Six pairs of bowlers from across TWBS and Newlands Girls’ School began their quest for bowls immortality as they played their first round of fixtures in the inaugural TWBS Open Pairs Bowls Tournament held at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club on Friday 9th February.
The first fixture up was Louisa and Kira versus Kyle Ferguson and Cameron Pinder. This was quite possibly the number 1 and number 2 seeds of the competition and the quality of bowling lived up to expectations. It was nip and tuck throughout with some really impressive bowling by all four bowlers. At 5-4 up playing the last end, Kyle and Cameron looked set to take the win, and whilst holding a count of three Louisa approached the mat to bowl her final delivery. As we’ve come to expect now she did not fail to rise to the challenge and managed to bowl the shot wood, grabbing a single at the death to draw the match and share the spoils.
In the second match, Fionn O’Neil and Owen Davies (pictured) were up against Jack Whalley and Charles Wallace. A reserve had to step in for Fionn who was out with illness but Owen, playing skip, was on form! Every end he put woods in the head and the pressure told on the opposition who buckled under the pressure. At 8-0 playing the last end Owen played another great bowl to sit holding three shots but Charles Wallace avoided the shut-out by playing a lovely draw to nick the single.
The final game of the session saw Bradley Harcup and Joe Napier playing in their first fixture together representing The Windsor Boys’ School against Katie and Simran also representing their school Newlands Girl’s School for the first time. This was a very close game with the lead changing hands a couple of times. On the last end, with Bradley and Joe 5-4 up in the match, Simran bowled 4 very good bowls but Bradley held his nerve and delivered the telling shot to steal the end and win the game 6-4. This was a game that saw much tactical play, the boys deliberately taking the mat up and bowling a short jack that played into Joe’s hands, unnerving the opposition. It was a clever tactic that clearly affected the result of the match. Well done boys!
And so The Windsor Boys’ School have closed the gap on Newlands Girls’ School in the Bowls Academy Inter-Schools Challenger Series taking them to within one point at 4½ to 3½ with at least a further six games left to play. Come on Windsor!
Mr D Smith