Results & Reports
A Summary of the 2023 Season
The 2023 season saw 9 of our new members pull on a Club shirt for the first time, a most welcome fact. Club mixed friendlies were well supported. 19 friendlies were played. We Won 10, Drew 2 and Lost 7 - thats almost identical to the 2022 season. Total shots For 1273, Against 1213.
Our Ladies had 3 fixtures cancelled, but Won 6 and Lost 2 of the 8 matches played Shots Fo2 305, Against 211.
Once again we finished 4th of 6 in Division 2 of the Bucks Cup, gaining 30 points. At least thats one more point than last year!. Gerrards Cross regained their Crown, beating Bletchley Town 83 - 43 in the Final.
Our Ray Keen League teams both finished 3rd in their respective divisions. Well done to Crendon Evans Above who went unbeaten in the Top Division, winning 9 and drawing 1 of their 10 games.
Our Mid Bucks League season is best forgotten with just one win from 6 games. I am sure that we can improve on that in 2024 with some very promising newcomers available, hopefully, for selection..
Captain Tony Lambert and Ladies Captain Angela Adlam would like to thank everyone who supported them this season. Dennis Robertson once again is grateful for all who made themselves available for the Bucks Cup and Mid Bucks League matches.
Competitions Secretary Del Behenna also thanks all who entered Club competitions and looks forward to having many more entries for next years competitions.
Winter Well, to all of our members and everyone in the wider Bowls Community.
That just about takes the biscuit
20th SEPTEMBER: Although four triples travelled to Chess Vale, rain of biblical proportions meant that there was no chance of bowls being played, even on their artificial surface. The tea and biscuits were nice, however and I think we won that one by 64 Bourbons to 61 Custard Creams.
Ladies win their final fixture of the season
14th SEPTEMBER : Our ladies were at Aston Clinton for their final fixture of 2023 and scored a convincing victory by 46 shots to 21.
A comfortable win at Wendover
13th SEPTEMBER : A visit to Wendover on a beautiful late summers afternoon resulted in a convincing 78 -39 shot victory for our squad, thus completing the double following our Home win back in May. Top rink honours belonged to Mike Peck, Jeanette Allnutt and Mark Baxter.
A win in our last Home fixture of the season
9th SEPTEMBER : Once again we welcomed Long Crendon bowlers to our green. Two more of our new 2023 intake donned their club colours for the first time, Phil Hughes and Norman Gray. Great to see, with Phil leading in the top rink trio. Alongside Mike Peck and Richard Wingrove, they posted a 23 - 8 win. The final tally gave us victory by 79 shots to 69 .
Beaten at Berkhamsted
6th SEPTEMBER : Our trip into Hertfordshire, though enjoyable, resulted in an 80 shots to 64 win for our hosts, Berkhamsted Bowls Club. Our best rink was Sue Ablett. John Hipwell and Mark Baxter, who picked up 5 shots on the last two ends to snatch a draw, 21 shots apiece.
A great day for the Club
3rd SEPTEMBER : A great day was had by all when the Ladies Captain, Angela Adlam fielded a team against Tony Lambert, our Club Captain. It was Angela's crew who took the honours by 84 shots to 56. Sue Ablett, Richard Wingrove and Mark Baxter were top rink with a resounding 25 to 10 victory. There were no losers though on a fun filled day. Angela and Tony would like to thank all who played. The raffle made £85 pounds for Angela's chosen charity, Alzheimers Society.
Ray Keen League Final Results
30th AUGUST: The Ray Keen League reached seasons end. In Division 1,our A Team visited Hazells Wunders and came away beaten by 20 shots to 12. They finished 3rd in the league behind convincing winners Crendon Evans Above, who were unbeaten. Cheddington Arrows are relegated from Division 1 but Cheddington Demons take their place, having gained promotion from Division 2. Our B team finished 3rd in that Division. Relegated were Wing Arrows, who will be replaced by Aston Clinton Diamonds, the Division 3 champions.
If YOU want to be involved in this competition in 2024 then please give me a call on 01844343230.
A convincing loss
24th AUGUST: The 4 triples who travelled to Aston Clinton may have enjoyed the hospitality but it was the Home side who enjoyed the result. Winning on all four rinks, the score was 73 - 48 to Aston Clinton.
Ray Keen League report
23rd AUGUST: For the third week running it was mixed fortunes for our Ray Keen League sides. Both playing at Home, the A team went down by 18 shots to 15 to Wendover Widgets but the B team, in their final fixture, came out on top by 22 shots to 18 over Wing Arrows
An MBL win at last!
