A sunny day and friendly bowlers welcomed our team for the DBE vs Stony Stratford BC match.
Overall the match was very tight from start to finish with every one having a very enjoyable time. Stony Stratford BC’s facilities are excellent and the members made the team welcome, they won the match 46-43 and then gave them some fantastic food. We had many compliments about the match from our members.
This years Gedling Open Pairs competition was, again, very well attended over the weekend of 17th/18th August. Organiser Maggy Smith, in her usual efficient and cheery style arranged all 24 bowlers into two round robin groups of six pairs.
Ray Smith & Khalila Hussain, Colin Wagstaff & Daniel Adams, Helen Wood & Bob Love, Steve Angus & Darren Moon, Mark Cooper & Claire Domville, Ray and Hilary.
Val & Alan, Steve Biggs & John Greaves, Alastair Domville & Lee Whiteley, Alex Comack & Andy, Paul Hawks & Harry Atkin, Gary Swift & John Rogers.
Matches were played over 90 minutes each, one shot counting on the first end only, killed jacks being re-spotted on the ‘T’. Winners of each group played in the final for the trophy and and group runners up played for 3rd and 4th places.
Colin Wagstaff and, fellow Club member, Daniel Adams played Gary Swift of Harrogate and John Rogers from Tamworth, this was an extremely close affair with Colin and Daniel winning by 1 shot to take 3rd place.
Helen & Bob looked to repeat last years success meeting Steve Bigg & John Greaves. Both undefeated in their respective groups. The early ends were extremely close with the lead changing frequently before the experience of Helen & Bob took them into the lead eventually winning by 7 shots.
Well done to all competitors treating the many spectators to a high standard of bowls. Thanks go to organiser Maggy Smith, to Gedling IBC for running the competition, to their many helpers and Mr Bill Blaney for sponsoring the tournament, trophy and prizes.
We had a great afternoon with some excellent bowling. Unfortunately we lost on all our triples as you can see, with the overall score 46-61. Jake and Thomas Martin had a very profitable afternoon when a spectator said he would give them a pound if they hit the jack. A few pounds later he stopped!!!! New members Dan Rogers and Michelle White bowled well and enjoyed their first friendly with DBE.
My thanks go to the members of Sawbridgeworth BC especially Captain Robin and Natalie Chalcraft for their kindness and hospitality.
For the second year the DBE North South Challenge was held at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club and was a featured event during Bowls England’s National Championships. Players turning out for this event was, again, excellent travelling from all over England and bringing with them many, many, supporters.
The match was over 6 rinks and the teams were as follows:-
Tony Allcock gave a really supportive speech after the match encouraging the players, thanking the helpers and said that Bowls England where very pleased to support DBE and welcomed us back next year.
The DBE National Outdoor Singles final was held on Saturday 3rd August at Royal Leamington Spa during Bowls England National Championships.
Mike Robertson and Mike Distin played their final just prior to the North South Challenge. On a bright sunny day the match started in Mike Robertson’s favour quickly taking a 7-0 lead before Mike Distin picked up two shots and the mat. The course of the match changed with Mike Distin chipping away at his opponents lead. At 7 all the mat changed hands when Mike Robertson picked up a 3 then piling the pressure on finally running out Champion at 14-10. An excellent performance by both bowlers in ideal conditions.