Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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The next event at Handy Cross will be on Sunday 17th March 2019

Bucks Championships & National Trials  


On Sunday 16th December, just 12 players took part in the Bucks Championships and National Trials for Triples.

This was a very disappointing number of entries and just half that of the previous year. It was hoped that by combining the Bucks Championships with the National Trials, it would encourage more members to take part. Perhaps it was the close proximity to Christmas that reduced the number of entries, but then again, it may be that more publicity is needed to reach the other 517 registered members in the County.

It would be very sad if this lack of support caused the demise of both our entry into the National Championships and the Bucks Championships, but it is just not economically viable to continue to hold these competitions with just a handful of players. Nor is fair on the organisers, who put in a lot of time and effort in arranging these events.

Let’s hope that next year, more players will come forward to take part in what is a very good way to spend a day, in good company and with  some enjoyable bowling.

The winners of the Triples competition were:

1st Place:  Sharon Drake, Barry Somers, Malcolm Tingle

2nd Place: Malcolm Warwick, Ian Forbes, Arnie Jaffe

3rd Place: Val Latham, Irene Roberts, Brian Latham

4th Place: Peter Clarke, Darren Brown, Victoria Nemar

Well done to all those who took part and congratulation to the winners. For all the scores, click here:  SCORES

Bucks Championships and National Trials   

4’s and Mixed 4’s

On Sunday 6th January 2019, just 17 players came together to bowl in the Fours and Mixed Fours of the Bucks Championships and National Trials. As the entry this year was so low, it was possible to combine both disciplines on the same day.

In the Mixed Fours, just two teams competed, with Val Latham, Kevin Dwyer, Irene Roberts and Brian Latham, beating Peter Clarke, Darren Brown, Victoria Nemar and Mary Clarke in a one game play off.

In the Fours, there were four teams taking part, so they each had three games, playing each other. Once again, the team of Val, Kevin, Irene and Brian were victorious and will now represent the County at the National Championships later in the year.

Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the winning team.

For all the scores and results click here.  RESULTS

National Championships - Allocations

The allocation of Buckinghamshire teams to be entered in the

National Championships is as follows:

Singles: 2  -  Pairs: 3  -  Triples: 2  - Fours: 1  -  Mixed Fours: 1  -  Over 55 Pairs: 3

Congratulations to all those who have qualified for these places.

For full details of the qualifiers click here:  QUALIFIERS

Inter County Championships

Buckinghamshire have been given a bye in the Preliminary round of the ICC KO stages. This means that they will now proceed to the quarter finals and play the winner of the game between Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

The quarter final match will take place on the weekend of 16/17th February

Friendly game between Bucks and Northants

On Sunday 13th January, Bucks played an invitation friendly match against a team from Northants. As always, this game was played in a great atmosphere and the bowling was of a very high standard. There was plenty of good humoured banter and everyone enjoyed the day.

In the first singles game, Sharon Drake played to her usual high standard and won 17 - 10.  In the pairs, Ann and Bob Hine won their game 21 - 10 and Arnie Jaffe and new team member Cedron Caine won with a convincing 18 - 5 score line.

Unfortunately, both the Bucks triples and fours disappointed, due to some excellent play from Northants.

After a short break for lunch, Sharon won her second singles game and Malcolm Warwick won his, despite a sterling performance from young Alex Roberts. Ann and Bob repeated their success and secured the bonus points in the pairs.

Joan Northcott, Tony Rixon and Irene Roberts sneaked a 10 - 9  win in the last end of their game of triples and Rosie Millard, John Thompson and Chris Millard won theirs for a further 2 points.

Northants finished with all 10 points in the Fours, and so the final score was Bucks 190 shots and 20 points, Northants 172 shots and 20 points. A well deserved draw. Click here for all the RESULTS

Many thanks to Northants for a most enjoyable game and all our good go wishes to Tim Gunter for a quick recovery to full health.

We hope that some of the Northants players will be able to attend some of our Summer Friendly games. (We will not see them next season as we will be in different ICC groups.)