Devizes Short Mat v Seend Short Mat

Wednesday 17th January saw the next game in the phase of friendly matches being played by the short mat members of our club with another match at home against Seend.
The format for this one was two teams of four players playing ten ends on one mat before changing to the second mat for the second half of the game, another ten ends.

The team of Geoff Woollan, Alison Cross, Dennis Helm and Peter Charters had a magnificent though tight first half winning 9-8 but unfortunately, as can happen, the wheels came of the truck during the second ten ends when they lost 4-15.
Meanwhile Keith Scrannage, Kevin Hannam, Lynn Williams and Jeff Whiting lost narrowly on both phases of the match with scores of 8-10 and 3-9.

As ever with the matches against Seend the night was played in great spirit and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Terry Miles.

Short Mat (Now We Are Three)

Last week saw the arrival of a third mat opening up the opportunity for additional players to join in. As it can be seen from the photographs the associated additional equipment is not yet fully up to specification and will not be until the toilet rolls have run out!

Well done the short mat team a great enhancement to the clubs facilities.


Short Mat Reports

This year has seen major advances in the development of the winter short mat activities where on a number of occasions over 20 members have turned up for a game which was more than could be accommodated. Ideas on how this can be overcome are on the agenda for the forthcoming bowls committee meeting but in the meantime below is a report from short mat leader Terry Miles.

13th November 2017
Urchfont’s visit to Devizes Bowls Club was a very successful evening. Urchfont brought 16 players, so everybody had a game. After 8 ends we stopped for supper which was very kindly provided by some of our players, then carried on to play another 8 ends. The result was a good one for the club, with a convincing win.
Our return visit is on 30th January 2018. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

27th November 2017
This was Bromham’s first visit to our Club, they brought along 8 players of a high standard which gave our players a better insight into what would be required to play in the leagues. Bromham won easily, hope we can improve on our next return game, which is yet to be arranged.

5th December 2017
This was our second visit to Seend and this time we took along a few new players. It bodes well for the future of short mat within the club when we report that they did us proud by only losing the game by 1 shot. There were 3 mats out, 12 players per side – we lost two and won 1, which was very encouraging. All had a good evening and we look forward to the return game on 17th January 2018.

6th December 2017
Leo’s (Junior Lions) had a return visit to the club to have a taster session to short mat. Unfortunately their numbers were a bit depleted this year with only 8 Leo’s. With the addition of a fish and chip evening all had a good time.

Terry Miles

A Work In Progress (or is it??)

The autumn work has now started on both top and bottom greens and Trefor is looking for help next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, subject to dry weather, so please ring him (his number is in the handbook). As you will see from the pictures below it is not all hard work there are moments of relaxation and creativity as we now have Short Mat indoors and Micro Mat outdoors



Club Finals Week-End

The club competitions finals week-end was equivalent to the occasional match we play that becomes known as a match of two halves when a team is well behind then catches up in the second half. In terms of the club competitions this took the shape of a magnificent sunny ideal bowling day on the Saturday then a horrible cold wet and windy Sunday, conditions that some bowlers managed better than others.

Congratulations to all those who qualified to play in these finals, particularly those who won their games to become champions but without doubt special congratulations must go to Peter Fielding who qualified for five events and won all of them. This is the first time in the recent history of these competitions that this has been achieved.

Results are shown in the table below following the photographs.



Cup Winner
Ladies Rose Bowl Winner Rose Merritt
Ladies Rose Bowl Runner Up Wendy Gaisford
Mens Championship Winner Peter Fielding
Mens Championship Runner Up Matt Thompson
Ladies Endeavour Winner Isobel Scofield
Ladies Endeavour Runner Up Elise Ambridge
Mens Endeavour Winner Michael Lichtwaric
Mens  Endeavour Runner Up Keith Scrannage
Ladies 2 Wood Winner Rosemary Keen
Ladies 2 Wood Runner Up Sue Reeves
Mens 2 Wood Winner Jonathan Cook
Mens 2 Wood Runner Up Colin Little
Ladies Handicap Winner Patricia Reeves
Ladies Handicap Runner Up Rose Merritt
Mens Handicap Winner Peter Fielding
Mens Handicap Runner Up Les Griffin
Centenary Cup Winner Peter Fielding
Centenary Cup Runner Up Les Griffin
Over 60’s Winner Jonathan Cook
Over 60s Runner Up Les Griffin
Ladies Pairs Winners Denise Howard/Bev Lilley
Ladies Pairs Runners Up Lyn Hicks/Rosemary Keen
Mens Pairs Winners Keith Scrannage/Peter Fielding
Men’s Pairs Runners Up Will Wrobel/Steve Mulligan
Mixed Pairs Winners Wendy Gaisford/Peter Fielding
Mixed Pairs Runners Up Sue Reeves/Les Griffin
Husband and Wife Winners H & S Garlick
Husband and Wife Runners Up D & M Greenwood




Officers through to the final

Devizes BC  are in the final of the Bowls Wiltshire Officers Triples following yesterday afternoons convincing semi-final win against Avon. The triple of Dave Greenwood, Bev Lilley & Gerald Webb were soon in control of this match building up a 16 nil lead after 6 ends. They continued to build a lead until the 14 end when the Avon Triple of Dawn Edwards, Peter Renshaw & John Crowder conceded the game with the score standing at 31 – 7. The Devizes Officers will now meet Wanborough on Sunday 10th of September at the Bowls Wiltshire finals which are held at Devizes.

Second win in a week for Three Rink Team

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.