On Sunday we suffered a narrow 2 shot defeat against Somerset in the Regional Finals of the Balcomb Trophy.
There were never more than a handful of shots in the game; at 5 ends we were 3 up, it was similar at 10 ends where we still held a 2 shot lead and at 15 ends its was all square.
Graham Shadwell’s rink finished 6 down and with Neil Collett’s rink 2 up, we were 4 down with 4 ends to play.
Neil’s rink picked up 3 singles to leave us one down playing the last end where they played a great end and were holding 5, but with the last bowl of the end, the Somerset skip played a brilliant bowl to draw shot and deny us victory.
It was a real battling performance by all 8 players, with some excellent bowls played and was a welcome response after the disappointing team display in the Middleton Cup.
Somerset beat Cornwall in the final to progress to the National Finals at Leamington, on another day this could so easily been have us…..
We wish Somerset all the best and hope they can bring the trophy back to the South West.
Gary Jackson, Mike Snell, Russ Francis & Graham Shadwell lost 19-25
Kyle Anderson, Dave Godwin, Graham Hatherall and Neil Collett won 17-13
| BALCOMB TROPHY 2021 Regional Finals: Bowls Wiltshire v Somerset
|Sunday 18 July 2021 @ Olveston & District BC|
|Total Shots||36||38||Total Shots|