WOKINGHAM Bowls Club opened their 2019 season with a 125-104 defeat to Windsor & Eton, winning on two rinks with one drawn and three lost.

Nicci Evelegh impressed in her first match as Wokingham ladies defeated Reading 64-39, winning two of the the three rinks.

Top triple for Wokingham was skipped by Jill Thorne along with Val Hales-Owen and Sylvia Pearce, who won their game 23-9.

The ladies also downed Tilehurst 46-38, with the top triple for Wokingham skipped by Anne-Marie Murray along with Gen Hughes and Marie Fielding. They won 27-11.

Wokingham men edged out Great Hollands 73-71 on the back of a fine display from the rink skipped by Gerry Deeves along with Alun Hughes, John Balkwell and Barry Woolley. They enjoyed a 22-7 victory.

In a mixed friendly, Wokingham lost 93-75 to Twyford. The top triple for Wokingham was skipped by David Smith along with Alex Thomson and Linda Smith, who won 18-15.

Wokingham are hosting their annual open day at their Reading Road Green on Sunday, May 12.

MARK Smith beat a field of 128 to win the Palmer Bowl at East Berks with a nett 65. The 21-handicapper recorded four pars and two birdies in his gross 86 to beat Carl Johnson (5hcp) nett 67, gross 72 with Terry Edwards (14hcp) third with a nett 69.

Nick Cook (25hcp) won the Saturday Stableford with 44 points, while the runner-up was Joseph Lawton (10hcp) on countback from Kiyan Ducker (6hcp), both returning 38 points.

The men's Midweek Stableford was won on countback by Dan Willis (3hcp) from Darren Murphy (8hcp) with 36 points.

A nine-hole Stableford competition was also played with Jim King (12hcp) returning 18 points to win on countback from Nick Brown (6hcp).

A mixed greensomes was played for the Laura Webb Trophy with Peter Spooner and Jayne Mattey returning 42 points to win by one point from Amanda and Paul Leach.

East Berks ladies competed for the Millennium Salver with Gabi Heuchal (6hcp) returning a nett 66 after a one-over par round.

Runner-up was Amada Bancroft (20hcp) on countback from Christine Moore (36hcp) and Linda Harris (17hcp), who all returned nett 70.

A nine-hole Stableford competition was also played with Patricia Tredray (34hcp) returning 16 points to win by one from Carol Gibbons (30hcp)