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27 March 2024 -

County Friendly v Wiltshire

Today the County played their final game of the season against Wiltshire at Banister Park. The Wiltshire team were watched by 8 travelling lady supporters, won 3 rinks matching the home side but losing overall 108 shots to Hampshire’s 129

It was a close run thing for top rink, with one shot separating our three winning rinks with just three ends to complete. However, the Executive rink of Neil Roderick, John Gunson, John Kellow and Derrick Fulker finished top just one shot ahead of the Chawton Park rink

Colts badges were awarded to Paul Shepperd of Banister Park and Hugh Aherne of Longmeadow

The President thanks all the Hampshire players who had supported the fixtures over the season and asked that that continue next season, including the away fixtures. Thanks were all given to all the officers and particularly Nigel Bechelet for organising the matchesie

24 March 2024

Competition Finals Results

This year’s finals were very interesting as surprisingly all the Chawton Park players failed to capitalise on their home advantage

In the morning session there were two comebacks which made for exciting watching from a welcome crowd of spectators. The first event to finish was the Under 25 singles where Jake Palmer of Banister Park bowled extremely well throughout, and Josh Thompson of Palmerston never really got started. 21 - 1

We had a different story in the Men’s Pairs when Harry Hutchings and Phil Drewball of Victory did get off to a good start and went into the lead after 6 ends at 5 - 4. However, Leigh Allen and Adam Clark of Atherley then applied the pressure and retained the pairs title 20 - 7

In the 2 Wood Triples final after 13 ends Martin Wells, Jeff White and Geoff Green looked to have set up a commanding lead by scoring a 5 on the 3rd end and with a consecutive run of 6 singles to lead 13 - 6, but the Victory trio of Trevor Bailey, Mike Leeson and Barry Starks pulled it back to 13 - 12 after 16 ends. The Loddon Vale team sealed the win with a 4 on the 17th end and won 17 - 14

The Chawton Park team of Adam White, Reece Graham, Leo May and Gary Starks looked in command after 13 ends with a score of 13 - 8, but East Dorset responded with a 5 on the 16th end, following two twos, to lead 17 - 15. There was only one shot difference playing the last end, but the East Dorset team of Mike Squires, Bob Parkinson, Matt Hennessey and Jon Queripel secured the win with a single on the last 18 - 16

In the afternoon session in the Triples Final, Leigh Allen, Mick Barrett and Adam Clark of Atherley roared into a lead of 8 shots after 5 ends. Despite some desperate firing from the Chawton Park trio of Danny Brown, Gary Starks and Adam White, the Atherley trio retained their lead and won 17 - 9

The Mixed Pairs match was a close encounter throughout. The holders from Loddon Vale, Gary and Alice Lovett, nosed in front after 10 ends and were leading 8 - 5. Over the next 5 ends they failed to score, and the Palmerston duo of Mo Browne and Cyril Friend passed them at 11 - 8. With one end to play Mo and Cyril led by 2 shots and scored a single to win 13 - 10

The Singles proved to be a fluctuating contest. Mike Squires of East Dorset started strongly and led 15 - 5 after 12 ends. The home player, Leo May of Chawton Park, got the home crowd excited when he responded strongly to reach 16 - 18. He then held two shots on the last end until Make Squires pulled out a wonder shot with his last bowl to get 3 shots and secure the Singles Championship with a score of 21 - 16

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists for putting on a good show of bowling and thanks to the spectators and supporters for attending the event

Bill Jackson - Competition Secretary

Under 18’s at Nottingham

Unfortunately our Under Mixed Under 18 Team were defeated in the National Semi Final at Nottingham today against the eventual winners Lincolnshire, losing by 29 shots to 37

The selected team was

Martin Mason

Zach Miller

Luke Bell

Molly Firth

Charlie May

Liam May

Travelling reserves

Grace Read and Finn Patel

Competition Finals

The schedule of this Season’s Championship Finals on Sunday 24 March has been added to the website

We have some competitors who have problems on the Saturday, mainly due to commitments to the National Finals at Nottingham. The finals will all be held on Sunday 24, with the Triples starting at 3.00pm

If you have not already done so :-

Please confirm that your team will attend on the Sunday to play in the County Final at Chawton Park in accordance with the attached schedule.

