BRECKLAND A TEAM 2019 - 2020 

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Connaught Breckland 'A' Team Shots Points
Results 2019/20 Season
Date F A F A
Connaught 'A' v Harling Unicorns Home 09-Oct-19 78  42  10  0
Connaught 'A' v Banham Home 16-Oct-19 76  37  8 2
Connaught 'A'  v Hingham Away 24-Oct-19 66 52 8 2
Connaught 'A'  v Harling Griffins Home 30-Oct-19 86 26 10 0
Connaught 'A' v Wymondham Home 13-Nov-19  55  56 6 4
Connaught 'A'  v Thetford Home 20-Nov-19
Connaught 'A' v Carleton Rode Away 25-Nov-19
Connaught 'A'  v Shropham Away 04-Dec-19
Connaught 'A' v Forncett Home 11-Dec-19
Connaught 'A' v Connaught B Home 14-Dec-19
Connaught 'A'  v Forncett Away 08-Jan-20
Connaught 'A' v Shropham Home 22-Jan-20
Connaught 'A' v Connaught B Away 25-Jan-20
Connaught 'A' v Wymondham Away 03-Feb-20
Connaught 'A' v Carleton Rode Home 19-Feb-20
Connaught 'A' v Thetford Away 26-Feb-20
Connaught 'A' v Harling Unicorns Away 04-Mar-20
Connaught 'A' v Harling Griffins Away 11-Mar-20
Connaught 'A' v Banham Away 18-Mar-20
Connaught 'A' v Hingham Home 23-Mar-20
Shot difference 148 361 213 42 8




Connaught A won at home against Wymondham on Wednesday 13th Nov 2019 by 6-4 pts, shots 55-56.

Mat 1 Jim Squire, Bob Oatway, Roy Taylor. Won against Debbie Sparham 15-14
Mat 2 Di Quadling, Richard Harrison Sheila Bragg won against John Sparham 15-11
Mat 1 Dave Quadling, Mike Minshull, Owen Secker Lost against Chris Mann 8-21.
Mat 2 Derek Liles, Sylvia Parsons, Lee Fallows. Won against Mel Barker. 17-10.

1st Session
Mat 1 This match looked evenly balanced on paper and that’s what it turned out to be. Wymondham soon settled, and after 6 ends the score stood at 5 all. With all players contributing. At 10 ends Wymondham had taken a 1 shot lead 8-9. From then on it was tit for tat, both teams scored a 3&1. On the 15th end Wymondham had gone into a 2-shot lead. Bob and Roy had changed positions by this time.
With everything to play for Connaught produced a fine finish by taking 3 shots
snatching the game away from Debbie's block at the death. Summing up Jim although not feeling 100% lead well against Pat, with Bob and Roy competitive as ever against Steve and Debbie this game was always going to be tight and indeed it was.

Mat 2 Sheila's block has been playing well but quickly went 5-2 down. They did start to get more into the game with Di and Billie having a good tussle at lead. Richard was against Andrew Jackson who has got back to bowling s/mat after a break. It looked as if it was going to be one of those days. John Sparham was playing well on the Connaught Mat, drawing and with weight. Sheila renown for being a slow starter was not having a lot of luck at skip. After 11 ends she trailed 11-6. From then on the block produced a remarkable comeback scoring 9 shots over the next 5 ends to win by 4 shots. I don't think anybody saw this turn around happening. Richard was his steady self and always gave good support to Sheila as did Di. Well done

2nd Session
Mat 1 This was always going to be tough whoever was playing against Chris and backed up by Hayley and Brian. Chris raced into a 8-2 lead after 5 ends.
Although trying hard to stem the flow Owen found his block 16-5 down after 10 ends. The next 5 ends would hold the balance of the match. Holding Chris to 5 shots and scoring 3 Wymondham won 21-8. Chris being left-handed always plays well on mat 1 and today was no exception. Today Owen, Mike, and Dave had drawn the short draw, but battled well against very in form skip, no shame in the result.

Mat 2 This match was going to be crucial in obtaining a rare win over Wymondham. With Derek reverting to lead, Sylvia and Lee together making up the block.
A good start was vital. Scoring 2 2's and 1 gave them a 5-2 lead after 5 ends. Mel came back with a 4+1 to take the lead 7-5, this was followed by Lee winning the next 3 ends(1+1+2) to go into the lead. The next six ends were crucial, end 11 was the turning point. Some accurate bowling by all resulted in 5 shots being won, this gave Lee breathing space to contest the last 5 ends. Derek and Sylvia tightened their game and a further 2 shots put the game nearly to bed.
Mel came with 2+1 to make the score 16-10 going into the last end. Holding with 1 shot and Lee with his last wood needed two more shots to win the extra 2 points, the head was not really set up for this and the 1 was taken. Although losing overall on shots by 1, Connaught picked up 6 valuable points on the night. Well played everyone and to Wymondham for a very enjoyable match.

