Upper Waveney Federation  Team (Division Two. B Team)     Shots Points 
Date  Upper Waveney Federation League 2019     F  A  F   A
25-Apr-19  Connaught B   v Thorndon<Click.for.reports Home  6:30pm 59 66 2 5
02-May-19  Connaught B   v  Scole Away 6:30pm 68 74 1 6
09-May-19  Connaught B   v  Bedingfield Home 6:45pm 65 88 1 6
11-May-19  Connaught B   v  Shotford 
 Saturday  Away 2pm  65 76 1 6
16-May-19  Connaught B   v  Long Stratton Away  6:45pm 46 81 0 7
30-May-19  Connaught B   v  Kenninghall Lion Away 6:30pm 64 67 2 5
20-Jun-19  Connaught B   v  Wortwell Home 6:45pm
01-Jul-19  Connaught B   v  Keninghall Red Lion  Monday Home 6:45pm
05-Jul-19  Connaught B   v  Stradbrook White Hart  Friday  Away 6:45pm
11-Jul-19  Connaught B   v  Thorndon Away 6:45pm
13-Jul-19  Connaught B v  Shotford  Saturday   Home 2pm         
18-Jul-19  Connaught B   v  Scole Home 6:45pm
25-Jul-19  Connaught B   v  Bedingfield Away 6:45pm
01-Aug-19  Connaught B   v  Long Stratton Home 6:30pm
07-Aug-19  Connaught B   v  Mendlesham  Wednesday Home 6:30pm
12-Aug-19  Connaught B   v  Mendlesham  Monday  Away 6:30pm
22-Aug-19  Connaught B   v  Wortwell Away 6:15pm
29-Aug-19  Connaught B   v  Stradbrooke White Hart Home 6:15pm
  SHOT DIFFERENCE -85   367 452 7 35



Connaught 'B' lost at Kenninghall on Thursday 30 May by 64-67 and 2-5

Rink 1 Ken Ramsbottom, Colin Barton and Steve Judd won 14-10 against M Kindleysides

Rink 2 Sheila Bragg, Cliff Smith and David Warne won 21-13 against B Youngman

Rink 3 John Overton, John Winup and Richard Adcock lost 12-20 against G Briggs

Rink 4 Bill Adcock, Carole Taylor and Phil Watson lost 17-24 against B Tunmore

Rink 1 saw a tight and low-scoring match in which each side won 9 ends but with Connaught containing Kenninghall to 1 x 2 and 8 x 1 while managing 2 x 3 themselves. A very creditable performance all-round with each player concentrating well. Ken reports that Steve had a very promising game

On Rink 2 Connaught were 7-9 down after 9 ends but turned the match round well second half when notching up 3 x 3 and 2 x 2. Connaught were 11-12 down after 12 ends and just ahead by 15-13 after 16 ends when a 2 x 3 finish gave them an excellent win. All three players contributed well, with Sheila leading in calm fashion and both David and Cliff able to "reach" all the time

On Rink 3 Connaught held the ascendancy for the first 12 ends, always leading but never really getting away. Sadly a 10-8 lead at that point was obliterated by a dropped 4 and a dropped 3 on successive ends as the match somersaulted. 12-17 down after 17 ends the visiting triple held a good 3 on the last end until the home skip bowled two superb woods to put his side 3 up. Had Connaught held those 3 the entire match would have been won. Richard had a tough time against Paul Pilmer but as usual bowled some killer woods. John Winup bowled well most of the time with some good drawing but a tendency to drop woods in delivery under pressure was a failing. John Overton bowls effortlessly in an attacking style and did not deserve to lose this match

