(For Information: The Lloyd Trophy is a knockout competition played with 3 rinks and the total score across all rinks being the only deciding factor.)
Phew! that was too close for comfort, technically we should be winning against a Division 2 team a bit easier, unfortunately nobody told the guys from Canford that! And all credit goes to them for pushing us right to the final end.
You can’t ask any more than for 2 rinks to win but with one rink being 20 down with 3 ends to go, it makes it very hard for the team.
On Jim’s rink, with Steve, Vince and Andy “I never knew he was a Middleton Cup Player” Gadd went into a commanding 12-3 lead, they were pegged back to be only 2 in front at 14 ends and at that stage overall we were 11 down on the game, picking up 5 over the next 3 finished 19-13 up.
On Kev’s rink with Gerry, Dave Edwards and Calvin, it was a like watching a car crash in slow motion and they went behind 3-23 at 14 ends, but with only the second decent wood Kev had bowled all-night he managed to take Canford’s second wood out to pick up a six. So now the the “game was on” and a 2 on the last end meant the total scores across 3 rinks were now level.
On RKJ’s rink with Will, Trev and Larry went in front early but were pulled back to 9-9 at 9 ends, but this was not time to call it an emergency yet and winning 7 out of the last ends we went into the final end just one up across the rinks, with Larry “dapping” on a close shot on the last end, things were looking good for us and with our opponents not being able to beat Larry’s bowl we just sneaked a win.
Above all we are still in the competition and play Bristol St Andrew’s Away on Tuesday 28th June.
Finally a big thank you to Jim Gregory, Mike Ingham and Tony Stone for the support on the night, much appreciated.