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What a Weekend with the Open Singles Circuit Competition!

We had an amazing weekend with the competition.

Lloyd & Sian - the Finalists. Cambridge Park sponsors - Sunvil Holidays
Lloyd & Sian – the Finalists.
Cambridge Park sponsors – Sunvil Holidays

Firstly congratulations to finalists Sian Honnor (Commonwealth Gold medallist – Women’s Triples outdoors) and Lloyd Sabatini  (Under 25 England International).

Lloyd nipped the final on the tie-break.  Precision bowls by both competitors, which is not easy when

Lloyd Sabatini receiving his £1,000 winner's cheque from Cambridge Park Indoor Captain David Ayton
Lloyd Sabatini receiving his £1,000 winner’s cheque from Cambridge Park Indoor Captain David Ayton

you’ve already played for 3 hours in closely fought matches.  The continued concentration is probably the hardest part.  One slip and the opponent says “yippee” and suddenly three shots are dropped.  Not so for these competitors.  Fantastic bowling!



Sian Honnor receives her runners-up cheque from Indoor Club Captain and tournament organiser David Ayton
Sian Honnor receives her runners-up cheque from Indoor Club Captain and tournament organiser David Ayton

Norman Coad, who travelled up from Bodmin for a 09.00 am first round match on Sunday morning had a great run through the tournament and was pipped for a finals place on the final wood on the final tie break end by Sian Honnor.  It must have felt like a long drive back to Cornwall on Sunday night.

Nick Edwards had played confidently and tightly through all his matches on Sunday until he came up against Lloyd in the semi-final.  Lloyd could have drawn to a sixpence regardless of where the mat or jack were placed.  Such consistency was a wonder to watch and something for all of us bowlers can or should aspire to.

How many men does it take to measure a shot?!
How many men does it take to measure a shot?!

As well as the young internationals such as Emma Cooper and BJ Byles, there were veterans of the green in Danny Dennison (who shouldn’t really have been attempting to pick up let alone deliver a bowl so soon after his accident) and Hounslow bowlers Dave Pitt & John Carey. It was good to see former members Maurice Byron and Jane Taylor who travelled up from Wiltshire.  Jane gallantly stood in for a last minute cancellation borrowing shoes, shirt and woods and secured a first round win but not a second round win.

Other entrants included previous OSC winner Sean Gingell and several others top ranked on the 2015/16 circuit.  There were a few club members who entered – Dave Ayton (reached 3rd round but lost to Sian Honnor on last tie break end), Dawn Slaughter (reached second round and also lost on last tie-break end but to Duncan Heard), and Ian Dale, Ann Bamber, Dave Baker and Kerry Payne, the latter three being persuaded at the last minute to fill late drop outs.  Ann B also joined the CP WBC (Cambridge Park Wrong Bias Club) but I think that was down to nerves!

However, we were very proud of our Cambridge Park Members, Laurence Gatfield and Martin Payne who made it through

Laurence & Martin - Pleased as punch with their achievements and quite rightly so!
Laurence & Martin – Pleased as punch with their achievements and quite rightly so!

to the Quarter Finals.  Both excellent bowlers who played extremely well in the first three rounds to reach the final stages.  It’s great when club members find top form at the right moment in front of the ‘home crowd’.

Between playing their matches, Laurence had been helping with the admin and marking other matches and Martin had been slaving away in the kitchen from 7.00 am on both days – his speciality being made-to-order fluffy omelettes.

Thanks to Kim masterminding the catering – amazing job – and to Kerry & Ellie Payne, Kim’s glamorous assistants keeping all the orders in order and to Ann Dale for donning the rubber gloves for most of Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day indeed!

Ian Gilbert gets on his knees for precise measuring
Ian Gilbert gets on his knees for precise measuring

Thanks to all the umpires – Ron Eden, Darren Stanford, Ian Gilbert & Charlotte Manuel for giving up their time.  I’m pleased we managed to get them on their knees a lot to make it worthwhile!

Thanks also to everyone who did a stint behind the bar – Dave Ayton, Ann Macey, Jane Whittle, Reg,  Julia and Dawn – for keeping players and spectators well hydrated.

Thanks also to our sponsors – Sunvil Holidays as well as Lisa Colley St James Wealth Management – who made donations towards the prize money.

Thanks also to Neil Smith, the Open Singles Circuit organiser, without whom these competitions would have been lost from the indoor season calendar.  Check out the website www.opensinglescircuit.com for more competition dates – both indoors and outdoors.  Check on the rankings.

Of course, it’s a big thank you to all the competitors who took part – travelling from as far as Bodmin and Suffolk and a host of counties in between.

Last, but definitely not least, thanks to David Ayton for masterminding the whole event.  It was well organised and well run – just what we expect from him!



The Cambridge Park BC Race Night – Results


160213 - Punters 3

Brenda S, Margaret B & Beryl were hard at it in the kitchen making up very attractive plates of ham, cheese, pickle, salad etc. whilst Pauline, Peter, Dave S, Brian C, Shirley & Tony Oakes got everything else under way.  The pool table was moved, the chairs were moved, the tables set up and the whole club was a hive of activity when the bowlers for the Open Fours competition arrived.

