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Reports Chelmsford "A"

Last match of the season

16th August, home to Lionmede - lost 4-6 league points 56-59 shots

A match that determined who was to be relegated to the third division - more than four points would keep Billericay up.  On a dry, windless and sunny evening, with just three ends to go 8 points were in the bag - up in two rinks and a large overall score majority then in the semi-darkness the opposition garnered 12 shots and we lost the overall score by 3 shots.   With other results emerging, it seems that the four points is enough to keep us up, as we have a better shot difference than others.  Phew, that was very close.

Jim, Roy, Graham and Gary 19-5 ahead at 13th end but scoring only once more to win 20-18

David A, Ian, David B and Rex slightly ahead most of the way in a close match losing the lead on the 20th then scoring a 2 on the last to win 18-17 - well done.

Jon, Steve, Jeff and Brian dropped a 6 on end 3 and only won 9 ends, eventually loosing 18-24


19th August , away to Falcon B, won 10-0 league points, 65-48

A match against the bottom club that we had to win, but some sickness and late changes could have presented a problem - solved with late replacements Steve and Graham - many thanks.   Well done in achieving a complete win despite being behind in two of the games till fairly late.   Survival in this division will depend upon our last match and also how other teams perform against each other - it's all very close.

David A, Steve, Tony and Rex were 0-6 down after 4 ends and slowly managing to draw level on the 19th end, but keeping the momentum to win 17-15

Jim, Roy, Mark and Gary struggling in the middle of the match to be 12-17 down at the 15th end.  We then somehow played better, or the opposition poorer, to take the lead on the 18th end and keep going for a 24-18 win.

Jon, John Friend, Jeff and Graham off to  great start 11-0 after 6 ends, and maintaining a grip on the match to comfortably win 24-15


26th July, away, Falcon A - lost 0-10 league points, shots  39-73

Playing the top of division team through a constant rain drizzle was unlikely to produce a good result.  It didn't, and all our rinks seem to fade in the second half of the match.

Jon, Jeff, John Friend, and Brian actually won more ends than their opponents but the loss of a 6 and a 4 made all the difference. Well done the front end, who played our best. Loss 12-23

Jim, Ian Mark and Garry won 9 ends but also had significant scores against - two 3's. a 4 and a disastrous 7, loosing 14-26

David Aggio, John Jones, Winston and Tony started well, despite dropping a 6 on the 6th end; and were ahead 12-11 on the 12th  but faded in the rain and lost 13-22.   


19th July, home v Danbury - won 6-4 league points; 53 all shots (drawn bonus)

Danbury placed second in the league so a tough match but two of our rinks rose to the occasion and produced a good result.  Well played indeed and thanks to Winston for subbing at the last minute.

Steve, Ron, Vic and Tony  well in front half way 12-5 at 11 ends, and hanging on well in the second half to win 17-14 

David Aggio, John Friend, David Barrett and Winston (called in as sub 15 minutes before the start)  also ahead at 11 ends (13-9) , overtaken by opponents on the 17th but rebounding for an excellent 22-18 win.

Jon, Roy,Jim and Gary behind at half way 5-9 and unable to respond to a second half spurt from the opposition; a 14-21 loss.


12th July, away v Tillingham - lost 2-8 league points, 40-64 shots.

Dark, cloudy evening with some rain two/thirds through.  Some team re-arrangements to take into account some comments on performance to date and nice sausage and onion rolls afterwards.  Opposition well placed third in the league so a tough match for us to gain any points.

Jon, Roy, Jim and Gary started with a 4 on the first end and continued well in a high scoring game - winning 24-15.  Match noted for the opposition team  having an illness on the green (the C&D league comp secretary) but able to insert a waiting substitute. The advantage of a home fixture.

Steve, David A, David B and Brian 9-5 ahead at half way, 9-7 up after 13th, then some rain, opposition bringing mat well up and our side significantly falling by the wayside to loose badly 11-22.   Why?  We must debate!

Ian, Winston, John Friend and Tony - bad start loosing the first 6 ends and it didn't get much better final score 5-27 


5th July, away, v RHP, Lost 4-6 league points, 52-54 shots

The overall was a repeat of the home match with only a few shots separating the teams - Billericay loosing again but this time winning two rinks gaining us an important 4 points. So close as we were drawing overall on the 20th end , only to loose three shots and win one, hence the 2 shot overall deficit. 

