The first game this week was a Bowls Dorset Men’s League against Wimborne ‘A’ at home. This was a ‘full house’ winning on all rinks, with an overall score of 59 shots to 46. Swanage coming back and winning over the last third of the game, after 7 ends 15-18 Wimborne, 14 ends 29-39 Wimborne, over the last 7 ends Swanage scored 30 shots to Wimborne’s 7, giving the final result and a maximum 10 points. Tony Bell, John French, Barrie Tatman and skip Brian Beeston won 21-13, Mike Keats, John Smith, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Gordon Wallis won 22-19 and Roger Senior, Tim Luscombe, Jim Kelly and skip Terry Buck won 16-14. A super game to be involved in!
The two Percy Baker matches were at the other end of the spectrum! On Tuesday the E2 team started early and travelled to Gillingham for a 10-30am start, loosing on both rinks 22 shots to 29 overall, Mike Keats, Tim Luscombe and skip Terry Buck were always ‘chasing the tail’ and went down 10-16, Tony Bell, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Brian Beeston pulled away and had a 6 shot lead after 7 ends but were ‘reeled in’ to finish 12-13 down.
The E4 team did no better, playing host to Wimborne on Thursday morning, again loosing on both rinks 22-36 overall, Tony Bell, Barrie Tatman and skip Jim Kelly scored 7 points after 9 ends and not again till the last end a loss of 9 shots to 17. John French, Clive Bryceson and skip Gordon Wallis held on for the first third of the match, then Wimborne pulled away to a 10 shot lead Swanage came back well but ran out of ends to loose 13-19.
The Ladies travelled to Branksome BC to play their Bournemouth & District Ladies league game, this was a very close thing as Swanage won by ONE SHOT! Lil Bell, Gill Bryceson and skip Linda Wallis went ahead but were pulled back to 14 all after 10 ends then scoring 3 on the last end kept the loss to 1 shot 19-20. Connie Palmer, Jan Cherry and skip Uta Keats went ahead after 8 ends and kept their noses in front to win 18-16, 4 points in the bag!
On Saturday the B&D Mixed Triples went to Milford-on-Sea and gained a solid win 47 shots to 24. Lil Bell, Gill Bryceson and skip Paul Knapman went ahead from the start and kept control of the game winning 17-14. Connie Palmer, Carole Knapman and skip Mark Crompton powered ahead scoring 3, 4’s and 2, 5’s during the game, to give the opposition no hope, coming out winners by a ‘margin’ 30-11, maximum 6 points picked up here.
In the Bournemouth & District Premiership the men travelled to Boscombe Cliff BC, we won this match 70 shots to 63, winning on two rinks, 10 points gained. Mike Keats, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Graham Smooker, roared ahead and were 12 shots up after 5 ends and kept the pressure on to win by 10 shots 21-11. Roger Senior, Barrie Tatman and skip Terry Buck were 12-4 up after 8 ends but stuck on that score for the next 5 ends and were 1 shot down 12-13, this was the trigger and they won the last 5 ends to win 21-13. Both rinks of Tim Luscombe, Clive Bryceson, Jim Kelly and Tony Bell, John French, Brian Beeston went down early in their games but fought back hard to minimise their loss and ensure the overall win.