The ladies and retired gents of Devizes entered the arena for the annual battle of the sexes on what turned out to be a friendly and enjoyable sunny afternoon. The contest was over just four rinks as the number of members signing up was very limited (WHERE WERE YOU ALL??) this annual contest is always an enjoyable in-house contest where everyone is welcome and an good starting point for newer bowlers.
As you would expect the friendly rivalry was in evidence from the word go but it was the ladies that took an early lead and at the 7th end were up on three rinks and by 14 shots. By the half way mark the men had managed to reduce this to just a 3 point deficit then went ahead by 3, then the ladies were ahead by 3 …………… and so it went on to the end.
Captains Sheila Garlick and Dave Greenwood decided to keep the result hush hush until after the buffet when the presentations started with a tribute and birthday surprise to our one and only Eleanor who was made to stand on a platform whilst the ensemble sang happy birthday.
After this top rink awards were presented and President Rosemary Bradbury retrieved the trophy secretly from the back office. Would it have a pink ribbon or would it have a blue one??? surprise surprise it was BOTH as the result was 79-79, a hard earned very fair draw.
Last night the club played against Broughton Gifford in the Three Rink League and won 64 shots to 45. on Rink 1 Gerald Webb, Keith Scrannage, Robin Drake & Colin Little had a comfortable 28 -11 win. Rink 2 was a much closer affair as after 19 ends the match was tied at 15 all,however Bill Cowan, Ken Roberts, Steve Mulligan & Pete Fielding dropped 1 shot on the last two ends to lose 17 – 15. Rink 3 was also a close affair with the Devizes rink of Mike Alexander, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson trailing by 17 shots to 14 after 19 ends but picked up 7 shots on the last two ends to win 21 – 17, so an 8 points to 2 victory.
The Mid-Wilts “B” team suffered another dip in form with a loss on Thursday to Blue Circle, a team they had beaten 14-0 on the last occasion they met, making two games lost in a row for the first time this season.
A much rearranged team, brought about by illnesses and injuries fought hard to keep ahead but finished up winning on one rink, drawing on a second but loosing on the other two.
The trio of Ken Curtis, Peter Romijn and Ray Ward drew 15-15, Phil Coombes, Pat Chapman and Colin Smith went down 14-23, Steve Brown, Simon Northway and Terry Miles were defeated 9-23 and the winning rink of Michael Alexander, Monty Smith and Will Wrobel achieved a result of 17-15. These scores however were insufficient to gain the aggregate points so the match was lost3 points to 11.
Hopefully a return to form can be achieved next week at Spencer Melksham.
In the Quarter Final of the Men’s National Over 55 Rinks competition Jonathan Cook, Gerald Webb, Trefor Jones & Colin Little won a close game 19 – 18. They started slowly and after 5 ends were 8 – 3 down , but they clawed their way back into the contest and at 10 ends the match was all square. They then got in front and at 15 ends held a 16 – 12 lead, one which they held as, going into the last end they held a 3 shot advantage which was enough to secure the win. They will now play in the semi finals at Devizes on Sunday 16th July. The winners of this competition will represent the county at Royal Leamington Spa in August at the National Championships.
The Four Rink League match against Warminster was a close affair although it was a 10 – 2 victory. On Rink 1 Alan Sims, Keith Scrannage, Trefor Jones & Gerald Webb started well and were 8 – 3 up after 5 ends but then lost the next 6 ends to be 14 – 8 down. Picking up a 5 on the end 20 it brought the scores level but the visitors picked up the one shot on the last end to secure victory. On Rink 2 Pete Romijn, Robin Drake, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson were 10 – 2 up at 11 ends but then conceded the lead over the next 5 ends to be 11 – 10 down. They pick up one shot on the last end to tie the score. On Rink 3 Will Wrobel, John Scoffield, Jonathan Cook & Colin Little were always in control of their match with a 25 – 7 victory which not only secured a rink win but the aggregate score as well. on Rink 4 Peter Charters, Chris Merrifield, Steve Mulligan & Pete Feilding were in a close game all the way through and like rink 2 picked up one on the last end to draw the rink. So an 2 82 – 65 aggregate score. Next week the team travels to Corsham.
Despite going eleven down in the first four ends, Rosemary, Bev & Gerald won 8 of the next 9 ends to draw level in the BW Officers Triples. The game, being played at Blue Circle, remained close going into the last end all square at 15 all. Rosemary put one of her woods close to the jack and despite all their efforts Blue Circle could not move it so the Devizes Officers won by one shot. In the next round they have a home tie against Box.
On Monday evening the Three Rink League side travelled to Blue Circle but could only manage to win on one Rink. The victory came on Rink 1 where Peter Charters, Ken Surman, Dave Reeves & Matt Thompson had a comfortable 20 – 13 win, on Rink 2 Will Wrobel, Keith Scrannage, Robin Drake & Gerald Webb were in a game which saw the lead change several time but unfortunately couldn’t hold on and lost 25 – 21. On Rink 3 Mike Alexander, Ken Roberts, Steve Mulligan & Colin Little struggled all evening evetually losing 28 – 9. So an 8 – 2 victory for Blue Circle.
Trowbridge Town on Monday Morning with watered greens that were running the opposite way to normal the greens man having turned the layout round that very morning brought about a severe challenge for Dave and Sheila in the first round of the county Secretary and Treasurers competition.
The challenge was difficult from start to finish and home advantage paid off for the Trowbridge pairing and they soon had a big lead. A few ends were gradually won back and on the 14th end devizes were within three point of them and holding two when tragedy struck as their skip with his last two woods had wick onto the jack followed by a second wick onto our wood and the end went from two up to three down and they got their lead back.
A fighting rally on the last two ends did reduce the deficit but by that time it was insufficient to take the overall lead so Trowbridge won by22 shots to 18.
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.
In the Tea and Biscuit League on 20 June Devizes A played away at Broughton Gifford. The game was close and at tea Devizes were 9-6 in front. The team of Alan Sims, Peter Charters, Dave Reeves and Trefor Jones continued in the next 11 ends with a similar score line winning 20-13 A welcome win after two losses.