Author: <span>Ash</span>

Bowls Wiltshire County Finals

10th September 2022

Saturday 10th September saw the Bowls Wiltshire County Finals return to the Devizes greens.

Amongst the first games played was the semi-final of the Ladies Unbadged 2 wood Singles.

Devizes’ Dawn Holt was drawn to play against Vanessa McCormack of Amesbury.
After an evenly matched start, Vanessa managed to pull ahead and Dawn admitted defeat after 18 ends.

Although very disappointed with her performance on the day, Dawn was heard to say,

“There’s always next year! If somebody had told me at the start of this season that I would end up playing in a County semi-final, I would have been delighted!   Congratulations to Vanessa on a match well played.”



Saturday 3rd September 

Weekend of excellent bowls competition, the weather was perfect the expected rain stayed away and the manicured greens were tricky enough to draw out the best in our club members.

Saturday morning started with the Mens Championship between John and Matt a nip and tuck event all the way to the end !

At the same time the Mens Endeavour was being fought by Richard and Kelvin .

Saturday afternoon, started with the Over 60’s Championship starring John and Les.

Over on another rink we had the Mens 2 Wood final with Kiwi and Matt.

Sunday 4th September, it all started with the Mens Pairs final featuring Les and Kiwi versus Kelvin and Chris.

Whilst at the same time John and Mike fought for the Centenary Cup 9 consisting of two sets of nine ends, players need to win a set each to force a decider. It was decided however with just two sets played but with at least one interesting incidence during the game !

The afternoon we watched the Ladies 2 Wood final between Marie and Patricia played with determination and skill !

Tucked away on rink 1 we had the finale of the reknowned Husband and Wife competition , enter this competition at your own risk ! The Normans and the Scofields fought it out bravely without armour .

I leave it to you to view the images to determine the winners in each competition, answers on a postcard to email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Ladies County Unbadged 2 Wood NEWS

Saturday 20th August, at the Devizes Bowls Club we saw the matches to determine the last 4 for the semi-finals of the County Wide Competition.

The finals are to be held at Devizes and will be on the 10-11 September.

We congratulate them all and especially to our member Dawn Holt who made it through ! Well done !

So come on everyone show her our support on the finals day by coming to watch.



Captains Day 2022

Sunday 14th August the sun shone, it was hot 31° C but it did not stop us, well not quite we could only manage ten ends !

The LINE UP, is there a theme going on here !


There were winners and those that came second, moving swiftly on and quickly into the club where the wine flowed and the food was delicious !



The occasion draws to a close the Captaincy of Tom Mullins and Ali Cross, well done both of you !






The opportunity to make history for the club in this County Competition by going on to win the competition was sadly missed for this year but next  year …..

Great day of  Bowls at Salisbury Bowls Club who gave a wonderful welcome to the ladies and spectators.

The two games we saw were played with such good humour as can be seen from the photo of one of our teams.

Well done ladies and applause for the hosts SBC !





Everyone loves to play at Devizes Bowls Club and so once again the County Championship Finals come to Devizes.

Last weekend some brilliant exhibitions of the sport were seen , next weekend Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th you have the opportunity to see more exciting finals DON’T MISS IT !


The Mens Fours final between Spencer Moulton and Wootten Bassett and the winners receive their trophy.

Well done Wootten Bassett !

Excellent Marker Session held at the Club on 23rd July

Marianne Menzies and Ian Riach delivered an interesting session both theory and practice and for all those who attended you might find the following useful

Extract from World Bowls Guidelines for Markers

Communication of information by the Marker

Only answer questions asked by the player in possession of the rink, remembering that possession of the rink passes to the opponent as soon as a bowl comes to rest, allowing time for marking that bowl as a toucher.
Only answer the question asked and be concise. For example, if you are asked “Am I holding shot” – then answer “Yes”.
In general, don’t provide information that has not been asked for! Equally, use common sense. For example: if you are asked “Am I holding shot” and the player is holding two shots, you should say;
“Yes, you are holding two”.
If you are unsure which is shot bowl, don’t be afraid to say that it is a measure. Don’t be forced into making a decision when you are unsure.
It is important to have an understanding of the type of questions which players are likely to ask and to be able to anticipate the information that they are looking for – you are their eyes at the head.
For example, if a player asks “Is that bowl jack high?” and the bowl is not exactly jack high, tell the player how far short or past jack high it actually is.

Be as accurate as you can when giving distances. For example, if a bowl is 45 centimetres (18 inches) short do not say that it is 60 centimetres (two feet) short -players will quickly lose confidence in you if you do.