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Team Selections
It's back to 3 matches again this week which includes the Rowland Cup: Teams selected are:
 
Rowland Cup match against Milton Park (home) on Monday 22nd July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

A Lord

Two

R Newman

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Philbrick

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

B Weaver

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

G Dyer

    Reserves: K Hudson & R Wallbridge 
 
Combination Division 2 match against Leigh Park Red (away) on Wednesday 24th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

B Boulter

Two

T Nutland  

Two

A Lord

 

Two

W Ames

Three

A New

 

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Durham  

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

S Greenwood

    Reserves: R Dennison & G Davies
Division 3 match against Naismith (away) on Friday 26th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

R Wallbridge

 

Lead

A Lord

Two

R Philbrick

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

B Weaver

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

G Dyer

    Reserves:  R Newman & T Portch
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 73 (12) Milton Park Black 33 (0) After a shaky start to the match Star took control to complete a comfortable victory; their 4th in the last 5 games. Leading the way was Russell Durham's rink who led from start to finish and was never in trouble. They allowed their opposition to score just on 6-ends in their in their 28-9 success.  Paul Willoughby achieved his maiden win as a skip this season when his rink came from behind to take the spoils 20-14 helped enormously by winning 6 of the last 7 ends to turn round 9-13 deficit into a 20-14 victory.  It was a similar scenario with Bob Weaver's four; all level at the halfway stage before a 16-shot salvo bought back maximum points for the team when winning 25-10.
 
Division 3 Result

Star & Crescent 91 (16) Purbrook Heath 36 (0) We thought this was going to be a tough game, with big points at stake if we were going to make a late run for promotion. As captain I always think of the match rather like a relay race, as the 4 skips always seem to finish their matches in the same order. So, out on the first leg and important to get off to a good start was Geoff Dyer's rink. Leading for most of game, winning 10 ends and coming out winners 20-15, set us up at +5. Then it was the first of the big hitters with Robbie Lewsley's boys coming out all guns blazing, winning 13 ends (9 by 2 shots or more) and smashing the 3 man Purbrook rink 30-6. Now we were looking a little more comfortable with 4 points in the bag and the shot difference at +29. Spirits were obviously high and Steve Sprake's rink chipped in with yet another big win. Rink 3 was playing lovely and Star were drawing scoring woods all night, resulting in probably our best performance of the season. They only lost 3 ends (3 shots in total) and cruised to 27-3. So, 3 winning rinks and +53 on the boards, meant that the match was well won. But as every point was vital, it was left to Robbie Dennison's four to complete the clean sweep. For some reason they always seem to be the last ones to finish and they do get more than their fair share of games out on rink 6. Once again Purbrook were a man down' but unlike the other games this one was far more tactical. If we didn't win then we could only lose by a small margin, if the 25% deduction was going to work in our favour. After 14 ends it looked like it might all be over for the extra 2 points, but when you have the experience of a 'canny old bowler' like Dennison at the helm, you always have a chance. They then won 3 of the last 4 ends to swing the result in our favour and achieve maximum points. What a outcome, 16-0, and having expected a much tighter game it exceeded all expectations, so well done boys and all 16 of you played your part. Finally a big thank you to Kevin Hudson, who turned up at very short notice as a last-minute reserve. These sorts of things are very much appreciated by your Captain.   

 

As you are all aware, we have won 3 of the last 4 matches, and beaten the top 2 sides in Waterlooville & Purbrook. Before last nightís game we were sitting in 3rd place a few points adrift, but after last nights brilliant 16-0 win, we now find ourselves still 3rd, but now just one point behind Purbrook. With just 2 games left and both of those against sides in the bottom 3, itís all to play for. We have probably left ourselves a bit too much to do to win the league, however, runners up and going into the play offs is there for the taking. Can I finally say thank you to everyone in the squad, as you are all playing your part (for both sides) and team spirit is now at its peak,  which has produced some very creditable performances in recent weeks. It's nearing the end so let's just keep it going to the finish. Your Captain.

 
Sat 20 July 24
 
 
 
Rowland Cup
Our opponents in the Rowland Cup is Milton Park at home. Tie to be played on Monday 22nd July.
 
Wed 17 July 24
 
 
 
Division 3 Result

Pembroke Gardens 52 (1) Star & Crescent 68 (15) Our first away win of the season in Division 3. Who would have thought that it would come at Pembroke Gardens, traditionally a poor bowling surface, that is now playing better than for many a season. Leading the way on our big night out was Geoff Dyer, who won fewer ends than the opposition but never dropped anything more than a 2 in what was a very enjoyable game. The widest margin at any stage was 3 shots and when taking the last end it was 2 points and the game 14-13. Next in was Steve Sprake who was also back to winning ways against the canny old Scotsman Fred.  They took 12 of the ends, winning by 7 shots, 20-13. A trio of winning rinks was completed by Alan New 22-14. This  was an action-packed game with Star taking 12 of the ends, which included scoring 13 in 4 ends but then dropping 9 in 2 ends. Although the outcome was never really in doubt it was not a game for those of a nervous disposition. Finally out on rink 6 was Robbie Dennisonís boys, who had the luxury of knowing that the match was won, with the boards showing +16. However, with the last end to play and being one down, they managed to keep it tight, get the shot and draw the game 12-12. The stats show that winning 9 ends each and nothing more than a 2 scored, a draw seemed a fair result. It's always a good feeling to win away from home, particularly at Pembroke Gardens. There are now only 3 games left (2 at home) and in the right frame of mind they are all winnable, so let's have a final push right to the end of the season.   

