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14th February 2018 - BBC v Vistabella
With a 93 - 81 scoreline but only two winning rinks BBC took six points from the match with Vistabella. The Berleen team added another two points to their total with a fine 30 - 10 win.

Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Greg Sperring were on Rink 2 and never really got going finding themselves 2 - 15 down after nine ends, it hadn't changed much by the finish when the score was 9 - 21.

It was a different story on Rink 4, where Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley dominated their game leading 16 - 3 at the halfway point and finishing on 28 - 6, having lost just four ends. Two points for BBC.

Iris Gardiner, Bob Bailey, Mike Smith & Brian Doggett played on Rink 6 and won six of the first nine ends to lead by 9 - 4, the pattern was the same for the second half, their game closed with the score at 23 - 10 and another two valuable points.

On the difficult Rink 7, Jinty & Richard Chamberlain, Dave & Jacquie Roberts had a very tight game, 13 - 12 at nine ends. It was seventeen all after thirteen ends but the opposition finished slightly stronger and took the game by 21 - 26.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson drew Rink 8 and scored six singles and a six in their game to go down 12 - 18. Lots of 'seconds' but they don't count!

On rink 1, the Berleen team showed a slightly changed line of John & Lynne Avey, Dave Bouttell and Lynda Warnes but the team continued their winning form with a great twenty shots win. Taking the first six ends before the opposition woke up, they led by 17 - 0, three ends later it was 21 - 2. After fourteen ends Vistabella had pulled back to 22 - 10 but with four doubles to finish they ran out with a 30- 10 victory to keep them at the 'Top of the Table'.

Next week we are off down South again with a difficult game at San Luis.
Richard

7th February 2018 - BBC v Emerald Isle
A bright but chilly breezy morning for the start of our game down south at Emerald Isle. A great 19 - 15 win for our Berleen team to keep them at the Top of their League. For the Winter League side there were two winning rinks, two close games and one not so close, so we came away with four points, three more than in this fixture last year, BBC 85 shots, Emerald Isle 95 shots.

Our Berleen team of Lynne Avey, Viv Humble, Dave Bouttell and Vivian Erridge played on Rink 6 and took a couple of twos on the first two ends, followed by singles on the fourth, seventh and eighth ends and a three on the ninth to hold a four shot lead, 10 - 6. Their opponents picked up a single, then it was two for BBC; with a four and a three to Emerald Isle the lead had changed hands, 12 - 14, time to dig in. Our players responded to the call by winning four of the last five ends to take a four shot win, 19 - 15 and two points. Well done.

In a change of line up, caused by illness and availability, Brian Doggett's rink of Iris Gardiner, Bob Bailey and John Avey played on Rink 1. A fairly even first nine ends saw them holding a one shot lead, 10 - 9. By the fifteenth it was a two shot lead, 15- 13 but with a single and a four the opposition had gone in front, 15 - 18. Holding two shots, our players lost the measure for the third and went down by a single shot, 17 - 18.

Linda Richards (another change), Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Greg Sperring were on Rink 2 and were 3 shots all after five ends. With two fours for us followed by two twos to them, it was 11 - 7 after nine ends. They were ten shots in front after fourteen ends, 18 - 8, which was reduced to six when their opponents took a four on the next end. Taking two of the last three ends the BBC team won their game 21 - 16 and two valuable points.

Rink 3, Tim Woodcock, Richard Chamberlain, Trefor Evans and Maggie Lawley won five of the first nine ends and were leading 10 - 5. Taking four of the next six ends put them nine shots up, 17 - 8, this was reduced to five by the finish with their opponents taking the last three ends, result 17 - 12 and two more points.

On Rink 4, Jinty Chamberlain, Richard Gardiner, Dave & Jacquie Roberts played their Captain's rink and at the halfway point, having won five ends, held a two shot lead, 11 - 9. Three singles to their opponents were followed by two threes and a double and our team had fallen behind, 11 - 20. In a strong finish BBC fought back hard, taking all three ends but not quite enough shots, 18 - 20.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson had Rink 5 and found themselves up against a team in good form, 4 - 14 after nine ends. Things didn't improve in the second half, final score 12 - 29.