Please also confirm the order in which your team will play Lead, 2, 3, Skip in order that I can adjust the schedule accordingly

(NB, the potential problem.has not materialised. The Chawton Park players did not progress to Wessex Match final stages on Sunday so no county finals rescheduling is required)

Best wishes to all competitors, I will see you on Sunday

Bill Jackson

17 March 2024

Bramley Bowl

An amazingly close contest this season. The top six teams were separated by just 4 points

Congratulations to Banister Park who wins the Bramley Bowl with 45 points

Atherley only 4 points behind finish in sixth place

Loddon Vale only lost one match, but finished fourth

Chawton Park came from 6th place to tie Palmerston with 43 points, but Palmerston wins the Trisham Trophy with a better shot difference

03 March 2024

County Friendly v Bedfordshire

A great match to play in, where Bedfordshire won 116-113

Whilst Bedfordshire always held a lead in the over-all score, by as much as 20 shots at one point, Hampshire kept plugging away. Our top rink from Longmeadow, comprised Nick Rogers, Dave Bradbury, Brian Minall and Peter Sanders, who early on were losing heavily but found a way back. The adjoining rink of home players from Loddon Vale had a great tussle with only a single shot being scored by either side on the first 14 ends, when Hampshire broke the sequence scoring three only for Bedfordshire to get two on the next end before it went back to single shots again. The home rink winning by 2 shots matching the Executive rink

Colts badges were awarded to Dave Bradbury and Brian Minall of Longmeadow and to David Westbrook of Loddon Vale. Paul Knowles was presented with his 25 game flash

The fixture will again be held at Loddon Vale next season with Hampshire being the host Club

02 March 2024

Liberty Trophy Semi Final v Kent CIBA

Sadly our great run in this season’s Liberty Trophy came to an end this morning as we were defeated by Kent, losing by 94 shots to 109

The rink scores were as follows:

Danny Smith 19 - 16

Adam Clark 12 - 21

Gary Starks 15 - 17

Adam White 21 - 10

Martyn Wise 14 - 24

Leo May 13 - 21

31 January 2024

Hampshire IBA v Surrey CIBA at Palmerston

Leading by 8 shots against Surrey after the first 10 ends changed to a 24 shot deficit in the next three.

Hampshire continued to leak shots to finally lose by 107-164

Three players received their colts badges - Barry Eggington and Harry Grainger of Loddon Vale and Neil Woodward of Atherley

Hampshire’s only winning rink, 26-11 was the Executive rink of Neil Roderick, John Kellow, Bill Jackson and Derrick Fulker

25 January 2024

Hampshire v Kent Tourists

This 5 rink match against Kent resulted in a convincing win by 43 shots, (68-111), to the strong touring side. Hampshire’s quest was not helped by two players failing to turn up from Banister Park

East Dorset, who hosted the game, with their fantastic new lighting, laid on an excellent meal for the teams and visitors. The home club, in the shape of Martin Mortimore, Bill Merritt, Dave Morrison and Bob Sprules provided our only winning rink. Martin Mortimore was awarded his Colt’s badge

17 January 2024

Hampshire Men v HCWIBA

The men retained the trophy with a comfortable win 147 shots against 98. Our top rink was Ken Locke, Geoff Jessup, Rob Oliver and Bill Jackson, who led 10-7 after 12 ends but then put their foot down by winning 32-9

Colts badges were awarded to Mel Nancarrow, Mike Clements and Roger Somerset all from Victory IBC. After playing the required 2 years, with at least two away games, congratulations go to Graham Sampson from Chawton Park, who received his County badge, having played in 21 games during the required period

11 January 2024

County Championships

The draws for all County Championships have been added to the website

07 January 2024

County Friendly v Berkshire

In a game where the overall score had Hampshire winning by almost 30 shots for much of the match, they won 3.5 rinks to 2.5. However, going into the final end of the final rink to finish the lead had been cut to a single shot. Hampshire lost the end to lose the match 120 - 123


We welcomed Nick Rogers from Longmeadow who received his colts badge. Congratulations to the top rink from Chawton Park and comprising Jim Bellis, Phil Wood, Graham Sampson and Gary M Johnson