 
Sun 14 Jul 24
 
 
 
Team Selections
Back to normality next week with the customary matches on Wednesday & Friday. The teams selected are shown below though there is still a doubt on the availability of a couple of players which may mean that Plan B might have to come into action.
 
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Black (home) on Wednesday 17th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

B Boulter

 

Lead

P Wright

Two

T Nutland  

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

A New

 

Three

R Lewsley

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Durham  

Skip

P Willoughby  

Skip

B Weaver

    Reserves: G Dyer & A Lord
 
Division 3 match against Purbrook Heath (home) on Friday 19th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

A Lord

 

Lead

G Davies

Two

R Philbrick

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

W Ames

Three

R Durham

 

Three

B Weaver

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

G Dyer

    Reserves: T Portch & T Nutland 
 
Club Competitions
The only match of the week in the handicap singles provided a major shock when reigning champion Richard Cunnington was defeated  by Tony Portch 21-11.
 
Sat 13 July 24
 
 
 
Combination Division 2 Result
Waverley Red 47 (3) Star & Crescent 51 (9) What a great result last night; no I don't mean England's 2-1 victory but our combination team winning their 4th match on the road albeit at the Waverley. It was a very tight match with nothing between the two sides for most of the night highlighted by Paul Willoughby's rink where there were no more than 2-shots between the two sides throughout.  It appeared that Paul & his men were going to come away with the spoils but had to settle for a 13-13 draw after the Waverley skip drew the shot with the last wood of the game to prevent the win. The other 2-rinks were on the opposite ends of the spectrum. On the lower end Robbie Dennison's four got off to a bad start and found it increasingly difficult to get a foot in the match & finished a very disappointing 8-27. However, at the upper end of the scale, Russell Durham's rink were having a field day losing only 4-ends in their very impressive 30-7 victory which was just enough to compensate for Robbie's rink & to gain Star the important match points.
 
Thurs 11 July 24
 
 
 
Division 3 Result

Cosham Park 77 (14) Star & Crescent 52 (2) Once again the away day curse struck, but this time in conditions that were bordering unplayable. The opposition seemed to handle it a lot better, but then they are more used to a heavy longer green with bumps that created clear daylight between the wood and the playing surface. First to finish and run for cover was Steve Sprake's rink, heavily losers now for  2 games and getting punished for having draw bowlers who struggle in these wet conditions. Although they did win 8 of the ends which resulted in 11 shots, they were up against a skip who benefitted from numerous wicks and lost 11-22. Then came our only winning rink in Robbie Lewsley. The difference was not enough to carry the other 3 rinks, but +7 (inc a 5 count) and 20-13 on the board was an admirable display. This will be one night that Geoff Dyer will hope to forget. They were never in the match, winning only 4 ends and losing 5-24. Lastly and with the expectation of another 2 points was Alan New's rink. At 11 ends they were 14-5 up, then they managed to drop a 7, only won 2 of the last 6 ends and lost the match 16-18. There is not much more I can add to such a disappointing display overall but we have a chance to redeem ourselves away to Pembroke on Friday. 

 
Tues 9 July 24
 
 
 
Team Selections
Once again we have three matches next week & once again we have a plethora of players available to choose from giving the selectors a (nice) problem for selection.  The teams are thus:
Division 3 match against Cosham Park (away) on Monday 8th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

B Boulter

Two

A Lord

 

Two

R Philbrick

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

B Weaver

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

R Dennison

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

A New

    Reserve: P Willis & T Nutland 
Combination Division 2 match against Waverley Red (away) on Wednesday 10th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

R Wallbridge

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

P Wright

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

T Nutland  

Two

W Ames

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

A New

 

Three

P Willis

Skip

P Willoughby  

Skip

R Durham  

Skip

R Dennison

    Reserves: S Sprake & S Greenwood
Division 3 match against Pembroke Gardens (away) on Friday 12th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

A Lord

 

Lead

R Wallbridge

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

B Boulter

Two

W Ames

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Philbrick

 

