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BOWLS: Chippenham win centenary match
CHIPPENHAM TOWN Bowls Club started their centenary celebrations with a clash against Bowls Wiltshire men at their Hardenhuish Park base last weekend.
The visitors’ side was packed with past and present county men’s officials and included seven former Wiltshire presidents, as well as Bowls England director Howard Pryse.
On the sidelines at Hardenhuish Park were Chippenham residents and former county men’s presidents John Northover – Town’s president – and Bowls England junior vice-president and 2014 national president Adie Lloyd.
Chippenham made home advantage pay, running out comfortable 28-shot winners, 124-96.
They took the honours on four of the six rinks, one of those being club chairman and captain, John Lucas, who led his foursome to victory over county president Colin Sheppard’s rink skipped by Keith Hutchens by six shots.
Rink 1: Bob Gaylord, Ted Greves, Roger Wickham and Mike Savin lost to George Tappenden (Ramsbury/Aldbourne), Malcolm Ellis (Marlborough), Mike Hallam (Downton) and Bernard Crabb (Malmesbury) 17-20. Rink 2: Bob Searle, Andy Bradfield, Nobby Tucker and Willie Jones beat Alec Burden (Amesbury), Tony Watchman (Chippenham Park), Jack Peterson (Supermarine) and John Wilks (Wootton Bassett) 20-19. Rink 3: Geoff Goddard, Peter Simmonds, Dave Williams and John Lucas beat John Wilson (Westlecot), Colin Sheppard (Ames), Dave Richards (Trowbridge (Westbourne) and Keith Hutchens (Chipp P) 21-15. Rink 4: Tony Land, Brian Raymond, Alan Stell and Chris Brown beat George Pike (Salisbury), Roy Jones (Trow Town), Mel Williams (H’worth) and John Thomas (W’lecot) 28-16. Rink 5: Robin Oakham, Peter Tytherleigh, Colin Beacham and Roger Button lost to Iain Cameron (Spencer Melksham), Dave Hunt (Chipp P), Howard Pryse (Swindon) and John Smith (Malm) 15-17. Rink 6: Stan Taylor, Peter Snape, Ian Pascoe and Neil Connor beat John Snell (Alderbury), Don Tucker (Devizes), Stewart Allison (Chipp P) and Michael Shawyer (W’lecot) 23-9.
Result: Chippenham Town beat Bowls Wiltshire men 124-96.
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