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County v Gloucestershire – Sunday 8th December 2019

This was the second leg of this year’s Two Shires Trophy competition which is now a regular fixture with Gloucestershire. Worcestershire won the first leg this year by 22 points to 18 but lost the second leg by  14 points to 26. Gloucestershire, therefore, retain the trophy they won last year by an aggregate of 44 points to 36.

The first session of this second leg saw Worcestershire struggle with both Singles players losing together with one of the Pairs teams. Dave and Malcolm, however, in their Pairs match, were in cracking form. They won the first 8 ends of their 15 end match to go into a 15-0 lead. The opposition scored 3 shots off end No. 9 and only one further shot in the match. Dave and Malcolm powered to a 23 shots to 4 win.

The second session saw Alan Walters team lead throughout the match, winning 8 the the 13 ends, to run out comfortable winners 12-5. In the fours, in a relatively hard fought contest, Terry’s team took the lead in the 7th end and maintained this lead to win by 11 shots to 6.

In the third session both Singles and Pairs teams lost their matches.

The fourth session saw wins for both Triples teams. Sandra’s team led throughout in a closely fought contest. The team ran out winners 14-10. Alan’s team, having led for most of the match, went 8-10 down going into the last end. With an outstanding performance from the team, they took four shots off the final end to deservedly win their second match of the day by 12 shots to 10. In the Fours Terry’s team led for the first seven ends but then went 6-9 down after end No. 9. With six shots of the 10th end and 3 shots off the final end, the team raced home to a 15-9 victory, their second win of the day.

Results summary shown below :

 

ESMBA Rinks Competition – Saturday 7th December 2019

The county entered into this competition, held at Solihull Indoor Bowls Club, for the second year. This is an ESMBA inter county competition with counties entering 4 “Fours” teams. The 7th  of December event was a preliminary to the finals event to be held in February next year. Worcestershire were very successful in winning seven of the eight individual matches played.

There were three groups of counties with three counties in each group, each county playing playing a total of eight individual matches. The top two counties in each group proceeding to the finals in February 2020. ( a further group were playing at Guilford).

Worcestershire were drawn to play against Northamptonshire and Herefordshire, and the results summary shown below clearly show that this was an excellent result for our county, with the county heading the group and now looking forward to the finals next year.

County squads for the 7th and 8th of December

The county has a busy weekend for the 7th and 8th December  –  Saturday 7th December ESMBA  ICC Rinks competition at Solihull Indoor bowls Club  ( B91 3LE ) ( 8.30 arrival for 9.00 am start )  –  Sunday 8th December, the second leg fixture for the Two Sires Trophy against Gloucestershire  to be held at MIDGLOS Indoor Bowls club  ( GLS 4LS ) ( 9.30 arrival for 10.00 am start ).

County squads for these two fixtures are shown below :

 

 

County v Herefordshire – Sunday 24th November 2019

This away fixture saw the county losing it’s first match of the season against a strong Hereford squad. Worcestershire’s squad also found it hard to adapt to the very unique features of the floor/mats. Worcestershire lost by 9 points to 31 with only four wins and one draw from the 16 individual games.

The morning session saw Dave and Richard drawing their Pairs game 15-15. Jim Tingle’s Fours team lost the first end but then went on to lead throughout the remainder of the game to win 13-9.

In the afternoon session, and in a close and hard fought game, Johnathon, in his Singles game was behind for the first 11 ends trailing 9-10 at that stage. With 5 shots from the remaining 4 ends Johnathon ran out winning by 14 shots to 11. In a similar close and hard fought Singles game, Cayman went into the lead in the 10th end and maintained this lead to win 16-14.. The only other success of the day was Terry’s Fours team, narrowly leading for much of the match to run out winning by 12 shots to 10.

Summary of the day’s play is  shown below :