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Match report for publication w/e Friday 15 March 2013

Three months ago we had one of our best results for years when we went to Javea and beat their Quartz team ten – nil. So how do you explain, that, virtually with the same players we allowed them to get a “white-wash” revenge when they came to us this week. Half way through the match we were six shots up and looking good but fell away to let the Quartz win by 15 shots ( 68 – 83 ).

Alan Edwards, Enid Duxbury and Alison Edwards lost 14 – 17
Liz Griffiths, Frank Thomas and Geoff Pack lost 16 – 20
Kate Sayers, Vi Thomas and Alan Steed lost 15 – 22
Stan Walmsley, Paul Brown and Sheila Garnham lost 23 – 24

In all four games we were in a winning position then blew it, for one reason or another.

Alan´s team led at the half-way stage but fell behind over the next seven ends and in spite of winning the last two ends just couldn´t close the gap.

Liz´s team started well and were level at half-time. An excellent “five” on the twelfth end put them six in front but Quartz came back with a “five” of their own and then some. Winning the last end was small consolation.

Kate´s team had a very bad start to trail nine – nil after six ends but patiently clawed their way back to level at 11 – all after thirteen ends. Quartz replied with two “fours” and a “three” and it was all over in spite of us taking the last two ends.

The prize for the biggest “give-away” went to Stan´s team. In spite of Shirley Payne leading well for Quartz we bettered that and led 18 – 3 after eight ends – victory just seemed a matter of course. That´s when bowls kicks you in the teeth and Quartz got them all back , and some. Again, winning the last end was scant consolation.

In the Friendship Cup second leg at Benitachell it was also a case of nearly – but not quite enough ! Taking a lead of 20 shots from the home leg we thought we might stand a chance but, as has so often been the case in these matches, B.B.C. managed to retain the trophy by a mere five shots – they beat us by 25 – but there´s always next year.

Our Club competitions have reached the final stages and in the Haggett Cup final Ernie Ritchie beat Paul Brown 21 – 12. Ernie set off like a house on fire but the tension got to him when he led 20 -7 . Paul took advantage of this and took three ends to make it 20 – 12 before Ernie got over the line. Ernie also wins the Mens Singles competition due to the unfortunate absence of Ted Campbell who is injured and unable to play in the final. Congratulations to Ernie and best wishes to Ted for a speedy recovery.

In the Ladies Singles final Liz Griffiths came from behind to claim the title from Glenda
Rowe. The game could have gone either way and the lead changed hands several times but Liz seemed to play all the big shots, continually coming in for shot with her last wood when Glenda was holding twos and threes. A pity really that there had to be a loser !

In a busy week we also held our Open Mixed Triples competition and, as usual ,it was a very close finish. With one game to play the Javea trio of Alan Phillips,Jan Brown and Lynne Eldon were nine points clear but in the last round Bill Young,June Young and Ronnie Cairns from Monte Mar managed to accumulate ten points to pip them at the post. It was , perhaps, fitting for Bill and his team to win this year – he has been supporting the event for many years, travelling up from the deep South without success in the past, so it was well deserved.

See you next week !