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May 2018 Issue No. 6

Ladies’ Captain’s Report

At last, our season has well and truly got underway with some lovely weather and some excellent bowls!

LADIES’ TOP CLUB -Tonbridge 1-3 Peninsula. Despite a very good win in the Pairs (Christine Perryman and Chris Bruce) and a hard fought match in the Fours, Peninsula went away with a convincing win.


It was a difficult start to the league as the two Tonbridge teams were playing last year’s champions and runners up. Despite some close scores both teams lost their opening match. The second week brought much better results with the Tonbridge ‘A’ team taking maximum points at Westerham and the ‘B’ team taking a valuable two points from Borough Green. Let’s hope this success continues.  Chris Bruce

Men’s Captain’s Report


All six teams have made a good start to the season whilst three have been exceptional in their early games. In Division 1, Tonbridge sits at the top with a 2-point cushion over second place Wrotham; in Division 2, Vale is in first place with 28 points, but the teams below have a game in hand. The greatest rivalry between the Tonbridge teams is, as might have been expected, in Division 3 where Tonbridge teams occupy the top three places. Angel is on top having dropped only two points in seven matches, Priory is in second place two points behind Angel and Longmead lies third on 23 points. Hilden Brook is sixth on 18 points. Interestingly, across all three divisions, Angel has scored the greatest number of shots (315) and has the best shot difference (154) whilst Priory has amassed the second best number of shots (303) and shot difference (116).


In the Men’s Top Club Competition, Tonbridge was given a bye in the Preliminary Round and was drawn at home against Chatham BC in the First Round which we won by three disciplines to two.

In the Second Round at the Civil Service BC (Chatham Area), confusingly situated in Gillingham, the game was tied at two disciplines each with the result dependent upon the outcome of the Fours. In an exciting finish, Tonbridge was leading 18 – 17 on the 19th end but lost the 20th by two shots, thus two shots were needed on the last end for a win and one to take the match to a tie-break. Sadly, our opponents won the last end by one shot, the Club going down by 18 shots to 20. Our players must be congratulated on taking this match to the wire. Tonbridge entered two teams in the Two Fours. In the Preliminary Round, Tonbridge ‘A’ was given an away tie against Westerham who conceded the match. They then travelled to Borstal for the first round tie, a game which they won by three shots. In the second round, they entertained Queenborough BC at Tonbridge on 3rd June and lost each game by five points, the final score being 30 - 40.

The ‘B’ team was awarded a home tie in the Preliminary Round, the date for which oscillated with the weather. The tie was eventually played on Monday, 30th April. This was always going to be a difficult match for our ‘B’ team against a very strong Bearsted side. One of our rinks remained in contention but the other fell a long way behind and our captain decided to concede the game. In the Tony Allcock competition, our Club was given a bye in the Preliminary Round and in the first round was drawn against Maidstone ‘B’ who conceded because they could not find enough ladies. In the second round, we entertain Borough Green on Sunday, June 10th. In the individual Nationals, Brian Chalklin has reached the second round of both the Champion of Champions and the Senior Singles; Paul Carter and Peter Harling won their Preliminary Round match in the Senior Pairs and now have a home tie in the first round whereas Brian Chalklin and Tom Young both lost their matches in the National Mixed Pairs.

In the L&SC, Jon Broomfield, competing in the Gold Badge, won his first round match by 21 shots to 14 against a competitor from Sutton and has a home tie in the second round; Paul Carter and Mick Dyas, playing in the Pairs, open their account against a pair from Redhill.   Ken Walker