Two

B Weaver

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

R Dennison

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

A New

    Reserve: R Newman & K Hudson
Division 3 Result

Star & Crescent 66 (12) Waterlooville 55 (4) As we continue with our roller coaster ride of winning at home and losing away, another 12 points were most welcome. On a gloomy summers evening that was interrupted by rain showers the match commenced (in spite of several objections from some of our bowlers) and aren't we glad it did. Once again the results were unpredictable, but Geoff Dyers rink got us off to a good start. Winning 11 ends, which included a 6 plus 2 x 4's and taking the game 25-12 and putting +13 on the board. Next up was Robbie Lewsley's boys , a solid 4 you can always count on. Well tonight was a rare exception, as everything was looking so good, being 12-7 up with only 3 ends to play. Then they lost the remaining ends dropping7 shots in the process and having victory snatched away and losing 12-14. Not disastrous as Star were still up by 11 shots. Then came Captain Steve Sprake's rink who were chasing the game from the very first end. Winning only 1 of the first 8 ends and only 6 ends in total, they struggled to get to grips with the green rather than their opponents, losing 11-22 and bringing to match to all square. Luckily there was still Alan New's boys to finish. They got the job done in a professional manner, winning 11 ends (inc a 5 count) and conceding no more than 1 shot on the 7 ends they lost.  An 18-7 win and another 2 points. It was good to get revenge for our previous defeat but still worrying about our away form. Out of interest and prior to last nightís game, we were sitting in the lower half of the table with matches in hand on every team. That win last night and the 2 games next week against Cosham (A) and Pembroke (A) will be a big step towards deciding our fate for this season.  

 
P&D Competitions
In the Over 60s singles, Tony Portch was beaten by Dave Meyer (Milton Park) 21-10.
Club Competitions
In the only match contested this week Colin Lihou defeated Martin Ward 22-15 in the handicap singles.
 
Sat 6 July 24
 
 
 
Combination Division 2 Reports
Naismith 49 (2) Star & Crescent 53 (10) The first of two matches against Naismith this week was a rearranged match. Star got off to a great start & raced into a 13-shot lead after just 5-ends but ended the match protecting a narrow lead. Up to the 13th end, Russell Durham's rink had only lost a couple of ends & conceded a mere 3 shots but a bad finish saw them lose a further 9 shots. However, they still had enough in the tank to win by a final score of 17-12.  It was a roller coaster of a match for Bob Weaver's four who led 11-1 after 5-ends but then lost the next 5 to trail 11-13.   However, the rink dug in & finished strongly winning 20-17 & ultimately gaining the match points for Star. For two thirds of their match Colin Lihou's men were in the lead against their opposition but then they started leaking shots & ends to lose 16-20. Positively, this win means that the team not only have won 2 away matches on the bounce but also a third success on the road.
 
Star & Crescent 49 (2) Naismith 53 (10) With our away victory against Naismith still fresh in our minds, confidence was high that we would secure a double over them at "fortress" Waverley.  How wrong could we be. It was a reverse carbon copy of our 1st match (including the exact score) but unfortunately it was the opposition who took the spoils. Once again Star started well & led up to the halfway stage before the momentum swung to hand the advantage to Naismith.  Our only winning rink was by Robbie Dennison's four but this was not without problems.  A comfortable lead of 12-4 was eradicated when losing 11 shots in 4 consecutive ends.  With the lead gone & defeat in sight the rink rallied round to finish strongly & reverse the situation to just win 17-15.  By all accounts, Paul Willoughby's rink were very unlucky to lose their match 17-18 when luck and a fair number of "Waverley Glides" went against them preventing them allegedly winning by a comfortable margin. At the halfway stage Russell Durham's quartet were all level but the opposition ended the match much the stronger to gain the advantage & win 20-15.
 
Thurs 4 July 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Next week we have as you know 3 matches.  In the two combination matches we have 20 players available vying for 12 places which makes selection a little tricky.  However, the selectors have tried to be fair to all which means some players will be disappointed whilst others will be a bit more tired before the end of the week. Anyway here are the teams for the forthcoming matches (at the moment):
Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) on Monday 1st July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

P Wright

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

T Portch  

Two

A Lord

Three

A New

 

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Durham  

Skip

B Weaver   

Skip

C Lihou

    Reserves: S Greenwood & R Wallbridge
Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (home) on Wednesday 3rd July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

R Wallbridge

 

Lead

G Davies

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

P Willis  

Two

R Newman

Three

R Lewsley

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

G Dyer

Skip

P Willoughby  

Skip

R Dennison  

Skip

R Durham

    Reserves: T Nutland &  New 
Division 3 match against Waterlooville (home) on Friday 5th July starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

G Davies

Two

A Lord

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

B Weaver

 

Two

R Newman

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

G Dyer
    Reserve: T Portch & P Wright  
Combination 2 Result
Rowner 50 (4) Star & Crescent 51 (8) For the 3rd consecutive combination match the game was won with only 1 rink being successful.  Fortunately Star were the beneficiaries in this match.  Leading comfortably with only 3 ends to go our old failing of conceding shots in the final stages was nearly our downfall. Consequently it was a deja vu scenario for Paul Willoughby's rink who had to defend a 2-shot lead going into their last end.  It didn't look good for Star however with Paul 3-shots down in the head. But all credit to Paul he kept his composure and under pressure drew the second wood that was needed for the victory. Final score on his rink was 16-20.  Bob Weaver's four had a topsy-turvy match with both teams holding the advantage at different stages in the match. Finding themselves behind at the 12th end they rallied in the final stages to reduce the deficit but not quite enough to take the rink points before losing 15-16.  Our only success on the night was by Russell Durham's rink who finished a credible 20-14 to the good. A  very handy count of 6-shots on the 15th end looked to have comfortably secured the match for the team but the opposition fought back to narrow the margin on the remaining ends. This win completed the double over Rowner and more importantly another away victory.
 
