Season 9 – Daniel Bonfield’s Dunstable Divisional Drop in Singles

Week 6 of season 9 – record turnout ! Lee Miller the pin Killer was back rinsing it up. The more people that play the harder it is to win good points, but the bigger the pots are. This really is the most competitive league at Dunstable. Every game counts, you can’t hide behind teams mates or handicap.


Lee Bradley finding his level in the championship after an unsuccessful stint in the premiership cleaned up the pots. Bradders had a 247 in game 2 and shot a 782 series.


From week 6 onwards is when the league really takes shape. A bad week by Ben saw Ray Lay climb to the top on 209pts with Anna Yang in 2nd on 199pts and Ben Holkham in 3rd on 194pts – but Ben is a week behind, and once he’s caught up he should be top of the league.


I think this is a first… Martin Fishpoole winning a pot. A slippery little 278 in game shot Martin take the high game pot. High Series – Mark Richardson slowly shot a 892 down on 1 & 2, Joe cooper shot a decent 903 set but winning the high series pot was Lee Miller with a 938 set


Matt Trotter still leads on 244pts with a Paul Loberman on 233pts and Keddie on 230pts – but there’s a whole host of players just behind who have a week to catch up.

Come down next Monday and have a go in this league. You have to be on your game from frame 1 and have to keep it going to the last frame of game 4.

Registration from 7.30pm and we bowl at 8

Matt Trotters greatest hits !

Scout it Trotter

Spawny Trotter

Head pin sent on a trip


Week 5 and after last weeks funky pattern pro’s choice week we reverted back to the house pattern. No newbie’s but a few returners … Martin Stackpoole, finally found his testicles and decided and to have a bowl, and Jamie O’Dwyer whose had his testi’s cut off also turned up.


Two bowlers were going along nicely Ben Holkham and Pete Fyles – but Ben slipped in a 259 last game and that gave him a 847 set for a clean sweep of the high game and high series pot and £30 in his back burner.


At the halfway point in the season now. Ray Lay leads on 177pts from Ben who’s on 172pts, but has played a week less, so effectively is leading, with Anna Yang in 3rd


What a night for Jordan the hit man Hart who shot the highest series of the night with games of 199,257,247,246 for a 947 series and a massive 51pts. High game pot went to Paul Loberman who down on 1 & 2 shot a 267 game in the last game of his 4 game block.


Matt Trotter leads on 215 pts with Lobbers in 2nd 202 and Alan Keddie in 3rd on 188pts – Jordan is having a good season currently sitting 5th in the league having strategically missed the funky pattern week averaging 226 for his 16 games.

This league is the most competitive league at Dunstable and your bowling will improve playing in this league – because you don’t bowl against 1 person you bowl against everyone, every week. You can’t afford a bad game, and there’s no hiding behind teammates or handicap.

If you fancy dropping in, come along next Monday – 7.30 registration for an 8pm start.

Week 4 – and the 4th week of the 10 week league cycle is “pro’s choice / funky pattern week” – We went with the 43ft 2.8:1 pattern the Senior’s recently played on in their European Championships in Denmark.

Pattern is here

The aim for the bowlers was to average over 195 for the men and 178 for the ladies – which is what you needed to of averaged in the European Championships to get into the masters.

No newbie’s this week – but we welcomed back Sarah Hood who came to say goodbye before she heads to her new life in America. And it was great to see Jo Green back on the lanes after a lengthy spell out recovery from Surgery. Oh and we’re less pleased to see the return of Lee Bradley, who just about mustered up enough botheredness to get out of his pit and come bowling.


It was one of them nights where the top point scorers didn’t win any pots. Gary Waghorn scored the most points with a consistent 727 series. But winning the high series pot was Roger Hurst with a 752. High game went to Richard Parker with a 215.


Ray Lay is in the lead on 156pts, with Anna Yang in 2nd on 138 and Richard Parker in 3rd on 125pts.


Again the top point scorer didn’t win a pot ! Basher was imperious shooting a 860 and notching up 50pts. Alan Keddie came straight out with a string of strikes and finished the game one with a 268 for the pot. And he also took the high series pot with a 864. Matt Trotter, Paul Loberman and Joe Green also shot over the 195 average. Which means we’re all amazing !


Matt Trotter leads on 172pts with a 220 average, with Lobbers in 2nd on 159pts and in 3rd now is Alan Keddie.

