NEWS 2019

(as reported to Weston Mercury and Cheddar Gazette)

News 2018

Week Ending 21st September 2019

Winscombe Closing Day featured the traditional Captain v Presidents Mixed game . It was preceeded by 'a spider' which benefitted The South West Children's Hospice. Following the match, won by The President's Team, members enjoyed an excellent supper and The Captain summarised The Club's Results during the season and thanked everyone for their support.
In the kast weeks matches:

Winscombe Ladies won the annual match against the men for the first time ever! Playing for the Mike Roberts Star Trophy and helped by a smattering of men the Ladies pulled off a famous victory by 15 shots. It was particularly pleasing as this was the last match Trixie Miles will play for Winscombe as she is moving back to her old club ' the Vic.' next season. It was an emotional farewell!!
Winscombe Ladies 63 v Winscombe Men 48: C Hopes, K Horler, D Johnson, G Neville 15-15 G LLoyd, D Peakal,l R Reason, M Smart; Trixie Miles, B Smart, P Burns, P Fredersdorff 14-11 D Brown, M Trenchard, L Collier, K Whatling; P Pow, L Coombe, G Coombe, M Adams 18-13 G Keenan,, R Knight P John, M Nash; T Darkin, D Low, B Paul ,M Fletcher 16-9 P Hopes, A Pow, N Hansford, W Ainsworth

Winscombe entertained two Touring sides ,one from Cornwall and the other from Wales. They won one and lost the other.
Winscombe 81v Bodmin106:(Tourist)
P. Pow, S Nash, L Collier, R Lacy 31-13; G Keenan, R Keane, K Whatling, G Coombe 9-17 ;A Pow, A Bougourd, E Watts, M Nash 12-28 ;D Phillips, L Coombe, S Lowis, W Ainsworth 18-22; R Lowis, D Peakall, C Bryant, Ch Bryant 11-26

Winscombe 123 v Bryn Maw 96 (Tourists):A Pow, D Phillips, D Brown, M Smart 24-7 ;C Hopes ,M Williamson, S Nash, M Nash 24-15 ;D Leach, D Low ,T Watts, G Neville 29-14; E Kindred ,L Coombe, E Watts, G Coombe 15-20; P Pow ,D Peakall ,N Hansford ,P Fredersdorff 20-12 ;B Smart, A Bougourd, K Horler, D Johnson 11-28

Traditionally the last competitive match of the year Winscombe and The Vic players had their usual enjoyable banter on the green with 'The Vic' winbers by 11 shots.
Winscombe 93 v Victoria104(Friendly Home):   A Pow, D Phillips, B Paul, T Ellis 21-19 ;P John, K Whatling, W Ainsworth, M Fletcher 20-20; G Keenan, R Kinight, R Kibble, M Dorrington 14-24; G Lloyd, M Nash, D Johnson, G Neville 18-23; P Hopes, K Horler, L Collier, R Lacy 20-18


Week Ending 14th September 2019

Winscombe over 60's run of knockout cup victories came to an end when they lost to Isle of Wedmore by 21 shots 79 - 100 at Portishead.
Captain Mike Fletcher would like to thank everyone who played and supported him this year. It is much appreciated .

Winscombe 79 v Wedmore 100(Weston KO Cup Final at Portishead): D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 13- 17; P Hopes, K Whatling, M Adams 20 - 10; M Newing, M Smart, J Sprouting 9 - 17; T Rowe, R Reason, M Fletcher 6 - 25; R Lowman, W Ainsworth, R Lacy 14 -13; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 17 - 18

Our annual visit from our friends at Notts County is always a game we look forward to. Skip for the day was Lew Collier with Bennie Glover skipping for the County. It was a good game but this year Winscombe could only win on one rink and draw on another to see the visitors win by 14 shots.

Winscombe 105 v Notts County119 (Tourists): P Hopes, M Trenchard,K Whatling,M Adams 24 - 16;M Newing, C Bryant,M Nash, J Sprouting 11 - 18; D Peakall, G Poynter, D Brown, G Coombe 12 - 20; P John, D Johnson, R Reason, M Fletcher 20 - 20; A Pow, R Knight, N Hansford,P Fredersdorff 18 - 24;G lloyd, C Westlake, L Collier, T Ellis 20 - 21


Winscombe Floodlit Fours Tournament 2019
Sponsored By Orriss & Low Optometrists of Winscombe

Winners – St Andrews B
Runners Up – St Andrews A
(score 20-16)

3rd place - Wyrral Park
4th Place – Winscombe Wanderers
(score 14 all, Wyrral Park won after an extra end)

Both the final and the 3rd/4th place play off matches were hotly contended with no team taking a runaway lead at any point in either of the 2 matches. 
The standard of bowling was exceptionally high and proved to be great entertainment to the supporters who had come down to watch.

After the matches the prizes and the shield were presented by the tournament sponsors, Gary Orriss and Ruth Low of Orriss and Low Optometrists from Winscombe. 
The club would very much like to record their enormous thanks to Gary and Ruth for their ongoing support of this tournament.

Tournament organiser Malcolm Dorrington thanked the club members that had supported the tournament by working in the kitchens,
running the bar and officiating at each of the matches during the four week long tournament and also expressed his thanks to the teams that had entered this year without whom there would be no tournament.

Final placing for each team was as follows:-

Week Ending 7th September 2019

Winscombe entertained three touring teams.
The first was Great Holland B C. Winscombe won on 5 rinks and by 35 shots.
Winscombe 135 vGreat Holland 100 (Tourist Mixed Home): A Pow, L Coombe, E Watts, G Coombe 20-12; G Keenan, P Pow, R Keane, D Brown
23-13; M Newing, K Horler, D Peakall, Chrissie Bryant 14-21; G Poynter, R Knight, M Howell, M Fletcher 27-15; M Trenchard, T Darkin, A Ainsworth, J Sprouting 28-13; C Hopes, D Phillips, C Bryant, D Johnson 23-16

The second was another win for Winscombe by 9 shots but a perfect 2-2-2 across rhe rinks with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.
Winscombe 111 v Cornwall Masonic 92(Tourist Mixed Home):A Pow, W Ainsworth, D Brown, M Howell 18-18; C Hopes, L Coombe, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff 15-15; G Keenan, D Low, R Fishe,r G Coombe 25-10; S Low, D Phillips, L Collier, A Ainsworth 9-22; P Pow, S Nash, M Nash, M Adams 29-11; K Horler, E Watts, D Peakall, B Andrews 15-16

The third was not quite as productive as Winscombe came up against a strong team featuring some England Internationals.
Winscombe lost by 35 shots 5 rinks to 1 in a match reduced to 16 ends by rain.
Winscombe 66 v Northampton Express 101(Tourists) Mixed)- R Fisher,L Coombe, G Coombe, R Lacy 14-12; M Dorrington ,A Pow, C Bryant, Ch Bryant 7 -20; P Pow ,R Knight, M Sprouting, J Sprouting 8-22 ; M Fletcher, A Bougourd, M Howell ,D Johnson 14-17; K Horler, S Nash, K Whatling, M Nash 12-14; M Newing, D Phillips, R Lowman, D Brown 11-17

Winscombe over 60's did not achieve their usual high standards in their final league game of the season losing to probable champions Victoria Saxons. They lost to their friends and rivals by a big margin picking up just 2 points on the rink skipped by Tom Ellis.
Winscombe 80(2pts) v Victoria Saxons 125 (18pts)( Weston Over 60's League Away): P Hopes, K Whatling, M Adams 8 -21; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 15 - 33; T Rowe, L Collier, M Fletcher 13 - 18; D Brown, W Ainsworth, T Ellis 17 - 12; R Lowman, M Nash, R Lacy 14 -18; M Newing, P Fredersdorff, J Sprouting 13 - 23

Week Ending 31st August 2019

2019 Monday Club
The winner this year of the Beryl Collier Trophy for the Monday Night Club was Dianne Low with an average score of 1.43 .
Second place was achieved by Keith Horler with an average score of 1.25 and in third place was Greg Keenan with an average score of 1.2. Well done to the winners and many thanks to all members who took part.
Wilf Ainsworth

Winscombe had two Weston Over 60 League Matches and won both by the same margin 14 points to 6 .
Winscombe picked up their first 14 points of the week with victory over Burnham , the score 102 - 88. There were 2 good rink wins skipped
by Graham Neville & Rob Lacy winning 26 - 10 & 24 - 12 respectively.

