REPORTS 2018/19

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Breckland League 2018/19

Connaught B 4 (57) v Wymondham 6 (67) - 26/03/2019

Pat Saunders, Steve Easter and Laura Hawksworth struggled early on and when they dropped four shots to trail 1-9 after just four ends Steve went to skip. This changed the match as Wymondham wion six consecutive ends late on to lead 14-13 with just two ends remaining. Unfortunately the run was ended and Connaught managed to take the last two ends by singles to win 14-15 but this result gave Wymondham home for the second half. On mat 2 Billie Barker, Roger Steele and Melvyn Barker lost 8-21 to T. Burt, B. Westwood and M. Utting. The triple did not play poor in the match but too many open heads made it a lot easier for Mick Utting at skip to come in and cause major damage. The scores were level at 6-6 after nine ends but Connaught won eight of the remaining nine to open up a fourteen shot lead at half time. Mick Utting was by far the big difference in the match at least one of his bowls did damage every end and seven shots picked up over the last three ends gave Connaught hope of an upset. 

Second session on mat 1 saw Hayley Osborne, John Jeffery and Chris Mann beat A. Bayes, M. Eades and M. Minshull 25-12. This was not a complete performance by any means by the Wymondham triple who did labour throughout. Ends six and seven however proved decisive where a somewhat fortuitous wood by Mann gave them six shots on end six then five shots on end seven which saw the triples best end collectively. Mann was called upon to keep that shot advantage but Connaught did hit back and reduced the arrears to 18-11 with four ends remaining but seven shots picked up in three of those ends gave the triple a thirteen shot lead and meant just a two shot win was needed by the other triple. Mary Fisher, Brian Saunders and Mark Linsdell delivered that with a 20-9 win against A. Rush, J. Winup and P. McDonald. The triple did struggle early on and trailed 0-5 after three ends but soon restored that to lead 6-5 after six ends. Mark was in sparkling form at skip and his performance showed how much he wanted to win as he kept his triple in the match early on. Brian soon gave good support however and Mary produced good bowls later in the match also. After a good start Connaught only managed to win on four more occasions and only by singles as well as Wymondham manged the game well and ultimately gave the club the unbeated season for the first time in their history.

Wymondham 10 (111) v Harling Unicorns 0 (36) - 25/03/2019

Billie Barker, Melvyn Barker and Jon Sparham opened with a 28-7 win while Mary Fisher, John Jeffery and Chris Mann won 25-16. Second session saw Brian Saunders, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell win 19-8 while Pat Saunders, Jack Marshall and Debbie Sparham won 39-5. 

Wymondham 8 (115) v Connaught A 2 (36) - 04/03/2019

Connaught A are the first club this season to take points away at the North Wymondham Community Centre as  Pat Saunders, Jack Marshall and Debbie Sparham lost 11-15 to Diane Quadling, Richard Harrison and Shelia Bragg. The home side strarted well to lead 4-0 but once Connaught found the lines they started to match the home triple as a four for Connaught helped them early on to get back in the match quickly. From ends eight to fifteen the home triple managed to pick up only two shots to Connaught's eight and this duly won them the match as they led 9-13 with four ends to go. Credit to the Connaught block who played well and could not say they did not deserve it. On mat 2 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat D. Adcock, M. Parsons and O. Secker 37-6. This was a resounding result with only four ends scored by the Connaught triple, Jon played well at skip to Deny the Connaught triple winning more ends. 

Second session saw Roger Steele, Laura Hawksworth and Chris Mann beat P. Hambling, D. Quadling and D. Liles 40-5. A late flurry of shots saw a gloss put on the scoreline with Connaught only scoring on four ends. On mat 2 H. Osborne, B. Saunders and Mark Linsdell beat B. Adcock, S. Parsons and L. Fallows 27-10. The Wymondham trile made a blistering start to lead 15-0 after just five ends and this gave Connught little hope of a comeback. Although after the fifth end they did only lose 10-12 with a dropped five on end sixteen, which would of proved the deciding end. 