21st AUGUST : Our last MBL game of the season and we finally managed a victory! Despite losing 3 of the 5 rinks, the overall tally gave us an 85 shots to 78, 7 points to 3 win over our visitors from Cheddington. Top triple honours went to Ray Rouse, John Stallwood and Richard Wingrove, 23 - 9.
Gerrards XX double up
20th AUGUST : Having won on their own turf in April, Gerrards Cross completed the double when they visited. The final reckoning was 51 - 42 to the Cross, despite our wins on 2 of the 3 rinks. Clive Walters made his debut for us a good one. Along with Tony Liggins and Ray Rouse they were top rink, 23 shots to 12. Well done Clive, the first of many we hope.
A convincing win for the ladies
16th AUGUST : Our ladies made it 5 wins from 7 matches with a comfortable home win against Amersham. Angela Adlam, Sue Ablett and Linda Davies were top rink, 22 shots to 6, in the 40 - 13 win.
Ray Keen League nears conclusion
16th AUGUST: Our Ray Keen League squads again met with mixed fortunes. Whist our A team travelled to Aylesbury Town and beat the Ducks by 6 shots, 18 - 12, our B team lost by the same amount, 16 - 22, at the hands of Cheddington Demons.
Division One, in which our A team compete, has been won by Crendon Evans Above. They have an unassailable lead, having won 7 and drawn 1 of the 8 games played Congratulations to them.
To The End
13th AUGUST : We welcomed a team from our old Ad Finem Bowling Association friends, put together by Captain Don Pope. In another close encounter, our visitors came out on top by 65 shots to 62. Steve Woodley, Tony Liggins and David Thompson were our best trio, winning 14 - 8.
One up one down in the RK League
9th AUGUST : Both of our Ray Keen League squads were in action at Home against top of the league oponents. Our A team gave Long Crendon a good game, but the visitors finished strongly to claim a 21 - 12 win. The B team, however, continued their improved form going 14 nil up after 8 ends and eventually running out 22 - 8 victors over Aylesbury Drakes.
Rain stops play
8th AUGUST : Our A Team Ray Keen League game, rearranged from the 2nd, resulted in a soggy draw. With the scores tied after 10 ends and the rain unrelenting, they shook hands with the Cheddington Arrows and retired to the bar.
A draw by the Thames
3rd AUGUST : Our visit to Marlow ended in yet another thrilling finish, the final tally being 63 shots all. Great to see Mark Baxter making his Club debut and finishing on a winning rink. Our top trio were Steve Woodley, Tony Lambert and Sue Ablett, who finished 8 shots up at 21 - 13.
Two Ray Keen League wins
2nd AUGUST : Our A Team had another tight finish in their rearranged game with Hazells Wunders, winning by 14 shots to 13. Meanwhile, the B Team visited Cheddington Bees and came away with the honey, winning 7 of the last eight ends for a 22 - 13 victory.
MBL - Played 5, Lost 5 !
24th JULY: Our woeful season in the Mid Bucks League continued at Aston Clinton with an 86 shots to 66 defeat. The home team won on 4 of the 5 rinks, our winning triple being Del Behenna, Simon Hill and Roger Lawson, who scraped home by 20 shots to 18
Another friendly win
20th JULY: Our visitors from Chalfont St Giles provided us with stern opposition, but, after the 72 ends had been played, we prevailed by 4 shots, 61 to 57. Top rink was Mick Bailey, Syd Attridge and Roger Lawson, who won by 20 shots to 13.
Ray Keen League update
19th JULY : Risboro B registered their first victory with a comfortable win away to Wing Arrows. The A team have won 2 and lost 2 and sit in 3rd place in their league.
15th JULY : Yet another tight match at Cheddington. With rinks shared 2 apiece, it was Princes Risborough who came out on top by 1 shot, 60 to 59. Highest rink, by 17 shots to 10, went to Mike Peck, Stuart Ray and Jenny Davies. Jenny was playing her first match for the club, a great way to start. Well bowled, Jenny.
MBL points hard to come by this season
13th JULY : Another tight match in our home Mid Bucks League encounter with Hazells, but the final tally saw the visitors triumph by 77 shots to 75. Our best rink was Del Behenna, Simon Hill and Roger Lawson with 24 - 12 win, but overall it was 8 points to 2 to Hazells and a fourth defeat for us.
A third MBL defeat at Aylesbury Town
6th JULY : Despite a handsome 24 - 8 victory for Simon Hill, Sue Ablett and Ray Rouse, two heavy defeats and two narrow defeats on the other 4 rinks saw Aylesbury Town gain a 95 - 70 victqry in our Mid Bucks League encounter.