Winscombe 102 v Burnham 88(Weston Over 60's League): T Rowe, R Kibble, M Fletcher 14 - 22; M Newing, R Reason, J Sprouting 17 - 11; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 26 - 10; D Brown, B Andrews, T Ellis 9 - 15; R Lowman, M Nash, R Lacy 24 - 12; P Hopes, W Ainsworth, M Adams 12 - 18

In a re arranged match against Isle of Wedmore Winscombe also won ,this time by 8 shots 108 - 100 picking up 14 points to Wedmore's 6. The rinks making the biggest contribution skipped by Captain Mike Fletcher who won 15 shots and Graham Neville's rink won by 8 shots .

Winscombe 108 v Isle of Wedmore 100 (Weston Over 60's League): M Smart, R Kibble, M Fletcher 27 - 12; J Sprouting, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 13 - 21; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 24 - 16; D Brown, B Andrews, T Ellis 18 - 15; R Lowman, M Bryant, R Lacy 11 - 13; P Hopes, L Collier, W Ainsworth, 15 - 23

In the last County games of the season Winscombe B team needed to win at Nailsea to be champions of Division 3. On a difficult green and with a tricky wind they won on one rink but lost on the other two and by 13 shots overall. They will be promoted to Division two as runners up.
Winscombe B 52 (2pts) v Nailsea B 65 (10pts) (SCL Div3 North): M Newing, R Reason, G Neville, W Ainsworth 19 - 17; P Hopes, K Whatling, R Kibble, P Fredersdorff 18 - 24; G Lloyd, C Bryant, M Nash, J Sprouting 15 - 24
Winscombe A team visited Chew Stoke and came away with 10 points.

Winscombe A 61 (10pts)v Chew Stoke 59 (2pts)(SCL Div 1 North): M Smart, D Johnson, B Paul, D Brown 15 - 20; T Rowe, D Peakall, M Dorrington, M Fletcher 22- 20; E Kindred, R Lowman, G Coombe, M Adams 24 -19

Winscombe only picked up two points at The Prom by winning on one rink . Two rinks cancelled each other out but the third lost decisively.
Winscombe 38 v Clevedon Prom 60 (NSTL Away): C Hopes, M Howell, C Bryant 16 - 14; S Nash, E Watts, A Ainsworth 16 - 18; T Miles, A Bourgord, M Sprouting 6 - 28

The Ladies last club match of the season was a friendly at Congresbury and they won on one rink and lost on two rinks.They still have the traditional Winscombe Men v Ladies match to round off their season.
Winscombe 21 v Congresbury 58 (Friendly Away): C Hopes, A Bourgourd, S Lowman 13 - 12 ; T Miles, L Whatling, C Bryant 3 - 23; P Pow, B Smart, E Watts 5 - 23


Ladies Flowers League- Final Results

Week Ending 24th August 2019
In the Weston Over 60’s League Winscombe lost by the narrowest of margins to league leaders Clarence Blues 103-104. They shared the winning rinks and picked up 6 valuable points. With just three games left all at home there is everything still to play for in this league.
Winscombe 103 v Clarence Blues 104 (Weston Over 60's League Away): P John, G Coombe, G Neville 19 - 11; T Rowe, B Kibble, M Fletcher 22 - 6; D Brown, W Ainsworth, T Ellis11 - 22; J Sprouting, L Collier, R Lacy 21 - 28; C Bryant, R Reason, P Fredersdorff 11 - 23; P Hopes, K Whatling, M Nash 19 - 14

Winscombe won  their two friendly games . The mixed game against Prattens BC was close with the winning rinks again shared but Winscombe had four more shots.
Winscombe 62 v Prattens 58 (Mixed Friendly Home): C Hopes, A Bougourd, R Fisher, D Johnson 17 - 13; P Hopes, D Phillips, R Lowman, S Lowman 19 - 11; C Bryant, G Keenan, B Paul, Chrissie Bryant 12 - 17; K Horler, S Nash, M Nash, M Howell 14 -17
The match against Knowle was much more one sided and the visitors only managed to win on one rink.
Winscombe 96 v Knowle 52 (Friendly Home):G Lloyd, D Phillips, D Johnson G Coombe 23 - 11; K Horler, R Lowis, R Reason, W Ainsworth 14- 18; G Keenan, D Peakall, M Smart, M Nash 28 - 8; A Pow, M Trenchard, B Paul, D Brown 31 - 15


The Winscombe v Yatton friendly at home resulted in an overall win for Winscombe by 6 shots. Winscombe won on two rinks and lost on a third.
Against Mark Moor in the Wessex League Winscombe Ladies had a good win picking up all 10 points with all rinks scoring over 20 shots.
Winscombe 64 (10pts) v Mark Moor 35 ( Wessex League Home): T Miles, A Bougard,  L Whatling, S Lowis 21 - 14; P Pow, S Nash, E Watts, A Ainsworth 22 - 12; C Hopes, L Coombe,  M Sprouting, C Bryant 22 - 9

Week Ending 17th August 2019

Winscombe over 60's kept up an incredible sequence of final appearances in the Over 60's knockout cup with a 10 shot win 106 - 96 over St Andrews helped by
an excellent win on the rink skipped by T. Ellis with D. Brown & B. Andrews 28 - 9.They now meet either Isle of Wedmore or Ashcombe Crusaders in the final at Portishead on the 9th September. Winscombe have won the League 4 times and the Cup 5 times in recent years and completed the double (League and Cup) in 2017.
Winscombe 106 v St Andrews 96 (Weston Over 60's Cup Semi Final Home): M Smart, G Coombe, G Neville 19 -14 ; T Rowe, R Kibble, M Fletcher 10 - 12; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 28 - 9; G Lloyd, K Whatling, M Adams 17 -16; P Hopes, R Reason, R Lacy 15 - 22; M Newing, J Sprouting, P Fredersdorff 17 -23

Winscombe Over 60's finished off an excellent week with a 109 - 81 shot victory in the League over Ashcombe Crusaders picking up 18 points.
Winscombe 109 v Ashcombe Crusaders 81 (Weston Over 60's League):P Hopes, R Reason, R Lacy 19 - 12; G Lloyd, M Nash, M Adams 22- 16; D Brown, L Collier, T Ellis 19 - 11; B Paul, D Johnson, M Fletcher 15 - 18; C Bryant, G Coombe, G Neville 17 - 13; M Newing, W Andrews, J Sprouting 17 - 11

In the County League both Winscombe teams won. The A Team were at home to Yatton A and although losing narrowly on two rinks, the rinked skipped by Tom Ellis more than offset the deficit to give Winscombe victory by 9 shots overall and pick up 8 points. Winscombe's B team visited St Andrews and won on all 3 rinks to collect a maximum 12 points which will seal their promotion to Division Two with one game to play.

Winscombe A 75 (8pts)v Yatton A 66 (4pts)(SCL Div 1 North Home ) D Brown,M Smart, B Andrews, T Ellis 28 -12; T Rowe, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 24- 28; E Kindred, W Ainsworth, M Dorrington, M Fletcher 23 - 26

Winscombe B 68 (12pts) v St Andrews B 42 (SCL Div3 North Away): M Newing, R Reason,G Neville, R Lacy 22 - 13; P Hopes, K Whatling, B Kibble, P Fredersdorff 20 - 19; G Lloyd, C Bryant, M Nash, J Sprouting 26 - 10

In a friendly triples match against Mark Moor Winscombe also had a decisive win.
Winscombe102 v Mark Moor 62(Friendly Home)
: A Pow , K Horler ,B Paul 20 - 11; D Brown, M Smart, M Dorrington 24 - 3; R Lowis, D Peakall, M Nash 15 - 20; M Newing, D Phillips, L Collier, 15 - 12; M Trenchard, D Johnson,P Fredersdorff 28 - 14


Winscombe Ladies had two matches away in the North Somerset Triples League. They lost at both Long Ashton and Portishead RBL but won on one rink at Long Ashton to collect two points.

