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Match report for issues w/e Friday 7 February 2014

All the hard games seem to come at the same time these days and last week was no exception. At Finca Guila we faced the Swifts who are, currently, second in the League and finished runners-up in the League tables last season. Any points there have to be hard-earned so to come away with four and only lose by 12 shots (58 – 70) was a very satisfying result.

Alan Steed, Barry Stephens and Gerry Heath lost 10 – 24

Ray Collom, Alison Edwards and Larry Blake lost 13 – 16

Geoff Hutchinson, Ernie Ritchie and Glenda Rowe won 16 – 15

Kate Sayers, Ray Heath and Tony Sayers won 19 – 15

Alan Edwards, Barry Rowe and Heather Blake (friendly) lost 14 – 16

Alan, Barry and Gerry went behind 1 – 8 after six ends but a nice run put them 9 – 8 up after nine. However, that run was short-lived as the Swifts took eight of the nine second-half ends, mainly through some excellent bowling from Paul Mayne and Eddie Mortimer. Our side bowled well but, on the day, they were out-gunned.

Ray, Alison and Larry also got a slow start and were 4 – 11 down at the half-way stage. They got the better of a very good Swifts side in the second half but just couldn’t close that early gap. It didn’t help when Ray’s excellent wood was too good and moved the jack to the Swifts wood when we were holding four or five – games are decided on such small margins.

Geoff, with Ernie and Glenda, continued their run of good form with another very close win. After dropping four on the first end they bounced back to lead 14 – 7 after eleven ends. It was the Swifts turn then and they put the pressure on to level the game on the seventeenth. It went right to the last wood before Geoff drew the winning shot for a well- deserved victory.

Kate, Ray and Tony had to fight all the way and only got their noses in front when they won the eleventh end to lead 13 – 12. Having got the lead they were in no mood to surrender it and took five of the last seven ends to keep the Swifts in their place. In all they won eight of the last ten ends for an excellent result.

In the “friendly” match Alan, Barry and Heather played well against a very good Swifts side but just couldn’t get their noses in front. They trailed by six shots after twelve ends and fought back to be only one down coming into the last end. Alas –that went the wrong way and we lost by two – a good performance though!

Calpe Bowls Club is always interested in attracting new members ( novices or experienced) Any readers in the Calpe area – if you fancy playing bowls, either socially or competitively, or both – come along to one of our Club roll-ups on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (9.30 am for 10.00 am start )We would be delighted to see you.

See you all next week !

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