Banham 2 (47) v Wymondham 8 (70) - 27/02/2019

On mat 1 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham produced a late rally to beat V. Hamblng, P. Bertram and W. Hoggan 20-14. For most of the match the triple struggled to make head way against a tight Banham triple who led 7-10 up to the thirtenth end. But ends fourteen, fifteen and seventeen saw the match turn on its head with a 2,6 and 5 scored by Wymondham to see them lead 20-11 with an end remaining. On mat 2 Hayley Osborne, Laura Hawksworth and Mlevyn Barker lost 19-23 to C. Smith, K. Girling and B. Francis. Just before the match Laura went and sprained her ankle badly which severly affected her performance at two but fought on valiantly and did produce some moments of magic but ultimately not enough. Five shots picked up on end twelve did see the Wymondham triple trail by just one at 15-16 but dropped three's on ends eleven, thirteen and sixteen proved their downfall as Bill Francis was on form Banham for most of the match and his performance alone was good enough to seal the win. On mat 3 Mary Fisher, Steve Easter and Chris Mann beat C. Offer, J. Delany and J. Williamson 23-10. The scoreline did flatter the Wymondham side as Banham had missed chances throughout but the triple played well enough to deserve the win. Five shots and a brace on ends four and five gave the triple a helathy lead early on which they built on giving the club a good 8-2 win overall. 

Wymondham 10 (122) v Hingham 0 (38) - 18/02/2019

On mat 1 Mary Fisher, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann won 39-5 as their opponents really struggled with the mat and opened up a 21-0 gap after just eight ends. On mat 2 Pat Saunders, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat J. Capell, M. Hunter and J. Hunter 17-12. The Hingham triple got to grips with the mat well and caught the Wymondham triple off as they lead 3-6 after seven ends and kept their lead after up till end 10 when a four and single saw the home triple take the lead for the first time. But Hingham were not done and levelled at 10-10 with four ends to go but then a dropped six put pay to their challenge as they finished losing by five shots. 

Second session on mat 1 saw Hayley Osborne, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell record another 39-5 win of the night as back to back five's on ends sixteen and seveteen provided another rout. On mat 2 Roger Steele, Jack Marshall and Debbie Sparham beat P. Roache, C. Powell and P. Groombridge 27-16. The end scoreline was a bit harsh on the Hingham triple who adapted well and gave the Wymondham triple a tough time throughout. After seven ends Hingham lead 6-13 but then dropped a 1,2,2,5,1 to trail 17-13. A four and brace further increased the scoreline to 23-15 after fifteen ends and in the end capped off a good performance by the Wymondham triple with Jack Marshall at two providing some crucial bowls at times. 

Calreton Rode 3 (60) v Wymondham 7 (71) - 04/02/2019

The first session started with a 13-13 draw for Roger Steele, Laura Hawksworth and Chris Mann against Jill Davidson, D. Blundell and R. Davidson. No player in the match made their mark and therefore made for a tight match with the scores level at 10-10 after fifteen ends. Three shots by the Rode triple on end sixteen looked to have got them in a winning position but a brace and single scored by Wymondham salvaged them a draw which in the end was lucky given the fact the Rode triple played well late on. A hit and hope shot by Chris on the last end somehow saw the jack go into the ditch along with his bowl for a maximum result from facing three down. On mat 2 Pat Saunders, Jack Marshall and Debbie Sparham produced a quality performance to beat P. Rush, A. Bond and T. Oram 21-15. For the majority of the match the Wymondham triple were good value for their win but had some fortune when the Rode skip did not get the results when hitting his targets. Ends 8 to 11 saw the away side score a 3,2,3,2 to lead 19-6 but a dropped brace and four over the last two ends took away the shine but still would have taken the result at the start. 

Second session saw Brian Saunders, Steve Easter and Melvyn Barker beat G. Atter, K. Buck and G. Mobbs 22-13. This was by far Wymondham's best display on the night as Melvyn produced some great shots throughout the match when under pressure. Five shots on end seven put daylight between the triples at 11-3 and extnded that by picking up a four and three on ends ten and twelve. Brian had a very solid game at lead and Steve gave good backup with the triple well worth their nine shot win in the end. On mat 2 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham lost 15-19 to J. Pinchen, T. Newby and K. Newby. This was a match that the Wymondham triple had led for the most it but a poor middle part to the match where nine shots were conceded over five ends gave Rode a 9-12 lead after thirteen ends. Both triples had their chances but the Rode triple edged the last few ends as a three and four on ends sixteen and seventeen snatched the game away from Wymondham and evntually went down. 

