Bowling at Caversham
Caversham Bowls Club caters for both the competitive and the occasional social bowler.
Our bowlers are often found on the green in their spare moments, playing informal games, or just practicing.
For new bowlers, coaching sessions can be arranged and club bowls and equipment are available for use, before the novice bowler decides to buy his/her own equipment.
We play other local clubs in friendly matches in triples or rinks (4 players per team) format, both at home and away, during the season.
These take place at weekends and also weekday afternoons (Ladies) and weekday evenings (Men).
For many novice bowlers, these games provide the first taste of competitive, but friendly, bowling.
Both the Men and the Ladies compete in the Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association leagues and competitions.
Men’s league games (we have 2 teams) are played on Tuesday evenings throughout the season (Kennet League), while those for the ladies are played on Thursday afternoons, (Thames Valley Ladies League).
For male players aged 55 or over on April 1st of the season, our club also fields 3 teams on (usually) Friday afternoon, in a Triples league, (KLV ).
Caversham bowlers compete against each other for club honours in knockout competitions, which are played throughout the season. We organise singles, pairs, triples and rinks competitions, and these are divided into men-only, ladies-only, and mixed formats.
A novice’s competition is held for players who have never previously won a singles competition.
These culminate in our finals match weekends in early September.
Prizes are awarded at our annual presentation dinner after the close of the season.
Established bowlers also compete in one or more of the Berkshire County or National competitions. These games provide the bowler with the opportunity to play competitive bowls against individuals and other teams from the local area, perhaps progressing to play against winners from other counties, with the ultimate aim of reaching the national finals.
Weekly ‘Points’ competitions
Players sign-in, and teams are organised by drawing lots. At the end of the session, points are awarded to each individual player, dependent upon the game score. At the end of the season, points earned are counted, and the player with the highest total, within each category, wins a prize.
These are ideal sessions for new bowlers to meet other club members, and to play the game in a competitive yet informal and friendly way.
These take place at the following times:
- Ladies, Monday. Arrive by 1.50 p.m. to commence play at 2.00 p.m.
- Men, Monday. Arrive by 5.50 p.m. to commence play at 6.00 p.m.
- Mixed, Wednesday. Arrive by 10.50 a.m. to commence play at 11.00 a.m. (Play finishes by 1.00 p.m.)
There are several special club matches played during the season, enabling all our bowlers the opportunity to get together for fun. Annually, we play the following matches:
- Captain versus Chairman (Ladies)
- Ladies versus Gentlemen
- President’s team versus Captain’s team (Men)
- ‘Crown Green Bowls’ in aid of Charity (Mixed teams)
- Each Bank Holiday, we hold Mixed Competitions where an entry fee includes a nominal amount that enables small prizes to be awarded at the end of the games
- Gala Day (2-Wood Mixed Pairs Competition, which is open to outside club members).