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Coronavirus update

AS AT 18TH JUNE 2020.   –

The home page summarises the county’s current position as far as the impact of the covid19 pandemic is concerned on the county’s activities. Kidderminster and District Indoor Bowling league may get under way again late in October or November. The county’s provisional diary for the 2020/2021 season has now been published including important ESMBA dates. We are all ready to go, subject to the easing of lockdown restrictions and no increase in the covid19 infection rate.

POSITION UNCHANGED   1ST JULY.

POSITION AS AT 24TH JULY.      –     Discussions are currently being held with the Stourport Civic Hall authorities on the arrangements and safeguarding measures that will be necessary to enable the Kidderminster and District League short mat bowling to restart.  Separately the ESMBA is urgently discussing the measures necessary to enable all club and county short mat bowling to restart. Hopefully further information on these matters will be available in the near future.

POSITION AS AT 6TH AUGUST 2020.   –   The ESMBA, through it’s management committee, have now formulated proposals for the restart of short mat bowling at club ,county, and national level. They have produced a “Road Map”  which is set out below and which will now be considered by the county’s officers as they formulate our own local plans. It is obvious that much will depend on how much the covid19 pandemic will influence matters, and of everything will depend of government guidelines. Further information will appear here in due course.

POSITION AS AT 1ST SEPTEMBER 2020   –   Because of the continuing covid19 pandemic, and the precautionary regulations and advice from the government and the ESMBA concerning social distancing, and particularly meetings of groups of people, there will be no restart of short mat bowling in the immediate future. This will affect all county short mat bowlers registered with the ESMBA.

The ESMBA have spent a large amount of time considering the situation and have published documentation on how to proceed  –  Details can be found by visiting   www.esmba.co.uk.

The local situation will be reviewed in November.

ESMBA National Finals 2020

The first National Finals event  –  the Mixed Fours  –  took place at Solihull on the 7th march. Three teams from the county competed  –  ( 1 )  Belinda Gibbs / Dave Grove / Maureen Tingle / Jim Tingle.   ( 2 ) Yvonne Payne / Richard Rose / Sandra Felton / Richard Payne.   ( 3 )  Jenny Gibbs / Trish Clifford / Alan Walters / Terry Clifford.

Belinda/Dave/Maureen/ Jim  had tough opposition  in the round robin series of matches and lost, –  5-7  against an East Sussex team, 5-11 against Norfolk, and 2-7 against Devon.  They did not proceed to the knockout stages.

The two other teams did exceptionally well in the group stages, finishing top of their respective groups. Yvonne/Richard/Sandra/Richard narrowly lost to a team from Dorset 7-8, but won 8-0 against Northants and 10-3 against Hertfordshire.  In the first of the knockout rounds they lost 3-9 to a team from Essex.

Jenny/Trish/Alan/Terry won all three of their group games  –  14-6 against Surrey,  9-5 against North Yorkshire, and 7-4 against Cambridgeshire. In the first of the knockout rounds they lost 3-12 to a team from Avon.

The second National Finals event   –   the Over 55’s Pairs   –   took place on the 8th March, also at Solihull. Two teams from the county competed   –    Trish and Terry Clifford  –  and  –  Richard Rose and Richard Payne.

In the group series of matches, Trish and Terry lost 6-13 to a team from Norfolk, lost 6-8 to a team from Essex, but had a crushing 18-3 win over the team from Wiltshire. Unfortunately they did not make the knockout stages.

The two Richards had narrow defeats of 7-8 against a team from Buckinghamshire, and also Kent, but had a convincing win against a team from East Sussex by 12 shots to 7. Because of a superior shot difference they qualified for the knockout stages but in the first round of the knockouts were defeated by a team from North Yorkshire  4-14.

Because of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, the remaining National Finals competitions have been re – scheduled for the beginning of September.

County v Devon – 16th February 2020

The county were drawn to play against Devon in this preliminary end of season ESMBA inter county knockout series. The match took place in Bristol. Unfortunately the county suffered  a shock defeat by 10 points to 30, which came as a bit of a surprise after a very successful season.  As far as the county were concerned, Jenny and Richard had a very good day winning both of their pairs matches  –  12-11 in the morning followed by a very convincing 20-8 win in the afternoon. This was instrumental in winning  two bonus points, helped by Leah and Sean’s 16-11 morning win. The only other county success was Belinda/Sandra/Richard’s triples win in the morning session by 12 shots to 10.

A summary of the day’s play is shown below  :

County v Shropshire – 19th Janaury 2020

This was the day when the county went to the top of the inter county group table by beating Shropshire by 26 points to 14. The county won nine of the sixteen individual games played and drew one. They earned 2 bonus points for the singles, triples and fours and shared the two bonus points for the pairs. Congratulations to the county squad on a deserved win and also congratulations to all those other bowlers who have played for the county during this season for contributing to the overall successes of the county.  –  the best result for many years.

Session  1.

A mixed morning session with Cayman losing his opening singles match, but with Johnathon winning. Johnathon led throughout and following consistent performance won comfortably by 14 shots to 5. Leah and Sean were very strong throughout their pairs match losing only four of the 15 ends played. They had a very powerful 20 shots to 6 win. Jenny and Richard lost their opening match.

Session  2.

Alan’s triples team had a very close contest with their opposite team, who managed to win the last end by one shot ensuring that the match was an 11-11 draw. Richard’s triples team were also frustrated in the last end of their 13 end game, when the opposition snatched three shots to take victory away from Richard’s team leaving the team down 9-11. Malcolm’s fours team shot into a 6-0 lead after three ends, when at that stage the opposition put up strong resistance. The great start for Malcolm’s team, however,  was sufficient to enable the team to be in front throughout the match running out winning it by 10 shots to 7. Jim’s fours team lost.

Session 3.

Having led for 6 ends Cayman found himself 10-11 down after the 11th end of his afternoon singles match. Cayman then went on to score a massive 14 shots off the last four ends to win by the wide margin of 24 shots to 11. Johnathon narrowly lost his afternoon singles match 10-11. Leah and Sean lost their afternoon match. In their afternoon pairs match Jenny and Richard had led throughout the  match but found themselves level with their opponents going into the last end. With the maximum 4 shots off this final end Jenny and Richard ran out winning by 14 shots to 10.

Session  4.

Alan’s team led throughout their triples match, won 9 of the 13 ends played and won the match comfortably by 17 shots to 9. Richard’s triples team led throughout their match after the second end, won 8 of the 13 ends played, and were winners by 14 shots to 7. Malcolm’s fours team had another great start and were 6-0 up after the second end. They again led throughout the match, maintained their consistency and went on to win their second match of the day by 17 shots to 9. Jim’s fours team led throughout winning 8 of the 11 ends played. they were very comfortable winners by 14 shots to 4.

A summary of the day’s results is shown below  :