Swanage Dolphins v Bustards

The 2nd placed Bustards made the long trip to take on unbeaten league leaders Swanage Dolphins.
Another beautiful day to play bowls, on a very fast, but bumpy green. Like us, they have the local rooks to thank for this!
Rink 4 – Tony, Rod & Geoff W26-7. Another great effort from the team, who on this occasion hit form right from the off. The boys only lost 4 ends & won 12 of the last 14. A 6 on end 5, 2×3 & 3×2 did the damage. A brilliant match winning performance. Very well done.
Rink 3 – Lewis, Muriel & Ivan L15-16. 10-0 after 5 ends, then we only took 1 shot over the next 6 ends, but only losing 1 short per end. A 3 on end 12 put us 14-5 up, cruising to victory. Then the wheels came off, culminating in a dismal 18th end, where we all lost the plot, lost 5 shots & lost the match! Very disappointing.
Match score Bustards 41 v 23 Dolphins. Bustards 4 points, Dolphins 2 points. At the half way point in the season, we remain in second place, but are now only 8 points behind the Dolphins. This is really annoying, as the gap should only be 4! On the plus side, that was the Bustards 6th win in a row, the Dolphins first defeat on the season & we closed the shot deficit by 22 shots (although we are still 76 shots adrift). If Knyveton Kingfishers default on one more match, they will be chucked out of the league & their record deleted. That would do us a big favour, as we lost 24-42 to them, whilst they forfeited their match with the Dolphins who would lose 6 points & 10 shots!
Next Saturday we are at home to Swanage Seagulls with an unchanged side. It’s a 10am start & the bar is open from midday. All spectators are very welcome.
Ivan Buss 29th June 2024.

Harold Ford Trophy

Congratulations we are in the final. Downton mixed triples played Amesbury home and away on Wednesday evening in the Harold Ford Knockout Competition. We won on the away green at Amesbury and drew on Downton Green therefore we won the match. We are now in the final and will meet either Amesbury or Mere Bowls Club . The home team was Steve Allen , Dawn Allen and Colin Morris. The away team was Marie Clarke, Lewis Ambler and Alan Waters.

Bustards v Bournemouth Beavers

I’d been warned that we have a ‘rook’ problem, so I turned up early to administer some TLC to the green. What a mess! However, after a good swish, both rinks looked ok & actually played really well.
Unbelievably, Bournemouth Beavers/Broncos could only field one team this weekend & they decided to send a strong team to play us, instead of travelling to runaway leaders Swanage Dolphins. Sadly for them, that proved to be a bad decision.
Rink 4 – Tony, Rod & Geoff W22-12. It took a few ends for the team to get going, but once they did, there was no stopping them. It was quite close until the 12th end, then we won 5 ends in a row scoring 10 shots & taking a commanding 22-10 lead. 12 ends won. Another excellent team performance.
Rink 3 – Lewis, Muriel & Ivan W18-12. It was 8-7 after 11 ends, then we scored a big 5. On the 16th end, we turned 1 down in to 3 up, which sealed the deal. Probably this teams best performance of the season.
Match score Bustards 40 v 24 Beavers. All 6 points to the Bustards for the 5th successive match. We are now comfortably in 2nd place in the league, behind runaway leaders Swanage Dolphins, who we visit next Saturday.
The team for this showdown remains unchanged.
Ivan Buss 15th June 2024.

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Highcliffe Leopards v Bustards

How lucky were we with the weather! A little bit of rain at the start & end of the match, in between it was dry & sunny, and blowing a gale! The green was very wet & sadly, it played very inconsistently.
Rink 4 – Tony, Paul & Geoff W29-7. After 7 ends we were trailing 3-6. Next time I looked at the scoreboard it was 11-6, after a superb 8! We won 8 ends in a row, 12 in all, in what was a comprehensive win. A brilliant performance.
Rink 2 – Lewis, Muriel & Ivan W19-10. We took the lead on end 3 & never looked back. Another good solid performance by all of the team. Well done.
Match score Bustards 48 v 17 Leopards. All 6 points to the Bustards. With four straight six point wins, we have consolidated second place in the league, behind runaway leaders Swanage Dolphins.
Next week we are at home to mid table Bournemouth Beavers. The match starts at 10am & the bar is open from midday, so why not come along & support the team
Ivan Buss 15th June 2024.

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Mens New Forest League

HALFWAY STAGE OF NFL. We are standing in third place after playing half of our matches. This may be because DBC have played one more match than the rest of the Division 3. Perhaps that one more match was our resounding victory over Ringwood A, 90 shots to 45. Our total number of shots for the season is 416, which balances nicely with shots against of 416. Please see the table attached, I am sure the second half will be more settled and consistent.
Regards, Alan

Poole Park Gulls v Bustards

Another beautiful day for bowls on the best green we’ve played on this season. Fast & true, it was a pleasure to play on.
Rink 3 – Tony, Rod & Geoff W17-15. 7-14 down after 11 ends, this one looking like it was slipping away. Then we managed to win 6 ends in a row to lead 17-14 & despite losing the last end won 17-15. Thanks to Rod for guesting & well done gentleman on an excellent comeback victory.
Rink 2 – Lewis, Muriel & Ivan W19-9. We were never behind in this match, but it was too close to call until the 17th end, when we collectively played a brilliant end & scored 6 shots. Another excellent team performance.
Match score Bustards 36 v 24 Gulls. All 6 points to the Bustards. With three straight six point wins, we are now second in the league behind runaway leaders Swanage Dolphins.
Next week we have our third away game in a row, when we travel to Highcliffe Leopards, who are currently ninth.
Ivan Buss 8th June 2024.

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Solar Electric v Bustards

Another lovely day for bowls (apart from the gale force wind), on an excellent playing surface. SE were second in the league, but due to mix up, only five players turned up.
Rink 5 – Tony, Paul & Geoff W27-11. Playing against two opponents was a new experience for our team & it took a while to get going, but once they did, 3×3, 2×4 & a 6 on the last end saw the team through to a big win. Well done, an excellent team performance.
Rink 4 – Lewis, Muriel & Ivan W20-15. Having lost 7 ends in a row & losing 5-10 after 10 ends, we finally woke up, scoring 14 shorts over the next 4 ends to lead 19-10. Well done on a great recovery.
Match score Bustards 47 v 26 Solar. All 6 points to the Bustards. With two straight six point wins, we have moved up to third in the league.
Next week we travel to second bottom Poole Park Gulls & we are one short. If you are available to play, please kindly let me know asap.
Ivan Buss 1st June 2024.

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