Carpet Bowls Association
Sunday the 2nd April saw 18 teams
entered for the competition at Barton Le Clay.
They were drawn into 3 groups
of 6 with the three winners and best runner-up to proceed to
The Turvey rink of A Hatton were leading the way in this group
with 6 points at halfway although the Barton rink of N Rixon
were on 5 points, and close behind were Cotton End (S Macdonald)
on 3 points. Turvey were playing Barton in the final group match
and as it turned out that game would decide the group. Turvey
eased to a 12-4 win and were undefeated on 10 points and Barton
would have to wait to see if 7 points would be enough to qualify.
This group saw the Maulden rink of Daniel Walker on 6 points
after 3 games but Clophill (P Lovell) and Toddington (OBrien)
were on 4 each. However all three of them all lost their 4th
matches, so could Maulden win their last game? They did, 9-4
over Toddington and won the group with 8 points with three teams
tied on 6 behind them.
This was a close group as the Toddington rink of D Whitfield
were on 6pts after three games and the rest were chasing hard.
Toddington then lost both their next 2 games and Clophill (G
Savage), M Dowse (Ravensden) and M Walker(Colmworth) all had
a win and tied on 6 pts. Shot difference will decide the group
winner and it was Toddington who just took it by 3 shots from
A Hatton (Turvey) v D Walker (Maulden)
Maulden were 4-1 up after 3 ends but a 3 shot gain on the 4th
saw Turvey back level at 4-4. Maulden then picked up two singles
to lead 6-4 and despite losing a single on the last end held
on to win 6-5.
D Whitfield (Toddington) v N Rixon (Barton)
Barton eased away to a 5-2 lead after 3 ends then took a single
on the 4th, but Toddington fought back with a 3 and a single
to level at 6-6. Starting the final end the jack was open until
it was the skips' turn to bowl but Barton picked up 2 shots to
secure the win 8-6.
Barton (Barrie Nunn, Ron Worsnop, Leslie Nunn & Neil Rixon)
v Maulden (Jim Greaves, Peter Crump, Mike Conly-Hook & Daniel
End 1 - Barton hold and Daniel can't move the jack so Barton
End 2 - Barton hold after both leads have bowled. Ron plays a
heavy draw and takes the jack off the mat 1-2.
End 3 - Peter nails the the jack and Maulden hold 1. Neil powers
his last wood at the head and it connects, the jack bounces off
his black back to the brown, 2-2.
End 4 - Barrie is honing in on the jack and Barton hold 2. Leslie
nearly makes it three but Neil plays the best bowl of the end
to tuck it out of Dan's way and take 3 shots, 5-2.
End 5 - Mike tries to draw close but Barton hold a single. There
is a gap but Neil cannot close it. Dan's final bowl is through
and Maulden take shot, 5-3.
End 6 - Barton hold but its a tight end, Leslie tries to
go in through the gap but pushes a Maulden wood in. Dan then
makes it 2 shots to level 5-5.
End 7 - Mike out draws Barrie's wood to sit tight on the displaced
jack. Leslie hits the jack to squeeze it out for 2 shots and
Dan then pushes it back but Maulden hold 1. Neil moves the Maulden
wood but it tips in 5-6 to Maulden.
End 8 - Barton hold shot and Leslie is slightly over weight and
turns a brown in, can Neil rescue the shot? An excellent runner
pings the jack back to his black and we are level again at 6-6.
End 9 - A last end shoot-out once again (see previous reports)
and yes Ron you can still need an extra end! It's as close as
ever after the leads and twos have been, a measure will be needed
if nothing moves. Mike hits the jack and Barton now hold 2. Dan
needs to push the brown in but it goes to far, Neil draws a 3rd
and takes the win 9-6.
A fantastic final, well done both teams but especially Barton
and more so to Neil on his third County title this year, well
Sunday 5th March saw 21 teams
entered, but owing to a team dropping out the draw had to be
redone on Saturday, leaving us with 20 teams in 4 groups of 5.
Unfortunately we then had to
re organise again on the day as one team didnt inform the
organisers they were not coming (please inform the Competitions
Secretary as sson as you know you will not be able to attend).
Well done to Keith for the last
This saw three way battle between D Walker, P Lovell and
A Hatton. With the Walker trio on six points, a win in their
final game would have given them a clean sweep, but P Lovell
beat them to pip A Hatton by a point.
M Walker romped through unbeaten in the group but there was
a battle between N Rixon and A Speake going on for second
but the Rixon triple had a 19-2 win to go through on shots.
P Baynes was looking comfortable on 6 points after three
games only to lose their last game so needing a shot count to
edge M Dowse out on shot difference to both progress.
This again saw a battle for runner up as G Buttrum eased
away from the others. The game between B Cowell and C
Still would decide second and the Cowell triple won it 12-1 to
take 2nd in group.
D Walker (Maulden) v B Cowell (Maulden)
A close encounter between club mates saw the last end decide
the match. At 6-2 down the Walker trio grabbed five shots to
take the match 7-6.