No Jubilation This Year
2nd JULY : With the first leg finishing drawn at 61 shots each (at Home), we set off to Chesham this year as underdogs in our attempt to retain the Jubilee Cup, despite our 49 shot victory last year. So it proved, as the hosts were victorious on all 5 rinks. Although 2 of the 5 were settled by just the odd shot, Chesham ran out the comfortable winners, 102 to 58, a 44 shot triumph. Well bowled, Chesham.
28th JUNE : Mixed fortunes for our teams in the Ray Keen League. In Division 1, our A team visited Cheddington Arrows and secured a thrilling 16 - 15 victory on the last end. The B team were Home to Cheddington Bees in the 2nd Division but, despite building a good early lead, lost the last 9 ends to finish well beaten by 27 shots to 13.
Visitors put through the mill
24th JUNE : On a warm sunny afternoon, our good friends from The Mill Bowling Club, Ruislip found it a hard grind to score shots. We ran out winners by 101 shots to 58, with Sue Ablett, Tony Liggins and Ray Rouse getting the top rink slot, 24 - 7.
Bucks Cup Roundup
In Central Division 2, we won 2 drew 1 and lost 2 of our 5 matches to finish 4th in the table. The league was dominated by reigning County champions Waddesdon and Long Crendon. They met in the last game, both defending unbeaten records, but the strength in depth of the Cup holders proved decisive as they took all 14 points with a 69 - 49 shot win. With 70 points available to each team over the 5 games, Waddesdon racked up 66.
No argument there.
The 1/4 Finals, to be played on 15th July at 10 am are as follows:
Gerrards Cross v Marlow
Bletchley Town v Long Crendon
Waddesdon v IverHeath
Chesham v Wolverton Town
Bucks Cup victory by a single shot.
21st JUNE : Yet another close match as we finished our Bucks Cup campaign with a 66 shots to 65 victory over Wingrave. The triple of Stuart Ray, Tony Liggins and Richard Ferguson had a comprehensive 26 - 8 victory to see us home.
Newbies steal Thame's thunder.
18th JUNE: With weather warnings in place for heavy thunderstorms, our match with Thame looked doomed.
However, with Bill Giles captaining our opposition, we should have been confident that the game would go on uninterrupted. We have not fielded a team with THREE new members making their debuts for many a year, so an extremely warm welcome was extended to Simon Hill, Roger Lawson and Brendan McGinty when they donned their Club shirts for the first time. Well they bowled too. In an extremely tight game, Princes Risborough prevailed by 79 shots to 75. Our top rink, with a 22 - 10 victory, was Simon Hill, Tony Lambert and Mike Peck.
Salvation in the County Cup
14th JUNE : Our poor start in the Bucks Cup meant that our match against Hazells would be crucial if we were to avoid relegation into the Bucks Plate next season. We crossed that hurdle comfortably, winning on both Home rinks and sharing the spoils Away. Overall it was a 77 - 55 shots, 12 points to 2 victory, which means that we just need just 1 point from our final game against Wingrave to be 100% certain of staying up. Top rink was Tony Liggins, Neil Perry and Richard Ferguson with a 25 - 11 Home win.
Aylesbury Town ladies on top.
7th JUNE : Aylesbury Town were the ladies opposition at Home. It was a close fought match, but the visitors came out on top by 39 shots to 32.
Bucks Cup woe continues
7th JUNE : Our win at Long Crendon 3 days ago gave rise to optimism for our Bucks Cup fixture. However Long Crendon proved a different proposition and posted a comfortable victory by 85 shots to 53. They sit at the top of the table by one point over Waddesdon, who they play on 21st June. We need a victory over Hazells next week or we risk relegation to the Plate next season.
An away win at Crendon
4th JUNE : Our trip to Long Crendon saw wins for 3 of the 4 triples. Top Rink honours went to John Stallwood, Neil Perry and Ray Rouse who won 19 - 8. The overall tally was 66 - 53 in our favour.
Ladies win at Home
MAY 31st : A return to winning ways for our Ladies when Thame were our visitors. Angie Thirtle, Margaret Foulger and Jeanette Allnutt were top rink in a 38 - 28 victory.
Ladies first defeat
MAY 24th : Our ladies lost their unbeaten run when Wendover paid us a visit on a lovely summer afternoon. The match finished 37 - 28 in the visitors favour. Eileen Peck, Angela Adlam and Jeanette Allnutt won 19 - 14 to be the best rink
Simply hammered !
