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Monday 20th May – Mens National Two Fours v Aylesbury Town – Won 50 - 38
Following their success against Waddesdon in the previous round 1 of our 2 Fours teams was back in action tonight at Aylesbury Town. Despite a challenging green Rob Stanbury, Keith Harper, David Logan & Mark Newman took control on their rink from the start and they raced in to a 15-3 lead after 9 ends and despite dropping 8 shots from the next 4 ends we then got those 8 shots back from the next 3 ends and went on to win 28-15. On the other rink Daniel Watkins, Eddie Chanell, George Murdoch & Andy Watkins had a much closer game however they knew that with the other rink dominating their game that it was important to just ensure they kept the game tight, which they did brilliantly. After 7 ends the scores were level at 7-7 and by the 17th end the scores were still level at 18-18. Going in to the last end we were trailing by 3 and although we only managed to pick up 2 shots we had won the match and this team will now meet the winners of the game between Newport Pagnall and the Hazells B team, which is being played on 2nd June. So lets hope for an all Hazells match which would see 1 of our teams progress to the next round.
Sunday 19th May – Hazells v Linslade – Friendly – Away – Won 95 - 44
Following the mornings Top Club we travelled to Linslade with several of the mornings players involved in the game. Arriving at the ground we found that their players had thought it was an away game and they had travelled to Hazells. Despite the mix up their players returned to their home ground and we managed to get the game underway just a few mins late. Inger McNeill, Denzil Ashcroft & Steve McNeill took the early lead in their game going 4-1 ahead however by the 9th end they were 9-4 behind. We then picked up 14 shots from the next 4 ends and managed to hold on for a 19-17 win. Tony Brindley, Daniel Watkins & Roger Crick were looking good for highest winning rink as they won 12 of the first 15 ends however they lost the last 3 ends and finished up winning 25-7. Leila Brindley, Carol Crick & Andy Watkins lost the 1st 3 ends but then won the next 8 ends to go 13-3 ahead. On the 17th end they picked up a 6 and finished 22-10 winners. Sid Brotherston, Kim Challinor & David Logan took control of their game early on and by the 13th end they were 16-5 ahead. They then picked up an 8, with David missing out on a consecutive hotshot against Linslade with 1 of his woods a long way short of the head and from here they were then challenging for highest winning rink and despite dropping a 4 on the last end they picked up that honour with a 29-10 win.
Sunday 19th May – Mens Top Club v Cheddington – Lost 3-2
Following our Bucks Cup success against Cheddington last week we went in to this game confident of achieving revenge for last seasons exit at the hands of Cheddington in this years Top Club. With 2 strong teams in the Top Club this season hopes were high however an early defeat in the Two Wood with Gerry Moores struggling to keep in the match with Steve Molnar saw the 1st point go to Cheddington. Rob Stanbury played the singles and was drawn against Tony Duke and this was a great game which saw the lead switch sides throughout however it was Cheddington that edged the game and gave Cheddington a 2-0 lead. In the pairs Daniel Watkins & Roger Crick had a comfortable win in the pairs and Sid Brotherston, Tony Brindley, Pete Coyne and Paul Rogers won their fours match which left the scores level at 2-2. Josh Henley, Steve McNeill & Andy Watkins were holding the lead in the triples when they dropped a 6 on the 16th end, meaning they were 3 shots down with 2 ends to go. We managed to level the scores after 18 ends and so went in to a play off end. With just 1 wood each to play we were holding shot wood only for their skip to pick up the jack leaving Andy needing to copy his opponent and draw shot. He played a great wood and picked up the jack only to see it edge to a Cheddington bowl and give them the 3-2 win. So focus now turns to our other Top Club team who will be at home to Waddesdon on the 30th May at Hazells.
Saturday 18th May – Hazells v Aylesbury Town – Friendly – Home – Won 113 – 65
This afternoon we welcomed our near neighbours from Aylesbury Town for an enjoyable friendly match in some lovely sunshine. George Murdoch, Norman Handley & Tony Brindley made full use of home advantage on rink 1 winning the 1st 7 ends to go 13-0 ahead and despite dropping a single shot on the next end they then went on to win the last 10 ends, with a final score of 32-1. Norman Garrett, Kishore Seegoolam & Paul Rogers had a much more difficult afternoon and despite winning 8 ends they lost 20-9. Marion Garrett, Josh Henley & Roger Crick picked up an 8 during their game, do NOT ask whose wood didn’t count in missing our on a hotshot, as they went on to win 29-17. Naomi Hooper, Sid Brotherston & Carol Crick always led in their game and they only lost 6 ends in a game that ended up with an 18-14 win for Hazells. Despite only winning 2 of the 1st 10 ends Ellen Livett, Judy Rogers & Denzil Ashcroft fought back well in their game. Winning 7 ends in a row, including picking up a 7, they went on to win 25-13.
