Morriston 64 – Tenby 93
After the victory against Caerleon in the first round of the Carruthers Shield (Welsh Club Championship), the Tenby sponsored Layton and Co solicitors and Chandler Rogers Estate Agents team travelled to Swansea to face one of West Glamorgan’s best teams in Morriston United. This was a stern test in Tenby’s attempt to retain their Welsh Title and many experts throughout Wales had tipped the Swansea team to end the challenge for Tenby. As mentioned last week, Tenby are equally at ease playing away and proved what an accomplished set of players they have become by winning the match with ease by 29 shots.
After 5 ends the team pulled away to lead at 5 ends by 18 shots. Further positive play by the Tenby team saw the lead increased to 36 shots at 10 ends. Morriston tried their best to come back into the game, but Tenby would not allow them to reduce the deficit and by 15 ends had a healthy lead of 40 shots. At the 18th end, Tenby still had a big lead by 35 shots and although they fell away during the last 3 ends of the match still recorded a tremendous 29 shot win.
Andrew Muskett’s rink started well, leading by 8-2 by the 6th end but fell away in the middle part of the match losing a number of ends to fall 11-15 at the 15th end and with the ‘rinks’ swapping shots finally lost 15-19 at the close.
Junior Internationals and former Short Mat World Champions, Luke and Craig Guymer formed once again a great ‘rink’ partnership with the excellent Steve Williams and Luke Rees to take total control against multiple Welsh Indoor Champion, Ken Vaughan. The foursome played with such assurance and no little skill and experience to lead 24-3 after the 14th end. Although Morriston won 6 out of the remaining 7 ends, the damage had already been done. It raised a few questions over the selection committee that such a young rink was put together in such an important game but the selection was well and truly vindicated. I remember being the same age when Ben Owens gave me the same opportunity of skipping for Tenby and I too was a Junior International at the time. There is never a question of experience when you have such a young rink playing together and it has to be remembered that the two back end players are Internationals and have played in bigger games than this. I must praise the rinks application and attitude throughout the match.
Paul Diment played ‘third’ to Pat Currie and formed a great ‘back end’ partnership and with the ‘front end’ of Neil Dickinson and John Baggott in great form the rink were never in trouble and at 11ends led 19-4. A dropped count of 5 shots due to no back bowls (John Baggott) drew a sense of respectivity to the score line but the rink still had a great win by 10 shots.
Phil Carpenter was involved in a close game but in the end the pressure applied to the Morriston rink showed and a win of 11 shots concluded Tenby’s superiority throughout the match. Joe Richards was superb for the Tenby rink.
Tenby went back to the Swansea Indoor Bowling Club for the after match formalities in which the Morriston Captain praised Tenby’s attitude and team performance. Morriston, to reach this stage had defeated former Welsh Club Champions, Victoria and Old Landorians which showed the huge task in which Tenby faced coming into this game. Tenby’s opponents in the last 16 will be Pontrhydfen. The Port Talbot based club is the most successful winners of the Carruthers Shield having won the Shield no less than 7 times. Since 1999, they have won the Club Championship 6 times and been runners up on one occasion, that to last years defeated finalists, Ely Valley by only one shot. Therefore the challenge which faces Tenby is a big one, but the team has the experience and ability to win this game, especially with the game being held at Sutton Street. It is definitely the tie of the round and the winners of this game would be favourites to lift the Carruthers Shield.
D Spencer, J Webb, J Roberts and A Muskett 15-19 Morriston
L Rees, S Williams, L Guymer and C Guymer 26-15 Morriston
N Dickinson, J Baggott, P Diment and P Currie 26-16 Morriston
G Hewitt, J Richards, P Day and P Carpenter 25 – 14 Morriston
This weekend, there is a break in the league fixtures due to the County Finals being held in Milford Haven. Tenby did however have a re-arranged mid week game last Wednesday against Neyland at Sutton Street. Due to the fixtures now being ‘backed up’ due to Tenby’s success in the Carruthers Shield, Tenby have to date 3 matches in hand against the league leaders, Whitland, and with the aforementioned club losing their third match in four games, the advantage is with the champions.
Good luck to the representatives of Tenby Bowling Club on Saturday. The representation as follows: Open Singles: Peter Day vs Phil Carpenter. Pat Currie and Jonathan Webb in the Open Pairs. Open Triples: Gerald Hewitt, Arron Lloyd and Joe Richards vs Peter Day, Andrew Muskett and Paul Diment. Rinks: Mike Jackson, John Baggott, John Roberts and Phil Carpenter. Under 18’s Cameron White.