LOVELY AFTERNOON AT BIDDENDEN

Our first summer match was rained off after five ends and might have finished earlier! – so we were pleased to be travelling to Biddenden in the dry. And, whilst it was overcast for periods early on, by the end the wind had dropped and the sun turned out to make it a really lovely late afternoon.

Jeanette, for half the match, (then Paul), Colin and Maggie ran up a pretty big win, at 24,-2 over Pat F, Terry and David. But the RBBG bowlers were in the hunt - in most ends - just Biddenden were finding the shot woods!

Much closer margins on rinks two and five. Jenny, Ken and Brian beat Pat S - then Chris, Maurice and Peter, 17-8, with four shots in the penultimate end snuffing out any chance of an RBBG fightback. The last end before tea was also significant, where RBBG were holding shot and ahead in the match … till Biddenden’s skip, Brian, took out our shot wood and thereby enabled a three shot turnaround, on the end and his own team leading at tea.

On rink five David, Len and Gill beat Barbara, Geoff and Hans, 18-9. Again taking a four shot haul, but this time on the pre-penultimate end, to seal their win.

All of which identified Bruce, Marian and Penny as taking RBBG rink honours. RBBG were leading 13-4, with four ends to play, but Dave, Denise and Jim were not going to give in and, strangely enough, a four shot haul in the penultimate end to reduce the gap to 9-14 meant it was on the cards they might rescue the game – but they could only take two, in the final end, to leave the RBBG trio victors, at 14.11.

Tea had been taken at the halfway stage - very welcome it was - and our thanks to Biddenden for organising it and to Chris for providing sausage rolls and cakes. Traditionally, Bella has been up early on match day to bake for this match (and Chris did not try to replicate her cheese and onion savouries, which were much missed!) but she has had a tough time, with a tough period ahead of her, and she reluctantly allowed Chris to step in for her. It was lovely to see her receiving the good wishes of Biddenden members, some of whom have known her longer than her RBBG team mates, and that is a very lovely reflection of the bowls community.