Prince Arthur v RBBG


In a very mild winter we had managed to find, for the original fixture with our host club, the one evening in the year that would be icy. We reconvened on 7 March, after a number of Prince Arthur players had enjoyed five minutes to recover from morning league matches – thank you, all of them, for supporting this fixture.

Linda had not needed any time that day to hone her skills, and Gill and Dave played pretty well, too, on rink three. With Brian pressed into service for RBBG, as we had some late absentees that morning, John and David were up against it. The Prince Arthur triple showed no sign of fatigue, and with Brian showing little sign of bowling expertise, it was like our pair against our hosts’ very good triple, with Brian at skip for the sole reason that he could see to call! We might have hit the all-time record deficit on this rink at 2-40, but we could not have found nicer people to lose to!

It was pretty tough going, too, on rink 7 for Mary, Bruce and Ralph. Mary and Ralph had come away with a pretty emphatic win in last year’s fixture, but this time the boot was on the other foot. Generally the scoring was pretty tight, usually just the one, perhaps two shots difference in an end, with Prince Arthur usually on the plus side. But three big ends for Tony, Gordon and Trevor (two x 5 shots, one x six) gave them a 26-3 victory. But a much tighter game than on rink 3!!!!!

For a long time it seemed that Tony, Julie and Penny on rink 5 would not get off the mark for RBBG, down 0-12 after seven ends, though clearly it was just one or two shots lost in each end. But they opened their account just before tea and in losing 4-18 to Val, John and Ron they had bowled pretty well. On rink 4 RBBG seemed to be doing rather better, 4-4 after seven ends, again, usually just the one shot in any end. Barbara and Geoff, with Prince Arthur’s Val guesting, looked to be well in the hunt but twelve shots in three ends to Denis, Glynis and Brian put Prince Arthur firmly in the driving seat to run out winners at 20-5, a margin similar to that on rink 5.

Rink 2 was very tight for most of the match, with Marian, Rosemary and Tom just shading it at 7-6 as we neared the end of the afternoon. But five shots at the death to Mike, Gerry and Dot turned the match on its head and they closed out the victory for our hosts. A very good RBBG performance but bettered by Alison and Hans, playing a pair on rink 6 against Robin and Derrick. RBBG maintained a narrow lead until the eleventh end when two shots put Prince Arthur ahead, but Alison and Hans came straight back for the narrowest of victories at 8-7. A fantastic contest, hugely enjoyed by all the players, and well deserved RBBG rink honours for the day to Alison and Hans.

We moved on to an excellent meal provided by Nicola and her team. After last year’s very tight match we had this time a couple of very tight matches, a few closer than the score might suggest, plus the shellacking in the Captain’s match for which Brian accepts (how can he do otherwise?) full responsibility. But who cares, we know that any rink Brian graces (?!) is in trouble, but the main objective is an enjoyable day – and we had that, for sure.

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