon O'Flynn, Gary Clark 23-11
Rink 3: Jon Winter, Jeff O'Leary, Matt White, Dennis Hennessy 13-23
Rink 4: Alex Neal, Steve Shanley, Finlay Morton, Charlie Souter 32-15
Rink 5: Mark Porter, Richard Cushen, John Graham, Nathan Beeson 23-15
Rink 6: Terry Friday, Will Matthews, Simon Fishlock, Mick Sigamoney 24-16
I am back with an apology to all readers. My absence was due to a family situation which required my attendance. I realise that many of you look forward to reading the analysis of the matches the County plays and believe me I was disappointed not to be able to keep you up to date. That said - we are back in the groove.
Recent results from all matches in the competition gave Surrey the opportunity to be up there with a chance if a good win could be achieved here. This was a match, not perhaps for the connoisseur, but for those spectators pushing their team for a result. Four Rinks to two was a good return. Rink 4 with the now restored to health Souter skipping led the charge, with all four involved with good woods throughout. It was a delight to see Souter drawing rather than trying to blast everything off the green. Rink 2 with the reliable Clark skipping saw Clements have a good game at lead. He was presented with his MC flash before the match, perhaps that inspired him. O'Flynn also stood out and together with Clark they made an excellent back end. Beeson's Rink 5 were excellent, if there was a prize for winning Porter could buy a razor! Seriously though they all played well and Graham being in top form they were never troubled. What does one write about Rink 6? These four bowlers epitomise what Manager Candeland stresses, play as a team. To single out a single player is almost impossible for they all contributed to the result. Matthews has improved with each match and was presented with his MC flash before the match. Both Rink 1 and Rink 3 lost by 10 shots. Clarke on the former had a real tough job with the opposition skip playing superb bowls, backed up by the other three members of his rink. Hennessey on Rink 3 got away to a poor start, but his rink was able to produce some successes. The important thing here was neither rink gave up and attempted to keep the gap at a reasonable level. Team work was the winner here with plenty of noise from both players and spectators, roll on the 8th July when Surrey play the old enemy ..Kent.
President v Croydon MO BC 22.6.17 110th Anniversary 134-52
Surrey v Berkshire 21.6.17 @ Sutton BC 90-98
Past Presidents v Kent PP 19.6.17 @ Sevenoaks BC 102-102
Middleton Cup v Sussex 17.6.17 @ Popes Mead BC 121-119 (16-6)
Surrey v Kent 15.6.17 @ CMO BC 124-113
Eddie Vine was presented with his County Badge by the Senior Vice President.
Surrey v Herts @ Potten End BC 14.6.17 101-123
Past Presidents v Norfolk PP @ CMO 13.6.17 76-74
Surrey v Norfolk 13.6.17 @ Purley BC 117-113
Rink 1: Peter Gay, Steve Sanderson, Graham Dawber, Bill Ayling 14-23
Rink 2: Terr Buckland, Alan Weeks, John Warren, Peter Miller 17-12
Rink 3: Doug Long, Geoff Farnish, Martin Harbottle, Les Owen 24-20
Rink 4: Peter Phillips, Robin Taylor, Alan Bennet, Joe Cable 21-22
Rink 5: Roger Rashleigh, Roger Lanham, Brian Rogers, Peter Marshall 14-22
Rink 6: Gavin Pocock, Peter Lines, Derek Harvey, Trevor Pocock 27-14
Oh! the delights of summer. A day when bowls, whether playing or watching was the sensible thing to do. Purley is the home green of the President and the club certainly prepared a surface to his satisfaction. Drawn on Rink 6 they were rarely troubled and came home, unusually for the President as top rink. Lines who was playing his fiirst match for the County can feel satisfied with his days work. Rink 1 struggled and although they pulled a few shots back were never able to make an impact against their rivals. Rink 5 skipped by JVP Marshall and including in it's number SVP Lanham was another that were never in touch, but scored an extra shot to miss out on the losers compasses. Miller's Rink 2 were the nearest to Rink 6 in scoring and with the formidable Buckland at lead were always able to be in with a chance. Owen's rink on Rink 3 following on from his win at Epsom and supported by Harbottle at 3 had a real tussle but overcame their opposition in the end. I cannot understand Cable, here today on Rink 4 his team had the tie in the bag only to drop a four on the last end to go down by one shot. The day was to some extent spoiled for the President, when G Pocock arrived having had a haircut, thereby denying the President of the use of the pudding basin and scissors he had brought with him to personally give Pocock a haircut. The day however closed on a happier note when the President presented Lines with his County badge.