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 Connaught A won against Harling Griffin by 86 shots to 26. (10-0 pts) on 30th October 2019

Mat 1 Dave Quadling, Mike Minshull, Owen Secker. won against G Cody 18-10

Mat 2 Diane Quadling, Richard Harrison,Sheila Bragg. won against C Hayman 26-5 

Mat 1 Pat Benefer, Sylvia Parsons, Lee Fallows won against. G Hume 27-5

Mat 2 Derek Liles, Paul McDonald, Roy Taylor. won against L Deathridge 15-6


Mat 1 Owen's block once again got off to a good start cruising to 10-3 after 9 ends, although many of the heads were very tight. Mike at 2 played some really telling shots which gave Connaught the edge. Dave was having a steady game at lead, with Owen tidying up at skip. Harling made a mini recovery by winning 4 ends on the trot to take their shot total to 10. Connaught scored another 2 to take their total to 18.A good result once again.

Mat 2 Sheila's block are playing well at the moment, and in this match nothing had changed with Diane and Richard on the button this block were basically outplaying Harling. After 10 end's the score was16-1 to Connaught.. A further 10 shots allowed the home block to finish on a high note. To run out 26-5

Second session.

Mat 1 With Pat back from holiday still with a snuffly cold and added cough, also Lee back from Sunny Skegness, together with Sylvia soon made their presence felt. George and Jill swapped positions to stem the flow, although this made a slight difference by reducing the shots to 1's over 4 ends the game had already gone. Some games do not always reflect the score and this was one which could be put into that bracket. Harling never gave up and should take credit by still making it an enjoyable game

Mat 2 On the first 5 end's Roy's block scored 5 single shots. It was clear to see this was going to be a good competitive game. Derek had dropped to lead and Paul to two
This proved to be a good move. Derek lead well considering he is regarded as more of an attacking player. Paul had some very good shots and seemed more happy at 2. Roy also just back from a two week holiday played well. This was a low scoring game as 12 ends resulted in single shots. The highest score of 3 went to Harling. This game was keenly fought to the end.
Well done team. It was also pleasing as captain to see Jim and Bob who were on the bench, turning up and helping with the bar and raffle and collecting match fees .With everybody willing to muck in on match night makes life a lot easier for the captain . Many Thanks.

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Connaught A won away at Hingham by 66 shots to 52. ( 8-2pts) on 24th October 2019

Mat 1 Dave Quadling, Mike Minshull, Owen Secker. Won against Graham Tweed 19-6

 Mat 2 Diane Quadling, Richard Harrison, Sheila Bragg. Won against Pat Groombridge 21-10

Mat 1 Mike Parsons, Jim Squire, Paul McDonald. Lost against Mike White 12-24

Mat 2 Elaine Oatway, Sylvia Parsons, Bob Oatway. Won against Keith Thomas 14-12

On Mat 1 The block could not have started better by winning the first 7 ends resulting in taking a 10 shot lead. Dave was leading well, followed by Mike and Owen carrying on the good work.
Graham at skip for Hingham tried to blast his way out of trouble but nothing seemed to pay off for him. Although they had a change round this did not seem to work either.
Owen & co carried on with the good play winning a further five ends. This result got the team off to flying start for the match.

On Mat 2 Sheila's block also made a good start taking a 9-1 lead. With the ends being shortened to 16, making a good start is important. Diane was having her usual steady game, but Richard was
showing what a good player he is. On end four they scored a five, and then on the tenth end they added a four, making the score 15-4. Hingham made a slight improvement taking their score to ten, but Connaught could see the finishing line and added a futher five shots. This triple has blended and played well throughout.

On Mat 1 In the first session had gone Connaught's way this certainly started badly for Connaught. In the first four ends Mike, Jim and Paul went down It was clear to see that all the good work done by the first session could be wiped out if this continued. Nobody seemed able to read the mat. Hingham must have thought Christmas had come early. Mike started to bowl better at lead as did Jim and Paul, during the next six ends we did stem the flow by scoring seven shots. By the fifteenth end we had reduced the score to being only 20-12 down. But the last end proved disappointing with Connaught dropping a four. Although this was a bad result we actually won eight ends but by going down by so much so early was a big ask. Not a game to remember.

