Friendship Cup against Calpe
On Thursday 21st January a BBC team travelled to the seaside at Calpe for the return leg of the annual Friendship Cup. This cup has been contested between the two clubs since the late 1980’s.
Although taking with them a 39 shot difference in their favour the BBC team were not complacent as they knew their opponents would put up a stern fight on their home rink. This proved to be so.
Fortunately the rink skipped by Iris Gardiner supported by lead Peter Hagart, two Richard Gardiner and three Hazel Duke set a dazzling start and only conceded one shot in the first 13 ends to lead by 25–1 at that stage. They lost 11 shots in the closing ends but ran out comfortable winners 26–12.
The rink skipped by Captain of the Day, Peter Griffiths with Edward Teal leading, Trefor Evans following at two and Rob Hawker doing sterling work at three were nip and tuck for the whole game. 8 all at 9 ends and 13 all at 16 ends. With two singles on the final two ends they clinched the contest 15–13.
Dudley Davies’s rink had a close game for the first third being 6 – 6 at 6 ends. The 8th end saw them drop a 6 but they fought back to be only 2 shots adrift, 14– 6 after the 2nd third of the game. They fought bravely to keep the shot difference low to end up 18–26.
Richard Chamberlain skipping the rink led by wife Jinty with Bob Tranter at two and Rebecca Langan at three opened with a 2 but struggled to keep in touch with their opponents until they secured a 4 on the 11th end. Again, keeping the shot difference in hand they finished 10–18 down.
Totalling up the shots and which ever way you looked at it, it was 69 – 69 on the day with BBC scoring on two more ends. However, with their substantial home score of 39 the cup was returned to BBC for another year.
The match certainly lived up to its title. A thoroughly friendly morning’s bowling in warm sunshine played in the true spirit of the game and followed by an enjoyable meal.
The photo shows Calpe’s Captain of the Day, Glenda Rowe, delivering the cup into the safe hands of Peter Griffiths.