Suffolk recover from shaky start
INDOOR BOWLS: In a closely-fought match at the Bedford Borough Indoor Bowling Club, Suffolk fought back extremely well after a very shaky opening few ends to earn themselves a place in the next round of the Liberty Trophy against Yorkshire.
IN A closely-fought match at the Bedford Borough Indoor Bowling Club, Suffolk fought back extremely well after a very shaky opening few ends to earn themselves a place in the next round of the Liberty Trophy against Yorkshire.
Play was definitely not going Suffolk's way in the opening exchanges with the Warwickshire side building up a 20-shot lead (31-11).
Suffolk gradually pulled the deficit back and at ten ends had managed to pull ahead by eight shots, 52-44.
Greg Nash's rink after a difficult opening, fought their way back with debut-making Graham Rowland and Richard Leeder eventually finding their way. Nash's rink went on to win by 11 shots.
One of the finest rinks ever to have represented Suffolk over the years, John Rednall, Jim Kennedy, Julian Poole and Colin Rumsby maintained their extraordinary record in the Liberty with another cracking win, this time over Greg Moon, by five shots.
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A very disappointing result for the Martin Rumball rink – who only won on four of the 21 ends to go down by 16 shots – almost helped the Warwicks side to victory.
Steve Miller, making his debut in the Mark Royal rink, adapted very well and along with Aaron Brown, who had a very good match, and Phil Last, they collected an eight-shot victory.
The other two rinks were very close affairs, both teams exchanging the lead. John Chalk's rink were never behind, but dropping singles on three of the last four ends saw them finish the match all-square. John Catchpole's rink, with Eric Gooch and David Revell making their debuts, snatched a four on the final end to deservedly win a game which had swung either way during the 21 ends.
Rink details: Mark Todd, David Revell, Eric Gooch, John Catchpole 24, G. Ashby 23; Steve Botten, Colin Gathercole, David Wellington, John Chalk 15, C Harrison 15; Steve Miller, Phil Last, Aaron Brown, Mark Royal 23, A. Prew 15; Stuart Gaught, Phil Page, Chris Southgate, Martin Rumball 7, D Pope 23; Richard Leeder, Graham Rowland, Bob King, Greg Nash 26, B South 15; John Rednall, Jim Kennedy, Julian Poole, Colin Rumsby 20, G Moon 15.
For the next round on Saturday, November 16, start noon, at Newark IBC, against Yorkshire, Suffolk will be taking a coach picking up from Rushmere Road Indoor Bowling Club.
Seats are limited, but any supporters wishing to travel can contact either 01473 822083 or 01473 623412 to book their seats.
Suffolk make two changes for the next round. Making their debuts will be Andy Bishop, from the Risbygate club, and Geoff Ramsbottom from the Beccles club.
Full team: J Rednall, J Kennedy, J Poole, C Rumsby, S Miller, P Last, A Brown, M Royal, M Todd, D Revell, E Gooch, J Catchpole, S Gaught, A Bishop, G Ramsbottom, M Rumball, R Leeder, G Rowland, R King, G Nash, S Botten, C Gathercole, D Wellington, J Chalk.