Saturday 11th May – Hazells v Kitcheners – Frindly – Home – Won 123 – 91
Following our recent defeat at Kitcheners we were looking to bounce back today and get back to winning ways in the lead up to some important games for the club. Team selection proved to be a talking point for the afternoon, however despite talk of stich ups and the like the teams were selected in order to give members some practice in preparation for competitive games that are coming up. Daniel Watkins, Ian Ramsay & Carol Crick had a great start in their game going 13-1 ahead after just 7 ends and they continued to control the game throughout, picking up 8 shots in 2 ends towards the end of the game and they eventually won 25-13. Judy Rogers, Denzil Ashcroft & Inger McNeill also started well, going 8-2 ahead after 5 ends however by the 14th end they were just 1 shot ahead. An excellent finish saw them win the last 4 ends, picking up 11 shots in the process to win 23-11. So no problems with team selection so far then as Hazells won these 2 rinks ?. Roger Crick, Steve McNeill & Paul Rogers added the 3rd winning rink to the scoreboard courtesy of their 30-4 win, losing a single shot on 4 ends in their game. So 3 wins to Hazells and still no issues with team selection ?. Norman Handley, Keith Harper & Mark Newman picked up a 5 on the first end and from there they never went behind, although Kitcheners did manage to level the scores at 9-9 after 8 ends however we then went on to win 18-15. Carol Chanell, Rod Bacon & Eddie Chanell got off to a slow start and were 12-1 down after 8 ends however they were fighting back well until they dropped 6 shots in 2 ends. A strong finish winning the last 3 ends and picking up 6 shots in the process saw them lose 20-14. Unlike Daniels great performance this afternoon, following his morning victory, his pairs partner Matthew didn’t do much to help his triple with Sue & Andy Watkins. Going 9-1 down after 5 ends and seeing the scores across the green gave them the boost they needs and they managed to pull the game back to 13-13 after 16 ends. Unfortunately they lost the last 2 ends to lose 18-13.
Monday 6th May – American Tournament
This year we had a great turnout for the American Tournament, which sees players play 5 games of 5 ends, with their team and playing position decided by a draw before each game. This is a great fun tournament and there was plenty of banter to be heard across the green all afternoon. It is afternoons like these that remind you what a great club we have here and one that we should all be very proud of. It was great to see some of our newer bowlers taking part and really enjoying the afternoon and the support and encouragement given to them by other members was also great to see. With everyone keeping their own score the winner would be the person with the highest shots scored from all bowlers. After 5 great games Carol Crick came 3rd with 30 shots, 2nd was Matthew Crick with 37 however the runaway winner was David Logan who scored 44 shots from the 5 games. Well done David and thanks to everyone for making this such a great afternoon once again.
Sunday 5th May – Hazells v Cheddington – Friendly – Won 126 – 36
Following this mornings great success against Waddesdon we continued the great form this afternoon at Cheddington achieving 1 of our best match scores in some time, winning by 90 shots!!! Ellen Livett, Jan Moores & Pete Coyne were involved in a close game until the 15th end when we managed to pick up a 5 to go 15-9 ahead and they went on to win 17-10. Naomi Hooper, Josh Henley & Steve McNeill were 18-2 ahead after 10 ends and although they then lost the next 3 ends they went on to win 27-7. Geoff Knott, June Redding & Kim Challinor were 11-1 ahead after 7 ends and they didn’t take their foot off the gas as they went on to pick up 17 shots from the last 6 ends to win 31-6. Laura Oliver, Norman Handley & Paul Rogers lost the first 3 ends however they then started to come to terms with the green and were ahead themselves just 3 ends later and they only lost a further 3 ends in the match, going on to win 21-8. Judy Rogers, Sid Brotherston & Ian Ramsay lost just 4 ends in their game and had it not been for dropping a shot on the last end they could have taken highest winning rink on their own, however they had to share that honour as they also won by 25 shots, 30-5.
