Bay are on the March
The Bay are on the march. Friday night saw two Bay representative sides compete in England Bowling Association ties.
In the Preliminary Round of the Top Club Herne Bay 'A' were draw at home against Whitstable 'A'. We tore off to an excellent start with Mike Trotter romping home in style with a fine win by 17 shots to 11 against in the 2 wood discipline. It was an impressive display by "Trotts" against an experienced Whitstable bowler. Next Bill Gibbon appearing in his first 'Bay' representative game as a singles player played against the man who won the Kent County Unbadged Singles last year. Although he deservedly lead at one stage one stage 9 - 2 his opponent seized his chance, changed the length of the mat and subsequently won the game. I thought Bill put up a very creditable performance but experience and knowhow prevailed in the end. Our Pairs of Ray Chipperfield and Bob Day lead their game from the 6th end onwards and never appearing to be in serious trouble of not getting a result. Being the last discipline to finish they needed to defend a lead of 4 on the last end which they did without trouble. The triple of Colin Hadlow, Len Brown and Brian Dennis having lead up until two end from home when the Whitstable trio managed to snatch victory on what I am told was a trickey rink. Finally the Fours of Richie Callanan, Paul Evans. Alf Collar and Brian Gisby eased to a fine 24 - 13 victory. An excellent 3-2 victory to the Bay who will travel I believe to Minster for the next round.
In the 1st Round of the Double Fours Herne Bay 'B' were also at home to Dane Park 'A'. Although the rink of Dave Mason, Sean Woolford, Ian Robb and Joe Kelly kept the score close during the early exchanges two scores 5 on the 15th and 16th end saw the Dane Park sides concede the game. Our other rink of Terry Kelly, Scott Whiting, Paul Woolford and Grant Allen had lead all though the game and when the game concluded at the 16th end they were leading 25-8. A fine total win of 47-18. A visit to Canterbury 'B' awaits us in the next round.
My thanks go to Roy Chillingworth for marking both of the single disciplines. You did a really good job. Thanks must also go to all those who gave up their time to support the lads. Your support is really appreciated the lads do realise this. To Sue for doing a stirling solo effort behind the bar and finally last but most certainly not least Mo, Angie and Joyce for our evening meal. What started off as a nice summers evening finished off as a very cold twilight. The shepherds pie was most welcome and very much appreciated by all. Thank you ladies.