Essex Vice Presidents Association Versus Braintree Bowling Club & NWEL - August 2015
Braintree & Witham Times - August 2015
Essex Vice Presidents Association Versus Braintree Bowling Club & NWEL
Thursday was another memorable day, not only for Braintree Bowling Club, but also for Braintree B.C. based President of the Essex Vice President Association (EVPA) 2015, Paul Costin.
The Club played hosts to the EVPA in a friendly match, which included a multitude of past County Vice‑Presidents and Officers, who are not only some of the top administrators of the County game, but also in many cases, past elite County bowls players. The match ended in a rewarding win for the visitors to Braintree Bowling Club.
An excellent meal was laid on by the ladies of the club and during the after dinner speeches, Andy Beatty, Braintree's Chairman, presented Paul Costin with a well-deserved commemorative engraved memento for his services, not only to the County's Vice Presidents Association, but also for his years in successfully supporting Braintree B.C. to become one of the most recognised clubs within the County.
In the North West Essex League (NWEL), Braintree's 'D' team added to the club's league successes this season, by gaining promotion from the Section 1, Division 'C' where they will be matched against, not only the club's 'C' team, but also the 'B' team in the Division 'B' league. This promotion came about when the Braintree ‘D’ team gained 4 valuable points against Tiptree JobServe B.C., which saw them take second place and promotion into the higher league. This was an excellent result for the club's newer bowlers, as it gave them valuable experience of league games alongside the club's more experienced players.
At the weekend there was a certain "deja vu" situation as Braintree Bowling Club once again reached the Essex County Bowling Association, Group 2 Memorial Shield Final and the Widdop Cup Final played at Silver End B.C. The only difference from last season's matches was that in the Memorial Shield, Braintree B.C. played Quendon (Newport, Essex) B.C. and in the Widdop Cup they played Tiptree JobServe B.C. This was a reverse of the same opponents from 2014 finals.
However, on a very tender green which appeared to be quite fast, all the fours teams took some time to adjust to these conditions. Unfortunately, Braintree's opponents got to grips with the idiosyncrasies of the greens, taking early leads on all rinks bar one. Even though falling behind by quite a margin, Braintree's teams fought hard to get back into the game. As the total of 21 ends got closer, it was clear that Braintree B.C. had quite a task to pull back the deficit, which they never recovered from. In the Widdop Cup they were defeated 51 shots to 22 shots, while the Memorial Shield saw them narrowly beaten 39 shots to 34 shots.
Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer Braintree Bowling Club