In the absence of the Home Counties Chairman Ross Clifton (Sussex) the Association secretary David Todd (Middlesex) welcomed Eastern Counties President Charles Frederick and his team to Chesham BC for this seasons annual fixture.

Heavy cloud and rain welcomed the players on their arrival but thankfully, and much to the players relief, it stopped prior to the start and it stayed away for the duration of the match.

Yet again, for the second game running (there has only been two so far this season) one of the Home Counties teams were noticeable by their non-arrival. This time it was Kent.

Needless to say, the Eastern Counties rink that had to sit out were not amused.
 
Regardless of no Chairman and a missing rink, secretary Todd took control and led the Home Counties side to a 124 – 111 win; a thirteen shot win of which 16 were provided by Wayne Manley's "Royal County of Berkshire" Top rink who won 29-13.
 
HCBA Chairman Ross Clifton took his first match of the season last Thursday against his own county of Sussex at his own club, Bexhill Bowling Club.

A glorious day – blue cloudless sky and a gentle breeze – in other words a perfect day for a bowls match greeted the players.

The withdrawal of the Royal County of Berkshire a few days before the match presented a minor hitch which was quickly resolved with a rink from Seaford BC taking their place.

A more serious problem which could have marred the day was the non-appearance of the rink from the county of Buckinghamshire, but thankfully this was overcome by four members from the Bexhill club standing in for them literally at the last minute.
 
Unfortunately for the Chairman his HCBA team came second with the County side taking the game 146-124.
Oxfordshire, who themselves had a couple of players drop out a week before the game, rallied up a HCBA highest winning rink of County Secretary Steve Tolhurst along with the Banbury Borough trio of Bernard Hole, Alan Wase and skip Mick Morris who won 22-13. A fitting reward for their 320 mile round trip. How's that for dedication.
 
Bexhill BC look forward to welcoming the players and their guests to the club and light refreshments will be available prior the game.

Will counties please contact Ross Clifton on 01424 893206 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with numbers of guests attending.

The HCBA Chairman's rink is Roger Lanham, Richard Heathman, David Todd and chairman Ross Clifton.
 
The results of the HCBA Championships played at Croydon BC on Sunday September 18th.

Pairs:
Winners were the Sussex pairing skipped by Richard Moses. Runners up were the Oxfordshire pair skipped Mark Charlett.

Triples:
Winners were AJ Docherty's Oxfordshire triple with the Gary Clark trio from Surrey, runners up.

Fours:
Dennis Hennessy's rink representing Surrey won the Fours against the Kent rink of Chris Smith.

Singles:
The Singles champion is Simon Jones from Berkshire who beat Surrey's Jeff O'Leary.

Under 25 Singles:
Glen Adams from Middlesex took the Under 25 title against Buckinghamshire's David West.

 

The HCBA recorded their second success under the leadership of Chairman Roger Lanham (Surrey) with a resounding win against the Eastern Counties Bowling Association at the welcoming Bishop's Stortford Bowling Club last Thursday.

With the sun on their backs and playing on an excellent green in its beautiful rural setting, the HCBA team did their Chairman well, taking the game 154-93, with winning rinks from Bucks 26-17, Berkshire 25-15, Surrey 27-17, Oxfordshire 27-17 and highest winning rink of Paul Chivers, Ray Stephens, Dave Bell and Lindsay Bangs from Sussex 30-6 who more than covered the two shots loss 19-21, of the Middlesex rink.
 
The host club's great hospitality concluded with a superb three course after-match meal to round off a most enjoyable days bowling.
 
On May 26th, the Chairman's home club, Sutton BC, hosted the game between the HCBA and the Chairman's home county Surrey.
 
Once again the game was played in beautiful sunny weather on an excellent green at another first class club. A much closer contest this time saw the HCBA record a 119-111 win, with a rinks breakdown of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
The victory was secured with the Oxfordshire rink of Henry Franklin, David Varney, Mick Morris and Ian Whelpton winning 32-12.
 
The next game will be against Champion County, Kent, on July 14th at Sevenoaks BC.
 
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