This home fixture against Gloucestershire was the first leg of this year’s “Two Shires Tophy” competition. – the second leg will take place on Sunday 8th December. Worcestershire won this opening match of the season by 22 shots to 18, scoring 227 shots with Gloucestershire scoring 195 – Worcestershire won nine out of the sixteen individual games played.
Session 1. There were narow defeats for both Singles players with Cayman losing 12-13 and Johnathon losing 12-14. In the pairs, Richard and Jim went into the lead in the fifth end, maintained this lead thereafter to run out winning by 15 shots to 11. In the other Pairs match, Terry and Malcolm went into the lead in the 8th end and in a hard fought contest went on to win by 15 shots to 13.
Session 2. Both Triples teams lost. In the Fours keith’s team led throughout to run out winning by 11 shots to 6. Terry’s team were behind for the first 7 ends, level after the 8th end, and with 10 shots off three of the last four ends of the match, won by 16 shots to 12.
Session 3. Cayman lost his afternoon Singles match but Johnathon in a strong performance won his . Johnathon made four shots from each of the ends 3, 8, and 9 which was a major contribution to his 20-14 win. In a game of two parts Richard and Jim made an incedible start to their afternoon Pairs match.They dashed forward into an incredible 15-0 lead after the 5th end. The next 10 ends saw them score only an additional 5 shots, during which time their Gloucestershire opponents scored 15. This was not sufficient, however, to prevent Richard and Jim winning by 20 shots to 15. Although Jenny and and Malcolm, in their afternoon Pairs match, won 8 of the 15 ends played, including 5 of the last 7 ends, they were narrowly beaten 12 shots to 13.
Session 4. A great win for Robin’s Triples team. Their opponents won only two ends ( a total of 2 shots), with Robin’s team rampant to clock up 26 shots for a 26-2 win. In a similar performance, Keith’s Triples team accumulated a very handsome 23 shots with their opponents scoring 3 shots off two ends. Terry’s Fours team had a strong and consistent performance scoring 16 shots off 10 of the 11 end match. This restricted Gloucestershire to scoring one shot off the sole end that they won.
Some very interesting results today but well done to Worcestershire in winning what was a closely run contest.
Summary of the results below ;