BOWLS: Chippenham lose out in last four
CHIPPENHAM TOWN’S hopes of lifting the Wiltshire men’s top county team title for the first time since 1997 are over for another year.
This year’s Area B winners lost in the semi-finals of the Four Rink League play-offs at Swindon West End to Area C runners-up Holt.
Chippenham Town lost by 22 shots and on all of the four rinks as they went down 94-72 to Holt, who won the league crown for the first time in the club’s history last season.
The match was a close affair in the first half with the two sides tied 22-22 across the board at five ends and Chippenham only one shot down 39-38 after ten ends.
But then in the second part of the match Holt surged clear going 71-53 up at 15 ends, 80-67 at 18 and finally won 94-72.
Chris Brown’s rink was 12-0 up at six ends and 13-4 up at ten but had been pulled back to 18-16 at 18 ends. They led going into the 21st and last end but dropped a four to lose 21-20.
Neil Connor’s rink came from 8-6 down at five ends, 13-11 at ten, 18-16 at 15 to lead 20-19 after 19 ends, but then dropped four shots on the 20th and 21st ends to lose 23-20.
Jeremy Haselton’s quartet conceded a five on the first end and were always adrift . They trailed 9-2 at five ends, 13-7 at ten, never recovered fully and finally lost by the initial five shots.
Paul Macdonald’s four only trailed 9-6 at ten ends but then dropped a six and two threes, never recovered and eventually lost by 13 shots.
Holt will Westlecot, the other semi-final victors 100-51 over Highworth, in the final this coming weekend at Devizes.
Rink 1: Andy Blake, Richard Gainey, Dave Godwin & Paul Macdonald lost to Don Gray 15-28.
Rink 2: Andy Bradfield, Dave Williams, John Lucas & Chris Brown lost to Keith Bailey 20-21.
Rink 3: Mike Savin, Bob Chalmers, Willie Jones & Neil Connor lost to Justin Davis 20-23.
Rink 4: Alan Stell, Mike Travers, Keith Fletcher & Jeremy Haselton lost to Ben Gadd 17-22.
Score: Chippenham Town lost to Holt 72-94 and by 0pts to 14.
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