MAY 24th : Having whitewashed us in our recent Mid Bucks League encounter, it came as no surprise that we received another sound beating by Waddesdon in our Bucks Cup game. The final score of 113 - 38 clearly shows their superiority. They will be a very hard team to beat this season and must be firm favourites to retain their County Crown.
Another tight match goes our way
MAY 20th : Yet another very close game ended with a 63 - 57 victory at Home to Wendover. The top rink honours went to Syd Attridge, Keith Puddephatt and Ray Rouse, their 22 shots to 12 win clinching the match for us
Ladies go 3 from 3
MAY 19th : Our ladies continued their good form with a Home win against Chesham. Highest rink honours went to Linda Davies, Jenny Davies and Beryl Walford, 26 shots to 10
Another tied game
MAY 17th : Drawn matches in bowls are not that common, but having finished 61 shots apiece against Chesham last Saturday, we registered a 70 - 70 draw against Wendover in our opening Bucks Cup game. The league table reads : Waddesdon 12 points
Long Crendon 12 points
Princes Risb. 7 points
Wendover 7 points
Hazells 2 points
Wingrave 2 points
A comfortable Home win
MAY 15th : On a bright, sunny but cool afternoon, we welcomed 4 triples from Chess Vale. Two of the four triples were very close matches, but the other two resulted in comfortable wins for us. The final tally was 88 to 44 in our favour. Our top rink was Sue Ablett, Tony Liggins and Neil Perry with a 33 shots to 7 victory. We look forward to our visit to Chess Vale for our final 2023 fixture on September 20th.
One more each and we'll be level !
MAY 13th : Our defence of the Jubille Cup, played for annually against Chesham, was a real nail biting affair. We hoped to take a shot advantage to Chesham on 2nd July for the second leg, but scores of 16 -14, 13 - 17, 14 - 15 and 18 - 15 all added up to a thrilling 61 shots each drawn match. We therefore need to draw or beat Chesham in the return leg to retain the Cup. Jeanette Allnutt, Keith Puddephatt and Neil Perry were the 18 -15 best rink.
Defeat in no uncertain manner !
May 11th : The grounds of Waddesdon Manor was a lovely setting for our second Mid Bucks League match of 2023. Sadly, the result was not as pleasant as the scenery! The reigning County Champions have a formidable squad at their disposal and won on all 5 rinks, securing a 10 points to nil victory. It is hard to see them losing their County crown in this Coronation Year.
Ladies win again
MAY 5th : The second game in 3 days for the ladies resulted in another good win, this time away at Thame. The final score was 40 - 31, with Linda Davies, Sue Ablett and Angela Adlam gaining top rink honours, 28 shots to 14.
No joy in the MBL
MAY 4th : Our opening Mid Bucks League game at Long Crendon saw just 4 triples on the green due to late withdrawals. This meant conceeding 10 shots and a point to our opponents. The match finished 74 - 71 to our opposition. The 10 shot penalty gave a final total of 84 - 71 to Crendon and an 8 points to 2 win. Mick Bailey , Neil Perry and Del Behenna were highest rink for Princes Risborough, winning 19 -10.
Opening win for our ladies
MAY 3rd : Our ladies first friendly of the season resulted in a 38 - 18 victory at Amersham. Jeanette Allnutt, Sue Ablett and Barbara Perry were top rink, winning by 24 shots to 8.
27 shots down at the County Town
APRIL 30th : Our five triples who visited Aylesbury Town on Sunday were well beaten by 27 shots. Only one triple, Eileen Peck, Tony Liggins and Ray Rouse finished on top, by 23 - 15. The final score saw the Town victorious by 91 shots to 64. We will try to even things up when they visit us in September.
In good order over the border.
APRIL 26th: Our 4 triples registered a comfortable win against Oxfordshire neighbours Thame, drawing one rink and winning three. Stuart Ray, Peter Cresswell and Ray Rouse were highest rink, winning by 25 shots to 8 after being just one shot up at half way. Must have had something in their tea! The overall tally was 80 shots to 43.
An opening loss to the Cross for the second year running
APRIL 23rd : 4 triples set off for Gerrards Cross, our first friendly of the 2023 season. Although the forecast was for a wet afternoon, the rain kindly held off until the journey home. Despite our best efforts on an excellent green, the Home team scored a 73 - 56 shots victory. Sue Ablett, Tony Liggins and Richard Ferguson flew the flag for Princes Risborough with a 22 - 13 shots win, but Gerrards were the stronger overall.