Carpet Bowls Association
Sunday 3rd April saw 18 Fours
taking part in the County Competition at Barton le Clay.
The teams were put into groups
of 6 with the group winners and best runner-up going into the
At the half way point in this group H Ball (Colmworth) and G
Buttrum (Cotton End) led the way on 6 points. With all the others
beating each other it was a case of which of them would win the
group, with the two teams having to play one another in their
final group match. H Ball eventually took the win to finish on
10 points leaving G Buttrum having to wait on the other groups
on 8 pts.
This one was close after three rounds. V Brodie (Slip End) was
leading the way on 6 pts, from M Dowse (Ravensden) on 5 pts.
Unfortunately the V Brodie rink withered with two losses while
the M Dowse rink won their 4th game leaving them to play P Baynes
(Cople), both knowing a win would secure the group. Ravensden
won 13-3 and left G Savage as runner up on 6pts and a better
This was the tightest group. After 4 sessions N Rixon (Barton)
and D Whitfield (Toddington) were tied on 6 points and they would
be playing each other in the last game. In the winner takes all
gane it was Toddington who eased away to a 10-5 victory.
D Whitfield (Toddington) v G Buttrum (Cotton End)
After sharing the first four ends, Cotton End had a 4-3 lead
and with them taking a 2 then a single they led 7-3 going into
the last end. Could Toddington find 4 shots? Alas no, as Cotton
End pick up 2 more to win 9-3.
H Ball (Colmworth) v M Dowse (Ravensden)
This game looked all over after two ends as Colmworth romped
away to an 8-0 lead. But the Ravensden rink were not phased and
picked up a 2 then a 4 to be just 8-6 down with two ends to play.
The sixth saw them pick up a single to make it 8-7 and all to
play for. As both skips went to play it's Ravensden who hold
a single but the bowls are split on each side of mat so a touch
on the jack would spell disaster. And so it proved as Colmworth
push the jack the wrong way, handing 4 shots to Ravensden who
take match 11-8.
Ravensden (Angela Dowse,Yvonne Potter, Marion Martin &
Mike Dowse) v Cotton End (Robert Macdonald, Martyn Macdonald,
Sue Macdonald & Geoff Buttrum)
End 1 - Robert is close with his first wood as Cotton End settle
fast and take a 4 shot lead. 4-0.
End 2 - Martyn moves the jack back to see Ravensden hold 2 shots.
The skips can't alter the head and Cotton End lead 4-2.
End 3 - With both teams settled the jack gets pinned between
two woods. Neither Geoff or Mike can hit it and a dead end results.
4-2 to Cotten End.
End 4 - This end resembles a muck spreading contest with bowls
everywhere and with the jack again on the end of mat the inevitable
happens as Mike takes it off. Cotton End now lead 6-2.
End 5 - Cotton End hold 3 as Sue moves the jack through only
to see an excellent draw from Mike nick a single Cotton End 6-3
End 6 - Yvonne catches the jack and it moves to the side of mat
in an awkward place. Geoff runs a bowl in and it needs a measure
but they get 2. Cotton End 8-3.
End 7 - Cotton End hold 4 as Mike plays and manages to cut it
to a single. 9-3 to Cotton End.
End 8 - The Ravensden number 2 Yvonne nails the jack only to
see it removed as the jack is again on the end of mat. Despite
the skip's best efforts Cotton end take 2. It's now 11-3.
End 9 - A miracle is needed here by Ravensden to get a full 8.
As the end develops there is an opportunity as they have all
six woods in a good position but they are two down. Mike attempts
to move the jack, he hits it but it stays with the Cotton End
woods and they lose a 4.15-3 to Cotton End.
Well done to Cotton End, certainly
the most consistent rink on the day and well done to Ravensden
in their first County Competition.
A special mention to all who
stayed to watch the final. There were more than 50 people, certainly
adding to the atmosphere of another excellent day.
Robert Macdonald, Martyn Macdonald,
Sue Macdonald & Geoff Buttrum
Angela Dowse,Yvonne Potter,
Marion Martin & Mike Dowse
Sunday 6th March saw 21 Triples
take part at Barton Le Clay with 3 groups of 5 and 1 of 6 and
the top two from each qualifying for Knockout Stages.
This group looked strong but with a late withdrawal it was down
to just 4 teams. The defending champions G Savage (Clophill)
sailed through unbeaten and with N Rixon (Barton) only
losing to Clophill, they both progressed.
