Tenby v Melyn United

TBC TreeTENBY 147 shots MELYN UNITED 120

Tenby Bowling Club recently welcomed Melyn United to t heir Sutton Street green for a friendly match (writes club captain Peter Hooper)  Hailing from the Neath area, they were on a day trip to Tenby as part of their centenary ( 100 years) celebrations. How smart they looked wearing their greys and blazers and special centenary ties . This was a tough fixture for Tenby as seven mixed rinks were required and, due to other bowling commitments around the county. we were short on numbers. so we invited three players to guest for us, two from Pendine and one from Saundersfoot - many thanks from Tenby Club for your support.

The game was played in wonderful sunshine and very high spirits. After 10 ends, the score in Tenby’s favour stood at 77 shots to 54. Fifty-six players then made their way into the pavilion for customary refreshments of tea and biscuits and a special treat- cake, yum. yum. Despite the confusion of so many players descending upon our tea ladies all at once, they did a wonderful job of looking after us – no pressure girls. Many thanks to you all (we would be lost without you).  Back onto the green for the final 11 ends, which l think took longer than the first half, probably due to the heat of the sunshine taking its toll... or. More likely, too much cake being eaten at tea-break! A wonderful afternoon  was enjoyed by everyone on the green, as was the social gathering in the lounge bar afterwards (and for those who were there, you will no doubt be relieved to hear that the Melyn captain has found his glasses!). You might also be interested to know that. as well as it being a special occasion for the centenary celebrating Melyn United team , it was also a very special day for Tenby Bowling Club, as it is believed a little piece of history was made on the day.

As club captain, l was very honoured to have at number two in my rink, the youngest member to play in a Tenby club game, namely nine-year-old Katie Dickinson. Katie played the full 23 ends (including trial ends) and her enthusiasm, dedication and keenness never faltered throughout. Many congratulations on your performance. Bowlers, watch this space -as in Katie Dickinson, a star is born!

Rink scores (Tenby and guests first, visitors skips only) were as follows:

C. Jones,  B. Benham, H.Meads, G. Brutnell 9;  B. Pyle27.
J. Shields (G), G. Beeken, N.Hensman (G), D. King-Thomas (G) 25;  T. Carsley 13.
N. Dickinson. K. Dickinson, M. Skyrme, P. Hooper 19; T.Pearce 16.
R. French, l. French, T.Powling,  B. Cloake 14; G.Davies 22.
L. Evans, B. Winstone, J. Taylor, G. Hewitt 28; M. Ball 14.
R. Thomas. F. Broomhead, M. Marquiss. D. Spencer 27; A. Matthews 10.
L. Rees, D. Rees,  B.Simmons,  A. Redman 25; P. Murray 17.

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