Carpet Bowls Association
Sunday 8th March saw 25 teams
in the Triples at Barton with 5 groups of 5 and only the 5 group
winners and 3 best runners up to qualify.
The triple of J Greaves from Maulden went through unbeaten
on 8 pts leaving A Hatton (Turvey) to wait and see if
6 pts and +28 shots would be enough to qualify.
With 3 wins and a draw H Ball (Colmworth) topped the group
on 7 pts but the drawn game with D Walker (Clophill) meant
that they would need to beat S Macdonald (Cotton End)
to finish as runner up they did with an 11-7 victory giving them
5 pts and +7 shots.
The Turvey team of M Rogers were flying with 4 wins and
scoring 47 shots in 4 games leaving W Redding (Cotton
End), P Lovell (Clphill) and R Pearson (Silsoe)
all on 4 pts, Silsoe ewere runners-up by having a -6 shot difference.
A Denton (Toddington) was topping the group on 7 pts, G
Buttrum (Cotton End) could take the group with a win and
good score but a 6-9 defeat left them on 5 pts and 0 shot difference.
N Rixon (Barton) was on 7 pts. A win in the final game saw
A Speake (Clophill) finish on 5 pts and +6 to finish as
The top 3 runners up were A Hatton (Turvey), D Walker
(Clophill) and A Speake (Clophill).
J Greaves (Maulden) v N Rixon (Barton)
Barton were 5-1 up after 3 ends then 6 more unanswered shots
saw Barton 11-1 up and taking a final 11-3 win.
H Ball (Colmworth) v A Hatton (Turvey)
This game was close as after 4 ends it was 3-3 but a 2 to Turvey
and then a single to Colmworth made it 4 -5. Turvey then took
2 more shots to win 4 -7.
A Denton (Toddington) v A Speake (Clophill)
Toddington had a 6-0 lead by 4 ends and despite losing 3 singles
in the last 3 ends Clophill could get back into it Toddington
M Rogers (Turvey) v D Walker (Clophill)
This game was tit for tat as they shared shots leaving the score
level on 5-5 after 7 ends. Despite a great effort to ease the
Turvey shot wood away, the jack left the mat giving Turvey a
N Rixon (Barton) v A Hatton (Turvey)
After 3 ends Barton were 3-1 up, then 5-2 after 5 but 4 shots
on the final 2 ends saw Barton into the final.
M Rogers (Turvey) v A Denton(Toddington)
This semi was much closer as after 5 ends it was 4-4. Who would
break the deadlock? Answer, no one, as a single each meant an
extra end was needed. Turvey nick a single on that end to progress
to the final.
Barrie & Lesley Nunn, Neil Rixon (Barton) v Dorothy Chambers,
Mike Walker & Mick Rogers (Turvey)
End 1 - Barton settle quickly and Neil draws his last wood in
to take 5 shots to lead 5-0
End 2 - Turvey lead Dorothy finds the jack but Lesley moves the
jack away from 1. However Mike draws a 2nd which is not moved
to give Turvey 2, 5-2.
End 3 - Skips to play, and Turvey hold 2 but Neil draws close
with his final wood to cut it to 1 leaving the score 5-3.
End 4 - Mike makes it 2 shots to Turvey which they hold to level
the game at 5-5.
End 5 - Lesley manages to edge the Turvey shot wood out but its
very close for shot neither skip can alter the head and Barton
take the measure 6-5.
End 6 - Turvey hold a 1 but Mick is short leaving Neil a shot
to ease the bowls away he nudges it. but not enough. Single to
End 7 - Lesley moves the jack back away from the shot bowl, Mike
draws to the shot wood, it's very close both sides calling a
measure. Mick and Neil both draw close to the two woods in the
head Neil rocks his own shot, will it be enough? After the closest
measure Turvey take a single by 1/16th to win 6-7.
Well done both teams another superb final played in the best
Congratulations to Turvey and to Dorothy on her first ever county
Thanks to our great caterers, raffle team and to Keith Cockings
on running the day so smoothly
Sunday 12th January saw 40 pairs
take part in the event at Barton le Clay, there were 8 groups
of 5 with group winners progressing to the knockout stages.
Group A was dominated by A Denton (Toddington) who, with
a narrow win over H Ball (Colmworth), had 6pts. A draw in final
game saw them win the group with 7pts.
