Impressive away win for Romilly bowlers

Friday, 1 September 2017

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Barry Romilly’s bowls season is coming to a close with just two games to be played both away from home against Gelli Park and Ynysybwl.

The first of these games was at Gelli Park last Saturday and with the league positions close, the result was important to Romilly who although currently sitting at the top of the table, they had played up to three games more.

As a result it was imperative for Romilly to gain as many points as possible to ensure First Division status.

Gelli are a difficult side to beat on their own patch but Romily were keen to get a positive start and not allow the home team a foothold over the first few ends, and this was achieved with Romilly holding a two shot advantage by the end of the fifth mainly due to the rink of Alan Bannister, Gwynne Rees, Graham Cogbill and skip Fred Phillips who started confidently, holding a seven shot lead at this stage.

Between ends six and 10 the game remained tight with Romilly slightly increasing their narrow lead to five shots with the overall score 37-32.

The rinks of Bryan Foscolo, Mike Doyle and Phillips were leading by four, five and two respectively; unfortunately the rink of Alun Bryan, Jerry Daly, Clive Collins and skip Jeff Wright had fallen six shots behind their opposing rink skipped by the renowned Spencer Wiltshire.

As the game progressed the Romilly players began to out play their opposition and by the end of the 15th end, Wright’s rink had recovered their deficit and were now two ahead.

Mike Doyle’s rink of Kelvyn Mills, Terry Bloomfield and Mel Newman had a bad spell, dropping 11 shots in this period but the rink of Gary Eastment, Paul Swannick, Roger Jones and skip Foscolo scored 11 shots to a reply of one shot, taking them into a 21-7 lead.

Also, Phillips’ rink remained in control of their opposition, holding a six shot advantage, helping Romilly to an overall 64-46 and a 18 shot lead.

Over the final six ends Romilly had to hold their concentration to win overall but were required to hold their form to win on all rinks to gain maximum points.

Unfortunately Doyle’s rink were having a great tussle with their opposition and on the 20th end the score was level at 20-20; on the final end the visitors were holding game until their opposition trailed the jack into the ditch leaving Doyle with little chance of gaining shot and eventually dropping a couple of shots to lose 20-22.

Wright and Phillips’ rinks won their games by five and six respectively but the Foscolo rink had a superb game, scoring 7, 6, 2 and 6 over ends 15 to 18 to win by 27 shots, 37-10.

The final overall score was a 36 shot win, 102-66, with Romilly taking an excellent 12 points to Gelli’s two.

This result should be sufficient to enable First Division status and the final game against Ynysybwl will probably decide their fate in this division, so a difficult final game of the season is expected.

FP

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