Essex County Bowls Matches - May 2015

Braintree & Witham Times - May 2015

With the start of the new outdoor bowling season, many members of the Braintree Bowling Club were competing in County and League matches throughout the first week.  This is a time when most players are still trying to come to terms with the much slower grass surfaces and the weather conditions that the Gods throw at them.  With only a few games played on the pristine greens at Braintree's Clare Road, the players took some time to adjust to their normal pattern of play, but obvious home advantage was a great help towards some good results.

Essex County -  Ladies Triples Competition
Essex County Ladies Triples Teams

The Braintree Ladies triple teams started their 2015 Essex County Competitions campaign with wins in both teams' opening matches of this new season.

Playing at home against a strong Great Baddow B.C.  trio, also having to contend with a strong squally wind, the Braintree team  composed themselves quickly,  under  the guidance of Skip - Pat Hart,  with lead Sue Jones and number 2, Lynn Bottrill  .  Apart from losing the first end, they continued the rest of the game's 17 ends with a leading score, taking their final winning tally to 21 shots against 13 shots.  This victory was especially gratifying as the team had had very little experience of playing together at this level of bowls and it was pleasing that each player, in turn, contributed to this well-earned victory.

While one team was winning at home another ladies Braintree B.C. triples team was playing away at  Chelmsford against PML (Princess Marie Louise Bowling Club), gaining an outright victory with a score of 33 shots to 6 shots.  Once again, this strongly experienced Braintree team of Donna Law, Roni Taylor and Rita Dodds came through this round with every player contributing to this victory away from home.

Both teams can now look hopefully forward to further success in the following County rounds.



Martin LawEssex County Bowling Association Single Handed Competition

Later in the evening, on home turf, Martin Law started his Essex County Bowling Association Single Handed Competition with a closely fought battle against R.A. Etheridge from Steeple Bumpstead Bowls Club.  

Martin was put under pressure in the early stages when his opponent took a substantial lead but Martin playing his usual calm, focussed and very precise game, finally out played his strong opponent to the winning 21 shots


Essex County's Ladies Pairs

The following day, Part Hart once again graced the hallowed green turf in the Essex County's Ladies Pairs.  Playing alongside her was Linda Butcher and together they battled the very stormy elements for two and half hours against another duo from Great Baddow B.C.  This time the visiting team gained their revenge from the previous Triples result with a margin of 11 shots.  The final score being Braintree B.C. 18 shots to Great Baddow's 29 shots. 



To end the Clubs topsy- turvy results in the North West Essex League (NWEL) and Individual Central Mid Week Bowling League (CMBL) competitions there was a final good result.  

After all three Braintree Teams lost their opening NWE games and one pair of Braintree Club Bowlers lost their 1st Round Pairs match against a pairs from Great Baddow, the only winners in the CMBL Pairs was Olive and Eddie Hawkins.  They had an exciting match against a duo also from Great Baddow B.C., Braintree B.C., winning with a final score of 18 shots to 15 shots.  Throughout this match, the Braintree couple had never lost their lead but the opposition gradually clawed their score back and with only two points between the two teams, going into the last end it was the Braintree pair who took a final point to win the match. 


Essex County B A against Cambridgeshire

Josh Heffernan - Essex County v CambridgeshireJames Rippey - Essex County v Cambridgeshire

Another Club honour this weekend came in the form of two young Braintree B.C. players being selected to play for the Essex County B A against Cambridgeshire, played at the Braintree Club, in Clare Road.

Firstly, it is a recognition that the club's playing surface is in excellent condition to warrant County matches.  Secondly, to have two young Braintree Club players, Josh Heffernan and James Rippey selected for the County, shows the quality of players that this Club can produce.  Both players have now played in the two opening Eastern Counties League games, against Hertfordshire winning 17 points to 5 points and adding another victory score of 18 points to 4 points against Cambridgeshire.   

Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer Braintree Bowling Club