Winscombe 40 v Long Ashton 50(NSTL Away): P Pow, E Watts, A Ainsworth 8 - 24; C Hopes, M Howell, C Bryant 21 - 16; T Miles, M Adams, S Lowman 11 - 10

Winscombe 39 v Portishead RBL 54 ( NSTL Away): T Miles, S Nash, S Lowis 16 - 18;P Pow, R Keane, C Bryant 13 - 15; C Hopes, L Whatling, M Adams 10 - 21; T Darkin, A Bourgourd, M Howell 12 - 19(Friendly rink)

Week Ending 10th August 2019

The annual Greenkeeper's Two Wood Trophy Competition was won by Adrian Pow and Mike Adams who beat new bowler Gregg Keenan and Malcolm Dorrington in the final. This is the second successive year Adrian has won this cup. Here Jill Westlake (former greenkeeper Colin Westlake's wife) presents the trophy to the winners.

Sydney Gardens Trophy
Winscombe were already 15 shots down from the first leg of their annual matches against Bath. In the home leg Winscombe could only win on two rinks and one by only one shot. This was not enough and Bath retain the new trophy.

Winscombe 98 v Bath 123(Sydney Gardens Trophy Home 2nd leg): R Kibble. L Collier, P Fredersdorff 17 - 20; K Horler, J Sprouting, T Ellis 16 - 19; A Pow, D Peakall, G Coombe 22 - 21; R Lowman, D Brown, W Ainsworth 14 - 24; M Newing, M Nash, M Adams 19 - 16; D Phillips, R Lowis, D Johnson 10 - 23

Winscombe had two visits to Portishead to play RBL in the Weston Over 60's League and the semi Final of the North Somerset Bowls Association KO Cup .
In The Over 60's league match Winscombe were defeated despite winning on four of the six rinks. The score was 85-99 and Winscombe picked up 8 points to Portisheads 12 .

Winscombe 85 v Portishead RBL 99 (Weston Over 60's Away): G Lloyd, K Whatling, M Adams 11 - 24; M Newing, M Nash, J Sprouting 2 - 33; T Rowe, R Kibble, M Fletcher 20 - 8; P Hopes, W Ainsworth, T Ellis 15 - 10; C Bryant, B Paul, G Neville 21 - 15; R Lowman, R Reason, G Coombe 16 - 9

In the NSBA Cup Semi Final Winscombe were outplayed by a strong RBL team and RBL will meet Isle of Wedmore at St Andrews in the final.
Winscombe 67 v Portishead RBL 133 (NSBA semi Final KO Cup): T Rowe, R Lowman, R Kibble, R Lacy 3 - 34; G Lloyd, K Whatling, W Ainsworth, M Adams 18 - 24; B Paul, G Keenan, W Andrews, D Brown 14 - 18; M Newing, L Collier, J Sprouting, G Neville 14 - 27; M Smart, R Reason, M Dorrington, M Fletcher 18 - 20


Winscombe Ladies won The Iris Owen Trophy for the first time. The smile on Captain Mavis Adams face says it all!
Here she is receiving the trophy from St Andrews Captain Jackie Bishop.
This trophy has been competed for annually over 3 triples rinks for 10 years . It is in memory of a member of both clubs Iris Owen.
Winscombe won on two rinks and by just two shots overall.There was drama on the last rink playing, skipped by Chrissie Bryant , who were holding one shot and a count up of the scores on the rinks who had already finished, revealed Winscombe were winning by one shot and there was no need for Chrissie to play here last wood.
Winscombe 51 v St Andrews 49 (Iris Owen Trophy Away): T Miles, A Bougourd, M Adams 24 - 11; P Pow, M Howell, C Bryant 17 - 16; C Hopes, S Nash, S Lowis 10 - 22

In the North Somerset Triple League Winscombe won on two rinks but not enough to overcome the losing rinks deficit losing by 6 shots.
Winscombe 54 v Portishead 60(NSTL Home):C Hopes, M Sprouting, C Bryant 24 - 11; T Darkin, E Watts, S Lowis 7 - 34; T Miles, S Nash, S Lowman 23 - 15; Frindly rink: A Bougourd, L Coombe, P Heal 19 - 13

In a friendly against the Vic Winscombe again won on two rinks but lost out by just two shots.
Winscombe44 v Victoria 46(Friendly Home):
P Pow,M Howell,E Watts, A Ainsworth 14 -11; T Miles,B Smart,L Coombe, S Lowman 11-21; C Hopes, A Bourgourd, S Nash, M Adams 19 -14

Week Ending 3rd August 2019

Winscombe played Portishead in the Over 60's knockout cup and after going into tea after the game thinking they had lost, found out that when the result cards were added up the game was actually tied 90 -90, so rink 3 went back out to contest an extra end. With the lead and two nowhere close and skip John Sprouting's first wood short, things looked bleak, but with his second wood John trailed the jack into the ditch to win the game.
Winscombe now play St. Andrews in the semi - final at home on August 14th.

Winscombe 91 v Portishead 90( Weston Over 60's KO Cup Away): G lloyd, K Whatling,M Adams 14 -19; P John, B Paul, G Neville 23 - 11; M Smart, P Fredersdorff, J Sprouting 12 -20; P Hopes, W Andrews, T Ellis 22 -6; R Kibble, R Reason G Coombe 13 -15; M Newing, L Collier , W Ainsworth 6 - 19

Winscombe entertained Congresbury in men's friendly - Congresbury gained a margin of revenge for their early season loss by 32 shots at home by winning the return by 10 shots.

Winscombe 82 v Congresbury 92(Friendly Home) G Keenan, B Pau,l M Nash, M Fletcher, 17-25; D Peakall, R Lowis, D Johnson ,W Andrews 19-9; M Newing ,A Pow,R Lowman, G Neville 11-26 ;M Smart, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 19-12; G Lloyd, K Horler, P Fredersdorf,f W Ainsworth 16-20

In the match against Bridgwater at home, Mike Adams rink of Adrian Pow, Nic Hansford and Bill Andrews picked up a Hot Shot (all 8 bowls counting) on the third end! All the other rinks won too making it a good night for Winscombe.

Winscombe 119 v Bridgwater 67( Friendly Home): A Pow, N Hansford, W Andrews, M Adams 30 - 14; R Lowis, R Reason, M Nash, M Dorrington 20 - 14; D Phillips, R Knight, D Johnson, M Fletcher 22 - 21; P John, K Horler, L Collier, P Fredersdorff 28 - 6; G Keenan, D Peakall, R Lowman,W Ainsworth 19 - 12

At Wyrral Park Winscombe also won on all but one of the rinks as one of their team was very late turning up.
Winscombe 96 v Wyrral Park 72(Friendly Away): M Newing, C Bryant,  G Coombe 19-10; G Keenan, R Lowman, B Paul 21-11; A Pow, D Johnson, M Dorrington 19-24; G Lloyd, L Collier, P Fredersdorff  18-16; D Phillips, D Peakall, M Nash 19-11

In the County league game a fine display by Mike Fletchers rink helped Winscombe A to a good win against  Ashcombe A & secured 10 points in this mid table struggle.

Winscombe A 75( 10pts) V Ashcombe A 44(2pts) (SCL DIv 1 North Home) P John, W Ainsworth, M Dorrington, M Fletcher 39-7; T Rowe, B Paul, G Coombe, M Adams; 20-23 ;R Lowman, E Kindred, W Andrews, T Ellis 16-14


Portishead RBL visited Winscombe in the North Somerset Triples League and despite Winscombe only losing on one rink secured the win. Winscombe picked up 3 points for a winning rink and a drawn rink.
Winscombe 45 v Portishead RBL 60 (NSTL Home): P Pow, E Watts, S Lowman 16 - 16; T Miles, C Bryant, M Adams 17 - 15; C Hopes, L Whatling, M Sprouting 12 - 29
Winscombe visited Ashcombe in The Wessex League and won on two rinks to one to win the match by just one shot.
Winscombe 47 v Ashcombe 46 (Wessex League Away) : T Darkin, S Nash, E Watts, S Lowman 15 - 20; T Miles, L Coombe, M Howells, S Lowis 14 - 13; C Hopes, P Pow, C Bryant, M Adams 18 - 13

Bob Flay Trophy

Our Annual pairs competition to commemorate our late Pavilion Manager Bob Flay was held on Sunday 28th July when 6 pairs of ladies competed over 3 separate matches to find an overall winner with the best points and shot difference. This year it was Rowena Keane and Margaret Howell who received the trophy from Bob's wife Mo who had travelled up from Brighton with her grandson Ben.
A lovely summer spread of cakes from Carol Hopes completed an enjoyable afternoon.

