Mid-Wilts “B” Roller Coaster

Life on the green with the Mid-Wilts “B” team is turning into a roller coaster ride in terms of the results of the last three games.
On the 8th June the team had an excellent win gaining maximum 14 points by winning on all four rinks and gaining the aggregate score as well with a total of 81 shots to 36.5. The half shot being the result of a mathematical calculation as on one rink Box only fielded two men and by the rules of the game forfeited 25% of their final score on that rink.
On the 15th June the team visited Trowbridge Town and the good run blipped again with a loss of 11 points to 3. Devizes only won on one rink with a team of Jeff Whiting, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood with a score of 16 – 14 whilst the third point came from a drawn rink of Phil Coombes, John Scoffield and Phil Cave at 14-14. With losses on the other rinks of 11-18 and 6-25 the aggregate points went to Trowbridge
The 22nd June saw a home game against Chippenham Town and unfortunately the team had a further upset going down by 70 shots to 85 and league points of just 1 to Trowbridge Towns 13. The one point was achieved by Phil Coombes, Colin Smith and Phil Cave who were winning handsomely, then catastrophe, dropped a 7 on the last end for a 20-20 result. All other rinks were fairly close with hard battles throughout the game. Rink 2 of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood lost 17-21 whilst on rink 3 Michael Alexander, Monty Smith and John Scoffield lost 17-24 and finally on rink 4 Simon Northway, Will Wrobel and Terry Miles dropped a 5 on the 16th end to lose 16-20.
Hopefully the good form will return next week at home to Blue Circle Westbury.

Four Rink League Team win at Box

On Wednesday 21 June Devizes played away against Box in the Wilts Four Rink League.  On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson were off to a flying start only losing 1 of the first ten ends and were 14-1 in front.  Nothing changed in the next 11 ends and they ran out emphatic winners 26-4.  On Rink 3, W Wrobel, J Scoffield, J Cook and C Little also started well and were 11-0 in front at 7 ends, but then the game changed around and at 15 ends they were only 13-12 in front but they finished well winning 20-14.  On Rink 4, P Charters, T Mullins, S Mulligan and P Fielding were playing a triple and got off to a bad start being 0-9 down after 5 ends.  They came back very well and were 17-22 down with 1 end to go.  Unfortunately they dropped 1 shot on the last end with a close measure and with the score adjustment because of the triple lost 17-17.25.  On Rink 5, A Sims, K Scrannage, T Jones and G Webb started well and were 15-4 up at 10 ends but then things went against them but they hung on to win 19-15.   The match result was a win for Devizes by 82-50.25 on shots and 12-2 on points.

Mixed Fortunes for the Four Rink League team

In the Wilts 4RL on Wednesday 31 May Devizes played at home to Spencer Moulton.  On Rink 1, J Cook, J Scofield, C Merrifield and C Little were 4 shots down after 4 ends and they finished 4 shots down losing 17-21.   On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Mat Thompson were never in front and lost 14-21.  On Rink 3, K Oliver, R Drake, D Reeves and P Fielding also were never in front and lost 15-28.  On Rink 4, A Sims, M Mitcham, T Jones and G Webb were in a close game throughout and finished winning 19-17.  The match result was a loss for Devizes by 65-87 on shots and 2-12 on points.

On Wednesday 7 June Devizes played away to Winsley in the Wilts 4RL.  On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson started well, being 5-2 up after 2 ends and at 14 ends were level 12-12 but then it went downhill, losing 15-20.  On Rink 3, A Sims, M Mitcham, R Drake and T Jones won more ends but dropped too many big counts and lost 16-27.  On Rink 4, P Charters, K Oliver, S Mulligan and P Fielding were never in the game, losing 7 of the first 8 ends and finished up losers by 13-33.  On Rink 5, W Wrobel, J Scofield, J Cook and C Little were always in front from end 2 and won 18-10.  The result was a loss for Devizes by 62-90 on shots and 2-12 on points.

On Wednesday 14 June in the Wilts 4RL Devizes played at home to Chippenham Park.  Devizes started badly and were 8 shots down after 1 end.  On Rink 1, P Romijn, D Greenwood, D Reeves and Mat Thompson dropped 5 shots on the first end and were never in front losing 13-23.  On Rink 2, P Charters, K Oliver, S Mulligan and P Fielding also started badly and were losing 2-7 after 5 ends and 3-14 after 10 ends.  They did recover in the next 11 ends but still lost 18-21.  On Rink 3, A Sims, K Scrannage, R Drake and T Jones also started badly and were 0-6 down after 2 ends.  The difference was the same after 10 ends and also after 15 ends with the score 14-19, but they won 5 of the remaining 6 ends and drew 20-20.  On Rink 4, W Wrobel, J Scofield, J Cook and C Little were in control from the start and were winning 18-3 after 10 ends and completed a very good win by 29-9.  The match result was a welcome win for Devizes by 80-73 on shots and 9-5 on points.