K Cockings (Turvey) ran
through all four of their games to sit top on 8 points but with
all the others tripping over each other the final game would
decide runner up spot with C Still (Barton) playing A
Speake (Clophill). And it was the Barton team who won 7-6 to
go through on 4 points.
This was a close group at the halfway point. Four teams had one
win each, then a drawn game allowed P Baynes (Cople) to
head the group. It was all going to the last game to decide the
H Ball (Colmworth) was on 5 points but could be caught
by T Meredith (Clophill) if they could get past P Crump (Maulden)
who had not won a game. But in the great tradition of these things
Maulden romped to 13 -1 win and put Colmworth through.
This was a 6 team group but with a withdrawn team was down to
5. The group was dominated by M Rogers (Turvey) and D
Walker (Mixed) and was decided by the final game between
the two teams. Turvey took a narrow 7-6 win to top the group
on 10 points leaving the Mixed team as runners-up.
G Savage (Clophill) v
D Walker (Mixed)
Two strong teams meant this game was always going to be a close
one. And so it was, with Clophill taking a single on the last
end to draw level at 6-6, it meant that an extra end was required.
With the jack pushed to the corner D Walker had last bowl of
the game and room to draw, but unfortunately he stopped on his
opponent's shot wood, so Clophill were into the Semi-Final.
K Cockings (Turvey) v H Ball (Colmworth)
Turvey were trailing after 4 ends at 1-4 but a 3 saw them level
then another 3 on the 5th end gave them a 7-4 lead. Colmworth
took a single on the 6th end to go into the last 5-7 down. They
then piled 3 into the head which despite the Turvey skip's best
efforts were not moving, that left Colmworth with 4 shots to
snatch a 9-7 win.
P Baynes (Cople) v C Still (Barton)
Barton were off to a flyer with a 5 on the first followed by
4 shots on the second. Cople won the third end, but with just
a single, but it was another 2 to Barton on the fourth. After
that there was no way back for Cople and the match was over after
6 ends with Barton wining 13-2.
M Rogers (Turvey) v N Rixon (Barton)
The two teams were trading shots for the first 5 ends at which
point Turvey had a narrow 4-3 lead. The 6th end saw Barton regain
the lead with 2 shots only for Turvey to pick up 3 shots on the
final end to snatch a 7-5 victory.
G Savage (Clophill) v
Clophill are off and away in this game, leading 8-2 after 4 ends,
but Colmworth rally and pick 3 up on the 5th end to give themselves
a chance. But a decisive 2 to Clophill means Colmworth need 5
on the last to tie, but that never looks likely and Clophill
C Still (Barton) v M Rogers (Turvey)
After 3 ends its 4-4 as the two teams trade shots, but that was
all the shots thaty Barton could muster as Turvey eased away
with 6 consecutive shots to win 10-4.
Susan Savage, Eileen Palmer & George Savage (Clophill)
v Jenny Skoines, Paul Hurren & Mick Rogers (Turvey)
End 1 - 3 decent bowls by Clophill means they hold as the skips
come to play. Mick slides his first by as he attempts to move
the jack but with George unable to block the line he nicks the
jack with his last wood to go from 3 down to 3 up, 0-3.
End 2 -The leads are wayward but Paul draws in a single (despite
the moan of Rubbish as he let it go). Eileen then moves it close
so it's a measure now. Mick takes shot only to see George ease
it back to his own, 1-3.
End 3 - The leads are closer but Paul again takes 3 out to hold,
but two decent draws from George sees 2 shots to Clophill. All
square at 3-3.
End 4 - Sue nails the jack only to see Jenny beat it and Paul
add a 2nd which is then beaten by Eileen and then George adds
second. Mick hits the front bowl and then with his last cuts
it down to a single, 4-3.
End 5 - A wild end this, with bowls all over the place but Paul
finds it with his 2nd to hold. George slides his first past then
Mick springs the jack while trying to get close. George pounces
can Mick beat it? He draws in to a cry of thats
close. It needs a measure but it's 1 more to Clophill,
End 6 - With the Skips to play Mick holds 3 but George pushes
it out to hold 1 and a measure and as they take 2 more shots
and move to 7-3 up.
End 7 - This was again a wild end but with the skips to go Turvey
hold. But once again George is into the jack, taking another
End 8 - Both leads tip and tap the jack towards the back of the
mat, Mick clips the jack but it stays with the Clophill wood.
George then picks up the jack, taking 3 to give them the match
and the trophy 10-3, retaining the title for the second year
A great final and well done to
Susan Savage, Eileen Palmer
& George Savage
Jenny Skoines, Paul Hurren
& Mick Rogers
Sunday 10th of January saw 35
pairs take part in the County Championship at Barton le Clay.
