Match Of The Day – Woodfield 168 Tanworth in Arden 103
Another bloodless victory for Woodfield as they easily overcame Tanworth In Arden by 63 shots. The game was effectively won in the first four with the home side taking all four opening cards. Ant Aldridge continued his recent rich run of form with a 21-8 victory over Phil Holmes. Holmes was never really in it and Aldridge, fresh from his Dudley Building Society League Merit win made hay on his favoured mark. Dave Semper came back into form with a bang as he outbowled his opponent Justin Hemmings 21-7. Like Ant Aldridge Semper held a large 13-4 lead which Hemmings struggled to contain. Carl Fellows like his team mates was also using green knowledge to good effect and dropping on his favourite mark built up a 16-6 lead, which he finished off with superb double count to win 21-9. The tightest game in the first four was between Stuart Jones and Stuart Bishop. Stuart Jones appeared to have the game at his mercy at 14-8, but Bishop responded with some quality counting bowls to get back to 14-13. However in the end Jones produced the bowls tat mattered to sneak over the line 21-17. After the first four Woodfield were 43 ahead with all prospects of an upset well and truly extinguished. The second four also produced four Woodfield winners, however apart from Dan Davies� relatively comfortable 21-10 victory the other games were tight. Chris Halford had to recover from 7-0 and 9-3 down to have a run of eight shots to lead 11-9. From that point his opponent was struggling to keep in touch and Chris Halford eventually Ran out a 21-15 winner. The best game of the match was between Stuart Rutter and Peter Mole, and it was the Tanworth in Arden bowler who came out quickest and built up an 11-6 lead. Stuart Rutter though began to find the quality bowls of which is he renowned and a run of eight gave him a 13-11 lead. From this point the game was nip and tuck with both bowlers finding top drawer bowls. With a rare poor end from Rutter giving Mole a 17-14 lead it appeared that Tanworth may claim a winner, but again Rutter upped his game to reclaim the lead at 18-17. Again singles changed hands until Rutter led 20-19 thanks to a rare slip from Mole and a superb bowl from the Woodfield bowler. An excellent lead from Rutter across the green and a poor opening bowl from Mole followed by a second quality delivery from Rutter appeared to hand the home bowler the game, only for Mole to produce an excellent strike to kill the end. A poor lead on the next end wasn�t taken advantage of by Mole and Rutter�s second bowl was a front toucher and match winner. The final game saw Steve Dicken have to dig deep to keep out Kevin Williams who nevertheless bowled the Woodfield green well. Dicken gave the home side a clean sweep of eight winners and a 63 shot win.