Division 3 Result

Gas Social 71 (14) Star & Crescent 54 (2). The 3 week break certainly didn't do us any favours as we continue our losing streak away from home. On a tricky and longer green we once again struggled only picking up 2 points on the night. The first to finish was Steve Sprake's rink, who dropped a 3 on the 1st end but bounced straight back with a 5. It was pretty tight throughout but they eventually came through 19-13.  Next up was Russ Durham, who picked up a 5 on the first, was 8 up  after 3 ends, but then managed to drop a 5, and lost the match 15-18. Then came Geoff Dyers rink, who struggled from the off,  only winning one of the first seven ends and chasing the game. Their opponents won 10 ends but noticeably 6 of them was by 2 shots or more and we lost 10-18. It sounds a little depressing, but with one rink left, the match was standing at 5 down. The problem was that Alan New's rink were never really in the match. When you only win 6 ends and drop 8 shots in the last 4  the writing is on the wall. We have a reputation of struggling in the final few ends. Well, we lost the match by 17 shots and in the last 4 ends we dropped 20 shots!! At the half way point in the season and 6 games left it is still in our own hands to end up in a respectable position in the league.   

 
County Competitions
Commiserations to Richard Cunnington who came within 1-shot of qualifying for the area final of the 2-wood singles when losing to Andrew Hibberd (Priory) 14-13. Nevertheless, a great achievement by Richard in only his 2nd year of bowling.
 
P&D Competitions
Not a good week for our entrants; Tony Portch lost 21-8 to neighbour Alan Clements in the 4-wood singles whilst Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer were also on the wrong side of the score line after losing 13-19 to a Gas Social pair.
 
Club Competitions
A major shock was on the cards when reigning club champion Geoff Dyer was trailing newcomer Roger Newman 15-9. However, the experience of Geoff came to his rescue to turn the tables before eventually winning 21-15.  Also in the club championship Rob Lewsley was too good for Paul Wright and comfortably won 24-11.  In the handicap singles the tie between Richard Cunnington & Robin Philbrick was evenly matched before Richard raced away to win 21-11.
Sat 29 June 24
Team Selection
Division 3 match against Gas Social (away) on Friday 28th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

R Philbrick

Two

A Lord

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Newman

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

B Weaver

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

G Dyer
    Reserve: T Nutland   
Tues 25 Jun 24
Team Selection
Apologies for no updates on the website as I have been on a rare break from bowls in June, selfish I know, however here is apparently the team selected by Alan for this weeks combination match:
Combination Division 2 match against Rowner (away) on Wednesday 26th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

R Dennison

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

A Lord

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

R Cunnington  

Two

R Newman

Three

A New

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

G Dyer

Skip

R Durham  

Skip

B Weaver   

Skip

P Willoughby

    Reserves: R Wallbridge & D Boulter 
 
Sorry for the delay in publicising the team selection for this weeks Friday division 3 match against Gas Social; this will be done when known. Bear with
 
Combination Team Match Report
Priory Silver 54 (8) Star & Crescent 52 (4) It was a case of so near and yet so far as the Combination side failed by only 2 shots to achieve a deserved (in your reporterís opinion) victory on the Priory green last Wednesday. Despite a late withdrawal and a mid game medical issue the team deserve credit for going so close to winning the match. The Bob Weaver rink had to overcome both a reshuffle of the rink before the game and another due to Tony Portch's injury halfway through and had to be replaced by Ted Nutland. However, the rink still managed an excellent 19-17 victory. This shows the reason why our reserves are so important and that they stay for the entirity of the match. Colin Lihou and his men failed to trouble the scorers until the 4th end but had crept in front by end 11 and managed to maintain the lead to finish with a final score of 20 shots to 16. Paul Willoughby and his four started positively and were 6 shots ahead after 3 ends but by the eighth end were behind and that remained the case for the remainder of the game losing 13-21. However Star held an overall lead in the match until the very last bowl of the evening when the opposition skip managed to draw the jack for the shot when Star were holding the 3 shots which would have secured victory. Disappointing but, as they say, thatís bowls!
 
