News from the ESMBA

The following information has recently been received from the national association :

Inter county competition 2019/20  –  Worcestershire will be included within a group together with  Herefordshire,  Northamptonshire,  and Shropshire  –  dates to be announced in due course.

National finals 2019  allocations  –  Singles  2  –  Pairs  1  –  Triples  2  –  Fours  2  –  Mixed Fours  1  –  Over 55s Pairs  1.

Inter county knockout 2019  –  Worcestershire have been drawn against Herefordshire on Saturday 9th February with the winner of that match playing against Buckinghamshire the following weekend.

Dining arrangements at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Club

All members of the Short Mat Bowling Association, and particularly those who will be competing at Bromsgrove in January in club competitions, should be aware that there will be no catering facilities available at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Club until further notice. The existing caterer has suddenly ceased operations. The indoor bowling staff are attempting to find alternative caterers but until they do so our bowlers must take their own lunch with them until further notice. There will be coffee available and the bar will function as usual.

ESMBA Inter County Rinks Competition

Worcestershire entered into this year’s inter county rinks competition for the first time. The competition took place at Daventry over the weekend of 8th and 9th December. Worcestershire played on Saturday the 8th and were in a group of eight counties playing on that day. – other counties were due to play on the 9th. Worcestershire were drawn to play against Herefordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in a round robin series of matches. Rinks competitions consist of counties playing 4 x fours teams  with the top two counties from each group proceeding to a finals competition which will take place over the weekend of 26th/27th January.The county had a successful day coming second in their group and as a result will go forward to the finals in January.

A summary showing the results of the county’s four teams is shown below  :

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County v Shropshire Sunday 25th November 2018

This home fixture saw Worcestershire beating Shropshire by 24 points to 16, with the home county scoring 210 shots and Shropshire scoring 186. This season has seen the county improving it’s overall performance compared with many recent years with a return to winning form within the ESMBA inter county competition and also in the friendlies against Northamptonshire..

Session  1.  Jim Tingle in his singles match was 0-8 down after four ends, but then went on to “win” the next eleven ends 12-6, but eventually lost 12-14. In a closely contested match Johnathon Smith led from the second end and despite a strong finish by his opponent Johnathon won 17-15. Both pairs teams lost their matches.

Session  2.  Richard Payne’s triples team performed consistently throughout their match which included that ” magic hot shot ” score of six shots in end number 10. They won their match 17-10. There was another strong performance from Cayman Dredge’s team who won their triples match 13-8. In the fours Richard Danks’ team won 10-7 in a relatively low scoring match. Terry Clifford’s team won ten and the eleven ends played and romped home to a very convincing 14-1 win.

Session  3.  In a reversal of session 1 Jim Tingle won his singles match and Johnathon Smith narrowly lost 14-16. Jim led throughout his match and ended up with  a convincing 17-10 win. Both pairs teams lost.

Session  4,  Richard Payne’s triples team competed in a very hard fought match and went into the last end 12-13 down. In a very powerful finish the team won the last end by 4 shots to have an overall win of 16-13. Cayman Dredge’s team were too strong for their opponents and had an easy win by 16 shots to 6. In a high scoring match Richard Danks’ fours team won two of the ends played by 5 shots, and another two ends by 3 shots –  ( their opponents also included a five shot win for one of the ends played ). Richard’s team with a strong performance throughout went on to win the match 19-12. Terry Clifford’s team narrowly lost 9-12.

A summary of the results is shown below  :

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