Last Wednesday saw the annual fixture between the HCBA and the Midland Counties BA, take place at Chesham BC.
Despite modern day communications the Midland Counties arrived with only three representative rinks, from Derbyshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
 
Surrey dropped out on the morning of the match, which as it turned out, made organising a game easier.
 
Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Sussex played against the three Midland Counties rinks and a 25-10 victory to the Berkshire rink of John Stenson, Graham Rogers, Jim Turner and HCBA Chairman Richard Heathman was sufficient to give the HCBA a 66-59 shot win.
 
In their 'friendly' game, the Middlesex rink won 25 shots to 14 against Buckinghamshire.
 
Thanks once again to the Chesham club for their understanding, use of their facilities and first class catering.
 
The Association had the pleasure of being invited by Chairman Richard’s Royal County of Berkshire to play at Windsor and Eton Bowling Club. In pleasant surroundings in the centre of the historic town the green is safely owned by the National Trust, although it is not quite so picturesque since replacement of the thatched roof that I remember.
 
With Richard’s assistance everyone managed the complexities of the car park, and some may have had time for some sightseeing.
 
Berkshire won the match by 9 shots, the score being 103 – 112.

Top rink for HCBA were from Surrey (with the help of a local substitute), being Don Davies, Kel Crump, Martin Bevan and Rosin Fudge who won 24 – 13.

The other rink scores were;
Buckinghamshire lost 11-25
Kent won 18-14
Middlesex lost 15-21
Oxfordshire lost 17-21
Sussex drew 18-18.

 
As Chairman Richard was engaged elsewhere. Deputy Chairman John Lonergan lead the Home Counties for an enjoyable afternoon in our second fixture of the year, in the annual friendly against Eastern Counties. The results will show that some rinks may have enjoyed the game more than others!

On a pleasantly clement afternoon we were given a warm welcome by the excellent Bishops Stortford Bowls Club, and by Eastern Counties Bowling Association President Keith Riley.
 
The Home Counties won the match by 154 – 121, a margin of 33.

The top rink went to the Oxfordshire rink of Allan Hunt, John Duncan, Steve Tolhurst and Alan Wase with a margin of 31 – 9.

The other rink scores were;
 
Berkshire won 27-14
Buckinghamshire won 18 -15
Kent lost 10 – 24
Middlesex lost 19 – 25
Surrey won 23 – 21
Sussex won 26 – 13

We look forward to reconvening next week when we play the Chairman’s Royal County of Berkshire at Windsor and Eton B.C.
 
 David Todd
 
For Richard Heathman’s first match as Chairmen we visited Popes Mead in Sussex, where we were made very welcome to play against the club as part of their Centenary celebrations. We were able to play most of the match in sunshine, the promised shower coming during the meal at the end!

Popes Mead club was originally in the centre of Crawley, and having moved some years ago as a result of property development now has excellent modern premises on the edge of town.

The Home Counties won the match 152 shots – 102, the top rink being that from Surrey (Peter Duncan, Terry Foote, Roger Lanham and Mick Gray).
 
The other rink results were;

Buckinghamshire won 25 – 17
Kent lost 18 – 20
Middlesex won 29 – 14
Oxfordshire won 21 – 18
Sussex won 27 – 18.

 
In June we have two matches to look forward to, against Eastern Counties and the Chairman’s County, the Royal County of Berkshire.

David Todd
Championships 2017
September 17th 2017-09-17 Bexhill B.C.
 
Under 25 Singles
Quarter Final’s.
Luke Gray (Sussex) beat Glen Adams (Middlesex) 21-13
Andrew Rodger (Kent) Bye
Shane Cooper (Oxfordshire) W/O
Jamie Seymour (Buckinghamshire) W/O
 
Semi-finals.
Andrew Rodger beat Luke Gray 21-16
Shane Cooper beat Jamie Seymour 21-20
 
Final.
Andrew Rodger beat Shane Cooper 21-8
 
Singles
Quarter Final’s.
Stuart McConnachie (Middlesex) Bye
Simon Green (Kent) v Ray Gaskins (Oxfordshire) Neither arrived.
Michael Stone (Sussex) beat Al Vadher (Surrey) 21-10
Simon Varty (Buckinghamshire) W/O
 
Semi-finals.
Stuart McConnachie W/O
Michael Stone beat Simon Varty 21-15
 
Final.
Michael Stone beat Stuart McConnachie 21-15
 
Pairs
Semi-finals.
Kevin Alder (Oxfordshire) beat Jason Lyttle (Middleseex) 21-18
David Clay (Buckinghamshire) beat Simon Clarke (Surrey) 26-19
 
Final.
David Clay beat Kevin Alder 21-17
 
Triples
Semi-Finals
Neil Jones (Berkshire) W/O
Ian Watson (Sussex) beat Callum Sharp (Surrey) 19-11
 
Final.
Ian Watson beat Neil Jones 20-8
 
Fours
Semi-Finals.
Trevor Logan (Sussex) W/O
Ron LeLeux (Middlesex) W/O
 
Final.
Ron LeLeux beat Trevor Logan 18-9
 
2017 Champions
 
Under 25 Singles
 
Andrew Rodger (Kent)
 
Singles
 
Michael Stone (Sussex)
 
Pairs
 
Malcolm Pratt & David Clay (Buckinghamshire)
 
Triples
 
Adam Harding, Keith Holman & Ian Watson (Sussex)
 
Fours
 
Rick Vye, Eric Milsom, Jason Rowlands & Ron LeLeux (Middlesex)
 
 
 

 

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.
 
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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