Reading Bowling Club

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Milestone Occasion celebrated at Reading Bowling Club

One of the long-standing traditions at Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road has been the annual President versus Captain Match. This has always been a prestigious occasion with not only a hard fought competition between the two teams on the green but with a social occasion afterwards.

Last Saturday 26th May, and for the first time in 215 years since the founding of the club in 1803, this was played as a Mixed rather than an all Men’s match. Mrs Yvonne Hailstone, as President, and Mr Vaughan Holland, as Men’s Captain, agreed that the decision to play Ladies as well as Men was long overdue. They provided a wonderful meal and raised money for the Berkshire Bowling Benevolent Fund from a ‘spider’ before the match and a raffle after the meal.

Mrs Hailstone is only the second Lady to hold the Presidential chain of office in the history of the Club as even though the Ladies Section of the club was formed in 1965, the sections operated separately until 2003.

News 2017

National Finals

Saturday 19th August: BJ under 25 singles will be Berks B ... pipped 20-21 in final
Monday 21st August: BJ, Jon, Simon & Rob Fours will be Berks B ... narrow defeat 21-22 in last 16
Tuesday 22nd August: Simon Champion of Champions ... into quarter final ... lost 8-21
Thursday 24th August: Jon, Simon & Rob Triples will be Berks B ... eliminated in morning 16-19
Sunday 27th August: Darren, Gary, BJ and Lloyd, Balcom Trophy ... just lost out in semis 39-40
Monday 28th August: Darren & Gary Pairs will be Berks A ... defeated in first round 14-21
Tuesday 29th August: Darren 2wd Singles will be Berks A ... reached second round ... lost 12-14
Thursday 31st August: BJ 4 wd Singles will be Berks B ... missed out in morning round 18-21
Sunday 3rd September: Lloyd, BJ, Tom White Rose U25 2 Fours ... went down in final 37-41

A highly successful season for Reading culminated in the men’s team becoming runners up in Bowls England Top Club competition.
Having reached Leamington with a victories over Poplar and Mychett, Reading achieved a 4-1 victory over New Lount in the quarter finals. A Sunday morning semi-final victory 4½-½ over Royal Wootton Bassett brought a deserved afternoon final against the holders Kings BC (Devon). Kings experience proved decisive with a clear win, leaving Reading with the fantastic achievement of being the top club but one in the country!
Many congratulations to our top club players at Leamington, BJ (2-wood), Lloyd (singles), Darren & Robert (pairs), Tom, Neil & Gary (triples) and Danny, Paul, Simon & Jon (fours).

County Finals

Reading was well represented in the Men’s County Finals held at Thatcham Bowling Club last Saturday 13th August. BJ Byles, Darren Holder, Gary Stacey, Jon Stradling, Simon Jones, Robert Newman and Neil Gauld all gave strong performances on the green.

At the end of the day the following were County Champions:

Singles Champion - BJ Byles
Pairs Champions - Darren Holder and Gary Stacey
Fours Champions - BJ Byles, Jon Stradling, Simon Jones and Robert Newman.

Well done to all of our winners and runners-up for a great day.