The entries were drawn into 7
groups of five with only the group winners and the best runner-up
to go through.
After 3 games the Maulden pair skipped by N Salvidge led the
way closely followed by A Speake on 4 points, so the final games
would be decisive. Although the Maulden pair lost to D Mitchell,
their better shot difference put them through as group winners.
This was close at the halfway point with P Crump (Maulden) and
P Hurren (Turvey) level on 3 points each. As the matches went
on P Hurren lost his third game but with P Crump and A Rosie
(Toddington) both winning it was anyone's to win. However P Crump
won their last game to go through with 7 points with A Rosie
claiming 2nd on 6 points.
This group was close with wins and draws keeping all interested.
P Lovell (Clophill) were leading on 5 points with M Rogers (Turvey)
on 3. P Lovell lost his game opening the door for M Rogers but
they too fell at the last seeing P Lovell progress on with 5
This was dominated by D Whitfield (Toddington) who had two wins
at halfway with all the others wining 1 each they romped to two
more wins and 8 points.
This was a tough group on paper, with 5 very good pairs. But
as it turned out it was decided on the first game as G Savage
(Clophill) beat H Ball (Colmworth) 12-2 and with both pairs winning
their next 3 games G Savage won the group on 8 points.
This was again a group dominated by one pair with K Cockings
(Turvey) who went through undefeated on 8 points.
This was closest group of the day with all in contention. With
one game to play between P Bol (Colmworth) and E Palmer (Clophill)
whoever won the match would take the group on 5 points and it
was the P Bol pair who eased to an 11-2 win to progress.
The seven winners were joined
in the quarter finals by A Rosie (Toddington) who had 6points
and +22 shots.
N Salvidge (Maulden) v G Savage (Clophill)
The Maulden pair had a 4-0 lead after 3 ends but a 4 from Clophill
saw it all square. A 2 gave Maulden a two shot lead and a single
saw Clophill one down on last end, but Maulden take a final 1
to oust the reigning champions 7-5.
P Crump (Maulden) v K Cockings (Turvey)
This match went to and fro from start and as the sixth end finished
it was 4-4. Who could hold their nerve on the last end? It is
he Turvey pair who start well and take a 5 to win 9-4.
P Lovell (Clophill) v P Bol (Colmworth)
The Colmworth pair eased into a 7-1 lead after 4 ends but, despite
Clophill picking up 3 shots on the next two ends, a final 2 to
Colmworth saw them win 9-4.
D Whitfield (Toddington) v A Rosie (Toddington)
The Whitfield pair struggled on a tricky mat and saw their club
mates ease away to an 8-2 victory.
N Salvidge (Maulden) v K Cockings (Turvey)
The Maulden duo were away early in this game, helped a little
by the Turvey skip as they took an 8-0 lead by end 3. Despite
the best efforts of the Turvey pair they were never in the game,
Maulden winning 9-5.
P Bol (Colmworth) v A Rosie (Toddington)
This match was close and with time ticking away the whistle went
on the 6th end, Toddington having picked 2 shots up to go 4-4,
so a decisive final end was needed. And the Colmworth pair nick
a 1 to go through 5-4.
Daniel Walker & Nathan Salvidge (Maulden) v Brenda &
Peter Bol (Colmworth)
End 1 - Brenda chips the jack to the corner of the mat and despite
a good effort from Nathan the Colmworth pair take a 2-0 lead.
End 2 - After both leads have played Colmworth hold 2 its never
beaten and so it's 4-0.
End 3 - Daniel is now leading well to hold two. Nathan makes
it 3 and has the final wood this end, will he or won't he? is
muttered around hall. He tries to draw a 4th but it's a disaster
as he is slightly overweight and off goes the jack towards 2
Colmworth woods, OHHHHHHHHH they loose a single, 5-0.
End 4 - Daniel has two wayward woods allowing Brenda 3 close
ones. He tries to open the head only to see the jack sail off.
End 5 - Its closer this time. Peter is 2 down but a lovely last
wood takes the shot out and sits in for a single, 8-0.
End 6 - The Maulden boys need something this end and Nathan does
what was done to him on the previous end, taking out Peter's
final bowl to take 2 shots, 8-2.
End 7 - The final end saw the leads trade shots. A full house
looks unlikely but Nathan manges to take 3, 8-5.
Well done to Brenda and Peter
Bol on their win. It was another good final and certainly not
the last one for the Maulden pair.
