Reports CMBL "A" TEAM
Match Report for 10th August Home to Danbury 'B'
Result: Billericay 8 points, Danbury 'B' 0 points (overall score 45-21)
Selected Teams this week: Brian, Eddie, Jenny and Mike plus Rex, Val, Tony and Jim.
Another impressive performance from both teams on a warm humid evening accompanied by a plentiful selection of biting insects. The Danbury team accepted the result in good humour recognising that the result was a complete reversal of our match back on the 22nd June on a particularly cold evening, although our score differential this time was far better.
The green at home was heavier one way than the other but ran quite true with knock out shots and draws quite predictable and successful for Billericay at least.
Brian, Eddie, Jenny and Mike commenced steadily with one shot ends after a 'dizzy' three shot first end. At end 12 after winning half the ends the team found themselves 8:7 up, rather close. Then what happened? a 'pit stop for new tyres' winning four of the next six ends with shots that produced a 3,1,4 and a 2 culminating in a final score 18:11. Good wake up recovery.
Rex, Val, Tony and Jim demonstrated a continuing improvement in form since earlier in the year, perhaps more relaxed since our promotion and more enjoyable (less nagging perhaps). All square at end two, 2:2 and then a breakthrough 5 shots on end three and a comfortable score of 11:2 to Billericay by end five. Some give away shots followed but scoring a 4 on end nine helped the score now 15:7 and back on track. The team then only dropped three ends of the nine remaining scoring an average of two each end, the opposition slightly demoralised and a final score of 27:10.
Swimming trunks next week for our trip to Maldon, the last match to enjoy but don't mention the football!
Signing off, Tony........................................................................................
Match Report for 3rd August Away to Chelmsford 'B'
Result: Billericay 8 points, Chelmsford 'B' 0 points (overall score 50-26)
Selected Teams this week: Dave, Eddie, Mike and Jean plus Rex, Val, Tony and Jim.
Congratulations to everyone including our valuable reserves for securing at least second place in the league table and promotion to division one with two games to go!
Another cordial game with 8 points in the bag sealing our success as a team this year.
Dave, Eddie, Mike and Jean made a good start on a strange green scoring 8 shots by end 3. Then progressed steadily scoring on 50% of ends until end 13, generally scoring one shot more than the opposition each time. A classic six scored on end 14 brought the score at that stage to 24:6 in favour of Billericay, that then proceeded to drop 8 shots on the remaining ends in a belated come back by Chelmsford but too late, final score 24:14.
Rex, Val, Tony and Jim made a slower start but bedded down with two fours scored on ends 5 and 6, shots 10:4 to Billericay on end six. No score on the next 3 ends brought the score to 10:9, then the team performance came together only dropping one of the remaining ends and scoring 6 shots on end 17. Final score 26:12 to Billericay.
A well deserved beer after the match and a thank you to Chelmsford for their hospitality.
The end, Tony......................................................
Match Report for 27th July Away to Stock & Buttsbury 'B'
Result: Billericay 8 points, Stock & Buttsbury 0 points (overall score 48-26)
Selected Teams this week: Brian, Jenny, Mike and John plus Rex, Val, Tony and Jim.
A very sociable evening with the added benefit of another 8 points, well done team and thank you to John Friend our valuable reserve.
Rex's team started well with Rex performing a 'knock on', a 'lucky wick' and fire in the first three ends, score 4:1 on end four and then the team dropped an 'unexpected' six. Scoring only ones on the following ends despite holding a six bar one on end nine, the score levelled to 10 shots all on end 13. Val knocked Tony out holding shot on end 15 but Rex returned the score on the next end, score now 14:12 up. Val and Tony drew shots on a displaced jack, score 18:12 up on end 18. Final score 21:14 following a much better second half with Jim consistent throughout.
Brian's team progressed consistently scoring on seven ends with a score of 12:9 up by end 12. Then a breakthrough occurred winning 5 shots on end 13 from which Stock and Buttsbury never really recovered only winning three of the eight remaining ends. Brian's team picked up 10 shots by end 21, final score 27:12 in favour. Another good performance with concentration to the very end.
The End, Tony.........................................................................
Match Report for 20th July 2021 Home to Ingatestone 'A'
Result: Billericay 7 points, Ingatestone 1 points (shots 50:38 in favour)
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Eddie, Mike and Jean plus Rex, Tony, Jenny and Jim.
Another pleasing week scoring well and maintaining our second spot in the league table closely behind the consistent leaders Witham. Always enjoyable playing our neighbours Ingatestone on what turned out to be a pleasant evening following the mini floods and lightning earlier that almost jeopardised the match proceeding.
