Tuesday 30 May saw the Men’s Quarter Finals of the Rinks taking place at Westlecot to decide which four teams will contest the semi finals on Sunday 18 June at Devizes BC.
The top half of the draw saw:
Duncan Baxter, Graham Jones, Jamie Shadwell and Adam Bolwell from Spencer Moulton vs Wayne Simmonds, Justin Davis, Wayne Snook and Ben Gadd from Holt
Mike Hudd, Nigel Elms, John Crowder and Danny Holland from Avon vs Micky Pearce, Steve Barker, Jeff Porte and Carl Fernandes from Swindon
The first match of the evening saw a mixture of youth take to the green with the combined age of the back end of the Spencer Moulton rink being less than 40! Unfortunately experience proved to be the real master in this game with Gadd’s rink taking an impressive 11-0 lead after just 3 ends. This form continued and at the half way point at 11 ends Ben’s rink was leading 17-3. Despite good optimism from the Spencer lads, the Holt foursome ran out 22-10 winners after 19 ends.
The second match was a yo-yo affair for the first half of the game with Holland’s rink picking up a 5 on end 8 to take an 11-8 lead. However, through quick thinking from Carl’s rink they picked up a 1 and 3 on ends 9 and 10 to regain a precious 12-11 lead. However, a string of singles and one double on ends 13 to 18 put the Swindon rink 20-12 up with three to play. However, despite a good 2 on end 19 for Avon this was countered with a 2 from Swindon on end 20 to put the game to bed. The Swindon foursome finished 22-14 after 20 ends and will face the Holt four in the semi final.
In the bottom half of the draw was:
Tom Walkley, Terry Walton, Neil Smith and Mel Biggs from Royal Wootton Bassett vs James Nobbs, Chris Cheesley, Craig Morphet and Gary Morphet also from Royal Wootton Bassett.
R McComb, Keith Hutchens, Malcolm Drew and Martin Whittaker from Chippenham Park vs Rob Clewes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Rich Gainey and Neil Connor from Chippenham Town.
Both games looked to be tough games on paper but turned out to be rather one-sided in reality.
The first game of the bottom half of the draw was an all RWB affair with the experienced rink skipped by Mel Biggs taking on an equally experienced rink skipped by Gary Morphet. Both rinks boasted a high number of Middleton Cup appearances with Mel’s rink totalling 269 caps and Gary’s rink totalling 125 caps. Mel’s rink rushed into the lead with a 10-0 advantage after just 4 ends. However, Gary’s rink rallied and at 9 ends the score was just 13-9 to Mel’s four. However, a 5 to Mel on the 10th end and a few further important singles later on meant that Mel’s foursome ran out winners 26-12 after just 18 ends.
In the other quarter final, the Chippenham Town foursome also started strongly taking a 12-0 lead after 7 ends. Chippenham Park rallied with a single to ‘stop the rot’ but then Town came back with a large count of 6 on the 9th end to take a 18-1 lead at 9 ends. This surge continued throughout the game and despite the Park boys getting back-to-back doubles on ends 16 and 17 the match was just out of reach. Chippenham Town ran out winners 25-8 after 18 ends and will face RWB’s foursome in the semi final.