TENBY 96 (12 pts) SAUNDERSFOOT 63 (2)
After several weeks on the road, including league victories at Pendine (11-3) and Castle, Haverfordwest (12-2), as well as last week’s nail-biting Carruthers clash, it was a welcome return to home turf for the N. D. Toy and Partners Tenby team on Saturday. Visitors to the Sutton Street green for a division one league match were near neighbours Saundersfoot, who have not been enjoying the best of seasons, but as always, rivalry between the two teams is intense, and the ’Foot were keen to lower Tenby’s colours. Tenby had selected a youthful looking team for this match, in contrast to Saundersfoot who had considerable ‘experience’ on their side. This was highlighted by the fact that during the tea-break, their skipper Berwyn Dennis revealed that he was in fact his side’s ‘youngest’ player - if he had been playing for Tenby, he would have been the ‘oldest’... if it hadn’t been for one grey (silver)-haired old codger who was responsible for raising the average age of the home team by some considerable margin!
And, as it out turned out, it was another grey (silver) streaked member of the Tenby team - albeit several years his junior - who took on the youthful Berwyn on rink one, namely Jonathan Webb, standing in as skip in the absence of John Roberts, who was away on international duty. A close encounter ensued, with the Tenby rink holding a slight two-shot advantage after 10 ends. After that, Berwyn, ably backed up by his three cohorts, put the home rink to the sword with an impressive display, including one count of seven when he cleverly nudged a front bowl onto the jack and moved it a foot to the waiting pack. Coming with only three ends remaining, it was too much for the Tenby rink to recover from as the Saundersfoot foursome went on to win 24-14. It was to be the visitors only points, though, as the remaining home rinks more than covered the deficit, with comfortable 17, 16 and 10-shot victories over their counterparts, to record a 12-2 victory.
Rink scores (Tenby first, Saundersfoot skips only) were:
Neil Dickinson, Joe Criddle, Joe Richards, Jonathan Webb 14; Berwyn Dennis 24.
Ben Sheldon, James Criddle, Luke Guymer, Craig Guymer 28; John Dugmore 11.
Luke Rees, Aaron Lloyd, Ben Simmons, Andrew Muskett 29; Steve Dick 19.
Cameron White, Steve Sheldon, Mike Jackson, Peter Day 25; Brian Desmond 9.
Last (Thursday) night, Tenby were due to host Pendine in a rearranged league match, while tomorrow (Saturday), they are back on the road for their second round Carruthers Shield clash against Pontrhydyfen. They are wished the best of luck.
TENBY BC 76 GUEST MEMORIAL BC 75
The N.D Toy & Partners sponsored Tenby side made the trip up to Dowlais to play Guest Memorial BC in Round 1 of the Carruthers championship. Former winners, Tenby knew this match would be tough as they had been run close last year at home by a spirited Guest side. In order to ensure the team had the best possible preparation and actually get to the green on time Captain Andrew drove the minibus which was eventful to say the least with Daisy as the co-driver!
The match certainly lived up to all expectations and an extremely close match ensued, wind and torrential rain at one point didn't deter the Tenby boys and after a tentative start began to play some good bowls. After 10 ends Tenby were 7 shots down and the experienced Tenby side knew they had to push hard second half to get something out of the game, Paul Diment's rink led the charge coming back well after being 11 - 3 down early on.
On Rink 2, Andrew Muskett was first off with a two shot win, thanks to Webby who was excellent, supported by Aaron and Luke who had solid games. The Twins were next to finish with an excellent 3 shot win (Big shout out to Gman and MJ...well done lads!). The team knew at this stage from the scores across the boards this was going to be a close one and with just three ends left to play Tenby were still 5 shots down! Welsh selector PD was alive to the situation and slowed his game down to ensure he knew what was required and took a one with one end left to play, Tenby now four down. John Roberts, Peter Day, Ben & Neil were playing their last end and had to score a decent count to stand any chance of victory, after a solid front end performance Peter put in a third and John added a fourth, the only option was a drive from the opposing skip which went wide, Tenby held 4 and we were all square going into the last end! Although losing by 5 shots on the rink this was a fantastic last end to give Tenby a real chance of victory.
