London & Southern Counties Shield Winners 2021
Yesterday saw our London & Southern Counties Shield team travel to Bounds Green in London to compete in the Shield final for only the second time in the clubs history and the first time since 2008.
The L&SC Shield is one of the oldest competitions in bowls and was first played for in 1887 so to win this in 2021 is a tremendous achievement.
In the final we were up against 2017 champions Camberley from Surrey the match started well and Bletchley took and early lead with the rink Skipped by Gerry Smyth leading 14-4 and the rink skipped by Lloyd Sabatini losing 8-10. Camberley staged a comeback to get within 1 shot at 16 ends but "The Town" showed some bouncebackability to lead by 6 shots with two ends to play. We dropped a 3 on the 20th end to lead by 3 playing the last fortunately our boys held their nerve to pick up 1 shot to win by 4 shots 38-34
Alex Squires Rob McConnell
Jez Maughan Ben Butlin
Dean Brookes Rhys Lee
Lloyd Sabatini Gerry Smyth
Won 18-17 Won 20-17
2021 Shield Results
First Round Leighton Buzzard 56-28
Second Round Wolverton Town 43-29
Third Round St Martins 41 -29
Forth Round Newport Pagnell W/O
Quarter Final Luton Town 43-28
Semi Final Kings Chase 48-21
Final Camberley 38-34
A massive thank you to everyone who played in these games during the season especially Graham Line and Gareth Doyle who were our reserves on the day. Lastly to our supporters not just yesterday but during each round this is very much appreciated.
London and Southern Counties Pairs.
In the afternoon we also had representation in the L&SC Pairs Final, Alex (Sub for Nathan Nimmo) and Ben Butlin took on a pair from Reading Bowls club and they were victorious 22-17.