The second game in this year’s series commenced this Saturday afternoon at St Austell Bowls
Club against Cornwall. Although an unchanged team was announced for this game
unfortunately due to Injury Andrew Rendell has withdrawn from this year’s squad. We wish you
all the best Andrew and we look forward to seeing you fit and health back at next year’s trials.
As always it’s an honor to welcome a new Middleton Cup player into the team, and Saturday
saw the Introduction of Tim Hemburrow from Taunton BC.
It was another great occasion and I can only thank all those who travelled including our Vice
President Tony Whitmarsh, the reserves and supporters alike, to a blustery showery day in
Cornwall. The Green looked a darker shade of green than our previous visits, but all credit to
the greenkeeper as I understand the previous evening it was flooded.
This weeks early exchanges went much better and after 5 ends across the board Somerset
found themselves within a couple shots, with rinks Skipped by Neil Yeoman and Neil Saunders
making strong starts. The game ebbed and flowed for the next few ends with Somerset taking
a nine shot lead around 15 ends. With the rinks skipped by Neil Sanders, Neil Yeoman up and
the other rinks of Nick Pearce, Sam Steel, Kevin Jones and James Amery all close on their
respective rinks.
Neil Saunders rink including Liam White, Maurice Davis, and Pete Birmingham, pushed on and
beat a very experienced Cornwall rink Skipped by International Mark Read by 17 shots.
Unfortunately the other rinks didn’t quite get the results they deserved, with Sam Steel, Kevin
Jones and Neil Yeoman all losing by 2 shots. The two remaining rinks of Nick Pearce and
James Amery both losing by single figures. Cornwall taking the game by 5 shots, and winning
on 5 rinks
Somerset’s only winning Rink was Neil Saunders’.
Once again both myself and the selectors are really encouraged by the character and great
spirit shown within this squad, all we are missing now is belief!
Next week will see us return back to Victoria BC against Herefordshire, Saturday (2pm) the
team will be announced on Tuesday 11th June.
Please come and support our Team.
Dave Alder
Middleton Cup Team Manager