The punters were arriving in droves as the competition finished and Jane W and Ann M w160213 - Punters 4ere kept busy at the bar all afternoon and evening.

Every single chair in the club was in use and Honest John (Dodgy Tote) and his Dodgy Tote’s Moll 160213 - Honest John took up their places in front of the bar with their tickets and cash boxes ready to take in and give out the bets and the winnings.

Over 90 people turned up with club members, family, friends and bowlers from other clubs getting together to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.

160213 - Punters 1Four races were held taken from four different race courses, some flat, some hurdles and some steeplechases and because no one knew what they were going to be before the Tote was closed, it was a complete guessing game as to who would win.  There were 190 bets on the first race and then the other 7 races had around 140-150 bet160213 - Punters 2s.  The punters all queued up very politely and quietly but when each race got under way, there was yelling and cheering for all the horses but on no occasion was “Move your bleedin’ a*rse” heard, so Audrey Hepburn aka Eliza Doolittle was definitely not present!

The prize money for each race was the total bets taken at £1 each, 22% of which went to the club and the remaining 75% were divided by how many bets were placed on that horse.  The average was £4 per win but some lucky punters scooped £7 on their win.  Final figures to be confirmed but the raffle took £255 and around £300 extra on everything else. (Figure to be updated during the week once all incomings and outgoings have been taken into account.)

Many, many thanks to Pauline B for masterminding the event, for Peter B for taking the orders and fulfilling them, to Brenda S in the kitchen with her band of merry girls, Jane & Ann M behind the bar, Shirley & Tony Oakes on the door and all those who assisted behind the scenes before and after the event.  Thanks also to the Race Man, highly costumed in blue and yellow jockey silks and whom I managed not to photo (doh!).  If I’ve missed anyone else out, I apologise.  It was a real team/members event and hopefully the first of many.

Next ‘social’ will be a two-wood pairs competition on 19th March followed by Irish-themed supper and quiz with Billy Banks in charge.  Sign up sheet on the noticeboard.  If you don’t want to join in the bowls, come along for supper and quiz.

And don’t forget the Open Singles Circuit tournament on 5/6th March at the club.  There are 64 entrants, some club members, some county players and some international players taking part!

Open Singles Circuit Competition – 5th/6th March at Cambridge Park IBC

There are still a few more spaces left for the draw with the deadline for getting your entry in being Friday 19th February.

There are also additional opportunities for sponsorship, so if you know a local business that would like to become a sponsor – please contact Dave Ayton or the Club.  Sponsorship can be for as little as £50 but the sky is the limit at the other end!

Sunday 31st January – Double Whammy – Men’s Leonard Denny Memorial & Mixed v Met Police

On Sunday morning, the Men took on local rivals Hounslow (again!) in the second round of the Leonard Denny Memorial Trophy.  .They’ve been our real bete noir this season and we lost overall.

Home team:  Dave B, Peter T, Billy B & skip Martin P

Away team: David S, Stormin Norman, Gary & skip Dave A

For those of you wondering why Gorgeous George H hasn’t been on the team lists recently, it’s because he’s been poorly and in hospital but he’s home now and on the road to recovery.  We wish him well.  He hopes to be playing in about a month.

On Sunday afternoon, we played against the Met Police and were all on our best behavious – well almost.  There was a lot of barracking and friendly banter from  those on our team who worked for the Prison Service and a lot of laughter was heard across the green.

Although at tea time, we were well down on all rinks except captain Martin P’s rink (no.2 – his favourite now!), the usual trick of the break seemed to help and the other three CP team crept back up with both Laurence’s and Gym’s team creeping ahead in the very last couple of ends.

Thanks to Jane W for running the bar again and for the delicious Roast Chicken dinner cooked by Kim and all her able assistants to setting up, clearing up and washing up afterwards.


Frances D, Bob D, Sheila C, & skip Gym

Ellie P, Ann D, Dave N & skip Martin P

Rita W, Gerry, Ray P (welcome back to match play!) & skip Kerry (the noisy rink!)

Eric P, Archie D, Dawn & skip Laurence


Saturday 13th February – a VERY Full Day of Activity at the Club – Teams Below

OK.  Here goes!

At 10.00 am, 16 Men will be playing in the Middlesex Men’s League v Hounslow – 2 teams home, 2 away.

Home teams; Graham, Reg, Gym &Mike B skip Martin.  Dave N, Pete N, Gym & skip Peter T.

Away teams: Ian D, Dave P, Stormin/ Norman & skip Dave A.  Dave B, Archie, Laurence & skip Billy.


At 2.30 pm, there will be a Drawn Open Fours Competition.   The only refreshments available will be drinks/crisps etc from the bar or bring your own.

