Westbrook Mixed Triples League

NEWS AND SOME VIEWS (see below for History and Principles of the League)


9th Sept. 2018, Mere are back as Champions


You just cannot keep them out of the Limelight; Mere have won the League Championship of 2018. This title. their nineth, has come after relinquishing the coveted prize last year to Sherfield English. Mere were 13points clear of Runners-Up Sixpenny Handley, a fair margin having lost only four matches throughout the season.




24th August, Wilton Gala Day Winners HATRICK


Wilton became the Westbrook Mixed Triples Gala Day Winners for the third succesive season, which is incredible considering the vagaries and permutations that make the Gala Day so much fun.

This successful combination of Judith Wibberly, Bob Hayes and Hanabalian Leader, Mike Stone, glided through a final of eight ends against a Sixpenny Handley side skipped by Paul Chalmers.

All expected a winning side to come from Sixpenny Handley as they were more familiar with their artificial surface, but as the teams became use to the pace then the games became more competitive.


Congratulations to Sixpenny who put on a great accomodating venue for the flagship event of the Westbrook League.


More images on PHOTO PAGE.

Mike Stone Celebrates.



28th July, Table update and Results


The results have been updated on the League Table page. Our Result's Secretary submits a summary to the Salisbury Journal every so often and here is his latest report.

"In the Mixed Triples Bowls League Sixpenny Handley went down to Sherfield English and although still retaining top spot Mere are close on their heels having beaten Downton. This loss meant Downton dropped to fourth behind Sherfield who are in third place. Wilton moved off the bottom with a win over Salisbury."


27th July, Tescos Bags of Help for Downton Bowls Club


DOWNTON Bowls Club calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund.

Downton BC is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

DOWNTON BC is one of the groups on the shortlist.



We need the correct equipment to promote the rewarding sport of bowls for the benefit of all the community of all generations, gender and physical ability.


Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and August and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

•The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.

•So far Bags of Help has awarded £52 million to over 16,000 community projects.

•For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


21st June, Secretary for the Westbrook Required


A new Secretary of the League needs to be put in place for the 2019 season. The position will be filled at the AGM next January. The task is not that onerous, but the candididate has to be resonably computer literate as most of the communication is carried out electronically. Any volunteers can contact the present Secretary. This post must be filled for the League to continue running smoothly. The new Secretary will be given all the support possible by their predecessor.


13th May, First Results are in.


Go to the 'League Table and Results' page to see the opening movers in the League, with all teams having played at least one game.


Fixtures all Fixed

The 2018 season run of play has been published on the 'League Table and Fixtures' page. Have a quick run down of where you will be playing and when other Clubs are playing.

You never know you may fancy a relaxing warm summer evening watching someone else doing all the hard work at some other Club.

( 31/4/2018)


Presentation Evening 2017


This year's Presentation Evening at Wilton BC brought together about 40 smiling MTL players form most Clubs apart from Tisbury and Amesbury, who fortunately had the Chairman as an Amebury member to collect their Runners- Up Trophy.


Gala Trophy was presented byPeter Harding, our Chairman to the Gala Day Winners of Wilton.


Sherfield English were presented with the Westbrook League Winners Trophy to a big cheer from the eighteen SE members.


Barmy Bingo then ensued with tricks of swapping the bingo cards around in the middle of a game and winners receiving a prize only after they had correctly answered a quiz question.

Halfway through the entertainment we took partook in the Supper with loads of food brilliantly presented by the Ladies of Wilton.





Sherfield English became Champions after Amesbury failed by two points to have the officials go to shot difference. Amesbury beat Tisbury 8 - 2 which cemented there place as runners up. Well done to both teams for making the title race so exciting.This is the first time SE have won the League, which is not surprising as they only joined Mixed Triples four years ago.



Wilton Bowls Club were the winners in more ways than one at the WMXTL Gala Day. The Club hosted a fantastic day of bowls and entertainment. Twenty Teams competed, from eight clubs; the day being extremely well organised by Wilton which ended with a feast of an American Supper.

Two group winners came through to the Final. These weresides from Downton and Wilton. The weather was comfortably dry all day apart from the final in which the players got a soaking. Wilton on the day wre just to strong for the Downton side and came out 8-3 victors over the eight ends. Well done Wilton.



The Wilton team of Mike Judy and Bob, being presented with the Gala Day Shield by Wilton President Barbara Ansell.




A gap of five points at from the top two of the table has developed with Sherfield English riding high over Mere. There is are still isx weeks left for this to change.

The Gala Day flagship event for the WMXTL takes place on 20th August, so we can all get together and chat about the season during play and the American Supper afterwards - get your entries in.





Sherfield English seem to be doing very well on their new green as they top the table at this early stage, having played five games without a defeat. Things are going so well for them that they have also thrown in a HOT SHOT for good luck.

When they played Salisbury on 16th May the Triple of Pam Possotti, Martin Dovey, and KevinStokes managed to gain all nine shots on one end; this is probably the first time it has been heard of in the WMXTL. Well done to them.








In the 1980's bowls clubs had healthy memberships, unlike today.  New bowlers found it difficult to get competitive games so often only had roll ups and friendly games.  They needed support to develop their game and Stan Westbrook, a bowler with Alderbury, spoke to other clubs and offered a Trophy so these bowlers could compete with like minded player from other local clubs. This led to the MXTL in 1985 and has never looked back.


One of the guiding principles behind the setting up of the Westbrook Mixed Triples League was to provide new / novice bowlers with an opportunity to experience competitive games played in a friendly manner, whilst playing with experience bowlers from both sexes.  


Another key element when the League was established and still maintained today is that all Triples are Mixed, being either two Ladies and one Man or two men ad one lady.


The matches are usually played with four teams from each Club, however if a club has a shortage of either sex they may elect at the beginning of the season to field only three triples for the whole season.


Another benefit of the Mixed Triple League - MXTL - is that it enables husbands and wives to play bowls together, which is not generally the case in competitive games.


The league is made up of teams from S.Wiltshire plus a couple in Dorset and another in Hampshire; there are eight member clubs and the games are played outdoors between April and August.


Games are generally played during the week in the evening - although they may be some afternoon games as well. The League defines the fixtures to be played in a specific week; what day and time in that week is down to the Clubs agreement.


For more information, please contact the Hon. League Secretary - Alan Waters


e-mail: alan.j.waters@hotmail.co.uk