B&D League Division 2: Redland v Imperial 06.07.23 Away

On a very difficult week to get out 24 players, let alone 2 ” teams”, thanks to everybody who rallied round.

Special thanks must however go to Will Carter, who dragged himself off of his sick bed (knowing how short we were ) to play. For those that may not know, Will was knocked down on Wednesday by a pizza delivery car. Car – smashed windscreen, ripped off wing mirror, dented bonnet! Will – cracked rib, bruised everywhere but hopefully no breakages. All I can say is you must be a toughy Will as car seems to have come off worse than you!

Onto the game 

Redland 50- Imperial 50 Draw 6 points.

A game you would hope we would have won, proved to be very testing on the Imperial artificial surface and finishing with 6 points, was in the end the best we could squeeze out of it.

On RKJ’s rink with Larry, Mike and Alan Taylor (making his B&D debut) could never quite get in front and finished 10-19 down.

On Jim’s rink with Will ,Trev and Andy, went storming into a 16-3 lead, but then the opposition seemed to bowl their way back into the game (especially on short jacks) and it was 23-14 at end 16. With Roger’s crew picking up a 2 on the last end we were then all square going into the last end, Jim’s crew conceded 1 shot, so it was over to Joshes bunch, with Kev, another B&D debutant, Phil Bunker and Jon trying to win the game.

We were holding 2, then went one down but with a brilliant last wood from Josh to take out the shot we were now holding 4. Unfortunately the opposition skip drew a great wood to get second and the rink was won by one 17-16 and the game all square. 

A tad disappointing, but still all going in the right direction in our campaign to get back into Division One. (But I must say that I think this task would be much easier if Andy stopped bowling wrong bias bowls – yes another one this evening! A little tip for you Andy, small circle goes on the inside 😉 )

Onto a home game against Bradley Stoke next week.

Gloucestershire/Bowls England Update:

It would be wrong of me not to mention our club successes and upcoming games in the Gloucestershire/ Bowls England competitions.

On Monday Jim and Andy played a nail biting Gloucestershire Pairs Semi Final at Frampton on Severn winning on the last end. This means that they have qualified for Leamington in the middle of August and very impressively is the second year in a row that they have done this and made the Gloucestershire Pairs Final – a really fantastic achievement, well played chaps.

Looking ahead on Sunday 9th July Josh will be playing in the Bowls England Champion of Champion Final and Andy and Jim will be playing in the Bowls England Senior Pairs Final. Both of these competitions give qualification to the National Finals at Leamington. Andy and Jim will be playing at Cotswold BC at 10am and Josh will be playing at 6.15pm at Fairford BC. We wish them both the very best of luck.