Downton Bowling Club News

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Race Night

We had over 30 people attend the Race Night last week, which attracted a lot of business for bookmaker Rod Hall.

One lucky person was “ the owner” of four of the winning horses! Everyone tucked into the lovely supper of fish and chips and the evening was rounded off with a couple of novelty races.

2022 Competition Winners

Downton Bowling Club are pleased to announce the winners of our Club Competitions. Well done to everyone who took part in these competitions and congratulations to the finalists. Thanks also to Ann Galpin, our Competitions Secretary, for arranging these competitions. To view the results, click here.

Salisbury and District final results

The Salisbury and District final results are in. It is quite interesting that although we finished at the bottom of the table we actually won more games than the team above us. In this League a team can declare at the beginning of the season that they will only play with three Triples as opposed to the default number of four Triples. Downton are one of such teams that play with three Triples. We are not penalised for this, except, we obviously cannot gain the same maximum points as clubs who play four Triples. There are nine clubs in the League, three play with three Triples, Downton, Alderbury and Wilton. All the other Clubs have the potential of gaining twenty more points than us over the season as they can field four Triples. So it is not surprising to see two of the ‘three-triple’ clubs at the bottom of the League. Congratulations to Wilton who managed to gain fourth in the League under these conditions. Considering the challenges we faced in the Salisbury and District league, we have done really well this season, winning four games, but also our players have supported every fixture – not once did we have to cancel a game due to lack of players, even with the distance travelled. Many thanks to all Downton players for playing these games, I hope you enjoyed the League. Thank you too to the Members who took on the Captains role – Mike Hallam, Geoff Warr, and Rod Hall. This is much appreciated.

Harold Ford Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to Steve Allen, Ivan Buss, Marie Clarke, Colin Morris,Jane Smith and Alan Waters on winning the Harold Ford Competition last night against the Amesbury B team by four shots. We also like to thank Cathy Dean, Rod Hall and Dawn Jones who help us along the way by beating Wilton and Amesbury A. Mere conceded their match with us. Well done!

End Of Season update

The Bowls Club is nearing the end of the competitive League season with just a few matches left. The good news is that our Ladies in the New Forest League, are at the top of their division, so we are hoping for some success from our lovely lady bowlers. We are also in the Final of the Mixed Triples League Cup. Paul Tanner just missed out on progressing to the last 16 of the County singles championship, losing 20-21. Marie Clarke reached the semis of the New Forest Champion of Champions.

Everyone is talking about the weather, and it is no different at the Bowling Club. As you can imagine, the hot, dry weather has meant we have had to cancel matches – and it affects the condition of the Green, but we are doing our best to keep it a nice surface to play on. The Green Team have just purchased a new mower which will improve the playing surface for years to come. The Club would like to extend gratitude to Downton Parish Council and the Wiltshire County Area Board for their support in this purchase.

Club Results

In the New Forest League, Downton Men beat New Milton 73-58 taking 7 points to 1. The Ladies won their game 6-2 against Milford.

In the Mixed Triples League Downton beat Wilton 63-28 on shots and 6-2 on points. This leaves them in 3rd position in the League.

On Saturday in the Bournemouth League Downton Bustards beat Fordingbridge 43 shots to 21 and 6-2 on points leaving them in 2nd position in the league.

Results Update

In the local Leagues Downton lost to Wilton, who are now top of the Salisbury and District League.

In the Mixed Triple League Salisbury are top of the table.

Most local Clubs will be organising the Bowls England Big Bowls weekend at the end of May. Downton held their Open days on Friday evening 26th and on Sunday 28th from 2pm to 5pm.

Downton Football Club

Downton Bowling Club hosted the Downton Football Club at their Annual get together last Sunday. It was a glorious day and at least 20 friends from The Robins joined in a Triples Match. Several footballers and their wives, girlfriends and children took part and the local Downton players were pleased to see that everyone else joined in the game.