Bowls - Risbygate Masters


2019 Risbygate Masters...another great success

World Bowls star Jamie Chestney from Exeter won the Risbygate Masters Indoor Bowls competition at a packed Risbygate Sports Club on Sunday.

2019 Masters winner Jamie with Club President Bernie Millard

In a top-class final, he took the first set 9-2 against Chelmsford’s James Rippey before Rippey hit back to take the second set 7-4.  Thus it came down to a tie break and Chestney, after winning end one, surprised everyone in the arena by trying to hit a bare jack on end 2.  He missed with his first bowl, but his second attempt struck the jack off the side of the rink.  Rippey drew close to the re-spot, and this time Chestney drew onto the front of the jack.  Rippey’s attempt at a match-saving draw snagged on a short bowl.  It was an enthralling finish to a marvellous day of bowls.

In the semi-finals, Chestney beat Norfolk’s Rebecca Willgress (nee Field) in a tight match on a tie-break while Rippey shared one-sided sets with Ely’s Andy Ware before taking the tie-break 2-0.

Chestney was one of a host of the country’s top bowlers displaying their skills to a full venue.  His journey from Devon was the furthest and others came from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire with a strong contingent from Norfolk.

Disappointingly local interest ended in the first round with Mark Royal, Katherine Rednall (2017 winner), Alan Blowers and Dan Poole all missing out.

Mark won his second set 9-0 but the tie-break went against him.

Katherine narrowly lost her first set then a tied second set was not enough.

Last month’s World Bowls finalist Simon Skelton from Nottingham also had a short day.  He had a brilliant contest with 2018 winner Mathew Orrey (Spalding).   Orrey took the first set by a single shot then recovered in the second to tie the scores and win the match.  Orrey’s hopes ended in a quarter-final tie-break with Chestney.

The quality of the competitors was astounding, made possible by the efforts of Mark Royal and by local sponsors including Pro-Flat, GL Cars, Towergate Insurance, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Greene King and Armstrongs Funeral Service.

Match scores.

First round:  James Rippey beat Dan Poole 7-3, 8-5; Andrew Ware beat Katherine Rednall 6-4, 5-5; Ellen Falkner beat Jamie Walker 10-5, 0-8, 2-1; Tom Segolo beat Mark Royal 7-5, 0-9, 2-0; Wayne Willgress beat Tom Doig 9-7, 6-2; Jamie Chestney beat Alan Blowers 6-5, 9-0; Mathew Orrey beat Simon Skelton 8-7, 6-6; Rebecca Willgress beat Jake Lesley 6-5, 4-7 2-0.  Quarter Final: James Rippey beat Wayne Willgress 6-2, 6-5; Andrew Ware beat Ellen Falkner 9-0, 7-3; Jamie Chestney beat Mathew Orrey 4-6, 8-1, 2-0; Rebecca Willgress beat Tom Segolo 7-2, 9-4.

Semi-Final: James Rippey beat Andrew Ware 2-12, 11-2, 2-0; Jamie Chestney beat Rebecca Willgress 6-5, 5-8, 2-0. 

Final: Jamie Chestney beat James Rippey 9-2, 4-7, 2-0.

Masters Champion Jamie with Mike Bowen and Alan Blowers



2018 Masters ....a great success


Wayne Willgress in action watched by Mathew Orrey.

.An illustrious field of bowlers gathered at Risbygate Sports Club on Sunday for the second Risbygate Masters supported and sponsored by local businesses.

There was much quality and drama with 5 of the 15 matches being decided 2-1 in the tie-break set.  And the drama extended to the last bowl of the day with Mathew Orrey from Spalding producing a fantastic shot to take the title leaving Norfolk’s Wayne Willgress as a disappointed runner-up.  Orrey saved a match lie on end 2 of the tie-break with a brilliant draw and Willgress was a millimetre away with his final effort.  On the third and last end, one bowl remained, Willgress had a perfect position, and Orrey attempted a draw. His line was slightly narrow, but the bowl glided off a front bowl and displaced the toucher of Willgress without movement of the jack.    Nick Armstrong of Armstrongs Funeral Service made the presentations.

In the semi-final, Orrey drew relentlessly against Andrew Walters from Worcestershire.  Walters responded with thunderous drives that restricted the shot count but did not save the game although each drive caused a buzz in the audience.

Home bowler Mark Royal had misfortune against Willgress in the other semi-final.  Uncertain if he would win a measure for the match, he drew a toucher only to fall away and still lose on a measure.

Greg Harlow from Ely, the number 1 ranked player on the World Bowls Tour, lost to Walters.  Other participants included John Price and Jason Greenslade from Wales who fell to Willgress and Royal respectively.  Also deserving of mention is Scott Edwards who out-scored Orrey, but was unable to win their tie-break.

It was a tremendous day of quality bowling and quality competition.

Results - Round 1: Mathew Orrey by Amy Walters 9-1 5-4, Scott Edwards bt Jamie Walker 8-3 5-6 2-1, Andy Walters bt Rebecca Field 6-5 7-4, Greg Harlow bt Marcus Fuller 11-1 9-1, Wayne Willgress bt James Rippey 6-6 8-2, John Price bt Matthew Smith 6-9 8-1 2-0, Mark Royal bt Paul Broderick 6-6 6-4, Jason Greenslade bt Tom Doig 9-3 6-4.

 Quarter-finals: Orrey bt Edwards 6-3 3-9 2-1, Walters bt Harlow 4-4 7-6, Willgress bt Price 9-3 4-6 2-1, Royal bt Greenslade 7-2 6-4.

Semi-finals: Orrey bt Walters 6-2 6-1, Willgress bt Royal 5-6 10-0 2-1. 

Final: Orrey bt Willgress 2-6 7-2 2-1.

 Bernie Millard (Risbygate President), Nick Armstrong (Armstrongs Funeral Service), Mathew Orrey (champion).

Bernie Millard (Risbygate President), Nick Armstrong (Armstrongs Funeral Service), Wayne Willgress (runner-up)

PRE-MATCH Wayne Willgress (Norfolk), Avril Nicholls (marker from Risbygate), John Price (Wales).

PRE-MATCH Mark Royal (Risbygate), Jason Greenslade (Wales)




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