Gill and Dave Crowned Winners of Yardstick Competition

Despite the Henley Bowling Club green being flooded in early January, it was ready for its first roll-up on Saturday 27 April when 16 members enjoyed a dry, albeit chilly, afternoon’s bowling. The first match away to Maidenhead Town on Sunday 28th April had to be called off because their green was too wet to play on. The following week was used by members to get some practice in with 6 further roll-ups arranged with only one cancelled because of rain.

The weather was perfect for a good afternoon of bowling on Wednesday 8 May when Henley welcomed Flackwell Heath Bowling Club to a friendly game of 5 mixed triples. Henley had a successful afternoon, winning on all 5 rinks with a score of 140-36 shots. Henley’s highest winning rink was Norman Daniells, with Joan Edwards as lead and John Munnelly at number 2. Norman’s team didn’t drop a shot until the 13th end and ran out comfortable winners with a score of 34-4. Andy Scott, with Glynis Holland and Steve Sullivan, also had a great start, winning on 4 ends before their opposition scored and they ran out winners with a score of 23-7. Kevin Currill, with Angelika Crisa and Simon Hatcher had a relatively easy game winning 34-6. Barrie Davies, with Peter Watkins and Sally Daniells also kept the opposition at bay with a final score of 30-4. It was on rink 1 where the teams were more evenly matched with Flackwell Heath edging past Henley on the 13th end. However, the Henley team of Colin Ward, with Ramsay Adams and Jeanie Davies persevered and won with a score of 19-15 shots.

On Saturday 11 May, Henley held its first One-Day competition of the season called the “Yardstick”. As the name suggests, the aim of the game is to get your 4 bowls to within a yard of the jack. Fortunately, the weather was lovely and the 19 members played 2 games of 6 ends each in the morning and 2 games in the afternoon. After the first game, there was little to choose between players with Gill Robins edging the Ladies’ competition with Angelika Crisa in second place. Dave Wilson was just ahead in the Men’s competition with Barrie Davies in second place. By the end of the second game, little had changed in the Ladies’ competition but in the Men’s competition, Dave had a fantastic second game, scoring 21 shots out of a possible 24, extending his lead over Barrie.

Game 3 after lunch clearly affected some player’s rhythm and concentration. In the Ladies’ competition Sally Daniells, Jeanie Davies and Joan Edwards got to within a couple of shots of Angelika’s second place whereas Dave and Barrie maintained their positions in the Men’s competition with Kevin Browne and John Munnelly probably too far off to affect the top places. The final game saw Gill Robins (left above) and Dave Wilson (right above) crowned winners of their respective competitions and whereas Barrie Davies maintained his second place in the Men’s competition, Joan Edwards (last year’s winner) had the superior shot count in the fourth game to take second place off Angelika.

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