M Walker (Colmworth) v M Dowse (Ravensden )
This match saw the undefeated Walker trio struggle and with consistent
scoring the Dowse triple won six of the seven ends to win 10-3.
P Baynes (Cople) v N Rixon (Barton)
Nip and tuck, this one, as they shared the odd shots but a decisive
3 saw the Rixon three through by 6-3.
G Buttrum (Cotton End) v P Lovell (Clophill)
In a bizarre game the Buttrum trio led 5-0 after 3 ends only
to concede 6 on the 4th end they then traded shots but a single
on the last end saw the Lovell trio through 9-7.
D Walker (Maulden) v M Dowse (Ravensden)
This semi was a little one sided as the Walker triple eased away
to a win by 10-2.
N Rixon (Barton) v P Lovell (Clophill)
The Barton trio were straight on it in this game and took a 6
on last end as they eased to a 12-3 victory.
Peter Crump, Mike Conly-Hook & Daniel Walker (Maulden)
v Ron Worsnop, Leslie Nunn & Neil Rixon (Barton)
End 1 - A very scrappy start but Barton hold 4 only to see Daniel
draw in to take shot. 1-0
End 2 - This time it's a role reversal. Maulden hold 2 as Neil
draws in close with his final wood. 1-1
End 3- Ron has found the jack as both Peter and Mike struggle
and Neil is in with his last to pick up 2. 1-3
End 4 - The shot goes to and fro as each player outdraws the
last. Daniel's last decides the end. 2-3
End 5 - Daniel is 2 down with his last wood to play but he finds
a draw into the gap to nick a single. 3-3
End 6 - Leslie is close but Maulden hold 2 despite Neil's best
efforts. They hold those 2 and lead 5-3
End 7 - Leslie pushes the jack back but Maulden hold shot until
Neil puts his first wood on to the jack. Daniel can't reply.
5-4 End 8 - This sees the shot change with every wood as Mike
draws in close and Neil responds and after a measure takes 2
to go in front at 5-6
End 9 - Peter, Ron, Mike and Leslie all nail the jack one after
another, the skips follow suit and Daniel holds 1 with a measure
for 2 is it enough to win? Noooooo! 6-6
Extra End - Barton are in on the jack. Despite two fine efforts
to get to it Maulden have no answer and loose a single 6-7
Well done to Barton for a fine
victory and to Maulden who made this another epic battle in a
Sunday 8th January saw 35 pairs
compete for the title at Barton le Clay.
This was a two horse race as P Bol and N Rixon
tied on 7pts at the top of the group. Neil edged through on shot
difference which meant a nervy wait for Pete and Brenda, the
defending champions, who finally took the one runner-up spot.
This group saw one match decide the winner as P Crump
edged G Savage out with 7-3 win to top the group.
At halfway anyone of four teams were in with a chance but despite
losing their last game J O'Brien had enough points to
take the group from M Walker and P Baynes.
Away from the start A Hatton breezed through undefeated
and only dropping 8 shots on the way.
B Davidson won Group E with 7 pts. They were pushed by M
Rogers but eased through to the Quarter Finals.
The tightest group of the day with P Hurren finished on
6 pts they had to hope S Lee-Dell would falter as she
had to win to get on to six points. A 9-5 win meant it was count
up time as the shot difference was equal but with 3 more shots
scored S Lee-Dell went through.
M Conly-Hook eased into Quarter Finals with three wins and
N Rixon (Barton) v B Davidson (Maulden)
The Barton pair eased into 5-0 lead which was enough of a lead
to hold on for the win 5-2.
P Crump (Maulden) v S Lee-Dell (Slip End)
This was a very tight game with the score at 3-3. In the end
it was decided by a single shot to Slip End to win 4-3.
J O'Brien (Toddington) v M Conly-Hook (Maulden)
This was very tight too as they traded shots to be 5-5 but another
snatched single saw the Toddington pair through 6-5.
A Hatton (Turvey) v P Bol (Colmworth)
The Turvey pair were 2 down after 2 ends but two threes saw them
ease away to win 6-4.
J O'Brien v A Hatton
This game saw the Turvey pair take a 3-0 lead after 3 ends. A
single to Toddington made it 3-1 but the Turvey pair eased away
to take the game 6-1.
N Rixon v S Lee-Dell
After 4 ends Slip End held a 3-1 lead. A two on the next saw
them 5-1 up and with only another single Barton slipped to a
Keith Cockings & Andrew Hatton (Turvey) v Shirley Knapton
& Sandra Lee-Dell (Slip End)
The final saw 4 very experienced bowlers and very good friends
enter into battle.
End 1 - The leads are wayward as Andrew nicks a single
to go 1-0 up.
End 2 - Shirley nails the jack and is holding two. Sandra
draws in two more as Andrew sails through a gap and the Slip
End ladies take 4 shots: 1-4.
End 3 - Can the Turvey pair rally? It looks it as Keith
is on it now with two close bowls and Andrew follows with another.
Sandra hits the head but can only cut one wood out as Turvey
take 3 shots and level up 4-4.