Week Ending 27th July 2019

In the North Someset Bowls Association KO Cup Winscombe played Banwell a week after their defeat at Banwell in the Parrot Shield. This time it was Winscombe who were the victors by just two shots but enough to progress to visit Portishead RBL in the next round.
Winscombe 92 v Banwell 90 (NSBA KO Cup Home): P John, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff, M Fletcher 22 - 11; P Hopes, D Peakall, M Nash, W Ainsworth 17 - 14; D Phillips, R Lowe, D Brown, G Neville 17 - 21; T Rowe , A Pow, D Johnson, M Dorrington 16 - 21; P Cast, G Keenan, J Sprouting, M Adams 20 - 23

Winscombe have played an annual fixture against The Madeira BC Exmouth since 1950. This came about after members from Winscombe Marjorie and Edward Stewart moved to Exmouth. E.M. Stewart was in fact Captain of Winscombe in 1947 and 1948.They moved to Exemouth in 1949 and joined the Madeira Club. An Annual fixture between Madeira and Winscombe was arranged on a bi-annual home and away basis. This is a Triples match across 6 rinks played over 21 ends. A very elegant Silver Inkstand is the trophy and the matches are 34 to 35 in favour of Madeira. Next year they could be equal!
Winscombe 123 v Madeira 104 ( M Stewart Inkstand Home): K Whatling, W Andrews, M Adams 25 - 17; W Ainsworth, M Nash, M Fletcher 12 - 18; M Newing, M Smart, D Bown 15 - 15; P Hopes, R Reason, G Coombe 22 -18 ; C Westlake, L Collier, T Ellis 27 -11; B Paul, P Fredersdorff, M Dorrington 22 -15

In the Wedmore Plate Winscombe had progressed to play Clarence at home. All was going well in the first half of the game with Winscombe 11 shots ahead. They increased this to 15 shots after 17 ends but one rink was losing badly and another that had been an impressive 20 shots ahead were not scoring. In the end Clarence recovered the deficit and finished 5 shots ahead.
Winscombe 81 v Clarence 86 ( Wedmore Plate Home): M Smart, P Fredersdorff, G Coombe, M Adams 30 -19; T Rowe, C Bryant, W Ainsworth, M Dorrington 16 - 15; D Brown, R Lowman, W Andrews, T Ellis 19 - 15; G lloyd, J Sprouting, M Fletcher, G Neville 16 - 37

The annual match against Somerset Juniors was reduced to 2 men's rinks and two Ladies rinks. It was a close match with the Juniors winning by just 2 shots overall'
Winscombe 70 v Somerset Juniors 72 (Friendly Home):
P Cast, D Phillips, G Coombe, M Adams 24-15; R Knight ,D Peakall, R Reason, M Fletcher 18-19 ;Ladies: P Pow, M Howell, R Keane, A Ainsworth 16-18; C Hopes, A Bougourd, C Bryant, M Adams 12-20
In the County League games Winscombe B racked up another convincing win against Isle of Wedmoreand 10 points but after leading throughout the game and by 8 shots after the 16th end, the captain's rink failed to score again and lost by 2 shots.
The Winsconbe A Team visited Burnham and despite winning on one rink and drawing another lost the match by 11 shots.

Winscombe A 51(3pts) v Burnham 62(9pts)(SCL Div 1 North Away) : T Rowe, W Andrews, G Coombe , M Adams 20 -17; D Brown, E Kindred, M Dorrington, M Ellis 19 - 19; P John, R Lowman, M Fletcher, G Neville 12 - 26
Winscombe B 80 (10pts) v Isle of Wedmore C 53(2pts)(Div 3 North Home): G Lloyd, L Collier, B Paul, J Sprouting 18 -20; P Hopes, K Whatling, R Kibble, W Ainsworth 36 -16; M Newing, C Bryant, R Reason, P Fredersdorff 26 - 17


Winscombe Ladies beat Wedmore in the Wessex League by 4 shots winning on two rinks and collecting 8 points.
Winscombe 51 v isle of Wedmore 47(Wessex League): C Hopes., P Heal, R Keane, M Sprouting 14 - 17; P Pow, L Whatling, E Watts, A Ainsworth 13 - 11; T Darkin, L Coombe, C Bryant, M Adams 24 -19

Week Ending 20th July 2019

Winscombe over 60's completed their first double of the season with a comprehensive win away at Clevedon Prom 137-88 picking up 16 points.The win was built around strong wins on two rinks skipped by Tom Ellis & Wilf Ainsworth whose combined rink scores were 66-17
Winscombe 137 (16pts) v Clevedon Prom 88 (4 pts) (Weston Over 60's Away): P Hopes, K Whatling,M Adams 22 -17; T Rowe, R Kibble, M Fletcher 16 - 17; M Smart, J Sprouting, W Ainsworth 29 - 12; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 37 - 5; B Paul, G Coombe, G Neville 18 - 17; G Lloyd, L Collier, R Lacy 15 - 20

In the Wedmore Plate Winscombe tried hard to give away an early lead against Isle of Wedmore at home. With two ends to play Winscombe were 18 shots ahead but no Winscombe rink scored a shot in the last two ends and Wedmore picked up 16 shots to lose by just 2 shots.
Winscombe78 v Isle of Wedmore 76(Wedmore Plate Home):W Ainsworth, J Sprouting,M Fletcher, G Neville 23-19; D Brown, N Hansford, B Paul, T Ellis 17 -24; G Lloyd, C Bryant, D Johnson, M Dorrington 15 -20; M Smart, P Fredersdorff, G Coombe, M Adams 23 - 13

The 2nd Leg of The Parrot Shield Trophy between Banwell and Winscombe was always going to be a close match as the difference was just 4 shots in Banwell's favour from the first leg at Winscombe.. At the half way stage there was still just 4 shots between the teams . Then one Winscombe rink fell well behind whilst the rink skipped by Mal Dorrington almost recovered the deficit. The other three rinks were all very close with Wilf Ainsworth's rink recovering from an 11 shot deficit after 10 ends to lose by just one shot on the last end ; Mike Adams rink lost by two shots and Tommy Ellis won by 4 shots. Banwell won by 7 shots on the night and 11 shots overall to keep the trophy.
Winscombe 91 v Banwell 98 ( Parrot Shield 2nd leg away): G Lloyd, P Johns,D Brown,T Ellis 19 - 15; M Newing, D peakall, R Kibble, M Dorrington 25 -9; C Bryant, M Nash, M Fletcher, G Neville 12 - 36; K Horler, K Whatling, B paul, W Ainsworth 20 - 21; T Rowe, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 15 -17

In the Somerset County League Winscombe B team continued their winning ways this time beating Yatton B by 38 shots to collect another full house and maintain their top position. A significant win on Wilf Ainsworth's rink by 31 shots made the major contribution to their win.
On the other hand Winscombe's A team could only manage a win on one rink at St Andrews and just 2 points.

Winscombe A 49 (2pts) v St Andrews A 65(10pts)(SCL Div 1 North Away): T Rowe, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 15 - 25; P John, M Dorrington, M Fletcher, G Neville 18 - 16 ; D Brown, M Smart, W Andrews, T Ellis 16 -24

Winscombe B 82 (12pts)v Yatton B 44 (SCL Div 3 Home): G Lloyd, L Collier, P Fredersdorff, J Sprouting 20 - 19; P Hopes,B Paul, R Kibble, W Ainsworth 39 -8 ; M Newing, E Kindred, R Reason, M Nash 23 -17


The match against Clevedon in the Wessex League resulted in Clevedon winning 2 rinks to 1 and by 15 shots. Mavis Adams rink secured two points for the visitors.
Winscombe 36 v Clevedon 51 (Wessex League Away):P Pow, T Darkin, M Howell, A Ainsworth 11 - 20; C Hopes, A Bourgourd, S Lowman, M Adams 13 - 7; L Coombe, S Nash, M Sprouting, C Bryant 12 - 24

Week Ending 13th July 2019

The 39th Winscombe Men's Triples Tournament sponsored by Avoncrop Amenity Products Ltd was held on a beautiful day and on a superb green. This year the 28 teams from all over Somerset were playing for a new trophy kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Colin Westlake. The Tournament consists of two groups of fourteen triples who play four games each. The winning teams play off over 10 ends in the final and runners up play for third and fourth places. The final was contested between Winscombe Hopefuls represented by Tony Watts,Ewan Kindred and Paul Hopes and Bathonings from Bath. Bob Richard with Dave Lake and Richard Pearce from Bath came out on top winning the final 12 -9. In the runners up Final Taunton BC represented by Roger Sutchley,Alec Berry and Harry Scragg beat Clarence BC Pete Williams,Peter Angrove and Jack Angrove 9 - 6.
The presentation of winners prize monies and the cup was made by Avoncrop MD Jo McCloskey together with Club President Geoff Coombe and Secretary Mike Adams . The President thanked The Ladies Catering Team spearheaded by Lorna Whatling and Mavis Adams for all their hard work and the organisers and greenkeeper for ensuring this popular Tournament lived up to it's reputation for being a great day out playing bowls.


