For the first time since DBE had set Gedling IBC as their Headquarters the two groups held a bowls challenge against each other.
DBE were represented by Bob Love (Captain for the day), Rhys Taylor, Keith Haggerwood, John Rogers, Tim Swann, Maggy Smith, Colin Wagstaff, Jeff Crowe, Juli Crowe, Neil Smith, Pip Smith, Ray Smith, Colin Milner, Harry Atkin and Alice Atkin.
The match started cautiously with players from each side working hard to find their line and length in a very warm atmosphere. By the refreshments break after nine ends Gedling were ahead 49-42. Rejuvenated with tea/coffee, biscuits and cakes DBE start to claw their way back and after sixteen ends they lead 86-80. Gedling had not given up fighting right up to the eighteenth and last with the matc ending 98-95 in v=favour of DBE.
Wellplayed everyone and many thanks to Gedling for their hospitality.
The DBE National Indoor Pairs 2019 took place at a rather chilly Solihull Indoor Bowls Club, unfortunately their heating system had failed. However, that did not deter 32 bowlers from putting on an excellent display of bowls with great enthusiasm.
The knockout Championship is based on 3 woods each, matches being 85 minutes long and preliminary round losers taking part in a Plate knockout competition. This format guaranteed each team a minimum of two matches.
Preliminary round teams and opponents (winners in bold) comprised:
Paul Hawkes & Gareth Harewood vs Harry Atkin & Fynn Kaiser Sally-Anne Lewis & Colin Milner vs Craig Bowler & Joe Peplow Helen Wood & Steve Angus vs Khalila Hussain & Ray Smith
Steve Smith & Alastair Domville vs Rhys Taylor & Ray Cross
Bob Love & Keiran Rollings vs Mac Otton & Gary Swift John Rogers & Dylan Morton vs Mark Cooper & Tim Swann
Alex Comack & Steve Bigg vs Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher Amey Brookes & Jeanette Maisie vs Val & Martin Groves
Craig Bowler & Joe Peplow narrowly edged out Harry Atkin & Fynn Kaiser both squeasing out Steve Smith & Alastair Domville 9-7 in the semi-final. Bob Love & Keiran Rollings dominated their way to the final beating Mark Cooper & Tim Swann and Alex Comack & Steve Bigg. The Plate Final started as a tight affair but slowly the class of Bob Love & Keiran Rollings shone through beating Craig Bowler & Joe Peplow 14-7.
National Indoor Pairs Final Stages
Paul Hawkes & Gareth Harewood lost to Sally-Anne Lewis & Colin Milner Helen Wood & Steve Angus beat Rhys Taylor & Ray Cross Mac Otton & Gary Swift beat John Rogers & Dylan Morton Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher
Sally-Anne Lewis & Colin Milner narrowly beat Helen Wood & Steve Angus 11-9 Mac Otton & Gary Swift narrowly lost to Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher also 11-9
Yet another high standard game. Sally-Anne and Jonathan displayed some fantastic drawing as leads. After ten ends Jonathan and Dave lead 10-4 but Sally-Anne and Colin did not give up they were fight. On the penultimate they picked up 1 shot, they now were 10-5 down. The last end saw Sally-Anne give her team a 3-0 lead before the skips had their turn. Colin drew his first in for a 4-0 lead, Dave played a controlled weight shot into the head and miraculously found a gap between shot and second wood, no change. Colin narrowly missed adding another, Dave played with weight again, no change, Colin tried again and just fell short by inches. Sally-Anne and Colin picked up 4 shots on the last end nearly forcing an extra end – a phenomenal last end. Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher became 2019 Champions winning 10-9 and retaining their 2018 title.