Mon 24 June 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Priory Silver (away) on Wednesday 19th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

A Lord

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

P Willis  

Two

R Newman

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

A New

 

Three

G Dyer

Skip

B Weaver   

Skip

C Lihou  

Skip

P Willoughby

    Reserves: R Wallbridge & P Wright  
Combination Team Match Report
Star & Crescent 58 (8) Milton Park Red 46 (4)  After 2 losses, the combination side produced a better performance on Wednesday in defeating the previously unbeaten Milton Park Red team. Although we only won on one rink it was all due to the effort by Bob Weaver and his team who laid the foundation for ultimate victory. Leading at one time 25-1, they ensured that their final score of 28-8 was enough to compensate the other losing rinks to clinch the overall match victory. The Russell Durham rink were never in the lead (bar the 1st end) against strong Milton rink opponents and shared the same number of ends before finally losing by 15 shots to 22. The old clichť of a game of 2 halves couldn't be more truer for Robbie Dennison's rink in their match.  Comfortably leading at the half way stage 13-5 they then had a well below par 2nd half to lose the match 15-16; however it will have to go down as 2 points lost.
Dates for Your Diaries
This weeks postponed division 3 match against Cosham Park (away) has been rescheduled for Monday 8th July
Our 1st round match in the Rowland Cup, opponents unknown at this time, is on Monday 22nd July.  If we was to win than the next round will be played the following Monday the 29th July
Just a reminder that the postponed combination division 2 match against Naismith (away) is ON Monday1st July.
 
Club Competitions
The club championship singles got underway this week when Kevin Hudson had a very good result when beating Martin Ward 21-14. There were also walkovers for Colin Lihou & Tony Portch after their opponents withdrew from the competition.
 
Fri 14 June 24
 
 
 
Division 3 Result
Star & Crescent 91 (16) Naismith 55 (0). Well, what a difference a week makes and back to our comfortable surroundings at the Waverley. We may have been playing the bottom of the league at our home venue, but these are the sort of matches where we can come unstuck. Not today however, where everyone seemed a lot more focused and put in a performance to be proud of. Again, leading the way was Robbie Lewsley's boys who got into the groove early on and then steamrollered the opposition by taking 13 ends and winning 29-10. This set us up quite nicely, but casting a worrying eye over at rink 4 meant that we couldn't take anything for granted. So next up was Geoff (I don't like rink 6) Dyer, who was all level at 10 ends, then won 6 of the last 7 to come through 18-11. Steve Sprake's four got through with a steady team effort,  the game being tightly balanced, but again winning 6 of the last 7 ends and ending at 20-14. It seemed that the good work of these 3 rinks would be of no avail as Alan Newís rink were having a terrible time (understatement) in their match. They picked up their first shot on the 8th end and after 10 they were 1-18 down. The worry at that stage was that if they carried on like this it would cost Star the match.  Then the rink had a light bulb moment and started playing like men possessed by winning 6 of the last 8 ends and scoring 23 shots (including a count of 7) to finish 24-20. It was unbelievable and not too good for the captainís blood pressure! It just shows with all 4 rinks coming on strong at the end, this  disproves our record of always falling away at the death.
 
Mon 10 June 24
 
 
 
Match Postponed
Our number of matches for June has just been decreased after our Division 2 fixture scheduled for Friday 14th June against Cosham Park (away) was postponed.  Again, this means there is only one match next week again.
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Red (home) on Wednesday 12th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

A Lord

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Newman

 

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

G Dyer

 

Three

A New

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

B Weaver 

    Reserves: P Willis & Tony Portch  
 
Sat 8 Jun 24
 
 
 
Club Singles Competitions
The draws for the Club Championship & Handicap Singles have been made and are shown on the relevant pages of this web site.
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
Richard Cunnington goes marching on in the 2-wood singles after he defeated Bob Scottow 14-8 at Fareham. Only Andrew Hibberd (Priory) stands in his way for him to qualify for the Area Finals.
 
Sun 2 June 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
June is a very lean month for matches with only 6 games scheduled to be played throughout.  As a consequence, next week there is only 1 match on our fixture list which is for next Friday.  Obviously some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. 
Division 3 match against Naismith (home) on Friday 7th June starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

M Ward

Two

W Ames

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

B Weaver

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

    Reserves: K Hudson & A Lord   
 
Division 3 Result

Purbrook Heath 61 (12) Star & Crescent 59 (4) Disappointing is the obvious word that springs to mind, with our opponents being one place above us in the league and just 2 points ahead. It was always going to be tough on a tricky green, but the manner of the loss and how we managed to let the win slip from our grasp, had echoes of last season and our inability to get a win away from home. So, with 2 winning rinks we at least had something to build on and the story unfolded as we hit 8.05pm. The first to finish was Steve Sprake's rink, who won 13 ends finishing at 22-8 and leading the team out with +14 to defend. Next was Geoff Dyer, who at the half way point was winning and after 13 ends were holding their own at 12-12, then managed to lose the last 5 ends including a count of 6, walking off the green at 12-23. The shot difference was now disappearing fast with only +3 in hand. This was followed by Alan New who only won 6 ends, scoring nothing more than a single and the scoreboard reading 6-17. We were now trailing by 8 shots with only Bob Weaver to finish. Going into the last end he was 7 shots ahead and at one stage holding another shot, but their skip managed to convert and we ended up winning 19-13. Losing a game which we should have won by just 2 shots, just shows that every end is vitally important even if you are losing, dig in and play to the finish. Finally, away from the result, I would personally like to thank Ted Nutland. He is the perfect example of a good club man, turning up as reserve for both away games this week, never a moan just being there if we need him.

