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County v West Midlands – 7th January 2024

This away fixture saw the county losing the match, scoring 13 points to a strong  West Midlands squad total of  27 points. Although disappointing, this result was a marked improvement for the county when compared with the home fixture played on 10th December when the county lost 0-40.

This fixture saw Worcestershire winning 5 of the 16 individual games played and drawing 1. –  the county gained 2 bonus points for a positive shot difference in the Pairs. The county scored a total of 160 shots  ( up by about 60% on the December figure) , with West Midlands scoring 222 shots   ( down by about 27% ).

Morning Session.

Both Singles players had narrow defeats, by only 2 shots in closely fought contests.

In the Pairs, Belinda Gibbs and Terry Clifford took control of their game in the sixth end and finished strongly to win by 19 shots to 13, the county’s first win of the day.

In the Fours Coral Handley’s team took an early lead with 3 shots from the first end. The team continued to lead throughout the game and finished winning by 12 shots to 9.

Afternoon Session

Johnathon Smith drew his closely fought Singles game 11-11.

In their Pairs game Belinda Gibbs and Terry Clifford were slightly behind their opponents throughout 14 of the 15 ends played . End number 15 started with Belinda and Terry down by 8 shots to 9. With an excellent display of bowling they  took the maximum 4 shots from this final end to win by 12-9  –  their second win of the day. Jenny Gibbs and Richard Rose were ahead throughout their Pairs game, and finished comfortable winners by 15 shots to 8.

Johnathon Smith, Malcolm Saunders and Terry Clifford took the lead in their Triples game in the 7th end, having taken 5 shots off that end. They maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the game to win by 14 shots to 8.  This was Terry’s third win of the day.

Summary of the day’s play below :


County v Hertfordshire – Sunday 13th February 2022

This Home / Away fixture was the ESMBA inter county quarter final match following the county ending second  the 2021/22 group series of matches.

The Home squad narrowly lost by 11 points to Herts total o13. The Away squad did not perform quite as well with only two wins from the individual eight games played, resulting in  a score of 4 points to Herts 20. Overall the county lost by 15 points to 33, thus ending their 2021/22 inter county involvement for this season.

County v Oxfordshire 4th/5th December 2021

This was the county’s final inter county match for this season with a home fixture on the 4th December and the away fixture at Oxford on the 5th.

The home squad had a successful day with both singles winning their match. There was one win and one loss in the triples, a win and a draw in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Overall Worcestershire won this encounter by 15 points to 9, scoring 101 shots to Oxfordshire’s 76  –  four wins and one draw from the eight individual matches played.

The away squad drew their encounter with Oxfordshire 12-12 which was sufficient to ensure that Worcestershire was second  to West  Midlands in group 4 of the inter county competition.. There was one win in the singles, two wins in the triples, and one win in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Worcestershire now look forward to competing in the quarter finals of the inter county knockout series in February next year.

County v Gloucestershire – Sunday 31st October 2021

The county had a very convincing win against Gloucestershire on Sunday with both the ” Home and Away Squads” winning by 18 points to 6. The county’s ” Home Squad” scored 87 shots, to Gloucester’s 72 with the “Away Squad” scoring 99 shots to Gloucester’s 92.  –  A very close contest as far as shots were concerned.

Summary of the day’s play is shown below :

County v West Midlands – Sunday 10th October 2021


The following report was prepared before the ESMBA produced their results and group table. They are treating the home/away situation on the same day as separate matches. It makes no difference to the overall situation, except that Worcestershire have now “drawn” one match and lost one rather than just losing one.

This was the county’s first competitive match in the ESMBA’s inter county competition for 2021-22  –  half the squad playing at home with the other half playing at Solihull. The county lost this match by 15 points to 33 with the county scoring 144 shots compared with 217 scored by West Midlands

The county’s home squad shared the honours with West Midlands with both teams having 12 points at the end of the day’s play. There was one win in each of the disciplines  –  Singles/Triples/Pairs and Fours , with the county picking up bonus points in the Triples and Fours, The away squad did not fare as well as the home teams. There was only one win in the Triples and a draw in the Fours. No bonus points were obtained.

A summary of the days play is set out below :