Good Wins in the OTL League for Henley
Up until 14 August, with twelve matches played, Henley were lying third in the OTL league. Although this doesn’t match the heights reached last year it is still quite respectable with four matches still to go, two of which have been played in the last week. On Wednesday 17 August, Henley visited Pangbourne in an OTL match reduced to just three triples, with Henley winning on two rinks with the score 61-40. Henley took 11 of the 14 OTL points available. Gill Robins with Simon Hatcher and Barrie Davies started strongly and were 25 up after fifteen ends, dropped 4 on the next two ends but ran out winners 31-10. Dave Wilson with Norman and Sally Daniells struggled at the start, were 7 down after seven ends with the score 3-10. However, they picked up 17 over the next six ends to lead by 10 and ran out winners 21-15. Peter Borsberry with Andy Scott and Jeanie Davies couldn’t achieve the full sweep of successes. They were just 1 behind after seven ends, but fell further away to go down 9-15.
Henley had two Plomer Cup away matches scheduled with Didcot and Caversham on Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August respectively. Both of these matches were cancelled because of the very hot weather because, with the season drawing to a close and no compatible dates between the clubs, it has not been possible to reschedule them. The points were shared equally, 6 each.
On Saturday 20 August, Henley hosted Goring & Almshouses in a reduced three triples OTL match, winning 55-40, gaining 12.5 points to Goring & Almshouses’s 1.5 points. Dave Wilson with Sally and Norman Daniells had a closely fought match. They were 6 down after four ends, 1 up after seven ends, 5 down after ten ends, 13 all after fourteen ends but then pulled away to win 17-14. Gill Robins with Simon Hatcher and Barrie Davies were level pegging after six ends, pulled away to be 7 up after nine ends but failed to score over the next eight ends to be 4 down with one end to play. They then picked up a 4 on the last end to draw 18-18. Kevin Currill with Andy Scott and Joan Edwards were 1 down after five ends, 4 up after eight ends, and led from there winning 20-8. Henley had selected five mixed triples but had to ask two of their teams to stand down but those players still turned up and played a friendly game against each other. Peter Borsberry with Rod Grant and Jenny Wingrove played against David Burdon, Jeanie Davies and Richard Kingston with the teams level after seven ends, Peter’s team led by 2 after thirteen ends but then David’s team pulled away to win 18-14.