On Wednesday 21 June Devizes played away against Box in the Wilts Four Rink League. On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson were off to a flying start only losing 1 of the first ten ends and were 14-1 in front. Nothing changed in the next 11 ends and they ran out emphatic winners 26-4. On Rink 3, W Wrobel, J Scoffield, J Cook and C Little also started well and were 11-0 in front at 7 ends, but then the game changed around and at 15 ends they were only 13-12 in front but they finished well winning 20-14. On Rink 4, P Charters, T Mullins, S Mulligan and P Fielding were playing a triple and got off to a bad start being 0-9 down after 5 ends. They came back very well and were 17-22 down with 1 end to go. Unfortunately they dropped 1 shot on the last end with a close measure and with the score adjustment because of the triple lost 17-17.25. On Rink 5, A Sims, K Scrannage, T Jones and G Webb started well and were 15-4 up at 10 ends but then things went against them but they hung on to win 19-15. The match result was a win for Devizes by 82-50.25 on shots and 12-2 on points.
In the Tea and Biscuit League on 20 June Devizes A played away at Broughton Gifford. The game was close and at tea Devizes were 9-6 in front. The team of Alan Sims, Peter Charters, Dave Reeves and Trefor Jones continued in the next 11 ends with a similar score line winning 20-13 A welcome win after two losses.
In the Wilts 4RL on Wednesday 31 May Devizes played at home to Spencer Moulton. On Rink 1, J Cook, J Scofield, C Merrifield and C Little were 4 shots down after 4 ends and they finished 4 shots down losing 17-21. On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Mat Thompson were never in front and lost 14-21. On Rink 3, K Oliver, R Drake, D Reeves and P Fielding also were never in front and lost 15-28. On Rink 4, A Sims, M Mitcham, T Jones and G Webb were in a close game throughout and finished winning 19-17. The match result was a loss for Devizes by 65-87 on shots and 2-12 on points.
On Wednesday 7 June Devizes played away to Winsley in the Wilts 4RL. On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson started well, being 5-2 up after 2 ends and at 14 ends were level 12-12 but then it went downhill, losing 15-20. On Rink 3, A Sims, M Mitcham, R Drake and T Jones won more ends but dropped too many big counts and lost 16-27. On Rink 4, P Charters, K Oliver, S Mulligan and P Fielding were never in the game, losing 7 of the first 8 ends and finished up losers by 13-33. On Rink 5, W Wrobel, J Scofield, J Cook and C Little were always in front from end 2 and won 18-10. The result was a loss for Devizes by 62-90 on shots and 2-12 on points.
On Wednesday 14 June in the Wilts 4RL Devizes played at home to Chippenham Park. Devizes started badly and were 8 shots down after 1 end. On Rink 1, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson dropped 5 shots on the first end and were never in front losing 13-23. On Rink 2, P Charters, K Oliver, S Mulligan and P Fielding also started badly and were losing 2-7 after 5 ends and 3-14 after 10 ends. They did recover in the next 11 ends but still lost 18-21. On Rink 3, A Sims, K Scrannage, R Drake and T Jones also started badly and were 0-6 down after 2 ends. The difference was the same after 10 ends and also after 15 ends with the score 14-19, but they won 5 of the remaining 6 ends and drew 20-20. On Rink 4, W Wrobel, J Scofield, J Cook and C Little were in control from the start and were winning 18-3 after 10 ends and completed a very good win by 29-9. The match result was a welcome win for Devizes by 80-73 on shots and 9-5 on points.
In a close match the rink of Keith Scranage, Robin Drake, Steve Mulligan and Colin Little had what looked a comfortable win but within the context of the match it was a close win as the other two rinks lost. On rink 1 Will Wrobel, Phil Cave, Matt Thompson & Gerald Webb playing against a triple always struggled losing 17 shots to 18 after the visitors score had been reduced by 25%. On Rink 3 Ken Surman, Ken Roberts, Dave Reeves & Pete Fielding battled hard but lost 18 – 26 so a 59 to 54 aggregate score and 6 – 4 on points. Next up Blue Circle at home on Monday evening.
