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2018 Men's and Mixed Comps Final Stages Results - Page 2

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QUARTER FINALS – played at Northampton West End BC on Thursday, 5th July, 2018, with the following results:

1. Colin Barnes, Reg Jones, David Fage & Alan Dunkley, Abington BC beat David Cox, Mark Dickens, Don Santer & Phil Odell, St Crispin BC 24-15 shots. (after 19 ends)

This was a pretty even start with St Crispin taking an early lead on picking up a 4 on the first end, and being in front 6-3 after 6 ends, but the next 8 ends were all Abington’s, and they 17 shots to their total, including a big count of 6 on the 8th end, for a very good lead of 20-6 with 7 of the scheduled 21 ends to play. St Crispin pulled back 9 shots to be just 5 adrift at 15-20, with 3 ends left, but when Abington picked up a 4 on the 19th end, they conceded the passage to the Semi-Finals to Abington.

2. Tony Gilbert, Vic Cosgrove, David Gilman & Malcolm Winckles, Desborough Town BC beat Will Clelland, Steve Toone, Norman Gibb & George Warren, Corby Seagrave House BC 23-17 shots

After dropping a 4 on the first end, then a 2 on the 3rd end, to be in deficit 1-6 after 3 ends, the Desborough rink ‘got their act together’ and scored 13 shots without reply over the next 6 ends, including a 5 on the 9th end, but in picking up a huge 6 on the 10th end, the Corby rink were just 2 behind. After those 2 big pick ups on the previous 2 ends, the next 10 ends resulted in just singles, with 5 each going to both rinks for just 2 shots between the two with 1 end left. That last end went very much in Desborough’s favour with a welcome 4 shots for their victory and passage to the Semi-Finals.

3. Bob Fuller, Bryn Walker, Nigel Hawkins & Walt Winsor, Wellingborough BC beat Norrie Hamilton, George Thompson, Mick Catlin & Allen Simms, Kettering Lodge BC 18-16 shots

This was a match in which, after 6 ends, with Wellingborough 6-1 in front, and after 12 ends still 12-5 ahead, and at 15 ends an even bigger margin at 16-6, that Walt and his men were ‘cruising’ to the Semi-Finals, but that was not quite the case. Allen Simms and his men are very competitive, and able bowlers, and the next 5 ends proved that for they scored 10 shots without reply to tie up the match at 16 shots each playing the last end. Wellingborough picked up 2 shots on that last end for their passage to the Semi-Finals.

4. Alan Mann, Trevor Aston, Chris Beck & Peter Milburn, Abington BC beat Martin Gearey, Peter Morris, Roger Tansley & Mick Sharpe, Kingsthorpe BC 22-13 shots (after 19 ends)

A match in which firstly Abington took a lead 4-0 after 3 ends, then Kingsthorpe scored without reply on the next 5 ends to go ahead at 8-4, and then in picking up 2 counts of 3 to one count of 2 dropped, Abington pulled level at 10 shots each after 11 ends, and after 15 ends had got a decent lead at 18-11. Mick and his men collected a couple of singles to reduce their deficit, but when Alan and his men picked up 2 counts of 2 on the 18th & 19th ends to lead at 22-13, Kingsthorpe conceded the passage to the Semi-final to Abington.

SEMI-FINALS – played at Northampton West End BC on the evening of Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, with the following results:

1. Alan Mann, Trevor Aston, Chris Beck & Peter Milburn, Abington BC beat Tony Gilbert, Vic Cosgrove, David Gilman & Malcolm Winckles, Desborough Town BC 18-13 shots.

This match started a little bett for the Abington men as they moved to a 6-2 shots lead after 5 ends of play, but Desborough pulled them back over the next 2 ends to be level on 6 shots each, and it continued to be very tight as the scores were once more level on 10 each after 13 ends of play. Malcolm an dhis men took a single on the next end for the lead, but Alan and his men won the next 3 ends to get the advantage at 14-11. With 3 ends to play there was just 2 shots between the rinks at 14-12 for Abington, but a 3 on the next gave them some breathing space with 2 ends to go, and they came away with a modest victory to proceed to the Final.

