Well here I am again back from my holidays after the tiring season of reporting on matches last season. The opening match for my reports is the indoor tussle between the Outdoor and Indoor Associations for the Craford Cup.

I hope you are enjoying the break from outdoor bowls and if you do play indoors then I hope you are winning more than you are losing. I look forward to reporting as many matches as possible during the 2018 season.

President v SCIBA 29th November @ Camberley IBC 101-140 (Points 3 to 5)

Rink 1: Alan Bradshaw, Colin Popple, John Cocoracchio, Trevor Pocock 22-20

Rink 2: Robin Taylor, Howard Quinnell, Bernie Pedersen, Phil Clarke 21-16

Rink 3: Graham Dawber, Bill Ayling, Roger Lanham, Paul Vamvacopoulos 23-15

Rink 4: Frank Middleton, Colin Clarke, John Tucker, Martin Sampson 21-26

Rink 5: Peter Duncan, Edward Dear, George Hope, Peter Hunt 5-29

Rink 6: Tony Bourne, Derek Harvey, Peter Marshall, Joe Cable 9-34

You may well have noticed that it's winter, which in normal circumstances means that being indoors makes sense. Well there are always occasions when that is not the case. Yesterday was one of those. Looking at the Lady spectators clad in their coats and scarves whilst players shivered, one could only hope that summer comes soon. 

This series of matches has over the past few years turned into an exciting competition; gone are the days of the Indoor trouncing the Outdoor, and although the win ratio of the latter is low the gap between the teams has reduced dramatically, providing a competitive and friendly occasion. Over the first 5 ends it looked as though this was going to revert to days of old with the Indoor striding away on most rinks but a fightback was to evolve. Top of the tree was Rink 3 where President Roger Lanham had ensured that he was going to get a result, and so it proved. All four played some lovely woods and kept ahead all through. This was obviously the warmer side of the green for Rinks 1 and 3 also triumphed. Nobby Clarke on Rink 2 pushed his team to a 5 shot win. Whilst good bowling by all members of Rink 1 also saw them stage a fightback to come out on top by 2. Whether that was due to the now trimmer John Coco we may never know. Turning to the other end of the green the Outdoor conceded 54 shots between the three rinks with a close call between Rinks 5 and 6 for dummies of the day. Rink 4 skipped by Martin Sampson had a remarkable comeback after looking completely down and out.  The final score of 3 points to 5 bodes well for the reverse fixture in the summer. Let's hope it a good bit warmer then!! 


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