DEPLETED NUMBERS BUT THREE LIVELY TRIPLES MATCHES AT BIRCHINGTON

We had a busy month in June and were very stretched for numbers at Birchington. At a late stage our hosts kindly agreed to just three, rather than four triples, which made a real difference, and on the coolest afternoon of the month (some of us thought ’Thank goodness’), we congregated on a beautifully maintained green, which also proved to be very fast!
Bella played twelve ends on rink 6, and was still going strong when she acceded to her Captain’s request that she stop while she still felt good. With Barbara and Hans it had been tied 5-5 at the halfway point, but gradually Ken, Mavis and Captain Christine pulled it Birchington’s way, one end yielding five shots, though the others were very tight., just one, maybe two shots the difference. Brian took over from Bella for the last ends, adding nothing of course, but a special mention for Val, who stepped in for a few ends while Ken steadied himself after taking a tumble. We have seen Val so often on our visits, working in the background, organising in the clubhouse, so nice to see her have a turn on the green. And Ken seemed to have recovered well, putting his first wood right on the jack when he returned. Birchington took the match 17-7, but Christine was kind enough to say the score did not reflect RBBG’s good play, strongly contested with shot wood changing several times in the course of an end .
It looked as if Pat, Carol and Jenny were running away with the game on rink 5, taking a 9-1 lead after four ends, 12-3 up after ten, but thereafter it was pretty even, David, Mark and Maurice making ground to be 7-14 down at the finish. One side or other actually scored one shot in every end except the fourth, where six shots to our hosts pretty well represented the margin overall.
Rink honours for RBBG went to Marian, Tom and Geoff on rink 4, where they stayed just ahead of Pru, Nigel and Barbara until four ends to go, when three shots to Birchington put them into the lead at14-13. Two in the next enabled RBBG to move back in front 15-14, but two shots in each of the final two ends saw our hosts run out winners by 18-15.
All the matches were keenly fought and hugely enjoyable for everyone, both sides applauding their opponents’ good woods – that is bowls. A great afternoon on the green, followed by a great tea which was in large part supplied by Bella. Last year , as she reached her 90s (and resolved to play on till she is 100) she decided to do some baking (another great love of hers) for the matches against clubs whom she has loved to visit for so many years now. She brought sponges, sausage rolls and cheese and onion savouries in plentiful quantities to help provide a lovely end to a lovely day