The Wiltshire Top 8 visited Bristol BC for the regional finals of the Balcomb Trophy. Their first match was against a strong Dorset side with the winner due to face either Devon or Somerset to book their place at Leamington. Match report from Wiltshire Team Manager, Neil Smith:
A really tight first match against Dorset, Mel Biggs rink took on a rink skipped by Paul Pomeroy, Mel lead 11-6 at 8 ends but then lost 7 ends on the trot to fall 21-11 down after 15, at the same stage Grahamwas 15 -13 up on Jamie Lockwood, a strong finish was needed by both rinks and that’t exactly what we got, Graham won 4 of the last 6 ends to win 20-16, Mel also won 4 of the 6 ends to close the gap to 22-24 and ensure a 2 shot win for Wiltshire.
The 2nd game was against Devon, Mel played Sam and Graham played Jamie, we had a fantastic start and looked in control most of the way through, at 10 ends Mel was 14-7 up and Graham 9-6 up, the lads were playing well on a tricky surface, the wind was making it very difficult, at 14 ends Devon had reduced it to 3 shots, with Mel leading 16-12 and Graham now 11-12.
We held on and went 7 up with 7 to play, but the next end proved to be the turning point, a poor end from Mel’s rink, only 1 bowl in the head, Paxton took it out and Sam added 2 more to get a 7, Jamie took took 2 bowls out to make a 3 against Graham so all of a sudden we were 3 down with 5 to play, we tried to rally but to no avail, 4 down with 2 to play proved too much and Devon ran out the winners. Mel finished 20-25 and Graham was 17-17 playing the last but tried to kill the end so not sure what happened.
A great effort from our lads against a very good Devon team, we were so close and in hindsight could have played that 1 end better, hopefully we will now get it right in 2 weeks time against Gloucestershire in 2 weeks time.