A shock result and the title race is wide open!

A shock result and the title race is wide open!

Friday was to be the last round of matches in this year’s TWBS Open Pairs Tournament with three pairs matches left to play.  Unfortunately Kyle and Cameron’s match against Charles and Jack had to be postponed due to other commitments, meaning that just two of the fixtures were played. On rink three Owen and Fionn were up against Joe and Bradley, and with Barry Dillon the County U-25 Team Manager watching from the sides there was a lot resting on this game.  “I’m nervous sir.  He keeps watching me!”  And watch the boys intently he did… he was scouting for bowlers who could make the grade and represent the county of Berkshire in this year’s National Championships! The game started slowly, and both sides struggled to find the pace of the green, with singles shared on the first three ends.  But as the game progressed, Owen playing as Lead got stronger and stronger and had one of his best games this year.  Bradley, time and again had to rescue the end, and he managed this on quite a few occasions, but the quality of bowling from Owen and Fionn was too great as they picked up a big count on the fourth end.  On one occasion, Joe and Bradley looked to get back into the match with a big score of their own but Fionn, with the U-25 Team Manager watching on, fired superbly killing the end, picking up a score of their own on the next end.  Fionn and Owen eventually won the match 8-2. On rink 5 it was an all Newlands Girls’ School affair with Louisa...
Controversial tactics, a tense last end, mind games, sledging, and a thumping win…  just an average day at TWBS Bowls Society!

Controversial tactics, a tense last end, mind games, sledging, and a thumping win… just an average day at TWBS Bowls Society!

Friday’s matches at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club were the fourth round of matches to be played in the TWBS Open Pairs.  The first game up saw Bradley Harcup and Joe Napier against top seeds Louisa and Kira of Newlands Girls’ School.  Louisa and Kira were clear favourites going into the match but some incredible bowling by both Joe and Bradley early on suggested an upset was on the cards.  A tight first end went the way of the boys, with the girls unable to get past some blockers by Joe and a close bowl by Bradley.  Both boys looked quite chuffed with themselves since I don’t think even they thought they could win a single end.  End two, and the girls bowled five cracking bowls into the head, showing the class that we have all come to expect of them, and at five down Bradley stood on the mat already under incredible pressure.  Well, Bradley doesn’t understand the word pressure and bowled a phenomenal front toucher finishing just an inch off the jack and lying shot.  A huge round of applause from the coaches watching and the girls looked rattled, Louisa firing with her last, just missing the head to the left.  2-0 to the boys.  Could they pull off an upset? Unfortunately the girls then showed their class going 8-2 up in 3 quick ends as they asserted themselves on the game, but a great bowl from Joe and some clever bowling from Bradley was enough to grab a single going into the last end 8-3 down needing to pick up a five.  Then, something akin to Italy versus...
A big win but not enough to hold on to top spot

A big win but not enough to hold on to top spot

Kyle Ferguson and Cameron Pinder went into Friday’s match top of the league, knowing that a good result would hopefully keep them above their rivals Louisa and Kira.  Some excellent bowling by both Kyle and Cameron, against a spirited display by Katie and Simran, was too much for their opponents as they took a big 8-2 win.  Both boys seemed to look at each other after the game with a nod of approval, “Job done!”. However, a victory for Louisa and Kira, and a score line of 10 shots for the girls would be enough for them to take top spot.  “Oh no Fionn, we’re against the girls!” a worried Owen Davies could be heard saying to his bowls partner, and he had plenty to be concerned about!  Such is the ability of these two girls from Newlands Girls’ School that it was as if the boys had lost the game before they took to the green.  Other than a consolation single on the third end the boys were absolutely battered.  It was clear that both girls knew that they needed to score big to go top and it showed.  Playing the last end, the score 9-1 to the girls, and the league tied at the top 29 points apiece, Louisa and Kira knew that just a single shot would be enough to take top spot going into next week’s fixtures.  However, the girls were not content with scoring just a single.  As the last wood came to a halt Fionn O’Neill conceded the end, “Two shots to you then…”.  “Er! No!  It’s three shots to us!” exclaimed Kira. ...