Balcombe Trophy v Kent 11.6.17 @ Sandwich BC 46-33
Rink 1: Terry Friday, Paul Bennett, Gary Clark, Simon Clarke 24-18
Rink 2: Mark Porter, John Graham, Nathan Beeson, Dennis Hennessy 22-15
Following yesterday's result in the Middleton and with a long trip to Sandwich to play the old foe Kent, I cannot say that I was looking forward to writing about two defeats in a row. Well, as you can see from the details above, not only is my report about a second win against Kent in one season, but of a game that had many marvellous points to write about. Both rinks started well with superb bowling from both Porter and Friday on their resppective rinks. Hennessy's Rink were up 7-5 after 5 ends and Clarke 7-3. It was a close match during the next 5 ends with scores of 11-10 and 12-10. The game was virtually secured over the next 5 ends with Hennessy taking 9 shots to 0 to lead 19-10 and Clarke taking 11 to lead 23-12. It is true that Kent took the honours over the remaing ends but such was the exceptional bowling of all Surrey players that high counts were never an issue. Kent called a halt on Clarke's rink after 19 ends. I have mentioned Porter and Friday but to be honest every player out there today played as part of the team putting bowls into the head regularly. This performance must act as a boost to Manager Candeland and send a message to the MC team that things can be turned to advantage. Well done to all today including the members of the Executive who travelled down to support the team.
Middleton Cup v Berkshire 10.6.17 @ Suttons BC 107-113 (2-20)
Rink 1: James Shillingford, Paul Bennett, Paul Vamvacopoulos, Simon Clarke 15-18
Rink 2: Mark Porter, Richard Cushen, John Graham, Nathan Beeson 27-15
Rink 3: Alex Neil, Don Leach, Steve Shanley, Finlay Morton 18-21
Rink 4: Sean Gingell, Jeff O'Leary, Matt White, Dennis Hennessy 17-20
Rink 5: Myles Clements, Joe Cable, Eamon O'Flynn, Gary Clark 14-22
Rink 6: Terry Friday, Will Matthews, Simon Fishlock, Mick Sigamoney 16-17
The MC got off to a windy start here at Suttons. Blowing across the green corner to corner made for tricky conditions and although Surrey diid not let Berkshire get away to a quick start some players found it hard to adjust to the conditions. Looking at the points score one might think that this was a drubbing but in fact it was a closely fought match with, apart from one rink very close scores. Clarke's four players on Rink 1 had a close game all through but lost the tie during the last few ends. Rink 2 with skip Beeson and Graham at the back end were served well by Porter, who had a very good game and Cushen who was his usual supportive self. After a couple of ends of head shaking by Morton on Rink 3 the four kept in touch with their opponents right to the end. Neil at lead has settled into the higher level of competition well and Leach did not disappoint. Rink 4 with Hennessy skipping got off to a shaky start and were on occasion lucky to keep their opponents in sight. G.Clarke's Rink 5 suffered playing against an in form Berkshire rink. 2-10 down after 10 ends and 3-16 after 15 did not bode well and despite a spirited fight back over the last 6 ends they could not make up the 8 shot difference. Surrey player of the day for me was Fishlock playing three on Rink 6. With Friday leading and Matthews at two the rink was skipped by the reliable Sigamoney and a loss by 1 shot was ill deserved. Overall the performance was fair to middling and as I wrote earlier the score was not a true reflection. Surrey are by no means out of it, but two good results are required over the next matches.
President v London Parks Association 8.6.17 @ Epsom BC 133-90
Rink 1: Chris Jones, Pat Buckley, Derek Harvey, Les Owen 24-13
Rink 2: Don Davies, Dave Aburn, Geoff Taylor, Van de Roy Parker 18-19
Rink 3: Mike Glithero, Stefan Tomm, Alan Bennet, Peter Marshall 25-13
Rink 4: Bob Archer, David Lokkerbol, Colin Homes, Bill Ayling 25-14
Rink 5: John Meningen, Roy Ward, Martin Harbottle, Howard Quinnell 16-15
Rink 6: Dave Loxton, John Hannon, Peter Wenmouth, Jim Scott 25-16
Let me start this report by stating that the rumour spread by Scott that I attempted to trip him up in the Changing Room has no basis in fact. Indeed onlookers describe the event as him kicking me once he had found he was drawn on Rink 6. However being the solid person that I am, I am prepared to overlook the matter entirely. Now let me continue by describing the match. Firstly the talk in the clubhouse was of the condition of the green, for it was surely one of the best so far this season. The President, on the advice of Owen chose Rink 1 for his tussle, and tussle it was. Early stages were frustrating for as soon as a decent head was drawn up the opposing President who skipped used his size 6 woods to break up the head. Jones at lead played a great game with woods near or on the jack for much of the play. Luck certainly seemed to pass them by though until after tea when 8 shots in two ends changed the game. Parker's four on Rink 2 suffered early on but with some good bowls came bad to go down by only a single. JVP Marshall skipping Rink 3 had his men well tuned and came with a late surge to pip Ayling and Owen for top spot. Ayling's Rink 4 went about their work in the usual way with a strong lead through the game. A close tussle on Rink 5 for Quinnell's men but they held on for a single shot win. Who is left to report on, oh yes, it's Rink 6 where amazingly Scott's limp seemed to disappear very quickly as his team soon overcame his assertion that this was the heaviest rink on the green. It certainly is marvellous what adrenalin can do in curing perceived injuries! The match concluded, we sat down to what the opposing President described as the best meal he had ever eaten at a bowls match, well done Epsom BC.
