County v Northamptonshire _ Sunday 3rd November 2019

The county had a very convincing win over Northamptonshire by 32 points to 8, winning 12 of the 16 individual matches – The 32 point win includes all the 8 bonus point available. The county scored 207 shots compared with 169 by Northants.

Session  1.  Cayman, in his opening Singles match, took the lead in the third end. He maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the match to eventually win by 14 shots to 11. In Johnathon’s Singles match the first half saw him in the lead. His opponent came back sharply in ends 9-11 and then pull level in the 14th end. Johnathon held his nerve to take one shot off the 15th end to win 11-10. Richard and Tim had mixed fortunes in their Pairs match, which saw them winning only six of the 15 end match  –  but  –  with 3 shots off end 4, 4 shots off end 8, and also off end 13, they ran out winners 14-12. The second Pairs team lost.

Session  2.  Richard Payne’s Triples team had a tremendous start to their match and shot into an 18-4 lead after the seventh end. They then rested on their laurels and won only one further shot during which time their opponents scored 9 shots  –  not enough to prevent Richard’s team winning 19-13. Alan’s triples team lost their match. Keith’s Fours team took the lead in the third end, and then maintained that lead in what turned out to be a low scoring match. Keith’s team won 10-5. In another relatively low scoring match, Terry’s team maintained a lead throughout and with the help of four shots taken off the 10th end they ran out winning by 12 shots to 6.

Session  3.  Cayman’s afternoon Singles match had a strange twist to it,  The lead had changed six times up to the 12th end at which point Cayman was 11-13 down. The final three ends saw Cayman take the maximum number of shots possible  –  4 + 4 +4.  An incredible achievement which enabled him to win 23-13. Johnathon narrowly lost his Singles match. In their Pairs match Richard and Tim were leading for the whole of the time ( except end 8 ), and in a fiercely fought contest went on to win by – ( for the second time in the day ) – 14 shots to 12. In their pairs match Dave and Sean went into the lead in the fifth end and with increasing pressure on their opponents went on to win by 16 shots to 10

Session  4.  In Richard’s Payne’s Triples match fortunes were evenly divided up to the 10th end when scores were level at 9-9 With a strong performance in the 12th end when the team took 4 shots, the team and went on to win 14 -10. Alan’s Triples team narrowly lost their match. In another low scoring match, Keith’s Fours team, took an early lead, lost it, took it back in the 9th end, but their opponents then drew level in the 10th end.  Keith’s team, however, managed to  get that important one shot decider off the final end to secure victory 9-8. To finish the day Terry’s team won 8 of their 11 end match, virtually prevented the opposition from scoring, and went on to be very comfortable winners by 14 shots to 3.

Summary of all the results below :

County v Shropshire Sunday 13th October 2019

Worcs. won this away fixture – the first of the season’s ESMBA inter county matches – by 26 points to 14. The county won 10 of the 16 individual games played, with one game being drawn. They scored 212 shots, with 164 being scored by Shopshire. Within the 26 points win was a total of 5 bonus points from the 8 points available.

Session  1.  Cayman was marginally behind his opponent for much of his opening Singles match. With a strong performance in ends 11 and 12 he took the lead to run out winning 14-12. Johnathon in his opening match performed consistently to maintain a lead until the 13th end. A strong performance by his opponent in the 13th and 14th ends resulted in a drawn game 12-12.. Richard and Jim met strong resistance from their opponents in the opening Pairs match. The result could have gone either way but Shropshire managed to to win with a final score of 10 shots to Worcs. and 14 shots to Shropshire. In their Pairs match Leah and Sean were behind up to the 10th end. Their very strong fightback, which started in the 9th end, resulted in them scoring 12 shots in ends 9 – 15, during which time their opponents scored 1 shot.  –  Leah and Sean had a well deserved 16-10 win.

Session  2.  Alan’s Triples team were 5-10 down after the 8th end. They went on to win the next five ends and deservedly won their  match 12-10. Richard ‘s Triples lost their opening match 9-12. In the Fours, Malcolm’s team had a very close and hard fought match, but they maintained their nerve and ran out winning by 11 shots to 10. Terry’s Fours team had a different sort of match  –  with a score not often seen in an inter county competition. They won all their ends to run up a massive 23 shots. Not much more you can say about this match except to congratulate the team on a unique and wonderful performance.

Session  3.  Cayman lost his afternoon Singles match. In his Singles match, Johnathon took control after the 7th end when scores were level at 6-6. Johnathon then piled on the pressure to eventually have a comfortable win 17-8. In the Pairs, Richard and Jim were struggling up to the 5th end when the score was 0-10. Not sure what happened after that but a change between lead/skip may have helped. From the 6th end onwards Richard and Jim scored 14 shots with their opponents scoring only 3 shots with the result that Richard and Jim ran out winning by 14 shots to 13. Leah and Sean narrowly lost 14-17 in their Pairs match.

Session  4.  Richard’s Triples team led throughout their match and romped home winning by 24 shots to 6. This included winning 6 shots off end 5 and 4 shots off end 10.  Alan’s Triples team played consistently throughout winning ten of their 13 end match. They won comfortably 14-3 to complete a very successful day having won both their matches. Malcolm’s Fours team also won their second match of the day. They led throughout the match, and in what was a relatively low scoring competition ran out winning 10-5, having won 7 ends of their 11 end match. Terry’s Fours team lost 7-12.