On Wednesday 14 September, Henley visited Hagbourne in a Plomer Cup four mixed triples match which they lost 60 – 87. Plomer Cup points were divided 3¾ points to Henley and 8¼ to Hagbourne. Kevin Currill with Jeanie Davies and John Wilkinson led from the start and were 9 up after eight ends, eventually running out winners 20-12. Peter Borsberry with Kevin Browne and Joan Edwards played an evenly balanced match, eventually drawing 16-16. Andy Scott with Sally Daniells and Richard Kingston were 7 up after four ends, just 2 up after twelve ends but then failed to score again going down 13-27. Barrie Davies with Simon Hatcher and Nigel Bridges were against a very strong triple and struggled from the start going down 11-32.
On Saturday 17 September, Henley entertained Hurst Bowling Club in a 5 triples Oddfellows League match winning on three rinks and losing on two. It was played on a beautiful autumn afternoon with a rather cool wind. Henley ran out overall winners in a close fought game at 79-76 with Henley gaining 10 league points to Hurst’s 4. David Wilson with Amanda Smithdale and Peter Watkins were closely matched until the seventh end when they gained 5 shots on the eighth end and held on firmly to their lead running out winners at 20-11. Gill Robins with Peter Falle and Simon Hatcher were leading strongly from the start and continued to gain shots throughout the game and ran out very convincing winners 20-9. Andy Scott with John Wilkinson and Sally Daniells were fighting a difficult game and were only a few shots behind throughout the match but lost 6 shots on the last end to go down 9-20. Peter Borseberry with David Palmer and David Burdon were ahead until the tenth end when they lost momentum and went down 14-21. Kevin Currill with Joan Edwards and Richard Kingston were behind until the tenth end when they started to fight back and steadily clawed back shots until they were equal by the sixteenth end at 14-14. They then gained 2 shots on the seventeenth and lost one on the last to bring the game to an exciting finish by winning 16-15.
On Sunday 18 September, Henley entertained Three Mile Cross Bowling Club in a four triple mixed friendly match, winning on two rinks and losing on two with a final winning score of 76-66. Peter Borsberry with John Wilkinson and Rod Grant were equally matched up to the twelfth end when they pulled ahead by two shots only to lose 4 shots and 1 shot on the last two ends to go down 14-17. Gill Robins with Ramsey Adams and Kevin Browne were equal after eleven ends when the opposition stormed ahead to leave them trailing by 10 shots but with a tremendous effort, they pulled back and made good the losses and ran out winners at 25-24. Dave Wilson with Joan Edwards and Richard Kingston played a very equal game for the first twelve ends but fell away at the last few ends losing 14-17. Kevin Currill with Romy Painter and Jim Turner were leading from the start and increased their lead throughout the game running out impressive winners 23-8.
With one friendly match to go away at Reading Bowling Club, this brings Henley’s home season to an end. The Club’s home performance has been reasonably successful, winning 70% of its home matches (league or friendly). With just a few results to come, we won’t be topping the Oddfellows Triples League or the Plomer Cup league this season but where will the Club finish? Final results to be declared next week. The Club’s members will continue to bowl through to the end of September, weather permitting, playing in the two weekly competitions Points, played on Tuesday mornings and Spoons, played on Friday afternoons. The outcome of both of these competitions are still to be decided.