President v Godalming & Farncombe BC 150th Anniversary 113-104
Rink 1: Alan Bradshaw, Roy Ward, Roger Lanham, Peter Marshall 21-16
Rink 2: Dave Hussey, John Hannon, Peter Wenmouth, Bill Ayling 18-23
Rink 3: Peter Duncan, Colin Popple, Graham Dawber, John Southwell 26-9
Rink 4: John Tucker, Terry Foote, Robin Fudge, Derek Harvey 17-19
Rink 5: Bob Archer, Rowland Pollitt, David Miller 10-24
Rink 6: Robin Taylor, David Lokkerbol, John Bennett, Edward Dear 21-13
It's not very often that one has the opportunity to visit a club on it's 150th Anniversary, but this was special. Situated in pleasant surroundings we were serenaded for 2 hours by a small orchestra on the bandstand, it attracted a large crowd as well as giving the President's team a nice accompaniment. I can remember some years ago when the President was Captain at his club, he laid on a 'Bowls to Music' afternoon and fun it was too. Something certainly inspired the Rink on 3 for they took 6 shots on the first end and never looked back. Southwell who skipped had to wear an incorrect shirt, but if it inspired him then so be it. Losers on the day were Ayling's Rink 2 who despite falling well behind did a good job to finish only 5 down. Miller on Rink 5 together with his two partners had it all to do when the skip forgot he should be playing, they played against a four and had to lose a quarter of their score. My position on the bank made for difficult viewing of Rink 6 but they seemed to have their opponents under control to come away with an 8 shot advantage. Rink 1 were never in trouble and with SVP Lanham and JVP Marshall at the back end victory was assured, although it was close for the first half. Tightest game of the day was the President's Rink 4 where some excellent first half bowls by all four players ensured a nice lead. Then the tea came out and things changed. Victory slipped away over the last 3 ends. Following the match the home side presented the President with a bannerette and a scroll hand painted by Norman, a very nice close to a good afternoon.
Surrey v Sussex @ Purley Bury BC 1.6.17 117-103
Rink 1: Peter Duncan, Terry Foote, Les Owen, Jim Scott 18-18
Rink 2: John Tucker, Steve Sanderson, Peter Hunt, Bill Ayling (sub), Paul Bennett 24-14
Rink 3: Bob Daintree, Roger Tarran, Peter Staples, Joe Cable 24-14
Rink 4: Colin Popple, Gerry Vincent, Derek Harvey, John Graham 20-14
Rink 5: Mike Glithero, Roger Lanham, David Miller, Trevor Pocock 17-22
Rink 6: Gavin Pocock, Phil Froude, Peter Marshall, Brian Cave 14-21
On what must surely have been the hottest day of the year Surrey, avenged the defeat of last season by putting on a great show at Purley Bury. Plaudit of the day must go to Rink 1 where Scott and his men came back from what would normally be certain defeat to grab a draw. This was certainly not on the cards in the early ends when a huge gap favoured the opponents. There appears to have been some inequality in the green for the two rinks on the opposite side to the clubhouse did not suit the Surrey players. Rink 6 skipped by Cave had a tussle with an early lead which gradually disappeared in later ends. Rink 5 had a similar experience which could well have been caused by Lanham forgoing the use of the President's 'Aero' bowls which have brought him success in previous matches, to return to his own woods this time. The President on Rink 4 skipped by the impressive Graham achieved another win. The support of all three to Graham ensured a terrific game with the home side taking a 4 on the 18th end to seal the win. Cable's Rink 3 and Bennett's Rink 2 battled it out for top spot. Bennett's rink shading it on ends won. This was not a moral win, for Bennett brought on Ayling as a sub for Hunt to ensure the win. With this being the summers day we always wish for, there was a healthy number of supporters and the teams certainly gave them an interesting match.
