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.
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 :
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 :
The county squad for the home fixture against Shropshire on Sunday the 25th November 2018 is set out below :
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.
Results summary below :