Group B: D Walker(Clophill) was on 6pts after 3 games
but lost their final game to D Mitchell (Barton) both topping
the group on 6pts but the Clophill pair had a better shot difference.
Group C: G Savage (Clophill) had 6 pts but lost their
final game giving J Greaves (Toddington) a chance, but superior
shot difference saw Clophill through.
Group D: G Buttrum (Cotton End) took 4 wins to ease through
easily in this group.
Group E was a close affair. R Davidson (Silsoe) had 6pts
but N Rixon (Barton) had a game to play and needed to win to
progress which they did to win group on 7pts.
Group F: after 3 games each T Taylorson (SlipEnd) and
A Hatton (Turvey) had 4 pts each so a win for either would be
enough. The Slip End pair lost but Turvey won to progress on
Group G: S Hall (Clophill) and P Baynes (Cople) had 6pts
each but a 6-1 win for Clophill wasnt quite enough as Cople
slipped through by 3 shots.
Thanks to everyone for their forbearance towards the slight alteration
at the halfway point which saw a reduction in game time.
A Denton (Toddington) v N Rixon (Barton)
This game was tight after 3 ends at 2-1 to Toddington, but a
3 shot count on the 4th was decisive and Toddington won 6-1.
D Walker (Clophill) v A Hatton (Turvey)
Another very tight game which was 2-2 on the last end. Clophill
hold shot as the Turvey skip has his last wood to play, a slight
overdraw sees the jack trickle, handing a 4-2 win to Clophill.
G Savage (Clophill) v P Baynes (Cople)
Great start for Clophill picking up 4 on first end, Cople replied
with 2 singles to be 4-2 down but a single and then 5 on the
last end saw Clophill ease to a win.
G Buttrum (CottonEnd) v S Bollins (Toddington)
The Cotton end pair had a 6-2 lead after 3 ends but the game
turned in the final 2 ends as Toddington took a single then a
4 to snatch a 7-6 victory.
Ann Denton (Toddington) v Dan Walker (Clophill)
After 3 ends Toddington lead 3-0 but a brace to Clophill saw
it being a nail bitting last end. Shot wood was exchanged but
a decisive draw onto the jack by Ann saw them take the game 4-2.
George Savage (Clophill) v Sue Bollins (Toddington)
This game was very tight with both leads playing well, but the
last end saw Toddington leading 3-2. However with his last wood
to play George was shot down, but he hits the jack and shoots
it back hitting his own back wood to stay on for a count of 2
and the win.
Susan & George Savage (Clophill) v Cherry Brock &
Ann Denton (Toddington)
Both teams agreed on a 6 end final.
The Clophill duo were off to a quick start again and were 8-0
up after only 3 ends. A single extended it to 9-0 with Toddington
needing a big shot count on the 5th end. All they could muster
though was a single which saw the two teams shake hands on the
game at 9-1.
Well done to our champions Susan & George on superb day for
them and commiserations to Cherry and Ann who should also be
proud of the way they played on the day.
Finally thank you to all for your support on the day, Huge thanks
to Christine and Trevor in the Kitchen and the ladies on the
raffle, and of course for Keith for the smooth running on the
Sunday 3rd November saw 50 players
in the Singles at Barton Le Clay. There were 10 groups of 5 with
the winners and 6 best runners-up to go through to the knockout
The Group winners were as follows: Dan Walker, Tony Meredith,
George Savage, Paul Hurren, Andrew Hatton, Wendy Redding, Neil
Rixon, Carol Still, Cherry Brock and Keith Cockings. The 6 runners-up
were Nathan Salvidge, Melvyn Baynes, Patricia Bal, Matt Hatton,
Sharon Kitchener and Sue MacDonald.
First Knockout Round
Dan Walker (Clophill) v Cherry Brock (Toddington)
This game was close but with Dan leading 4-2 after 4 ends Cherry
picks up 2 shots to go to an extra end, they swapped shots but
Cherry nicked a single to win 5-4.
Tony Meredith (Clophill) v Keith Cockings (Turvey)
Keith raced away in this game and was over on 4th end after Tony
struggled on a tricky mat Keith ran out to an 8-0 win.
George Savage (Clophill) v Nathan Salvidge (Clophill)
Both players traded shots and as might have been expected it
was 3-3 after 5ends. The extra end saw Nathan draw close and
take the end to win 4-3.
