County v Herefordshire Sunday 10th February 2019

This fixture saw the county playing against Herefordshire at Daventry in the ESMBA end of seasson inter county knockout series. The county lost by 16 points to 24, Session  1. saw four losses but there were only a further four losses from the remianing 12 matches played representing a considerable fight back by the county, although they could not compensate for the disappointing results in session  1.  The county scored 174 shots with Herefordshire scoring 214.

Session  1.  Both singles and pairs teams lost their matches.

Session 2.  A much better performance from the triples and fours teams. Richard Payne’s triples team won eight of their thirteen end match and led throughout, eventually winning 18-9. Caynan Dredge’s triples team went into the lead in the fouth end and with three ends each yielding four shots they were comfortable winners 19-10. Richard Danks’ fours team fought hard in this evenly contested match and drew  8-8. Terry Clifford’s team were narrowly beaten 9-12

Session  3.  An imprroved performance in the afternoon’s session. Jonathon Smith got off to a flyer with four shots off the first end of his singles match. He continued in fine form and led throughout the match winning by 15 shots to 8. Unfortunately Jim Tingle lost his singles match. Malcolm Saunders and Richard Rose performed confidently and consistently in their afternoon triples match, leading throughout, winning 10 of the 15 ends, and running out winning 12-8. The second pairs team lost their match.

Session  4.  Another strong performance by Richard Payne’s triples team who were level with their opponents after 6 ends, but then powered ahead to win by 14 shots to 9. Cayman Dredge’s triples team also put in another strong performance, went into the lead after the 3rd end and ran out winning by 18 shots to 6 which included five shots off the 7th end. Richard Danks’ fours team had another evenly matched competition, again hard fought, and again ending in a draw  –  this time  9-9.

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County squad for Sunday the 10th February

The county squad for the fixture against Herefordshire to be held at Daventry on Sunday the 10th February is shown below. This fixture is the first in the end of season inter county knockout matches. The winners will go on to play Buckinghamshire in the quarter finals.

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News from the ESMBA

The following information has recently been received from the national association :

Inter county competition 2019/20  –  Worcestershire will be included within a group together with  Herefordshire,  Northamptonshire,  and Shropshire  –  dates to be announced in due course.

National finals 2019  allocations  –  Singles  2  –  Pairs  1  –  Triples  2  –  Fours  2  –  Mixed Fours  1  –  Over 55s Pairs  1.

Inter county knockout 2019  –  Worcestershire have been drawn against Herefordshire on Saturday 9th February with the winner of that match playing against Buckinghamshire the following weekend.

Dining arrangements at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Club

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.