Wadsworth – Bella v Terry M

With great performances against Marden, Biddenden and Birchington, Bella was happy to try competitions again, and as a lover of long jacks she declined the 30 yard limitation. But our home green, albeit much improved, is still up to the standard that daily care achieves. She lost shots in the first end, was happy to play the new system – and promptly took shots in the next two ends. Terry twice took two shots on 25 yard jacks, plus another at 30 when both failed to set a valid jack (Bella sent it too long!) and Terry was in charge at 8-2. He was two shots up in the seventh, but Bella’s last wood took the end and she then took all three shots in the eighth to be just 6-8 down playing the final end, which she set at 27 yards. Ok, so Terry took three for a final 11-6 victory but Bella, at 92, had taken the match to the last end!

Wadsworth – Marian v David

With the sun shining on a warm morning and with the grass dry and looking freshly cut it was all set for a close game – and so it turned out
It was nip and tuck through most of the match with the jack varying from 25 to 30 yards and each player winning every other end with one shot. After seven ends it was 4-3 to Marian and when Marian took the eighth to go two shots in front with one end to play it seemed to be game over. David had other ideas and with Marian losing her length at the crucial time, he drew two shots to tie the game at 5-5.

The extra end was required to settle the match and with the jack at 28 yards Marian again lost her length and David took the match 8-5.

Well played both players in a very tight match.

Bella’s shield – Geoff v Maurice

No surprise that in the shoot-out between Geoff and Maurice there would be no restriction on the length of jacks. Though, funnily enough, five ends were played at 30 yards and two more at a yard either side.

On a 31 yard opening jack Maurice held shot but with Geoff’s last wood he promoted Maurice into second as well. In the next end the measure gave shot to Geoff by the tiniest of margins and two more to Geoff in the third put him 3-2 up. There was very little in it, a shot in the next to Maurice to level, one to Geoff in fifth for 4-3, then on a full length jack set by Geoff it was one again to Maurice and the match tied at 4-4.

In the seventh Maurice set a 28 yard jack, all the woods were pretty closely placed but it was actually three to Geoff for 7-4. That was a significant move with just two ends to go. On a 30 yard jack Maurice was right on the jack with his first wood but his backhands stayed wide and he could not find a second, so just one for 5-7. On the last regulation end he set the shortest jack of the match at 27 yards. It proved to be the loosest head of the match. Maurice was clearly in shot but needed two to go the extra end. Once again the measure was required, it was so tight that we remeasured; by around a quarter of an inch it was Geoff in second for a 7-6 win and the players shook hands after a most good natured and sporting match.

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