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CLUB EBA A TEAM 2019

 

Connaught EBA 'A' Team Results 2019 ......Date..... Shots Points
Hansells League South One  ..F... ..A.. ..F.. ..A..
Connaught 'A' v G.W.Staniforth A Away 01-May-19 50 51 1 4
Connaught 'A' v Diss A Away 15-May-19 49 54  1 4
Connaught 'A' v Wymondham B Home 22-May-19 75 51 4 1
Connaught 'A'  v Gissing A Away 05-Jun-19 39 77 0 5
Connaught 'A' v Long Stratton Away 26-Jun-19  58 41 
Connaught 'A' v Diss A Home 03-Jul-19  63 66 
Connaught 'A' Long Stratton Home 08-Jul-19  71 41 5 0
Connaught 'A' v Wymondham B Away 10-Jul-19  66 51   4
Connaught 'A' v Scole Away 22-Jul-19 43 76 
Connaught 'A' v Gissing A Home 24-Jul-19  63 62  3.5  1.5 
Connaught 'A' v G.W.Staniforth A Home 29-Jul-19  53 58  4
Connaught 'A' v Scole Home 31-Jul-19  75 52 
Connaught 'A' v Shots +/- 25   705 680 28.5 31.5

CONNAUGHT A v SCOLE

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 75-52 at home against SCOLE on Wednesday 31 July

RINK 1   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M. Watson won 30-18 against S.Bartram.

RINK 2   D.Liles, J.Horslen, R.Harrison and M.Utting lost 16-20 to V.Buckle.

RINK 3   M.Minshull, O.Secker, K.Bartlett and M.Parsons won 29-14 against D.Aldous.

On rink 1 Connaught raced away to 11-0 after 4 ends.  They then stopped for breath and Scole recovered to 14-14 after 10 ends.  Fortunately, Connaught gained a second wind and finished strongly at 30-18.

On rink 2 Connaught had a poor start going 2-10 down after 8 ends.  A good recovery saw them 12-10 up after 13 ends but the loss of the next 5 ends put them 5 shots down, just too much to pull back.

On rink 3 a great start for Connaught saw them 20-2 up after 8 ends.  Then came a mid-life crisis, losing 6 of the next 7 ends.  Fortunately, the losing ends were mostly singles and a jump start saw them comfortably home by 15 shots.

This was a must-win match for Connaught, to ensure division 1 status for next year.  Their response was first class and the resulting 4-1 win completely reversed the disappointing loss at Scole just 2 weeks earlier.  So ends another nail biting EBA season.

CONNAUGHT A v G.W. STANIFORTH

CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 53-58 at home to G.W.STANIFORTH on 29 July.
RINK 1  G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson lost 17-25 to M.Struthers.
RINK 2  R.Broad, O.Secker, K.Bartlett and M.Parsons lost 14-19 to J.Wright.
RINK 3  D.Liles, M.Minshull, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 22-14 against M.Hansley.
On rink 1 Connaught started slowly and were 1-8 down after 4 ends.  They recovered to 8-8 after 7 ends but were 8-15 down after 9.  The gap was reduced to 17-19 after 18 ends and glory beckoned, but it was a false sign and a poor finish saw them drop 6 shots on the last 3 ends.
On rink 2 a poor start saw Connaught 3-13 down after 11 ends.  An equally poor middle game saw them 5-17 after 15 ends.  A strong finish brought them back to 14-17 after 20 ends but a dropped 2 on the last end stalled the recovery.
On rink 3 Connaught were involved in a tight match and were level at 9-9 after 10 ends.  They inched ahead to 13-9 but were pulled back to 13-14 after 18 ends.  A strong finish picked up 9 shots over the last 3 ends to give a comfortable 22-14 win.
This match against GWS was similar to the away match earlier in the season.  Connaught lost 1-4 on both occasions but by only 1 shot at GWS and 5 at home on Monday 29 July.  The point gained was valuable and may prove significant in the final analysis.

 

CONNAUGHT v GISSING

CONNAUGHT A won 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 and 63-62 at home against GISSING on 24 July.
RINK 1  G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson drew 22-22 with P.Whymark.
RINK 2  D.Liles, J.Horslen, R.Harrison and M.Utting lost 18-23 to S.Thompson.
RINK 3  R.Broad, O.Secker, P.Macdonald and M.Parsons won 23-17 against P.Forster.
On rink 1 Connaught had a remarkable match. 0-11 down after 4 ends:  7-22 down after 14 ends, it looked all over, but we all know that is not so, until the fat lady sings.  In this match Connaught won the last 7 ends, including a 7 on end 20 and 1 on the final end to get a draw.
On rink 2 Connaught won only 7 ends but they were good scoring ends, and sufficient to ensure a tight match, losing by only 5 shots.
On rink 3 the match was fairly even with both teams taking turns to lead.  The score rested at 18-17 after 19 ends but a 4 and 1 finish saw Connaught home by 6 shots.
A rare win against Gissing, in a hard fought match, produced 3 1/2 valuable points.  After 3 narrow losses earlier in the season it was good to see Connaught get the points for shots, if only by 1.

