Winning weekend continues in Top Club

This morning saw the Five Rivers mixed team venture out for its first outing in the National Mixed Top Club competition against a strong and hungry Dolphin side.

The first match to reach a conclusion was the Ladies’ Two Wood Singles with Five Rivers’ Ladies’ Singles Champion, Diane Makepeace, playing Lyn Howard. The match turned out to be a relatively single-sided affair with Lyn running out a 17-8 winner. This match was followed by the Men’s Two Wood Singles with Five Rivers’ Men’s Singles Champion, Jordan Moody, playing regular Open Singles Circuit player, Gary Fountain. The match was a very close affair with the scores stood at 12 a piece after 16 ends. However, a strong end from Gary saw him collect a full count of two on the penultimate end and despite Jordan’s fantastic efforts on the last end, Gary ran out a 15-12 winner.
The mixed pairs saw regular mixed pairs combo Janice Rowe and Tom Warner take on England Ladies International, Julie Leake, and Carl Fountain. A close start saw the score stood at 6-4 to Dolphin after 7 ends. However, a fantastic count of four on the eighth end saw Five Rivers take a narrow lead. However, the lead soon grew and at 10 ends, Janice and Tom were leading 11-6. The game drew close again with the lead cut to 14-11 at 14 ends. However, four unanswered ends saw Five Rivers take the pairs 19-11.

The next match to finish was the mixed fours. This was another close match with the score stood at 7-6 to Five Rivers after 10 ends. A number of good bowls by all in the Five Rivers rink saw them take a 13-10 lead after 16 ends. The seventeenth end was a big turning point with Dolphin holding five shots with Nick’s last bowl to come. A fantastic forehand draw saw Nick draw second bowl and cut the count to one shot. On the last end some good drawing bowls from the Dolphin rink saw the Dolphin foursome holding a crucial and game-changing four shots. However, another good draw from Nick saw him draw right to the jack and trail it three inches, unfortunately three inches too far and Dolphin collected two shots to tie the rink 13-13.

Whilst this was going on the triples match was a very close affair with Five Rivers leading 13-12 after 15 ends. The next end proved to be a real turning point with Dolphin holding a solid two shots, Fraser played a timing bowl down his backhand and lifted the white about two yards to the edge of the rink for two shots. Chris Weekes then had two bowls to draw within a yard and luckily for Five Rivers was slightly heavy on both of them and, with Fraser adding a third, Five Rivers collected a vital three shots. The seventeenth end was an interesting affair for the crowd with Dolphin holding one shot and Five Rivers having three second bowls. Chris elected to drive the jack in the ditch, despite the risk of removing his own bowl and dropping a crucial three shots. However, the drive was slightly off target and removed three bowls but stayed around for the one shot. The last end was an up and down affair with the eventual result being decided by a perfectly weighted bowl from Fraser to get second wood and take the match.Five Rivers now face Bournemouth on Sunday 5 November.

Five Rivers 10 points
Dolphin 6 points

Match scores (Five Rivers teams first):

Ladies’ Two Wood Singles: Diane Makepeace lost to Lyn Howard 17-8
Men’s Two Wood Singles: Jordon Moody lost to Gary Fountain 15-12
Mixed Pairs: Janice Rowe/Tom Warner beat Julie Leake/Carl Fountain 19-11
Mixed Triples: Janice Bull/Graham House/Fraser Boynton beat Sally Williamson/Clive Truscott/Chris Weekes 16-14
Mixed Fours: Ann Hindley/Ros Corke/Jamie Reynolds/Nick Revell drew with Anthony Hobby/Ann Warner/Penny Cresswell/Les Manning 13-13

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