This away fixture saw Worcestershire claiming their best result for many years. In an excellent all round performance the county beat Shropshire by 33 points to 7. They won 12 of the individual matches, drew one , and won all of the eight bonus points available. The county scored 207 shots compared with 164 by Shropshire.
Session 1. Jim Tingle in his singles match waited until the 8th end to take the lead, and went on to win six of the last eight ends of his match to comfortably win 19-10. Johnathon Smith in a very even and hard fought match went into the last end level with his opponent, but won this last end by one shot to achieve an 11-10 victory. In a similar hard fought match Pete Forster and Richard Rose were level 10-10 after the 13th end, won the next end by two shots, and only went one shot down in end 15. They, therefore, won their match 12-11. Dave Grove and Alan Walters performed consistently in their pairs match and despite a a late rally by their opponents ran out winners 12-8.
Session 2. This session saw the county achieve 100% success. Keith Mills triples team were trailing 2-3 after the fourth end but then went on to win the remaining nine ends to win in devastating form 18-3. Cayman Dredge’s triples team had an even contest with their opponents going into the last end level 13-13. They held their nerve to take the last end and win the match 14-13. Richard Danks’ fours team shot into a 12-1 lead after the 7th end and then had a bit of a fright when their opponents scored eight shots in the last four ends. This late rally, however, could not prevent Richard’s team winning 13-9. Terry Clifford’s fours team performed consistently throughout with a rush of blood in end 10, when they won that end by 5 shots.. They won eight of the eleven ends played to run out winning 13-5.
Session 3. Johnathon Smith in his afternoon singles match had another even and hard fought contest. He was in the lead for most of the match and eventually won it 13-11.. Jim Tingle lost his singles match 112-17. In the pairs there was a win for Dave grove and Alan Walters who took the lead in the fifth end and went on to win comfortably 18-7. Pete Forster and Richard Rose lost their pairs match.
Session 4. Two wins, a draw, and one lost match in this session. A last end spurt by the opposition, winning it by 3 shots, prevented Cayman Dredge’s triples team from winning their second match of the day. – they had to settle for a 13-13 draw. Keith Mills triples team narrowly lost 11-13. Richard Danks’ fours team in a low scoring match, were level 5-5 after the 9th end. They went on to win the last two ends to achieve an 8-5 victory. Terry Clifford’s fours team took a commanding lead early in their afternoon match racing to an 11-2 lead in the fourth end – including taking 7 shots off the second end. Although Shropshire came back strongly they could not overtake Terry’s team who were 12-11 winners.
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