National, County and Friendly Matches - May 2015
Braintree & Witham Times - May 2015
The last week has been another busy period for Braintree Bowling Club members whom have been competing in the National and County games plus a friendly against a team of impaired bowlers.
Once again, Donna Law and Martin Law have been performing at the highest level with a win in the National Mixed Pairs winning by 5 shots against K. Moore and M. Wells from Radwinter Bowling Club. This was complemented with a win for Donna Law in the County Unbadged Singles against D. Hood of Burnham B.C. with a 5 shot win. Martin then matched his wife's success by taking the County Singles game after a tightly fought game against Kevin Cornwell from Tiptree, 23 shots to 20shots.
Another successful club member was Eddie Hawkins who achieved his first County Unbadged Single Handed success Away at Tiptree, by beating Kevin Cornwell by 5 shots, then followed this up with a win in the County Single Handed, at home, against Jeremy Welch of Dunmow B.C. with an 11 shot victory.
Again, playing at home, the highlight for Eddie was playing alongside Keith Hunter in the County Pairs competition against a formidable duo from Halstead B.C., Pat Ashcroft and Roy Clements. This was Keith's first year of County competitive bowls and his excellent play enabled the home duo to get a good start to their pairs debut, but their early 7 shot lead was eroded by their very patient and capable opposition. At 11 ends, the teams were tied, then the Halstead pair took a 2 shot lead, which the home team replied to, by regaining the lead in the 17th end. Keith and Eddie finally went into the final 21st end with a shot lead and after a very close head, added a further 2 shots, to come away the victors with 19 shots to 17 shots. This was an admirable, sporting game of bowls, which was appreciated by both sets of players and the spectators. Picture - Left to right: Keith Hunter & Eddie Hawkins (Braintree B.C.) and Roy Clements & Pat Ashcroft (Halstead B.C.
At the weekend, Braintree Bowling Club entertained a team of Impaired Bowlers. This team consisted of blind, partially blind and amputee bowlers, many of whom had represented England in the Commonwealth Games and UK Bowling Championships. After some well fought shots, Braintree B.C. came out on top of this very high level of bowling skills, in a friendly and compatible atmosphere. Money raised at this function was donated to worthy causes in connection with disabled sportspersons.
Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer Braintree Bowling Club