Shropham 0 (37) v Wymondham 10 (105) - 30/01/2019

Steve Easter's performance at skip helped his triple to come from 8-13 down with just two ends remaining to snatch a 14-13 win against T. Cursley, M. Chapman and D. Green as a four and brace secured victory. A measure was needed to decide the second bowl of the last end and it went Wymondham's way. For much of the match however the Shropham triple were much the better but a good piece of captaining from Melvyn meant he swapped positions with Steve. Shropham's Dennis Green had managed the game well with his triple and they looked well on their way to vitory but just failed to hold on for what would of been a deserved win. Roger Steele, Brian Saunders and Chris Mann were in good form to record a 35-1 win as Chris was dominant throughout and held shot on every single end after he had bowled, end fifteen the Shropham skip managed to take shot and was very trying throughout. Pat Saunders, Laura Hawksworth and Debbie Sparham won 30-11 as they raced into a 14-0 lead after five ends and a flurry of shots late on saw them score thirty shots. Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham had a slow start but then raced away picking up 23 shots over eleven ends to put the match beyond Shropham.

Wymondham 10 (156) v Harling Griffins 0 (26) - 21/01/2019

Brian Saunders, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell picked up a six on the last end to be the first triple to reach the 50 point mark for the club as they won 50-3. Billie Barker, Jack Marshall and Jon Sparham looked to be heading the same way but were denied the same feat by the last bowl of the match as the triple won 49-6. The second session saw two more wins as Pat Saunders, Laura Hawksworth and Debbie Sparham won 23-9 while Roger Steele, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann won 34-8 to wrap up the clubs biggest win in the league. 

Forncett 2 (47) v Wymondham 8 (62) - 16/01/2019

On mat 1 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat B. Bradford, K. Humphreys and T. Ottewell 16-11. Two three's were dropped by the Wymondham triple on ends ten and fourteen but did not have disastrous consequences with the triple being 10-2 up and 12-6 up prior. Billie led well throughout and John and Jon provided good support for the win. On mat 2 Pat Saunders, Steve Easter and Debbie Sparham beat A. Coleman, B. Bradford and L. Preece 21-7. Pat, Steve and Deb combined well for what was a comfortable win in the end with just singles conceded throughout the match. Second session on mat 1 saw Roger Steele, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann beat M. Humphreys, G. Coleman and R. Humphreys 15-13. A series of braces from ends six to nine looked to have got the Wymondham triple on the front foot after having gone 3-5 behind. Roger, Mel and Chris were inconsistent throughout and gave opportunites to Forncett which Rebecca quite often took at skip for Forncett. Three shots picked up by them on end fifteen gave them a 12-11 lead but dropped a three straight after. The last end saw Forncett holding the match win but Chris' last wood managed to take shot for a somewhat hollow victory considering the triple were not at their best. On mat 2 Brian Saunders, Lauren Swann and Mark Linsdell lost 10-16 to J. Smail, M. SMail and P. Lock. The Forncett triple were well worth their victory and limited the Wymondham triple to only scoring singles much to their credit. This match was more a case of good Forncett play rather than poor Wymondham play. Sometimes you just have to applaud your oppostion on a good performance which this was. It must have been something to do with Peter's new bowls!

