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Oakham Bowls Club Update W.E.9th June 2024

This past weeks key event at the Vale was the annual A to Z match, a joust between two teams drawn from the Club members. After a very  dismal start to the day, the sun shone in patches and it stayed dry!  The rink was filled with 42 players playing 7 games of triples. The two teams were very evenly matched and the competition was fierce on several rinks with hardly a shot between them. In the end the Z team won by the narrow margin of 3 shots .A very enjoyable two course tea was served after the match by Doreen Payne, Sandi Harper and Dorothy Spence. The bar was ably manned by Betty Swarbrick and Carol Stewart.

On rink one for the A’s were Jill Kimber, Peter Harrison and Simon Kolkowski. Opposing them for the Z’s were Ann Newton, Barrie Payne and Bob Spence. A positive start from the A’s gave them a 4 shot lead after four ends.  The Z’s then woke up, took control and finished the game with 31 shots to the A’s 9 shots

John McFadden, Ros Carter and Alan Jones comprised the A’s on rink two with Liz Naylor, Ian Munro and Denis Smith representing the Z’s. The Z’s were in a positive mood and kept the A’s in check for the first five ends. Not to be outdone the A’s fought hard and with two ends to play the match was tied at 12 shots each. 3 shots on the seventeenth end from the A’s put them 3 in front. 2 shots from the Z’s on the final end were not quite enough allowing the A’s to win by 1 shot.

Another close contest on rink three. The A’s were Mike Creffield, Jackie Cole and Clive Morris. The Z’s were Geoff Tyler, Sylvia Shalders and Graham Scothern. The game was all square after eleven  ends but five  of the remaining seven were won by the A’s who finished with 15 shots to the Z’s 12.

Rink four bowlers  for the A’s were Jane May, Keith Hart and Sean Biollo. Facing them for the Z’s were Bob Swarbrick, Lynn Scott and Mike Shalders. A steady start from  both teams  saw the with 4 shots each after six ends. 5 shots from the next two ends put the Z’s 5 shots ahead. This galvanised the A’s and with two ends to play they held a 6 shot lead. The Z’s won the last two ends but agonisingly were still 1 shot short of forcing a draw. The A’s finished with 17 shots, The  Z’s with 16 shots.

Fiona Kolkowsi, Graham Cole and Janet Horwood were the A’s on rink five with Fiona Munro, Brian Rolfe and Stuart Primarolo representing the Z’s. This was a very closely contested game with a single shot deciding the outcome.  6 shots from the first four ends  gave the Z’s a 5 shot lead but 7 shots from the next three turned the tables in the A’s favour.. It was then nip and tuck over the next eleven ends  and with one end to play the teams were level, holding 16 shots each.. The A’s scored 1 shot on the final end and won the game. with 17 shots to the Z’s 16.

Rink six players for the A’s were Pat Harrison, Ian Maclean and Ray Gregory. The Z’s were Mary Smith, Martin Watts and Chris Wallis. A steady first five  ends saw the Z’s with 5 shots and the A’s with 2 shots.  A  5 on the sixth end and then a 4  on the seventh from the A’s stunned the Z’s who then saw the A’s  surge into a substantial lead and going on to win the  game holding 27 shots to the Z’s 9 shots

The A’s on rink seven were Rosemary Gregory, Nigel May and Derek Harper. The Z’s were Carol Shelvey, Ray Wilkins and Paul Murrant This was a closely fought game over the first eleven ends, the A’s winning six of them  and holding 9 shots, the Z’s winning five and also holding 9 shots. At his point the Z’s stepped up a gear and took five of the remaining ends with just two going to the A’s .The final  tally was the A’s finished with 12 shots, the Z’s with a winning 17 shots.

Rosemary Gregory’s chummy sessions continue to flourish with 19 bowlers braving a cold Wednesday morning with two new bowlers, Amy and Doug joining the session. Mike, Lee and Peter Grainger all finished as runners up with 21 points each. Pete Craig was the winner on a splendid 29 points  scored on just eleven ends. Sunday’s chilly weather didn’t deter twenty three bowlers arriving for coaching and informal bowling. It was very pleasing to welcome another new bowler and a family to the Sunday session.

 History of the OK TROPHY 

The 'OK Trophy' was born in 2003.

As Fixtures Secretary I had already instigated 4 annual fixtures with Keyworth - Home and Away on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We had a very friendly and competitive relationship and, as it was my Presidents year, I thought it would add spice to the Fixtures if we had something to play for.

I had built up a good rapport with the Keyworth President - John Cowley - who sadly is no longer with us, and it was decided between the 2 of us to inaugurate a Trophy to play for.

It was decided that a cut glass vase would be appropriate and the 'OK TROPHY' was born, paid for 50/50 by the 2 Clubs.

These Fixtures became extremely popular and very keenly contested.

This year would have been the 20th year the 'Trophy' would have been played for - if Covid hadn't intervened and taken away the Fixtures in 2020 and 2021.

For 15 years things went along smoothly with Oakham leading 9 - 6 inthe matches.

Unfortunately in 2018 Keyworth decided to drop the Thursday fixtures as they clashed with their Nottingham League commitments.

This was a great shame with us now playing only in the 2 Saturday fixtures in our last 3  years of competition.

In the 3 years when we have only played 2 matches per season Oakham have won twice and Keyworth once making the current score for the 18 years of matches 11 - 7 to Oakham 

However the competition for the 'Trophy' remains strong,and hard fought over, as shown this year with Oakham winning by the narrow margin of 16 shots.  

Long may the OK Trophy continue to flourish.

Here are the results from the start: 

4 matches per season

2003  Oakham       +52 shots

2004  Keyworth     +50    "

2005  Keyworth      +22   "

2006  Oakham       +29    "  

2007  Oakham       +122  "

2008  Keyworth      +18    "

2009  Keyworth      +43    "

2010  Oakham        +16   "

2011  Keyworth       +26   "

2012  Keyworth       +13   "

2013  Oakham        +12   "

2014  Oakham        +47   "

2015  Oakham        +19   "

2016  Oakham        +39   "

2017  Oakham        +117  "

2 matches per season2

2018   Keyworth     +29  shots

2019   Oakham       +16    "

2020   Not played - Covid

2021         "                "

2022    Oakham      +16    shots


Chris Wallis