In the Wilts Four Rink League on Wednesday 24 May Devizes played away to Salisbury. This was a similar game and result to the previous 4RL game, a game of two halves. P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Matt Thompson were close at 10 ends with the score 8-7 and in the next 11 ends scored 3 shots on 3 ends and a 5 on another but also dropped a 6 on one end but won 25-17. P Charters, W Wrobel, D Reeves and P Fielding were also in a close game with the score 7-6 after 10 ends and it continued close and resulted in a win 18-15. J Cook, K Oliver, C Merrifield and C Little lost the first 5 ends and never recovered losing 12-29. A Sims, M Mitcham, R Drake and T Jones were 9-8 up after 10 ends but then lost the next 8 ends and eventually lost 13-28. The result was a loss for Devizes by 68-89 on shots and 4-10 on points.
Also in the Wilts Four Rink League played at home to Trowbridge Westbourne on Friday 26 May in a re-arranged a game from the previous wet Wednesday. On Rink 1, J Cook, J Scofield, C Merrifield and C Little took an early lead and were 12-8 after 10 ends and also won the next 10 ends by a similar margin winning 25-16. On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Matt Thompson were 12-5 up after 10 ends and finished strongly winning 25-9. On Rink3, A Sims, M Mitcham, T Jones and G Webb lost the first 4 ends and were 0-6 down but at 10 ends had taken the lead 13-9 and they also finished strongly winning 28-14. On Rink 4, P Charters, W Wrobel, D Reeves and P Fielding made a good start and were 14-5 up after 10 ends and maintained the lead winning 23-12. The result was a win for Devizes 101-51 on shots and 14-0 on points.
On Monday 22nd May Matt Thompson led the 3 rink league side to an 8 – 2 victory away at Warminster. On rink 1 Matt with Will Wrobel, Keith Scrannage & Phil Cave won by 21 shots to 12, whilst on rink 2 Peter Charters, Martin Thompson, Steve Mulligan and Colin Little suffered a 23 – 16 defeat. On rink 3 Mike Alexander, Ken Roberts, Dave Reeves and Pete Fielding had a closer game when they picked up 4 shots over the last four ends to win 18 – 15 giving an aggregate score of 55 shots to 50 to Devizes.
In the Tea and Biscuit League on Tuesday 23 May Devizes A played at home to North Wilts A. This was a close game throughout with the score 6-6 at the tea and biscuit break. The team of Alan Sims, Keith Scrannage, Trefor Jones and Colin Little finally won this close game 16-15.
Two games to report on for the Tea & Biscuits “E” team, a new team entered in the White Horse League for the first time this year. Match one with players Peter Diwell, Simon Northway, Richard Bradfield and Phil Brown travelled to Bradford on Avon and had a close fought match that mainly turned at end two when the team dropped a five. The rest of the game was very even with Devizes winning 11 ends and Bradford 10 and a final result of 17-21.
In the second game Richard Bradfield, Simon Northway, Phil Brown and Phil Cave came across very strong opposition from Chippenham Town and even home advantage did not prevail as the team lost heavily 37 shots to 5. They hope for better luck next time when they play away at Spencer Melksham.
On Wednesday 10 May Devizes played their first game remembered against Spencers Melksham in the Wilts 4RL. The game was played at Spencers and was a game of two halves. On Rink 2, P Charters, W Wrobel, D Reeves and P Fielding scored 1 shot on the first end but then it went downhill and they lost 9-32. On Rink 3, M Mitcham, K Oliver, C Merrifield and C Little won the first 2 ends but then lost the next 8 ends and did not recover losing 11-30. On Rink 4, A Sims, R Drake, T Jones and G Webb were in a close game at 10 ends with the score 9-7 but then gained a big advantage winning 32-12. On Rink 5, P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Mat Thompson took an early lead and were leading 13-3 after 10 ends and then kept the scores even winning 23-15. The match result was a loss for Devizes by 75-89 on shots and 4-10 on points.
With the continuing heavy rain and with bowlers welfare in mind both greens are now closed for the day (Wednesday 17th May). This means that both the Four Rink League match against Trowbridge Westbourne and the Norwest League Match against North Wilts Red Devils have been postponed. Hopefully, weather permitting, the Top Green will be open tomorrow.