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 :