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