Newish team of Jon, David B, Jim and Gary behind and caught up 9 all at half way , 12 all on the 14th, then won the remaining ends for a 22-12 score. Well done.

Dave A, Winston, Jeff and Tony close at half way but a spell of 6 loosing ends  taking them to 9-24 killed our chances.  Final score 14-27

Steve, Graham, John Friend and Brian in a very tight game, 7 all at half way, finally winning 16-15. A good result considering we only won 9 of the 21 ends.


28th June , home v Great Baddow B, lost 4-6 league points, 54-57 shots

Actually a good performance in many ways - securing 2 rink wins and hence 4 of the available 10 points, on a dull darkish but dry and warm night. Disappointing to have struggled to field a complete team and narrowly failing to secure the overall score win and at half way point in the season, near the division 2 relegation zone.

Jon, Winston, Ian and skip Jeff (wit nose bleeds stopped), were behind till the 14th end, drawing level at 14 all and then kept just ahead to win 20-18.   This was a good team win with some excellent shots under pressure against good opponents who expected to win. Well done.

John Jones, Ron, Steve and David B clearly struggling but performed very well in the middle section of the match being only 12-18 down at the 15th. Unfortunately the next 5 ends lost 11 shots leading to a final score of 13-29.  

Jim, Roy, Mark and Gary  started level but a 5 on the 6 got them rolling and a 4 on the 13 and some steady scores finally resulted in a 21-10 win. 


21st June, home Atkinson Cup , Tillingham, lost by 55-62 (6 shots)

Having been just beaten by Tillingham in the previous league match we expected a difficult and close game. We were just ahead overall with 4 ends to go but the opposition finished better - Gary moving from holding 2 shots on the last to one down and Brian missing on the penultimate end to cut down the oppositions five.   A very enjoyable but disappointing match, let down at the end but a great performance by Tony's team.

Jim, Ian, Roy and Gary 14-15 at half way, ahead 24-21at 19 but slipping to 24-26 at the end, a game of high scores,  50 shots overall!.

Steve, Jon, John Friend and Brian 4-9 down at half way, creeping ahead at the 14th (11-10) but  loosing 10 shots in the last 4 ends, 12-23 including a 5 on the penultimate end, with a shortish end; woods clustered in a line round the jack and so a big target.  Sorry, as an important chance missed. 

David A, Vic (late sub),  Winston and Tony, another low scoring game, 7 all at the 12th, then winning the last 5 ends to win 19-13 - a very good performance as the opposition included two good County league bowlers.   Memorable incident - opposition skip Steve drives, hits jack which then hits Winston and finishes near the edge of the rink but in play.  It's rule 38.1.2  - opposition skip to decide where the jack would otherwise have come to rest - he decided it would have gone out so end is dead.


14th June, away v Great Baddow, loss 2-8 league points 42-59

Very bright, blue sky, pleasant evening but the opposition overall too good.

Jon, David B, John Friend and Brian in a close low scoring game - only 4 ends scoring more than one shot.  The notorious asymmetric  rink adjacent to the clubhouse - we didn't master the straight side till late, had no luck and the opposition skip was better than Brian - a 10-18 loss.

Ian, John Jones (late sub,  thanks John!) Tony and Darren not far adrift, 6-10 by end 9 but losing 11 shots in the next 3 ends ruined our game. Final score 11-28 loss.

Jim, Roy, Mark and Gary behind 6-11 at 12 ends  but then getting to grips with the rink and opposition including two 3's and a 4 to win convincingly 21-13 - an excellent turn round and our 2 league points.  Well done.


7th June home  v RHP A - loss 2-8 league points, 56-60 shots.

Initially very bright evening but with the first 6:30 start and 21 ends, it was cold and dark at the finish and our opponents lasted better than us, gaining the bonus 4 points by 3 sheets.  May I request more team members to help with clearing up and not slope off till the kitchen work is complete and the chairs/tables out away.

