The County was narrowly defeated – 17 points to 23 – in a hard fought contest. This was a disappointing result after a generally strong performance by the squad. The county scored a total of 176 shots against 194 points by West Midlands.
During the morning session both Singles players lost their matches, but there were wins for both Pairs, with Johnathon Smith and Anthony Ruddy having a comfortable result winning by 15 shots to 12. Trish Clifford and Richard Rose won their Pairs match easily by 17 shots to 7. Both Triples teams lost their matches but in the Fours, Steve Tyler’s team had a handsome win by 13 shots to 3. Terry Clifford’s Fours team also had a comfortable win by 11 shots to 7. At the halfway stage the County and West Midlands were equal on points with the County having scored 89 shots to 90 shots by West Midlands.
During the afternoon, Jim Tringle won his Singles match very comfortably by 17 shots to 9 with Richard Tulbert unfortunately losing. In the Pairs Johnathon Smith and Anthony Ruddy lost their match but Trish Clifford and Richard Rose won their match by 13 shots to 11 after a hard fought finish. In the Triples, Mark Bourne’s team lost by 1 shot in the last end to lose by 11 shots to 12. Malcolm Saunders’ Triples team won convincingly by 20 shots to 11 after being 2 shots to 9 down early in the match. Both Fours teams lost their matches.
Results for each of the teams is shown below :
After a strong start by the County in the morning session, leading by 9 points to 7 at the break, the afternoon session was disappointing with the County eventually losing by 13 points to 27. In the morning session Jim Tingle got off to a good start winning his Singles match by 19 shots to 6 and Richard Hulbert had a draw 13 – 13.Trish Clifford and Richard Rose won their Pairs match in fine form by 18 shots to 9, but unfortunately Tim and Keith Mills lost their Pairs match 9 shots to 22. Both Triples teams lost in the last end of their respective matches by one shot.. In the Fours, Steve Tyler’s team won by 11 shots to 6 and Terry Clifford’s team won by 11 shots to 7.. Overall a satisfactory morning’s session.
Fortunes changed in the afternoon. The County’s only success was a fine performance from Mark Bourne’s Triples team who won their match by 17 shots to 9. After such a fine start in the morning there was considerable disappointment about the end result.
The County squad for the match against West Midlands is shown below : This is a home fixture at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowls Centre.
The county squad for the away match against West Midlands is shown below :