Paul Hurren (Turvey) v Melvyn Baynes (Cople )
Paul took 5 shots on first 2 ends. 2 on 3rd saw Mel close, but
a decisive 4 saw Paul win 9-2.
Andrew Hatton (Turvey) v Patricia Ball (Colmworth)
Patricia took the opening end but the Andrew took control and
6 shots in next 3 ends saw him win 6-1.
Wendy Redding (Cotton End ) v Matt Hatton (Turvey)
Matt was 4-0 up after 2 ends but a shot to Wendy made it 4-1,
but despite losing 2 shots on the final end Matt won 5-3.
Neil Rixon (Barton) v Sharon Kitchener (Slip End)
Sharon won the first end with a single but then Neil took 6 shots
in the next 3 ends to win 6-1.
Carol Still (Barton) v Sue MacDonald (Cotton End)
This was close with Carol leading 3-2 after 4 ends but 2 shots
to Sue saw her come back to win 4-3.
Cherry Brock (Toddington) v Matt Hatton (Turvey)
Cherry took 2 on first end but Matt takes 4 on the next. 3 shots
over the next 2 ends saw him through to a 7-2 win.
Keith Cockings (Turvey) v Andrew Hatton (Turvey
This looked like an even match up but Andrew had no luck as every
nick on the jack found his opponent's woods. Keith ran out 6-1
Nathan Salvidge (Clophill) v Neil Rixon (Barton)
A 3 on first end saw Nathan lead, but a two to Neil got him back
close only to loose 3 shots on the next end. Neil didnt
recover, 2 singles saw Nathan win 6-4.
Paul Hurren (Turvey) v Sue MacDonald (Cotton End)
Sue had a 4-1 lead starting the last end but with his last wood
Paul played Sue's nearest bowls away to sit for 3, requiring
an extra end, Paul draws close, it's not beaten ad he wins 5-4.
Nathan Salvidge (Clophill) v Paul Hurren (Turvey)
Paul was away quickly in the semi he was 7-0 up after 3 ends
Nathan picked a single up but lost it on the next end and was
8-1 down a 3. The 6th saw him have a chance to tie on the last
but Paul closed with a single to win 9-4.
Matt Hatton (Turvey) v Keith Cockings (Turvey)
This game was nip and tuck but after 3 ends Keith led 3-1, although
he was being pushed hard by Matt's exceptional drawing. However
Matt just couldnt quite nick a shot and 2 singles and a
pair saw Keith run out a 7-1 winner.
Paul Hurren (Turvey) v Keith Cockings (Turvey)
The final looked to be a great end to the day both players on
good form and Paul defending his title (despite his nickname
'I Cant Play Singles' Hurren), and Keith also a previous
End 1 - The first end saw lots of close bowls as was expected,
but a measure saw Paul lead 1-0.
End 2 - Again both drawing in close but Paul is closest
to the short jack and there's nothing Keith can do this end but
keep it to a single, Paul 2-0.
End 3 - Paul holds 2 shots, Keith moves the jack but clips
it and Paul now holds 3. But his blocker is narrow, Keith puts
his wood into the head to cut one out and to go 4-0 down.
End 4 - Paul holds and has the back covered. Keith has
a wood in the head but is 2 down. Paul makes it 3 but there is
a gap, Keith rolls his last into the gap the jack is trapped
but by fractions Paul has shot 5-0.
End 5 - Keith needs to get into this he draws a single
but it's tit for tat pushing each others shots out. However Keith
draws his final wood in to take 2 shots, Paul leads 5-2.
End 6 - This is a big end. Keith gets his first 2 woods
very close as Paul is a little heavy. Keith draws a 3rd and gives
Paul a problem as it drops behind the jack pinning it in, Paul
draws close but Keith takes 3 to level score at 5-5.
End 7 - Both are playing some great bowls and this last
end is probably how it should be decided. Keith nails the three
quarter jack with his first wood. Paul attempts to move it but
misses narrowly, then Keith puts 2 more woods close just behind.
Paul is trying to move the shot bowl but goes inside it then
grazes it again. Keith draws again, just behind covering Paul's
back woods but counting. Paul tries to run in but clips the front
bowl and Keith takes 4 shots to win 9-5
Well done both it was a fantastic final to by 2 very experienced
bowlers and congratulations to Keith on winning once again.
Huge thanks to all who stayed to watch the final plus those who
assisted on day with the catering and raffle, your help is very