Harling Griffins 4 (52) v Wymondham 6 (69) - 12/12/2018
The frist session saw Pat Saunders, Steve Easter and Jon Sparham beat B. Murphy, P. Hyam and C. Hayman 24-4. This was the only one sided result of the night as all three Wymondham players put in a good shift and conceded just three of the eighteen ends, this result also proved crucial to get the overall shots in the end. On mat 2 Billie Barker, Brian Saunders and Mark Linsdell lost 14-17 to C. Newman, V. Eater and G. Cody. At the halfway stage the match looked to be getting away from Wymondham with a five and brace dropped as they trailed 6-10. The triple were not consistant enough on the night and were made to pay by some good and fortunate play by the Griffins. The match was still poised going into the last end but Val Easter's last wood proved fatal in the end and their lead in the triple lead well from the front and deserved their win. Second session saw Mary Fisher, Laura Hawksworth and Chris Mann beat J. Deathridge, G. Hume and L. Deathridge 19-13. Chris had to play well early on while Mary and Laura came into the match, his play earned the triple an 11-0 lead after six ends and managed to quell a possible four/five shots by Griffins on end five. Two three's on ends nine and fifteen kept the Griffin triple at bay who recently won the Keith Banks trophy and showed glimpses of their quality late on picking up nine shots over the last five ends. On mat 2 Hayley Osborne, John Jeffery and Melvyn Barker lost 12-18 to V. Smith, J. Hayman and G. Hume. Mat 2 seemed to be the clubs undoing on the night as they failed to stop Harling's good play. After five ends the triple already faced an uphill task as they trailed 0-10 which forced John to go skip which after a while started to stem the tide and after fifteen ends trailed by only 11-16. The Griffin triple managed the game well with Jill Hayman and skip G. Hume and deserved the win in the end. 
Wymondham 10 (95) v Forncett 0 (41) - 10/12/2018

The first session saw Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat B. Preece, A. Coleman and M. Smail 26-10. Billie, John and Jon started well to lead 11-0 after just four ends and from there managed to keep the Forncett triple at bay despite some periods of good play from the Forncett triple. On mat 2 Roger Steele, Mikey George and Melvyn Barker beat J. Bev, D. Norfolk and L. Preece 27-8. Mikey was making his first appearance of the season due to illness and unavailability of five regualr team players and adapted well. Roger was the standout player of the match and lead well throughout to give Wymondham the advantage as the triple only conceded four of the eighteen ends. Second session saw M. Fisher, L. Hawksworth and C. Mann beat G. Coleman, K. Humphreys and R. Humphreys 26-10. After ten ends the home triple were 4-8 behind and were struggling especaially Chris at skip who could do nothing in the early stages and swapped with Laura trying to change the game and it worked as ends eleven and twelve the home triple picked up a two and five to take the lead at 11-8 after twelve ends. As soon as the Wymomndham triple srarted to put pressure on Forncett the rewards started to show. Mary played well in the later stages and Chris' performance had also improved slightly but it was Laura who held the triple together especially when Forncett threatened the most early on. The last five ends the triple picked up fifteen shots to put a gloss on the result. On mat 2 H. Osborne, S. Easter and J. Marshall beat T. Ottewell, J. Smail and P. Lock 16-13. Hayley, Steve and Jack made a solid start to lead 14-4 after ten ends but the Forncett triple hit back with Tony Ottewell bowling well at lead gave Forncett opportunities and won six of the next seven ends to trail 15-13 with an end remaining. The last end saw Forncett holding four and with Jack facing a tricky attacking shot on the straight hand he managed to hold his nerve, with the room in absolute silence, with the plant springing the jack back to Wymondham's back wood. Peter Lock's last bowl saw him narrowly missing the target giving the home side the win.

Wymondham 10 (114) v Shropham 0 (19) - 03/12/2018

On mat 1 Brian Saunders, Simon Warnes and Jack Pye beat P. Paget, P. Feleckfy and M. Chapman 45-6. In what was a shock first end Shropham picked up five shots but there delight was short lived as Brian, Simon and Jack quickly came into the match and reeled off the next seven ends scoring twenty four shots to lead 24-5. A single on end nine was the only other end Shropham scored on but they had battled well on the difficult mats the venue possesses. On mat 2 Hayley Osbourne, Laura Hawksworth and Chris Mann beat R. Vicars, T. Cursley and D. Green 32-5. The Shropham skip was quick to identify the lines of the match and was soon directing his lead and two well although early on both struggled. D. Green played well and his first wood was on the jack but his performance alone was not enough to win the match but had only trailed 9-3 after eight ends. Hayley, Laura and Chris all played well in parts and produced some moments of real quality which was enough for them to ease to a big win especially in the closing stages accumulating fourteen shots over the last five ends. 