Sunday 5th May – Hazells v Waddesdon – National 2 Fours – Won 46 -22
This morning the Mens Two Fours A team got their campaign underway at home to local rivals Waddesdon. Rob Stanbury, Keith Harper, David Logan & Mark Newman got off to the perfect start in their game going 11-0 ahead after 5 ends. This rink continued to play some fantastic bowls against a strong Waddesdon team and although we lost 6 ends in the game we earnt a great 26-11 win. Although the other rink of Daniel Watkins, Eddie Chanell, George Murdoch & Andy Watkins had a much closer start to the game they also played some great bowls against their Middleton Cup opposition and were 7-6 ahead after 11 ends when they then picked up 5 shots over the next 2 ends to take a good lead over the 2 rinks. They then picked up a 5 on the 20th end to take a 20-11 lead, at which point Waddesdon decided to shake hands. We will now be playing Aylesbury Town away in the next round and we are just waiting for some dates from Aylesbury for this match.
Saturday 4th May – Hazells v Chalfont St Giles – Friendly – Won – 128 - 80
Considering this is meant to be a summer sport we encountered more winter weather than summer. We arrived in the middle of an hail storm which was the followed by some cold sunshine, followed by strong winds which blew the cricket sight screen over. Despite a short break in the middle of the game for a heavy shower we were able to complete this game and earn a great win for the club. Paul Warner, Matthew Crick & Ann Richardson picked up a 5 on the 3rd end although after 5 ends the scores were level at 6-6. We then went on to win the next 5 ends picking up 10 shots in the process. This was looking like being a comfortable win however we then dropped 9 shots in 3 ends to only lead by 4 shots however thanks to a 6 on the last end we won 27-16. Karen Seegoolam, Ian Ramsay & Mark Newman started slowly going 7-1 down after 5 ends however they then started to get to grips with the conditions and were 18-16 ahead going in to the last end however they then dropped a 4 to lose 20-18. Teresa Newman, Norman Handley & Roger Crick picked up highest winning rink courtesy of their 26-9 win, during which they lost just 6 ends. Barbara Ramsay, Kishore Seegoolam & David Logan controlled the game from the start and won 20-12, including picking up a 5 on the 9th end. Joan Sweetman, Sid Brotherston & Carol Crick had a great start winning 8 of the first 11 ends to take a 15-4 lead however the hosts won 5 of the remaining ends however we held on for a 20-13 win. Sheila Lawlor, Roy Richardson & Denzil Ashcroft played out a close game and were 11-10 ahead after 14 ends however we then won the remaining ends to win 17-10.
Thursday 2nd May – Hazells v Stony Stratford – Friendly – Won 102 - 79
This afternoon were treated to a great afternoon at Stony Stratford with the green bowling well, some great company, great bowls and meal after the game. Gary West, Ann Ramsay & Brian Abigail got off to a slow start and were 10-1 down after 5 ends however by the 16th end they were 18-13 ahead. Unfortunately they then dropped 5 shots over the last 2 ends to draw 18-18. Paul Warner, Jan Moores & Eddie Chanell also got off to a slow start going 9-2 down after 6 ends and although they started to pull shots back it took them until the 16th end, when they picked up a 6, before they took the lead and they went on to win 20-15. Andrew MacKenzie, Denise Boult & David Logan had a comfortable win, losing just 4 ends in their 21-7 win. Norman Handley, Rod Bacon & Gerry Moores got off to a great start winning the first 4 ends however by the 10th end the scores were level at 9-9. The last 8 ends saw both teams win 4 ends each but we came out on top winning 15-14. Ellen Livett, Kath Cowan & Sid Brotherston took the early lead and were 11-5 ahead after 10 ends however the hosts then managed to get back in to the game and the scores finished level on 13-13. Sheila Lawlor, Denzil Ashcroft, & George Murdoch played out a close game however they finished the stronger to earn a 15-12 win.
Sunday 28th April – Hazells v Kitcheners – Friendly – Away – Lost 87 – 83
This afternoon we travelled to Kitcheners and there were some interesting games on show. Ellen Livett, Tony Brindley & Gerry Moores started their game well and were 11-2 up after 6 ends however this is when the wheels fell off as we didn’t win another end in the game and ended up losing 29-11. June Redding, Sid Brotherston & Carol Crick dropped a single shot on each of the first 3 ends however they then picked up a 4 on the next end and the game swung between the 2 teams for the first 12 ends, at which point we were 12-10 behind however we then went on to win the last 6 ends to win 19-12. Leila Brindley, Jan Moores & Brian Abigail took the early lead in their game however they then dropped a 6 on the 7th end and despite getting 4 shots back the next end they couldn’t get back in front and lost 21-16. Ann Ramsay, Josh Henley & Kim Challinor picked up highest winning rink of the game courtesy of their 22-9 win, during which they only lost 6 ends. Naomi Hooper, Andrew MacKenzie & Ashley Dean controlled their game from the start and were 12-11 ahead with 2 ends to go however they then dropped a 5 and could only get 3 shots back from the last end, losing 16-15 in the game.
