On Wednesday 24 August, Henley visited Reading Bowling Club in a five triples OTL match and, although losing on three rinks, managed to win with the score 86-76 gaining 8 OTL points to Reading’s 6. Dave Wilson with Kevin Browne and Joan Edwards picked up points steadily, were 11 up after fourteen ends, failed to score over the final four ends but managed to retain their greatly reduced lead, winning 17-16. Andy Scott with Steve Sullivan and Jeanie Davies were 9-5 up after nine end then raced to a convincing win 29-5. Peter Borsberry with Simon Hatcher and Romy Painter were 3 up after seven ends, dropped a 6 on the next end, were 12 all after fourteen ends but failed to push on, going down narrowly 13-16. Barrie Davies with Sally Daniells and Richard Kingston were 4 down after nine ends, level after fourteen ends but still lost 13-17. Gill Robins with Norman Daniells and Martin Taylor picked up 6 on end nine to draw level at 10 all, were leading by 2 after eleven ends, but couldn’t maintain their momentum and lost 14-22.
On Saturday 27 August, Henley visited Watlington Bowls Club in a five triples Plomer Cup match winning on one, drawing on one but losing on three. However, the winning rink scored highly so Henley won overall with a score of 91-73, resulting in 5 Plomer Cup points to Henley and 7 to Watlington. Barrie Davies with Frank Powell and Trish Jones all played exceptionally well, running out winners 32-1. Andy Scott with Simon Hatcher and Romy Painter were 5 down after three ends, found the green and scored steadily to lead 11-5 after eleven ends, lost their way to be 12-16 down after sixteen ends but then picked up 4 to draw 16-16. Norman Daniells with David Burdon and Richard Kingston were level 8 all after eleven ends, 6 up after fourteen ends, level after seventeen ends, but dropped one on the final end to go down 14-15. Peter Borsberry with Jeanie Davies and Peter Falle were just 1 down after twelve ends, 7 down after sixteen ends, picked up a 4 on the next end but still lost 15-19. Kevin Currill with Sally Daniells and Rod Grant were just 3 down after eleven ends, and 4 down after sixteen ends but dropped 4 on the final ends to go down 14-22.
On Sunday 28 August, Henley held it’s annual Mixed Triples competition played just between members. Teams were drawn and with 21 players, the 7 teams played a round-robin competition of 6 games each of 6 ends a game. Each game took less than an hour each but it was still a full day of bowling interspersed with appropriate lunch and tea breaks. The competition was fierce but by the last 2 games, it was the top three teams who were competing for the honours. The final result saw John Wilkinson, Peter Watkins and their skip, Club Captain Andy Scott take the top spot having won 5 of their 6 games. The runners-up were Jim Turner, Peter Falle and skip Barrie Davies who just managed to pip third place Ramsay Adams, Joan Edwards and skip David Burdon who had been on top of the table all day but couldn’t maintain the good results after the lunch break. The winners and runners up will be presented with their respective trophies, the Reg Smith Trophy and the Lewendon Bowl, at the Club’s annual dinner held at the Henley Golf Club towards the back end of October. Below is Captain Andy Scott (on the left) being congratulated by last year’s Men’s Champion, Dave Wilson.