B&D League: Redland v Willmott Park (H) 18/08/22

Lost: 3 Points

Firstly congratulations to the North East League bowls boys who sealed promotion tonight to the first division. We await other results to see if we can still go up as champions.

On to less positive matters;

Tonight sealed our relegation fate, but we put up a good fight against a very strong Willmott Park team.

On Will’s rink, with Calvin, Jake and Pete Jones and Will having his B&D skip debut, it was a baptism of fire, and playing against a Willmott skip who’s about to go off to the Bowls England National Finals it was always going to be a bit of a struggle and we never quite seemed to get into it to end 6-25 behind.

The deficit here was not unsurmountable as on RKJ’s rink with Larry, Vince and Nigel were always in front and were 13-3 up at end 11, they conceded a few ends but ended winning 15-10.

At 12 ends we were only 5 shots behind and on Jim’s rink with Kev, Trev and Andy were always threatening to pick up a 3 or a 4, and if that had happened it might have been a different outcome to the match, but couldn’t quite pull it off due to some excellent bowling by the Willmott skip and finished all square at 12-12.

Chaps, in a “normal” season we would have accumulated enough points to remain in division one, but this year it was not to be.