Henley Bowling Club Wins League for First Time in 30 Years

Henley has finished the season on top of the Oddfellows Triples League (OTL) table, winning the league for the first time in the last thirty years of the Club’s collective memory. This is despite drawing their last OTL fixture with Hurst. It also looks like Henley will end up on top of the other league they compete in, the Plomer Cup. An exceptional double to round up a great season.

Henley entertained Hurst on 18 September in a thrilling draw, winning on two rinks, drawing on one, and losing on two. By the penultimate seventeenth end, Henley had an overall lead of 8 shots on all five rinks but dropped shots on every one in the last end resulting in a drawn match 83-83, with the points equally shared 7-7. Norman Daniells with Joan Edwards and Peter Watkins picked up a 7 on end two and raced to a 16 shot lead after six ends, eventually running out winners 20-11. Gill Robins with Nigel Bridges and Keith Lawrance were 6 down after eight ends, level after ten ends, then winning 20-13. Dave Wilson with Andy Scott and Angelika Crisa were level after six ends, 5 down after fifteen ends then finishing 16-16. Peter Borsberry with Colin Ward and Romy Painter were level on 14 all after twelve ends, but fell away to go down 15-23. David Burdon with Maurice Robins and Jo Wilson we’re level 5 all after seven ends, but fell away to go down 12-20.

Henley had mixed results in the two friendly fixtures it played in the last week. On 15 September, Henley entertained Hagbourne in a four mixed friendly match winning on three, losing on one and running out winners 83-54. Gill Robins with Kevin Browne and Keith Lawrance raced to an early lead, winning by the great margin of 27-7. Colin Ward with Joan Edwards and Brian Duddy were 7 up after seven ends, pegged back to 1 up after eleven ends, then pulled away to win 21-15. Andy Scott with Jeanie Davies and Maurice Robins were 4 up after four ends, but fell away losing 13-21. Peter Borsberry with Martin Taylor and Angelika Crisa were level pegging after eleven ends, then accelerated away to win 22-11.

On 19 September the Club visited Three Mile Cross in a five mixed friendly match going down 72-99. Peter Borsberry with Nigel bridges and Angelika Crisa had a closely fought match, level 13 all after seventeen ends, only to drop 3 on the final end to go down 13-16. Jeanie Davies with Richard Kingston and John Wilkinson were 2 up after eight ends, but fell away to go down 17-23. Andy Scott with Joan Edwards and Maurice Hill, in his first match, we’re 5 up after nine ends, but struggled over the next nine ends to go down 14-21. Gill Robins with Jim Turner and John Cross started slowly, level at 12 all after thirteen ends, but going down 12-18. David Burdon with Maurice Robins and Angelika Crisa struggled up to end fourteen, then picked up 9 over the next four ends to finish 16-21.

The season ends for Henley on Sunday 26 September, with no further fixtures and just one more round in each of its weekly competitions, Points on Tuesday morning and the Spoon Drive on Friday evening. In Points, Joan Edwards has won the Ladies’ league but the Men’s league can still be won by Andy Scott, Brian Duddy or Kevin Browne. In the Spoon Drive, that too could come down to the final game but with Peter Borsberry on top, it will need a major upset in the last game of the season for either John Wilkinson in second or Maurice Hill in third to top the league.