SHCL v Kent @ Maidstone BC 27.5.17 116-112
Rink 1: Myles Clements, Joseph Tindall, Will Matthews, Matt White 17-26
Rink 2: Sammy Tindall, Craig Baker, Don Leach, John Graham 14-17
Rink 3: Chris Jones, Graham Dawber, Elbio Gomez, Steve Shanley 26-8
Rink 4: Alex Neil, Terry Berry, Jeff O'Leary, Eamon O'Flynn 18-21
Rink 5: Paul Foley, Mike Dutton, Paul Bennett, Simon Clarke 24-21
Rink 6: John Tucker, Nigel Chapman, Simon Fishlock, Finlay Morton 17-19
Those who have visited Maidstone BC will remember the difficulty in finding the venue. The MC Manager was kind enough to give me a lift and a very nice tour of Maidstone town centre we had! It would of course help if the post code for the club was correct. All can be forgiven though as, in this match Surrey overcame Kent in a competitive match for the first time in many a year. This was a team performance in the true spirit of the term. On occasions such as this it is hard to single out players but it has to be noted. MC Manager Candeland had said that this was a trial for MC places, of course there are some who will not immediately gain a place but in this match they showed their potential. Rink 1 was an example with Clements leading for White and having a superb game and with young Jo Tindall playing at two the partnership set the team up for a good game. The score was certainly not representative of the game with their opponents having the rubs. Graham's lads on Rink 2 were in contention all through and were 10-11 after 15 ends, slipping away to lose by 3 at the finish. I think Leach and Graham played well as a back end pair. Sammy Tindall had a very neat start to his senior career, whilst leading on this rink. Rink 3 were most unsporting to their opponents allowing them very few shots in the first 15 ends with a score of 17-4. They relented at the end allowing them to double their score whilst they picked up 9 more. O'Flynn skipped Rink 4 and his team built up a cosy 17-11 shots at 15 ends but could only score one more to finish 3 shots adift. Clarke has a new image this year sporting a 1940s heart throb hairstyle and on Rink 5 he had the opportunity to parade it. This was a hard encounter with scores 10-15 after 10, 15-20 after 15 but with the determination of Bennett and the front pairing of Foley and Dutton they eased home despite some serious attempts by the opposition to force a draw. Another very tight game on Rink 6, where I was impressed with Fishlock in particular, his calm approach to the game coupled with excellent instructions to Morton made for an exciting finish. My comments at the start of the article about a team game were seen to manifest themselves when Graham decided to wear another players shirt, leaving the un-named player semi-naked in the changing room. Following the match the President was delighted to present Foley with his Home Counties flash after completing 10 matches. A much easier journey on the way home, thank goodness!
Surrey v Isle of Wight @ Milford BC 25.5.17 163-71
Rink 1: Robin Taylor, Alistair Cochrane, Derek Harvey Bill Ayling 26-18
Rink 2: Mike Glithero, John Round, Andrew Boarer, Jim Scott 27-5
Rink 3: Robert Wilson, John Hort, Gordon Beddall, Joe Cable 26-13
Rink 4: Bob Archer, Howard Quinnell, Mike Platt, Nigel Whiteman 34-8
Rink 5: Alex Neil, Mark Medhurst, Mick Gray, Eamon O'Flynn 21-16
Rink 6: Dennis Knight, Graham Dawber, Peter Marshall, Graham Robinson 29-11
Gosh, what a scorching day! I must admit to becoming ill from the effects of the heat and the fact that Zoe Hollins from Milford plied me with a box of Choc Ices, and I indulged rather more than I should. That aside let me describe the afternoon's match. The score tells the story with all rinks having the time of their lives on a simply smashing green. Looking across it was obvious how well it was playing with even the President on Ayling's Rink 1 having a splendid game. This was backed up by new recruit Cochrane playing his first match. This man is sure to be a favorite when selection comes around. Whiteman on Rink 4 together with his three team mates simply blew the opposition away, to take Top Rink. Cable on Rink 2 has obviously recovered from his troubles for he could be heard, albeit infreqently from where I was sitting in the shade. Scott in his newly aquired new County Cap led his four to a very easy win, not quite good enough though to pip Rink 4. Rink 6 on most greens presents a problem but Robinson's four found it to their liking today. It's not every day that one writes that the bottom rink had a win by 5 shots, but that happened in this match. All four played well but they were obviously up against the IOW's best rink. This was a grand day to be out reporting on bowls, a word of caution though, if Zoe Hollins walks towards you with a tray of choc ices ONLY TAKE ONE!! Following the after match meal the President was pleased to present Alistair Cochrane with his County Badge.
President v Southey BC 21.5.17 91-161
Rink 1: Sheila Ayling, Dorothy Roberts, Brian Cave, Derek Harvey 13-35
Rink 2: Jacqui Poat, Jill Huggett, Alan Shearing, Bill Ayling 22-18
Rink 3: Roger Lanham, Butch Manning Sylvia Russell 15-28
Rink 4: Robin Taylor, Colin Homes, Des Hanreck, Marion Beach 10-34
Rink 5: Graham Dawber, Roy Ward, Maureen Vandrau, Shan Maylin 12-20
Rink 6: Veronica Pickering, Pat Chappell, Neil Winter, Charlie Souter 19-26
This mixed match was supposed to be a tribute to Shan Maylin on her elevation to SCWBA President, from her club. Some celebration, for the home side at least!! It did not help that the Presidents' team turned up short handed. It has to be said that the home side also fielded more men than the Executive, but to be fair it would not have helped greatly if the Executive had had double the 23 players. I think the best I can write is that Rink 2 made a game of it against their opponents. Taking into account this was supposed to be a friendly I thought the Southey team on Rink 1 were very much up for it with their skip taking to firing shots whenever it looked like the President might have a few shots. Souter on Rink 6 was trailing badly until he picked up a 7, that helped raise his score considerably. These celebratory mixed matches are a real joy for the players (well except this one) where laughter and banter fill the air. I am sure that the best part of the day for the Presidents', was going home!
