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Bedfordshire v West Sussex 2017

Bedfordshire at home to West Sussex 12/03/2017

16 players were put into the following teams:
Team 1 - Lin Hurren, Robert Macdonald, Paul Hurren and Neil Rixon
Team 2 - Susan Savage, Carol Still, Daniel Walker and Mike Walker
Team 3 - Betty Johnson, Matthew Hatton, Pauline Baynes and George Savage
Team 4 - Jan Cockings/Sue Macdonald, Martin Macdonald, Melv Baynes and Andrew Hatton

Bedfordshire entertained West Sussex at Slip End in this annual friendly.

Both counties shared the spoils after the first session by Neil’s team clinching it with a 11 - 6 win. Mikes team struggled with this game early on but came back to late and losing 10 - 13.

Again the spoils were shared in the second session. George's team had to fight all the way for this close 8 – 7 win whereas Andrew's team lost to a very good West Sussex rink 4 - 13.

We stopped for afternoon tea which was splendidly laid on by Shirley Knapton with the help of many ladies in the kitchen including Jane Cockings and Lin Hurren. Also thanks to the gents for serving out the teas.

Bedfordshire stormed the third session. George's team winning 13 - 4 and Mike's team winning 14 - 4.

In the final session, West Sussex rinks won both games Neil’s team going down 5- 8 and Andrew’s team also going down 8 – 11.

Overall, a good day had by all. Bedfordshire finished on 8 points with 73 shots while West Sussex also finished on 8 points with 66 shots. Bedfordshire took it with a shot difference of seven shots.

West Sussex are improving all the time and we look forward to the return match next year on the South Coast.

I would like to thank the Bedfordshire team for setting up equipment and tables and chairs then putting it all away at the end. Also a thank you to Sue Macdonald and Pauline Baynes for running the raffle.

West Sussex v Bedfordshire 2016

On 13th March 2016 Bedfordshire travelled to West Sussex.

We were represented by the following players:
Team 1 - Martyn MacDonald, Lin Hurren, Patricia Ball and Neil Rixon
Team 2 - Susan Savage, Pauline Baynes, Mike Walker and George Savage
Team 3 - Sue MacDonald, Betty Johnson, Paul Hurren and Harold Ball

Bedfordshire were made to feel very welcome on arrival. The weather was glorious outside and there was a nice atmosphere.

We got off to a flyer in the first session winning both games. Neil’s team were very impressive with a 14 – 7 win. George Savage put his first two woods off the mat but his team clinched it 7 – 6.

Another great game for Neil’s team in the second session winning 13 – 4 and that was after a slow start. Harold’s team had to put up more of a fight and managed a draw 12 – 12.

We stopped for afternoon tea which was splendidly laid on by West Sussex

There were mix fortunes in the third session. Both games were tight with just one shot in it in at the end of both, Harold winning 6 - 5 and George’s team losing 6 – 7.

Since we could only field three teams The fourth session was played out by Neil and Harold’s teams who finished as the top two teams from the three previous sessions. So went they went through to the fourth.

The spoils were shared in this last session. A good, tough win for Harold 10 – 9, but a loss for Neil’s team 4 – 12.

Overall a good day had by all. Bedfordshire finished on 11 points with 72 shots while West Sussex finished on 5 points with 62 shots.

Our time down south was finished off with a lovely evening in the Premier Inn bar and restaurant. Unfortunately, Neil had to return back that evening for an early start for work next day. He will tell you though, if you really want to know, about the Fish and Chips saga the night before!

I would like to thank the Bedfordshire team for giving a much improved West Sussex team a good game. The social side of the weekend was excellent. Well done to all.

Bedfordshire v West Sussex 2015

Sunday 9th March saw a friendly between the two counties at Slip End village hall in a return of last season’s match, with all the players who had visited Sussex being available to play.

The four rinks played twice in the match which resulted in a 13 - 3 (78-43) win for Beds.

There were some really good games played in a genuinely relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Sussex were given a superb spread of sandwiches and cake followed by a huge raffle.

It was a great afternoon, thanks to all those who supported the day playing, watching, running the raffle, catering and made our guests so welcome.

We are already looking forward to a rematch next season.

Bedfordshire on Tour 2014

On Sunday 9th March 16 players from Bedfordshire travelled to Selsey to play west Sussex in a County friendly.

We played in four rinks on two mats there was some excellent bowling on display from both sides and particularly impressive were Sussex who have no full county team.

The eight games were played in two halves with a tea break in the middle and the final shot count was West Sussex 62 Bedfordshire 70 with Beds winning 6 Matches to 2.

All the games were played in a superb spirit and resulted in a very relaxed but competitive afternoon which was enjoyed by all.

Equally was the tea provided by West Sussex sandwiches and cakes were fantastic as vouched for by a certain County Captain !!!!!

Thanks to all the Bedfordshire players who attended to represent the County. They were George & Susan Savage, Andrew, Sharon and Mathew Hatton, Martyn & Sue and Robert MacDonald, Harold & Patricia Ball, Lyn & Paul Hurren, Janet & Keith Cockings, Betty Johnson and Mike Walker .

We would like to thank West Sussex for a splendid afternoon and for playing bowls as it should be, competitive but huge fun and also for the superb weather which found a few of us on the beach in the morning.