Tenterden v RBBG

OUR TENTERDEN VISIT DELIGHTS, AS ALWAYS

A straightforward journey this year – last year the Headcorn route was closed all day following an accident – so nothing could spoil the lovely day out that Is Tenterden. Sadly, Ann Bradshaw was unwell and Peter had to drop out at the last minute, but Captain Terry arranged for Judith to play for us, her place in the Tenterden side being taken by Carol, who I believe had planned to be a spectator for the afternoon.

On rink 3 Bill, Derek and Ray took three shots in the fourth end, which was the significant element in their 7-3 lead after seven ends, but thereafter they scored big. It was a surprise to me, I could see decent woods delivered by Julie, Barbara and Hans for RBBG, I could see lots of woods clustered around the jack – but obviously the closest belonged to Tenterden! 28-5 to our hosts does not reflect how many decent woods were played by RBBG!

And on rink 4 there was rarely more than one shot in any end, but again it was more often the way of the home players, Brian, Nell and Alan. Bella and Penny, sharing lead, David and Maurice put up a decent show but finished 8-15 down.

Tony, Tom and Geoff on rink 5 were also making a good fight of it, Tenterden’s Phil, Gill and Terry taking a shot in the ninth to go into tea ahead at 9-8, but RBBG had the better of the second half and moving into the lead 16-12 until the final end. Our hosts took five shots in that end to seize the narrowest of victories at 17-16! What a splendid tussle, enjoyed by everyone.

Rink 5 had seemed on course to take RBBG rink honours but in the end these went to rink 2 for Marian, Terry M and – Judith of Tenterden, guesting for us. Judith has played very well against us on a number of occasions in the past, so it was good to have her on our team. Carol stepped in to skip for Tenterden, playing with John and Jenny, whom we also know very well. Jenny’s sight deteriorated a couple of years back, we left her a string and Judith has been using the clock system to help her. To good effect, too, she was bowling very well. She has an open invitation to bowl with us! In the match itself Tenterden led 9-4 at the tea break, but one big end, I think it was five shots to RBBG, and a lot of single shot wins enabled Marian, Terry and Judith to take the match 14-10. Far more important were the frequent bursts of laughter, to which Carol made a big contribution, though she was a cracking bowler, too.

We needed, and very much appreciated the half way tea break, and we loved the whole day, a lovely place and lovely people to visit. Our thanks to captain Terry, running things very efficiently with a light touch, and to everyone who helped to make the day such a pleasure.

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