CONNAUGHT A v SCOLE

CONNAUGHT A lost 0-5 and 43-76 away to SCOLE on 22 July.
RINK 2  K.Bartlett, R.Broad, M.Minshull and M.Parsons lost 10-31 to S.Bartram.
RINK 3  D.Liles, J.Horslen, R.Harrison and O.Secker lost 18-22 to V.Buckle.
RINK 5  G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson lost 15-23 to D.Aldous.
On rink 2 Connaught were level after 9 ends but then fell away badly, winning only 2 of the remaining 12 ends.
On rink 3 Connaught were well in the game at 15-15 from 15 ends.  A dropped 3 and 4 on the next 2 ends however put them too far behind, despite a late rally.
On rink 5 hopes were high at 10-3 up after 6 ends.  Then came a dreadful run of 9 consecutive lost ends and only 3 wins in the last 15 ends.  Not a winning recipe.
Connaught rarely get anything from an away trip to Scole and this was no exception.  Nevertheless, given the relative position of the two teams in the league, this was a disappointing result.  Scole played the green much better and generally outbowled Connaught.
 
 
CONNAUGHT A v WYMONDHAM B 
 
CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 66-51 away against WYMONDHAM B on 10th July.
RINK 3  D. Liles, J. Horslen, O. Secker and M. Utting won 19-12 against D. Richmond.
RINK 4  G .Benefer, R.Taylor, K. Noble and  M. Watson won 28-18 against A. Gaze.
RINK 5  R .Broad, M. Minshull, M. Parsons and P. Macdonald lost 19-21 to K.Guy.
On rink 3 Connaught led from the start, taking a 10-2 lead after 10 ends.  They then had a barren spell, losing 7 of the next 8 ends, to lead 14-12 after 18 ends.  A strong finish however, saw them home by 7 shots.
On rink 4 the match was fairly level at the half way stage, Connaught ahead 10-9.  They then took control, winning 6 of the next 10 ends with a 6 and a 5.  A dropped 5 on end 20 narrowed the winning margin to 10, but a good solid performance.
On rink 5 Connaught won only 8 ends but still went into the last end 2 shots ahead at 19-17.  They were holding shot until a good running wood by the Wymondham skip took the jack back and earned 4 shots to end up 19-21.
This was a good all round performance by Connaught in a must win match.  Their league position remains delicate with 4 matches to come.

CONNAUGHT A v LONG STRATTON

CONNAUGHT A won 5-0 and 71-41 at home against LONG STRATTON on 8th July.

RINK 1 D. Liles, J. Horslen, J. Overton and M. Utting won 32-12 against R. Webster.

RINK 2 W. Adcock, O. Secker, M. Parsons and P. Macdonald won 21-16 against K. Staff.

RINK 3 M. Minshull, R. Taylor, K. Noble and M. Watson won 18-13 against B. Searle.

On rink 1 Connaught had a wobbly start, going 5-2 up after 3 ends and then 5-9 down after 7 ends. From that point on, they took control and won 12 of the remaining 14 ends, finishing 20 shots ahead.

On rink 2 Connaught had a remarkable match, at least on the scoring. They raced into a 10-2 lead after 5 ends and then seized up. They lost 11 ends in succession to reach 10-14 after 16 ends. In a normal game this would have been fatal but of the 11 lost ends, 10 were to single shots and 1x2. This enabled a strong finish, winning 11-2 over the last 5 ends. To sum up, Connaught won only 8 ends but finished 21-16.

On rink 3 Connaught were always ahead but not comfortably so. After 16 ends the score was 13-10 but nerve held, and tight bowling saw them home 18-13 with ends divided 11-10.

This was an important win for Connaught to get them off bottom position in the league. Although they have games in hand, due to bad weather cancellations, those games need to produce points on the board to be of any value.

CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 63-66 to DISS A at home on 3 July.

RINK 1 M.Minshull, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson lost 21-24 to E.Feaveryear.

RINK 2 D.Liles, J.Horslen, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 21-20 against O.Allen.

RINK 3 R.Broad, O.Secker, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 21-22 to K.Baker.

On rink 1 Connaught were well placed at 18-13 after 15 ends but a run of 5 losing ends put them well behind, despite 3 on the last end.

On rink 2 Connaught were 12-2 up after 7 ends but seized up and did not score again until end 16, when they were 12-7 down. A late rally however saw them over the line at 21-20.

On rink 3 Connaught were 14-7 up after 12 ends but dropped 15 shots over the next 7 ends. They came back well but finished 1 shot down at 21-22.

The match was similar to that away at Diss: close on shots overall but still 1-4 down on points. Connaught played well and at one stage looked as if they might win, but Diss proved to be the stronger.

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 58-41 against LONG STRATTON on 26 June
RINK 2   M.Minshull, J.Horslen, R.Harrison and M.Utting won 20-10 against K.Staff.

RINK 3   R.Broad, O.Secker, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 16-22 to P.Smith.

RINK 4   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson won 22-9 against B.Searle.

