Saints’ dou­ble de­feat

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THERE were open­ing day de­feats in both the Thames Val­ley League and Chiltern & Thames League for Chal­font St Giles Bowls Club.

The Thames Val­ley opener was against Richings Park, with two triples played at home and two away, and three of them could not have been tighter, with only one shot dif­fer­ence in each – one in Chal­font’s favour (17-16) but two against (15-14 and 14-13).

But over­all, Chal­font, whose top rink was Rob Kirby, Arthur Thomas and Mick Lane, only gath­ered two points, with Richings tak­ing the rest, but there will be an early chance to rec­tify mat­ters when the two teams meet again in the Bucks Plate next week.

The Chiltern match was away to Che­sham and played over three triples, and although Chal­font won on one (Rob Kirby, Denise Wil­liams and Tim Baldwin), they lost on the other two, so only took two points to Che­sham’s eight.

This fol­lowed mixed re­sults in friendlies against Cas­siobury, which the ladies lost nar­rowly 35-31, and Lady­gate, which a mixed Chal­font side won 96-69.

Against Cas­siobury, the three-triple fix­ture was re­duced to two, which re­sulted in a win and a loss, the win­ning rink com­ing from Wil­liams, Rose Kirby and Linda James.

Against Lady­gate, Chal­font won all five rinks, with the lead­ing one Michael Facey, Liz Baldwin and Brian Hed­ley’s (20-13), just ahead of the two Tims, Baldwin and Tim­ber­lake, whose teams each man­aged a six-shot dif­fer­ence.

Cip­pen­ham were then beaten 100-84, with their top rink com­ing via Liz Baldwin, Chris Moir, Bob­bie Richards and Mike Alder­ton, be­fore the week ended with a 118-104 de­feat to Wind­sor Great Park, de­spite a top rink from Alder­ton, Gra­ham Buchanan, Jan­ice Batkins and Hazel Baker (22-11).

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