Opening match of season already brings first defeat

Captain Mark Linsdell had a chastening start in his first Breckland league match away at Banham, with three regular skips unavailable meaning he had to give Lauren Swann and Laura Hawksworth their first starts for the club. Banham has not been happy hunting ground with a mixture of wins and loses in recent seasons and with the team that was available any kind of a win was going to be a bonus. On mat 1 P. Saunders, L. Swann and M. Barker lost 11-27 to V. Hambling, R. Dunning and W. Hoggan. The Banham triple were in command of this match from the off after opening a 1-8 lead after five ends. A brace and single by the Wymondham triple looked to bring them into the match but Banham replied with a 4,3,2 as they lead 4-17 after ten ends. Will Hoggan lead his triple well at skip and gave very little away, Pat, Lauren and Melvyn battled and had produced an array of good woods but Will was in good form with the end result maybe a bit harsh on the Wymondham triple. On mat 2 H. Stratton, B. Saunders and L. Hawksworth lost 18-19 to S. Goody, P. Bertram and J. Delany. This match produced a good battle with the scores level at 7-7 after seven ends but the mid part of the match was where Banham won it with them taking thirteen shots over fourteen ends taking a 10-17 lead after thirteen ends. The closing ends saw Hayley, Brian and Laura on top and with them needing four shots on the last end nearly produced the draw and had Jim Delany's extravagant last bowl not found the gap  could have given them five. On mat 3 B. Barker, J. Jeffery and M. Linsdell drew 15-15 against C. Clarke, K. Girling and J. Williamson. This match produced another good tustle and over the eighteen ends Billie, John and Mark should have really won but John Williamson is a formidable opponent and quite often produced moments of quality to keep Banham in the match. Again the closing ends saw the Wymondham block in control taking three shots on end seventeen saw them lead 15-13. The least end saw Wymondham holding a vulnerable one and with Mark trying to bowl a difficult back wood which went off the mat in heinsight another bowl in the head would have been the better option as it gave Williamson licence to attack which he did so getting a brace. A draw against this triple was still a good result however. On mat 4 R. Steele, M. Fisher and C. Mann beat C. Smith, W. Tribe and B. Francis 22-18. This match was very open in terms of scoring with an average of 2.22 shots being conceded an end. After nine ends the scores were level at 9-9 but a five and four by Wymondham gave them a commanding 18-11 lead but the way the match was going Banham were likely to comeback and they did on end sixteen with a four but the next end three shots gave Roger, Mary and Chris a 22-17 lead going into the last end where just one shot was conceded. No one player was the difference in the match but Roger at lead probably gave Wymondham the edge most ends. This result may not have a huge bearing early on but if more players become unavailable over the course of the season then the club will most definately struggle this season.