DEVIZES Bowls Club continued their centenary celebrations by hosting Bowls Wiltshire men’s representative side for a six-rink match on their green at Long Street.
Devizes only took the honours on two of the six rinks, managing a draw on another as they went down 112-100 to the county men’s representative side.
Top rink honours were shared for the Devizes men with the foursomes skipped by Dave Reeves and Colin Little both winning by four shots.
Devizes men’s captain Dave Greenwood’s rink skipped by Gerald Webb managed to draw their match 16-16 against the Wiltshire county officials rink skipped by 2017 president John Southern.
“The match was played in a good spirit befitting the occasion and was on total shots and I believe the BWM won by a few shots,” said club spokesman Gerald Webb.
“Dave Greenwood (Devizes men’s captain) spoke about how the green was given to the club in 1919 and how the club had grown into the success it is today.”
Devizes were due to host the Bowls England representative side led by 2017 national president Viv Tomlinson (Lancashire) for an eight-rink mixed match, which was sponsored by local firm Renelec Groundworks Ltd, on Tuesday.
The hat-trick of matches in June is completed next week on Wednesday, June 21 when Devizes welcome the Chelsea Pensioners to their green for a six rink match starting at 2pm, which has been sponsored by another local firm MM Carpet and Flooring Supplies.
Devizes v Bowls Wiltshire men (Devizes names first), Rink 1: Don Tucker, Phil Cave, Bill Cowan & Pete Fielding lost to Gerry and Graeme Vincent (both Highworth), Sid Jay (Spencer Melksham) & Martin Salter (Wroughton) 11-21. Rink 2: Mike Alexander, Phil Coombes, Keith Scrannage & Trefor Jones lost to Alec Burden (Amesbury), John Snell (Alderbury), Bob George (Wro) & Richard Gardiner (Supermarine) 13-19. Rink 3: Bryan Reeves, Martin Thompson, Dave Greenwood (capt) & Gerald Webb drew with Pete Sanders (IPP), Stewart Allison (SVP), Dave Williams (JVP) & John Southern (2017 men’s president) 16-16. Rink 4: Ken Surman, Richard Bradfield, Tom Mullins & Dave Reeves beat Peter Naish, Cliff Gumm (both Trowbridge Westbourne), Clive Swift (Blue Circle) & Bob Fredericks (Salisbury) 22-18. Rink 5: Harry Garlick, Bernard Fox, John Scoffield & Colin Little beat Ken Bray, Malcolm Hole, Colin Easton & Tom Newman (all Avon) 23-19. Rink 6: Harry Crate, Peter Diwell, Terry Miles & Jonathan Cook lost to Barry Folland (Salisbury), Sid Wilson (Pewsey Vale), Dave Richards (Trow West) & Bill Collier (Ames) 15-19.
Score: Devizes Men lost to Bowls Wiltshire Men 100-112.
Report courtesy of Dave Eaton and the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.