Dropped points increase gap at top

Looking to emulate the maximum win Bob Carter had achieved at home to Halvergate was going to be challenging and so it proved even after the first session, as Pat Saunders, Debbie Sparham and Jack Pye drew 12-12 against Ray Lamb, Josh Baxter and Robbie Lamb. After having made a bright start to lead 5-1 the Wymondham triple could not keep Halvergate down as they replied taking the next four of five ends to lead 6-9. Back came the hosts however and lead 11-10 with two ends remaining but a brace on the penultimate end gave Halvergate the advantage going into the final end. For most of the last end Halvergate held all the basis but an attacking shot by Jack put the jack into the ditch and with him facing at least four shots down with his last bowl drew to the line to take shot and claim a hard fought draw. John Jeffery, Simon Warnes and Chris Mann beat Kerry Greenacre, David Knights and Keith Cooke 16-11. With the home side having won two thirds of the ends the final result should have been a big winning margin but some slack play scattered through the match by all three players kept Halvergate in it. Having lead 6-1 a dropped three on end five then a dropped five on end ten saw the visitors trail by only one at 11-10. A solid last five ends however got Wymondham over the line. 

The second session saw a similar performance from Jeffery, Warnes and Mann as they again conceded just five ends. Having lead 11-2 again a slip in play saw the Halvergate triple now skipped by Josh Baxter take back to back three's to trail by just three at 11-8. Simon improved his perfomance at two and some good play by Chris squeezed their opponents out but again were made to work for their win. Saunders, Sparham and Pye lost 11-16 in what was an improved performance from the Halvergate triple with David Knights frustrating the Wymondham triple as they sweeped into a 1-7 lead. The home triple clawed their way back to trail 9-10 but a dropped four the very next end undone their work and from their the visitors saw out the match well with Keith playing a controlled game at skip.