Mem­bers re­turn for out­door rinks

Des­bor­ough and Twyford re­sume club matches af­ter clo­sure

Windsor & Eton Express - - Sport -

Des­bor­ough Bowls Club mem­bers re­turned to their out­side rink at Green Lane last month af­ter lock­down re­stric­tions were eased by the Gov­ern­ment to en­able out­door play.

While most of the club’s fa­cil­i­ties at Green Lane re­main out of bounds due to COVID-19, the club has been able to or­gan­ise a se­ries of com­pe­ti­tions for its mem­bers and play­ers from other clubs in the area. Sin­gles, pairs and lad­der league matches have been tak­ing place out­doors, with the lat­ter be­ing held ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing.

Play­ers from other clubs, in­clud­ing Maiden­head Town, Maiden­head Thicket, Wind­sor & Eton, Cip­pen­ham, Iver Heath and Twyford have been able to take ad­van­tage too.

“The club clo­sure has been very dif­fi­cult for all bowl­ing clubs and we at Des­bor­ough are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to en­sure our mem­bers can en­joy the ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with play­ing bowls out­doors,” said the club’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Roger Wy­att.

“It has been a plea­sure to see the re­lief and plea­sure on the faces of all the mem­bers who have now emerged from nearly three months of self-iso­la­tion, and to see them all chat­ting and smil­ing again, whilst main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing of course.

“We are hope­ful that, with the fur­ther re­lax­ation of the lock­down rules, we will be able to plan for the re­open­ing of all our club fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the in­door green, ready for the next in­door sea­son start­ing in Septem­ber.”

Mea­sures will be put in place at the club to mit­i­gate against the risk of in­fec­tion be­fore it can fully re­open. This will in­clude im­proved sig­nage, hand sani­ti­sa­tion, hy­giene screens and train­ing for staff. The club is work­ing closely with Bowls Eng­land and the English In­door Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to come up with so­lu­tions to en­sure the safety of mem­bers when the in­door sea­son resumes.

W Twyford Bowls Club have also made a ‘hes­i­tant’ re­turn to the bowl­ing green this month, fol­low­ing Bowls Eng­land’s rec­om­men­da­tion that matches could be played pro­vided safety was put at the top of the agenda.

Sev­eral club com­pe­ti­tions are now un­der­way to en­sure there will be some sort of Fi­nals Day at least, how­ever, not ev­ery­one wants to play given the cur­rent cir­cum­stances, which is un­der­stand­able, said Tina Scherer, and there is no pres­sure be­ing put on mem­bers to get back in­volved.

The club is now play­ing sin­gles matches in two ses­sions on Wed­nes­days, from 2-5pm, play­ing on ev­ery other rink, to en­sure play­ers are able to keep a safe dis­tance.

Sun­day’s re­sults are as fol­lows: R. Tomes 8 - C. Han­cock 16; R. Drees­den 15 - D. Boles 11; K. Pope 15 - J. Wal­ter 18; D. Lus­combe 15 - C. Lus­combe 19; D. Pay­ton 17 - M. Mer­ritt 15.

The Mixed Sin­gles Hand­i­cap com­pe­ti­tion is also now back un­der­way with Deb­bie Boles bat­tling past Mary Wheeler for an eight-shot vic­tory (24-16).

Des­bor­ough have been able to stage out­door club matches at Green Lane.

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