Brian's team by end five were 3:6 down on a deceptively slow green but then the adrenaline kicked in I guess 'for some reason' and scored 2, 5, 3 and 2 on the next four ends being 15:7 up by end 9. Only failing to score on four of the remaining ends the conclusion was cast in a victory 25:13 shots in favour. Well done for a consistent performance.
'Again' Rex's team were drawn against a talented team of bowlers, this time experienced county ladies in the main but off to a good start 5:3 up at end 3. Unfortunately 8 shots were dropped on the next 3 ends, then a gradual moderate come back until scoring 4 shots on end 11 with a score of 12:16 against, when the penny dropped that we may able to win? A Rex 'stun shot' on end 18 gave the team a four only to be compensated by the opposition on the next end with another four. Jenny and Tony drew the 'cross head undercut' on end 20 scoring 3 shots. On the last end the team needed two to draw, Tony drew shot and Rex knocked a bowl up creating two shots, final score 25:25 and very happy with a draw!
The end, Tony..........................................................
Match Report for 13th July 2021 Away to Witham 'A'
Result: Billericay 0 points, Witham 8 points (shots 25:42 against)
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Dave, Mike and Jean plus Eddie, Norman, Tony and Jim.
'Tough at the top' playing the top of the league team Witham on home turf. Game of two halves for both teams but Brian's team came closest to winning some points near the end but the opportunity escaped them. However the opposition proved pleasant company at the end of the match and we drowned our disappointment with a welcome beer.
Eddie's team held the score to a draw at end 8, score 6 all. End 3 set the tone for the match when Tony sent the jack back scoring a 'distant three' only for Witham to draw three to the jack subsequently again. End 10 the opposition skipper created a three and on end 11 Norman held one converted from a three by Witham, the score now 7:11 against. Eddie drew a perfect shot on end 13 and on end 14 Tony managed to take the shot away from Witham to give Billericay one shot but short-lived as Witham retaliated by scoring a three. Score at end 14, 8:15 down then we dropped a 4 and 5 during subsequent ends, whoops! Two held on the last end, only to be overturned by the opposition skip. Final score 12:26 against but on a positive note we did match on ends won.
Brian's team had a less eventful night it appears but struggled at the beginning being 10:3 down at end 11. The team then with the exception of dropping a four made a very consistent come back ending with a final score of 13:16 against, again winning half the ends.
This was undoubtedly our most difficult match so far 'so things can only get better' to retain our position near the top of the league.
Just for Jean! the end.......................................Tony.
Match Report for 6th July 2021 Home to Great Baddow 'C'
Result: Billericay 6 points, Baddow 2 points (shots 40:32)
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Eddie, Mike and Jean plus Rex, Tony, Jenny and Jim.
The teams achieved a good result overall equalling our away score at Baddow last time.
Again a dispute at the beginning of the match! Last week football this week the rules. Baddow arrived with one selected team player absent but a reserve in hand, so a full compliment of players available. However your Steward acted in a sporting manner in accordance with the rules and allowed a 15 minute delay that was appreciated by the opposition Captain. 'Some' of the opposition decided they would start with three players and then introduce the fourth player on arrival. We objected as the rules clearly state the opposite, again one of the opposition decide to engage in some bad mannered baseless rhetoric to the embarrassment of his team. The match actually started at 6.35pm coincidental with the arrival of the absent player. Almost forgotten at the end of the match and settled around a cup of tea, thank you the tea team.
Brian's team scored the lion's share of the points this week with a commanding lead achieved by a strategy of long ends, winning 13 ends in total and a final score of 30:10 in favour.
Rex's team playing arguably Baddow's stronger team struggled and by the teams own admission did not play as well as normal with the exception of a few good shots by all. However with the help of several save shots by skipper Rex the opposition score was contained and the team did well to contribute to an overall points win, so well done for holding on. Final score 10:22 against.
The end, Tony.
Match Report for 29th June 2021 Home to Maldon ‘B’
Result: Billericay 8 points, Maldon 0 points (Overall score 41:30)
Selected Teams for this week: Eddie, Norman, John and Jean plus Rex, Val, Tony and Jim.
Great result this week placing us a close second to Witham in the league table. A big thank you to both Norman and John our super subs for their contribution on the night.
A little animosity and coldness existed in the Maldon changing room at the beginning, due to our reluctance to postpone the game for the England match but I stand by that decision. The experience of arranging alternative dates considering player availability and congested club engagements would, in my view potentially put us at a disadvantage.
Eddie's team had a consistent run throughout the match, always ahead and never troubled winning 13 ends, scoring 20:12 in favour, well done!