Week Ending 13th July 2019

Winscombe played Evington Park in a Mixed Friendly on a beautiful sunny day and won 103-89.
C Hopes G Keenan Mavis Adams G Coombe 15-16:D Leach S Lowman D Brown W ainsworth 17-11 : M Smart L Coombe M sprouting J sprouting 24-10 M Newing B Smart B Paul M Adamas 17-19 : K Horler D Peakall S Nash M Nash 11-21 ;P Hopes A Bougourd A Ainsworth D Johnson 19-12

Winscombe lost their Weston Over 60's match v St Andrews . They only won on one rink and drew on another.
Winscombe 88(3pts)V St Andrews 114(17pts) (Weston Over 60's Home): P Hopes,B Paul, M Adams 11 -17; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 18 - 23; P John, R Reason, G Coombe 22 - 14; T Rowe, B Kibble, J Sprouting 9 - 24; M Newing, L Collier, R Lacy 13 - 21; G Lloyd, K Whatling, W Ainsworth 15 - 15

In a match against Avon and Somerset Police Winscombe won handsomely but hello, hello, hello, apparently it was declared a draw!
Winscombe 95 v Avon & Somerset Police 64 (Friendly Home):B Smart, D Peakall, D Johnson, M Nash 29 -20; G Keenan,R Knight, P Fredersdorff, C Bryant 10 - 23; P John, P Pow, C Bryant, D Brown 36 - 9; A Pow, R Lowis, M Smart, S Lowis 20 -12

In the County League both Winscombe teams won. The A team match at West Backwell was close but despite losing on two rinks the rink skipped by Graham Neville won well to gain Winscombe 8 points.
The B team had another fine win at Clevedon Prom although the margin of victory was just two shots they secured another 11 points and currently top the league..
Winscombe A 57(8pts) v W Backwell 51(4pts)(SCL Div 1 Away):D Brown, L Collier,B Andrews, G Neville 26 - 12; T Rowe, B Paul, R Lacy, M Dorrington 19 - 20; G Lloyd, K Whatling, S Easterby, M Adams 12 -19
Winscombe B 57(11pts) v Clevedon Prom C 55 (1pt)(SCL Div 3 Away) : P Hopes, D Peakall, D Johnson, J Sprouting 19-19;  E Kindred, M Smart, R Reason, M Nash 22- 21 ; C Bryant, R Lowis, B Kibble, W Ainsworth 16-15

Winscombe Ladies had just one match at Portishead in the North Somerset Triples League which they lost by 19 shots.
Winscombe 39 v Portishead 58(NSTL Away): T Miles, L Whatling, M Adams 10 - 21; P Pow, M Sprouting, S Lowis 15 - 18; C Hopes, S Lowman, A Ainsworth 14 - 19; Friendly Rink: T Darkin,guest, S Nash 16 - 19

Week Ending 6th July 2019

Winscombe entertained Begbrook Green in a mixed friendly which saw new members Diana & Steve Low play their first competitive matches .
Winscombe 90 v Begbrook Green 68 (Mixed Friendly Home): P Hopes , D Low, D Phillips,.M Dorrington 21-23; C Hopes, S Low ,M Newing, G Coombe 27-8 ; A Pow, G Keenan, S Nash, M Nash 26-16; E Kindred, L Coombe, M Sprouting , P Fredersdorff 16-21

In the Turnbull Cup Winscombe visited Ashcombe Park and whilst sharing the rinks lost overall by 8 shots.They meet Wedmore in the Wedmore Plate.
Winscombe v Ashcombe (Turnbull Cup Rd3 Away):J Sprouting,D Johnston,G Neville, M Dorrington 16 -19 ; M Newing, P Fredersdorff, G Coombe, M Adams 26 -16; P John, M Smart, W Ainsworth, R Lacy 9 -30; D Brown, B Paul, W Andrews, T Ellis 27 - 21

In the home leg of The Parrot Shield , it was a fiercely contested derby match against friends and rivals Banwell and a very close contest . A decisive win by Graham Neville's rink helped Winscombe keep the overall score difference down to just 4 shots in Banwell's favour. The return leg at Banwell in two weeks will determine the winner of this years Parrot Shield.
Winscombe 101 v Banwell 105 (Parrot Shield 1st Leg Home): B Paul, K Whatling, W Ainsworth, R Lacy 17 - 25; T Rowe,L Collier, J Sprouting, M Dorrington 22 - 17; D Brown, R Reason, W Andrews, T Ellis 16 -26 ; B Kibble, M Nash, P Fredersdorff, G Neville 30 -11; M Newing, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 16 - 26

In the Somerset County League matches Winscombe teams played Bristol. The A team was at home against Bristol B whilst the B team travelled to Ashton Gate to play the Bristol C Team.
Winscombe A's won on two rinks but failed by just 3 shots to take maximum points. The difference was the Bristol skip on Winscombe's losing rink who consistently saved his team .
Winscombe A 50 (4pts) V Bristol B 52 ( SCL Div 1 North Home): P John, C Bryant, W Andrews, T Ellis 17 - 12; M Newing, K Whatling, R Lowman, M Dorrington 12 - 25; T Rowe, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 21 -15

Winscombe B Team continued their winning ways by winning on all three rinks to collect maximum points . The winning margin was 19 shots.
Winscombe B 63 (12pts) V Bristol B 44(SCL Div 3 North Away):
G Lloyd, B Kíbble, R Reason, W Ainsworth 21-18;  P Hopes, D Johnson, P Fredersdorff, J Sprouting 27-12;  E Kindred, M Smart, M Nash, G Neville 15-14

Winscombe Ladies had a very close game in the Wessex League against Clevedon Prom. They drew on two rinks and lost by just two shots on the captain's rink to lose the match overall by the two shots.
Winscombe 40 v Clevedon Prom 42 (Wessex League Home): C Hopes, T Darkin, R Lowman , M Adams 14 -16; T Miles,R Keane, E Watts, A Ainsworth 14 -14; P Pow, S Nash, C Bryant, S Lowis 12 - 12

Week Ending 29th June 2019


Winscombe hosted a match between The Barbarians and The Babararian's Presidents Club Team . Winscombe Club provided 3 rinks for the match and also had a number of other players scattered amongst both teams. The outcome was, of course, a draw for a match played in slight drizzle but in very good humour. All were entertained to a very nice supper, presentations and speeches in the usual Barbarians style.

Winscombe started their defence of the Over 60's cup with victory over Ashcombe Templars winning by 60 shots 130-70 and now face an away game against either Yatton or Portishead.
Winscombe 130 v Ashcombe Templars 70(Weston Over 60's KO Cup):T Rowe, R Reason, M Fletcher 10 - 15; M Myland, R Fisher, W Ainsworth 26 -12; C Bryant, M Nash, M Adams 25 - 6; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 21 - 15; K Whatling, J Sprouting, R Lacy 19 -12; P John, G Coombe, G Nevill 29 - 10

Winscombe Over 60's completed a successful week with an excellent league win over Clevedon Prom 113-87 picking up 18 points.
Captain Mike Fletcher said he hopes this is a turnaround in fortunes following disappointing results in the past few weeks.
Winscombe 113(18pts) v Clevedon Prom 87 (2pts) (Weston Over 60's League):P Hopes, B Paul, M Adams 21 - 14; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 20 - 12; M Smart, L Collier, W Ainsworth 18 - 17; T Rowe, R Reason, M Fletcher 19 - 10; R Lowman, J Sprouting, R Lacy 23 - 12; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 12 - 22

In the County League both teams had good wins. The A team at home to Clevedon Prom won by 29 shots to collect 10 points and the B team by 43 shots away at Portishead to pick up the full 12 points.

