Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association
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The next event is the Triples National Trials on Sunday 6th January 2019
This will be followed by a friendly match against Northamptonshire on Sunday 13th January 2019
On behalf of the Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association may we wish you a very peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Bucks v Oxfordshire
On Sunday 2nd December, Bucks welcomed Oxfordshire to Handy Cross for the last match in the round robin stages of the Inter County Competition series. Unbeaten so far this season, Bucks were hoping to finish in style with a 100% record.
Last year, Bucks lost to Oxford, and so it was always going to be a tough game, despite Bucks beating Oxford in their away game.
Paul Knight and Kevin Dwyer came out with all guns blazing, winning their singles games 23 -
Brenda Gander, Malcolm Tingle and David Gander won their triples game 22 -
At the half way stage the score was 10 points to 6 in favour of Bucks.
After a short break for lunch, Paul repeated his success with a good 18 -
At this point in the match, the scores were level at 14 points each. It just remained for the Triples and Fours to hang on and score a few more points.
Brenda, Malcolm and David repeated their success of the morning session and won their triple 13 -
The final score: Bucks 219 shots and 26 points, Oxford 154 shots and 14 points. Well done to both teams and congratulations to Bucks. Also a great THANK YOU to all the Bucks squad for a great performance this season and for remaining unbeaten throughout. RESULTS
Bucks Championships & National Trials -
On Sunday 9th December, 24 players took part in the Bucks Championships and National Trials for Over 55’s Pairs.
There were four groups of 3 pairs, each playing the other two, and the top two from each group going through to the quarter finals. The four pairs not qualifying, played an extra two rounds to ensure they got a reasonable number of games and the rest played through to the semi finals and finals.
The games were played over nine ends, with two woods to ESMBA rules and there was some excellent bowling in all the games.
The eventual winners were Brian Latham and Stephen McCalister with Paul Knight and Arnie Jaffe runners up.
For all the scores and results click here. Scores
Bucks Championships & National Trials -
On Sunday 16th December, just 12 players took part in the Bucks Championships and National Trials for Triples.
This was a very disappointing number of entries and just half that of the previous year. It was hoped that by combining the Bucks Championships with the National Trials, it would encourage more members to take part. Perhaps it was the close proximity to Christmas that reduced the number of entries, but then again, it may be that more publicity is needed to reach the other 517 registered members in the County.
It would be very sad if this lack of support caused the demise of both our entry into the National Championships and the Bucks Championships, but it is just not economically viable to continue to hold these competitions with just a handful of players. Nor is fair on the organisers, who put in a lot of time and effort in arranging these events.
Let’s hope that next year, more players will come forward to take part in what is a very good way to spend a day, in good company and with some enjoyable bowling.
The winners of the Triples competition were:
1st Place: Sharon Drake, Barry Somers, Malcolm Tingle
2nd Place: Malcolm Warwick, Ian Forbes, Arnie Jaffe
3rd Place: Val Latham, Irene Roberts, Brian Latham
4th Place: Peter Clarke, Darren Brown, Victoria Nemar
Well done to all those who took part and congratulation to the winners. For all the scores, click here: SCORES