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