Archive | April, 2015

ESMBA / TLH Top Club Competition ( Finals ) 18/19 April

This tournament consists of teams of between 6 and 10 bowlers ( ” Dick’s Devils ” had a team of 6 ), with individual matches consisting of singles/pairs/triples/fours. The finals take place in Torquay

Qualification for this event takes place  during the preceding year with ” Dick’s Devils ” qualifying in July last year.

On the 18th, in the round robin series of matches, ” Dick’s Devils” under the banner of Gilt Edge had a slightly disappointing start to the tournament  scoring 10 points against the opponents 14 . Over the three matches played the Gilt Edge squad scored 87 shots against the opponents 99.  On the 19th in the quarter finals for the “Plate” trophy, Gilt Edge had a comfortable win over Hazelbury Bryan winning the singles, triples and fours matches achieving an overall 7 shot advantage. In the semi finals against Middlezoy of Somerset, Gilt Edge won the singles and pairs matches but lost overall by one shot. No luck this year but almost to the final.

ESMBA National Finals 28/29 March and 9 – 12 April

Bowlers from the county competed in the national finals held at Church Gresley in Derbyshire. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this annual event competing against the best in the country. Unfortunately no honours were achieved.

A snapshot of two of the events is shown below. In the pairs competition held on the 10th Richard Rose and Dave Grove opened well winning their first game in the round robin series by 10 shots to 7. They lost their following two games by 5 shots to 10 and 7 shots to 9. They did not, therefore, advance to the knockout stage of the competition.

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Richard Rose and Dave Grove in action at the National Finals ( Pairs )

In the triples event on the 12th, the county’s  team of Yvonne Payne, Richard Payne and Ian Davis progressed into the knockout stage of the competition, but unfortunately missed out from achieving further progression by a last end victory by their opponents. The second county team of  Richard Rose, Malcolm Saunders, and Terry Clifford started their round robin series of matches with a heavy defeat. Their next two games, however, could not have been different with wins of 10 shots to 3 and 9 shots to 7, the latter game against a strong West Midlands team. The Worcester team were equal on points with two others in the round robin group but could not progress to the knockout stage because of a poorer shot difference.

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Richard Rose, Malcolm Saunders, and Terry Clifford in action at the National Finals ( Triples )