Next week we are at Home to Vistabella which is followed by another tough Away game at San Luis.
Richard

31st January 2018 - BBC v Quesada
It was perfect weather for bowling, blue skies and no wind, when BBC welcomed their opponents Quesada to Benitachell. They are just below us in the Winter League table and we knew we were in for a game where there was much at stake. Two high scoring rinks and winning last end 'measures for shots' on two others, gave BBC four winning rinks and the overall shot difference of eleven, 96 - 85. Ten points to BBC, two points Quesada. The Berleen team won their game to keep them at the top of that table.

Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Greg Sperring were on Rink 2 and won two of the first five ends where the teams were tied on four shots each, after nine ends the teams could still not be separated, 8 - 8. With a three and three singles BBC took a six shot lead, 14 - 8, after thirteen, their opponents got a three on the next end, 14 - 11. With just the last end still to be played they were four shots ahead, 16 - 12, in a close measure for shots, BBC dropped a three but won by the narrowest of margins, 16 - 15, and took the two valuable points.

Jinty Chamberlain, John Avey, Jacquie Roberts & Iris Gardiner on Rink 3 were up against strong opponents and were eleven shots adrift at the halfway point, 3 - 14. In a more even second half they won more ends, five to four, but were still ten shots down at the finish, 10 - 20.

Fely Croft, Bob Bailey, Mike Smith & Brian Doggett drew Rink 4 again, they lost a single on the first end but went on to win seven consecutive ends, which included a couple of threes and two fives, to take a commanding lead after eight ends, 21 - 1. After twelve ends the gap had narrowed slightly to 24 - 7, and in a strong finish Quesada closed the gap even more to just nine shots, 27 - 18, another two points.

With the absence of Mary Cockell, there was a change to the team line up on Rink 5, where Tim Woodcock, Richard Chamberlain, Trefor Evans and Maggie Lawley continued their fine form. They won five of the first nine ends, which included a five and two sixes, to take a strong lead in their game, 21 - 6. A four and a double to their opponents narrowed the gap to nine shots, 21 - 12 after eleven ends. Winning four of the last seven ends Maggie and her team ran out worthy winners by 26 - 16, and two more points.

On Rink 6, Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson had a tight game and led by just one shot after nine ends, 9 - 8. Four shots up after thirteen, 13 - 9; with a three to them, a three to us and a three to them, there was just the single shot still separating the teams, 16 - 15. A single shot for either side on the last two ends gave a final score of 17 - 16 and two more points.

Our Berleen team of Lynne Avey, Richard Gardiner, Dave Bouttell and Vivian Erridge played on Rink 8, they took a three on the first end but then lost the next six ends, 3 - 8 after seven. With a double and a three on the next two ends they bought the scores level to 8 - 8 at the halfway point. After dropping a two on the tenth, they picked up a single, followed by a valuable four and another single to take a four shot lead, 14 - 10 after thirteen. With two singles and a double Quesada levelled the score at fourteen all with two ends to play. BBC took a single on each of these ends to come home with a 16 - 14 victory, keeping them at the Top of the Berleen table.

Quesada are a tough team to beat, either home or away, and we have done well to take ten points today, a good all round performance, thank you.
Richard

24th January 2018 - BBC v Greenlands
Another beautiful sunny day for our Home game against Greenlands. Three high scoring winning rinks gave BBC a good shot difference of plus 43, scoreline 113 - 70 and 8 points to 4 which was the same result as the game last season.

Jinty Chamberlain, Richard Gardiner, John Avey & Iris Gardiner on Rink 2, found the going tough against an in form Greenlands Skip and were left trailing 4 - 10 after nine ends. The game continued in a similar vein and after fifteen ends the score was 7 - 16. On the next end a super 'take out' shot from Iris produced a count of five and there was a glimmer of hope, when the margin was reduced to four shots, 12 - 16, but it was not to be and the rink went down 12 - 19.

It was a different story next door on Rink 3, where Maggie Lawley's rink of Tim Woodcock, Mike Smith and Mary Cockell, continued where they left off last week. Taking a five on the first end, with a three on the third they led by 8 - 2, with two singles to their opponents it was 8 - 4 at five ends. A run of seven consecutive winning ends for the BBC team, which included a six and a four, put them 28 - 4 up after twelve ends. A single on the fourteenth followed by another six on the fifteenth saw them thirty shots up, 35 - 5, despite losing the last three ends, it was a great well earned win by 35 - 9 and two points.