With all players and spectators crowding to see the last end nerves were well and truly on edge! Cammo, James and Ben bowled a solid last end with Tenby holding a one 12 inches from the jack, the Guest Memorial skip with one bowl left to save the match and make everyone return for an extra end! The bowl was on it's way, from the moment it left his hand the line was good, the home team liked it, cheers started as it inched closer to the jack and I must say what an effort, for a split second the bowl came to rest looking like it was shot then it fell back onto the bias. Confusion followed as everyone didn't know if it had made it, James was in the head like a bullet claiming it was a Tenby shot! Agony for the Guest bowlers, it could not have been closer. Tenby won on a measure, millimetres separated the winners and losers.
The club was buzzing after such a close finish and Tenby were relieved to be victorious and progress to round two of the competition that they reached the semi-finals last year. Tenby now travel away again in round 2 to former champions Ponthydyfen on 6th July.
L. Rees, A Lloyd, J. Webb, A Muskett 21....L. Stone 19
N. Dickinson, B. Cloake, P.Day, J. Roberts 15...N. Scoot 20
G.Hewitt, M. Jackson, L. Guymer, C. Guymer 21...A Guess 18
C. White, J. Criddle, B. Simmons, P. Diment 19... R. Morgan 18
Full results of the Carruthers can be found here
MILFORD HAVEN 64 (3 pts) v TENBY 90 (11)
The N. D. Toy and Partners Tenby team made their third trip across the Cleddau Bridge in less than a month on Saturday. Having already played Milford Haven and Neyland in their Carruthers Shield group section, they returned to play the former in a division one league match. Again the Seasiders were without a number of key players for this clash and, after a couple more late withdrawals, gave debuts to young Joe Criddle and the not so young Jim Taylor.
Both acquitted themselves extremely well in the ‘cauldron-like’ atmosphere which was created at the Milford green by the baking hot sun. But unlike the conditions overhead, Tenby failed to shine in the opening stages and, in fact, trailed by six shots midway through, with two rinks up and two down. After the welcome tea-break, though, they began to move through the gears and, after catching their opponents, started to stretch away, with Jon Webb and his rink leading the charge with an impressive performance.
Alongside, John Roberts and his men (including the Criddle brothers) were having a battle royal with the Tony Elyatt foursome. With the lead changing hands throughout, the Tenby rink went into the final end one shot to the good, but saw their hopes of a win evaporate as Milford lead Keith Graham ditched the jack with his very first wood. After that it was a case of getting one close to make sure of second shot, which fortunately they did, with a draw perhaps being a fair outcome on the day.
Captain Andrew Muskett’s rink was one of those that trailed at the interval, albeit by only one shot, but three counts of four in the second half quickly turned things round as they went on to win by a healthy 13-shot margin. Also adrift at the break were Peter Day and his crew, who at this stage were facing a formidable deficit of 14 shots, having only managed to pick up three shots to 17 by their opponents. In contrast, the second half was mostly one-way traffic in Tenby’s favour, and when a count of four on the 20th end saw them get their noses in front for the very first time, it looked as if their fightback was complete. But Milford skip Keith Wood obviously had other ideas and, rallying his troops for one final effort, they themselves hit back in style on the last end to bag three shots and sneak home by one in a nail-biting encounter.
Rink scores (Tenby first, Milford skips only) were:
Dai Rees, Steve Sheldon, Joe Richards, Jon Webb 27; G. Jones 13.
Neil Dickinson, Joe Criddle, James Criddle, John Roberts 17; T. Elyatt 17.
Luke Rees, Ben Sheldon, Ben Simmons, Andrew Muskett 24; M. Lloyd 11
.Cameron White, Jim Taylor, Ben Cloake, Peter Day 22; K. Wood 23.
Tenby do have not have a match this weekend, with their scheduled fixture with Neyland having been rearranged, but they have a busy few days ahead of them towards the end of next week with three matches in four days, all away from home.First they travel to play league fixtures against Pendine and Castle, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, respectively, and will follow those on the Saturday with a journey to Merthyr for their first round Carruthers Shield clash with Guest Memorial
TENBY 113 (14 pts) PEMBROKE DOCK 58
After qualifying for the knockout stages of the Carruthers Shield with section victories over Milford, Fishguard and Neyland, the Tenby team returned to league action on Saturday. Visitors to a sunny Sutton Street green were unbeaten league leaders Pembroke Dock, who must have been hopeful of claiming another early season scalp, particularly as the Seasiders were again missing a few players. As expected, the match was close early on and there was little in it on two rinks at the tea-break, but after that Tenby seemed to change up a gear and gradually began to move away from their opponents. By the end, the overall difference had increased to more than 50 shots, with the home team winning on all four rinks to claim the maximum 14 points on offer.