17 December 2023

National Under 25 Double Rink v Sussex

Hampshire Under 25’s had a good win yesterday beating Sussex Under 25’s

It was a close game,  we had a bit of a wobble from the 9th end to the 17th but came good in the final 3 ends on both rinks to win with a score of Sussex 36 Hampshire 42

Sussex                  Hampshire

   2            5 ends     14

  11         10 ends     21

  23         15 ends     24

  34         18 ends     28

  36         21 ends     42

The next round is the Quarter Final on Sunday 11 February 2024 when we face the winners of Essex or Kent

County Friendly v London Scottish BA

The county again met our friends from the London Scottish Bowling Association led by their retiring President Bill Dickie. In a match where Hampshire got away to an early lead, 5 of the rinks were within 4 shots of each other after 18 ends. However, the home club rink of Geoff Topp, Aki Atkins, David Cooper and John Blair won by 30 shots to 7, giving the county an overall victory score 120-89

County President, John Kellow, awarded a colts badge to Roger Jones of New Milton and a 25 game flash was given to Geoff Jessup of Banister Park

Seasons Greetings to all

16 December 2023

Liberty Trophy Team v Somerset

Hampshire took centre stage against Somerset today in the Liberty Trophy

Looking at the stars Somerset had out playing, the Hampshire men knew this was going to be a very difficult game to win

Hampshire absolutely flew out the blocks with a healthy lead at 5 ends, the consistency of all the Hampshire players were top notch with all 6 rinks playing as a team which lead to the healthy lead continuing right through the game

A fantastic result for Hampshire winning 130-111. Many congratulations to the whole squad in what was the game of the season! In the next round we will face Devon in the quarter final on Saturday 13 January 2024

Scores are as follows -

5 ends

A. Clark 10 - 6 P. Martin

L. May 4 - 6 J. Amery

D. Smith 4 - 5 A. Colebrook

A. White 9 - 0 G. Shadwell

M. Wise 4 - 3 L. Rideout

G. Starks 5 - 3 R. Francis

10 ends

A. Clark 13 - 13 P. Martin

L. May 11 - 7 J. Amery

D. Smith 8 - 11 A. Colebrook

A. White 14 - 3 G. Shadwell

M. Wise 6 - 6 L. Rideout

G. Starks 9 - 5 R. Francis

15 ends

A. Clark 19 - 17 P. Martin

L. May 13 - 13 J. Amery

D. Smith 9 - 16 A. Colebrook

A. White 19 - 11 G. Shadwell

M. Wise 15 - 8 L. Rideout

G. Starks 15 - 9 R. Francis

18 ends

A. Clark 20 - 24 P. Martin

L. May 17 - 17 J. Amery

D. Smith 16 - 16 A. Colebrook

A. White 22 - 17 G. Shadwell

M. Wise 21 - 9 L. Rideout

G. Starks 17 - 11 R. Francis

21 ends & final score

A. Clark 24 - 25 P. Martin

L. May 24 - 17 J. Amery

D. Smith 16 - 22 A. Colebrook

A. White 22 - 21 G. Shadwell

M. Wise 22 - 14 L. Rideout

G. Starks 22 - 12 R. Francis

Overall scores -

5 ends 36-23 up

10 ends 61-45 up

15 ends 90-74 up

18 ends 113-94 up

21 ends 130-111 Win

26 November 2023

County Friendly v Dorset

In a very competitive match at Atherley, Dorset got revenge for their defeat in the Don Gough Trophy match, winning by one shot (121 - 120), after Hampshire had to lose 25% on one rink’s score due to being a player short. Hampshire’s top rink was from Palmerston and Chawton Park with players Brian Shakespear (P), David Webb (P), Phil Wood (CP) and Peter Sanders (P)

David Webb and David Thurgood (CP) were presented with their colts badges and it was also great to see Bill Jackson presented with a flash following completion of 100 games for the County

21 November 2023

Over 60’s v Sussex

Our Over 60’s campaign got underway today against a Sussex side that looked very strong across the board. Hampshire men took to the stage and after 10 ends we knew that in order to win we were going to have to dig very deep and not allow the 2 hour syndrome to kick in!

