The Three Rink team won their second game in a week last night when they defeated North Wilts 8 – 2 at homet. On Rink 4 Peter Charters, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson were involve in a close game throughout finally winning 18 – 14. On Rink 5, Keith Scrannage, Ken Roberts, Robin Drake & Gerald Webb had a convincing victory winning 25 – 13 and then on Rink 6 Mike Alexander, Phil Cave, Terry Miles & Pete Fielding were in a close game until on the twentieth end they dropped a 6 so losing 16 – 24. This left an aggregate score of 59 shots to 51. Next up Chippenham Park at home on Monday.
Last night the 3 Rink League side entertained Warminster in a game which had varying results on all rinks. On Rink 2 Alan Sims, Ken Roberts., Robin Drake & Gerald Webb had a convincing 26 – 9 shot win. Rink 3 was a very close affair with both teams leading at times during the match and with the score all level at 15 all after 19 ends the Devizes team managed to win the last 2 ends to win 19 – 15. Rink 4 was a totally different game with Keith Scrannage, David Ryde-Rogers, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson struggling to get into the game and after 15 ends were 22 – 5 down. But they stuck at it and score 7 shots over the last 6 ends finally losing 26 – 12, these 7 shots helping to secure the aggregate score and an 8 – 2 win. Next up North Wilts at home on Friday.
Last night the Four Rink League brought their 2017 season to a close with an emphatic 111 shots to 49 win over local rivals Pewsey Vale. All Rinks had good wins, on Rink 3 Alan Sims, Dave Greenwood, Terry Miles & Pete Fielding won 33-10, on Rink 4 Mike Alexander, Will Wrobel, Chris Merrifield & Colin Little won 27-17, on Rink 5 Keith Scrannage, Ken Curtis, Trefor Jones & Gerald Webb won 25-12 and finally on Rink 6 Peter Romijn, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves & Matt Thomson won 26-10. So a 14 nil win meaning than the club finished eighth in the Southern Area league.
On Saturday afternoon the Three Rink side travelled to Stratton Churchway where they has a successful match winning 8 – 2. On Rink 3 Mike Alexander, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves and Captain Matt Thompson struggled to get into the game going down 29 shots to 12, but on the other two rinks there was far more success when on Rink 4 Keith Scrannage, Phil Cave, Steve Mulligan & Pete Fielding had a convincing 30 shots to 10 win and on Rink 5 Gerald Webb, Ken Roberts, Trefor Jones & Colin Little won 28 shots to 9. This gave a convincing aggregate score of 70 shots to 48. Next match is on Friday away to Chippenham Park.
On Friday evening the Club’s Officers Triples team of Dave G, Bev & Gerald were up against the current holders of the Bowls Wiltshire Officers Triples from Pewsey Vale. The triple got off to a good start and maintain their advantage to win 20 shots to 7. In the Semi Final they will be at home to Avon.
The ladies and retired gents of Devizes entered the arena for the annual battle of the sexes on what turned out to be a friendly and enjoyable sunny afternoon. The contest was over just four rinks as the number of members signing up was very limited (WHERE WERE YOU ALL??) this annual contest is always an enjoyable in-house contest where everyone is welcome and an good starting point for newer bowlers.
As you would expect the friendly rivalry was in evidence from the word go but it was the ladies that took an early lead and at the 7th end were up on three rinks and by 14 shots. By the half way mark the men had managed to reduce this to just a 3 point deficit then went ahead by 3, then the ladies were ahead by 3 …………… and so it went on to the end.
Captains Sheila Garlick and Dave Greenwood decided to keep the result hush hush until after the buffet when the presentations started with a tribute and birthday surprise to our one and only Eleanor who was made to stand on a platform whilst the ensemble sang happy birthday.
After this top rink awards were presented and President Rosemary Bradbury retrieved the trophy secretly from the back office. Would it have a pink ribbon or would it have a blue one??? surprise surprise it was BOTH as the result was 79-79, a hard earned very fair draw.
Last night the club played against Broughton Gifford in the Three Rink League and won 64 shots to 45. on Rink 1 Gerald Webb, Keith Scrannage, Robin Drake & Colin Little had a comfortable 28 -11 win. Rink 2 was a much closer affair as after 19 ends the match was tied at 15 all,however Bill Cowan, Ken Roberts, Steve Mulligan & Pete Fielding dropped 1 shot on the last two ends to lose 17 – 15. Rink 3 was also a close affair with the Devizes rink of Mike Alexander, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson trailing by 17 shots to 14 after 19 ends but picked up 7 shots on the last two ends to win 21 – 17, so an 8 points to 2 victory.
The Mid-Wilts “B” team suffered another dip in form with a loss on Thursday to Blue Circle, a team they had beaten 14-0 on the last occasion they met, making two games lost in a row for the first time this season.
A much rearranged team, brought about by illnesses and injuries fought hard to keep ahead but finished up winning on one rink, drawing on a second but loosing on the other two.
The trio of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Ray Ward drew 15-15, Phil Coombes, Pat Chapman and Colin Smith went down 14-23, Steve Brown, Simon Northway and Terry Miles were defeated 9-23 and the winning rink of Michael Alexander, Monty Smith and Will Wrobel achieved a result of 17-15. These scores however were insufficient to gain the aggregate points so the match was lost3 points to 11.
Hopefully a return to form can be achieved next week at Spencer Melksham.
In the Quarter Final of the Men’s National Over 55 Rinks competition Jonathan Cook, Gerald Webb, Trefor Jones & Colin Little won a close game 19 – 18. They started slowly and after 5 ends were 8 – 3 down , but they clawed their way back into the contest and at 10 ends the match was all square. They then got in front and at 15 ends held a 16 – 12 lead, one which they held as, going into the last end they held a 3 shot advantage which was enough to secure the win. They will now play in the semi finals at Devizes on Sunday 16th July. The winners of this competition will represent the county at Royal Leamington Spa in August at the National Championships.
The Four Rink League match against Warminster was a close affair although it was a 10 – 2 victory. On Rink 1 Alan Sims, Keith Scrannage, Trefor Jones & Gerald Webb started well and were 8 – 3 up after 5 ends but then lost the next 6 ends to be 14 – 8 down. Picking up a 5 on the end 20 it brought the scores level but the visitors picked up the one shot on the last end to secure victory. On Rink 2 Pete Romijn, Robin Drake, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson were 10 – 2 up at 11 ends but then conceded the lead over the next 5 ends to be 11 – 10 down. They pick up one shot on the last end to tie the score. On Rink 3 Will Wrobel, John Scoffield, Jonathan Cook & Colin Little were always in control of their match with a 25 – 7 victory which not only secured a rink win but the aggregate score as well. on Rink 4 Peter Charters, Chris Merrifield, Steve Mulligan & Pete Feilding were in a close game all the way through and like rink 2 picked up one on the last end to draw the rink. So an 2 82 – 65 aggregate score. Next week the team travels to Corsham.