Billericay Bowling Club
Reports - Brentwood
League Match played 19th August, Away Billericay v Clock House
Overall score: Billericay 0 Clock House 9
Time again to thank our committed players and 'permanent reserves' who have persevered through a difficult season for the reasons spelt out before. This match suffered unfortunately from an unusual 'no show' player putting Billericay 3 points down at the start, a great disappointment for the remaining players to overcome on the night.
Ron and Peter effectively had a night off but enjoyed a fulfilling friendly game in great company.
Brian, John and Mel were late starters but finished only one point behind at 15:16.
David, Jim and Norman suffered early in the match, started a come back at end seven but not enough, eventually ending 5 points down in the end at 11:16.
Tony, Winston and Terry P are awarded the wooden spoon this week managing only to win a third of the ends. Result 9:25 against.
League Match played 12th August, Away Billericay v Haynes Park
Overall score: Billericay 2 Haynes Park 7
The score this week did not reflect the overall team achievement. The winning rink this week comprised Norman, Alan and Gordon with a 16:14 victory, a close match throughout gaining 5 shots on the last end against some very disappointed opponents.
Tony, skipping again with our 'of the peg' reserves Nigel and Mike, fought a close battle maintaining a marginal lead through most of the match only to drop a 3 on the last end in the dark. Final score 18:19 down, so close but the whole team played well.
Ron, John and Mel gained an early lead only to be overtaken midway. Recovery occurred with a 3 on end 13 but a full recovery could not be sustained. Score 16:19 against despite a 3 shot gain on the last end, unlucky.
Jim, Winston and Peter had an unusual disappointment never really gaining any traction. Score 13:26 down. Never mind eh!
League Match played 5th August, Home Billericay v Romford
Overall score: Billericay 2 Romford 7
Some misfortune this week and a strong opposition underpinned the final score.
Tony, Jim and Terry P started well and maintained a level score at end 8 and only 3 shots behind at end 13 but then lacked the momentum to regain some points against some accurate straight opposition bowls, final score 15:25 against.
Mel and Winston had some excellent bowls all evening with skipper Rex, dropping only 3 ends during the entire match, one of which though was a five that probably served as an early wake up call. A very satisfying game against a strong Romford triple side that only managed to win 3 of the 18 ends. A well deserved 'team of the night' award. Score 29:8, an impressive win! well done.
Gary, Ron and Norman lead all the way through the match until the opposition levelled the score at 16:16 at end 17, then came the misfortune on the last end dropping one shot on the final bowl recovery. Final score 16:17 down. The 'most unfortunate team of the night' award. Bad luck lads.
Wooden spoon and washing up for Brian, John and Gordon who suffered an arduous journey in this match, never quite gaining traction after a score against of 5 on the first end but never gave up. Good effort against a side second in the top division, final score 7: 25 against.
A match where fortune may have gained another 3 points but not this time. Final shots 67:75 against.
Only three matches remain to be played with renewed vigour next week. Well done.
League Match played 29th July, Away Billericay v Brentwood
Overall score: Billericay 4 Brentwood 5
Alan Tofts apologised at the end of the evening for not winning, amusing at the time but we all know the feeling. Considering our depleted numbers a satisfactory result away.
Tony, Mike and Terry P had a relatively consistent game matching the score of the opponents despite the 'straight wood any wick will do' approach of the opposition number 2. However a 'slovenly' five on end 14 sealed our success to win 17:14. Well done Mike and Terry for a good performance.
An unusual strategy from Gary, Norman and Alan waiting until end 13 to score but too late for a recovery unfortunately on the slow green experienced. Difficult conditions but back to Billericay fast green next week. Score 5:16 against.
Rex, Jim and Winston started very well and established a lead of 14:2 at end 8 with some accurate bowling from Winston and Jim. The opposition fought back and needed 3 shots for victory on the last end. The opposition holding 3 or 4 on the last end, Rex just needed to get one close then managed to get the final shot wood to secure the win 21:18.
Brian, Ron and Mel struggled throughout the match finishing 7:30 down.