Second session saw Pat Saunders, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell beat M. Godbold, G. Wilcox and R. Broad 29-8. Just like the other the two matches in the first half Pat, Steve and Mark had too much for the Shropham triple with some big scores coming late on again. Although Gordon Wilcox replaced Richard Broad at skip this made little impact in the end result. 

Wymondham 10 (90) v Banham 0 (31) - 26/11/2018
The first session saw both Wymondham triples in fine form recording wins of 32-9 and 33-10 for Hayley Osbourne,  Brian Saunders, Melvyn Barker and Pat Saunders, Jack Marshall and Debbie Sparham. The second session saw Billie Barker, Steve Easter and Jon Sparham record a 17-12 win over V. Hambling, P. Bertram and W. Hoggan. 
Hingham 0 (43) v Wymondham 10 (92) - 19/11/2018

Billie Barker, Steve Easter and Jon Sparham were a step ahead in their match against P. Chapman, M. Hunter and G. Tweed as they won by a big 31-8 margin to dominate the match in every area. On mat 2 Hayley Osbourne, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann beat W. Townsend, D. Mylchreest and M. White 22-15. The Wymondham triple made the better start and captalised on missed chances by Hingham to lead 18-1 after ten ends. From there the Hingham triple played the better but left it too late to stage a threatening comeback as braces by Wymondham on ends fourteen and sixteen stemmed the tide. 

Second session saw Brian Saunders, Jack Marshall and Jack Pye rally late on to win 17-13 against W. Tweed, C. Harris and K. Thomas. The Hingham triple are a tough nut to crack and played well but did rely on Keith at skip to get them out of trouble on occasions as they lead 5-8 at the half way stage. The second half saw Wymondham turn the screw as they won seven of the remaining nine ends but the two dropped ends saw them drop a three and a brace which had given Hingham a 10-13 lead with three ends remaining. The last two ends however saw Wymondham's persistence pay off as two three's over the last two ends gave them victory which on the balance of play was deserved by Brian, Jack and Jack who fought till the end. On mat 2 Pat Saunders, Mark Linsdell and Debbie Sparham eased to a 22-7 win over J. Capell, J. Chapman and J. Hunter. After seven ends Pat, Mark and Deb raced into a 14-1 lead and increased that to 22-3 with three ends remaining for a dominant performance. 

Wymondham 10 (96) v Carleton Rode 0 (46) - 12/11/2018

The first session saw Brian Saunders, Jack Marshall and Jack Pye storm to a 27-12 win over A. Biddulph, A. Bond and N. Davidson. The home triple quickly adapted better to the mats and raced into a 21-0 lead after eleven ends. The Rode triple came back into it late on to reduce the arrears but were well beaten. On mat 2 Roger Steele, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat M. Taylor, D. Blundell and T. Taylor 24-14. This was another solid performance but Jon had admitted he did not play as well as he could of but still managed to keep the Rode triple at bay. Ends two to six produced twelve shots and although the Rode triple replied Wymondham hit back winning more ends and with a brace and four over the last two ends put a gloss on the scoreline. 

Second session saw Pat Saunders, Mark Linsdell and Debbie Sparham beat G. Atter, K. Buck and G. Mobbs 20-11. The home triple could not settle against a stubborn Rode triple who played well early on, epsecially Graham at skip as they lead 5-8 after nine ends. This prompted a change as Deb was struggling to grasp the lines at times and made a positive impact at two with Mark now skip they won the next six ends to lead 18-10 with three ends remaining and taked the game away from the Rode triple. On mat 2 Steve Easter, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann beat J. Pinchen, K. Newby and T. Newby 25-9. This was a solid perofrmance from the home triple who after a dropped three and brace on ends six and seven which saw the score at 9-8, the triple then reeled off the next seven ends to lead 21-9 with just four ends remaining for a strong win. 

