DIVISIONS 1 - 3
15 teams initially entered 25 sides BUT one team then withdrew reducing the number of sides to 22.
DIVISIONS 4 - 7
9 teams initially entered 15 sides BUT one team then withdrew reducing the number of sides to 13.
This is a clear indication that the majority of teams and players have other priorities at this time of year. I now have to consider whether it is viable to run these competitions next year.
However, I am of a mind, as with the Ivan Pritchard, to give the Front Pin Triples one last chance by changing it to a one day event, possibly using another Saturday or a Bank Holiday in May.
This year’s Ivan Pritchard competition will give a clear indication as to how that is likely to be received.
As always, any change will require Executive Committee approval but please feel free to make any suggestions or comment you wish because without your support these competitions will disappear!
MATCH REPORT - DIVISIONS 1 - 3
There were plenty of 100’s in the 1st and 2nd round matches with the best of them coming from The Rebels ‘A’ who rattled up 113 pins to see off last year’s winners Lumberjacks ‘C’.
Price Walker ‘A’ and 2B Leaders ‘A’ both notched up 105’s in their respective matches and The Extras ‘C’ notched up 104 to complete the quartet of 100’s.
Scores in the 80’s for Stinchcombe Stragglers ‘A,’ The Extras ‘A’ and The Extras ‘B’ were enough for all three teams to make finals night. Bulldogs ‘A’ pulled off a 1 pin ‘last ball hit’ victory in defeating Price Walker ‘C’ and The Goodies ‘A’ joined the party having had a bye in their 2nd Round match.
As usual, Finals Night produced some nervous but great skittling. Pete Hemmings, a late replacement for 2B Leaders ‘A’, prevented an early exit for them when his last leg 16 spare contributed to the 29 they needed to win against Stinchcombe Stragglers ‘A’ 92-90. An equally tough match against The Rebels ‘A’ in the Semi- Final followed, with an 86-82 win.
The Extras ‘A’ managed a one pin victory over favourites The Extras ‘C’ in their Quarter Final match but they were easily dispatched by Price Walker ‘A’ in the Semi Final 76-63.
The lead in the Final between Price Walker ‘A’ and 2B Leaders ‘A’ changed hands almost every leg but crucially towards the 4th leg 2B Leaders forged ahead and never looked back, eventually winning 86-73.
2 B Leaders ‘A’ - Pete Hemmings, Lee Lowery, Bill Fanning & Jerry Farrant.
MATCH REPORT - DIVISIONS 4 - 7
It was great to see one of our new teams this year, Longlevens Community Centre, participate in the competitions but their sides had mixed fortunes. Their ‘A’ side lost 91-62 to BRS Lions ‘B’ but their ‘B’ side favoured better with wins against The Drifters ‘C’ and Mutineers ‘B’. It would be fair to say Mutineers didn’t put up too much of a fight and featuring a zero leg is not something they are likely to be telling their grandchildren about.
Finals Night produced some one-sided Semi Final matches with both The Drifters ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides going through against Longlevens Community Centre ‘A’ 95-74 and Mutineers ‘A’ 50-40.
However, the Final was a closer affair and at one stage The Drifters ‘B’ threatened to pull off a shock but eventually lost to The Drifters ‘A’ 96-79.
The DrIfters ‘A’ - Shaun Doyle, Steve Tonks & Dan Baker
Rich Berry - Competitions Secretary
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