Fely Croft, Bob Bailey, Greg Sperring & Brian Doggett played on Rink 4 and won two of the first six ends, when the score stood at 4 - 5. The next seven ends all went BBC's way and they were 17 - 5 ahead by the thirteenth, two singles for the opposition were followed by three threes for our team, which rounded off a great 26 - 7 win and two more points.

Rink 5, Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Trevor Neale took a three on the first end which was quickly countered with a five, a two and a four to Greenlands, 3 - 11 after four ends, but by the eighth end the teams were all square on twelve points. The difference was two shots after the fifteenth end, 16 - 18 but with a five conceded on the sixteenth end and a three on the final end, the team lost by eight shots, 18 - 26.

On Rink 6, Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson 'flew out of the trap' and were 6 - 1 ahead after three ends, it was 14 - 1 at nine ends and 19 - 1 after eleven. Their opponents won the next three ends, 19 - 6, after fourteen. Each team won two of the final four ends and their game finished 22 - 9 and two valuable points for BBC.

Another Home game next week against Quesada.
Richard

17th January 2018 - BBC v Bonalba
Today we took a short journey down the AP7 to Bonalba and played our match there on a fine sunny morning.
Once again there were some close games and the match finished with two winning rinks each and a drawn game, so five points each, but BBC took the additional two points for the overall shot difference. End result 7 - 5 in BBC's favour with a scoreline of 90 - 79. A great win for the Berleen team by 24 - 11, which will keep the pressure on at the Top of the Table.

Our unchanged Berleen team, Margaret Bailey, Lynne Avey, Dave Bouttell and Vivian Erridge played on Rink 3, after losing a single on the first end they then won five consecutive ends to lead by 8 - 1 after six ends. At the halfway stage they were just five shots ahead, 9 - 4, but then stepped up the pace, taking ten shots over the next four ends, 19 - 4 after thirteen. Despite dropping a six on the sixteenth end they ran out worthy winners by 24 - 11 having lost only five ends in the whole game. Well done everyone.

Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley drew the outside Rink 8 and had the best of the early morning sunshine, which obviously suited them as they won the first six ends, taking an early lead, 8 - 0, and by eleven ends they had stretched their lead to thirteen shots, 15 - 2. A seven for the opposition on the twelfth end cut that lead to just six shots, 15 - 9, but with a run of four winning ends and eleven shots the BBC four had gained the upper hand once again with just two ends to play. A single to each team took the final score to 27 - 10, a great seventeen shots win and two valuable points.

Rink 7, Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Trevor Neale had another tight game, getting off to a good start they led by 8 - 3 after five ends. Only two shots separated the teams after nine ends, 10 - 8, but by the eleventh end BBC were two shots behind, 11 - 13, having just dropped a count of five. By fourteen ends they were back on level terms at 14 shots each, which is how the game finished, all square at 17- 17, after both sides had taken a single and double over the final four ends. Another point gained by BBC.

On Rink 6, Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson started well and were in the lead by 6 - 4 after the first six ends. With a single, double and single to their opponents, followed by a pair to us on the tenth end the shots were tied at 8 - 8. Bonalba scored eight shots over the next three ends to lead by 8 - 16, a margin which they did not relinquish, final score 13 - 21.

Fely Croft, Bob Bailey, Mike Smith & Greg Sperring played on Rink 5 and won five of the first nine ends but trailed by three shots, 8 - 11. Two ends later the margin was up to four shots, 9 - 13, but the BBC team then had a run of five consecutive winning ends, taking ten shots, to move into the lead, 19 - 13. With a single to each team this game finished with a six shot win for the BBC team, 20 - 14, and two more points.

Rink 4, John Avey, Richard Gardiner, Iris Gardiner & Alex Fisher had a close game, sharing nine ends each with their opponents, scoreline 6 - 7 after nine ends. After fifteen ends they had just moved in front by three shots, 13 - 10, which was cut down to a single shot with one end left to play, 13 - 12. After the front end had bowled the last end BBC were a few shots down but Iris drew shot with her final bowl, just the Skips to play. Their Captain and Skip, Barry Watson played another perfect bowl into the head and punched out Iris's bowl to hold a winning lie. Alex's final bowl was on course to be shot bowl before it glanced a short bowl and just glided past the jack, but BBC took a hit of five shots, to lose this game by four, 13 - 17.

