Borderers v Five Arches

Five Arches 101 Borderers 57

TreeAnother fine day for the last match of the Five Arches season. After the downpours on Saturday the Whitland green was spongy but played well. The matches between the two teams are historically hard fought and close and it was important for the Arches that we gained the six points we needed to make sure of second place in the league.

On rink 1 , Lee aided by Cameron, John and Ray were up against home captain Ashley. At tea it looked as thought the local knowledge was going to pay off as the Borderers foursome led by 12 shots to 4. Lee and his rink are made of stern stuff and won eight ends in a row to run out worthy winners by 25 shots to 13. A remarkable turnaround from the Five Arches quartet. Rink 2 saw Ken taking on skipping duties for the first time this season. Ably supported by Eamonn, Ken and Ben they had a explosive start leading by 16 shots to 2 after 8 ends. A brief wobble in the middle ends allowed the Borderers a glimmer of hope but this was quickly snuffed out and Ken and his team pulled away to record a 29 shots to 18 victory.

Ashley and his rink of Dai, Tony and Gwyn enjoyed their afternoon on rink 3. A fortuitous 7 helped them to a comfortable 17-5 tea time lead and after refreshment they continued to build and eventually surged to a 30 shots to 11 victory. Tony and his rink of Ben, Mike and Clive had a tight old tussle of rink 1. Leading by 11 shots to 7 at tea the game was finely balanced. But the Arches rinks' mixture of youth and experience paid off and they held on to win by 17 shots to 15.

A wonderful way to finish the season claiming all 14 points and confirming second place. I would like to thank everybody who has played for the Five Arches this year, it's been a pleasure being captain and perhaps next year we can push on and go one better.

Cameron White, John Hubbard, Ray Taylor, Lee Richards 25    A Reese 13
Eamonn Maher, Ken Williams, Ben Cloake, Ken Lloyd 29        J Addison 18
Dai Rees, Tony Powling, Gwyn Beynon, Ashley Hooper 30       T Davies 11
Ben Simmons, Mike Gouldingay, Clive Webb, Tony Brown 17     D Ford 15

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