Re: WALES V NORTH LANCS & FYLDE 2009

Terry(gandhi)
All who were fortunate to be at Penwortham were treated to an afternoon of first class bowling by both teams in a match played in beautiful sunshine on an immaculately prepared green that brought out the very best in all the bowlers. Arwel Davies had to withdraw from the squad due to the imminent birth of his child and with the four reserves Geraint Williams, Nick Jones ,Steve Curbishley & Mike Gilpin all bowling superbly in the pre-match practice Roger Morgan had the unenviable task of selecting one to play, the decision came to Geraint Williams by virtue of greater experience at this level. Special praise must go the supporters of both teams for the encouragement to their team and to the friendly banter from both sides, but it was a great advertisement for the sport to witness both sides of supporters clapping & cheering good woods by bowlers no matter which side they were on.

John Bailey (20) v Wayne Ditchfield (21)
With two very talented bowlers bowling well it was obvious everyone would be treated to a feast of bowling.With the game being nip & tuck up to the 14th end with the score at 11 each and points hard to amass due to the laser accurate stike rate by each player that removed jack touchers with such regularity a long duel was obvious.Wayne had a blistering run in the middle of the game going into a 17/11 lead against John who was doing nothing wrong. John then found the jack again and fought back with such determination & skill to eventualy run up a 20/19 lead but only to see Wayne snatch the winner to bring to a close a game that had the crowd entranced. Well bowled both!!

Paul Hallett (12) v Paul Brett (21)
Paul Hallett found Paul Brett hot to handle in the start of their game and was unable to get a good hold of the jack to enable him to settle into his customary attacking mode and found himself 19/6 down after 20 ends ,a score that did not truly reflect the closeness of the bowling. Paul H then took hold of the jack and fought back with great determination to bring the game back to 19/12 ,earning such valuable points to his sides total to finally bowing out at 12. Well Bowled again.

Carl Roberts (18)Cool  v  Neil Helm (21)
Mally as ever showed his class in his own imitable style, playing well with jack touching accuracy, but again with his opponent Neil Helm was so difficult to lose which produced a first rate bowling spectacle.Mally fought hard and opened up an 18/14 lead only to bowl what was in his standard couple of slack ends that cost him the game 21/18. Well played Mally...a proper bowler!!!

Kevin Nicholas (21) v Paul Wilson (1Cool
The rotund custards propelled by the master craftsman gained another hard fought victory for Wales against a very strong opponent who fought tooth & nail with Kev for every point in a very skillful and fascinating game but one that Kev so richly deserved to win. Well bowled again

Geraint Williams (15) v Simon Coupe (21)
Jacko did himself ,his team & country proud in the way he put supreme effort to fight for every point against the widely acclaimed skills of Simon Coupe and in fact matched him in all aspects of the game and was unlucky to be 19/11 down aftr 25 ends only to fight back to 15 before bowing out.Your Dad would have been so proud of you & so were we !!!

Roger Morgan (18)Cool v Stuart Mort (21)
Captain courageous Roger who is such an inspiration to the team struggled so hard to come to terms with the green and Stuart and after 20 ends found himself 17/8 down andstaring down the barrel of a heavy defeat but with skill & determination Roger fought his way back to 20/18 down and was som unlucky not to have run out victor. A graet fight back well done Roger.

Nick Hughes (20) v John Hodson (21)
Freako as always gave 110% in concentrated skill and effort and together with John producing top quality bowls an inevitable feast of bowling was to ensue that had both players lying neck & neck throughout their game but with Freako lying on 20/19 John stole 2 to steal a victory Freako so deserved. Well Played matey.

Mike Riley (21) v Lee Heaton (13)
Rabbit was awesome in his game that I am sure had Lee feeling somewhat shell shocked by the way he peppered the jack (He must have used a cruet full).The faces of his lads was a joy to behold as they watched dad perform so well.The Endsleigh man of the match was unaminously awarded to Mike for such a wonderful display of bowls. Great stuff mate !!

Gerwyn Davies (20) v Lyndon Carr (21)
Beasty battled so very hard to keep in touch with Lyndon in the opening encounters of their match but found himself 7/12 down after 15 ends but going up a gear found his true unassailable form to rocket into a 18/14 lead with some great twos,unfortunately with the scors locked 20/20 Beasty was disappointed to lose the last end. Well done again mate.

Anthony Bailey (21) v David Watters (15)
Anthony gave another immaculate display in the red shirt but in a tightly fought encounter with Dave he always looked the master and richly deserved his victory with some great bowls. Well played Ant once again mate.

Chris Slater (21) v Hugh Hornby (20)

Slat went off like a house on fire leading 15/9 with some great bowling that we have become accustomed to but then Hugh fought back with skill and took the lead to 20/18 but Slat was having none of that and fought back to win to 21/20 which gave him great delight. Great game well played mate.

Andrew Hughes (21) v John Metters (15)
Crazy found it very hard to get going in his game with John at the start and found himself 13/3 down and looking as if a hole needed digging of the game in the churchyard but with true grit & determination his true form returned to him and with mindboggling precision he blasted his way back to a magnificent victory that so justly earned him the Welsh man of the match award. Great fightback Crazy ,excellent effort a Proper bowler!!

The teams & Officials later had a beautifully prepared buffet by the Ladies for all ,that was so much appreciated ,We thank you most sincerely

I would like to thank Brenda Jones WCGBA V/President who honoured us with her attendance and presented the awards. To Dave Walker for as always his support and to those who took the effort to mark cards during the afternoon
Many thanks to all our great friends who came to give their support & encouragement without who the day would not have been so special.
We want a bus load in July 5th for game against Cheshire !!!

Regards & Many Thanks

GandhiC