Next week sees us at Home to Greenlands.
Richard

10th January 2018 - BBC v San Miguel
Our first game of the New Year started after the early morning showers had dried up, in pleasant sunshine and ending on a nice warm day. As has been the pattern in several of our matches this season, the outcome and bonus points would only be decided with the last few bowls, but it was a very satisfactory finish for BBC taking the game by three rinks to two and the overall shot difference by just three shots, 90 - 87, in what had been a low scoring and fairly even match. Eight points to BBC, four points San Miguel.

Rink 2, Tim Woodcock, Mike Smith, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley took the first two ends to lead by 4 - 0 before their opponents strung six consecutive ends together to take a 4 - 9 lead after eight ends. Not to be outdone, Maggie and her team took the next five ends with three threes, a double and a single, to lead by seven shots, 16- 9 after thirteen ends. San Miguel fought back again with a three and a four to draw level on the fifteenth end, 16 - 16. A double for BBC followed by a single against left the game poised for an exciting last end finish and with an excellent four shots for BBC we took this game in what was hard earned win, 22- 17, and two valuable points.

On Rink 3, Linda Richards, Clive Langan, Richard Gardiner and Steve Griffin faced a strong four and got off to a good start to lead 7 - 1 after five ends. Their opponents promptly fought back taking the next four ends to lead 7 - 9 after nine ends. Three ends later there was just a single shot separating the two teams, 9 - 10, but with threes on the thirteenth and fifteenth ends San Miguel had moved six shots ahead, 10 - 16. The next two ends went to BBC, narrowing the gap to three shots, 13 - 16, with one end to play, unfortunately we couldn't quite make it and dropped a four, final score 13 - 20.

With a small change to the bowling order, Fely Croft, Bob Bailey, Greg Sperring and Brian Doggett played on Rink 4. Taking just three of the first nine ends left our team trailing by two shots, 7 - 9, some super bowling by their Skip had kept them in the game. Another four non scoring ends for BBC and we were seven behind, 7 - 14, after thirteen. Then three fives in four ends gave us a six shot lead with one end to play, on which their opponents took a single, leaving the final score at 22 - 17 and another two points.

Malcolm Sprawson, John Avey, Iris Gardiner & Alex Fisher played on Rink 5 and the game was all square at five shots each after four ends. A run of six scoring ends gave them a seven shot lead after nine ends, 12 - 5. A three and three two's for their opponents and we were two down, 12 - 14, by the thirteenth end, but had drawn back level by the fifteenth, both teams with fifteen shots. A single for us was followed by a three against and we were two down playing the last end, despite our best efforts we could only take a single and missed out by just one shot, 17 - 18.

Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Trevor Neale, a late substitute for an unwell Harry Chick (get well soon Harry) were drawn on Rink 6. Two ends each and three shots each after four ends, another two ends each but BBC were ahead by a single shot after eight ends, 6 - 5. An unfortunate five shots dropped on the ninth, so we were four behind after nine, 6 - 10, but with some consistent scoring we were back on level terms by the fifteenth, 12 - 12, all to play for. A three by their opponents was followed by a single for us, two down, one end to play. This was the last game to finish and the outcome of the whole match would be decided on this rink, some good bowling by our players gave them the three shots needed to win their rink, 16 - 15, two more valuable points and also gave BBC a winning margin of three shots for the overall score and two more points.

Out on Rink 8, our Berleen team of Margaret Bailey, Lynne Avey, Dave Bouttell and Vivian Erridge won just three of the first eight ends but were only two shots behind at 5 - 7. A five on the ninth was followed by a two on the tenth and we had taken a five shot lead, 12 - 7. By the fifteenth the margin had increased to seven shots, 18- 11, two singles to their opponents and a single for us gave a final score of 19 - 13 and two very welcome points.

There is a wonderful team spirit amongst the players, all supporting one another, and overall a good performance by the squad in the final game of the first half of the Winter League season, keep it up everyone! We commence the second half with an Away game next week at Bonalba.
Richard

13th December 2017 - BBC v Montemar
On a lovely bright winters morning, Christmas came early to Benitachell Bowls Club when we took all twelve points available in our last Winter League match before the break, against our 'old friends' from Montemar.
With a scoreline of 121 - 56 there was a very welcome +65 shots to be added to our shot difference.