The four Tenby rinks were as follows:
Steve Sheldon, Joe Richards, Luke Guymer, Craig Guymer.
Neil Dickinson, James Criddle, Ben Simmons, John Roberts.
Cameron White, Ben Cloake, Mike Jackson, Peter Day,
Luke Rees, Ben Sheldon, Jonathan Webb, Andrew Muskett
The N. D. Toy & Partners Ltd sponsored Tenby team got back to winning ways after their disappointing defeat to Haverfordwest at their Sutton Street headquarters the prevous weekend by defeating Whitland 10-4 on Saturday (writes Le Shark) . Returning to the team for the trip to Whitland were Pat Currie, James Criddle, Luke Guymer and Joe Richards, with Dai Rees adding his support to the champions by making his long-awaited debut.
Unfortunately, players were again missing due to their participation in the Under 21 Academy match the following day in Llandrindod Wells and as such being unable to obtain time off from their jobs on two consecutive days. However, despite missing several players and fielding a team of 15 instead of the normal 16, due to the second division team also having many players missing for one reason or another, a very impressive victory was obtained against a very strong Whitland team.
The rink of Criddle, Currie, Guymer and Guymer started badly, falling behind 7-1 after only four ends. A count of ‘4’ on the next ‘end’ saw signs of a recovery, but then a further eight shots dropped to two saw a deficit at ‘tea’ of 15-7. The gap was too big to recover and a final score of 25-20 saw Whitland secure the two points for the rink win.
The Tenby captain, Andrew Muskett, led his rink to a very impressive win against the current Gold Cup holder, Steve Reese. The MVP award came from the ever-impressive Jon Webb, who is certainly starting the season in fine form. David Rees, on his Tenby debut, did not disappoint and I cannot remember any player having such a fine debut performance, especially away from home, and no doubt this will not be the last time that David’s services will be called upon. The rink was always in control and won 23-14.
John Roberts played against his international colleague Alan Whitehouse and certainly gave no quarter as he raced into a 15-4 lead after 10 ends. Neil Dickinson, at lead, staked his claim on why he should be playing for the county team this season with another solid performance. Ben Simmons has settled into the Tenby team with ease and with no little amount of skill and is another who should enjoy a spot in the Pembrokeshire side. Finally, the experience that double singles champion (Peter) Day brings to any rink is there for all to see. His calming affect on his skip ensured that more ‘drawing’ took place than the ‘usual running woods and drives’ and this was very much a foundation for success, the final score being 28-14.
Tenby’s own Gold Cup winner, Paul Diment, volunteered to ‘skip’ the triple (one player missing from the rink) and as the most prolific player on display for Tenby it was a justified decision from the Tenby captain. Cameron White was again very consistent and Mike Jackson again enjoyed a change of tactics which seemed more suited to his ‘drawing’ game.
However, it must be said that the Whitland rink were very impressive and, although lost the game 19-16 in terms of actual scoring, won the game after the compulsory 25 per cent was deducted from the Tenby rink’s score for having a player missing, making it 16 to 14.25 to the home four.
In summary, not only a very good win, but also an equally impressive performance against one of the title contenders. Another defeat this early would not have meant failure to successfully win a sixth consecutive league title, but would have definitely made the task much harder.
The next three matches see the start of the Welsh Club Championship, the Carruthers Shield, Tenby having won the title in 2009 and visited the semi-final stage both in 2010 and last year (2012) under the captaincy of Jon Webb. Tenby make the visit to Milford Haven next Saturday, followed by a home fixture against Fishguard and Goodwick and finally conclude their group matches against Neyland (away).
The Tenby captain, in his speech, congratulated the Tenby Five Arches who had defeated Whitland’s second string in Pembrokeshire League division two and wished those players selected for the Open Double Rink Competition in Llandrindod Wells and the Pembrokeshire team manager, Colin Wynn, success on May 12.