Clubmates battle for honours on finals day

Gina Braddock and Mark Essex

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Desborough Bowls Club

Great bowls, great food and great weather accompanied Desborough’s finals weekend, with members taking part in many close, competitive matches.

The final of the men’s championship was notable because not only was it between two brothers, but two twin brothers, with Mark Essex narrowly beating his brother Andrew 21-17.

There was also drama in the women’s championship as Gina Braddock battled back from 3-15 down to beat Jacinta Monteiro 21-16.

Monteiro was also beaten 21-17 by Linda Harvey in the women’s novice final, however, she did win both the handicap and two wood competition, beating Kim Barao (21-7) and Sally Darby (17-11) respectively.

In the over 60s competition Gina Braddock proved too strong for Angie Isaac, winning 21-16. The drawn handicap pairs saw Jean Seymour and Angie Isaac defeat Annette Harris and Maureen O’Reilly 33-15.

Sally Darby, Val White and Angie Isaac edged out Jacinta Monteiro, Val Wyatt and Kim Barao 15-14 in the drawn triples final.

In the men’s events, Mark Essex also claimed the novice title with a 21-4 win over Bob Forster and Keith Roper defeated Paul Patel 21-12 to win the handicap. Mark Peachey took the two wood title with a 16-11 win over Graeme Mason and Peter Braddock won the men’s over 70s competition with a close 21-19 win over Michael Hobson.

There was another title for Mark Essex alongside Geoff Lofthouse who beat Paul Patel Mark Harris 21-16 in the nominated pairs. Mark’s brother Andrew Essex and partner Brian Jones beat Bruce Cooke and Dave Smith 23-21 in the drawn handicap pairs. The benevolent triples competition was comprehensively won by Bruce Adams, Graeme Mason and Mark Peachey, who thrashed Peter Braddock, John Brampton and Brian Jones 29-1.

In the open competition Keith Roper defeated Bob Forster 21-11 in the handicap while there was a narrow win for Keith Harvey and Michael Hobson over Marina Bignell and Mark Essex (19-15) in the drawn handicap pairs. Sally Darby and Mark Peachey won the nominated pairs title with a 22-14 win over Val White and Michael White.

Despite losing to his twin brother in the men’s championship, it was a good few days for Andrew Essex who made it through to the Berkshire County Unbadged Final at Bracknell Bowls Club on Sunday (September 12).

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Maidenhead Town Bowls Club

After what’s been a difficult season for bowls clubs, Maidenhead Town held their finals matches over the weekend, with Paul Hutchinson beating John Mitchell 21-16 to win the men’s championship, and Mary Mackay edging out Sophie Lack by 21-18 to take the women’s title.

The event was well-attended by the club’s men’s and female representatives, with Tony Ruffell taking the men’s novice singles title after a 21-17 win over Steve East. Cliff Jenkins beat Paul Hutchinson 15-9 to take the men’s two wood singles while Stuart Wright comprehensively beat Tony Stuart 21-5 to take the men’s singles title.

Steve East and Jim Turner paired up to defeat Paul Hutchinson and Trevor Allen 19-15 in the men’s handicap pairs while Tim Eales got the better of Tony Ruffell 21-13 in the singles handicap final.

The Ladies Novice event was won by June Palmer, who defeated Eileen Faulkner 21-17, and Palmer was again victorious alongside Mary Mackay as they beat Jan Mayne and Barbara Patton 17-12 in the ladies’ pairs.

Sophie Lack defeated Eileen Faulkner 16-6 to win the ladies two wood singles while T Eales, J Sandal and N Cormican were too strong for R West, C Williams and M Loader in the mixed two wood triples, comfortably winning 22-6.

Eales partnered Barbara Patton to victory over Tony Stuart and Norma Cormican (15-12) in the open pairs and Michael White and Barbara Patton defeated Peter Herke and June Palmer 20-6 to win the Linscott v May’s Day title.

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