Sat 1 June 24
Combination Division 2 Result
Bedhampton 68 (12) Star & Crescent 29 (0) Star once again failed to come to terms with playing on artificial surfaces.  Our record over the last 20 years is pretty poor with not a single win recorded at Bedhampton. Robbie Dennison's rink only won 5-ends in their matchewhen losing 9-18 although the score line probably was a little harsh after restricting the opposition to scoring just a single shot on 10-ends.  Bob Weaver's men also only won 5-ends but unfortunately were never in the hunt and lost rather heavily 7-29.  Although losing 13-21 Geoff Dyer's four would have the satisfaction of winning the second half of their game after a poor start left them with too much to do. The only positive is that there are no more carpets to be played on this season!
Thurs 30 May 24
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Bedhampton (away) on Wednesday 29th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

J Bell

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

P Willoughby

Three

A New

 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

 G Dyer

    Reserves: R Wallbridge & T Nutland 
Division 3 match against Purbrook Heath (away) on Friday 31st May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

P Willis

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

S Sprake

    Reserve: T Nutland   
Division 3 Result

Star & Crescent 79 (14) Pembroke Gardens 59 (2) Another strong showing at home against a side sitting 2nd in the league. Once again, Alan New's rink had another convincing victory, winning 8 of the first 10 ends and cruising at 18-2. In spite of losing the next 4, they held on to win 22-11. Bob Weavers rink split the game at 9 ends each, but after scoring a 7 on the 5th end, never really looked back to win 20-15. Rob Lewsley's boys played their part in a tight match, easing away in the last few ends to win 18-13 and another 2 points for the team. Regrettably Steve Sprake's rink couldn't complete the clean sweep. Out on rink 6 they matched the opposition but against a skip who consistently played heavy woods into the head, meant that holding positions were lost. However 2 counts of 6 kept them in the match and picking up a 2 on the last end reduced the arrears to 19-20. Well done everyone and rest up because next Friday at Purbrook is on a much heavier green.

 
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
Not a good week for Stephen Greenwood who bowed out of both singles competitions.  In the 2-wood singles he was well beaten by Carter Blandford (Leigh Park) 2-18 whilst in the 4-wood he fared better but still lost out to Tony Hall (Milton Park) 17-21.  Our only remaining bowler left in any of the County competitions is Richard Cunnington who defeated Dave Meyer (Milton Park) 17-9 in the 2-wood singles.
 
Score Card Responsibilities
Just a reminder, as per the Bowls England Laws the skips are responsible for their rink score cards. ONLY if BOTH skips agree can the maintaining of BOTH scorecards be transferred to another player in their rink. i.e. both cards MUST be at the same end of the rink at all times and checked throughout the match. At the end of their match, each skip MUST ensure that both cards show the same result and then sign both cards, thereby showing they have performed this check. They MUST also record the time the game finished on their card. Adhering to these rule will cut out the anomalies that have been occurring lately and putting us at risk with penalty points being deducted.  Also. would you please annotate any tied ends with the letter "T" to avoid any confusion with the cards.
 
Sun 26 May 24
 
 
 
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 50 (2) Leigh Park Red (10) Star lost their second consecutive home match last night rather disappointingly.  With the victory in sight and a 3-shot lead going into the final end the result was turned on it's head when Alan New's rink had a nightmare of a last end when losing 6-shots to finish 13-21 in arrears and with it the match. It was a shame for this rink as they had fought back from a 9-shot deficit to reduce the arrears to just 2-shots only to fall away at the last hurdle.  Although Rob Lewsley and his men won by a good score of 26-15 they can count themselves unlucky that it was not by more with the "Parkers" skip saving a number of shots which avoided a much heavier defeat.  Russell Durham's rink was in with a chance to achieve a win in their match but a stronger finish by the away team ended in a loss for our lads 13-21.
 
Thur 23 May 24
 
 
 

Division 3 Result

Waterlooville 99 (14) Star & Crescent 61 (2) Whilst it was disappointing to lose our first away game of the season, Waterlooville's all-weather surface is likely to be one of the more trickier greens we play on this year.  There were some battling performances but letís start with our only winning rink on the night. Alan Newís boys deserve a pat on the back, coming from 13-17 down with only 2 ends remaining to then pick up 10 shots, and win 23-17. Geoff Dyers rink (with a strong Welsh influence) had a topsy turvey game and in spite of winning the final 3 ends, closed the gap but still lost 16-18. Steve Sprake's rink was looking reasonably comfortable at the half way stage, leading 8-7 and bowling well. However the opposition got the jack and brought the mat up and from then on it was a struggle. Although it was 9 ends each they managed to lose 13-24. Russ Durham's four were up against Waterlooville's strongest rink and were always going to come off 2nd best. Unable to get into the game until the 8th end, they just left themselves with a mountain to climb trailing 0-26. Although they won 7 of the last 11 ends, the scoreboard still made horrific reading, losing 9-40. So we will brush ourselves down, learn from the experience and get back on track, home to Pembroke next week.

