Sunday 29th March saw 12 teams
take part in the County Fours at Barton-le-Clay. The teams were
split into two groups giving 5 matches each, with the top two
from each group progressing into the Semi-Finals.
This looked like a strong group with the defending Champions
from Clophill in it.
But after two games Clophill
(G Savage) had not got a single point. Leading the way with 4
points were Turvey (K Cockings) who had thumped Colmworth (P
Bol) 20 -1.
The third set of games saw Turvey
play Toddington (D Whitfield). Toddington looked to have Turvey
done for at 6-0 up with two ends to go but they lost two 3s and
a draw left Turvey top with Toddington on their heels. After
that the two teams then went undefeated to see Turvey finish
on 9 points and Toddington runners up on 7.
This group was much closer. After three games it was anyone's
to win as Clophill (A Speake), Colmworth (H Ball) and Cople (P
Baynes) were all on 4 points.
Cople made a break for it by
winning their last three games and topping the group on 8 points,
but the runner-up spot was going to be very close as the 4 teams
below all had 4 points. It was all about who could win and win
And it was the Colmworth (H Ball)
rink who took a 10-1 win over Toddington (J Edwards) and finished
runners-up on 6 points.
The Semi-Final draw gave us a repeat of the Group games with
Cople (P Baynes) v Colmworth (H Ball) and Turvey (K Cockings)
v Toddington (D Whitfield).
Cople v Colmworth
Colmworth opened up well with a two and a single to go 3-0 up.
Cople then got into their stride and three singles saw the game
tied up at 3-3. Cople then picked another single to go 4-3 up
with an end to play. With the skips to go the jack was near the
end of the mat but Colmworth were holding 3 shots as their skip
played his first bowl only to take the jack off and hand victory
to Cople 6-3.
Turvey v Toddington
After 4 ends Toddington had established a 6-1 lead and were in
control. Turvey then picked a 3 up to get back in the game but
then lost a 1 on the next end to make it 7-4 to Toddington with
just the last end to play. And in a repeat of their group game
the Turvey skip draws his last wood in for a 3!!!!, 7-7 and an
extra end needed. The Turvey lead draws a front toucher and its
never beaten. Turvey take the win 8-7.
Cople (Liz Morrison,Sally Harrison ,Melvyn & Pauline
Baynes ) v Turvey (Mick Rogers, Sharon Hatton, Paul Hurren,
The final saw both group winners so it should be a good game.
End 1 - Both teams struggle on the fast mat but Turvey pick up
a single 0-1.
End 2 - This is better as both teams settle in, but Turvey pick
another single out 0-2.
End 3 - Cople hold 3 shots but Keith (Turvey skip) pushes the
jack through and off, 2-2.
End 4 - With Turvey settling in now they pick a 3 up with Cople
still struggling on the fast mat and nearly losing a player as
Melvyn (C) decides to leave via fire exit!!!!!!!!!!!, 2-5.
End 5 - Again Turvey are in on the jack despite Pauline's (C)
best efforts to move something. Another 2 to Turvey 2-7.
End 6 - Liz (Cople lead) finds the jack only to see it pushed
back again. A good draw by Keith (T) sees Turvey pick up 2 more
End 7 - This was wayward stuff. With most bowls behind the jack
Turvey nick a 1 to go 2-10.
End 8 - With Cople needing a big count they push the jack to
the side of the mat, but an excellent draw from Paul (T) and
another two from Keith (T) sees the match over as Turvey take
a 3 to give themselves an unassailable 2-13 lead.
Well done to both teams on being
the most consistent on the day and congratulations to Turvey.