2012 Nat Results Page 2

FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP  (Commenced for Northamptonshire players on Monday, 13th August, 2012.)

Mark Corbyn/Darren Lyman/Neil Corbyn/Paul Broderick, Wellingborough BC beat Travis Meller’s Rink, Shanklin BC, Isle of Wight 24-18 shots. A competent performance against an enthusiastic rink skipped by a Junior England International saw them safely into the next round.

John Baggat/Martin Walker/Alan Ashby/Jamie Walker, Northampton West End BC beat Ray Batsford’s Rink, Polegrove BC, Bexhill, Sussex 17-15 shots. A tough match which the County team were never totally in charge, but managed to grind out a win.

SECOND ROUND played on the afternoon of the 13th August:
Broderick’s Rink beat Andy Thomson’s Rink, Blackheath & Greenwich BC, Kent 23-11 shots. What a tremendous performance by the Wellingborough Rink against the illustrious long serving England International and probably best known current bowler in the world, Andy Thompson. Broderick’s rink was 11 shots to the good before the Kent men could post a shot on the board, and they continued to dominate the match throughout by superb bowling. Had Thomson not played some very ‘big bowls’ the score would have been even greater in the County’s favour, but after 19 ends of the match completed, and with a deficit of 12 shots, even he had to ‘throw in the towel’ and concede defeat.

Walker’s Rink lost to Paul Wallace’s Rink, Silloth BC, Cumbria 16-21 shots. Whether the rink they played on was a bit tricky or not, the standard of play from both rinks was not high, but the Cumbrians were just ahead for the majority of the match. Playing the last end was very interesting for the County players needed 6 shots to force an extra end, and when the Cumbrian skip bowled his last bowl he was 6 shots down! That last bowl appeared slightly heavy and could have slipped through and not affected the head, but in the event it caught one of the County bowls and dropped in for second bowl.

THIRD ROUND, played on Tuesday, 14th August:

Broderick’s Rink beat Gary Stacey’s Rink, Reading BC, Berkshire 20-15 shots. A match in which for the first half or so the Berkshire men were comfortably on top and sailing towards a quarter final place. The County men were not playing well at this stage and were 7-14 shots adrift after 15 ends, but they suddenly as a rink started to play superbly well and by the conclusion of the 19th end they had gone in front, thanks to a fantastic end of bowls on that 19th end which saw them collect a score of 4 shots. On the 20th end the Berkshire skip with his last bowl sent a firm bowl into the head which ‘juggled’ a few bowls about to give him 1 shot, and a deficit of just 3 shots to overcome on the last end. Despite his best efforts, and due to some good bowling from the Wellingborough quartet on that last end, he could not manage to pull it off and the match was won by the County men.

QUARTER FINAL - played on the afternoon of the 14th August, 2012:

Broderick’s Rink beat Derbyshire’s Long Eaton BC Rink, of Trevor Lee/Jamie Haskins/Dan Smith/Philip Broughton 18-8 shots. The England Junior International Broughton and his rink members are well known to our County, being members of the Derbyshire Midland Counties team, and as keen inter county rivals every year it was expected that a very competitive match would ensue. In the event, although it was competitive, the Wellingborough quartet were in front from the start and with each of them playing some excellent bowls throughout, and despite some very good responses from the Derbyshire men, the County rink eased smoothly into the Semi-Finals. There were not too many anxious moments for the many supporters, other than at the three quarter stage when the Long Eaton men built up a very good head and were holding 5 shots with more bowls to come. Had they been able to hang on to those shots the deficit would have been just 4 shots, but in the event Neil Corbyn with his 2nd bowl accurately struck the ‘head’ and converted the poor lie into a shots advantage to the County rink.

SEMI-FINAL – played on the morning of the 15th August, 2012.

Broderick’s Rink beat Lancashire’s Grantham BC Rink of Ian Johnson/Matthew Orrey/Martin Pulling & Dion Auckland 21-18 shots. This was a very close and competitive affair again between two Counties which compete against each other in the Midland Counties Championships, and there was rarely more than a shot or two between the rinks as the game progressed. After 20 ends of bowls, with just 1 to come, Lincolnshire’s men held a 2 shot lead at 18-16 and the Northamptonshire men set up a match winning lie of 3 shots when Auckland took one of the bowls out to tie the match and thus set up an ‘extra end’. That extra end was set up very nicely for Broderick’s men as the Lincs front end failed to get close for probably the first time in the match, and when Auckland came to bowl his last bowl he was 3 shots down. Having just played a trailing weight bowl and missing the head he tried again, but, although he went very close he could not save the match and the victory was taken by the Wellingborough rink.

FINAL – played on the afternoon of the 15th August, 2012.

What a tremendous match for the County men as they took the Trophy at a canter!

Broderick’s rink beat Cambridgeshire’s Cambridge & County BC Rink of Martin Pankhurst/Kevin Bane/Ian Miller & Richard Catton 29-10 shots. The Cambridge rink were the Fours Champions in 2010, and a tough match was envisaged against them, although as it turned out all the Wellingborough players were on the top of their game and were obviously very much ‘up for it’ Broderick’s men were 5 shots up after 3 ends without reply, and 10-3 after 6 ends, but on the 7th end the Cambridge quartet picked up a most unexpected count of 5 shots to be just 2 shots behind. This must have been a ‘wake up’ call for the County men because from then on they were quite ruthless, all of them playing some superb bowls, and collecting 19 shots to just 2 conceded in the process, to win the match and the title of ‘National Fours Champions’ after 18 ends of play.

The four County men will now represent England in the British Isles Championships to be played in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in the summer of 2013. Well done to you all, your County and Club are very proud of your achievement.

TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP – started for one County Triple on the 15th August, 2012.

Early First Round – played on the afternoon of Wednesday, 15th August, 2012.

Kevin Stevens/Andy Fowkes/Dave Kovacs, Northampton West End BC lost to Dave Candelland/Doug Spittles/Norman Ross, Shirley Park BC, Surrey 21-15. A first visit to the Worthing Championships for this triple, and their match did not start well for them and after a few ends they were a number of shots adrift and were playing ‘catch up’ This they started to do and after 16 end they were only one shot behind, but unfortunately they dropped a 4 shot count, and eventually lost the match 15-21 shots.

First Round – played on the morning of the 16th August, 2012.

Tony Asher/Darren Lyman/Paul Broderick, Wellingborough BC, lost to Richard Card/Nigel Rushton/Myles Arnold, Harefield Hospital BC, Middlesex 14-15 shots. Lyman and Broderick, fresh from their Fours triumph of the day before, were joined at lead by Tony Asher, who was playing in the National Triples Championship 44 years after first doing so in 1968, when he was a 19 year old playing lead with his father Fred Asher the skip.
The match turned out to be a bit of a ‘scrappy’ affair, and one in which neither triple could claim to be bowling at their best. The County men were never in front in the match, and at one time they were 7 shots adrift. As the match reached its climax the Wellingborough trio were 2 shots behind with 1 end to play and as the last bowls were being played there was always a chance of picking up the shots required for a win or a tied end, and with his last bowl Broderick trailed the jack into the ditch with the hope of his players and supporters alike that he held those necessary shots. Unfortunately the umpire’s measure went in favour of the Middlesex triple and the match was lost.

National Fours Winners

Neil Corbyn, Darren Lyman, Paul Broderick, Mark Corbyn - Wellingborough BC National Fours Champions 2012

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