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County v Herefordshire – Sunday 12th January 2020

This home fixture saw the county have a resounding win over Herefordshire by 29 points to 11. This included taking the maximum  8 bonus points available. This was a great achievement particularly  as the county lost all four  matches in session 1. With a further win in session 2, Herefordshire were 10 points to 6 ahead at the half way stage. A very strong performance by Worcestershire in the afternoon sessions saw Herefordshire only gaining one further point with Worcestershire winning 7 and drawing one of the 8 matches played.

Worcestershire are now second in the group table on 118 points with Herefordshire, now having completed all their matches, on top with 142 points.  Worcestershire play their final match against Shropshire at Bromsgrove on the 19th January.

Session  1.

A bit of a shock for everyone this session with both singles and pairs teams losing.

Session  2.

A much better session for the county. Alan’s triples team started strongly and were 8-0 up after four ends. Then followed four ends when they only managed one shot but with 7 shots off the final five ends they were worthy winners by 16 shots to 4, having led throughout the match. Richard’s triples team also led throughout the match, winning eight of the thirteen ends played. They ran out winning by 12 shots to 9. Maureen’s fours team lost  but Malcolm’s team won in a very hard, low scoring and closely fought contest. The team was down 4-5 after the 8th end, but with very determined play by the team they won the final three ends running out winning by 8 shots to 5.

After session 1 the county were down 0-8 and following a much better 2nd session were down 6-10 at the halfway stage.

Session  3.

A strong performance throughout saw Cayman leading throughout in his afternoon singles match to win by 14 shots to 9.  Johnathon also led throughout his singles match and with a similar strong performance won by 16 shots to 9. In their pairs match Leah and Sean took the  lead in the 5th end and maintained that lead for the rest of the match. They were comfortable winners by 18 shots to 11. In their pairs match Jenny and Richard rushed into a 12-0 lead after the 6th end. The next 9 ends saw both teams scoring 8 shots with the final result being a convincing win for Jenny and Richard by 20 shots to 8.

Session  4.

Alan’s triples team narrowly missed winning their afternoon match and had to be content with a 10-10 draw. Richard’s team romped through their triples match winning 10 of the 13 ends.  Consistently high scoring saw them running out winners by 22 shots to 4.Jim’s fours team were down 7-8 going into their final end, With a magnificent four shots off this final end they won the  match by 11 shots to 8. Malcolm’ team ensured that their afternoon fours match was a high scoring event, ( a total of 30 shots off 11 ends ). The team scored 7 shots off end No. 2 and 6 shots off ends 7 and 8. The team had a very comfortable win by 25 shots to 5.

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

 

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 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 :

 

 

 

County v Northamptonshire – Saturday 9th November 2019

This home fixture saw the county win it’s third match of the 2019-2020 ESMBA inter county competition. They beat Northants by 22 points to 18, winning eight of the individual games played and drawing two. This gave the county 18 match points with a further two bonus points for the Singles and for the Triples matches.

Session  1.  A very quiet start to Sean’s opening Singles match as he went into a 4-0 lead after five ends ( “one tied end” ).With four shots taken off the seventh end he went into a strong 8-1 lead, – a late surge by his opponent was not enough to prevent Sean winning 15-9. Johnathon had a similar start in his opening Singles match and was 9-1 up after seven ends. Four shots from end No. 8 by his opponent reduced this lead and further successes saw Johnathon lead only by 11-10 going into the final end. Johnathon finished very strongly by taking the maximum 4 shots from end No. 15 to win by 15-10. Leah and Richard narrowly lost their Pairs match with Dave and Malcolm drawing 12-12 in their strongly contested game.

Session  2.  Richard Payne’s Triples team narrowly lost but Alan’s team having led throughout their  game won by 15 shots to 10. Both Fours teams lost their games.

Session  3.  In the afternoon session Sean once again prevented his opponent from scoring until the sixth end, at which point Sean was leading 10-1. Although his opponent put in a strong performance later in the game Sean went on to win his second match of the day by 16 shots to 12. Johnathon narrowly lost his game. In their afternoon game Leah and Richard, in a closely fought contest, led throughout the 15 ends to run out winning by 13 shots to 11.  Dave and Malcolm in their afternoon game got off to a poor start and were 0-7 down after four ends. With a switch of lead/skip they dramatically changed the game winning seven of the next eight ends. With scores level at 12-12 at the beginning of the final end tensions were high. In the event this final end was tied leaving Dave and Malcolm with their second 12-12 draw of the day.

Session  4.  Richard’s Triples team were in the lead from the third end until their opponents drew level in the 12th end at 11-11. The final end saw Richard’s team get that all important shot to win 12-11. Alan’s team had another  very successful match and won their second match of the day by 12 shots to 7.. Keith’s Fours team lost but Terry’s team in a very close and hard fought match led throughout to run out winning by 11 shots to 9.

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