County v Gloucestershire 30th September 2018

This home fixture against Gloucestershire was the first leg of the 2018/2019 Two Shires Competition. Gloucestershire won by 26 points to 14, having won ten of the individual matches and gaining six of the eight available bonus points. Worcestershire scored 179 shots compared with 211 by Gloucestershire.

Session  1.   Both Jim Tingle and Johnathon Smith won their opening singles matches  –  both with a two shot advantage. Jim shot into the lead and was 11-1 up after the 5th end. His opponent fought back strongly and scores were level at 14-14 going into the final end of he match. Jim kept his nerve and won this last end by two shots. Johnathon Smith was level with his opponent  11-11 after the 12th end and with a total of four shots off the 13th and 15th ends ( compared with two shots off the 14th end by his opponent ) Johnathon won 15-13. Both pairs teams lost their matches

Session  2 .   In the triples, Trish Clifford/Sandra Felton/Cayman Dredge were marginally ahead for most of their hard fought match. Scores, however, were level going into the last end, but the Worcs. team kept their nerve and won the end by two shots to win the match 13-11. Keith Mills triples team lost their match. Alan Walters’ fours team were either behind or level with their opponents for the first 8 ends  ( 7-8 down after the 8th end ). Winning the 9th end by 3 shots and the 10th end by a massive 6 shots, the team rocketed to a 16-9 win. Terry Clifford’s fours team narrowly lost their match 10-12.

Session  3.  Except for the first end Johnathon Smith was ahead of his opponent for the whole of his singles match. With a very strong and consistent performance Johnathon comfortably won by 17 shots to 8. Jim Tingle lost his singles match. In the pairs Pete Forster and Malcolm Saunders had a hard fought match with their opponents. They won 9 of the 15 ends in the match but with strong opposition scores were level 11-11 after the 13th end. Both Pete and Malcolm held their nerve and with a strong performance by both of them they took two shots off each of the final two ends to win 15-11. Dave Grove and Leah Arthurs-Thompson lost their pairs match by the narrowest of margins  11-12.

Session  4.    A disappointing session for the home team with both Triples and both Fours losing their matches.

A summary of the results is shown below  :

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County V Gloucestershire 30th September 2018

The county squad for the home fixture against Gloucestershire on Sunday 30th September is shown below  –  this is a two shires competition :

Squad to arrive at 9.30am for a 10.00am start.

Singles   –   Mats 2 & 3   -Jim Tingle

Singles   –   Mats 1 & 4   –   Johnathon Smith

Pairs       –   Mats 3 & 2   –   Pete Forster & Richard Rose

Pairs       –   Mats 4 & 1   –   Dave Grove & Leah Arthurs- Thompson

Triples    –   Mats 1 & 4    –   Rachel Skye Wesson/Maureen Tingle/ Keith Mills

Triples    –   Mats 2 & 3    –   Trish Clifford/Sandra Felton/ Cayman Dredge

Fours      –   Mats 3 & 2    –   Carol Arnold/Tony Crowley/Richard Danks/ Alan Walters

Fours      –   mats 4 & 1     –   Jenny Gibbs/Anne Hough/ Avis Beddow/Terry Clifford

Reserve   –   Chris Allen



County v Northamptonshire 19th August 2018

Northamptonshire came to Bromsgrove on the 19th August for this friendly pre season match, a match which  Worcestershire won by 22 points to 18 in a closely fought competition. Worcestershire scored 231 shots with Northamptonshire scoring 172, in a competition which saw the home county winning eight of the individual matches and drawing two out of the sixteen played.

Session  1.    Mixed fortunes in the opening Singles matches with Jim Tingle winning his match 15-10, having been in the lead for 13 of the 15 ends played.Richard Payne’s match was very tight with scores level going into the last end. With a two shot deficit in this final end Richard narrowly lost 13-15. In the Pairs there were two impressive wins. Peter Forster/Richard Rose took the lead in the sixth end and then maintained this lead for the rest of the match, winning nine of the fifteen ends played, to win comfortably 16-9. Dave Grove/Leah Arthurs-Thompson took the lead in the seventh end and continued this lead, winning nine out of fifteen ends to finish winning by 15 shots to 10.

Session  2.   Keith Mills’ Triples team were virtually level with their opponents throughout most of their match which ended as a draw 11-11. Although only winning four  of their thirteen end match, Cayman Dredge’s Triples team only lost narrowly 12-14. In the Fours, Malcolm Saunders’ team were ahead of their opponents in nine of the eleven ends played. The team won the first end by five shots, quickly countered by their opponents scoring four shots in the second end, Thereafter in a hard fought match Malcolm’ team took four shots off the last four ends to win 12-10. Terry Clifford’s team were also ahead of their opponents in nine  of their eleven ends to run out comfortable winners  by 13 shots to 7.

Session  3.   Again mixed fortunes for the Singles but this time a win for Richard Payne, and a narrow defeat for Jim Tingle 11-14, Richard won eleven of his fifteen end match and was in total control of the match throughout. Except for one end when scores were level, Richard led throughout the match and went on to win by 18 shots to 11. Both Pairs teams won giving them a 100% success for the day. Between them they won 23 of the 30 ends played, scoring 46 shots against the oppositions reply of 11 shots. Peter Forster/Richard Rose romped away from their opponents winning 12 of the 15 ends played ( it was not until the 8th  end  that the opposition managed to get one shot ). Peter and Richard finished by winning by a massive 26 shots to 4.

Dave Grove/Leah Arthurs-Thhompson also had a very successful match winning 11 of their 15 ends played  After the 8th end scores were level and the match had every indication of being hard fought. Dave and Leah then went on to win 6 of the remaining 7 ends, scoring 14 shots to their opponents 1 shot, to win by an impressive 20 shots to 7.

Session  4.   Two very hard fought Triples matches with Keith Mills’ team narrowly losing 8-9. Cayman Dredge’s team went into the  last end one shot down but managed to win that end to achieve an honorable draw 9-9. Both Fours teams lost their matches.

Results summary below  :

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Diary changes

The county has been informed that Cheshire have withdrawn their “A” team from the 2018/2019 inter county championship. We had an away fixture with Cheshire on Sunday 4th November and a home fixture on Sunday the 18th November. These matches will not now be played but the fixture dates will remain live. The County Captain is investigating the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures for these two dates so all squad members should assume at this stage that county matches will be played on these dates.