Rex's team started well achieving 10:4 up at end 8 but then dropped seven shots in the next three ends. End 12 was a turning point with a Rex 'smash and draw' giving us 2 shots and followed by the next two ends, the team earned a total of the seven shots lost previously, returning the score to 17:11 in favour. Then just a matter of 'hanging on' final score 21:18 to Billericay.
The End, Tony.
Cup Match Result for 24th June 2021 Preliminary Round Home & Away to Danbury 'C'
Result: Billericay 38 shots, Danbury 43 shots.
Selected teams: Eddie, Dave, Mike and Jean plus Rex, Val, Tony and Jim.
Knocked out but not by much against a strong team supported by six county players, therefore a good performance everyone and thank you for supporting the cup match.
Rex's team won by one point away at Danbury on a different rink this time from last Tuesday and were ahead all through the match with a diminishing margin through to the end. Eddie's team were level at 14 shots on the 14th end but unfortunately at match close were 6 shots down.
Match Report for 22nd June 2021 Away to Danbury 'B'
Result: Billericay 0 points, Danbury 8 points (overall score 45:36 against)
Selected Teams for this week: Eddie, Dave, Mike and Jean plus Val, Rex, Tony and Jim.
Our first loss of the season but not to be too disappointed as poor maintenance at the Danbury green always provides difficulties for our players. Both speed and swing are sometimes unpredictable especially on an abnormally cold summer evening. Although we lost, the score differential was not that bad and both teams were ahead at some point in the match but unable to maintain the advantage. We look forward to next weeks home match against Maldon to see if we can get back on track!
Val's team started well achieving a 10:3 advantage at end 8 by winning 6 of the ends at that stage. The next 6 ends was a complete reversal, scoring zero whilst the opponents scored well and by the end of the game Danbury had scored 23:16. Our team in the circumstances played well but were beaten by an experienced firing skip who understood his own green.
Again Eddie's team began positively scoring 5 all at end 6, then dropped the next 5 ends to the opposition. A valiant comeback over the next 5 ends with a score of 12 to be 17:15 ahead at end 16. Unfortunately the winning differential could not be maintained over the last remaining ends, ending 22:20 down but a credible score.
A big thank you to Danbury for providing a very social after game drink and company, making the game immediately forgettable. Well played Danbury.
The end, Tony.
Match Report for 15th June Home to Chelmsford 'B'
Result: Billericay 7 points, Chelmsford 1 point (overall score 42-37)
Selected Teams this week: Brian, Eddie, Jenny and Jean plus Val, Tony, Mike and Jim.
Val's team had a tense start as our players were working to find their usual form on the unfavourable rink 3 again! Our opponents managed better to start with, scoring 9:3 at end 9. Gradually with one shot scores and some two shot scores we climbed back to 12 all at end 18, being deprived of a five score by a firing opponent during the journey. The team battled on with a potential victory in sight but both teams scored two each on the remaining ends. Final score a draw with 14 points each and on reflection no complaints, happy with a draw to salvage one point.
All now rested on Brian's team to make the difference! The team achieved a score of 15:0 by end 6, winning all the ends to that point. A comfortable but not unassailable lead at end 13 of 20:9, after a come back by the opponents and then a nine point drop in two consecutive ends, whoops! The team now held a score of 20:18 and all to play for, winning four of the last six ends, final score 28:23 in favour of Billericay, gaining the remaining six points. Well done for turning the overall match around.
The end Tony.
Match Report for 8th June Home to Stock & Buttsbury 'B'
Result: Billericay 8 points, Stock & Buttsbury 0 points (overall score 43-22)
Selected Teams this week: Brian, Eddie, Jenny and Jean plus Val, Rex, Tony and Jim.
Welcome back Jean following your recovery, those inherent skills prevailed! 'No worries'
A warm evening and our best points score so far, maintaining our top of the league position but we do have some tough matches to come. Well done to the teams for both holding our nerve in one instance and concentration in the other which will become apparent.
Val's team struggled this week in comparison with previous weeks on arguably a peculiar and unpredictable rink 3. However on balance the team made a credible start at the beginning with consistent scoring achieving 14-5 at end 12. Then the wheels came off and the next 7 ends were lost but only normally by 1 shot. The opposition tactic of mat up and short ends offered them an edge surprisingly as our team normally fair well in those situations. An interesting end 17 resulted in a draw with nil points to both sides after a contentious debate around measurement. After end 19 the score was 14-12 to Billericay, too close for comfort so extra focus was maintained to score 2 on the last two ends. Tony managed on the last end to sit on a long jack as we now controlled the length again and Val followed with a second wood meaning the opposition skip would have difficulty taking out both bowls. One was taken out on the last roll. Relief, a positive score of 16-12.
