Biddenden v RBBG

SUPER SUNDAY AT BIDDENDEN

It has hardly been a flaming June and the Saturday would have seen our fixture wiped out by rain, but fortunately our fixture at Biddenden was the next day. Although the green had taken a substantial watering and was a little holding, we arrived in fine weather and only later in the day was it distinctly cooler and presaging further rain the following week.

On rink one the RBBG trio were hindered somewhat by some confusion over yards and metres, so that Terry, Hans and Alison were sometimes bowling to the wrong length. But they still put up a pretty good show against Martin, Ashleigh and Brian with, for the most apart, just a single shot in the end. Indeed, in one of the few ends I watched, RBBG held for shots until Biddenden’s skip managed to thread a great wood through to take the end.

On rink two there was a pretty similar picture (without the linear/metric confusion) against the Biddenden three J’s, Jane, John and Jim. It was Mark’s first outing as skip and it is not easy to through the head if you cannot see it, but he had good support from both Barbara and Julie – he was amused by Julie saying ‘I am not playing very well’ when she had just taken shot!

David, Marian and Maurice were tied 11-11 on rink three with three ends to go, so I am not sure how it happened that Biddenden’s David, Colin and Hugh surged ahead in the last three ends. But a lot of credit to RBBG for keeping the result in the balance. So long.

As a result it was rink honours to Bella/Penny (half a match each), Tom and Geoff on rink four where they pulled their way back to 16-18 playing the final end. Linda, Veronica and Ron took three shots to run out winners at 21-16 but once again the match was tight to the last.

In any case the result (however nice it is to win) is secondary. The main object of the exercise is enjoyment and that was emphatically achieved. It was the best of atmospheres; the weather may have cooled towards the end but the warmth of Biddenden’s welcome remained. A great tea was taken at half way, our thanks to Denise and her team, and to our own Bella who brought along some of her signature bakes. She also managed to play eight ends, and how well she played, especially after the previous couple of days in the kitchen. She is an inspiration, but she was keen to do well for one of her favourite clubs. And once that new toilet block is built it will be a fact that nothing at Biddenden is anything but top notch!

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