Tenby 99 (12 Points) Pembroke Dock 64 (2 Points)
18th June 2015
Tenby played Pembroke Dock last Thursday due to their Carruthers Shield game against Bargoed replacing the original fixture. Having already beaten the Pembroke Dock team earlier in the season in the Carruthers Shield Group matches, hopes were high for the Sharks. However, to the credit of our friends some 10 miles away, two rinks were extremely close and the Dock almost came away with two winning rinks and 4 points. Rink 1: After a 3 week absence, Paul Diment returned to skip. To say he was ring rusty was an understatement and perhaps comments to a boxing ring are also going below the belt. However, Diment and his rink of Cameron White, Joe Richards and Ryan Thomas got off to a very confident start, scoring on the first 3 ends. However, the Dock skip, Reg Thomas, started playing some very attacking bowls and scored over the next three ends with a 5, 2 and 4. Diment took the next three ends with a 1, 2 and 5 to trail by 2 shots (11-13) at 9 ends. However, Reg came back with four consecutive scoring ends of 2, 1, 2 and 6 to take a very healthy lead (11-22). Diment wasn’t done yet and trailing by eight with just two ends left, took a 4 count and narrowly missed taking two bowls out for another four. However, the end result was a win by five to Pembroke Dock (22-27).
Rink 2: Keiran’s Peregrine’s rink of Rafa Jackson, Red Jon and International John Roberts, took on the Pembroke Dock Open week singles winner, with Dave Finn taking a supporting role. Richard Jones (Sudbury Bowl winner for the fifth time), Ken Edwards (Alfred Phillips Bowl Winner) and Hugh Colley (Texaco Shield Winner) certainly recovered from their hangovers – see Five Arches Report last week – to get back into form. Sharing counts of 3’s over the first two ends and then another sharing count of 3’s over ends five and six in between two singles, saw Tenby in front by two shots (8-6). The game remained close up to end 14 when Richard Jones took a count of four shots. Three singles for the home foursome reduced the deficit to 15-17. A single on the next for Pembroke Dock extended their lead with just 3 ends to play. The Tenby four showed great game management ship when they closed out the game with two singles and a double on the last to win 19-18. Rink 3: Craig Guymer was certainly in a hurry – not only did his rink of brother, Luke and front end of Under 25 Internationals, Luke Rees and Chris Court race off into a 12-0 lead after only 6 ends, but they also finished their entire match 30 minutes before the Diment and Peregrine rinks. However, the all international rink are hitting form at the right time and scored four counts of three shots on their way to a comfortable 31-11 winning margin. Rink 4: Andrew Muskett continues to be drawn on his favourite rink ‘4’. A tight start saw Andrew together with Peter Day, Aaron Lloyd and Gerald Hewitt play with their usual consistency and slowly but surely pulled away from the challenge of the Brian Dowling four. The final score being 27-8.