This was the County’s first fixture in Group 8 of the ESMBA inter county competition for 2015/2016, and was played at our home venue – Bromsgrove IBC. The County was pleased to start the new season with a win scoring 22 points to Shropshire’s 18
In the morning session both singles players lost by a more or less similar shot difference to a strong Shropshire performance. Tim Mills / Keith Mills and Trish Clifford / Richard Rose won their Pairs matches with a shot difference of 3 and 5 respectively – consistent performances from both teams. Malcolm Saunders’ Triples team had a strong start and although Shropshire fought back they could not overhaul the county who won by 13 shots to 11. Mark Bourne’s Triples team lost by 8 shots to 13. In the Fours Terry Clliford’s team and Steve Tyler’s teams both won by 14 shots to 8 and 13 shots to 9 respectively. Steve Tyler’s team had lost the first 5 ends and were 8-0 down , but fought back stongly to win the next 6 ends coming out winners 13-8.
The afternoon session started with defeats for the two singles players, although Jim Tingle only lost by 1 shot. In the pairs, Tim Mills / Keith Mills won by 1 shot ( 14-13 ) with Trish Cliiford and Richard Rose losing by 1 shot ( 13-14 ). Malcolm Saunders’ Triples team won a hard fought match with the result really being decided in the last end when the county prevailed by 9 shots to 8. Mark Bourne’s triples team lost by 9 shots to 13. In the Fours there were comfortable wins for Terry Clifford’s team( 14-8 – same score as their morning session ), and for Steve Tyler’s team ( 14-4 ).
A table showing all the results and scores follows :