Pembroke Dock 78 (2pts) Five Arches 92 (12pts)
30th April 2016
The start of a new season and no better place to be than Pembroke Dock in the sunshine. Last season Pembroke Dock won a closely fought match by seven shots and the Five Arches were looking forward to going one better this year. Five Arches new boys , Webby and Beano ably assisted by Five Arches veterans Ken and Johnno had a tough game against Pembroke Dock Captain Richard Jones and his rink. Evenly matched after 6 ends, the Pembroke Dock rink then exploded into action picking up 10 shots in 3 ends to lead 15 shots to 3. A fightback got the Arches to within 8 shots but the Dock boys edged the remaining ends to run out winners by 26 shots to 12. Simon and his rink of Roger, TP and Steve carried on where they left off in their previous match cruising to another comfortable win. Leading by 8 shots to nil after 3 ends, they stretched this out to 22 shots to 11 after 15 ends and eased to 27 shots to 16 victory.
Ashley and his rink of Dai, Dave and debutant Viv had a ding dong battle against Brian Dowling's quartet. Leading by 11 shots to 3 after 9 ends, they dozed off after the tea interval to be 19 shots to 15 behind after 16 ends. However a fine finish led to a narrow 24 shots to 21 win. On rink 4, we welcomed back Gerald, who together with his rink of John, Kev and Neil produced a commanding performance. They led by 14 shots to 3 after 6 ends including two counts of 5 shots, picking up two further counts of 4 increased their lead to 27 shots to 10 after 15 ends and comfortably ran out winners by 29 shots to 15 at the end of the match. A great start to the Five Arches season, picking up 12 points away from home. The Carruthers qualifying matches now occupy the next three weeks of the season, with the next Five Arches game , away to Milford on the 28th May.
Ken Lloyd, Jon Hubbard, Huw Nicholas, Jon Webb 12 R Jones 26
Roger Thomas, Tony Powling, Steve Davies, Simon Evans 27 M John 16
Viv John, David Lloyd, Dai Spencer, Ashley Hooper 24 B Dowling 21
John Rees, Kevin Lewis, Neil Dickinson, Gerald Hewitt 29 R Thomas 15