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August 2018 Issue No. 7

Men’s Captain’s Report



The targets set by the Men’s Captain and Vice – Captain, viz. Tonbridge to win the First Division championship, Vale and two of our division three teams to be promoted to Divisions 1 and 2 respectively, were achieved two weeks before the end of the season. Tonbridge is the first Tonbridge side to win the League Championship since 1984. Vale finished second in Division 2 and Angel battled with Longmead for the Division 3 Championship in the final game of the season, a game which Angel won.

The draw for the semi-final of the Marshall Cup kept Tonbridge and Vale apart so there was the possibility of an all Tonbridge final on August 17th. Although Tonbridge beat Holmesdale by 35 shots to 29, sadly Vale lost to Hollybush in a closely fought game by 36 shots to 32. Tonbridge easily beat Hollybush in the final at Sevenoaks B.C. on Friday, 17th August and became proud holders of the League and Cup double.


The Club did extremely well in the Tony Allcock competition. Following a bye in the Preliminary Round, and our first-round opponents Maidstone ‘B’ conceding (not enough support from their Ladies), the Club went on to beat Borough Green by 41 shots to 40 in Round 2 and Horton Kirby by 40 shots to 30 in Round 3 before being beaten by Bromley in the semi-final of the Kent Section. Bromley went on to beat Ashford Rail in the final of the Kent Section before losing to Lindfield Bowls Club of Sussex, a game which was played at our Club.


Tonbridge ‘B’ and Tonbridge ‘C’ were awarded byes in the Preliminary Round, the former losing to Bearsed ‘A’ and the latter to the Grove in Round 1. Tonbridge ‘A’ beat Borough Green by 35 shots to 27 in Round 1 before going on to beat Wrotham ‘B’ by 66 shots to 23 in Round 2. The team then beat Calverley in Round 3 and Grove in Round 4 before losing in the Divisional Semi-final to Bearsted ‘A’. This is the furthest the Club has progressed in this competition for many years.


Our men finished 5th in this league with 49 points, the highest position we have reached for several years. However, we lost four of our eight matches by 2 points or fewer. Had we won these games we would have finished second with 65 points.


Brian Chalklin reached the quarter finals of the Kent Section of the Bowls England Champion of Champions, and Brian and Trevor Russell reached the quarter final of the Kent Pairs. Jon Broomfield, Dave Hayward and Adrian Philpott in the Triples and Barry Sale, Bob King, Dave Lane and Dave Easton in the Fours reached the Kent Area Finals held at Marden Bowling Club. Tom Young reached the Divisional Semi-finals in the Kent Singles which were held at our club


West Kent Ladies’ League

Well done to Tonbridge A who finished 3rd in this league and Tonbridge B who finished 7th.