The annual Captains’ Day event took place on Sunday 10th June with 26 participants split into two teams of 13 with the Competitive Captains’ XIII taking on the Friendly Captain’s XIII. The teams took part in four rounds of seven ends, for most, playing on a different rink, against different opposition and in a different playing position each round. Add to that a scoring system based on ends won and rewards for scale of winning margin in each game and you had a quite a conundrum that organiser David Armitage had managed to put together.
After leading through rounds 1 & 2, the Friendlies succumbed to an onslaught from the Competitives in Round 3, seeing a lead of 4 points turned into a deficit of 13 and from which there was no way back. Final score on the day was Competitives 80 Friendlies 66 and the teams then retired to the club, after a long afternoon in the sun, to enjoy their American Buffet.
The event began with a spider competition and the opportunity to win a bottle of whisky for the person who finished nearest to the jack once all bowls, and the jack, had come to rest. With 25 bowls streaming across the green from all angles round the green, trying to get closest to the jack placed in the centre, is quite a sight and, inevitably, the jack gets hit, more than once, so the winner can be said to be more by luck than judgment. That said, taking nothing away from the victor, Sunday’s whisky winner was club newbie Dee Clements.
Sunday 10th June – Spider Event
After the buffet, a raffle of prizes generously donated by the players was held, and combined with the entry monies for the spider competition, raising a total of £100 which is to be donated to Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE). Well done one and all!
Saturday 9th June saw the qualifying rounds of the club’s mixed pairs competition take place. Unfortunately the event clashed with the Ladies County 2-wood competition resulting in the field at Highworth being reduced to eight pairs. On a hot and sunny day filled with quality bowling, Hazel Hayes & Ian Webb came through their half of the draw with Josie Etherington and David Armitage doing likewise in their half. The two pairs will face off during the club’s Finals Weekend held over 1st & 2nd September.
Saturday 9th June saw four of Highworth’s ladies participate in the County 2-wood qualifiers at Pewsey. Whilst Ashlee Lin, Maggie Jordan and Linda Young made it through to the final round of the day, it was unfortunate that Maggie and Linda ended up playing each other. Congratulations to Linda though and we wish her good luck for the remainder of the competition.
Friday June 8th saw Jo & Linda reach the last 8 play-offs for the County Pairs which will be held on Saturday 1st July at Salisbury. Good luck to them in their quest to reach the Nationals.
Friday 1st June saw the arrival of Nottinghamshire’s Wollaton Bowls Club at Highworth on the first stop of their 2018 tour. The green was looking better than it had been since the start of the season and the buffet for their arrival drew appreciative comments from our visitors, but as soon as both sides stepped on to the green to bowl, the one element that couldn’t be organized, i.e. the Highworth weather, began to interfere with proceedings.
Starting with a few heavy drops, the first four or five ends saw increasing amounts of rain fall, but insufficient to call a halt. However, come the seventh end the downpour became very heavy and all parties took shelter in the clubhouse, not to return, as the rain continued to teem down.
With the green starting to flood there was no option but to call the game off. Before Wollaton left to return to their hotel they kindly presented Highworth with a plaque to commemorate their visit and, coming from Robin Hood country, presented Highworth’s captain of the day with a Robin Hood style hat.
Thanks go out to Bob Wilson, Paul Barrow & John Jordan for their work on the green & surroundings in the morning, Elaine White, Paul Barrow and John Spencer for their work in laying on the buffet, along with the subsequent clean-up, aided in the latter by Jenny Wilson and Maggie Jordan.
It is hoped that Wollaton get better weather on the remainder of their tour and that should they come this way again on future tours then they might consider calling in at Highworth again.