On rink 2 Connaught had a tightly fought contest and were down 6-7 after 9 ends.  A winning run of 7 ends put them 16-7 ahead and they were able to maintain this lead over the last 5 ends.

On rink 3 Connaught had a promising start with 5 on end 1 and 4 on end 6 and a lead of 13-6 after 8 ends.  Unfortunately, they won only 3 of the next 13 ends scoring 3 shots to 16 against.

On rink 4 Connaught had a solid performance after a slow start, 3-3 after 6 ends.  They won 6 of the next 7 ends establishing a 13-4 lead after 13 ends.  This increased to 22-9 by the finish.

A good result for Connaught and much needed points on a cold June evening.

CONNAUGHT A lost 0-5 and 39-77 away to GISSING on 5 June

RINK 2 D. Liles, O. Secker, R. Harrison and M. Utting lost 9-27 to P. Forster.

RINK 4 J. Squire, R. Taylor, M. Parsons and P. Macdonald lost 11-25 to M. Coe.

RINK 5 G. Benefer, J. Horslen, M. Minshull and K. Noble lost 19-25 to S. Thompson.

On rink 2 Connaught were 0-15 down after 7 ends. They played much better for the remainder of the match but never gained any ground.

On rink 4 Connaught were 5-2 ahead after 6 ends but won only 3 of the next 15 ends and were left well behind.

On rink 5 Connaught performed well and were only 1 shot down, 18-19, after 16 ends. The match slipped away over the last few ends but was still keenly fought.

Connaught were outplayed by Gissing and came away with nil points. This was disappointing in the light of the two earlier away fixtures against Thetford and Diss, when Connaught lost by a narrow margin.

CONNAUGHT A won 4-1 and 75-51 against WYMONDHAM B on 22 May 2019

RINK 1 R. Broad, J. Horslen, R. Harrison and M. Utting won 32-12 against A. Gaze.

RINK 2 G. Benefer, R. Taylor, K. Noble and M. Watson lost 14-25 against D. Richmond.

RINK 3 K. Bartlett, R. Oatway, M. Parsons and P. Macdonald won 29-14 against K. Guy.

On rink 1 Connaught were 5-6 down after 7 ends. They then got into gear and won 10 of the next 14 ends, finishing with 2x3.

On rink 2 the Connaught block were left at the starting gate, going 1-17 down after 11 ends. A good recovery saw them get to 14-18 after 18 ends and a possible victory in sight - but a poor finish left them 14-25 down.

On rink 3 Connaught were level 4-4 after 6 ends. A good run of ends saw them up 15-7 after 14 ends but a dropped 4 allowed the visitors to close up to 15-11. A strong finish, including a 6 on the last end, gave a comfortable win of 29-14.

A good 4-1 win in the end but the match was even at the mid-way stage. Fortunately, rink 2 recovered some lost ground to support the winning rinks

CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 50-51 to GW STANIFORTH on Wed 1 May 2019.
RINK 1  R.Broad, J.Squire, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 9-22 to M.Struthers.
RINK 2  D.Liles, R.Oatway, O.Secker and M.Utting lost 14-17 to M.Hinsley.
RINK 3  M.Minshull, R.Taylor, K.Noble and M.Watson won 27-12 against J.Wright.
On rink 1 Connaught went into a lead of 5-1 after 5 ends but then fell away, losing 12 of the next 16 ends.
On rink 2 Connaught had a very even game, winning 10 ends.  The result was in doubt up to the final end with Connaught 14-15  down - unfortunately they dropped a 2 and lost 14-17.
On rink 3 Connaught took an early 9-0 lead and stayed in front for the whole game, losing only 5 ends.  A slight wobble on end 13 allowed GWS to narrow the lead to 16-11 but a strong finish saw them home 27-12.
Connaught played well in the first EBA match at GW. STANIFORTH.  The 1-4 result indicated a one-sided match but this was not the case.  Connaught lost by only 1 shot (50-51) and with a bit of luck on the final end could have had a 3-2 win.
CONNAUGHT A lost 1-4 and 49-54 away at DISS A on 15 May.

RINK 1   D.Liles, J.Horslen, M.Minshull and M.Utting lost 13-19 to K.Baker

RINK 4   G.Benefer, R.Taylor, O.Secker and M.Watson won 24-12 against E.Rawsthorne

RINK 5   K.Bartlett, J.Squire, M.Parsons and P.Macdonald lost 12-23 to E.Feaveryear

On rink 1 Connaught were 9-8 up after 10 ends but were only able to pick up four singles over the next 11 ends, losing in a tightly fought match 13-19.

On rink 4 Connaught were 4-4 after 5 ends but then scored 3,5,2,1 to go 15-4 up.  This margin was maintained for the rest of the match in a first class performance by Mark Watson’s block.

On rink 5 Connaught were well in contention at 9-11 after 14 ends but flagged over the run-in picking up only 3 shots to 12 by Diss.

A good all round performance by Connaught but only 1 point gained.  When the 21st end started Connaught were only 1 shot down overall but could not get over the final hurdle.

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