Castle 67 Five Arches 82
25th April 2015
Darts champion and Five Arches captain Ben Cloake, travelled with his team to Haverfordwest for the start of the 2015 season. Looking for a good start to avoid any relegation battle later on in the season, the Five Arches duly responded with a solid 10 points to 4 win against the Castle side. Returning skip Ben Simmons with his rink of John, Johno and the irrepressible Steve, certainly made hay as the sun shone in Haverfordwest, winning by a massive 38 shots to 8. A great performance from all four. On the next rink, Ashley, greatly assisted by Dai, Bill and Kev, pulled out all the stops to win a tough battle against Castle stalwart, Mike Codd by 19 shots to 12. The Castle quartet included ex Tenby member Colin Jones.
Captain Ben with Tenby new member David Lloyd, Mike and Peter certainly had a battle on the tricky rink three. After six ends the game was even at 6 shots all, by the 14th end the Castle squad had pulled out a slender 4 shot advantage. However, over the remaining third of the game they extended their lead to win by 25 shots to 13. Neil and his rink had a challenging day out on rink 4. Ably supported by Ken, Fred and Harold, the game was delicately poised after 8 ends with the Castle four leading by 5 shots to 4. Unfortunately a run of six ends without scoring enabled the Castle boys to extend their lead, However a fightback on the closing ends ensured the lead did not extend by too many. The Five Arches quartet eventually losing by 22 shots to 12.
Next game is at home to newly promoted Fishguard & Goodwick on Saturday, another good performance would set us up nicely for the rest of the season.
Five Arches rinks, Castle skips only.
John Rees, Jon Hubbard, Steve Davies, Ben Simmons 38 B Butters 8
Bill Benham, Kevin Lewis, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 19 M Codd 12
David Lloyd, Mike Day, Peter Hooper, Ben Cloake 13 H Davies 25
Harold Ebdon, Fred Broomhead, Ken Lloyd, Neil Dickinson 12 G Walters 22
Pendine 75 Five Arches 78
11th April 2015
New Captain Ben Cloake and his Five Arches team travelled to Pendine for the first friendly match of the season. On a blustery but pleasant afternoon they enjoyed a narrow three shot victory. The Five Arches were boosted by the addition of Tenby's finest, Cameron and Gerald and also the local knowledge and guile of Pendine lady Gwen. Neil and his rink of Steve, Mike and John had an interesting game on rink 2. Trailing by nine shots at the tea interval , they scored 16 shots in the second half and by only conceding 2 , ran out winners by 23 shots to 18. Next door on rink 3, Captain Ben and his rink of Johno, Ken and Bill had a battle against wily Pendine skip Mal Evans. A close game all the way through, the Pendine quartet eventually edged the win by five shots.
Gerald, ably supported by Roger, Gwen and Tony had a strong game against Arwel's foursome. Completely in control all through the match, they eased to a comfortable 21 shots to 14 victory. On rink 5, Ashley and his rink of Cameron, Ben and Steve were involved in another tight game. The match was decided on the final end with the Pendine rink edging ahead to win by four shots. An encouraging start for the Five Arches with the beginning of the league program only a fortnight away. Many thanks to Pendine for their hospitality. Our next game, another friendly against Kidwelly on Saturday (18th).
Scores, Five Arches rinks, Pendine skips only.
John Rees, Mike Day, Steve Davies, Neil Dickinson 23 G Hale 18
Bill Benham , John Hubbard, Ken Lloyd , Ben Cloake 15 M Evans 20
Roger Thomas, Gwen, Tony Powling, Gerald Hewitt 21 A Edwards 14
Ben Sheldon, Steve Sheldon, Cameron White, Ashley Hooper 19 E Davies 23
FIVE ARCHES 70 (2 pts) WHITLAND 92 (12)
5 July 2014
Last Saturday, the visitors to Sutton Street were Whitland Bowling Club to play their First Division league fixture against the Five Arches team. The Arches were expecting this to be a very tough game, and so it turned out, with Whitland winning on three rinks to bag 12 points to the Arches' two points, thanks to Steve Williams's rink who saw off the challenge of the Whitland captain's rink by 24 shots to 16. Although defeated by an overall shot count of 22 shots, this was a much-improved per-formance by the Arches who have been in a poor run of form in recent games. With the selectors making several positional changes across the rinks, the team responded with three rinks very much in with a chance of winning their games. Gerald's rink, on rink one, were in a real battle with the Steve Rees four. By the 14th end there was only one shot separating the teams, but the Whitland four finished the stronger, picking up nine shots to the Arches' three, which saw them victors by 20 shots to 13. On rink two, the Steve Williams four had a fine win against Glyndwr Thomas and his men At the 14th end, the Whitland rink were leading by 11 shots to 10, but from then on the Arches four went into over-drive, picking up 14 shots to Whitland's five, to bag two much-needed points. Rink four saw Jonno, skip-ping for the first time this sea-son, up against Liam Price and his men. Although Alex Watt was back from the North Sea oil rigs to don his Arches shin, the home rink found them-selves struggling to get into the game. as Liam Price, in great form, steered his rink to a 33 shots to 11 win, Ashley and his rink were drawn against Colin Wynn and his crew on rink five. This was a game the Arches four let get away from them. Well in the game at 10 ends, they ended up losing by one shot, 23 to 22 shots.
Rink scores (Arches first. Whitland skips only):
Gerald Hewitt, Neil Dickinson, Steve Davies and John Rees 13; Steve Rees 20.
Steve Williams, Tony Powling, Kevin Lewis and Roger Thomas 24; Glyndwr Thomas 16.
John Hubbard, Alex Watt. Steve Sheldon and Harold Ebdon 11; Liam Price 33.
Ashley Hooper, Dai Spencer, Ben Cloake and Ken Lloyd 22; Colin Wynn 23.
FIVE ARCHES 58 shots HAVERFORDWEST 95
15 June 2014
After the defeat against Tenby the previous day, the Five Arches travelled to Haverfordwest last Sunday, to play their second game in 24hours. This was always going to be another tough one for the Arches. as at the time of writing, the home team are heading the First Division league table. On a perfect day for bowling, with the green in perfect condition, the Arches again went down to defeat losing on all rinks and returning home pointless. The captain will be hoping for a much better performance in the next game away to Pembroke Dock tomorrow(Saturday).
Rink scores (Five Arches ﬁrst) were as follows:
Jon Hubbard, Bill Benham, Tony Powling, Ashley Hooper 13; Gerald O'Leary, Keith Thorpe. Tony Wilks. P. D. S. Jenkins 18.
Roger Thomas, Ray Taylor, Peter Hooper, Neil Dickinson 14; Andrew John, Mal Dawes, Marley Hughes. Richard O’Leary 25.
Ken Lloyd, Thomas Lewis, Ben Cloake, Dai Spencer 15; Dai John. Billy Jones, Gareth Barrett, Jason Dixon 30.
John Rees, Kevin Lewis. Steve Davies, Gerald Hewitt 16; Derek Latham. Paul Jenkins, Chris Wills, Chris Court 22.