Without any warning a little magic from 2 rinks that were skipped by Mick Barrett and Adrian Ash gave Hampshire one hell of a boost but the other 4 rinks still had to keep the Sussex boys under wraps and they did …. with a winning margin of over 20 shots. Congratulations to all involved, an incredible game to watch and be a part of

Hampshire take on Devon next, on Tuesday 16 January. Team details will be published on the website

Adam White

15 November 2023

County Friendly vs Sussex

The second County Friendly of the season saw us host Sussex at Victory today. In a very close match unfortunately Hampshire lost the match by just 4 shots in a 102 - 106 defeat

The Top rink was the Atherley four of Peter Scannell, John Gunson, Steve Saunders and Kevin Smith who won by 28 shots to 7

31 October 2023

Over 60’s Team

The players selected for the opening match in the Over 60’s Inter County Competition has been added to the website

29 October 2023

County Friendly vs Dorset

Hampshire had not won against Dorset for 4 years before travelling to Dolphin IBC today. Winning on 4 rinks we secured a welcome win by 129 shots to 107

Executive Rink was Nigel Bechelet, Neil Calderwood, Bill Jackson, John Kellow 22 - 15

Rodger Somerset, Mike Clements, Reid Wilcockson, Vic Phipps 18 - 22

Nick Anderson, Aki Atkins, Graham Sampson, Gary M Johnson 36 - 12 (Top rink)

Kevin Goode, Mike Watts ,Dave Webb, Peter Sanders 12 - 30

Peter Scannell, Mario Spring, Steve Saunders, John Gunson 19 - 15

John Towner, Tony Banks, Alan Taylor, Colin Stokes 22 - 13

We awarded Colts Badges to Neil Calderwood of Banister Park, Tony Banks of New Milton, Mike Watts and Rodger Somerset of Victory as well as 25 Game Flashes to Vic Phipps of Victory and Peter Sanders of Longmeadow

A Brilliant Win For Hampshire - well Done to all players

28 October 2023

Liberty Trophy Team v Berkshire

Hampshire faced Berkshire in the first round of the Liberty Trophy this morning with a handful of people making their debut games and did not disappoint, with Hampshire men starting off very strongly. The overall score was a very nice cushion because when Berkshire made their comeback and got within 2 shots but Hampshire used the last quarter of the game to press on and get the job done

Hampshire will now meet Somerset in the next round on Saturday 16 December at Dorchester IBC. Congratulations to all involved, and looking forward to what will be a tough game just before Christmas

Scores are as follows:

Rink scores - 5 ends

G. Starks 9-2 M. Woodley

A. Clark 4-4 M. Knight

C. Kane 4-5 A. Symondson

D. Smith 4-3 S. Jones

S. Rowney 7-3 C. Cadman

M. Wise 4-7 K. Scrace

10 ends -

G. Starks 17-2 M. Woodley

A. Clark 8-6 M. Knigh

C. Kane 9-7 A. Symondson

D. Smith 14-5 S. Jones

S. Rowney 9-6 C. Cadman

M. Wise 7-12 K. Scrace

15 ends -

G. Starks 21-5 M. Woodley

A. Clark 11-11 M. Knight

C. Kane 9-16 A. Symondson

D. Smith 19-8 S. Jones

S. Rowney 13-10 C. Cadman

M. Wise 8-23 K. Scrace

18 ends -

G. Starks 25-5 M. Woodley

A. Clark 20-11 M. Knight

C. Kane 10-19 A. Symondson

D. Smith 22-13 S. Jones

S. Rowney 14-14 C. Cadman

M. Wise 11-26 K. Scrace

21 ends -

G. Starks 26-8 M. Woodley

A. Clark 23-12 M. Knight

C. Kane 10-25 A. Symondson

D. Smith 25-15 S. Jones

S. Rowney 15-18 C. Cadman

M. Wise 16-26 K. Scrace

Overall scores -

5 ends - 33-22 up

10 ends - 64-38 up

15 ends - 81-73 up

18 ends - 102-88 up

21 ends - 115-104 win

Adam White

Hampshire Team Manager

18 October 2023

Liberty Trophy Team

The players selected for the opening match in the Liberty Trophy has been added to the website

27 September 2023

Team Trials

The names selected for the Liberty Trophy and Over 60’s Inter County teams have been uploaded to the relevant pages