BOWLS: North Wilts' league agony goes on

This Is Wiltshire: BOWLS: North Wilts' league agony goes on BOWLS: North Wilts' league agony goes on

NORTH WILTS men lost again in the Wessex League going down to their fifth consecutive central region defeat of the 2013/14 campaign.

Their miserable run of results in this prestigious regional competition this season continued as they were beaten by 12 shots by Bristol and collected just three points out of a possible 16.

They were fine at home with Chris Brown’s foursome leading all the way to record a nine shots success despite dropping a five on the last end.

Meanwhile alongside at Westcroft Dave William’s rink came back from 20-15 down at 18 ends with two counts of three including one of them on the 21st and last end to snatch a last gasp 21-21 draw.

However, away in Bristol it was a different tale for North Wilts as they suffered two rink losses.

Maurice Byron’s four came back from 5-0 down at five ends and 9-4 at ten to draw 11-11 at 15 but then fell away and finally lost 22-13.

The second half also proved the downfall for Bob Hayes’ rink at Ashton Vale. They only trailed 8-6 at ten ends but were 22-8 adrift at 15, never recovered and finally lost 27-15.

North Wilts are firmly anchored at the bottom of the central regional table 11 points adrift of Purnell with one match left. They must beat Nailsea in their sixth and final game of the season on February 22 in order to give themselves any chance of climbing off the foot the central area table.

RESULTS

Home - Rink 2: R Hardie, Ian Manning, Alan Stell & Dave Williams drew with Barry Barry 21-21. Rink 5: Bob McComb, Alan Small, John Buckland & Chris Brown beat Mike Smith 25-16.

Away - Rink 3: Derek Clark, Geoff Hembrey, Pete Jacobs and Bob Hayes lost to Paul Bryant 15-27. Rink 4: Matt Clark, Dave Edmonds, Trevor Cooke & Maurice Byron lost to Pete Birmingham 13-22.

Score: North Wilts 74 (3pts) Bristol 86 (13pts).

OTHER SCORES (Central Region): Nailsea 46 (2pts) Clarrie Dunbar 125 (14pts); Thornbury 75 (11) Purnell 60 (5).

TABLE: 1 Clarrie Dunbar P6 89pts; 2 Bristol P5 59pts; 3 Christie Miller P5 42pts; 4 Nailsea P5 30pts; 5 Thornbury P5 27pts; 6 Purnell P5 25pts; 7 North Wilts P5 14pts.

FINAL CENTRAL REGION FIXTURS (Feb 22): Christie Miller v Purnell; Nailsea v North Wilts; Thornbury v Bristol.

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