Bob Bailey, Fely Croft, Greg Sperring and Brian Doggett, on Rink 2, shared three ends each with their opponents and the score was also level at 4 - 4 after six ends. Stepping up another gear they then won the next seven ends with some useful counts, including a four and two threes, to lead 19 - 4 after thirteen ends. They finished their game fourteen shots ahead, 23 - 9, having lost just six ends.

Malcolm Sprawson, playing his first Winter League game of the season, John Avey, Iris Gardiner & Alex Fisher had a steady start, 4 - 2 at four ends but 6 - 7 down at the halfway point. Three ends later, the twelfth, they were two behind 8 - 10 but with a three, a four and a single over the next three ends they moved six shots up, 16 - 10 after fifteen. Taking two of the last three ends saw them run out with a 19 - 11 win.

Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick were drawn on Rink 4 and had the better of the first six ends to lead 6 - 2, they followed this by taking all six of the next few ends and were 19 - 2 ahead, after twelve. Of the final six ends they won four and finished with and eighteen shot win, 25 - 7, having dropped just four ends throughout the game.

Rink 5, Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley started slowly and were 1 - 8 down after four ends. At the halfway point they were still six shots behind, 6 - 13, five ends later, the fourteenth, they were five shots behind, 13 - 18. Two singles on the next two ends followed by a two on the seventeenth left them just one shot down with one end to play and yet another nail biting finish! Maggie and her team dug deeply and picked up a count of three on the final end to take their game by two shots, 20 - 18.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson on Rink 6 started in the same vein as their neighbours on Rink 5 and were also 1 - 8 down after four ends. But with their foot firmly on the accelerator they stormed into a ten shot lead 18 - 8 by the tenth end, having taken all six ends, including a six and three three's. Some more good scoring followed, including an eight count 'HOT SHOT' on the thirteenth end, and they finished with a great twenty three shot win, 34 - 11, in a game where they lost only five ends.

All in all a super 'squad' performance, with support for fellow players across the rinks and great team spirit; which leaves your Captain very happy going into the Christmas break, well done everyone.
Richard

6th December 2017 - BBC v La Siesta
It was 1º when we met at Teulada for the journey south and had warmed to about 4º by the time we arrived at La Siesta, but at least it was dry and sunny. By the time we finished it had warmed up quite nicely and there was a sunny glow across the BBC squad as we celebrated a 10 - 2 victory, 105 shots to 87, and a 24 - 10 win for the Berleen, well done everyone.

On Rink 1, the Berleen team of Richard Chamberlain, Richard Gardiner, Viv Humble & Vivian Erridge got away to a flying start taking seven of the first nine ends to lead 12 - 2 at the halfway stage. Continued good scoring in the second half saw them run out comfortable winners 24 - 10.

Bob Bailey, Fely Croft, Greg Sperring and Brian Doggett, on Rink 2, had a tight game, quite a few running bowls and several dead ends, finishing long after the other rinks, with the remaining players from both sides ready to go to lunch. Taking just three of the first nine ends they trailed 8 - 11 but a couple of singles on the next two ends put them within one shot, 10 - 11. A single to the opposition was followed by a four, a two and another four to BBC to move them into a 20 - 12 lead after the fifteenth. A couple of singles and a three on the final end was not enough for the La Siesta team, final score 20 - 17, and two valuable points for BBC.

Rink 3, Jinty Chamberlain, Mike Smith, John Avey & Iris Gardiner could not get on the scoreboard for the first six ends and found themselves ten shots adrift, 0 - 10. Two ends later they were nine shots behind having taken a four on the seventh, 4 - 13. Winning four consecutive ends, two two's, a three and a four they had taken a two shot lead after twelve ends, 15 - 13. At sixteen ends they were just one shot behind, 17 -18, but a two and a single to the opposition put the final score at 17 -21.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson on Rink 4 dropped two singles on the first two ends then picked up a super six on the third, followed by a single, a four and another single to lead 12 - 2 after six ends. Three ends later they were still ahead by nine shots, 15 - 6, some low scoring on the next few ends was followed by a five on the fifteenth end, where they led by 23 - 9. At the end they had a welcome eleven shot lead and took their game 24 - 13 and another two points for BBC.