Winscombe A 72 (10pts) v Clevedon Prom B 43(2pts)(SCL Div 1 North Home):P John, K Whatling,S Easterby,M Dorrington 18 - 22; D Brown, B Andrews,R Lacy,T Ellis 26 -9 ;T Rowe,N Hansford,G Coombe, M Adams 28 -12

Winscombe B 80 (12pts) v Portishead B 37 (SCL Div 3 North Away): L Collier,B Paul, M Nash,G Neville 26-5; P Hopes, E Kindred, P Fredersdorff, J Sprouting 29 - 16; G Lloyd, R Kibble, R Reason, W Ainsworth 25 - 16


In their Wessex League match at Mark Moor, Winscombe won on two rinks to win overall by 16 shots.
Winscombe 58 v Mark Moor 42 (Wessex Away): T Miles, L Whatling,M Howell, M Sprouting 17 - 20; T Darkin, A Bourgard, E Watts, S Lowis 22 - 14; C Hopes, S Nash, A Ainsworth, M Adams 19 - 8

At Clevedon in the North Somerset Triples League Winscombe lost overall but picked up 2 points for one winning rink.
Winscombe 42 v Clevedon 49 (NSTL Away): C Hopes, M Howells, C Bryant 18 - 11; T Miles, M Adams, S Lowis 16 -22; P Pow, S Nash, M Sprouting 8 - 16

Again in the Wessex League Winscombe lost by 6 shots and picked up two points for one winning rink
Winscombe 45 v Isle of Wedmore 51(Wessex Home): C Hopes, T Darkin, S Nash, A Ainsworth 12 - 19; T Miles, L Coombe, M Sprouting. M Adams 18 -16 ; P Pow, L Whatling, P Heal, C Bryant 15 -16

Week Ending 22nd June 2019

Winscombe played St Andrews in the Presidents Shield which this year was at home. Wins on rinks skipped by Mike Fletcher, Paul Fredersdorf and Mal Dorrington were enough to counter Winscombe's losing rinks for the home side to win by 25 shots and regain the shield.

Winscombe 122 v St Andrews 97(Presidents Shield Home): T Rowe, R Fisher, M Nash, M Dorrington 22 - 8; P John, K Horler, L Colliere, G Neville 15 - 16; P Cast, R Kibble, B Paul, G Coombe 11 - 26; M Myland, D Brown, W Ainsworth, T Ellis 13 - 18; G lloyd, A Pow, K Whatling, P Fredersdorff 28 - 20; M Smart, N Hansford, J Sprouting, M Fletcher 33 - 9

With no County League games this week Winscombe organised a well attended Fixed Jack Competition in which the jack is replaced if moved,jack length is fixed and varied and the first 3 shots score 3 points for shot down to one point for third.
After playing 4 x 10 end matches the winners were Mike Fletcher and Martin Myland.



Winscombe Ladies had a close match in the Wessex League against Ashcombe and were leading by 3 shots and 2 rinks to one when rain intervened and it was decided to curtail the match.
Winscombe 8 points Ashcombe two.

Winscombe 43(8pts) v Ashcombe 40(2pts) (wessex league home):C Hopes, P Pow, M Howell, A Ainsworth 13 - 8; T Darkin,S Nash, E Watts, S Lowis 22-9; T Miles, P Heal, R Keane, M Sprouting 8 -23 (rain stopped play after 15 ends)

Week Ending 15th June 2019

The friendly match against Ilminster was curtailed after 13 ends due to heavy rain. The score was 36 to Winscombe and 39 to Ilminster.
Winscombe v Ilminster (Friendly Home): P Hopes, D Peakall, L Collier, W Ainsworth 8-10; E Kindred, K Horler, R Fisher, B Paul 9 - 9; M Myland, M Trenchard, M Nash, D Johnson 7 -10; D Brown, R Reason, J Sprouting, M Dorrington 12 -10

Winscombe Over 60's slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat when they lost by 5 shots 99-104 to Portishead RBL despite excellent wins by the rinks skipped by Mike Adams, John Sprouting and Dave Brown picking up 6 points to RBL's 14
Winscombe 99 (6pts) v Portishead RBL 104 (14pts)(Weston Over 60's League Home): P Hopes, B Paul, M Adams 29 - 11; A Rowe, B Andrews, G Coombe 12 - 17; M Myland, M Nash, M Fletcher 8 - 23 ; M Smart, L Collier, W Ainsworth 6 - 28; D Johnson, R Fisher, J Sprouting 20 - 11; P John, P Fredersdorff, D Brown 24 - 14

It was a close match against our visitors from Wales with the touring side winning by just one shot in two hundred!
Winscombe100 v Ystrad Mynach 101 (Tourist Mixed Home): A Rowe,guest x 2 ,W Ainsworth 18 - 9; C Hopes, guest x 2, Mavis Adams 10 - 20; P Pow, M Myland, P Hopes, G Coombe 11 -16; K Horler, R Knight, R Fisher, A Ainsworth 22 - 9; D Phillips, A Bougard, D Brown, M Nash 18 - 26; A Pow, L Coombe, M Howell ,M Adams 21 -21

We are grateful to our friends from Wyrral Park who fulfilled the fixture despite having a depleted team which allowed Winscombe to win in a match reduced to five Triples.
Winscombe 103 v Wyrral Park 65 (Friendly Home): A Pow, N Hansford,M Dorrington 23 -12 ; P Cast, D Peakall, J Sprouting, 10-21; K Horler,P Hopes, M Nash 22 -13; D Phillips, R Lowman, W Ainsworth 26 -10; E Kindred, B Paul, M Fletcher 22 -9


Ladies matches were cancelled this week due to the wet weather.

Week Ending 8th June 2019 (reported by Geoff Coombe)


Ladies first match wearing new shirts v Clevedon Prom - 5th June 2019

Winscombe 39 (2pts) v Clevedon Prom 61 (10pts)(NSTL Home): T Miles, E Watts, C Bryant 9 -22; P Pow, M Sprouting, A Ainsworth 18 - 14; C Hopes, S Nash, M Adams 12 - 25

Winscombe over 60's suffered their 3rd successive defeat at the hands of St. Andrews going down 90-97 and once again picking up just 4 points thanks to the rinks skipped by Rob Lacy and Graham Neville.

Winscombe 90(4pts) v St Andrews 97(16pts) (Weston Over 60's League Away): P John, G Coombe, G Neville 17 -13 ; T Rowe, B Andrews, D Brown 17 - 19; G Lloyd, J Sprouting, W Ainsworth 11 - 22; M Myland, P Fredersdorff, M Fletcher 11 - 16 ; M Smart, R Reason, R Lacy 22 - 14; P Hopes, B Paul, M Adams 12 - 13

Winscombe won a friendly match against Paulton BC by 10 shots .

Winscombe 80 v Paulton 70 (Friendly Home): P Hopes, Mavis Adams, D Johnson, M Dorrington 27 - 16; M Myland, D Brown, G Coombe, M Adams 19 - 18; A Rowe, B Andrews, W Ainsworth, R Lacy 25 - 10; G Lloyd, C Westlake, B Paul, M Fletcher 9 - 26

Week Ending 1st June 2019



Winscombe win their first match wearing their new shirts against Norwest! Winscombe won on 3 rinks and drew on the other to take the match by 33 shots.

The Team:
back row: Euan Kindred,Peter Cast,Dave Brown,Roy Fisher,Mike Adams,Geoff Coombe,Mike Smart,Nick Hansford,Dave Johnson
front row: Mal Dorrington,Brian paul,Paul Hopes,Mark Trenchard,Graham Neville,Wilf Ainsworth, Martyn Myland

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g coombe mal

Winscombe 90 v Norwest 57(Friendly Home):P Cast, R Fisher, N Hansford, G Neville 22 - 11; P Hopes, M Smart, B Paul, D Brown 17 - 17; E Kindred, M Trenchard, D Johnson, M Adams 29 - 17; M Myland, W Ainsworth, G Coombe, M Dorrington 22 -12

NSBA Cup - In the first round of this competition Winscombe were drawn away at St Andrews . Both teams won two rinks and drew on one but Winscombe managed to score 5 shots more than St Andrews and proceed to the next round.

