Congratulations to Sean Etherington on making it to the Swindon & District Under-25 Final for the second year running. Sean beat Highworth old boy James Richman in their semi-final at Highworth, winning 19 – 10.
In the final, to be held on Saturday 14th September, he will meet either David Murray, in what would be an all HBC final, or another Highworth old boy in Ben Choules, to whom Sean lost in last year’s final.
Commiserations to both Jo Hicks & Linda Young whose involvement in separate competitions was ended early in both cases.
Jo, partnering Georgina Newman (Avon) in the Under-25 Pairs, lost out to a pair from Northamptonshire in the first round, whilst Linda’s involvement in the Senior Singles got only as far as the second round.
Hard luck ladies, but in getting to Leamington in the first place is an achievement to be celebrated in itself.
Jo Hicks got her Nationals Under-25s Singles campaign off to a good start today when she won her first round match 21 – 19, but sadly went down 15 – 21 in the quarter final round.
Hard luck Jo but well done in getting there.
Bowls Wiltshire Ladies again lost out to Surrey Ladies in the Johns Trophy in what was a repeat of 2018’s final.
Surrey overcame 2016 champions Lincolnshire in their semi-final whilst Wiltshire defeated Essex by just three shots in theirs. Wiltshire were targeting their first success in the competition since 1995, with Surrey aiming for their fourth triumph in six years but sadly it was not to be.
Surrey beat Lincolnshire 122-105
Wiltshire beat Essex 117-114
Rink Scores (Wiltshire skips first): A Fail lost to J Polley 12-26; S Griffiths lost to C Moss 19-28; S Bird beat S Madgewick 25-15; L Young beat E Score 23-16; A Jacobs beat A Smart 20-12; M Hartley beat B Bowyer 18-17
Surrey beat Wiltshire 142-91
Rink Scores (Surrey skips first): S Maylin beat S Griffiths 15-14; D Seward beat S Bird 24-18; P Garden beat L Young 18-16; D Souter beat A Jacobs 32-18; M Smith beat M Hartley 21-12; P Bourne beat A Fail 32-13.
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.