MIXED EMOTIONS FOR DORCHESTER

B is best for Dorchester Bowls...

DORCHESTER’S Championship and A teams continued to struggle in the latest round of Bowls Dorset fixtures, but the B team enjoyed another fine victory.

The Championship side went down by the huge margin of 31-70 (1-9) at home to a vastly more experienced Wellworthy team.

Dorchester’s Dennis Wright, along with Les Selby, John Dyer and Terry Cartwright had the best result, drawing 16-16 with the very strong rink of E Smith, P Andrew, D Hanger and skip R Stone.

The home team will be slightly disappointed, however, as they had a very useful 12-5 lead after 11 ends. Dorchester Team Captain Ged Costello, along with Mike Lay, Jim Kelly and Dave Glanville also had a disappointing evening with the six shots dropped at the fifth end being a major contributing factor to their 11-22 reverse at the hands of A Jones, C Slade, M Haylock and skip G Parker.

Even worse was the trouncing received by George Spracklen, Graham Cockett, Kevin Holbrook and Gary Mumford at the hands of the visitors’ R Burnett, P Stafford, G Reed and skip S Reed. The Reeds, father and son, were in especially punishing form as Wellworthy ran away to a 32-4 triumph.

On the same evening both Dorchester’s A and B teams were performing at Bridport. In Division A, Dorchester continued their lack-lustre start to the season as they lost, albeit narrowly, on all three rinks to go down to a 10-0 defeat.

It was left to Dorchester B to save their Club’s blushes as they strode to an impressive 68-36 victory against Bridport B.

Dorchester skip Bryan Tucker with John Towsey, Peter Johnstone and Roger Dobbs had an excellent 25-11 (10-0) win playing B Jones, R Smith, R Johnson and skip P Scott with the away side pulling away strongly in the second half of the game after a tight first 11 ends.

Another strong finish, this time by the visitors’ Mike Wilkin with Peter Barnes, Peter Slater and Stan Redpath saw them achieve a fine 20-13 success playing Bridport’s M Stephenson, A Bird, B Medland and skip P Wilson in a game which was all-square after 11 ends.

Dorchester’s Mike Corbin, Norman Scott, Tom Baldwin and skip Stan Harland went about things differently as they raced to an 8-0 lead after five ends playing A Stowe, E Link, M Highton and skip P Billett and then maintained a steady lead to finish 23-12 ahead.

In the Percy Baker competition, Dorchester W1 kick-started their season, winning 48-35 (6-0) at home to Wellworthy. The County Town’s Robbie Legg, Dennis Wright and skip Dave Glanville won fairly comfortably 26-18, a victory founded on their scoring one six and two fives in three decisive ends.

Dorchester’s Colin Ackerman with Arthur Lacey and Les Selby finished as 22-17 victors despite dropping a seven in the penultimate end.

In W2, Dorchester’s Mike Corbin, Stan Redpath and skip Dave Hawkes edged to a hard-fought victory 18-16 whilst Team Captain Stan Harland, ably assisted by fellow Club stalwarts Colin Lawley and Dave Bonnett surged to a 20-12 success after being all-square at 13 ends thus giving Dorchester a fine 38-26 (6-0) success.

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