Harling Unicorns 2 (51) v Wymondham 8 (64) - 22/10/2018

Wymondham 10 (123) v Connaught B 0 (32) - 15/10/2018
The first session saw Mary Fisher, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann beat A. Marshall, J. Hazell and D. Flatt 30-8. The scoreline shows a one sided win but the home triples performance was far from polished and lacked consistancy throughout. It has to be noted that Connaught's lead Alan Marshall is now not the most agile and did well to his credit but it did put pressure on his triple at times. It was more a case of Connaught missing rather than Wymondham hitting which produced the gulf in scoreline. On mat 2 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat T. Burt, J. Squire and P. King 42-7. This was a bruising scoreline from Billie, John and Jon who, for most the match, outplayed their oppositte number and raced into a 15-0 lead after just three ends. Ex Wymondham player Peter King at skip for Connaught had a tough match with little support at times but did well to try and limit the damage. 

Second session saw Pat Saunders, Laura Hawksworth and Debbie Sparham beat M. Eades, J. Barnes and J. Winup 22-5. In the early exhanges Laura and her opposite number had an entertaining encounter with both jostling for position which in the end Laura had gotten the better of as the home side went ahead after trailing 0-2 to then lead 10-2 after winning seven straight ends. Debbie had the edge over John at skip through most of the match as Pat grew stronger as the game wore on at lead. A flurry of shots from ends thirteen to seventeen gave Pat, Laura and Deb a deserved and healthy seventeen shot win. On mat 2 Hayley Osbourne, Steve Easter and Mark Linsdell beat M. Marlow, A. Rush and M. Minshull 29-12. Connaught made a bright start to lead 1-6 after three ends but the reply from Hayley, Steve and Mark was just what was expected as they scored 4,2,2,3 to take a commanding 12-6 lead. This was no doubt the best performing Connaught triple on the night and asked questions of Wymondham on numerous occasions but the home triple held firm and again finished strong to put a gloss on the result picking up eleven shots over the last four ends. 

Connaught A 2 (39) v Wymondham 8 (86) - 10/10/2018

he first session saw Steve Easter, Brian Saunders and Jack Pye beat Di. Quadling, D. Quadling and S. Bragg 28-4. This was as good a performance from a Wymondham triple at Connaught there has possibly been against a well experienced triple. The first six ends started well to see the triple 7-0 up with Jack dictating the play most of the way through. Ends eight to fifteen saw twenty shots racked up with no reply as Steve and Brian certainly played their part as well but Jack's play was clinical and gave Shelia a torrid time throughout with the Connaught triple only able to score on three ends and two of them came late on ends sixteen and eighteen. On mat 2 Billie Barker, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham beat P. Hambling, D. Liles and O. Secker 23-13. This was a solid win by Billie, John and Jon who all played a part in the win with Jon at skip producing good shots at various times. Nine of the eleven ends scored were by more than one shot and after eleven ends had opened up a 14-6 lead. Three more braces were scored over three of the last four ends to secure the win and gave a healthy thrity four shot lead at half time.  

Second half saw Pat Saunders, Mark Linsdell and Debbie Sparham lose 14-15 to B. Adcock, S. Parsons and L. Fallows. Neither triple managed to build a big enough lead to protect as both had various periods of good play. The Connaught triple played marginally the better and could not be denied the win that was eventually won on a last end measure. Having only won seven out the eighteen ends Pat, Mark and Deb played ok but probably not consistantly enough to win but this was also down to the good Connaught play and pressure. On mat 2 Hayley Osbourne, Melvyn Barker and Chris Mann beat E. Oatway, M. Parsons and B. Oatway 21-7. Five shots picked up on end two gave Hayley, Melvyn and Chris a terrific start and platform to build on. Hayley and Melvyn combined well and made life difficult most of the time for Connaught and with Chris in good form made sure Bob had to play his very best to keep his triple in the match. This did not quite happen as the Wymondham triple continually made life hard and in the end Connaught only scored of six ends for another strong win.

Breckland 5 Pairs 2018/19
Norfolk Challenge Cup 2018/19
Norwich Cup 2018/19
Keith Banks 2018/19
Dennis Moore Competition 2018/19
Summer Cup 2018
Summer League 2018