Mid Wilts “B” Go Down at North Wilts

Mid-Wilts “B” team travelled to bottom of the league North Wilts “B” on Thursday 1st June and came to the end of their winning streak going down by 12 points to 2.

Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood gained a convincing 26-10 win whilst the three other rinks dropped points, one 23-4, however, the other two were close but the tension at the end was noticeable as all were watching the final rink to finish who, with one end to go, were only 1 shot down and the aggregate was all even. With just one bowl to go, from the opposing skip, the situation was even but the skip played with weight and got the luck drawing a two shot win to take the rink 13-16 and making the final total 66 to 68.

Colin’s Rink secures a close win in the 3 Rink League

In a close match the rink of Keith Scranage, Robin Drake, Steve Mulligan and Colin Little had what looked a comfortable win but within the context of the match it was a close win as the other two rinks lost. On rink 1 Will Wrobel, Phil Cave, Matt Thompson & Gerald Webb playing against a triple always struggled losing 17 shots to 18 after the visitors score had been reduced by 25%. On Rink 3 Ken Surman, Ken Roberts, Dave Reeves & Pete Fielding battled hard but lost 18 – 26 so a 59 to 54 aggregate score and 6 – 4 on points. Next up Blue Circle at home on Monday evening.

Tea and Biscuits “E” Team Slip Up

On Tuesday 23rd the White Horse Tea and Biscuits “E” team competed against Spencer Moulton on their own turf and for the first twelve ends were always in the lead and reached a score of 12 – 5. Unfortunately after that the wheels fell of and they dropped a four, two threes, a two and two ones in the final six ends giving a final score of 12 – 19. Tough luck guys what a good effort.

Mid-Wilts “B” Hard Fought Win

The “B” team in the Mid-Wilts triples league played a home game against a tough highly competitive team from Chippenham Park on Thursday night and with three rinks finished and in the clubhouse, Captain Terry Miles came to the balcony to see how the final rink was going. They were on the last end, 18 – 15 up but down one shot so information was passed to the skip that the team would obtain the aggregate by two shots provided that the result stayed as it was. Skip Dave Greenwood after consulting the team decided to forgo the last bowl and surrender the one shot so as to keep the result.

The final situation was Devizes 69, Chippenham Park 67, winning on three rinks and just going down on one so attaining league points of 12 – 2 and retaining the top position in Division 2 just 17 points ahead of Chippenham Park.

Next game away to North Wilts “B”

Mixed fortunes for the Four Rink team

In the Wilts Four Rink League on Wednesday 24 May Devizes played away to Salisbury.  This was a similar game and result to the previous 4RL game, a game of two halves.  P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Matt Thompson were close at 10 ends with the score 8-7 and in the next 11 ends scored 3 shots on 3 ends and a 5 on another but also dropped a 6 on one end but won 25-17.  P Charters, W Wrobel, D Reeves and P Fielding were also in a close game with the score 7-6 after 10 ends and it continued close and resulted in a win 18-15. J Cook, K Oliver, C Merrifield and C Little lost the first 5 ends and never recovered losing 12-29.  A Sims, M Mitcham, R Drake and T Jones were 9-8 up after 10 ends but then lost the next 8 ends and eventually lost 13-28.  The result was a loss for Devizes by 68-89 on shots and 4-10 on points.

Also in the Wilts Four Rink League played at home to Trowbridge Westbourne on Friday 26 May in a re-arranged a game from the previous wet Wednesday.  On Rink 1, J Cook, J Scofield, C Merrifield and C Little took an early lead and were 12-8 after 10 ends and also won the next 10 ends by a similar margin winning 25-16.  On Rink 2, P Romijn, D Greenwood, S Mulligan and Matt Thompson were 12-5 up after 10 ends and finished strongly winning 25-9.  On Rink3, A Sims, M Mitcham, T Jones and G Webb lost the first 4 ends and were 0-6 down but at 10 ends had taken the lead 13-9 and they also finished strongly winning 28-14.  On Rink 4, P Charters, W Wrobel, D Reeves and P Fielding made a good start and were 14-5 up after 10 ends and maintained the lead winning 23-12.  The result was a win for Devizes 101-51 on shots and 14-0 on points.

Matt leads Three Rink side to an away victory

On Monday 22nd May Matt Thompson led the 3 rink league side to an 8 – 2 victory away at Warminster. On rink 1 Matt with Will Wrobel, Keith Scrannage & Phil Cave won by 21 shots to 12, whilst on rink 2 Peter Charters, Martin Thompson, Steve Mulligan and Colin Little suffered a 23 – 16 defeat.  On rink 3 Mike Alexander, Ken Roberts, Dave Reeves and Pete Fielding had a closer game when they picked up 4 shots over the last four ends to win 18 – 15 giving an aggregate score of 55 shots to 50 to Devizes.