MIXED FORTUNES

Rough and smooth for Dorchester Bowling Club...

DORCHESTER Bowling Club are having a mixed season with the B Team performing well in both the County and South Dorset Leagues whereas the Championship and A teams are both struggling in the Monday night County League.

However, the A team are unbeaten in their South Dorset games so far and the four Percy Baker squads are having a good season as a whole.

In their latest South Dorset Division Two fixture, played at Portland Victoria, the B team were beaten 54-65 (1-9) but could so easily have taken more from this match.  Roger Dobbs,  Graham Cockett, Mike Wilkin & skip Brian Tucker forced a 19-19 tie in a game that could have gone either way. Team Captain Dave Bonnett lost by the narrowest of margins – 17-18 – in his game and Stan Harland & Co were soundly beaten 28-18 in the decisive encounter.

In the Championship, Ged Costello’s inexperienced team lost at home to Greenhill 43-68 (0-10) but challenged well on two rinks with Costello himself just succumbing 12-15 to a team led by the wily Barry Patterson and George Spracklen and co failing to capitalise on a flying 15-3 start as they lost a tight game 17-22.

On the final rink, Dorchester’s players, led by Terry Cartwright, could only look on as Greenhill’s talisman Martin Puckett gave an outstanding display of perfect drawing as they won easily 31-14.

In the closest of encounters, Dorchester B fell just short of victory at home to Bridport A in their latest County Division A match, tying 53-53 but losing overall by four points to six.

Dorchester’s Pat Greenman is having a tremendous season and he led Mike Corbin, Norman Scott & Stan Redpath to a superb 28-9 triumph which looked likely to secure his side the overall win.

However, Stan Harland’s Dorchester rink were beaten by the clear margin of 11-24 and then Team Captain Dave Bonnett and his squad suffered the agony of conceding seven shots in the final two ends to both lose their own tussle 14-23 and leave Dorchester to share the overall win points with Bridport.

There was a tremendous finish in the Percy Baker Division Two fixture between Lyme Regis and Dorchester in a fixture played under leaden skies at Dorset’s most westerly rink.  Dorchester’s Dave Caundle, Stan Harland & skip Pat Greenman finished first, just losing 13-15 after a hard-fought encounter.  On the adjoining rink, Dorchester’s Gerald Cornick, Peter Stevenson & skip Dave Bonett looked likely to secure victory for the County Town team as they led by five shots with just two ends remaining.

However, the away team were indebted to Bonnett in the 17nth end as his final forceful wood ricocheted around the head before dropping in as shot wood to turn seven shots down to one shot up and effectively win the fixture for the County Town Club, who ran out as 34-29 (4-2) victors.

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