End 4 - Both leads are close as and its a measure
with skips to play they both move the head about but Sandra pushes
the jack through for 2 shots to take a 4-6 lead.
End 5 - Again with all four players on it its very tight,
Andrew plays a super draw to take a single, 5-6.
End 6 - Keith puts two woods on the Jack, Shirley is very
close too but those two bowls are counting at the end, 7-6 to
End 7 - Turvey hold a single with Sandra having the last
wood can she draw in there is a gap? Away it goes, straight in
on top of jack. 1=One to Slip End 7-7. EXTRA END time.
End 8 - Keith has two woods close but Shirley is a bit
wide. Her third nicks the jack sideways across to her bowls but
there is a small gap. Andrew rocks the shot wood but on the outside
and falls away leaving a 1 to Slip End who take the game 8-7.
Well done to all four for a superb final played in such a fantastic
manner it was one of the best as Mike said at the end.
Sunday 6th November saw a massive
entry for the Singles at Barton le Clay. The 50 entries were
put into groups of five with the ten group winners and six best
runners-up to go through to the knockout stages.
Group A was dominated by Neil Rixon who went to
the knockout with 3 wins and a draw.
Group B was far closer with two players on 6 points. Lesley
Nunn eased out George Savage with a superior shot
difference. George would have to wait and see if he had a runner-up
Group C saw Daniel Walker being pushed by Susan
Savage but he beat Susan and went through undefeated.
Group D was closest of all. Pauline Baynes had
a chance to win it with her last match against Tony Meredith
which wasnt comfortable as she took the game 5-3 to win
group with 6 points.
Group E again looked to be two horse race as Keith
Cockings led Peter Crump, but Keith lost his last
match to Peter to leave both on 6 points, Keith went through
by shot difference.
Group F saw one match decide it as Pete Lovell
pipped Andrew Hatton by winning the match between the
two of them.
Group G saw Ann Denton ease to 4 wins and was well
clear of Brenda Bol.
Group H was the Harold Ball show all the way as he
took 4 wins. Pam Lovell was on 6 points and had to wait
to see if she was through.
Group I saw Mike Walker sail through undefeated.
Group J saw Robert MacDonald was in good form and
4 wins was more than enough to take him through.
Neil Rixon 6-5 Mike Walker
Lesley Nunn 9-3 Robert Macdonald
Daniel Walker 10-1 Peter Crump
Pauline Baynes 8-4 Andrew Hatton
Keith Cockings 7-4 Pam Lovell
Pete Lovell 5-4 Susan Savage
Ann Denton 6-4 George Savage
Harold Ball 5-4 Brenda Bol
Neil Rixon 8-4 Keith Cockings
Lesley Nunn 6-2 Pete Lovell
Daniel Walker 11-1 Ann Denton
Pauline Baynes 6-5 Harold Ball
Neil Rixon v Lesley Nunn (both Barton)
The two clubmates from Barton had to play each other. Lesley
picked a single up on the first end but a 3 and 1 on the next
saw Neil 4-1 up. Lesley then took another single only to lose
another 3 to be 7-2 down with 2 ends left. Neil took a single
to win with an end to spare 8-2.
Daniel Walker v Pauline Baynes (Maulden v Cople)
This game saw both players struggle on the new mat and after
5 ends 5 singles Pauline was 3-2 up and on the 6th end Pauline
runs Daniel's wood out to hold 2 and lead 5-2 starting the last
end. It was looking difficult to get into a tight head and Daniel's
1 wasnt enough Pauline wins 5-3.
Pauline Baynes v Neil Rixon
End 1 - Both players are close to the jack. On a quick mat Neil
is closer though and takes a 2-0 lead.
End 2 - Pauline draws a super first wood which is never beaten
and takes a single. 2-1 to Neil
End 3 - Neil changes to a full length jack. Pauline is a little
heavy and Neil's third wood is shot as he leads 3-1.
End 4 - Again Neil is close with his third wood and Pauline can't
beat it as Neil takes 2 shots with his last. 5-1.
End 5 - Pauline is closer here holding a 1 as Neil misses the
line with his wood, Pauline drops her 4th in which Neil moves
but is still 1 down, 5-2.
End 6 - Neil has found it this time and his first 2 woods are
very close, Pauline's bowls are close but Neil still holds 2
to go 7-2 up.
End 7 - Neil is short and Pauline has 3 shots as the jack is
moved back, Neil again is just short and Pauline takes the opportunity
to take 4 and bring herself back into the game at 7-6
End 8 - After 6 woods Neil holds 3 shots. Pauline bowls her last,
the line looks narrow as she tries to reach the head but it pushes
a short wood of her own between two of Neil's to nick the shot
and square the game 7-7
End 9 - Neil puts his 1st wood on the jack and despite Pauline
trying to get close her last pushes the only bowls she had in
head away to lose a 3,10-7 to Neil
It was a superb final full of great bowls well done to both finalists
and to Neil who will represent Bedfordshire at the Eastern and
English Champion of Champion.
Huge thanks to all who helped make the day go so well.