I’ve created a couple of clips of some of the best shots from last night.–6HmXOfP5AqEFoEh

Week 3 of the drop in singles – welcome a new bowler all the way from Aruba is Luisa Chang…. I know nothing of Aurba, I thought it was what John Fashanu used to shout out on ITV’s Gladiators in 90’s ! Anyway… Aurba is a little island in Caribbean Sea and is actually part of the kingdom of Netherlands … well there you go. Also it looks lovely and has a great climate with average temps always in the 30’s … so why Luisa wants to bowl in Dank Cold Dreary Dunstable on a Monday is a total Mystery… Anyway I’m glad she did. Welcome Luisa


Two Standout performances – One by Richard Parker and the other by Rob Yandell. Richard shot an 808 set and was top scorer on 51pts. But taking a clean sweep of the high game and high series pots was Rob Yandell who shot a high game of 224 and high series of 812. Another worthy mention is our other Dutch National Anna Yang who just missed out on the high game again shooting a 216


The League is kinda taking shape now. Top is Ray Lay on 119pts, with Rob in 2nd on 113pts. Also starting this league cycle well is Laura Fawcett sitting in 4th with a 175 average.


Sukky Gill boom shake the room, opened with a 262 first game… and took the high game pot. There were 3 series over 900 last night. Sukky Shot a 922, Big Mac McPherson shot a 933, but taking the high series pot with a 944 was Matt Trotter.


Matt Trotter now top, with Jordan the Hit Man Hart in 2nd and Paul Lobbers Loberman in 3rd. Some great bowling this season so far.. .the league average is 206.. and that’s despite Mark Secker bowling in it ! The average for the top 6 who have all bowled 12 games is 220.

Next week is funky pattern week… and the plan is to play on the tough pattern the Seniors recently bowled on in their European Championships…For rough idea the pattern is 42ft with a ratio of about 2.5:1

So lets see if we can beat the best wrinklies in Europe – to get into the men’s masters you needed to average 195… And the ladies you needed to of averaged 178

Lets go !



Week 2 – and with the Herts,Beds and Bucks county trials coming up many dropped in to get some practice. We welcomed back Mark Secker Back, Jon Langridge, Mark Richardson who all came and had a sneaky bowl. We had some new comers as well – Jamie Hayes, who puts a ridiculous amounts of rev’s on his ball, both left handed and right handed – sickening ! Kane Bennett an ex Aylesbury bowler came along and had a bowl.  And also dropping in for the first time was Jack Stone – last time I saw him he had a sharp haircut, was clean shaven, white gleaming teeth… now’s he looks like a big grizzly gay bear. He actually reminded me of a lighthouse keeper, who has gone off grid and sings sea shanty’s to keep himself entertained.


Anna was there again trying to grab the high game with a 244 – but Ben Holkham swept in with a 245 to steal the pot from Anna. High series, the level of bowling was really good. Anna Yang with a 762, and James Sone with a 776 – but rounding out a clean sweep of both pots was Ben who shot a 842 and scored 52 massive points. The 2nd highest point scorer was James on 39, so a big week for Ben.


Some brilliant bowling – the league average for the prem last night was 208 but if you get rid of Secker Bag, and Mark who dragged the whole league down with their rubbishness the league averaged 214. High series was won by Paul Loberman with a 929 set. High game two bowlers shot a 268 – Sukky and Big Mac, but stealing the pot on his debut in the Prem after last seasons promotion was Ross Holkham.

This league is becoming a Aylesbury Jardines Re-union league. We only need Ben Hayes, Kevin Taylor, Jane Curling and that kid called Dodge and we would have a full set of ace fliers !

Remember you can catch up on the all the bowling action via the twitch channel

And if you want to enter the county trials for Herts, Beds or Bucks – entry form is here


Here we go again… week 1 of a new season, season 9 !

And we must first start off on a sombre note… we’ve been informed of the sad passing of Brenda the Tortoise. Brenda was Laura’s therapy Tortoise that she got on prescription from the NHS. Brenda was taken young, only 7 years of age. Laura said she was “shell shocked” by Brenda’s sudden passing. There will be a small service at the bottom of Laura’s garden… they tried flushing him down the bog, but it caused a blockage. Laura’s requested that no flowers be sent, but if you want to mark Brenda’s passing in a floral way, then please send lettuce leaf’s as they will be launching a Chinese candle lantern with a lettuce leaf attached to celebrate Brenda’s life… the American military have been notified of the Chinese lanterns and jets are on stand by to shoot them down should they enter US airspace.

Enough of Brenda


A couple of decent games, Ray Lay 225, James Stone 227 – but winning the pot in her final game was Anna Yang who rolled a 232.  High Set went to Ray Lay with a 765, but shout out to the leagues youngest member Alfie Humphrey who had the 2nd highest set and a good 39pts with a 735


3 260 games knocking about… Basher with a 262, Jordan the hit man Hart with a 266, but winning the pot with a 267 was season 8 winner Matt Trotter. High series… well the Hit the Man had a 913, but the majestic Basher Bonfield, his left arm acting as a wand cast his spell over lanes 15&16 as he shot a 959

Right we’ve got less then 2 weeks until the start of the Herts, beds and Bucks county trials – so make sure you’ve entered – click on this link.

And don’t forget to catch up on all the action via the Twitch channel