Overall shots 50:78 down but a score of 4 from our winning rinks. One of our better matches overall.
The Club entered a demanding Brentwood League division last year and core team support through these sometimes difficult matches is greatly appreciated.
League Match played 22nd July, Home Billericay v Elm Park
Overall score: Billericay 2 Elm Park 7
The reverse of last weeks score but under the circumstances of illness, holidays and unplanned non-availability, not bad. A special thanks to our 'off the peg' reserves namely Mike Yates, Nigel Burrus, Dave Palmer and Ken Pipe, and of course to the continued support of our 'permanent' reserves Jim, Ron and Norman. Without the commitment of our reserves that supplement our original core team there would not be a team, so well done to all our regulars.
Equipment duties were fulfilled by Ken and Nigel last week. Jim and Ronaldo (Gary) had been nominated, with Jim arriving on time but Gary did his best arriving 15 minutes before the game. Even Ronaldo could not clean the windows in 15 minutes! Those that are oblivious to this comment please ask Tony at the next game.
Stars of the night were Rex, Mike and Tony with a winning score of 16:13 (just made it).
Ken, David P and Mel ended down 11:19.
Jim, John and Terry P together with Gary, Norman and Nigel suffered slow starts with scores against of 12:28 and 16:21 respectively.
League Match played 15th July, Away Billericay v Kings Chase
Overall score: Billericay 7 Kings Chase 2
Well, predictably the only way was up! an excellent result away at Kings Chase and a great effort. Next week the teams remain similar at home against Elm Park and thanks in advance to our 'reserve' reserves David Palmer and Ken Pipe for stepping in to cover some late unavailabilities for this 22nd July game.
David, Ron and Mel unfortunately lost after being 8:3 up at end 8 when the wheels came off, finishing 12:17 down but a valuable hold for the overall score.
Gary, Jim and Norman lead all the way winning 19:11. Rex, Tony and Winston maintained a small margin throughout the match with some good draw shots from Winston early in the match. Final winning score 21:16.
'Comeback of the week' prize goes to Terry, John and Peter, 14:8 down at end 9 and eventually winning by one point 19:18. Concentration and determination rewarded.
Elm Park next week at home, best of luck!
League Match played 1st July, Home Billericay v Clock House
Overall score: Billericay 5 Clock House 4
Correction from last weeks report as with a 'little help' this is our best result so far and a win! Unfortunate for the Clock House team as they were unable to field a full team and dropped a rink. Therefore Winston, Tony and Brian had a cup of tea and watched the progress from the 'bench'. Whilst resolving the Brexit issues they had a grandstand view of the game lead by Rex and fielded by Peter and John. Always under pressure but some great skip recovery shots were witnessed during the game. In the end Rex, Peter and John lost 12:22.
Our super stars this week comprised Norman, Terry and Gary with a consistent performance winning 50% of the ends and a score of 21:15.
Terry, Jim and Mel started well winning the majority of ends up to end 8 but then unfortunately faded against a first class opposition lead who evidently commanded the mat in the second half. Ten for effort but a recorded loss of 12:19 down.
Teams again next week have been adjusted to cope with availability and our new challenge of Kings Chase away.
Progression in this league can only be one way and that is up!
League Match played 24th June, Home Billericay v Haynes Park
Overall score: Billericay 3.5 Haynes Park 5.5
Highlight of the evening, bangers, mash and beans much appreciated by all, thank you Wyn and Sheila.
The match, our best result so far this season, so well done. Our winning team this week despite dropping a six was Gary, Terry P and Norman with Gary nominating Norman as his 'man of the match' this week.
Jim, Tony and Mel played a close game all the way from a significant lead at end 6 to wane slightly later but managed to be 3 ahead going into the last end, when the opposition skip promptly had his second best wood of the match to draw 14 all.
Brian,Ron and Peter lost a frustrating game 16:20. Rex, Alan and Winston also lost but only by one point scoring 5 on the last end, result 15:16 making all the difference to the overall score at 66 shots each team.