SHCL Surrey v Middlesex @ Croydon 20.5.17 136-85
Rink 1: Jonathan Winter, Bill Ayling, Charlie Souter, Pal Vamvacopoulos 17-18
Rink 2: Mark Porter, Mike Dutton, Graham Spencer, Paul Bennett 24-18
Rink 3: Jamie Tindall, Paul Manuel, Simon Greenwood, Finlay Morton 24-14
Rink 4: Myles Clements, Peter Staples, Simon Fishlock, Nathan Beeson 32-9
Rink 5: Pater Gay, Graham Dawber, Will Matthews, Mick Sigamoney 21-10
Rink 6: Paul Foley, Craig Baker, Don Leach, John Graham 18-16
After a week when weather has been, what can be described as bloody awful it was good to see the sun once again.
This SHC match was used by the MC Manager as a trial to watch some new faces go through their paces. I would think after this that he has a job on his hands to select a team, so promising were the majority of players on the green today. Leading the charge was Rink 4 with the hirsute Beeson skipping. Clements had a very good game at lead and was backed up well be Fishlock with Staples no being left out. They never gave their opposition a look in being 12-4 up at 10 ends 21-8 at 15 and running out 32-9. The ever reliable Sigamoney on Rink 5 had three players with him determined to show their worth, and I thought Mattews had a fine game. 15-3 at 10 ends was the bedrock of their game. Rink 3 skipped by Morton on his home green had Tindall and Manuel giving good service at the front to give Greenwood the opportunity of some good all round bowls. Bennet skipped Rink 2 and like me was probably singing that old song 'Oh Mr. Porter': his day was not up to his usual standard. Bennett was in excellent form , I must say, Vamvacopoulos's Rink 1 got off to a good start to be 11-4 up after 10 but let their opposition gradually claw the game back and score the winning single on the last end. Rink 6 as we all know can be tricky and in the early stages Graham's men stumbled being 6-12 down after 15, but a good finish saw them home. This was a good start to this competition and, as I wrote previously sets a problem for MC Manager Candeland in his future selections.
Surrey v Essex @ Wanstead Central 18.5.17 115-98
Rink 1: Neil Cooper, Roger Lanham, David Candeland, Peter Hunt 9-18
Rink 2: Martin Harbottle, Derek Pearce, Steve Sanderson, Joe Cable 24-15
Rink 3: Stefan Tomm, John Meningen, Graham Dawber, Derek Harvey 7-20
Rink 4: Peter Duncan, Colin Popple, John Tucker, Bill Ayling 23-22
Rink 5: John Mannering, John Hort, John Warren, Peter Marshall 31-14
Rink 6: Dave Hussey, Bill Hudson, Howard Quinnell, Mick Gray 21-9
What is it about the matches against Essex? Our trip to Wanstead was fine, come 1.00pm and the rain started and never relented, same as last season, although we managed to get to 18 ends this time. No wonder we struggle to get a team to play in this fixture. One rink that loved the conditions was Rink 5. Skipped by JVP Marshall they were flying although they let the opposition have a few shots over the last few ends. Gray on Rink 6 also had a good afternoon although he did describe the rink as difficult with the swing on the opposite side to the ditch, most unusual. My view of procedings was marred as I had to sit in the clubhouse but the far side of the green seemed to have the best of it. Ayling's men on Rink 4 struggled early on but managed a narrow win. One thing that can be said for President Harvey's rinks are that when he loses Surrey are sure to have won the game. Lady luck certainly was not on their side as far as Rink 3 was concerned, with wicks and knockups from the opposition going the opponent's way. I am concerned for Cable, the man has not seemed his normal self so far this season. Where are the loud comments, the cheeky cat calls? Rink 2 was quiet for quite a while today although it brightned slightly toward the closing stages as they edged away from their opponents. Hunt on Rink 1 with the Middleton Cup Manager Candeland on the rink, together with SVP Lanham should I would have thought had the Essex four for breakfast, but it proved to be them that got eaten. Common sense came at the 18 end when 48 bedraggled bowlers trooped off to the small changing rooms to dry off. The way this fixture is going it may have to be arranged for indoor!! Following the match the President presented John Meningen with his County Badge.