Bill Adcock and Co drew the short straw in having to play on the notorious Rink 4 but as on Rink 3 played well for the first 12 ends at which point the score was 9-9. Then the match went crazy. 5 to Kenninghall followed by 3 and 2 to Connaught and the match level at 14-14 after 15 ends. Then very sadly Connaught dropped 2 x 5 before coming back well with a 3 on the last end. More a case of Kenninghall raising their game than of Connaught fading away. Bill reports that Phil had a useful game at lead while Carole, brought in on the day to replace the injured Trevor Burt, battled away very gamely at 2

The first thing to say is that the Kenninghall green played pretty well. A trifle heavy but the reported bumps etc had disappeared. The club had recognised the early-season problems and had put in a lot of work. All credit to them for that. For much of the match Connaught seemed on the way to that elusive first win, by at least 5-2 and possibly more. After 15 ends they led 55-47 and 5.5 to 1.5 but Kenninghall dug in and changed things. Nevertheless the overall display was encouraging and it is becoming apparent that newer players are starting to overtake more established players. Much food for thought. Two cheerful sides enjoyed themselves afterwards in the Red Lion bar

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Connaught 'B' lost at Long Stratton on Thursday 16 May by 46-81 and 0-7

Rink 1 Ken Ramsbottom, Colin Barton and Carole Taylor lost 8-21 against B Searle

Rink 3 John Overton, John Winup and Richard Adcock lost 15-20 against P Lovett

Rink 4 Sheila Bragg, Mike Botley and Kathie Botley lost 13-20 against R Webster

Rink 5 Bill Adcock, Graham Etteridge and Diana Adcock lost 10-20 against K Staff

On Rink 1 Connaught were outgunned by a useful Stratton trio although fighting hard throughout. 11 of the 21 shots against were conceded over just three ends (2 x 4 and 1 x 3) whereas Connaught were contained well over their seven winning ends (1 x 2 and 6 x 1). Carole confessed to finding the match a tough one but had been asked to play out of position at lead. As ever she showed no lack of effort. Colin and Ken also tried hard but it simply was not their night

On Rink 3 the Connaught triple shared the ends at 9 apiece but a dropped 6 on end 11, which put them 8-15 down, proved their undoing. Richard and John for once were loose and put John Overton 3 shots down. A good skip in Paul Lovett consolidated and John Overton had some misfortune with woods on a slightly narrow line pushing Stratton woods in. A dropped 4 on end 2 had not helped and thus 10 shots out of 20 against were conceded over two ends. Small margins! That aside the triple played very well. Richard is showing more consistency and is made to concentrate playing with two serious-minded players. John Winup had his best game of the season with regular practice on his forehand starting to pay dividends. John Overton, a naturally attacking player, bowled some superb woods throughout.

On Rink 4 Connaught's strongest triple on paper scored 3 on end 9 to put themselves just 7-9 behind and in contention. They then applied themselves well and after 16 ends led by 13-12. A dropped 3 on end 17 was disappointing but a dropped 5 on the last end proved disastrous. 9 ends apiece again but 8 shots out of 20 against were conceded on two ends. A pattern developing? Difficult to say what went wrong on those final ends but again Stratton fielded a useful triple with Bob Harvey at 2 still a fine player

On Rink 5 Connaught were put to the sword a bit and the losing triple report that Karl Staff, Stratton skip and captain, had a particularly fine game. Connaught won just 5 ends but managed a 4 on end 5. This was cancelled out by a Stratton 4 on end 14. Other than that the play was tight from both sides. Diana seems to be gaining in confidence and did not do badly on a slightly heavy green. Graham played well again and was called a "very useful" player by Karl Staff in conversation afterwards. Bill remained calm against a good player and his game is still very steady as he responds well to the request to skip in this side

Long Stratton were relegated from Div 1 last season just as they were promoted from South 2 to South 1 in the EBA league where they have managed to beat Gissing already. They are fielding strong teams in the Waveney (25 points out of 28 so far) and obviously in the EBA, while using their other leagues (South Norfolk and Border?) to give opportunity to a wider range of players. Against that backdrop Connaught 'B' did not play badly in defeat. The difference mainly lay in Stratton's ability to contain when losing ends, whereas each Connaught triple lost the plot on certain ends. A very pleasant evening afterwards as always at Long Stratton (like us they now sell Wolf beer given the demise of Buffys)