Winscombe 89 v St Andrews 84(NSBA Cup Away): M Myland, P John, M Nash, M Fletcher 21 -10; G Lloyd, R Knight, G Coombe, M Adams 9 - 20; T Rowe, D Peakall, D Brown, G Neville 26 - 14; A Pow, D Phillips, B Paul, M Dorrington 15 - 22; P Hopes, R Reason, L Collier, J Sprouting 18 - 18

Winscombe over 60's once again had a disappointing result when they played Burnham, going down 79 - 96 and picked up just 4 points thanks to the rinks skipped by Mike Nash and John Sprouting.

Winscombe 79(4pts) v Burnham on Sea 96 (16pts)(Weston Over 60's League Away): G Lloyd, D Peakall, M Fletcher 7 - 15; M Myland, B Paul, P Fredersdorff 12 -23; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 11 -16; T Rowe, R Fisher, J Sprouting 19 - 16 ; R Kibble, L Collier, M Nash 19 -11 ; P Hopes, W Andrews, D Brown 11-15



Winscombe Ladies played Long Ashton in the North Somerset Triples League and lost by 8 shots. They picked up two points thanks to the rink skipped by Maureen Sprouting.

Winscombe 40 v Long Ashton 48 (NSTL Home):C Hopes, A Bourgard, C Bryant 12 - 16; T Miles, M Howell, M Sprouting 15 - 13; P Pow, S Nash, M Adams 13 - 19

Ladies other two matches were cancelled!

Week Ending 26 May 2019

Winscombe played friendlies against Bridgwater and Taunton and a Tourist side. They won at Bridgwater by 21 shots but lost at home to Taunton by 21 shots and to the touring side from Ramsberry by just 4 shots .

Winscombe 79 v Bridgwater 58 ( Friendly Away ): P John, D Johnson, D Brown, J Sprouting 24 - 14; A Pow, N Hansford, B Andrews, M Adams 16 -14;M Myland, R Reason, M Nash, M Dorrington 14 - 20; R Kibble, R Knight, P Fredersdorff, M Fletcher 25 -10

Winscombe 83 v Taunton 104( Friendly Home): M Myland, R Lowis, D Peakall, M Nash 20 - 17; T Rowe, R Knight, C Bryant, M Fletcher 20 - 21; P Hopes, M Smart, R Reason, M Dorrington 19 - 19; A Pow, D Phillips, D Brown, P Fredersdorff 13 - 23; P Cast, P John, N Hansford, D Johnson 11 -23

Winscombe 104 v Ramsberry & Aldbourne 108 (tourist Mixed ): M Myland, B Smart, M Howell 20 - 13; C Hopes, M Smart, G Coombe 22 -9; T Darkin, D Phillips, M Nash 16 -28; A Pow, T Rowe, D Brown 18 -17; A Bourgourd, M Sprouting, J Sprouting 17 -17; P Pow, Chris Bryant, Chrissie Bryant 11-24

In the Somerset County League Winscombe had mixed fortunes against Portishead RBL. Both Winscombe teams were at home. The A Team only won on the rink skipped by Mike Adams who had a decisive 24 shots win ,enough to win the match by 12 shots and pick up 8 points.The B team lost on all 3 rinks and by 16 shots

Winscombe A 72 (8pts)v Portishead RBL B 60 (4pts)(SCL Div One North): G Lloyd, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 38 - 14; P John, D Brown, S Easterby, M Dorrington 15 - 24; G Neville, R Kibble, W Andrews, M Fletcher 19 -22

Winscombe B 47 v Portishead RBL C 63 (12pts)( SCL Div 3 North):T Rowe , C Westlake, L Collier, D Johnston 20 -23; D Peakall, M Smart, B Paul, J Sprouting 14 - 18; P Hopes, E Kindred, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 13 - 22

Winscombe Over 60's Triples Team went down at Isle of Wedmore 111- 97 picking up just 4 points, thanks to the rinks skipped by Graham Neville & Geoff Coombe.
The Captain Mike Fletcher said "The unavailability of a number of players due to illness & holidays means players are having to play in positions they are not used to but are doing their best which is appreciated.

Winscombe 97 v Isle of Wedmore 111 (Weston Over 60's Triples League Away): P John, R Kibble, G Neville 24 - 7; D Phillips, T Rowe, J Sprouting 7 -21; D Johnson, B Andrews, P Fredersdorff 13 -16; G Lloyd, D Peakall, M Fletcher 20 - 26; M Smart, R Fisher, M Nash 12 - 26; M Myland, D Brown, G Coombe 21 - 15

Winscombe played West Backwell in The National Tony Allcock Mixed Pairs Competition and won by two shots. They then found that they had fielded an under age player and conceded the game to West Backwell.


Ladies played 3 League Matches this week. Won two and lost one.
Gaining 10 pts in the North Somerset Triples league, and 7 pts in the Wessex league against Wessex 47 – 44. In the NSTL winning  59 – 48 against Clarence. Losing to Ashcombe 39 – 57.

Winscombe 39 v Ashcombe 57(NSTL Home) : C Hopes, M Howell, C Bryant 10 - 19; M Sprouting, M Adams, S Lowis 19 - 15; M Smart, S Nash,A Ainsworth 10 - 23

Winscombe 59 v Clarence 48 (NSTL) :C Hopes, M Sprouting, C Bryant 19 -15; P Pow, E Watts, A Ainsworth 12-19; T Miles, M Adams, S Lowis 28 -14

Winscombe 47 v Wessex 44 (Wessex League): P Pow, M Howell, E Watts, A Ainsworth 15 - 17; T Miles, T Darkin, R Keane, S Lowis 15 - 10 ; C Hopes, P Heak, S Nash, C Bryant 17 - 17


Week Ending 19 May 2019

In the County leagues both Winscombe teams were at home. Winscombe B team won again against Ashcombe C , this time claiming all 12 points. Meanwhile the A team playing Clarence A could only secure 2 points winning on one rink and narrowly losing on Mike Fletcher's rink.At the half way stage this rink had been seven shots ahead but by the 19th end the scores were level . Sadly for Winscombe they dropped 3 shots across the last 2 ends to lose by 3 shots.
Winscombe A 52(2pts) v Clarence A 67 (10pts)(SCL Div 1 North): G Lloyd, D Brown, S Easterby, M Dorrington 12 - 30; T Rowe, R Kibble ,B Andrews, M Fletcher 16 - 19; G Neville, N Hansford, G Coombe, M Adams 24 -18
Winscombe B 89 (12pts) v Ashcombe C 45 (SCL Div 3 North): P Cast, C Westlake, M Smart, D Johnson 35 - 16; M Myland, D Phillips, R Lowis, J Sprouting 27 -16; A Pow, E Kindred, M Nash, P Fredersdorff 27 -13

Winscombe had a comprehensive victory over Clarence Blues in the Weston Over 60's Triples League winning by 33 shots 120 - 87 and picking up 18 points.
Winscombe 120 (18pts) v Clarence Blues 87 (2pts)(Weston Over 60's League): P John, G Coombe, G Neville 21-19; G Lloyd, D Peakall, M Fletcher 13 -19; D Johnson, R Kibble, M Nash 25 - 13 ; T Rowe, J Sprouting, M Adams 17-15; M Myland, C Bryant, P Fredersdorff 23 -7; M Smart, B Andrews, D Brown 21-14

Winscombe played North Petherton in a friendly game and shared the rinks but lost the match by 7 shots .

Winscombe 70 v North Petherton 77 (Friendly Away): D Phillips, R Fisher,C Bryant,D Johnson 7 -16; A Pow, D Brown, B Andrews, M Dorrington 16 -29; R Knight, R Lowis, L Collier, M Nash 23 -18 ; K Horler, P Cast, R Lowman, M Fletcher 24 -14


Winscombe Ladies played two matches both away. Against North Petherton in the Wessex League they lost by 8 shots.They won on the rink skipped by Chrissie Bryant , narrowly lost by 2 shots on another but could not quite beat the North Petherton total. In the North Somerset Triples League they also lost against Clarence.