Surrey v Devon @ Yeovil 15.5.17 105-119
Rink 1: John Tucker, Jim Roberts, Steve Sanderson, Bill Ayling 26-10
Rink 2: Vernon Smith, Vic Hemmett, Gerry Vincent, Joe Cable 10-26
Rink 3: Martin Harbottle, Colin Popple, Peter Marshall, Peter Hunt 21-18
Rink 4: Roger Lanham, Dave Hill, Derek Harvey, Gordon Beddall 21-25
Rink 5: Peter Duncan, Fred Clarke, Edward Dear, Graham Robinson 18-17
Rink 6: Ron Brookbank, Peter Harwood, Dave Sowdon, Derek Clewley 9-23
Well, so much for sunshine! We set off in cloudy, dull conditions to our destination with our coach driver promising sunshine from 1.30pm onwards. Good job he's a better driver than a weather forecaster! Rain, rain rain all day, not heavy but that thin awful rain that gets to you. I must say that the poor start to our day was componded when the President forgot the sweets and the prize for the swindle and arriving at the venue was informed it was Surrey's match. We were also informed that there would be up to ten ladies preparing the food together with two men. and the President had only brought five gifts!! This did not bode well for the match and so it proved. Our third meeting resulted in a loss. Ayling on Rink 1 which was adjacent to the smoking area was well pleased with his three fellow bowlers who set off in great style. Cries of 'oggie, oggie' were heard several times across the green from Roberts. Problem was though at the other side of the green on Rink 6 Clewley's team was being treated to similar treatment by the opposition. The President's Rink 4 had a real tussle with their opposition and if they had not dropped a 5 and 3 in the last few ends would have come away with a win. Debutant Hill had a good steady game and with his tendency to heavy bowls contributed well to the scoring. Hunt's Rink 3 looked early on to be in for a thrashing but some good bowling by all earned them a win at the finish. Rink 5 skipped by Robinson were down for a good part of the match but came back to win by the odd shot. What, oh what, happened to Cable and his men goodness knows. Gone the encouraging cries from Cable, replaced I should imagine by groans as few good things went their way. Relief came as the match finished and we repaired to the clubhouse for tea. Yeovil always put on a good meal, and to the delight of SVP Lanham we were served chicken in a smooth onion sauce!!
Following the proceddings the President had much pleasure in presenting Dave Hill (Supreme) with his County Badge. Despite the crises a good day for all concerned.
Surrey v SCWBA @ Sutton 14.5.17 120-96
Rink 1: David Bridger, Howard Quinnell, Nigel Whiteman, Bill Ayling 16-15
Rink 2: David Loxton, David Lokkerbol, Mike Platt, Joe Cable 18-19
Rink 3: Colin Popple, Alf Medlin, Graham Dawber, Edward Dear 26-16
Rink 4: Alan Bradshaw, John Bennett, George Hope, John Cocoracchio 23-15
Rink 5: Frank Middleton, Dave walters, Peter Wenmouth, Derek Harvey 14-17
Rink 6: Robin Taylor, Peter Rapley, Bernie Pedersen, Peter Marshall 23-14
What a lovely day, and I must say I am pleased to be out in the sunshine. I am at present staying with SVP Marshall whilst my friend the President has much to do during his year. Unfortunately there is only room for me in the garage, where I am confined whist not on duty for the County, so roll on sunshine! This match certainly had a grudge to it following last season's drubbing from the Ladies, but honour was restored today. Rink 6 surged away at the start but was ggradually brought within a reasonable result by their opponents. Top rink went to Rink 3 skipped by Dear who all outplayed the Ladies four right through. The other four rinks were very close battles. A very intense match on Ayling's Rink 1 was won on the last end. Cable's Rink 2 were in a good position only to drop 9 shots in the last two ends. The President's Rink 4 was a very tight game with, as far as I could see, the Ladies having all the luck. Knock ups and wicks are not the type of shots that players of Surrey play. Theirs is a game of skill in drawing and good positional woods. My personal opinion is that morally the President's Rink took the honours. However the whole match was one where good fellowship and a laugh and a joke were utmost in players minds and to that end bowls was the winner.
Surrey v Cambridgeshire @ Newmarket Avenue 135-104
Rink 1: Bob Archer, Vic Hemmett, Edward Dear, Peter Marshall 18-18
Rink 2: Roger Lanham, Gavin Pocock, Howard Quinnell, Peter Miller 22-18
Rink 3: Dennis Knight, John Randall, Derek Harvey, Trevor Pocock 29-17
Rink 4: Martin Harbottle, Alan Reed, David Candeland, Gordon Beddall 28-9
Rink 5: Peter Duncan, Martin Morris, Steve Danderson, John Warren 13-24
Rink 6: Dave Hussey, Bill Hudson, Bernie Pedersen, Mick Gray 25-18
Oh! the glorious days of summer; the sun shining, a slight breeze and a reasonable green to play on. Such was the team's day to Newmarket. When I say a reasonable green, I might omit Rink 2 due to what appeared to be the resting place of one of the unsuccessful horses from the last race meeting, which provided a jumping off point for bowls travelling up the rink. Despite this the team led by SVP Lanham appeared to have a competitive game with their opponents, despite Skip Miller suffering the agony of a damaged thumb. Mind you a count of 6 and a 5 helped to boost their score. Early on things did not look good with Rink 1 skipped by JVP Marshall 0-12 down but with some good ends they recovered to end all square. Rink 5 skipped by Warren also suffered with a score of 0-19, however as the game moved on they pulled shots back to finish 11 down. Team of the day was Rink 4 with Beddall skipping. They were never in trouble and had a comfortable run to top rink. Hussey leadng for Gray on Rink 6 had a much improved game and some good end rink bowling from the four saw them seal a winning 7 shot advantage.The President's personal tally in the early matches has not seen a win. This match was different, with early ends for Rink 3 in which Randall was playing his first game, going their way they achieved 13 shots, unfortunately staying on that number for a few ends. Everything changed following a count of 6 and the team went on to a comfortable win. Following the match the President had the pleasure of presenting Randall with his County Badge.
