Devizes Mid Wilts Triples “B” team travelled to Chippenham Park on Thursday 3rd August expecting a hard battle on what is reputed to be a heavy green to find that the greens played very well and as expected the battle was close with Devizes coming on top by just 6 shots.
The team manged to win on three of the four rinks with only Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis missing out going down 11-22 whilst Michael Alexander, Will Wrobel and Geoff Woollan, who stood in for Terry as captain for the day and for his first time, well done Geoff, won 15-13 and on the other rinks Bernard Fox, Phil Coombes and John Scoffield won 24-11 and Steve Brown, Colin Smith and Phil Cave won 19-17
Total was 69-96, a 12 point to 2 win
The Mid- Wilts “B” team entertained North Wilts “B” team on Thursday night looking to turn around the result from the game in Chippenham earlier in the season when North Wilts won and subjected the “B” team with its first loss of the season.
The result this time was in the end favourable with two rinks, that of Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel on one team and Steve Brown, Phil Coombes and Phil Cave on another winning 27-7 and 20-18 respectively having been in the lead for most or all of the game.
Rink 2 with Patrick Chapman, Colin Smith and Dave Keen pulled off a third win with a magnificent recovery as they were well behind at the half way mark and struggling to get a look in. However, it was a game of two halves with the second half belong to the home team who caught up then went ahead to win 18-15.
Unfortunately the game did not go well for the fourth team of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood who played catch up all evening never quite getting ahead and finishing with a loss of 11-19.
Final result was 76-58 and a 12 points to 2 win for the home team.
The Mid-Wilts “B” triples team travelled to Box on Thursday night hoping to halt a run of lost games. At the end of the evening it looked as though they had fallen into the trap that can be created by the scoring system of allocating 6 points to the team with the highest aggregate score. Devizes were winning on three rinks but losing on the fourth and the aggregate score was such that it was possible to win three of the four rinks but lose the game by losing the overall aggregate. However, luck prevailed because when the score were collated after the game the result was a tie at 73-73 so the 6 points were shared resulting in a 9-5 win for Devizes.
Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Will Wrobel 20-19 .
Simon Northway, Terry Miles and Dave Greenwood 21-11.
Steve Brown, Bernard Fox and Phil Cave 22-15.
Patrick Chapman, Phil Coombes and Dave Keen 10-28.
The early form of the season appears to have deserted the Mid-Wilts “B” team of late as the visit to Spencer Melksham on the 6th July and the home match to Trowbridge Town the following week both resulted in a loss.
This game finished with a total score of 64 to Devizes and 74 to Spencers and therefore a points loss of 4 to 10.
Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis playing, were winning on the last end by one shot and were holding two on the last end when Spencers number 2 killed the end and on the re-run the home team won by four shots. Two other rinks were winning comfortably but dropped big numbers on the latter ends
Rink 1. Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis lost 16-19
Rink 2. Monty Smith, Michael Alexander and Will Wrobel lost 15-19
Rink 3. Colin Smith, Phil Coombes and Patrick Chapman won 21-15
Rink 4. John Scoffield, Bernard Fox and Steve Brown won 22-11
The following week at home was a close fought match with each team being in the lead at differing times in the game but the home team faltered at the end and Trowbridge came out on top.
Rink 1. Dave Greenwood, Simon Northway and Ken Curtis lost 14-17
Rink 2. Terry Miles, Michael Alexander and Will Wrobel won 20-17
Rink 3. Colin Smith, Phil Coombes and Patrick Chapman lost 15-22
Rink 4. John Scoffield, Bernard Fox and Steve Brown won 16-15
Final score 66-71
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.
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.
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”
The “B” team played a home game this Thursday against Blue Circle from Westbury and after last week’s loss were happy to return to winning ways. Most rinks were very close but congratulations to Phil Coombes, Monty Smith and Phil Cave who romped to a 27-9 win. Elsewhere Simon Northway, Will Wrobel and Terry Miles had a hard battle but eventually came out winners at 17-16, Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Mike Mitcham who finished with 23 shots to 14 and Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Dave Greenwood who, on the last end, needed a three to win but were one down with just one last wood to go. Playing with weight the jack was targeted and hit and the holding shot moved to take four shots making the result a 15-13 win. Overall result 82 plays 52 giving a 14-0 points win.
The “Bubble” burst on Thursday night when the Mid-Wilts “B” teams winning streak came to an abrupt end. With an overall result of Spencer Melksham “A” 86 and Devizes “B” 47 and a 2-12 points defeat there was only one glimmer of light at the end of a dismal night and that was the one winning rink of Phil Cave, Geoff Woollan and Michael Alexander who produced a hard fought win of 18 shots to 15.
The team hope to bounce back at home next week against Blue Circle from Westbury.
Devizes “B” held a home match against Box on Thursday 3rd May when they yet against faced the wrath of a very cold and blustery wind coming across the North Sea from Scandinavia. The match had an unfortunate start when Les Griffin had to withdraw at the very last minute and reserve Phil Cave stepped into the breach to skip a team of Phil Coombes and Colin Smith who then roared away for the first half of the game at one stage being 12–2 up, however Box found their game in the second half, pulled back then went ahead resulting in a small loss at 12–19. Two other rinks with Monty Smith, Will Wrobel and Terry Miles on rink 3 and Michael Alexander, Geoff Woollan and Mike Mitcham on ring 2 had very tight games with the scores being tied on many occasions. Eventually Mikes team came out on top at 15–13 whilst Terry finished up 15–19 just 4 shots adrift. The final team of Dave Greenwood, Peter Romijn and Ken Curtis had an exceptional night being ahead from the start with a 7 shot win on the first end and a final result of 32–9. This give an overall total of 74–60 to Devizes and a 10–4 points win.