Billericay Bowling Club
Reports CMBL "A" TEAM
R.H.P. "A" 11th June Away
Another tough away match, our fourth out of five, and against strong opposition. A cold evening, on a heavy green - not much going for us !!
Terry Cannon's rink (Jim Collins, David Palmer & Ken Pipe) struggled from the outset against a very accurate skip who made full use of his particularly straight woods. Never in the chase, losing fourteen ends, lost 10-24.
Brian Hyland's rink (Tony Dalton, Hazel Smith, & Dave Wood) put up a stronger fight, but were always playing catch up. Despite a strong finish the were beaten 19-25.
A match result of 29-49 meant that we came away pointless.
P.M.L."A" 4th June Home
After a day of incessant rain we were blessed with a dry evening, albeit the damp green did not play as fast as we have come to expect.
Ken Pipe's rink (Dave Wood, Mike Yates, & Val Dalton) got off to a blistering star leading 9-0 after four ends, but only managed to win one of the next eleven to find themselves trailing 11-14. Sharing the points on the remaining ends they completed the game losing 15-18. Terry Cannon's rink (Jim Collins, Hazel Smith & David Palmer) after a hesitant start dominated the game during the second half winning all but one end after the eleventh.They emerged winners 22-10.
A 6 point to 2 victory by 37 shots to 28 is a very satisfactory result against a strong PML team and will cement our middle of table position.
Ingatestone "A" 28th May Away
We faced a very strong Ingatestone team which included both the Palmers and the Dodsons and played on their difficult green.
David Wood's rink (Mike Yates, Hazel Smith & David Palmer) up against an in-form Bernie Palmer trailed throughout but managed to keep the score reasonably close, only going down by three shots at the end 14-17
Jim Collins' rink (Tony Dalton, Mick Delay & Val Dalton) bowled superbly and after scoring a 5 on the eighth end, followed by a couple of threes, built up a substantial lead, sufficient enough to secure the bonus points, Notwithstanding the fact that they dropped a 4 on the final end they emerged winners 23-15.
This meant a win for the team 37-32 and 6 points which are enough to lift us from the bottom of the table.
Next week our first home game.
Witham "A" 21st May Away
One look at the very lush, heavily watered green and we knew that it was going to be difficult. Even the two opposition skips were overheard saying how heavy it was playing.
Having said this both rinks put up a very good performance before going down. Terry Cannon's rink (Mike Yates, Barbara Rowland & David Palmer) were always in contention but the rub of the green certainly favoured the opposition who brought off some very delicate wicks to steal ends !! The final score was 13-18
Dave Wood's rink (Tony Dalton, Mick Delay, & Val Dalton) also played a very close match before conceding 11-17.
So a defeat by 24 shots to 35 meant zero points for us. We always knew that life in Division 2 was not going to be easy, but with two difficult matches behind us now, I am confident that things will improve.
Great Baddow "C" 14th May Away
Not the welcome to Division 2 that we were hoping for !! Travel conditions meant that we were all late in arriving, but with 5 minutes to go before the start Dave Wood reported that he was just 15 minutes away. A decision was taken to start the trial ends and the match hoping that he would arrive in time. One hour and 40 minutes later he appeared by which time the rink in which he was due to play, bowling just 6 woods against 8, was 20 shots down. We could, of course have elected to bowl three woods conceding 25% of the score, but decided against this expecting to have a complete rink early in the match. Consequently Terry Cannon's rink (Dave Wood, Barbara Rowland & David Palmer) lost 8-26. Fortunately some excellent bowling by Ken Pipe's rink (Tony Dalton, Mick Delay, & Val Dalton) finished an extremely tight match, in which the lead had fluctuated wildly, winning 17-12. In the circumstances very happy to come away with 2 points.