Surrey v Dorset @ Poole Park 4.5.17 117- 109
Rink 1: Peter Duncan, Roger Lanham, Jim Mason, Peter Staples 16-23
Rink 2: Tony Bourne, Terry Foote, Peter Marshall, Colin Gray 22-16
Rink 3: Alex Neil, John Tucker, Gordaon Beddall, Bill Ayling 21-21
Rink 4: Roger Rashleigh, Norman Mann, Derek Harvey, Jim Scott 13-22
Rink 5: Howard Quinnell, Paul Manuel, Keith Searle, Peter Hunt 25-15
Rink 6: Roger Tarran, Martin Harbottle, John Warren, Joe Cable 20-12
One day's rest for the team and off on the road again. This time to a County that Surrey have not played for many years. Our journey took us to Poole Park, Dorset a delightful venue overlooking the lake. Venturing into the club house the team were housed in the Ladies Changing Room, where to be fair to everyone, Bourne was requested not to change until last, to allow the rest to attempt to swing the cat! The match was a far more pleasant experience than the heavy conditions experienced at Leamington. Early ends across the board seemed to favour Surrey apart from Staples's four on Rink 1 who were soon in trouble. This did not last and a really good late surge saw them pull back to finish only 7 down. Gray on Rink 2 seemed to have the best of things with Bourne putting up some good leading bowls. Similarly to Rink 1, Rink 4 skipped by Ayling suffered in the opening ends but some good bowls all round saw them finish with a well deserved draw. Rink 5 played well for virtually the whole of the game with luck going their way in tight measures. Cable, out on Rink 6 was quieter than normal, with all four playing steady bowls. Played 2 lost 2, is the President's personal record so far and with this game seemingly in their pocket the rink tripped up when reaching 13 shots. Qualifier Mann playing his first match for the County was an absolute joy to watch, with telling bowls on most ends; pity the rest couldn't emulate him. This bowler will go far, a thought I am sure that crossed Harvey's mind about where his opponents should go! The highlight for the President was to present Mann with his County Badge following the match. A quiet few days before the team venture into Cambridgeshire next Wednesday
Surrey v Warwickshire @ Leamington 2.5.17 116-114
Rink 1: Roger Lanham, Dave Harding, Dave Candeland, Peter Hunt 24-18
Rink 2: Alan Bradshaw, Jim Roberts, Peter Miller, Joe Cable 25-20
Rink 3: Neil Cooper, Roger Tarran, Mike Platt, Gordan Beddall 14-15
Rink 4: Dave Hussey, Martin Morris, Derek Harvey, Brian Cave 12-25
Rink 5: Dennis Knight, Martin Harbottle, Edward Dear, Bill Ayling 25-10
Rink 6: Robin Taylor, Steve Sanderson, Peter Marshall, Nigel Whiteman 16-26
Sense has returned and we are back to proper bowling outdoors with the normal weather for the time of year. The first match for new President Harvey, and what a match to start with. Tight right up until the last wood and a very slim win. I am pleased to be out and about again with the Surrey team following my recent trip to foreign parts. The story of the match is one of aching arms, strained backs and resignation that a hard few weeks lie in front of the team. Rinks 1 and 5 must have felt themselves very lucky to have been on the best of the six, and Rink 5 skipped by Ayling came out on top over their comrades on Rink 1. The way Hunt's rink started a huge winning margin looked on the cards but they gradually allowed their opponents into the game. Cable on Rink 2 was his usual noisy self and with Roberts and his irritating 'oggie, oggie oggie' call were heard throughout the match. Rink 3 with Cooper playing in borrowed socks were unlucky to go down on the last end. Rink 4 skipped by Cave were in their clash for 10 ends before their opponents luck and poor bowling from the President's rink turned the result. It must though be stressed that a score of 4 shots on the 18th end probably won the match for Surrey. Whiteman's Rink 6 struggled for most of the match but did have a spell where they narrowed the gap, but could not contain their opposition. The match was played on C Green and if this is any indication of the conditions to be found on the other four then I have a feeling the Nationals will produce some uncomplimentary comments. That being said the County is off to a winning start played with and against pleasant company.