'Birthday Girl' Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick were next door on Rink 5 and had a good start in the first half of the game taking five ends to lead by three shots, 12 - 9. By the thirteenth they were six up, 18 - 12, but the opposition then took a four, a five and a single and had taken the lead, 18 - 22. A two for BBC on the penultimate end was followed by a five on the final end which gave us a three shot win, in a high scoring game, 25 - 22 and another two points.

Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley on the other outside rink, scored fours on the fourth, seventh and ninth ends, along with a couple of singles, to have a ten shot lead at the halfway stage, 14 - 4. At fifteen ends they were eleven up, 17 - 8, and then took a couple of shots on the next end. Their opponents finished strongly with two threes but it was another winning rink for BBC, 19 - 11 and two more points.

A good all round performance on a green that has been notoriously difficult for us in the past, where we have sometimes struggled for points.
Richard

1st December 2017 - BBC v Jávea Green
For the game rearranged from Wednesday, we started in reasonably pleasant but chilly weather but it soon changed as the clouds gathered, to become a bitterly cold, damp and blustery afternoon, when bowling conditions were not ideal. Once again the last game playing on the green would decide the outcome of the match.

Our star team today were Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson playing Nick Coles team on Rink 4. Having won the first three ends they were 6 - 0 up, by taking two of the next three ends, they were 9 - 1 after six ends. At nine ends there was still the eight shot difference, 14 - 6, although they lost the next two ends, a second five on the twelfth gave them a lead of ten shots, 19 - 9. The opposition came back a little winning three of the next four ends, so 20 - 13 after sixteen. Two magnificent fours on the final two ends gave our team a fifteen shot winning margin, 28 - 13 and two valuable points in the bag! A Great performance!

Our second two points came from Bob Bailey, Fely Croft, Greg Sperring and Brian Doggett on Rink 5, where they played Clive English's team. In a tight game, which the scoring reflected, BBC were 2 - 3 at three ends, 6 - 8 at seven ends, but then took five consecutive ends to lead 15 - 8 by the twelfth end. Maintaining the shot difference over the next three ends, it was 18 - 11 after fifteen ends. Jávea came back to within four shots by the final end with a score line of 21 - 17 in BBC's favour. Well done.

On Rink 6, Tim Woodcock, Vivian Erridge, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley had a good start against Derek Eldon's team and led 8 - 4 after five ends. A super bowl by Derek to remove the BBC shot on the next end gave them a count of six, Jávea also won the next four ends to take a nine shot lead, 8 - 17 after ten ends. Although our team won five of the last eight ends it was not enough and the game finished 16 - 27.

It was on Rink 3 where Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick came up against Alan Phillips's team. A fairly even first nine ends, four to BBC, the score stood at 9 - 12. Although our team won five of the last nine ends, a couple of fours by their opponents gave them an eight shot winning margin, 16 - 24.

So with two wins each and the scores level, the outcome of the game and the four points on offer would be decided on the result of the game on Rink 2, where Jinty Chamberlain, Mike Smith, Iris Gardiner and Alex Fisher were playing against the team of Chris Evans. Taking five ends to four the BBC team were one shot ahead after nine ends, 8 - 7. After thirteen ends it was all square at eleven shots apiece. At seventeen ends the Jávea team had gone in front by two shots, 13 - 15. With players from both sides watching this game and Captains busy calculating scores and shot difference, everyone knew this final end would be the decider. With just the Skips four bowls to come BBC were one shot down. Alex changed that with his first bowl and now BBC were holding one but needed another for a draw, Chris's first bowl did not change the situation. With his second bowl Alex played what he described a his 'best bowl of the game' to rest out the second bowl of Jávea and now BBC were holding three and game. Chris, not to be outdone, put up an excellent bowl which rested alongside the second shot of BBC, so with a final sore of 15 - 15 the game was tied, as was the overall shot score, 96 - 96 and the four points available were shared, two each.

Out on Rink 8, the Berleen team of Margaret Bailey, Richard Chamberlain, Richard Gardiner & John Avey were involved in a low scoring game, three ends each and 4 - 5 after six ends. With four consecutive ends their opponents had moved another six shots ahead, 4 - 11 after ten ends. Three singles to BBC followed by two singles to Jávea there were six shots in the game, 7 - 13 after fifteen ends. Despite taking all three of the final few ends, four shots was not quite enough, 11 - 13 at the close.