 
Sun 19 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Leigh Park Red (home) on Wednesday 22nd May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

T Nutland

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

 G Dyer

 

Three

S Sprake

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

    Reserves: S Greenwood & R Dennison  
Division 3 match against Pembroke Gardens (home) on Friday 24th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

G Davies

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

J Bell

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

K Hudson

 

Two

W Ames

Three

P Willis

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

B Weaver

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

S Sprake

    Reserves: T Portch & T Nutland   
Combination Division 2 Result
Milton Park Black 43 (2) Star & Crescent 72 (10)  Star dominated this away match from the start and were relentless throughout and well deserved their victory. Captain Alan New's rink led the way and only lost 5-ends when winning 30-10.  The rink included Kevin Hudson who made an encouraging debut for Star.  Russell Durham's quartet were never in trouble and were the other winners on the night with a 26-15 success.  Despite winning more ends than the opposition, Robbie Dennison's four paid the price for dropping a 6-count (avoidable) on their way to losing 16-18.  With our bad record of not performing very well when travelling, it was great to get off the mark with a victory in our 1st away match.  Long may it continue!
 
Rearranged Match
Please note for your diaries.  The postponed Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) that should have been played on 1st May has now been rearranged for Monday 1st July.  Unfortunately, this means that we are also playing Naismith again on the Wednesday of that week.
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
What a terrible week for our players in the county competitions with no successes to report although Richard Cunnington came very close in the 4-wood singles but lost out on the smallest margin of 20-21 to Brian Cherry (Milton Park).  Also in this competition Tony Portch lost at Denmead to Mike Wright 5-21. It was not a good week for Tony who also lost in the2-wood singles to Dave Brown (Milton Park) 2-20. Both our triples were on the wrong end of success; Stephen Greenwood, Russell Durham & Alan New travelled to Gosport where they lost 14-21 to Neil Butler whilst Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake found the going tough at Northern Parade when losing to Steve Feilder (Alexandra) 7-17.  To cap off a bad week, Stephen Greenwood, Robbie Dennison, Alan New & Steve Sprake were thrashed at Priory by ex-Star man Adrian Snook
 
Sat 18 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Combination Division 2 match against Milton Park Black (away) on Wednesday 15th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

 M Ward

Two

T Nutland

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

K Hudson

Three

A New

 

Three

R Cunnington

 

Three

C Lihou

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

B Weaver 

    Reserves: P Willoughby & P Willis   
Division 3 match against Waterlooville (away) on Friday 17th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

 

Lead

R Philbrick

Two

P Wright

 

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Dennison

 

Three

P Willis

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

A New

 

Skip

R Durham

    Reserves: T Nutland & K Hudson   
Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 35 (1) Waverley Red 50 1/2 (11) Not the result we wanted.  Despite playing against a team a man down, Star failed to rise to the challenge against the strong Waverley side and were well beaten.  The only crumb of comfort was the point gained by Robbie Dennison's rink who managed to draw 14-14 though truth be known in all honesty it should have been a win and 2-points after a very good start was lost. Rob Lewsley's men just missed out on a rink victory when playing against the depleted rink.  After the opposition had the mandatory 25% shots subtracted, the home team needed to win the last end to secure the rink points.  Unfortunately, it was the men in maroon who won the end and the 2-points by 131/2 - 11 .  Russ Durham's foursome were outshone by the bowling of the Waverley skip, Barry Starks, and suffered a loss of 10-23.  The good news was the promising debut of Wayne Ames who had a fine game.
 
Division 3 Result
Star & Crescent 89 (14) Gas Social 56 (2) So, it was a good start to our 1st season in division 3, with a comfortable win over Gas Social 89-56, winning on 3 rinks which meant a points tally of 14-2. Lets  start with Geoff Dyers rink who kept it tight throughout and in spite of winning 10 of the 18 ends and picking up a 3 on the last, just lost 17-19. Alan New's rink had a tough first half and then accelerated away to win 20-11, only losing 5 ends in total. As always Rob Lewsley came out all guns blazing, picking up 7 shots on the 6th end and although holding a 4 on the 17th, their skip moved the jack and we went 5 down. They did however hold on for a 26-18 win. Finally, out on rink 6, Steve Sprake's boys enjoyed the evening sunshine in what was an all round good team performance. Everyone played their part in the 26-8 win and having kept the pressure on right from the start, it was the 10th end with the score at 20-0 before the opposition managed to get on the scoreboard. A point worth mentioning, however and without being too negative, our old failings of leaking shots at the business end of matches arose again as illustrated on the 17th end when 3-rinks managed to drop 12-shots, which in a tighter game could have cost us the win.
 
P&D Competitions
The draws for the 2024 P&D competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches involving our players.
 
