Category Archives: Match Reports

Highworth reclaim Halls Trophy

In the popular annual six-rink local derby with Shrivenham last night, Highworth turned in a superb performance across all rinks to bring home the Halls Trophy for the first time since 2012.  On a perfect evening for playing bowls, Highworth recorded four winning rinks, a draw and a loss by the narrowest of margins to achieve a 129 – 95 result, banishing from memory the very narrow losses suffered n the past two years.


The challenge now is to go to Shrivenham in 2020 and defend the trophy, but for now we can savour a job well done! Congratulations to Captain Ian Barrett and all who played their part.

Jo Hicks records National Under-25s qualification double

A huge well done to Jo, who, at Soencer Melksham on Saturday 20th July, qualified twice for Leamington by winning through on both the Under-25 Singles Semi Finals and the Under-25 Pairs Semi-Final & Final (with Georgina Newman of Avon  BC).

In the Singles, Jo beat Maisie Daniell of Royal Wootton Bassett to both qualify for Leamington and the BWL final on the 27th

In the Pairs, Jo and Georgina beat Maisie & Charlotte Daniell from Royal Wootton Bassett in the semis to set up a final with Katy & Lucy Smith of Westlecot, who’d had a walkover in their semi, coming through 17 – 15.

BWL reach Walker Cup finals for first time.

Bowls Wiltshire Ladies made it a double celebration at the weekend when they followed up Saturday’s qualification for the Johns Trophy semi-finals at Leamington by winning their Regional Final of the Walker Cup at Box on Sunday.

This is the first time that BWL have reached Leamington in the Walker Cup.

Highworth’s Deanne Davis and Linda Young played 2 and 3 in the rink skipped by Alison Fail (Purton), recording wins in both sessions.

In the morning session BWL defeated Worcestershire 36 – 29 and match scores were:
Alison Fail’s rink won 21-14
Alex Jacobs’ rink drew 15-15

Warwickshire had overcome Somerset in their morning match, but found BWL tougher opposition in the second session, losing out 41 – 36 to the BWL belles, with the scores:
Alison Fail’s rink won 20-13
Alex Jacob’s rink lost 21-23

BWL will now play the winner of the Eastern section on Sunday 18 August at Leamington. Possible opponents are Leicestershire, Northamptonshire or Huntingdonshire (who had beaten Essex in the semi final).

All the best for the Leamington ladies.

BWL beat Somerset in Johns Trophy nail-biter

Well done to Jo, Maggie, Linda & Deanne, who today, as part of the Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Johns Trophy team, beat Somerset in a thriller, to earn a return to Leamington, in a match that went down to the very last wood.

BWL made a promising start, but with two rinks dropping a seven apiece, the game took on a different complexion, As the match drew towards a close, with two rinks left on the green, the scores were tied with only one end to play on each.

Alex Jacobs (Box) bowled her last wood and picked up one shot for her rink whilst, on the other, Alison Fail (Purton) found her rink one down and bowled her last wood, a pressure wood, to get shot and an overall win by two shots!!

Here’s hoping any chewed fingernails are quickly restored to full health and the team can go one better than last year and bring the trophy back to Wiltshire. Semi-finals and final to be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, on Saturday 3rd August 2019, which is the opening day of the Bowls England National Championships.

Good and bad news at S&D Ladies Finals

With Highworth represented in five different finals at Westlecot on Sunday 16th September there was always the possibility of winners and losers and so it turned out. Linda Young had a test of stamina and concentration having to play in four of the five, virtually staying on the green all day, whilst Jo Hicks had two matches to play and Maggie Jordan and Ashlee Lin featured in one each.

First up for Linda was the Champion of Champions, playing Charlie Godwin of Wootton Bassett, for which she came through with a 21 – 13 victory.

Following a brief break, it was on to the 2-wood Singles final against Laura Latham of Town Gardens, this time Linda recording a 16 – 9 success. Meanwhile Jo was up against Charlie Godwin in the 4-wood Singles and found it was not to be her day, going down to a 9 – 21 loss.

Linda’s third final was the Pairs, with Ashlee Lin at lead. The Highworth pair got off to a dream start, leading 16 – 0 before their Supermarine opponents. Ann Andrews & Marilyn Kilburn, got on the scoreboard with a 4. After 15 ends the score stood at 21 – 7, but end 16 of the scheduled 21 proved to be the final end when Ashlee and Linda weighed in with a 7, the Supermarine ladies deciding then to concede the match. So a hat-trick of title for Linda to add to her tally of titles, but a first for Ashlee, who only came to the sport in 2015 with no prior experience.

The last final of the day was the Charity Triples and saw Highworth’s Maggie Jordan, Jo Hicks and Linda Young take on a Wootton Bassett trio skipped by Charlie Godwin. The match was tight all the way and after the regulation 21 ends were completed the scores were tied at 17 apiece. The resulting extra end saw Wootton Bassett take the end and the title.

Regardless of winning or losing on the day, Highworth ladies, and indeed everyone at the club, can be extremely proud of their achievements across national, county and Swindon competitions over the season and can look forward to 2019 with great optimism.