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Connaught 'B' lost at Shotford on Saturday 11 May by 65-76 and 1-6

Rink 2 Bill Adcock, Graham Etteridge and Diana Adcock lost 15-16 against A Chuter

Rink 3 Ken Ramsbottom, Cliff Smith and Phil Watson lost 13-23 against D Ashfield

Rink 4 Sheila Bragg, Mike Botley and Kathie Botley lost 15-18 against C Tudd

Rink 6 John Overton, John Winup and Richard Adcock won 22-19 against ? Morgan

Rink 2 saw Connaught make a good start to lead 7-3 after 7 ends. Shotford then dominated the middle of the match and Connaught found themselves 8-16 down after 15 ends. A 3, 3 and 1 finish saw Connaught come very close to at least a draw in a match of three parts, Connaught winning at the start and finish but losing out in the middle. Mainly a question of jack length, with Connaught more comfortable on short and middle but less so on long. Graham continues to show good form in his first season. 9 ends to each side

Rink 3 saw a similar-patterned match, this time with Connaught struggling at the start to be 2-12 down after 7 ends but pulling up to 13-17 after 16 ends before Shotford pulled away with a 2 and a 4 to finish. Ken reports that Shotford's triple was that bit steadier and better. Phil is developing into a useful lead and Cliff is a strong bowler who needs a little more steadiness. Ken himself had problems slipping on the mat and swapped positions with Cliff for a few ends; this worked quite well for a time. 7 ends to Connaught and 11 to Shotford

Rink 4 A game very much of two halves. Connaught had a bad first half to be 3-16 down after 9 ends. The visitors then won the second half by 12-2 to lose by just 3 shots. Sheila found the green a bit heavy for her and for the type of bowling needed and swapped with Mike at about halfway. This worked well. Kathy was as usual steady throughout and Sheila under less pressure was able to get in at 2. Mike's power made a considerable difference. 9 ends to each side

Rink 6 saw another tight game but with some sudden fluctuations. Connaught were steady to lead 6-3 after 5 ends but then dropped a 6. They then pulled back well to lead 13-10 after 10 ends. 1, 1 and 2 to Shotford levelled the scores after 13 ends but a 5 to Connaught on end 14 and a 4 on end 16 gave them a useful lead of 22-15. At this point, counting up the 16-end score on all rinks Connaught were just 62-66 down. However, on Rink 6 Connaught dropped 3 and 1 on the last two ends. Still a good win. Richard had some killer ends but still needs more consistency in the 3-wood game. John Winup continued his improvement but is becoming mainly a backhand player; he must get the forehand right. John Overton delivers superbly and had some brilliant ends. His narrow woods and bowling style can give shots away and Richard and John must give him that bit more in the head

Another defeat but again a narrow one. Each triple had a competitive match and the three losing rinks all fought back well from almost desperate positions. Shotford entertained us well as always and it was not a bad way in which to spend a Saturday afternoon

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Connaught ‘B’ lost at home to Bedingfield on 9th May 65-88 and 1-6.

Rink 3 Colin Barton, Carole Taylor and Phil Wilson lost 16-18 against C Saunders.

Rink 4 Ken Ramsbottom, Kathie Botley and Mike Botley won 21-15 against L Bulls.

Rink 5 Bill Adcock, Diana Adcock and Trevor Bert lost 17-24 against D Saunders.

Rink 6 John Overton, Richard Adcock and Cliff Smith lost 11-31 against P Leeder.

