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 - 4, and 18 - 9. This was followed up with Ann and Bob Hine winning their pairs game 23 - 5. A great start and 6 points in the bag.

Brenda Gander, Malcolm Tingle and David Gander won their triples game 22 - 10, and the four of Rosie Millard, Rosemary Followell, Geoff Ames and Chris Millard won a close fours game 8 - 7.

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 - 6 win, while Ann and Bob had a nail biting game and went into the last end at 11 shots all. The final end had the spectators on the edge of their seats as the shot switched from team to team and back against with Bob playing the penultimate wood to hold two. Unfortunately, he left the jack exposed and Dennis Wilson for Oxford, played a magnificent shot to pick up the jack and follow it through into the ditch for a one shot victory.

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 - 10. Sharon Drake, Irene Roberts and Ian Forbes played magnificently for a 15 - 4 win. Meanwhile the fours were equally successful with Rosie, Rosemary, Geoff and Chris winning their second game as did Tony Rixon, Joan Northcott, John Thompson and Tony Short.

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  -  Over 55’s Pairs

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  -  Triples

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