TEAM BASINGSTOKE DEANE THROUGH TO BOWLS FINAL

At 1.30PM on Thursday 25 August at Oakley Bowling Club the match to decide whether team Deane would reach another final took place. The team to meet Southsea castle was 1 Jim Lawson 2 Jim Graydon 3 Jonathan Rouse 4 and Skip Kevin Vickers.

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At 1.30PM on Thursday 25 August at Oakley Bowling Club the match to decide whether team Deane  would reach another final took place.

The team to meet Southsea castle was 1 Jim Lawson 2 Jim Graydon 3 Jonathan Rouse 4 and Skip Kevin Vickers.

First of all thanks to Jim Lawson for attempting to achieve sartorial harmony by producing a spare shirt in team colours for Jim Graydon. True it was marked Jim Lawson but the first name and three letters of the surname were the same. An enquiry as to expertise in unpicking and embroidery revealed a significant skill shortage.

Mr Graydon then said in any event it was too hot for him to wear an extra shirt and it certainly was.

Southsea's navigation proved superior to Bishops Waltham's and a prompt start was possible.

After the event we decided we had based our tactics on those of Mo Farrer.

We  started at a steady pace and after 5 ends were 4-3 ahead.

We let the opposition make the pace over the next 5 ends so that after 10 we were tucked in behind them as they lead  8-6.

Coming into the final third we started the acceleration and after 12 ends had established an 11-8 lead.

This was thanks to Skip Vickers rescuing a couple of tricky ends in one case turning 4 down to 1 up.

Southsea pulled 1 back on the 13th end to make it 11-9.

Deane turned on the heat to take 2 on the penultimate end to leave us 4 shots clear at 13-9

Providing we did not concede 4 on the last end we would be through.

Just to keep the crowd ( Jonathan's brother and sister ) on their toes and to ramp up the tension after the first 8 woods Southsea were holding 4.

Lawson's plan of a long Jack seemed to have gone astray.

At the crucial moment Jonathan produced his shot of the afternoon a long draw which touched the jack and rested 9-12 inches away.

It was a lonely bowl and if removed Southsea would still hold 4 and take the match to an extra end.

This would not have been welcome as by now rain was falling heavily.

Up steeped Kevin and his shot was third wood reducing the adverse count to 1 if Jonathan's was removed.

Two valiant efforts by the Southsea skip going all or nothing failed and we took the final end by one to win 14-9.

A rapid retreat to the clubhouse to escape the rain enabled us to celebrate on more home made cake and biscuits.

Southsea see as sporty as we are having made progress to various finals.

We are drawn to meet them in the quarter finals of the Petanque at Lymington.

No doubt they will be out for revenge. They won our last encounter but this was on a very unusual terrain ,apparently now no more, by the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth.

We now await with anticipation  news of our opponent in the final which may take place  on the 21st September.

From your special bowls correspondent

F Drake ( up for a Knighthood in next list??????)

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