On Rink 3 Colin’s triple had a slow start and were 1-6 down after five ends. They won three of the next five ends to take a 12-9 lead. Bedingfield switched their order to great effect and won five of the next eight ends. Connaught picked up a one on end sixteen to lead 15-12. On end 17 both Phil and Carole were short and Colin also failed to make inroads into the head and Connaught dropped a 6 to go 15-18 behind. The damage was done and Connaught could only manage a 1 to lose 16-18. A disappointing end to an enjoyable, friendly game. Connaught won 8 ends.

On Rink 4 Ken’s Triple only won one of the first five ends to go 1-6 down. In a remarkable turnaround they then won the next nine ends to take a 20-6 lead. Bedingfield won four of the final five ends but they had too much of an uphill struggle to get back into contention and Connaught won 21-15. Connaught won eleven ends. Well done.

On Rink 5 Bill’s team were trailing 5-18 after eleven ends. A six from Connaught on end twelve put them back in contention. The final six ends were shared, six points each making the final score 17-24. Connaught won seven ends.

On Rink 6 John’s triple were out bowled from the start by a strong Bedingfield triple. Although they won eight ends, five of these were one-pointers, one was a two and the other a three. The final score was 11-31.

Another defeat but it was clear looking around that nobody had given up and were still doing their best to gain shots – a strong team spirit. The fact that John was on stand-down and closely watching us might have had something to do with it!

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Connaught 'B' lost at Scole on Thursday 2 May by 68-74 and 1-6

Rink 1 Ken Ramsbottom, Cliff Smith and Phil Watson lost 13-20 against N Bell

Rink 2 John Overton, John Winup and Steve Judd lost 10-21 against M Johnson

Rink 3 Sheila Bragg, Mike Botley and Kathie Botley won 29-10 against D Aldous

Rink 4 Bill Adcock, Trevor Burt and Diana Adcock lost 16-23 against D Crame

On Rink 1 Connaught were 0-5 down after two ends but then had an excellent spell to lead 10-6 after eight ends. A dropped 4 levelled the scores at 10-10 at halfway and after that Scole, with skip Nick Bell to the fore, gained the ascendancy. At 13-17 after 15 ends Connaught were just in touch but 3 x 1 to Scole secured the game for the home side. Ken reports that Phil Watson, in his first game for the club, did well, as did Cliff Smith although Cliff tends to be over-heavy in his delivery. Ken felt that he personally did not have one of his best games

On Rink 2 Connaught played very well in the rain in which the mat started, until leading 8-1 after 5 ends. Then Scole came back and the match was poised at 8-9 down for Connaught afdter nine ends. Sadly the visitors won only one end after that although not conceding many shots. The key throughout was Mary Johnson at skip who had one of her most inspired games in the dampish conditions; she was so accurate in weight and on the draw. Scole's lead and 2 also came into it more second half. Steve Judd had a promising first match, sometimes too heavy but soon appreciating the tactics needed in leading. John Winup bowled some useful backhand shots throughout in another improved display but his forehand remains unsteady. John Overton had some bad luck but had to concede to a very good player

On Rink 3 Connaught were 2-7 down after 5 ends but then scored 7 as a prelude to total domination. Scole won just three more ends, all by a single shot, while Connaught accumulated well, including a 4 on end 11 and a 6 on end 16. The triple, playing together for the first time, combined extremely well with the playing styles very suitable for each position. Kathie Botley is a very steady lead and Mike Botley is a useful all-round player. Sheila had one of her best matches after not much practice this season and her performance, against a very good player in David Aldous, equalled that of Mary Johnson on Rink 2. It was also good to hear the banter between the Connaught players who seemed to get on well together

On Rink 4 Connaught scored 5 on end 6 to lead 8-7 but promptly dropped 2 x 4 and then were 8-19 down after eleven ends. Heads did not drop and the Connaught triple came back well to win the remaining ends by 8-4. Everybody battled well but Scole just had the edge over the visiting side.

