Last Sunday's game against Northamptonshire VP's was hosted by the Wellingborough Bowls Club and our thanks go out to them for providing such a good welcome in what was the first game that they have hosted this season. Their hospitality along with the very good bowling surface were first class.

Chairman Allan Hunt at lead, followed by John Stephens, John Hurren and guest player Jack Lafford at skip, led the VP's to a 98 - 84 win, with their 35-9 rink win, which included a seven on the ninth end (no one owned up to the missing eigth wood). 

Roger Oliver, Ron Havard, Nigel Satchell and Chris Cox took eleven of the 21 ends in their game to return a 23-16 scoreline, with a five on the twelfth end having a major influence on their seven shot win.

Gerald Fountain, Tony Smith (who joined the association after the game), Alex Fleming with Alan Wase bringing up the rear just lost out on the last end after having lead for the first seventeen ends. Northants drew level on the eighteenth and after a single each the game entered the last end all square. The hosts picked up a brace to go in front for the first time in the match. to win 15-13

Percy Hickman, John Timms, John McGeough and Mike Andrew were chasing the game up until the fifteenth end when they took the lead 13-12. However, a pair of singles and a prial of three's over the next five ends saw the Northants rink go into the last end 10 shots up before Oxfordshire collected a two, eventually losing 15-23.

Bernie May, Bob Foster, Ian Whelpton and Mick Morris had a much closer game than their losing 12-21 scoreline showed. A four on the third end was the highest end score of the game but the could only muster another 8 shots over 5 winning ends in a game that between the two teams had twelve singles on the scorecard.

All being well, the two Asociations will meet to do battle again in their indoor fixture in November.


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Wednesday, 10th of August 2022
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