BOWLS: Winning week for county men

The Under 25s at Cheltenham
The Under 25s at Cheltenham
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Victory in Balcomb and White Rose trophies

Warwickshire and Somerset met at the neutral venue of Falcon BC in Gloucestershire for their preliminary round tie in the Balcomb Trophy (County Two Fours).

Calvin Wells’ rink of Craig Carter, Brian Boardman and Matt Wells dropped five shots on the first end but hit back straight away with six of their own, writes Alan Jackson.

With five ends gone Wells led 10-7 while Martin Murley, Rob Robinson, Tom Millership and Alan Apsey were level on five all.

By the midway point Wells and co saw their lead turn into a two shot deficit but Apsey’s rink had taken a one shot lead. Apsey and co managed to open up a 18-12 advantage with 15 ends played with Wells and co cutting their deficit to just one shot.

Heading into the final three ends Apsey had increased his lead to eight shots but Wells now trailed by four shots, giving the Bears an overall four shot lead.

A strong finish by both rinks saw Wells’ team halve the deficit to finish 21-23 down, while Apsey & co won 24-15 to give Warwickshire an overall 45-38 win.

The Bears will now face Wiltshire in the next round.

The day after the Senior Squad successfully took on Somerset in the Balcomb Trophy the County Under 25s travelled to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire to face Somerset’s Juniors in the White Rose Trophy (Under 25s Two Fours).

Adam Smith, Luke Horne, Luke Moore and Matt Wordingham got off to a bad start, six ends played and the Bears were 11-1 down. A three and six helped Dan Jones, Luke Beech, Dan Ward and Tom Pritty recover from an early deficit to reach six ends leading 9-6.

By the midway point of the match Pritty and co were a shot up, Wordingham’s rink still trailed but had reduced the deficit to four shots.

With five ends to play Wordingham and co were 18-10 adrift but hit back to ack threes to reduce the deficit to two shots.

Somerset had the better of the remaining ends to seal a three shot 20-17 win.

All eyes turned to the other rink, Pritty and co led by ten shots with three ends left to play and made that eleven after 19 ends.

The teams took three attempts to complete the 20th end, Somerset twice killing the end in a bid to get shots, in the end they settled for two. Needing six shots to force an extra end, Somerset cursed their luck as they chipped the jack out wide to end any chance of late drama.

Final rink score 24-17 to the Bears, giving Warwickshire passage through to the Regional Finals at Bath in June with a 41-37 win.