Bowling was difficult for everyone in these conditions and against the current League leaders six points each was a good result.
Richard

22nd November 2017 - BBC v La Marina
A beautiful autumn morning for the trip south to La Marina and once again a couple of nail biting last ends which would decide the outcome of the game.

On Rink 2, Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley took two of the first four ends but found themselves adrift by a single shot, 4 - 5. The opposition took two singles and a three on the next three ends, followed by three singles from Maggie's team, so we were three behind at ten ends, 7 - 10. La Marina then took two two's, followed by two singles and a double from BBC, so still three down with three ends to play. A single for each side on the next two ends, 12 - 15 at seventeen. With every other rink finished, the overall shots win would be decided on this final end, we were one down on the total match score. A magnificent four gave Maggie and her team a one shot win, 16 - 15 and two valuable points but also secured the extra two points for the overall win. A hard fought but well earned win!

Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick, on Rink 3, got off to a good start, leading 4 - 3 at five ends and 8 - 5 after nine ends, having won five of them. In a barnstorming second nine ends, in which they only dropped a single on the fourteenth end, they amassed a match winning twenty one shots on their eight scoring ends, taking their two points with a 29 - 6 victory. Some great bowling from all players!

Rink 4, Greg Sperring, Iris Gardiner, Mike Smith & Jeff Richards had a slow start dropping two threes and a single to be 0 - 7 down after three ends. By the seventh end they were further behind, 2 - 12, but a three and a two brought them within five shots at nine ends, 7 - 12. Two ends later we were just four shots down, 9 - 13, not to be caught the opposition then took a three on the twelfth and a two on the thirteenth to lead 9 - 18. We then picked up two shots but lost a five on the fifteenth to be twelve behind, 11 - 23. Taking four shots to two over the last three ends we finished ten shots adrift, 15 - 25.

Jinty Chamberlain, Dave Bouttell, Richard Chamberlain and John Avey, on Rink 5, took a four on the first end and were still those four shots ahead, 8 - 4, after six ends, both teams having won three ends. A disastrous run of seven losing ends saw the score at 8 - 23 by the thirteenth. Some pride was restored with fours on the fourteen and eighteenth ends, final score 17 - 27.

On Rink 6, Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson had a close tough fight throughout their game almost swapping shot for shot. 2 - 2 after three, 4 - 3 after six and 7 - 5 at nine ends. Derek and his team then took four of the next five ends to go further ahead, 12 - 7 after fourteen ends. The opposition then took two two's followed by a single to us leaving the score at 13 - 11 after seventeen ends. One down with one bowl to come! Their Skip had a great final bowl, resting our second shot, so two down, measure for three, not our day losing the closest of measures, 13 - 14!

So with two winning rinks and the overall shot difference of three, 90 - 87, we shared the twelve available points, six apiece.
Richard

15th November 2017 - BBC v San Luis
Not a good day for Benitachell at Home to current League Champions San Luis. Four of the games would only be decided on the last end, two went the wrong way and on the other two we managed to draw. So near yet so far!

So only a single point for the BBC Winter League side, going down by twenty five shots, 72 - 97 and a drawn game for the Berleen.

On Rink 1, Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley found the going difficult against strong opposition, despite some good bowling they were 12 - 0 down after eight ends. A glimmer of hope came with a two and a three on the next two ends but it was soon extinguished when their opponents took six consecutive ends to lead 5 - 20 at sixteen. A two and a single on the last two ends was no consolation, final score 8 - 20.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson drew Rink 4 and shared the first four ends, with the score 3 - 2 in our favour. Only a single over the next five ends left them trailing 4 - 9 after nine ends and the opposition moved further ahead with a five on the eleventh, soon followed by a three on the thirteenth, 8 - 17. Singles were scored on the last five ends, final result 10 - 20.

Jinty Chamberlain, Dave Bouttell, Richard Chamberlain and John Avey had quite a tussle on Rink 5 against the San Luis Captain, Keith Jones and his team. Four each after four ends but two shots down at the ninth, 7 - 9. With two singles and a two against they were six down at the twelfth, 7 - 13, but with threes on the thirteen and fifteenth ends had drawn level by the sixteenth at 14 - 14. Their opponents took two singles on the last two ends, 14 - 16. A great effort.

