Won 45-38: 9 Points
A much happier report tonight, against an admittedly weakened Bristol team (due to clashes with Somerset competitions) we took advantage of the situation to manage a good win and you can only beat what’s put out in front of you!
On RKJ’s rink with Trev, Gerry and Will I think there was great disappointment, after some great bowling, in not getting the 2 points for a win, but as I’ve always said its a team game and the last ends were played out across the rinks very thoughtfully. They were always in the lead but dropping a 2 and a 3 at ends 13/14 it was getting close; on the last end we were 2 down and with danger in sight Roger decided not to bowl his last bowl to crystalise a draw for 1 point, more importantly this left the other rinks a 6 point cushion for the game overall.
On Kev’s rink with Larry, Dave and Calvin and the front end having a great game, it was a similar “cagey story”, electing to go 1 down on end 15 as opposed to trying for a shot which may have gone wrong and going 3 or 4 shots down, eaked out the last 2 ends to run out 13-11 up.
On Jim’s rink with Steve, Vince and Andy, again always in front, as we’ve come to expect with the “special one ” on the rink!, we never expect to lose! They finished with a 2 to win 15-10.
(Editors Note: It is now unclear if the “special one” refers to Andy or Jim as Jim has reached the last 8 in the singles in Gloucestershire……..perhaps in future it should say the “Special Ones” 😉 )
At 12 ends we were 18 up but losing 10 of the remaining 15 ends it looked at though we might do our often usual story of falling away at the end but I was impressed with our competent performance in “using up the ends” to win the game.
2 wins out of 4 now chaps, looking better!
Lost 31-57: Nil Points
My second, slightly downbeat, report.
As one of the Knowle players said ” You might have expected to take some points off us”, and he’s right, but if the opposition are bowling better than you that’s not going to happen…..
On Jim’s rink with Andy, Vince and Steve, winning only one end from the first seven it was not a good start, there was a fightback towards the end with the last 4 out of 5 ends won, ended 10-14 down.
On Kev’s rink with Larry, Gerry and Marek it was a different story, going 5 up in the first 2 ends, but only scoring once in the next 14, it was always going downhill, final score 9 -22.
On RKJ rink with Trev , Will and Calvin a strong start to go 6 nil up after 4 ends but then fell away in the middle of game and finished 12 – 21 behind.
We don’t seem to be getting “on song” at the moment, but still early days and lots of games to go but we really need to get some points on the board if we are to stay up this season.
Onto Yate at home next week.
Lost: 22-71 Nil Points
First apologies for the lateness in publishing this report – we have a new website/editing system and we are all getting used to it.
Anyway, another season, another match report, first game of the season against Olveston is not the easiest start and with a number of our ” star”? players missing this proved to be the case.
They’re always a likeable crew from Olveston, but we didn’t like them so much at the end!
On RKJ’s rink with Trev, Nigel and Will, getting in front at 7 ends, but then going behind on the next 8 ended 7-32 down.
On Kev’s rink with Vince, Gerry and Marek, a similar good start couldn’t be capitalised on and losing 7 ends on the trot drifted to 8-23 behind.
On Larry’s rink with Calvin, Keith Conway and Andy we were always adrift and finished 7-16 down.
We sometimes get a couple of points off Olveston, but this time it was not to be as they were simply too strong on this occasion.
We move onto Knowle Away next week and can only hope for a better outcome.