League Match played 17th June, Away Billericay v Romford
Overall score: Billericay 2 Romford 7
Back on the score board this week and many thanks to our 'permanent' reserves, Jim, Ron and Norman.
Our two points this week earned by Peter, Norman and Brian who really excelled during the second half of the game. Well done!
The remaining rinks comprising: Mel, John, Gary; Tony, Ron, Jim; and Winston, Terry, Dave all achieved a win of seven ends on a difficult green for us with scores against 10:26, 16:18 and 12:19 respectively.
It will undoubtedly continue to be a challenge this year with illness and non-availability but the general commitment to the team under the constraints we find ourselves in is appreciated. Consistent team membership is proving difficult also through non-availability and the desire to give all teams a fighting chance.
League Match played 3rd June, Away Billericay v Elm Park
Overall score: Billericay 0 Elm Park 9
The weather, sandwiches and drink after the match made for a positive upside towards the end of a disappointing evening. Our valiant Eddie turned out to play but was obviously and by his own admission feeling unwell. The paramedics arrived and Eddie spent his bowling evening in A&E. Pleased to see Eddie is back home again and we wish Eddie a speedy recovery to his bouncy self.
Due to circumstances we only played on three rinks. Jim, Alan and John led up to end 14 and then succumbed losing 10-20. Gary, Mel and Dave started slowly then virtually equalised only to lose 5 on the last end with a hero or zero drive, score 14-21 against. Terry, Ron and Tony were up against an excellent lead on the night but the opposition rarely scored more than one as we generally had second wood, but defeated in the end 6-18.
At home next week and should just about be dry so back to a faster green.
League Match played 20th May, Home Billericay v Kings Chase
Overall score: Billericay 2 Kings Chase 7
The predictions of a tough match were realised in our first league game of the season.
Our two points earned by Peter, Mick and Eddie, who were always ahead on the score card, winning 26-14. Well done!
The remaining rinks comprising: Tony, John, Terry; Mel, Brian, Rex; and Alan, Dave, Gary all suffered early deficits that proved difficult to haul back losing 9-27, 8-20 and 9-28 respectively. Whatever we did, we were taken out or suffered wicks. Terry's team won the most ends of 7 to pick the positives and narrowly missed the washing up duties, 'technically' but Terry still ended up in possession of a tea towel!
Kings Chase have a few very competent players that as demonstrated can change the game but overall we played better than the result suggested and we can hold our own against many of their players.
Thanks to Wyn and Sheila for providing the rolls for the end of the match and Dave for facilitating the bar.
The food and drink is great consolation at the end of a match putting us in a positive frame of mind for our next match at Elm Park.
We tried our best, Tony D.
Roger Burton Trophy played 17th May, First Round. Billericay v Liberty
Firstly many thanks to our team of ten Brentwood players who made themselves available at short notice. This knockout competition comprises two rounds plus a semi final and final. Each round involves four teams playing rinks, triples, pairs and a singles played at home and away simultaneously.
The team had a rewarding win of 14 points ahead overall at the end of the evening and are through to the next round to be played before the 1st July.
The triples team of Alan, Tony and Brian struggled with the wet conditions at Liberty but maintained an increasing lead throughout the match and enjoyed a significant win of 29-9 at the end of the evening.
The pairs team represented by John and Dave had more challenging opposition but developed a lead early on until end '10' when the Billericay score stayed frozen in time until end '18'. Then a score of 2 and 5 to equalise with Liberty. Final score 20-20.
Terry playing the singles had a formidable opponent but managed to contain the score and offer the team overall the opportunity of success. Well done Terry we know you like a challenge!
Peter, Mel, Eddie and Gary lead the charge with the normal 'razzmatazz' style which did not seem to work in the early stages but the lads crept back into the game from 14:5 down at end 10 to 17:10 down at end 15, then consecutive scores added 13, culminating in a win 23:19. A hard fought comeback, brilliant and sealed a win for Billericay overall.
A good win and well done to all the players. Looking forward to the next round!
Also a thank you to Ken Pipe for stepping in to mark the singles (and miss cricket).