Past Presidents v Warwickshire VPBA @ Welford 2.5.17 86-101
Rink 1: Peter Duncan, Bill Hudson, John Tucker, John Southwell 20-25
Rink 3: Colin Clarke: Colin Popple, Graham Robinson, Mick Gray 15-23
Rink 4: Bob Archer, David Smith, Ken Shopland, Derek Pearce 19-20
Rink 5: Tony Bourne, Charles Smith, Dave Walters, Terry Foote 19-16
Rink 6: Keith Atkins, Aga Hassan, Terry Sweeney Howard Quinnell 13-17
Reports from this match were rather sketchy, but with Rink 5 being the only winning rink it is suggested that all players in future partake of ham and eggs before the match to improve their overall game. It was agreed that Bourne who led placed his bowls in excellent short position ready for promotion to a spot nearer the jack. Unfortunately the biggest loss was by Rink 3, the Presidents rink although by his own admission Gray felt he saved the day for his rink. A losing start unfortunately but as we know the only way is up!
Bert Bowler's Holiday trip to Albufeira
Well the new season is upon us as I write my first report of 2017. Not really a County event but I thought you might like to know how my holiday jaunt to Portugal with members of Purley Bury, Purley, Hook & Southborough, Castle Carey (Somerset) and Worcester went.
It was a treat to have the President Derek Harvey with the group and I must admit that he provided some of the memorable events during the week! Firstly he suggested I might like to share the taxi to Gatwick on the 20th, and of course as these things go, the taxi was late. Arrival at the airport to book our cases in should have been easy with pre-booked boarding passes but oh no, that would be too simple. The President's case went through twice and he was charged £35 for an extra case!!
There is not much that can go wrong when enclosed in an aircraft and we landed safely. Travel Rep. there to meet us at Faro and away we go on the coach to our hotel. John Tucker had arranged four matches during the week, and the first was on carpet, no problem there then, except that chasing a stray wood heading for the next rink the President pulled up sharply and sustained an injury. Later that day I accompanied him to the local hospital clinic!! It could of course only happen to him that on sitting down to talk to the doctor we discovered that the man did not speak English! 3 hours later we emerge with a suspected Kidey infection, a prescription and 1 Euro poorer for the purchase of the sample pot!!
The rest of the week passed by with no major incidents and the group were successful in all four matches. The day for departure dawned wet and chilly and we were looking forward to our return home...............except, the return Boarding Passes are nowhere to be found, goodness is the President to be marooned in Portugal? Tour Rep. solves problem and we set off for Faro airport, get there too early and have to go around the check-in queue twice to kill time!
Flight called, all set for home; why are there 4 burly policemen getting on to our plane? It appears that a man on the inbound flight has pinched the bottom of a stewardess and the police have been called. Cabin crew off to the police station to make statements.
One and a half hours later we are at last on our way...............goodbye Portugal!
22nd December - President v SCIBA @ Croydon 91-132 (2-6)
Rink 1: Colin Clarke, Peter Marshall, Joe Cable, Trevor Pocock 12-23
Rink 2: Peter Duncan, Aga Hassan, Bernie Pedersen, Jim Scott 19-20
Rink 3: Tony Bourne, Derek Harvey, David Candeland, John Graham 10-27
Rink 4: Graham Dawber, Bill Ayling, Roger Lanham, Paul Vamvacopoulos 25-12
Rink 5: Robin Taylor, Terry Foote, Howard Quinnell, Peter Hunt 7-34
Rink 6: Edward Dear, Steve Sanderson, John Cocoracchio, Phil Clark 18-16
Well here we are again into a new season with the usual match v the indoor, and would you believe it, the score in points is the same as last season and there is only a 4 shot difference from then. The game was a two part affair with the gap of around 30 shots maintained for three quarters of the ends and then the indoor gradually eased away. Leading lights for the outdoor were Rink 4 with Vamvacopoulos skipping a very good four. SVP Lanham had an excellent game as the raucus cheering each time he bowled announced. Clark's men on Rink 6 had a very tight game with each side keeping the scores level for almost all of the 21 ends. It must be said that Clark, having been the last to arrive and almost late, left it late to take the win. Rink 2 skipped by Scott were unlucky to just fall short of the win going down by a single shot. Rink 3 handicapped as it was by having the President at two were in the most part outbowled by the opposition, although Graham produced some nice bowls. They did however manage to get into double figures. Rink 1 did their best to contain the opposition but finished 11 shots off the pace. Bringing up the rear was Rink 5 whose members were certainly not shown any Christmas spirit by their opposition. That's about the best I can say.
We draw a curtain on 2016 and I take the opportunity to wish all my readers a Happy Christmas and a really great New Year.