Reading Bowling Club

94 Kendrick Road Reading RG1 5DW

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2019 Competitive Achievements

Ladies TVLL: Our ladies again celebrated winning Division 1. The final position rested on a good result in the final game against Maidenhead Town and we achieved enough points in it to put us at the top of the table closely beating Tilehurst. Apart from a trophy, the club received £55. Well done Linda and her team!

Men’s Kennet League:

KLV: After a disappointing end to 2018 with both teams being relegated, 2019 saw a big turnaround with both teams being promoted back up to Division 2. Well done to everyone who showed great commitment to achieve this, as well as £90 for the club.
KL A Team: An excellent season throughout culminating with the A team winning the Division 1 final in a great match against Tilehurst. As well as a trophy and badges there was a cheque to the Club for £100.
KL B Team: After a slow start the B team were determined to get the promotion they missed out on in recent years and after some good wins they reached 2nd place in Division 3 giving them a well-deserved promotion to Division 2 next season as well as £30 for the club.

Club, County & National Competitions:

Club Competitions: The competitions kept on course again this year and enjoyed a great finals weekend. Congratulations to all those who reached the Finals especially those who were winners.
(See Roll of Honour)

County Competitions:
This has been an excellent year for the club with results as follows:
Men’s Singles Finalist Simon Jones
Men’s 2 Wood Singles Champion Simon Jones
Men’s Unbadged Singles Champion Franco Morana
Men’s Unbadged Singles Finalist John Allen
Men’s Junior Singles Champion Lloyd Sabatini
Men’s Junior Singles Finalist Kyle Mallandain
Men’s Junior Pairs Champions Joshua Jones and BJ Byles
Men’s Club Championship Champions
Ladies Benevolent Triples Finalists Yvonne Hailstone, Jean Gardiner & Eileen Fulbrook
Lily Zhang and Franco Morana received their full County badges this season.
John Allen received a 1 year Colts Badge and Vaughan Holland a 3 year Colt’s badge.

National Competitions and News:
We are very proud to report that the following Reading players represented the Royal County at Leamington: Simon Jones, Lloyd Sabatini, Kyle Mallandain, Joshua Jones and BJ Byles. In the Junior Singles Kyle Mallandain reached the Quarter Final; a great achievement. Well done to everyone!
Congratulations are also in order to BJ and Lloyd who were both selected as U25 Internationals and played for England in the BIBC U25 International Series this season.
Josh Jones was also selected as reserve for the Bowls England U18 Academy. All excellent achievements which are well deserved.

KLV-A team become division 3 champions

Our Kennet League over 55 team topped division 3 central and went on to play the final against Faringdon BC, winners of division 3 west. The match took place at Wantage on Thursday 22 August.

In a match which Reading controlled throughout, the result was a win to Reading by three shots. Congratulations to all concerned!

Reading win Kennet League for second year running

At the East West final held on Saturday 17 August at Three Mile Cross, Reading played Tilehurst. Reading put in a very strong start on all four rinks and managed to maintain the lead up to around the 16/17 ends mark. At this point with Reading over 30 shots in front, Tilehurst bowed to the inevitable and conceded the match.

With this result, Reading are Kennet League champions two years in a row. Well done to all the players who have played in Tuesday evening matches throughout the season.

Members showing off the new club shirt


Reading players receive their trophies at the 2018 Men's County Dinner

The men's county dinner took place on Saturday 17th November. During the presentations, Reading players Joshua Jones, Simon Jones and Robert Newman received the runners up trophy in the County Benevolent Triples. Neil Jones and Neil Gauld received the winning trophy in the County Men’s Pairs 2018.

benevolent triples  men's pairs

In a very successful year, Reading teams won both the Men's and the Ladies' competitive leagues in Berkshire.


Reading achieved a fine victory in the KL Division 1 Final against Tilehurst on Sunday 9th September, played at Wokingham Bowling Club on a lovely sunny afternoon. Having taken a good lead on two of the four rinks in the early stages, the game became a lot more intense when Tilehurst took the jack into the ditch on the 20th end of one of the rinks and achieved a 5 with a stunning shot. This was followed by a 6 on the 21st end, at which the remaining Tilehurst teams gained a new momentum! There was wonderful play from both teams as they battled for the prize on the last few ends of the game but the Reading team kept their cool, rose to the occasion and had a well deserved win overall!


Following our recent promotion to Division 1, the Thames Valley Ladies afternoon league team has been focused on improving their game and results this season. With excellent leadership from our TVL Captain Linda Robinson and commitment from all of the players in making Thursday games a priority, we exceeded our expectations and managed to win the Division! We won 9 games, drew 2 and lost 3 gaining 94 points as well as a very commendable shot difference!


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.

On 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.