Sunday 28th April – Hazells v Herts B – London & Southern Counties Challenge Shield – Lost 39 - 36
This morning we made our debut in the London & Southern Counties competition with 1 rink at home and 1 away. At home Rob Stanbury, Pete Coyne, Andy Watkins & Paul Rogers played out a tight game with no more than 2 shots between the teams throughout the game and with scores level going in to the last end we won by 1 shot, 17-16. In the away game Daniel Watkins, Steve McNeill, Mark Newman & Roger Crick got off to a bad start dropping 7 shots in the 1st 3 ends although we managed to get back to 7-6 down after 6 ends. The scores were still level after 11 ends and we then dropped 6 over the next 2 ends however we then picked up 6 the next end to get back level. Unfortunately we were never able to get ahead and ended up losing 23-19, meaning we lost the overall match by 3 shots.
Saturday 27th April – Mixed Singles League
Today we held the 1st Mixed Singles League day in a change of format to ensure that bowlers got chance to get in some singles practice before some of the external competitions got started. This proved to be a more popular format with 19 people entering, 10 more than last season. Bowlers were split in to 2 groups and games were played over 7 ends with the winners of each group qualifying for the final over finals weekend. Although we weren’t able to complete all league games most bowlers played at least 5 games, with the remaining games to be scheduled later in the season. In group A Teresa Newman is leading the way having won 5 games and drawn 1 and in group B it is tight at the top with Rob Stanbury 1 point ahead of Ellen Livett with a couple of games left to play.
Thursday 25th April – Hazells v Dunstable – Friendly – Lost – 83 - 104
Despite the winning start to our seasons friendlies this afternoon saw a reversal of fortunes with just 1 winning rink and 1 drawn rink. Dave Day, Terry & George led from the start and although the home side fought back to level the scores at 6-6 after 10 ends we then went on to pick up 10 shots over the next 5 ends and finished up as our only winning rink with a 16-12 score. Cath, Ellen & Sid took the early lead in their game however they then dropped 9 shots over 4 ends and never recovered, losing 17-12. Denise, Andrew & Roger got off to a terrible start dropping 9 shots from the 1st 5 ends and despite picking up a 6 to get back to just 2 shots behind they were never able to get in front and lost 24-16. Norman Handley, Jan & Eddie dropped a 5 early on in the game and were always playing catch up and were 14-9 down with 3 ends to play. They then picked up 3 shots on each of the next 2 ends and unfortunately dropped a single shot on the last end to draw 15-15. Sheila, Dave Wheeler & Gerry played out a close game and were 13-11 ahead after 14 ends however they then dropped 7 shots over the next 2 ends and finished up losing 19-14. Gary, Carol Crick & David Logan struggled in their game and only won 8 ends in their game which ended up in a 17-10 loss.
Sunday 21st April – Hazells v Flackwell Heath – Friendly – Won 126 - 92
This afternoon we got our club friendlies underway at Flackwell Heath and with a lot of members looking to play we were able to give Flackwell 4 players to make the game a 5 triples and 1 pairs match. Teresa, Ian & Roger got off to a great start going 10-0 ahead after 3 ends and by the time we broke for tea they were 13-7 ahead. The tea break had the usual impact with the home side getting back to just 2 shots behind however we then picked up 14 shots over 4 ends and finished highest winning rink with a 27-14 win. Ellen, Keith & David took a couple of ends to get in to the game however when they picked up 5 shots over 2 ends they then took the lead and always remained ahead and went on to win 20-13. Inger, Pete & Steve went behind early on in their game, mainly due to Sid playing well for Flackwell, and despite winning 9 ends each they lost 21-15. June, Carol Crick & Mark got off to a steady start and on the 8th end they picked up a 7 to take a 13-4 lead and from there they went on to win 19-12. Barbara, Rob & Ashley took the early lead in their game however a run of 7 ends without picking up a shot saw them 11-4 behind however they then went on to win 5 of the last 7 ends to win 18-16. In the pairs Gerry & Eddie were 6-0 down after 3 ends however they then picked up 5 over the next 2 ends and despite losing the next 2 ends they then picked up 12 shots over the next 5 ends to take a 17-11 lead and they continued to control the game, finishing with 7 shots from the last 2 ends to win 27-16.