BOWLS ROUND-UP: Former president’s death overshadows Bucks Cup win

Risborough were the Bucks Cup winners
Risborough were the Bucks Cup winners

Princes Risborough successfully regained the Bucks County Cup with a hard fought win over close rivals Aylesbury Town at the weekend.

Up until half way through the game Aylesbury were in the ascendancy but Risborough came through with a strong finish to take the match 69-52.

Afterwards the win was dedicated to ex-club president Brian Fish who tragically and suddenly passed away earlier in the day.

Top honours in the game went to Jamie Richardson, Derek Plater and Darren Richardson who triumphed over Gordon Leese’s trio.

They were closely followed by Dan Coles, Jack Elliott and Martyn Page who beat Dave Cook 22-16.

Phil Gregory, Ed Pilgrim and Trevor Room beat Colin Perrottet while Roger Turpie, Ray Gaskins and Wayne Richardson drew 13-13 with Keith Stratfull,

The picture shows the victorious Risborogh with County President Colin Turvey.

HAZELLS

Blind bowls club Aylesbury Rollers had a busy week as players competed for The Jack Todd (founder of the blind bowls club in 1992) Memorial Trophy with Bob Gerhardt emerging victorious over Sarah Marshall (both B1, totally blind) by 10-7 shots.

Ian Goodearl, Madge Cheshire, Eddie Evans and Ken Jones travelled to Long Crendon for a Bucks Presidents versus visually impaired teams from Bucks match. A pen was presented to each for achieving the highest score. Hazells Ladies were in top form at home against Cheddington with a 42-23 shot win (highest winning rink Sue Smith, Kim Challinor and Ann Ramsay). The exciting, competitive Men’s Bucks versus Essex county match held at Hazells on Thursday was eventually won by Essex (11 shots). Five rinks travelled to Houghton Regis on Saturday. With an impressive 111-78 shot victory Hazells highest winning rink went to Don Russell, Thornley Bryant, Eddie Chanell and Lionel Cheshire (31-7). Zippers visited Hazells for their annual charity match on Sunday afternoon. Founded in 1996 by Harold Gibson the Zippers are people who have undergone heart operations of varying degrees. The significant funds (over £200k) raised by these games have gone to cardiac and coronary care units and rehabilitation centres in hospitals countrywide.

ASTON CLINTON

Aston Clinton Bowls held its Club Competition Finals at the weekend.

The Men’s Singles title was retained by John Watkins who defeated Jim Chilton 21-10 and in the Ladies Singles Jo Allwork beat Carol Watson by three shots.

John Carter and Mike Sillett beat Roger Sheppard and John Watkins to claim the Men’s Pairs competition 18-8.

The Ladies Pairs Trophy went to Jo Allwork and Rose Stratfull who beat Moira Birmingham and Cathy Clark by five shots.

In the Open Pairs, Vernon Western and Mike Sillett claimed the trophy with a 13-shot win against Dave Dowding and Brian Clark.

Dave Walduck has had a very successful season winning two one-day Knockout Club competitions and he made it a triple by joining with his wife Pat to defeat Ian and Carol Watson, who had won the trophy two years running,

in this year’s Mr & Mrs final.

Dave and Pat were comfortable by the end as they won 23-10.

A total of 16 Aston Clinton Bowls Club members took part in the finals where they and many spectators watching on from the sidelines as they enjoyed the fair weather and a barbecue on the Saturday night.