On Thursday 11 August, Henley Bowling Club welcomed the 41 Club to a social evening of bowling. The 41 Club, a national organisation, was formed in 1945 to provide a way for members of Round Table to continue their friendships after retirement from Round Table at the then obligatory age of 40. The full name is “The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs” and it forms part of “The Round Table Family”. A dozen of their members played an entertaining game of bowls which was then followed by a fish and chip supper.
The club also entertained Hagbourne last week on Wednesday (10 August) in a five mixed triples Plomer Cup match, losing on four of the five rinks with a score of 74-102. Henley gaining just two of the available twelve points. Kevin Currill with Frank Powell and Trish Jones were never behind. After fifteen ends, the match was close at 10-9 but Henley picked up an 8 and a 3 on the next two ends and although they then dropped a 3 on the last end they still won comfortably 21-12. The results on the remaining four rinks were not so good. Andy Scott with David Burdon and Maurice Hill started steadily, were 1 up after seven ends but from there on were outplayed going down 10-31. Peter Borsberry with Sally Daniells and Maurice Robins were 9 down after six ends, only 8 down after twelve ends, then scored steadily to just lose 13-14. Gill Robins with Norman Daniells and Richard Kingston were 5 up after seven ends, 9-9 after ten ends, then fell away to go down 11-21. Simon Hatcher with Joan Edwards and John Wilkinson were 11 down after three ends, picked up to lead 15-14 after ten ends, dropped 9 over the next four ends and came back to narrowly lose 19-24.
With the heatwave forecast to build up over the following days, the away match at Didcot on Saturday was cancelled as was the away match at Caversham. Although the fixture secretaries will probably try and reschedule these, given the season is now starting to draw to a close, finding a suitable alternative date will be difficult. If the matches are not rescheduled, the Plomer Cup points will be shared between the participants.