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).