Mixed fortunes for Datchworth's bowlers

PUBLISHED: 13:19 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009

DATCHWORTH Bowls Club had two very different results during their first full weekend of fixtures. In two mixed friendly games, they won 104-96 against Rosehill before losing 100 shots to 94 the following day at Buntingford. For the first match the members

DATCHWORTH Bowls Club had two very different results during their first full weekend of fixtures.

In two mixed friendly games, they won 104-96 against Rosehill before losing 100 shots to 94 the following day at Buntingford.

For the first match the members travelled to Rosehill.

Dawn Kingsland, Arthur Lewis, Mike Mahoney and skip Doreen Hodson-Smith took the lead on the second end and managed to keep their noses in front, winning 20-17.

The rink of Edie Alden, Georgina Gilbert, Chas Townley and skip Basil Briars went one end better, leading from start to finish in their 28-16 victory.

Also coming out on top were Janet Mahoney, Bill Thorne, Peggy Lewis and club captain Steve Arnold, who came from 9-2 down after five ends to claim a fine 21-19 triumph.

In another close game, the rink of Clive Hodson-Smith, Jenny Thompson, John Alden and skip Steve Chamberlain twice came from behind before being pipped 19-17.

The four of David Thompson, Ann Poulton, Nigel Poulton and skip Brian Gilbert did not get on the scoreboard until the eighth end, when they picked up a two, to reduce the deficit to 10-2.

They then made a fight of it, winning five and losing eight ends, before slumping to defeat 25-18.

However, Datchworth came out on top 104-96 overall.

Datchworth made the trip to Buntingford the next day.

The away club were beaten 100-94, but that was a close score considering Datchworth won only two of the six rinks played.

Dawn Kingsland, Chris Hills, Basil Briars and skip Steve Arnold had a close game, losing the end count 11-10.

The visitors' team were behind from the third end but by virtue of picking up four shots over the last two ends ran out 17-16 winners.

The rink of Jim Whittle, Ann Poulton, Chas Townley and skip David Wright lost six ends on the bounce early on to go 10-3 behind and only managed to cut that deficit by one at the finish, losing 18-12.

Edie Alden, Arthur Lewis, Joan James and skip Brian Gilbert were involved in another close game, but lost 17-14.

David Thompson, Jane Waller, Nigel Poulton and skip Steve Chamberlain in contrast had their game nearly all their own way.

By winning twice as many ends as the opposition, the four ran out comfortable winners by 23 shots to 11.

The rink of Bill Thorne, Jenny Thompson, John Alden and skip Jeff Nash were the third rink to lose the end count 11-10, but dropping a seven on the 19th end did not help their cause as they lost 22-16.

The fourth rink to lose the end count 11-10 was that of Derrick Elms, Bob Waller, Ros Wintle and skip Peter Hills.

They lost eight ends on the trot midway through the game and despite winning five of the last seven ends, still lost 17-12.


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