Winscombe 43 v North Petherton 51 (Wessex League):C Hopes, S Nash, S Lowis 15 -17; T Miles, M Sprouting, C Bryant 19 -14; P Pow, L Whatling, E Watts 9 - 20

Week Ending 12 May 2019

Winscombe played away against Victoria (B) and won on all 3 rinks in their first league match of the year. Victoria pushed Winscombe hard right to end on 2 rinks, the other rink Winscombe won well ,and won the match by 21 shots picking up the full 12 points.

Winscombe A 67(12pts)v Victoria B 46(SCL Div One Away): P John, R Kibble, B Andrews, M Fletcher 19 - 17; G lloyd, D Brown, S Easterby, M Dorrington 20 - 17; G Neville, R Lowman, G Coombe, M Adams 28 - 12

The B Team entertained Burnham B and won well on two rinks to clinch the game by 7 shots and collected 10 points.

Winscombe B 60(10pts) v Burnham B 53 (2pts)( SCL Div3 Home): A Pow, C Westlake, D Johnson, L Collier 21 - 16; M Myland, D Phillips, R Fisher, J Sprouting 23 - 11; K Horler, R Knight, N Hansfors, P Fredersdorff 16 - 26

Winscombe played Ashcombe Crusaders in the Weston & District Over 60's Triples League and despite sharing the rinks 3 each went down by 9 shots despite a valiant effort by the rink skipped by Mike Adams who won by 20 shots.

Winscombe 98(6pts)v Ashcombe 107(14pts)(Weston Over 60's League):M Smart, D Brown, M Nash 14 -24; T Rowe, R Lacy, M Adams 27-7; J Sprouting, L Collier, P Fredersdorff 9-23; P John, G Coombe, G Neville 23-17; G lloyd, D Peakall, M Fletcher 13 -10; M Myland, R Lowis, R Lowman 12 - 26

Winscombe lost by 15 shots in the 1st round of the Bath Sydney Gardens Trophy. At the halfway stage all rinks were close but Bath pulled away on 3 rinks. They won 4 rinks, 1 rink was tied, and Winscombe won by 16 shots on one rink. Winscombe will need to recover the deficit on the home leg to win the trophy.

Winscombe 116 v Bath 130 (Sydney Gardens Trophy 1st Leg Away): M Myland, M Nash, M Adams 21 -22; K Horler, J Sprouting, R Lacy 26 -10 A Pow, D Peakall, G Coombe 18 -18; R Kibble, L Collier, P Fredersdorff 15 -25; R Fisher, D Brown, R Lowman 14 -23; D Phillips, R Lowis, D Johnson 22 - 32


Winscombe Ladies played a friendly versus West Backwell which one rink drew and another only lost by 1 shot. The third rink lost by 10 shots. Winscombe lost overall by 11 shots.
Winscombe 44 v West Backwell55 (Friendly Away): P Heal, S Nash, A Ainsworth 9 -19; A Bourgard, M Howell,S Lowman 16 -16; B Smart, L Whatling, C Bryant 19 -20

In the Southey Cup against a strong team from Watchet. In the pairs , triples and fours Winscombe lost heavily, but in the singles Carol Hopes won by 1 shot giving Winscombe 2 points, against Watchet's 6 points. The only consolation for Winscombe was the ladies did not have to make an early morning trip to Watchet.

Winscombe 2pts) v Watchet (6pts) (Southey Cup 3rd Round Home): Rink: A Pow, S Nash, R Keane, S Lowman 8 - 26; Pairs: M Sprouting, S Lowis 11 -24; Triples: T Miles, C Bryant, M Adams 11 - 26; Singles: C Hopes 21 - 20

Week Ending 5 May 2019

Winscombe had a good win against Congresbury in a friendly match despite being 2 players short. On 4 out of 5 rinks they started well getting into a early lead which they maintained throughout the game.,The 5th rink started off badly but managed to close the gap which contributed to the overall win by 32 shots. Score 102 - 70

The NSBA 4 Dimensions Competition was played on a very cold night against Burnham on Sea. The disciplines were shared with Winscombe winning the Pairs and The Triples but losing the singles and the rinks. Shot difference was the decider and Burnham won by 12 shots.

Winscombe 60 v Burnham on Sea 72(NSBA 4 Dimensions Home): Single M Dorrington Lost 11 -21; Pairs: D Brown, G Neville Won 23-15; Triples: N Hansford, G Coombe, M Fletcher Won 15 -11; Rink: D Peakall, R Lowman, R Lacy,M Adams Lost 11 -25


Winscombe Ladies had a very busy league schedule playing 4 games. Two in the North Somerset Triples League and two in the Wessex League.
Overall it was a dissappointing week for them as they lost all four games but two by only seven and four shots respectively. Six points were picked up by winning rinks.

Winscombe 32 v Clevedon 71(NSTL Home):A Bougard, L Whatling, C Bryant 12-34; P Pow, S Lowman, M Sprouting 9-21; T Miles, L Parfitt, A Ainsworth 11 -16
Winscombe 40 v Wessex 47 (Wessex League Home):T Miles,T Darkin,M Howell,C Bryant 14 -11; C Hopes,A Bougard,M Adams, S Lowis 12-16; P Pow, B Smart, L Whatling, A Ainsworth 14 - 20
Winscombe 47 v Ashcombe 66(NSTL Away): M Sprouting,L Parfitt, C Bryant 19-27; C Hopes, S Lowman, M Adams 21-15; P Pow, L Whatling, S Lowis 7 -24
Winscombe 54 v Clevedon Prom 58(Wessex League): P Pow, A Bourgard, S Lowman,C Bryant 19 -25; T Miles, M Howell, M Sprouting, S Lowis 27-6; C Hopes, L Parfitt, A Ainsworth, M Adams 8 -27


Week Ending 27th April 2019

New Over 60's Captain Mike Fletcher wins first match against his old team and our friends and rivals Victoria Saxons. Victoria came back strongly in the last few ends to reduce the deficit and pick up 4 rink points but Winscombe held out to win by 13 shots overall.

Winscombe 109 (16pts)v Victoria Saxons 96(4pts) (Weston Over 60'sLeague at Home): J Sprouting, M Myland, P Fredersdorff 14 -15; C Bryant, R Lowman, G Neville 24 -20; G Lloyd, D Peakall, M Fletcher (C) 20 - 16; P Hopes, R Kibble, G Coombe 21-10; D Brown, W Andrews, T Ellis 21-12; A Rowe, L Collier, R Lacy 9 -23

In a friendly against Clevedon on a dry but very windy afternoon Winscombe were without a number of key players.Only the captain's rink managed to win with everyone grateful to warm up in the club house after the game.
Winscombe 64 v Clevedon 100 (Friendly Away):A Pow, C Westlake, R Reason, R Lowman 10-19; D Peakall, A Phillis, D Brown, M Fletcher 23-12;
J Sprouting, M Myland, R Kibble, P Fredersdorff 11-17; P Cast, R Lowis, W Andrews, J Feltham 9-23; G Lloyd, D Johnson, R Fisher, G Coombe 11-29.


Winscombe Ladies won their first match of the season away at North Petherton in the Wessex League by just one shot. This was enough to gain eight out of the 10 points on offer.

Winscombe 42 (8pts) v North Petherton 41(2pts) (Wessex League Away): C Hopes, A Bourgourd, L Whatling, S Lowis 16 -10; T Miles, M Sprouting, L Parfitt, C Bryant 18 -12; P Pow, T Darkin, R Keane, A Ainsworth 8 -19

Week Ending 13th April 2019

Winscombe Bowling Club opened their season on Saturday with the traditional President v Captains match.
The new President Geoff Coombe sent down the first wood.
The match result was ‘ a draw’ but actually the Captains team won by 3 shots!
A ‘spider’ before the game raised over £40 for the South West Children’s Hospice and the match was followed by an excellent ’President’s Supper’ in the club house.

For many years Winscombe have played in an indoor Triples league every Thursday afternoon at St Andrews BC during the winter. The league is made up from all Winscombe Club members. This year the winners were Mike Newing, Peter John and Mike Adams representing ’The Squirrels’. (photo is without Mike Newing who is happily recovering from a major operation) .

Week Ending 6th April 2019
At meetings of the Ladies Section and Men's section a new coloured club shirt was approved.
At the subsequent Management Meeting it was finally agreed that WBC will adopt a coloured Club Shirt for all Club Matches as soon as possible this year.