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County v Gloucestershire – Saturday 20th April 2024

This away fixture at Kingsway Gloucester was the second leg of the 2024  Two Shires Trophy competition. The first leg, played a month ago, saw Gloucestershire take a small two points lead – (  19-21 result ).  The second leg, which again consisted of  8 triples teams playing 11 ends each, saw Gloucestershire increase this lead substantially –  ( 7-33 result ). Gloucestershire retain the trophy.

Overall Worcestershire won 3 of the 16 individual triples games played and drew 1.  They scored 112 shots compared with 204 scored by Gloucestershire.

In the morning session Worcestershire won 2 games and drew 1. Terry Clifford’s team had the best result of the day winning 13-2 . Richard Rose’s team had a comfortable win 14-9 and June Green’s team drew 11-11.

There was one solitary win in the afternoon session – Jim tingle’s team won their match 13-9.

Although disappointed with the result, the Worcestershire squad had an enjoyable day, and it was pleasing to see our youngest bowler, at the age of twelve,  ( Tyler Shuck ) in action once again.  Tyler in action is shown below :


Summary of the day’s play shown below :

County v Gloucestershire – Sunday 10th March 2024

Result of the match  v  Gloucestershire.       Worcestershire 19 points  ( 141 shots ) –  Gloucestershire   21 points  ( 152 shots ).

This home fixture was the first leg of the 2024 ” Two Shires Trophy ” competition with Gloucestershire. The second leg will take place at Kingsway, Gloucester on Saturday 20th April.

The format for the day consisted of 8 teams of triples, playing with 3 bowls, over 11 ends. In addition to the normal 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw, there would be 2 bonus points for each of the four sessions for a positive shot difference.

Worcestershire have seen relatively poor results in recent competitions, but Sunday saw a much improved performance and result. The County only lost this match by 2 points , in a very closely fought competition. They won 7 of the individual games played, drew 1 and lost 8. The County scored 142 shots compared with 151 for Gloucestershire, reflecting the closeness of the competition.

There were a number of new faces for Worcestershire, including in team 6 Tyler Shuck,  aged 12,  many years younger than some of the other members of the squad. This does really emphasise the fact that short mat bowling is for all ages.

Jim Tingle’s team won both their morning and afternoon  games comfortably, having led throughout both games. Richard Rose’s team won their morning game and there were also wins for June Green’s team and Richard Scotford’s team, ending a successful morning’s play for the County, leading at that stage  13 –  7.

In the afternoon session, although not as successful as the morning, there were wins for, in addition to Jim’s win,  Colin Shuck’s team and Terry Clifford’s team.

Summary of the day’s play shown below :

County v West Midlands – Sunday 10th December 2023

This home fixture against a very strong West Midlands squad –  part of the ESMBA regional inter county matches  –  proved to be a great disappointment for Worcestershire, with West Midlands winning all of the individual 16 games played.  There were only three Worcestershire teams  which hinted at success and the possibility of winning their games.  After a disappointing start in the morning it seemed that Jim Tingle’s Fours team could buck the trend with a win. The team were level on 6-6 at the beginning of the 11th end, having drawn level at end 10. Unfortunately the West Midlands team scored 3 shots off this final end to win the game 9-6.

During the afternoon session, Belinda Gibbs/Terry Clifford were 10-5 up in their Pairs game at the end of end 8, but the opposition won a total of 8 shots from ends 10 and 13 to run out winning 18-14.

Richard Payne’s Triples team were leading up to end 8, but with 8 shots from ends 9,10 and 11 the Wes Midlands team eventually won 14-10.