Only dropping two ends of the first nine, Greg Sperring, Fely Croft, Mike Smith & Jeff Richards on Rink 7, stormed into a 15 - 3 lead, but were behind three ends later after their opponents took a two, a six and a five, 15 - 16. At fifteen ends we were on level terms, 17 shots each. Scoring a single and double, against a three for the opposition on the seventeenth the final score was 20 - 20, to take our only point of the game.

Out on Rink 8, Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick were in another tight game, just three shots behind after nine ends, 8 - 11, they then seemed to take control of the game by winning the next five ends, which included two fours, to lead 20 - 11 after fourteen. But alas, a strong finish from San Luis with three threes put them level on the seventeenth, 20 - 20. The final end single went to our opponents, 20 - 21.

The Berleen on Rink 6, Skipped by Iris Gardiner with Lynne Avey, Viv Humble and Bob Bailey took six singles against a 1, 3 & 2 to be all square, 6 - 6 after nine ends. The opposition came on strongly taking five of the next six ends to lead by 7 - 17 after the fifteenth. Not to be outdone, our players dug in and took the final three ends with a four and two threes to grind out a draw and one point.

There will be better days ahead!
Richard

8th November 2017 - BBC v Vistabella

Apologies to all our readers for the lack of reports for the previous four games but normal service is now resumed.

Today we travelled to Vistabella and played on a warm comfortable day. This has often been a tricky venue for us where games have been decided by just a few shots, often going the wrong way.
Would today be any different?

On Rink 1, Greg Sperring, Linda Richards, Mike Smith & Jeff Richards took three singles to lead 3-0, the opposition took three singles on the next three ends to tie the score at 3-3 after six ends. Over the next six ends, three twos to us, a 1,2,3 to them, the scores were still level 9-9 after twelve ends. Who would break the deadlock? A four to us on the next end was quickly discounted over the next four ends by our opponents who took a 2,1,2 & 1 to lead by two shots with one end to play. Unfortunately a single on the last was not enough and we lost by just one shot, 14-15.

Rink 2 saw Jinty Chamberlain, Dave Bouttell, Richard Chamberlain and John Avey take a four on the first end, followed by some consistent scoring, to lead 12-3 at nine ends. By the fourteenth end they had only lost three ends and were ahead 19-6 but three good ends by their opponents, a 5, 4, 4, levelled the teams at 19-19 on seventeen ends, who would hold their nerve? BBC, with a double on the final end to take a well deserved win 21-19 and two valuable points.

Next door on Rink 3, Gail Chick, Bob Cockell, Tony Lawley and Harry Chick continued with the consistent form they have shown all season. They led 4-2 after three ends, then won the next seven ends to be 16-2 after ten ends. 21-15 after fifteen ends, finally running out 24-8 winners, only dropping four ends in the whole game, a great two points and valuable shot difference. Well done!

Rink 5 was the one for Tim Woodcock, Trefor Evans, Mary Cockell and Maggie Lawley. A slow start, they were 1-5 down after five ends, but with a 4, 2, 2 and 1, they were 10-5 up after nine ends. Still five in front at fourteen ends, 14-9, but a dropped two on the next end followed by a four on the sixteenth end put them one shot behind 14-15. A single for us on the next end saw the scores level at fifteen all, another last end decider, sadly not our day this time, final score 15-16.

Christine Mawson, Clive Langan, Steve Griffin and Derek Mawson drew Rink 6 and took the first three ends with singles, a 2 and 3 to their opponents put the scores level 3-3 after five ends. Still level at nine ends, 7-7, then a surge by BBC over the next seven ends taking eight shots, to one against, 15-8 after sixteen. Dropping a two and three on the last two ends our team took their game by 15-13, two more points.

Four very close games which could have gone either way, two to us and two to Vistabella, but the big shot difference from Harry's rink gave us the extra two points for the overall win. So a hard earned 8-4 points with a shots score of 89-71.

Our Berleen team of Lynne Avey, Viv Humble, Bob Bailey and Vivian Erridge were on the other outside rink, number 8. Without scoring on the first four ends they were eleven shots down but with a 2, 3 and a four they pulled back to 9-11 by the seventh end. Still two shots behind after nine they were a bit further behind by the fourteenth, 12-16. However with a strong finish of six shots to one over the last four ends they took the narrowest of victories by one shot,18-17 and the two points that go with it.

Well done everyone.

Richard

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