*slapped wrists* for not publishing the results from the Finals’ Weekend.
Ian Gilbert, the umpire drew the semi-finalists and Huntingdon played Barking & District and Whiteknights took on Egham.
Interestingly all four teams had one high scoring rink and one much further behind so there was a lot of calculating how the semis would end up! Huntingdon stayed ahead of Barking most of the time although there was a good pull back in the last few ends. Egham were ahead of Whiteknights nearly the whole way but a surge by Whiteknights took them into the final by 5 shots.
So, the final was between last year’s two finalists! Robert Newman’s rink got off to a great start and the heads were amazing. It was unusual to see Nicky Brett’s team so far behind on the scoreboard even though the game itself was far closer – we’re talking shots won by inches, not yards!
Whiteknights were comfortably in the lead until something clicked and the Huntingdon team skipped by Lewis got the mat after about 5 ends and were very reluctant to let Whiteknights have it back again. Watching the scores see-saw on the individual rinks, it was difficult to know who to watch with both teams forcing their opponents to draw shots even closer. At 18 ends it was 30-30, which had the supporters and spectators sitting on the edge of their chairs. On the 21st end (34-32 in favour of Whiteknights), on the Newman/Brett rink, Whiteknights were holding 3 (definite) and with his final bowl, Nicky Brett played a “peach of a shot” to quote Dan Maskell. It was the perfect draw to give them 1 shot bringing their total to 9. On the other rink, Whiteknights held 3 and the Huntingdon number 3 played a controlled weight bowl which removed the opposition’s bowl and left Hungtindon holding 2. The following four bowls by the skips narrowly missed or were safely stowed near the ditch in readiness and Huntingdon kept the 2. 35-34 to the boys in blue!
Such an amazing win for Huntingdon but such a cruel defeat for Whiteknights. After the cheques had been awarded, there was mulling over what could have been but the teams were as gracious in defeat as in winning. A credit to each other and their clubs.
Thanks to everyone who helped and it was lovely that Barking & District stayed behind to watch as they were unable to return their minibus before 6.00 pm to the depot because of the London Marathon road closures. You really made the off-green afternoon going with a swing!
More photos will follow once I can download from the memory stick.
|First Round by 31st December 2017||Second Round by 31st January 2018||Third Round by 28th February 2018||Quarter Final by 2nd April 2018||Semi Final at Cambridge Park on Sunday 22nd April 2018||Final at Cambridge Park on Sunday 22nd April 2018|
|Wellingborough||Wellingborough 25||Huntingdon 38||Huntingdon||HUNTINGDON||HUNTINGDON 35|
|St Neots & District||St Neot’s & District||St Neots & District 31|
|Herts||Herts 45||Herts 15||Bounds Green|
|Watford 44||Watford 34||Bounds Green 43|
|The Lawns 28||Bounds Green 46|
|Bounds Green 43|
|Falcon||Falcon 42||Falcon 21||Barking & District||BARKING & DISTRICT|
|Dartford Stone Lodge||Dartford Stone Lodge 37|
|Essex County||Essex County 30||Barking & District 37|
|Bye||Barking & District 42|
|Barking & District|
|Ashford IBC (Kent)||Ashford IBC (Kent) 48||Ashford IBC (Kent)||Cyphers|
|Angel (Tonbridge)||Angel (Tonbridge) 32|
|Royal Tunbridge Wells||Royal Tunbridge Wells 15||Cyphers|
|Wealden||Wealden||Falaise 24||Grattons||EGHAM||WHITEKNIGHTS 34|
|Falaise 48||Falaise w/o|
|Egerton Park 31|
|Grattons 36||Grattons 40||Grattons 40|
|Horsham & District 16|
|Adur 36||Worthing Pavilion 32|
|Worthing Pavilion 40|
|Bye||Cambridge Park 26||King George Field 21||Egham|
|Hounslow 27||King George Field 61|
|Kind George Field 38|
|Egham 36||Egham 34||Egham 40|
Wey Valley 33
|Foxhill 42||Foxhill 38||Foxhill||Whiteknights||WHITEKNIGHTS|
|Brackley & District 38|
|West Berks 33||Oxford City & Council 35|
|Oxford City & Council 44|
|Lodden Vale 36||Lodden Vale 34||Whiteknights|
|Chawton Park 27|
|Victory||Atherley 40||Atherley 45||Atherley|
|Moonfleet||Moonfleet 35||Dorchester 21|
|First named team to be the challenger. All games to be completed by the dates shown.|
|Semi-finals and Final to be played at Cambridge Park on Sunday 22rd April 2018. Winners of each tie|
|to email the result to firstname.lastname@example.org or text Dawn Slaughter on 077 66 77 1738|