This was a similar margin of defeat to that against Thorndon, 6 on overall shots compared with 7, but instead of 4 close matches Connaught had one big win, one loss by 11 shots and two by 7 shots. But compared with this stage last season the side as a whole is competing hard and all the new players are adding an edge to the team - it is heartening to see the enthusiasm. With the recreation centre being used as a polling station, Scole entertained us very well in their small clubhouse across the green. The only other thing to report is the considerable damage to the Connaught captain's car, caused by a collision with a deer on the A140 on the way home. He is OK, but presumably the deer is not and the car is a sizeable insurance job!

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Connaught 'B' lost at home against Thorndon on Thursday 25 April by 59-66 and 2-5

Rink 3 Bill Adcock, Trevor Burt and Graham Etteridge lost 16-23 against C Hall

Rink 4 Ken Ramsbottom, Mike Botley and Kathie Botley won 15-13 against C Rowson

Rink 5 John Overton, John Winup and Richard Adcock won 17-16 against K Jessup

Rink 6 Colin Barton, Carole Taylor and Diana Adcock lost 11-14 against M Cain

On Rink 3 Connaught dropped 4 on end 1 and 3 on end 4 to be 2-7 down. A good spell then followed including 4s on ends 5 and 7 and Connaught led 13-8 after 10 ends. Thorndon, well-led by Suffolk county skip Chris Hall, then applied real pressure including scoring 3s on ends 12, 13 and 17 and 4 on end 16. Connaught could not respond but for the most part had played well. Bill reports that Graham Etteridge at lead had a solid game throughout

Rink 4 saw a close match throughout with Connaught seeming to have edged the advantage at 12-7 after 11 ends. However, as on Rink 3, Thorndon came back but mainly with single shot wins. The score was level at 13-13 after 17 ends and on end 18 Thorndon held 4 until a fierce running wood from Mike Botley turned 4 down into 2 up. The skips did not change things and Connaught had snatched a win. Both Kathie and Mike showed themselves to be useful players and Mike will live off that one shot for a long time to come! Ken had a steady match in a good start to his season

On Rink 5 Connaught held the advantage for a long time until leading 14-5 after 12 ends. At this point Thorndon switched playing positions, with Suffolk Under-25 player, Kieran Jessup, moving to 2 and David Haxell, another useful player, going to skip. They also set a full-length jack and Barbara Montgomery, who had struggled at lead, then found weight and line very well. The changes worked well and a 4, 2 and 4 sequence saw Connaught fall behind at 14-16 after 16 ends. They rallied well to score 1 on end 17 and a superlative running wood from John Overton took the jack to turn 1 down into 2 up for the win. The mere figures hide the true story. John Overton had a superb game throughout to hold the triple together. Richard did not have a bad game at lead and delivered strongly throughout. John, who had had a torrid time in practice sessions, was inconsistent but found some semblance of form. More work needed yet

Rink 6 saw a very tight struggle throughout. A 3 to Connaught on end 8 was the only margin above 1 or 2 to either side. Connaught were 9-3 up after 8 ends but won only one end after that although containing very well. Connaught were still in it at 11-11 after 15 ends but 3 x 1 to Thorndon saw the visitors home in gard-fought win in which they had taken 11 ends to 7 for Connaught. Diana bowled some fine woods at lead against Emma Jessup, a young player who delivered in stylish fashion. Carole had bowled quite fluently in practice sessions and delivered well in this match. Often a fierce self-critic, she was quite happy with her game and supported

Colin well. Colin's game came on very well last season and he maintained that form in a useful first outing

All rinks showed Connaught losing the second half and after 12 ends the home side were up on all rinks and leading by 15 shots overall. However, this was not the usual tale of losing concentration and the entire plot - the wins on Rinks 4 and 5 showed that. Thorndon, like all the smaller Suffolk clubs, have some very good individual players and they led the way at the crunch. This was simply a good, competitive match played in the right way. Thorndon brought supporters with them and all was very sociable afterwards with good bar and raffle takings

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