Congratulations to Surrey on completing the double, winning both the Leonard Denny Senior League and the Bill Hatto Under 25 Trophy.

Close challenges in both leagues saw them take the Leonard Denny by three points, one point better than their two point victory in the Bill Hatto Under 25's.

All that is left now is the battle on September 2nd between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to see who will avoid the title of strongest County in the Leonard Denny league.
 
Best wishes to all the contestants in the HCBA Championships at Bexhill B.C. on Sunday September 17th.

 

Chairman Ross Clifton took his team of 7 Rinks to Sevenoaks B.C. last Thursday to play Kent, Home Counties Champions of 2016 .

The weather was fine with high cloud which made for a pleasant afternoon, however, the green did not appear to suit the visitors who came up against a strong Kent side who proceeded to take the Home Counties apart, winning on all 7 Rinks for a 166 to 96 shots victory.

HCBA Chairman Ross Clifton and his executive rink suffered the most, at the hands of Kent County President Geoff Chapman and his rink who were determined to ensure a home success with their 32-2 win.

The closest games for the HCBA side saw Surrey miss out by only two shots, The Royal County of Berkshire by three and Oxfordshire by four.

The rink scores were:

Rink 1. Middlesex 10 - 28
Rink 2. R.C. Berkshire 19 - 22
Rink 3. Surrey 20 - 22
Rink 4. Oxfordshire 18 – 22
Rink 5. H.C. Chairman 2 – 32
Rink 6. Buckinghamshire 14 – 22
Rink 7. Sussex 13 - 18

 
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.
 
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