Ian, Jon, Vic and skip Jeff behind at half way 6-9, did well in mid game14-11 up on 15th then lost on the last end 16-17 

Tony, Roy, Darren and Gary scored a 4 on the 2nd end but the opposition had too many big scores, two 3's, two 4's and a 5 - 19 shots in 5 ends so though the ends were shared overall, we lost 16-26.

Steve, David Barrett, John Friend and Brian started with a 5 then immediately dropped a 4! After that we scored much more consistently winning 14 of the ends, nobody brilliant but everyone taking turns at getting good shots in and we ended winning 24-17


31st May, home, v Tillingham - loss 4-6 league points, 59-61 shots

Bitterly cold evening and disappointing to lose the overall score by just two shots.

Jim, Steve, Mark and Gary in a game tight for the first half 7-8 after 9 ends, then sweeping ahead with two 5's and a 6 to win comprehensively 32-16.

Winston, Jeff, David Aggio and Darren off to a cracking start 8 shots in 3 ends and 15-4 at 10 ends.  The opposition rallied somewhat and the final result was a 18-14 win - very well done for a somewhat scratch team.

Jon, David Barrett, John Friend and Brian's opposition had two good County league bowlers but disappointedly we didn't rise to the challenge and bowled inconsistently, to be thrashed winning only 4 ends to lose 5-27, which had a big effect on the overall shot count.


24th May, away v Danbury, loss 0-10 points, 46-87 shots   First 4 matches league points are 21 for 19 against.

Not a good evening, with the best team in the division comprehensively beating us.  Brian only just in time, being caught up in traffic and road closures from Basildon, and few of our team getting to grips with a good green.  Our 'scratch' team rink, with two first matches played well for their first match together.  Very high scoring games - an average of over 2 shots per end across all rinks.

Jim,Roy, Mark and Gary won 9 of the 21 ends but lost 13-26

Steve, Jon, John Friend and Brian also won 9 ends but the oppositions 5 and two 4's led to a15-30 loss.

Ian, John Jones, Vic and Tony also won 9 ends but two 6's against, led to an 18-31 loss


17th May, home v Falcon A - loss 2-8 league points, 36-59 shots

Rather col, damp and gloomy evening playing the league leaders who had not lost a rink in their first matches.  We were close to suffering the same fate!

Steve, David B, John and Brian looked in trouble - loosing 9 shots on the first 4 ends, then 4-10 down after 8 ends, 5-12 after 10. The opposition faltered and we clawed our way back to 14 all at the 17th, then sneaked the last end to win 15-14 - well played.

Jim, Tony, David A, and Gary  losing 2-11 at the 7th, then keeping them in check, just 9-12 down at the 13th.   Then it went wrong and a 5 away on the last meant a 12-27 defeat.

Darren, Ian, Ron and Mark also off to a bad start after 5 ends , 1-9 down. We managed to win 6 ends resulting in a 9-23 loss.


10th May, away v Lionmede; win 10-0 league points, 66-30 shots

Cloudy, rain sodden rinks, hopelessly slow, most ends played at 24m length but no rain and a brilliant result for the 18 ends.  Thanks Jon Bloomfield subbing at a couple of hours notice and well played first time skip for CH2 Darren Steeles - indeed well played all.

Jim, Tony, Mark and Gary only let their opponents win 5 ends -  crushing 27-6 win

Steve, David B, John and Brian had a very close game, even just behind at half way but a well scored 6 on the 17th and winning 11 of the 18 ends helped gain a 20-14 win

Jon, Winston, David A and Darren also a comfortable win, only loosing 7 ends and a 19-10 victory,  


3rd May, home v Falcon B - win 9-1 league points, 60-29 shots.

Very cold but bright evening , 18 ends and excellent performance to start the season.

Tony, Roy, Mark with skip Gary dominated, including a 6 on end 5, running out very comfortable winners 27-6

Jon, Dave Aggio, Ian and skip Jeff, wonderful performance as a scratch team winning the first 6 ends and always on top, finishing 19-9. How did Jeff keep warm in just his club shirt?

Steve, David B, John and skip Brian  comfortable until the opposing lead kept putting one wood right on the jack. Low scoring game, 8 all at 12 ends, 14-13 at the penultimate and an honourable draw. Hopefully Brian will have two working hands next week.