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The county competitions got underway this week with the pairs, now on a fixed date.  It was mixed fortunes for our pairs with the only success being Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake who beat Vic Phipps (Alexandra) 21-16 whilst Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer lost out to Nathan Hanley (Purbrook Heath) 11-19.  A preliminary round of the triples saw Geoff Dyer, Robbie Dennison & Steve Sprake proceed to the next round without bowling a wood when their opponents from Lee-on-the-Solent conceded the match.
Sat 11 May 24
New Members
We are very glad to welcome two new members to the club Wayne Ames & Kevin Hudson - two very good prospects for the future.  We hope they enjoy their time & bowls with us.
Team Selection
After a belated start, the first team's league matches gets underway this week resulting in 2 games per week from now on for our bowlers.  The teams' selected for this weeks encounters are shown below but may be subject to change depending on medical & availability matters:
Combination Division 2 match against Waverley Red (home) on Wednesday 8th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

P Wright

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

S Greenwood

Two

R Wallbridge

 

Two

W Ames

 

Two

R Cunnington

Three

B Weaver 

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

P Willoughby

Skip

R Dennison

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 M Ward

 Reserves

K Hudson

Division 3 match against Gas Social (home) on Friday 10th May starting at 6.00 pm

Rink 1

 

 

Rink 2

 

 

Rink 3

 

 

Rink 4

 

Lead

S Greenwood

 

Lead

R Philbrick

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

R Newman

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

P Willis

 

Two

B Weaver 

Three

C Lihou

 

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

R Durham

 

Three

R Dennison

Skip

S Sprake

 

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Lewsley

 

Skip

A New

T Nutland

 Reserves

R Wallbridge

Club Pairs Competition
Yesterday, for the first time since 2012, the club pairs competition was played.  With 16 bowlers participating (including our new members Wayne & Kevin), the pairs were randomly drawn and split into two leagues with each pair playing on a round robin basis of 7-ends per match with the winners of each league contesting the final. Games were evenly matched (well most) with no pairs losing all their matches but with no team winning all their three matches.  The winners of each league were finally decided by shot difference with Martin Ward / Stephen Greenwood & Wayne Ames / Andy Lord coming out top in their respective leagues. The final itself was a very tight match with no more than 1-shot scored on each end.  With the match all square on the last end and facing defeat, Stephen bowled an outstanding wood (under pressure) & drew the shot to win the match 4-3 although Andy was not far away with his last wood in snatching the championship.  The winners of the competition were presented with the Davis Cup which now sits proudly on Martin's mantelpiece.  Many congratulations to all the competitors especially the finalists, who took part in making this a successful rebirth of the competition. Many thanks to John Bell for stepping in as substitute at the last minute to complete the pairings & ensuring the pairs went ahead. In his first competition, Colin Lihou must also be congratulated in ensuring this competition was resurrected and ran smoothly  which resulted in a successful day and was enjoyed by all.  The weather helped of course. Let us hope that this pairs comp can now be a regular annual fixture on our calendar.  Photos and results will appear on this web site at a later date not too far in the future.
Sun 5 May 24
 
 
 
Team Selection
Once again there is only one game this week and that is the in the combination league.  As of last week there is an overload of players available for this game. The aim of the selectors is to ensure that everybody who missed out last week will play this week which means some players will miss out.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Naismith (away) on Wednesday 1st May starting at 6.00 pm is:

Rink 1

     

Rink 2

     

Rink 3

 

Lead

M Ward

 

Lead

T Portch

 

Lead

D Boulter

Two

C Lihou

 

Two

R Cunnington

 

Two

A Lord

Three

P Willoughby

 

Three

S Sprake

 

Three

A New

Skip

G Dyer

 

Skip

R Durham

 

Skip

R Dennison

 S Greenwood

 Reserves

T Nutland

Combination Division 2 Result
Star & Crescent 55 (12) Rowner 45 (0)  Despite having to reshuffle the team prior to kick off due to 3 withdrawals, the team got off to the best possible start with an all rinks victory over a strong Rowner side.  The team came storming out of the traps and quickly  established a 12-shot lead but by the 15th end this lead had vanished and then it was anybody's game.  However, an excellent finish by all rinks secured the win for the home team.  Rob Lewsley's rink scored a 5-shot count on his penultimate end to win 20-14.  Robbie Dennison's four also left it late and also scored 5-shots this time on the last end to win 17-15 despite losing 9-ends on the trot midway through the match. Russell Durham's match swung to and fro before getting over the line 18-16 in a tight game.
 
Club Pairs
The competition will now take place on Saturday 4th May. It was hoped that a total of 16-players would wish to play but unfortunately this number fell disappointingly short with only 12-players willing to compete.  Pairings will be drawn randomly this Tuesday, with each team consisting of a front end and back end bowler.  Format to be decided.  There will be a nominal entry charge similar to the club's singles competition of £1.50 which will cover the costs of medals for the lucky winners.
 
Thur 25 Apr 24
 
 
Team Selection
For the first combination league match of the season, the selectors were faced with an overload of players available to choose from. (If only it could be like this every week throughout the season). Obviously, with only 1 match next week & only 12 places up for grabs some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. For those players that werenít selected, you can be assured that they will be playing in the next  match.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Rowner (Home) on Wednesday 24th April starting at 6.00 pm is:

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