County (H) versus West Midlands – 7th November 2015

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  :

Results table 7th November


County ( A ) versus West Midlands 1st November 2015

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.

A summary of the results for each of the disciplines is shown below :results table 1st November


18th October 2015 – County (H) vs Shropshire “A”

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 :

18 oct results table