SJBC members practising their skills

Severall Jubilee Bowls Club’s busy season of home and away matches continued this month with a friendly against 12 players from Avon and Somerset Police on June 1st. The match hosted by SJBC and captain Dave Rees was played over four rinks of triples, playing 18 ends. In the second half SJBC pulled ahead to achieve a convincing win of 83 shots to Avon and Somerset Police team’s final score of 43 shots.

On Friday June 4th, SJBC travelled to North Petherton for a friendly game of four rinks of 21 ends. Both teams were evenly matched during the first half. The second half saw North Petherton pull ahead on two rinks but on the other two rinks it remained ‘neck and neck’ until the last end. Skip Mike Rawe’s team managed to win by one shot and on Gerald Meecham’s rink it was 13 all but SJBC lost by one shot on a tight measure – the difference being a quarter of an inch. The final score was North Petherton 77 shots to 57 shots from SJBC.

On June 6th SJBC played host to Ilminster in a friendly match. The match was enjoyed by all and was very close at half time. At the end of the match SJBC managed to pull ahead, winning on two rinks and drawing on a third rink. Final score 79 shots to SJBC and 74 shots to Ilminster. On June 12th the club travelled to Sherborne for a League match. Despite a hard fought contest, SJBC were unable to find the winning formula and lost by 12 shots.

A highly fought away League match against South Petherton on June 13th saw SJBC winning on two rinks but losing on the third rink by three shots. This was followed by another away League match at Westlands, which proved to be an excellent game for SJBC who won on all three rinks, to claim a first League win with maximum points.

SJBC’s first match in the Wessex Mixed League Cup knockout competition was on Friday June 18th. The match was against Merriott Bowls Club with two rinks playing at home and two rinks playing away. After some excellent bowling, the final result was a win for SJBC on three rinks out of four rinks. The next round will be played against Somerton.

All matches have been played with close adherence to Covid rules, with refreshments at half time and after match drinks all served outside. Compliments on the excellent condition of the Greens and the hospitality received were made by the club captains after all home and away games. SJBC have recently gained 20 new bowlers and the club has put in place a coaching programme for all new and existing members and is also running a Club Night over six consecutive Monday evenings for the new members.

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