2. Bob Fuller, Bryn Walker, Nigel Hawkins & Walt Winsor, Wellingborough BC beat Colin Barnes, Reg Jones, David Fage & Alan Dunkley 23-9 shots

Although bowls is not set up in halves, we sometimes talk about a match being ‘a game of two halves’ when there are 2 distinctly different passages of play, and this match was such. The Abington rink moved smoothly to 9-3 shots in front after 7 ends of play, and then the Wellingborough rink totally dominated the remainder of the match when Walt and his men picked up a 6 on the 8th end, and then followed it with a run of 9 successful ends in which they put 14 more shots onto the scoreboard after 17 ends of the scheduled 21. At this point Alan and his men ‘called it a day’ and Wellingborough will now challenge in the Final.

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QUARTER FINALS - played at Wellingborough BC (No. 1 on the 11th July and the remaining 3 on the 12th July, 2018)

1. Neil Gould, Earls Barton BC beat Shaun Marriott, Northampton West End BC 21-20 shots.

Obviously a very closely fought match, but not having seen the scorecard, and not being present, I cannot give a commentary on how Neil beat Shaun.

2. Chris Bland, Northampton Express BC beat Peter Ward, Desborough Town BC 21-16 shots

This match pitted 2 very experienced bowlers against each other, and, as expected a very close and high class game was the result, with both players delivering some excellent bowls. After 5 ends Chris was just 1 shot ahead at 6-5, and he kept his nose in front for the rest of the match, although at 16 ends of the scheduled 21 he was still just 1 shot ahead at 13-12 shots. Three ends later, however, he was 19-12 up and with Peter having one bowl left, Chris was in a match-winning position holding 3 shots, but Peter drew a terrific shot to take the jack through to save the match. On the next end Peter drew 3 very good bowls to give Chris a bit of a worry as he was being caught at 19-16, but he was able to get 2 successive singles to take his place in the Semi-Finals.

3. Paul Broderick, Burton Latimer Town BC beat Carl Wigfield, Desborough Town BC 21-12 shots

A match between the very experienced and successful Paul and a comparative newcomer in Carl, albeit he has been showing much promise in recent years, The early ends were pretty evenly contested, with Paul taking a 4-5 lead after 5 ends, but Carl then taking a 6-5 lead 2 ends later, and the match was level at 7 each after 9 ends. Carl then took a 9-8 lead, but unfortunately for him Paul really found his game and he collected 10 shots without reply to take a telling lead at 18-9. Carl stuck at the task and won the next 2 ends to get within 6, but Paul saw off the ‘young pretender’ in winning three more ends with a single on each.

4. Darren Childs, Northampton West End BC beat Alan Dunkley, Abington BC 21-11 shots

A match between last year’s National and County Singles Runner-up, Darren, was always going to be a big task for the very experienced Alan, but it was a very evenly fought match for well over half of its duration, with Alan taking an early lead at 5-2 after 5 ends. Darren tied things up at 6 each, but Alan had a good run of 3 scoring ends to go ahead 11-6 before Darren took the next 4 ends to draw level at 11 shots each after 15 ends of play. 3 ends later it was all over for Alan as Darren scored heavily, winning all 3 in taking a maximum of 4 and two counts of 3.

SEMI-FINALS, played at Wellingborough BC on Wednesday, 18th July, 2018, with the following results:

1. Darren Childs, Northampton West End BC beat Paul Broderick, Burton Latimer Town BC 21-12 shots

The early ends were pretty evenly contested in this match, in which the 2017 National Singles Runner-up was hoping to get to the National Championships to go one better, and after 12 ends of play Darren was just 1 shot in front at 8-7. Following an exchange of singles, Darren scored very well over the next 4 ends, picking up 8 shots to be in sight of the winning post at 17-8. Then followed an exchange of singles, and Paul picked up a good count of 3 shots to give him some belief at 12-18 down, that he still had a chance, but on what was to be the 22nd end played, Darren collected the 3 shots he needed to win.
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2. Neil Gould, Earls Barton BC beat Chris Bland, Northampton Express BC 21-17 shots

Chris started this match the better, collecting 7 shots without reply in the first 3 ends of play, and although Neil then picked up some shots, after 10 ends of play there was still the same deficit for him at 5-12 down, and 3 ends later his deficit was even greater at 6-15. At this point Neil started to out bowl Chris and he won 5 successive ends, and added 10 shots, including a maximum 4 on the 15th end, to go ahead by 1 shot at 16-15. Chris retook the lead with a 2 but Neil was really on his game at this point and he took the next 4 ends played, to collect the 5 shots that he needed for victory.

Well done to them both. Darren Childs and Neil Gould will now play for the County title early next month, but more importantly for them, they will represent the County at the National Championships at Leamington in late August

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