Archive | October, 2014

County ( A ) versus Herefordshire – 26th October 2014

The county lost its away fixture against Herefordshire scoring 6 points ( 148 shots ) to Herefordshire’s 30 points ( 219 shots).

Worcestershire suffered another defeat,this time away  to Herefordshire. Once again there were several hard fought matches in all groups  –  Singles/Pairs/Triples and fours. Herefordshire managed, however, to have the edge over the County.

There were some successes for Worcestershire – During the morning session Keith Mills’  Fours team won by 8 shots to 6 and in the afternoon session Ian Davis and Trish Clifford had a very convincing win in their Pairs match by 22 shots to 7. Richard Payne returned to winning ways with a 17 shots to 15 win in his singles match.

The results of each of the county teams is shown below :

Worcs table 2 oct 26

County ( A ) versus Gloucestershire – 18th October

The County lost its away fixture against Gloucestershire scoring 10 points ( 140 shots ) to Gloucestershire’s 30 points ( 244 shots ).
During the morning session the Singles and Pairs teams narrowly lost to a strong Gloucestershire performance. All matches were fiercely contested and could have gone Worcestershire’s way. Ian Davis in his singles match was drawing until the last two ends. Richard Payne and Trish Clifford in the Pairs lost on the last end Later in the morning, Richard Hulbert’s Fours team were 9-1 down after four ends but made a strong comeback to go only 1 shot down in the 9th end, eventually losing by 10 shots to 11. There was a win for Terry Clifford’s Triples team in a hard fought match with the team winning by 12 shots to 9. There was also a win for Scott Lambert’s Fours team by 11 shots to 7.
During the afternoon session there were more losses for the Singles and Pairs teams. Scott lambert’s Fours team, however, won their second match of the day by 7 shots to 5 and Richard Hulbert’s Fours team had a comfortable win by 12 shots to 6.

The results of each of the county teams is shown below :

worcs table 18 Oct 2014

County ( H ) versus Gloucestershire – 4th October

This was the County’s first home match of the season, and against a strong Gloucestershire squad, the County put in a much improved performance compared with their opening fixture against Wiltshire. During the morning session Ian Davis won a hard fought singles match by 14 shots to 11 holding off a strong finish from his Gloucester opponent. Richard Rose’s singles match was one of two halves. The first half went badly for Richard but he came back strongly in the second half but could not quite make up the deficit losing  by 7 shots to 18. In the pairs match Keith Mills and Malcolm Saunders were leading for most of the match  but faded during the final few ends losing by 9 shots to 15. Richard Payne and Trish Clifford struggled early in their pairs match but finished strongly, but finally losing by 12 shots to 17.In the triples and fours their were  three wins from the four matches played which reflected well on the morning’s play. Terry Clifford’s triple team were two shots up at the beginning of the last end , but with one bowl remaining Gloucester were holding a two shot lead looking for a draw. Terry played a superb last shot to reduce Gloucestershire’ 11th end  lead to one shot thus winning his match in fine style. Dave Powell ( pairs ) and Scott lambert ( fours ) had comfortable wins in their respective matches

There were some hard fought matches in the afternoon but the County could not repeat its successes of the morning. There were two wins for the county from a total of eight matches, with Scott Lambert pulling off a great shot with the final bowl of his fours match to win 9 shots to 8. Richard Hulbert’s fours team had a very convincing win in his match.

Overall the County scored 162 shots against Gloucestershire’s 201 – a considerable improvement on the County’s match with Wiltshire, with the points score 14 for Worcestershire and 26 for Gloucestershire.

The results of each of the County teams are shown below.

worcs table 4 oct

County ( A ) versus Wiltshire

This was the County’s first match of the 2014/15 season. The Wiltshire venue,a village hall in Seend,Melksham, had an interesting floor. The mats were fast on a hard floor and the County squad took some time to adjust to the unfamiliar pace of the mats .

The first session consisting of Singles and Pairs started badly for the County and during the first few ends the teams were getting the feel of the mats both from the pace of them and the line. This gave Wiltshire a big advantage that Worcestershire could not turn around although the pairs team of Tim and Keith Mills came close. Most of the Worcestershire scores came at the end of their respective games as the teams were getting the feel of the mats.

The County started the afternoon session with a little more confidence. All matches were hard fought but Wiltshire got the better of the County in the end. The Pairs team Tim and Keith were leading until the last couple of ends and in the Singles match Richard Rose led for a while, lost the lead, but pulled back for a draw with the last bowl of his match.

The Triples and Fours teams fared better in the afternoon session, with all leading at one stage with three of the four teams only losing touch at the finish. The County’s best result of the day was the Triple skipped by Dave Powell. A real see-saw match, won by Dave with a fabulous last bowl running shot that changed a one shot deficit to a one shot win .

This was a very disappointing start for the County  with  atotal of 3 points  against  37 points for Wiltshire. The improvement in the County’s performance in the afternoon was marked and the County look forward to getting “revenge” when Wiltshire visit Bromsgrove later this year.

The results of each of the county teams is shown below :

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