Brian's team gained a 6 on the first end (that helped) and then consistently scored throughout the match for 13 ends. The opposition never mounted a real challenge and the result finally of 27-10 to Billericay well deserved. Concentration played a positive part.
The end, Tony.
Match Report for 1st June 2021 Away to Ingatestone 'A'
Result: Billericay 6 points, Ingatestone 2 points (overall score 45-31)
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Dave, Eddie and Mike plus Val, Rex, Tony and Jim.
The green had been left longer than we normally expect but due to the recent dry weather the green remained quicker than imagined at first. The greatest problem we encountered was the low sun and shadows in the second half of the game.
Another really good result though which puts the 'A' team top of our division currently.
Brian's team started well with a score of 6-5 at end 5, keeping the home side under control but then dropped a difference of 7 by end 9. The teams were then fairly equal until the end, finishing 7 points behind, although the ends won by each team were virtually equal. Score 15-22 against.
Val's team were more fortunate holding a commanding lead of 11-4 by end 6. Our team won 15 of the 21 ends with the opposition hardly scoring in the second half. The opposition struggled with a player substituted early with sickness and the opposition tactic of long ends played into our hands early in the game. Score 30-9 in our favour.
We have through mainly illness lost three players since the start of the season in addition to the normal holidays and other commitments. Therefore the plan will be to target the selections for the season and discover where the shortfalls are to enable some volunteer substitutes to have ample notice. Upon issue of the selections please ensure your availability is correct. That you, Tony.
Match Report for 25th May 2021 Home to Witham ‘A’
Result: Draw 4 points to Billericay and Witham
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Jenny, Dave and Mike plus Rex, Jim, Christine and Eddie
Firstly thank you to Christine for stepping in and helping us achieve a commendable draw against tough opposition.
Secondly, thank you Jim for deputising last night and completing the score cards and report.
A good result for the whole team, well done!
Both Jim and Brian have completed reports posted below:
Billericay managed a well deserved draw against a Witham A team.
On Rink 3 Eddie Dennison, Christine Shrubb, Jim Collins and Rex got off to a bad start being 12 - 1 down after six ends and gradually got back into the match getting to within 3 shots on 16th end. They were holding 3 shots on the 17th end and Witham skipper took the end with his final shot. On the final end Billericay held 4 shots which would have drawn the rink when the skippers bowled. The Witham skipper bowled reducing the deficit to 1. Knowing we needed to move the skippers bowl to get the 4 we needed, Rex fired and moved the skippers bowl giving us the advantage again, unfortunately their skipper drew shot with his last bowl. Score 14-19
On rink 2 Mick Yates, Jenny Hyland, Dave Wood and Brian Hyland were always in control of their rink at one time leading 16 - 8 but Witham came back at them with an exciting finish on the last end which would affect the whole match. Billericay needing one shot to draw the match and Witham needing 1 shot to win. At one point Witham were holding 2 shots when Dave Wood managed to remove both woods and take shot. Witham skipper had what everyone thought was the match winning bowl but when it was measured was a 1mm short of shot. Score 18-13
Rex’s rink encountered excellent opposition and gradually slipped behind, the game having tight heads and a good standard. However in the second half Billericay rallied well, crept up and at the end were only four shots adrift - 15-19.
Brian’s rink was always ahead, generally playing long ends on rink No 2 - playing strangely well with the usual completely straight side. The opposition started to control the jack with the mat up and the jack at the minimum 2 metres which sometimes proved more successful for them and they closed the gap to 3 shots by the last end. A very tight measure, (which we thought we are losing) gave us the shot so we won by four shots.
One rink each, same shots so points shared 4-4. Little sun, not too cold but nice tea and biscuits.
Match Report for 18th May 2021 Away to Great Baddow 'C'
Result: Billericay 6 points, Baddow 2 points
Selected Teams for this week: Brian, Dave, Jenny and Mike plus Val, Rex, Tony and Jim.
Well done to everyone as this was a very credible result first time out and away. Considering the amount of rain recently the green was firm but resistant to the flow of the bowls in one direction we found.
Brian's team appeared to struggle at the start with a score of 10-2 against at the completion of end six but then scored 5 on end seven and then virtually static until end thirteen where gains were made in the last third of the match. The final score 22-16 against, a difficult match but a significant contribution from the team to keep the score difference minimised.
Val's team were almost level at end five but the strategy of longer ends at this point paid dividends. The longer ends were not desirable for either Billericay or Baddow but we seemed to cope better and gained the advantage on most ends. The final score 24-13 in favour of Billericay could have been worse on the last end as we were four down, but the nominated 'man of the match' Rex drove with his last shot to score an appreciated one!
Ready for the next one at home against Witham 'A'.