Desborough Win Henley Bowling Gala

On Wednesday 21 June, Henley visited Burghfield in an OTL five mixed triple match, losing on four rinks and winning on one. The final score was 70-95 giving Henley 2 points and Burghfield 12.

Henley’s only winning rink was led by Barrie Davies with Romy Painter and Steve Sullivan. They started strongly and continued to lead throughout the match to run out convincing winners at 25-9. Colin Ward with Angelika Crisa and Sally Daniells were level until the eighth end but then only scored on two more ends to go down 9-19. Dave Wilson with Trish Jones and Andy Scott did not score until the eighth end and were not able to recover, losing 7-23. Peter Borsberry with Frank Powell and Jeanie Davies were only three shots down after fourteen ends but could not increase their score going down 11-23. Gill Robins with Brian Duddy and Norman Daniells were only one shot behind by the eleventh end but lost a 3 and a 2 on ends twelve and thirteen end so losing by 18-21.

On Sunday 25 June, Henley held its annual Gala Day on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far. Fortunately, there was a bit of breeze to ease the heat although a sun shade or two took a tumble onto the neighbouring Adventure Golf Park. Teams from Caversham, Desborough, Harwell, Maiden Erlegh, Maidenhead Thicket, Maidenhead Town, Pangbourne, Sutton and Wargrave entered the competition and Henley entered 2 of its own teams. The 12 teams competed in a Mixed Triples round robin competition played in two pools. Each team in a pool played five games of 6 ends each and pool winners went through to the final. As usual, the Club is indebted to our sponsor A.B Walker for providing the prize money, raffle prizes and gazebo.

The day kicked off just before 10:00am with the usual “spider” competition. This is where all participants stand on the green but with one foot in the ditch and on the sound of the whistle, everyone delivers one bowl to the jack in the centre of the green. It’s always a bit of a lottery and this year, the closest bowl to the jack was delivered by one of the Henley bowlers, Peter Falle who won a bottle of champagne. The proper event then kicked off with 3 games in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. It was a closely fought competition throughout the day and going into the final game of the round robin, the blue pool had one of the Desborough teams (Dazed & Confused) tied with Caversham (Seafarers). In the red pool, it was a three-way tie between Pangbourne, one of the Henley teams (the Young Ones) and the Sutton team (G &  T). However, the fifth game proved the decider and both pools delivered a clear winner as shown in the tables below.


Blue Pool Red Pool
TeamPointsShot Diff TeamPointsShot Diff
Dazed & Confused911Pangbourne816
Seafarers810The Young Ones711
G & T73


After a break in proceedings. when all teams enjoyed tea, cakes, scones and other refreshments, the raffle was drawn by the Club Chairperson Sally Daniells. At 5pm, the two teams faced off in the 6-end final with Dazed & Confused from Desborough beating Pangbourne decisively 13-6 although Pangbourne won 4 of the 6 ends. Her Worship the Mayor, Councill Sarah Miller, patron to the Henley-on-Thames Bowling Club, was kind enough to present the Gala Day shield and individual medals to the winners and runners-up.

The winners: Dazed & Confused: Skip Nicola Jones with lead Russell Dale and Bob Forster.

The runners-up: Pangbourne: Skip Daphne Walker with lead Lyn Smith and Tim Elvin.


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