Bass point the way to league title
BASSINGBOURN need just three points from their final Cambridge and District Bowls League Division One game to seal the title after victory at West Wratting. Ken Cleaver, bowling at lead on rink one, did not have the best of nights but even so Bassingbourn
BASSINGBOURN need just three points from their final Cambridge and District Bowls League Division One game to seal the title after victory at West Wratting.
Ken Cleaver, bowling at lead on rink one, did not have the best of nights but even so Bassingbourn had only lost two shots after 10 ends.
When Bassingbourn picked up a four on end 10, the game was effectively won and it was then a case of picking up as many shots as possible.
West Wratting managed a small comeback but could not stop Bass' winning 18-11.
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On rink two, Don Laing and Ron Ingrey were not at their best and skip Graham Parrish struggled to stay in contact with Wratting.
When Bassingbourn picked up four shots on ends 12 and 17, the win suddenly looked a possibility, but Wratting managed to win the last end which made the final score 16-13 in the hosts' favour.
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Anne Brown led well on rink three. Toni Infanti also had a reasonable night but on a rink that was extremely difficult to read.
Wratting out-bowled Bassingbourn early on. Ian Stewart was not having much success at skip and Bassingbourn were playing catch-up all night.
Bassingbourn picked up a four at end 15, giving them the lead for the first time 17-14, but the hosts fought back to snatch a 17-17 draw.
On rink four, Joe Cipullo had a good night bowling at lead while Sid Manning was drawing and converting as required at two.
Bill Manley had an excellent night at skip. This trio put a string of recent narrow defeats behind them and were convincing winners 18-8.
The result gave Bassingbourn 5.5 points, leaving them within touching distance of the title. They face Chesterton in their final game.
Cambridge & Dist Lge Div 5
Melbourn 55 (1pt)
Fenstanton 70 (6pts)
Rink One: D Tyrell, R Morgan, C Blows 9; D Hillam, J Weston, J Hinson 18. Rink Two: L Morgan, F Tyrell, Y Blows 14; A Barenett, V Spain, H Brace 16. Rink Three: S Neville, M Neville, J Gibson 14; T Spain, M Guthrie, P Porter 21. Rink Four: M Wooding, S Gibson, E Brown 18; P Walker, J White, D Loveday 15.
Melbourn 56 (1pt)
Gt Shelford 58 (6pts)
Rink One: M Wooding, A Brown, J Gibson 11; A Willis, L Ball, J Allsop 20. Rink Two: J Baldwin, M Baldwin, D Wooding 21; C Willcox, P Amis, I Wilkinson 9. Rink Three: D Clark, S Gibson, C Blows 10; J Webb, A Phipps, R Collen 13. Rink Four: J Barrett, M Neville, E Brown 14; J Amis, P Pointer, E Ashworth 16.
Melbourn 50 (4pts) Sawston 43 (1pt) - Rink One: M Wooding, J Stanford, J Gibson 23; D Baldrey, P Baldrey, R Burroughs 9. Rink Two: J Baldwin, M Baldwin, T Mitchell 18; J Dalling, D Calton, L Kennard 13. Rink Three: S Earls, G Antill D Wooding 9; T Brignell, J Gibbs, R Reader 22.