Sadly our Middleton Cup campaign came to at end on Saturday as we suffered a 6 shot defeat to Cornwall.
Played on a tricky neutral green at North Petherton, the game was tight all the way through with neither team every being more than single figures up on the game. Despite holding a narrow lead early on, Cornwall fought back well to taker a slender lead into the closing stages. The team showed the fighting spirit that has epitomised our season and levelled the game with 5 ends to go but unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to get over the line.
It was very pleasing to see Graham Shadwell make a great comeback to win by 1 shot, a fitting way to celebrate his 100th cap, which is a fantastic achievement and well deserved by one of this counties best ever players.
There were also excellent finishes by Neil Colletts four to also record a one shot win, Wayne Snook who held on for a 2 shot win, and Mike Snell’s rink who staged a great recovery to earn a draw.
Steve Snell was unlucky to slip to a 3 shot defeat and Gary Morphet’s rink battled well against Cornwall’s top rink, narrowly losing by 7 shots in the end.
There are many positives to take from this season, with a number of players grasping the opportunities we gave them and this bodes well for 2020.
I’d like to thank all the players, reserves and selection team for their efforts this season, this isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning !!!!
On Sunday we played our re-arranged regional final game in the Balcomb Trophy match against Devon; the game was played at the neutral venue of Clevedon.
The green played very well, with it speeding up as the match progressed and there was some high quality bowls played by all players from both teams.
Up against a very strong Devon team boosting 5 current internationals we were about 10 shots down after 5 ends, the team fought resolutely but were still 14 down at 15 ends. The guys rallied and reduced the arrears to be only 6 down with 4 ends to play but despite their best efforts they couldn’t quite overturn the deficit.
Neil Colletts rink of Gary Jackson, Wayne Snook and Graham Shadwell ended up winning by 3 (19-16) and Steve Snell’s rink of Kyle Anderson, Mike Snell and Dave Godwin lost by 7 (12-19)
I couldn’t have asked any more of the team who participated in a top level game of bowls, as in Saturday’s Middleton defeat, there were fine margins involved in winning and losing, and unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of the result.