BOWLS: County men edge to friendly win

WILTSHIRE men recorded a fine victory in their last county indoor friendly match of the year – but had to withstand a recovery by opponents Worcestershire.

Under the leadership of Wiltshire indoor president Keith Baker (Westlecot) they beat the midlands county 114-106 at North Wilts last Sunday.

Wiltshire made a great start and were 30-22 up across the board at five ends and by ten had extended the advantage to 33 shots leading 70-37.

However, Worcestershire then began to chip into the lead and cut it to 27 shots (95-68) at 15 ends and in the next three drastically reduced the deficit to only 99-88. However Wiltshire just held on to win 114-106.

Despite leading on four rinks and drawing on another of the six at 18 ends Wiltshire, at the finish, only won on two and drew on another but lost on three.

The two victories though on rinks five and six were by healthy margins which ensured an overall victory. Ron Salbury led his team to a 17 shots success while Roger Button’s rink recorded a 13 shots win.

Although 19-14 up at 18 ends Martin Salter’s foursome had to settle for a 19-19 draw while president Keith Baker missed-out on the last end losing 19-18 despite being 15-13 up at 18 ends.

RESULTS

Rink 1: Derek Fry (Swindon Westlecot), Peter West (North Wilts), Roy Major (SW) & Alan Small (NW) lost to Jim Knowles 7-27. Rink 2: Don French (NW), Gerry Vincent (Swindon Manor), Bob Roberts-Phare (NW) & Martin Salter (SW) drew with Bob Moreton 19-19. Rink 3: Dave Edmonds, Brian Mace(both NW), Steve Gedge (Christie Miller) & Keith Baker (SW) lost to John Anderson 18-19. Rink 4: Derek Smith (SW), Clive Swift (NW), Les Cox (SW) and Jan Rogers (NW) lost to Brian Lobury 17-18. Rink 5: John White (SW), Roger Harris, Peter Sanders & Roger Button (all NW) beat Steve Broughton 29-16. Rink 6: Gavin Newman (SW), Ian Manning, Jim Wilkie (both NW) & Ron Salsbury (SW) beat Mike Boud 24-7.

Score: Wiltshire beat Worcestershire 114-106.

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