Congratulations to Peter and Brenda who will now represent Bedfordshire
at the Champion of Champions.
Brenda & Peter Bol
Daniel Walker & Nathan Salvidge
The County Singles took place
on Sunday 1st November at Barton le Clay. The forty entries were
drawn into 8 groups of 5 with only the winners of each group
to progress to the Quarter Finals.
The draw produced some tough looking groups.
This was dominated by Ann Denton who was undefeated in her 4
games with the others all losing two each she went through comfortably.
Martyn Macdonald had two wins half way through and a decisive
draw with Brenda Bol was to give him the group win. With Brenda
having lost a game, Martyn had 7 points after a final win.
This was a close group with everyone still in it at the halfway
point. While Neil Rixon lost his final game the others all had
a chance, but no one could quite get a win as both matches were
draws. Robert Macdonald and Arthur Rosie were tied on 5 points
each so shots were going to decide it, and it was Arthur who
went through by just 4 shots.
Geoff Buttrum was on form here, three wins and a draw saw him
through although Peter Crump and Melvyn Baynes pushed him all
This was decided on the game between Lesley Nunn and Keith Cockings
both undefeated after two games. Keith out drew Lesley and went
through with 4 wins after a final 6-5 win over Mike Walker.
Another tight group saw Pauline Baynes leading the way with 3
wins but she was being chased by Jim Richardson and the final
game saw them play each other. Jim needed to win, which he did,
but not by enough shots and Pauline progressed by 3 shots.
This was a nail biter as Andrew Hatton had to watch the final
game between Pete Lovell and Trevor Tumber. Andrew had 2 wins
and 2 draws but Trevor was on 5 points and chasing, but two really
close last ends saw Pete come from behind to win 6-5 and give
Andrew the group win.
Mark Walker and Mick Rogers were both in charge of this group
until Mark beat Mick and went through with 8 points.
Game 1: Geoff Buttrum v Mark Walker
This match went to and fro for the first four ends as Geoff went
6-4 up, but a decisive 2 and 3 saw him take the game 11-4
Game 2: Arthur Rosie v Andrew Hatton
Andrew takes 3 singles on the first three ends but after 5 ends
a pair of 2s sees Arthur in front. Another 2 for Arthur and he
has a 6-3 lead with the last end to play. Andrew has a chance
with his last wood to pick up 3 or 4 as it lays, unfortunately
he can't move it far enough and loses another single. 7-3 to
Game 3: Martyn Macdonald v Pauline Baynes
Martyn shoots out into a 7-0 lead after 4 ends and despite all
of Paulines effort two singles were not enough and Martyn wins
Game 4: Ann Denton v Keith Cockings
A disaster for Ann on the first end sees Keith take a 4, then
a 1 to go 5-0 up. Ann takes 2 on the third only to lose a 3 on
the next. With Keith 10-2 up Ann needs two 4s to tie but only
manages a 3. 10-5 to Keith.
Arthur Rosie v Geoff Buttrum
After 4 ends both were playing well, but Geoff had a slim 4-3
lead. Hhe then picks up 3 more shots to go 7-3 up. Arthur replies
with a 3 of his own, so going into the final end its 7-6 to Geoff.
On the final end Arthur nicks a single so it's 7-7 all and extra
end time. Two decent draws very close have Geoff in trouble but
despite a great effort Arthur picks up 2 to win 9-7
Martyn Macdonald v Keith Cockings
This semi was vastly different Martyn was under pressure from
the start as Keith was drawing within inches every time he was
7-0 after three ends. A further 2 and 4 saw Martyn shake hands
after the 5th end 13-0.
Keith Cockings v Arthur Rosie
End 1: Keith is on the jack second bowl and takes a 3, 3-0 up.
End 2: Arthur finds the length this time but Keith's third is
very close and he picks up a 1. 4-0.
End 3: Keith again has his draw shot on song and picks up another
End 4: Another single to Keith as Arthur struggles to get his
weight correct. 8-0.
End 5, Keith is dominating this game with his close drawing and
takes 2 more 10-0
End 6: Arthur needs to score and threads a great bowl between
Keiths 2 woods to get on the board.10-1.
End 7: Arthur again finds the jack but needs a big count. He
picks up 2 more to trail 10-3.
End 8: Keith is back in on the jack. He holds a 4 as Arthur cannot
find his length, 14 -3 and its all over.
Keith takes the county Singles title for the third time.
Well done to all who helped on the day there were some really
close matches and to all who stayed to watch the final on such
a long day.