Top Club v Kingswood & Hanham: 24/05/22

Won 4-1

With the Top Club competition (which is played across 5 disciplines, Two Wood Singles, Four Wood Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours, with one point available for each), as we know, if you can do well in the two single disciplines you give yourself a real chance of winning overall.

The 2 woods kicked off the evening with Andy v Dave Hannah (a previous Redland member)…but Dave wasn’t being kind to us and bowling well went into a 9-6 lead, but Andy came back to be in front 14-12 with 2 ends to go. Lying 2 against Andy took my well known advice that if you have a chance to win it then go for it. Unfortunately with one of Dave’s Wood’s about a foot from the jack Andy found the gap and lost the resulting measure for second wood. So we went into the last end all square. This was “dapper time” and having taken the mat up Dave bowled a short wood leaving Andy plenty of space for that “dapper”. With his first wood however Andy managed to find the ditch and my nerves were on edge!! Dave then sent up another short wood and Andy managed to draw the shot with his last wood to win the game.

Editor’s Note: Your nerves were on edge – imagine how I felt………….

P.S .There was apparently an “incident” with one of Andy’s woods  during the game when the bowl seemed to go down the green in a very odd way – I’m not sure what happened as the incident seemed to be hushed up (we will get to the bottom of it) but I cannot imagine that the Middleton Cup Squad Member would bowl a wrong bias in a two wood game – that would be impossible surely?

Meanwhile in the pairs with Steve and Calvin always in front and picking up two fours and five and both clearly having great games, the outcome  was never in doubt.

Editors Note (2): I am unsure why the last end was played as by that stage Calvin and Steve were more than 8 shots in front – they could have simply walked off the green and let the opposition have 8 and would still have won – perhaps they were enjoying themselves too much?

So we just needed to win one more discipline.

On Kev’s rink with Larry, Dave and Will, they never seemed to get going and being 4 -11 down at 10 ends and even with a slight revival, this game looked like a lost cause and so it turned out to end 12-17 down.

So the focus turned to Roger’s rink with Trev and Gerry: Having gone 6 up at 12 ends this was going well and with Roger once again having an excellent game, the opposition pegged us back to only being 3 up, so the focus was between this and Jim’s singles game where it was level pegging at 8 ends, but Jim dominated the rest of the game winning 9 out of the remaining 10 ends ending 21-8 in front.

Meanwhile until the game had been won Roger’s rink were battling on and picking up 3 singles on the last few ends finished 17-13 up.

A good solid win, well-done everybody.