On Mat 2 The game started well for Bob's block scoring 4 on the first end and were leading 5-4 after 5 ends. Sylvia changed with Elaine on end 6 to go lead with the score 5-5 it then proceeded to get worse with Connaught conceeding a further 6 shots going 11-5 down . At this moment Bob went to lead and Sylvia to skip. This stopped the rot and a 2 & 1 shots gained over the two ends saw a Connaught fight back, further 4 shots took Bobs block level at 12-12. With everything to play for, Bob who was bowling well at lead drew to the jack. Pat Roache for Hingham then bowled to take shot. Bob with his next wood trailed the jack but was still one down. Elaine first wood was short and her next wood narrowly missed trailing the jack to the ditch. Game on. Sylvia remaining calm knew that this wood had to be the one. Running with weight picked up the Jack straight into the ditch to hold three. Keith Thomas managed to reduce this to two. Hence allowing Connaught to pick up the extra 2 pts and winning 14-12. “Well done team” a good result we are starting to gel as a team overall.


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Connaught A v Banham

Connaught A won at home to Banham on 16th October 2019 by 76 shots to 37. (8-2 pts)

Mat 1 Dave Quadling, Jim Squire, Bob Oatway lost 16-18 to Will Hogan

Mat 2 Pat Benefer, Sylvia Parsons, Lee Fallows won 19-5 against Bill Francis

Mat 1 Mike Parsons, Derek, Liles, Owen Secker won 19-8 against Jim Delaney

Mat 2 Di Quadling, Mike Minshull, Richard Harrison won 22-6 against Val Hambling

On Mat 1 Connaught might be looking back at this game as one which got away. Although only losing by two shots, they in turn only won 6 ends. Will Hogan is always a very competitive player bowled well, as did Kathy Girling leading.
Looking at it overall, we struggled to have woods in the head. Dave was inclined to be a little bit short but on the plus side it was good to see Jim back bowling again but struggled a bit with his weight. Bob was left many times trying to rescue a result.

On Mat 2 With Lee making a rare appearance playing early won the first six ends to take a 13-shot lead. Pat although suffering with a sniffly cold and the thoughts of holiday on her mind bowled well. Sylvia as always was her normal self, covering or adding to the head. Lee was left to tidy up. Banham fought hard but some nights it just does not go your way.

Second Session

On Mat 1 Owen made a good start going 10 nil up in the first five ends against Jim Delaney's block, Jim made a bit of recovery over the next five ends by winning 5 shots but was still losing 13-5. Mike and Derek continued to set the
head up for Owen, taking the final score 19-8. To give some credit to Banham's 1 and 2 who have not been bowling that long stuck to their task and played some good shots. Jim lacked the help of the wee people by not having too much luck.

On Mat 2 Connaught fielding quite a strong block with Richard at skip, always looked in control playing a solid game throughout. Well support by Mike & Di.
Although Banham won the first end, they then proceeded to lose the next 6 ends. Val for Banham was trying hard, but things never really got any better for her. After 10 ends she was16-3 down. Although winning the next 4 ends, Connaught finished with a 4and 3 to run out winners.

I would like to thank Banham for turning out a full side also Will Hogan for the phone call for letting me know this would be happening. Well done Banham.

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Connaught A played at home on Wednesday 9th October in their first game of the new season.

This was against Harling Unicorn and came away winners by 10-0 and 78 to 42.

First Session

E. Oatway, P McDonald, Bob Oatway won 17-14 against N Battley.

Di Quadling, R Harrison, S, Bragg. won 18-5 against M Tarrant.

Second Session

D Quadling, Roy Taylor Mike Minshull won 19-14 against I Beckford.

P. Benefer, S Parsons, Lee Fallow won 19-14 against M Cunningham. 

Harling though as always can be a hard team to beat. Connaught with a few new faces played well, but did not get all their own way totally, and could have lost two games very easily. But they changed the playing order just at the right time and this seemed to settle the blocks down and by having two vital ends with good scores took them home.


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CAPTAIN: - Mike Parsons

Practice days 18th September and 25th September 2019

Bob Oatway

Richard Harrison

Elaine Oatway

Roy Taylor

Mike Parsons

Sheila Bragg

Sylvia Parsons

Di Quadling

Mike Minshull

Dave Quadling

Paul McDonald

Jim Squire

Owen Secker

Pat Benefer

Derek Liles

Lee Fallows




















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