Connaught "A v Kenninghall Red Lion

Connaught "A" won 1st Round UWL Cup away to Kenninghall Red Lion 13th May 73 - 59.

Rink 1: P. Hambling, J. Horslen and O. Secker lost against G. Briggs 12 - 16

Rink 2: G. Benefer, M. Utting and M. Watson won against B. Youngman 23 - 11

Rink 3: J. Moon, M. Minshull and J. Li-Rocchi won against M. Davey 24 - 17

Rink 4: J. Squire, R. Taylor and P. McDonald lost against B. Tunmore 14 - 15

On Rink 1: Although Connaught won 10 ends, they scored only one 3 to Kenninghall's 4, 3 & three 2's. Owen and Jon switched positions during the game and managed to keep the score tight to lose only 12 - 16.

On Rink 2: The lead in the early stage of this game went back and forth to see Connaught leading 9 - 8 at end 9. Having mastered the weight and line of the green, Connaught went on to score heavily winning 23 - 11.

ON Rink 3: Connaught won 12 of the 18 ends but Kenninghall scored heavily on their 6 winning ends. This match could have gone either way, but Connaught’s determination saw them to the finishing post, winning 24 - 17.

On Rink 4: This dreaded rink, with the wall down one side, lived up to its reputation. The Connaught block never mastered the lines but then, neither did the Kenninghall block. A close game with Kenninghall winning by only one shot, 14 - 15.

This was true Federation bowls on a bumpy 4 rink Federation green. Some newer Connaught players had never played on this type of green and were quite overawed by the experience. Jim, Graham and Jenny were genuinely amazed. However, with the two outer rinks being a "lottery," Connaught kept the scores tight on these rinks allowing the Connaught blocks on rinks 2 & 3 to bowl well and score heavily to give us the win. A jolly time was had in the bar of the Red Lion with congratulatory speeches and much food and beer. Who will we get at home in the next round, Dickleburgh or Beeches?
Report: P. McDonald, Captain.




Connaught 'B' lost 51-73 at Diss on Thursday 6 June in a cup match determined on overall shots

Rink 2 Colin Barton, Carole Taylor and Graham Etteridge lost 11-16 against A Bailey

Rink 3 Sheila Bragg, Mike Botley and Kathie Botley lost 14-17 against J Maskell

Rink 4 Bill Adcock, John winup and Diana Adcock won 19-16 against I Dunnett

 Rink 5 Ken Ramsbottom, Steve Judd and Phil Watson lost 7-24 against M Howard

Rink 2 saw a solid performance from Connaught against a Diss triple which had had a big win against Connaught 'A' in the recent league match. Connaught won 6 of the first 9 ends to lead 7-6 but then dropped 3, 2 and 2 in a decisive spell which cost them the match. The triple did not wilt and won the remaining ends 4-3 as Diss contained competently. An enjoyable contest by all accounts. Graham continues to do well in his first season, Carole, gaining in confidence, was up and at'em and Colin has responded well to the responsibilities of skipping

On Rink 3 Connaught went 4-0 up after 2 ends but were 4-6 down after 5 ends with Diss retaining the lead thereafter. At 6-13 down after 10 ends Connaught seemed adrift but a 4 and a 2 took them up to 12-13 after 12 ends and match on. The remaining six ends were very tight and determined by single shot wins, sadly just 2 to Connaught and 4 to Diss. Kathie and Mike, in their first competitive season with the club, are proving major assets and Sheila remains a strong competitor. 7 ends to Connaught and 11 to Diss On

Rink 4 Connaught had a somewhat unexpected win against another triple which had won well against Connaught 'A'. The match was tight first half but with Connaught dropping 3 on end 9 to go 6-8 down. They were further behind, 7-12 down, after 13 ends, when the match changed shape dramatically. 5 to Connaught, 1 to Diss, 3 and 4 to Connaught and a lead of 19-13 after 17 ends. The drama was not over. For the first time in the match Diana and John left Bill badly in the lurch and 6-0 down. A decisive running forehand from Bill cut the deficit to 3 and Diss could not change things as that solitary wood stayed in the head. Diana tends to bowl short and she knows why. However, the jack was reasonably short for most ends and she had some excellent woods. Able to bowl backhand for most of the match John had a good and aggressive game. Bill had an excellent match throughout and rolled back the years a bit On

Rink 5 Connaught were simply outgunned by the only Diss triple which had lost against Connaught 'A'. However, Diss played very confidently and competently against fairly inexperienced opposition. Phil is just returning to the game after a long absence and Steve is in his first season. They did not give up, fighting all the way, but came to realise that there is little margin for error against players consistently bowling line and length and "in your face" all the time. Ken cheerfully did his best to stem the tide but it was one of those "not your night" matches Connaught 'B' had a very similar result to that of Connaught 'A' in the recent league match against a similar Diss side and gave Diss a real run for their money on 3 rinks.

The run of losses continues but there is a lot of spirit in the side. There was a good mix to the side fielded, 5 new this session, 2 with a few years’ experience and 5 experienced campaigners still happy to be playing at all! Diss entertained us well afterwards


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