WON 43-34 10 Points
Job one successfully completed!
On a drizzly, damp night, this was a game where it would be easy to slip-up, but our campaign to regain a Division 1 place started well.
We welcome Josh Phillips to Redland and his first game for us. We took this opportunity to drop him in at the deep-end as he had Kev at number 3 (our Captain and current Club Champion had potentially run out of Redland players who actively wanted him on their rink, so he has had to import new guys to find somebody to play with!)
But all seemed to go well and with Gerry leading and Nigel at two, whilst conceding the first 3 ends, the Redland rink slowly started to pull ahead and winning 10 out of the remaining 14 ends finished 16-9 up.
On Jim’s rink with Will, Mike Ingham and Andy (Club Championship runner-up having led by 16-4, sorry Andy…..), were behind up to end 6, but again started to pull away to finish 19-14. (Another mention for Andy here in that after bowling 10 wrong bias bowls in competitions last season he managed not to do so in this first game an achievement that mustn’t go without recognition? Let’s just hope that he manages to keep this up for the rest of the season.)
So with two winning rinks the game was virtually won, but we wanted the 10 points and with Roger’s rink a few ends behind our attention turned to them and with Calvin, Larry and Jon Emerson, whilst 2 down at 11 ends, we won 6 out of the last 7 to end 13-8 up.
Well done everyone, a long season in front of us , but a good start.
On to next week.