Team 1: Ken N, Joan O’N, Archie & skip Jim Blyth

Team2: Ron B, Frances D, DIck S & skip Dawn

Team 3: Ann B, Bob D, Kerry & skip Stormin’ Norman

Team 4: Ann D, Sue S, Reg & skip Alan W

Team 5: John L, Di S, Bernard & skip Dave A

Team 6: Kathy W, Eric P, Sheila C & skip Billy

Team 7: Ellie P, Jim P, Gym & skip Martin

Team 8: Barry W, Dennis W, Jean S & skip Laurence

21 end match

Team 6 v Team 4; Team 2 v Team 7; Team 1  v Team 8; Team 3 v Team 5

At 7.00 pm, there will be the first race in the Race Night complete with food and fun!  This is a Social evening for all members and their friends and a chance to raise some funds for the much needed replacement fascias on the outside of the building, so it would be lovely if as many of you could come along.  This has been organised by the newly formed Cambridge Park Social Committee so we’re looking for lots of support.  87 people have bought tickets – brilliant!

Aim to be on starters orders by 6.45 pm ready for the first race ! Tickets £7.50 from either Pauline Barnes, or Jane Whittle behind the bar


Put Down your Bowls and Get on a Boat – Wednesday 27th August

The Liaison Committee are organising a RIVER TRIP from Richmond to Hampton Court on Turks Boats, on Wednesday 27th August.

Depart Richmond at 11.00 am, arrive Hampton Court 12.45 pm with a possibility of changing boats at Kingston.  Depart Hampton Court at 14.35 arriving at Richmond at 16.20.  Cost £9.60 and £8.00 single (£2.00 off for senior citizens).  Pay on the boat to Turks’ staff.

Sign up in the clubhouse or speak to Shirley Oakes for any other details. stoak27@btinternet.com

National Ladies Fours – Tuesday 4th August – Leamington Spa

The team of Ann H, Nadine, Jean S & Cathy T made a cracking start to their challenge of the National Ladies Fours by beating Shepshed 27-12 in the morning.  They took on Ellen Faulkner and her team from Cambridgeshire in the afternoon and after a thrilling match, they lost 13-17.  30 shots over 21 ends – what a tight game!  I gather Cathy had an exceptional game but the other three couldn’t have been far behind.  Well done to our girls as well as the Bush Hill Park Ladies Fours team, who won their preliminary match v Worcestershire but lost the next round to Bucks.

Ladies Fours Final - Jean                                             Ladies Fours Final - team




Middlesex Ladies v Dorset Ladies – Wednesday 21st June – Special Occasion!

Middlesex Ladies took on Dorset Ladies at Cambridge Park on  Wednesday 21st June.

It was also a special occasion in that club member Joan O’Neill was presented with her full County Badge at the end of the match.  It’s a long haul to obtain all the points required for a full Badge (unless you manage to fast-stream by winning a county competition) by scoring 1 point for every round in a qualifying competition that you win.  It’s a brilliant achievement, Joan.  Congratulations!

Captain Gerry hands over the Cambridge Park Green to Middlesex
Captain Gerry hands over the Cambridge Park Green to Middlesex


Joan O'N gets her well deserved Middlesex badge
Joan O’N gets her well deserved Middlesex badge

Midsummer day and what more could you want but the hottest day of the year so far? 

The Dorset team arrived to a warm welcome and teas/coffees provided by Brenda & Dave S.  After Gerry handed over the green the teams got down to the challenging part of the game – the green!  Whilst two Middlesex teams raced away to an early lead, and kept it, the others took longer to find the green and correct weight.

On her way to get her Middlesex Badge, Joan played on the  rink that was narrowly pipped to top rink by the President’s team.  It was lovely for her to get her full badge at her own club too.

Our regular “winter” caterers, Doris and son Harrison, provided an excellent Roast Beef dinner with a varied selection of desserts.  Jane W did a sterling job behind the bar and our thanks go to them and all those who helped behind the scenes including the Middlesex committee.

Both Maureen Ayling, the Middlesex President, and the Dorset President gave after dinner speeches including two very good clean jokes!

It was a lovely afternoon topped by Middlesex taking a victory and our friendly foxes taking a nap.

Relaxing after a Hard Game
Relaxing after a Hard Game



Middlesex Ladies Walker Cup

Good luck to Ann H, Nadine & Cathy T and all the other Middlesex Ladies who are playing the first round of the Walker Cup this afternoon at Beech Hurst Bowls Club, Haywards Heath.

The CP girls played well and were just pipped by 2 shots on their rink.  Unfortunately the other Middlesex rink were outplayed so it was a win to Sussex.  Better luck in the competition next year, Middlesex.

Middlesex Ladies President’s Benevolent Day – 13th June

Maureen Ayling, the President of Middlesex Bowls Association Ladies Section, hosted a fun and friendly match against the Benevolent team under captain Cathy Taylor at Bishop Duppas BC.  The rain stayed off as did the usual fleeces and jackets of this summer season, in favour of shirt sleeves.


 Great fun was had by all and a total of £952 was raised on the day for Maureen’s chosen charity.  AND to top it all the Benevolent team won for the first time in 9 years by the narrow margin of 9 shots.  Pretty good!