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Reports CMBL "A" TEAM

Billericay Bowling Club Reports CMBL "A" TEAM


CMBL 16th August Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 0 points, Silver End 8 points.

Overall score: 40:17 in favour of Silver End.

Teams: Rex, Jim, Christine & Mike. (11-20)  +  Brian, Jenny, Winston & Jean. (6-20)

A disappointing evening after our recent successful run and the subsequent hope that we may be able to retain our position in division one.  However not to be, as we were slightly overwhelmed by the strong play of Silver End.  Both Silver End and Billericay 'A' landed bottom of the league with 47 and 46 points respectively.  Billericay won 5 of the 14 games with a shot difference of -73.  As an illustration Witham 'A' retained their position from last year only winning half of the games but kept the shot difference virtually neutral overall.

We should not dwell and scrutinise the last game particularly, although this was the last hurdle, as in reality our challenges at the beginning of the season dictated our final destiny for whatever reason.

We can all relax now and recharge for next year and have a more enjoyable run in next years competition.

Once again thanks for the support you have all given me this year.  Signing off, Tony.


CMBL 9th August Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 8 points, Stock & Buttsbury 'A' 0 points.

Overall score: 34:24 in favour of Billericay.

Teams: Rex, Val, Christine & Jim.  +  Brian, Tony, Winston & Mike.

Both a surprise and disappointment for the opposition Stock, who are at the top end of the division one table.  An excellent result for Billericay and we await the division one table to be updated to see the exact positions and shot difference before the last match next week against Silver End.  Jim is captain of the day next week and will surely be our motivational force.

Rex’s team from the outset appeared to have the game under control consistently taking charge of the mat and winning a total of 12 ends out of 18 with ones, twos and a four. Final score 19:12 up.

Brian’s team had more of a challenge in the straight wood, ‘county’ environment.  Billericay ends didn’t seem to gel and we were on the back foot.  To Brian’s credit he saved us on a few occasions luckily but we were still 4:12 down on end 11 and were focused only on maintaining the overall score.  The tables then turned in our favour with a one shot win on the next three ends and a four shot advantage on end 15 that the opposition failed to overturn brought us to 11:12.  Another two consecutive end wins brought us to 14:12 up on the penultimate end.  Two down on the last end and Brian managed to knock Tony’s bowl up for one.  The demoralised opposition skip missed the final shot and Billericay ended 15:12 up.  Unbelievable! In the hands of the bowling gods.



CMBL 7th August Home (Replay)

Result:  Billericay 'A' 6 points, Great Baddow 'A' 2 points.

Overall score: 40:31 in favour of Billericay.

Teams: Rex, Graham, Val & Jim.  +  Mark, Tony, Winston & Mike.

Another fantastic, very satisfying result for us played with real team spirit.  Thank you to the team for turning out to this replay on a Sunday morning and it was worth it for our 6:2 win, well done.

Glorious summer morning, early start, all awake and good humoured.  The decision was made early to play the rinks in the opposite direction following our experiences earlier in the week to engender some consistency, a good option as demonstrated.

Thankfully Mark and Graham as super-subs supplemented the regular team this week in the face of strong opposition, many from a county background.

Rex's team had the better run of scoring on 13 ends with threes, twos and one five to provide a solid 28:9 and clinch the positive position of overall shots.

Mark's team played well, drawing shots and consistently taking bowls out but never had real fortune all the way through the game.  One of those games where all the touches just went the wrong way, even the opposition had sympathy for our plight.  In the end down 12:22 but enough to keep the overall score in tact.

Fast forward to Stock on Tuesday to keep our nerve.



CMBL 2nd August Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 8 points, Chelmsford 'A' 0 points.

Overall score: 38:25 in favour of Billericay.

Teams: Rex, Tony, Christine & Jim.  +  Brian, Jenny, Winston & Mike.

Remember this comment last week 'Has our fortune changed with our second eight points win this season?'  Well, yes is the answer as both teams had solid wins against Chelmsford 'A' much to the surprise of the opposition (and us) with our third 8 point win rocketing us to second from bottom of the first division.  All to play for in the remaining matches in our quest to maintain a division 1 slot for next year.  Well done to everyone as we have been hampered this year with absences and illness unfortunately.  A different strategy will be required next year to lessen the pressure on players.

Both teams performed well this week with a five shot save on the first end for Rex's team but the teams settled down with some luck to consistently score at the front end of the match.  13:1 up on Rex's rink and 13:6 up on Brian's rink on ends 10.  Rex's team dropped a five on end 11 and the opposition retaliated in the second half but we kept our nerve, concluding finally 17:13 up.  Brian's team progressed steadily only dropping six shots after end 10, final score 21:12 up.

Soldier on!



CMBL 26th July Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 8 points, Tiptree Jobserve 'A' 0 points.

Overall score: 35:32 in favour of Billericay.

Teams: Rex, Tony, Winston & Jean.  +  Jim, Graham, Steve & Mike.

Thanks to Graham and Steve for stepping in late to cover and secure our full team.

Has our fortune changed with our second eight points win this season?  The hope is that we can maintain some momentum but we are having to contend with both holidays and sickness, becoming reliant on the availability of our skilful 'reserves' from time to time.  More populated team next year I hope (with some anticipated rule change recommendations that may come into effect) to avoid our constant struggle.

Moaning over and congratulations to both our teams this week who performed very well to achieve two close wins, maintaining concentration on a chilly evening near the coast.

Many accolades due this week but I will just mention two 'unprompted' posts (from) sorry for our two skips this week.

Jim stepped into skip this week (not too grumpy I hope).  Jim's team generally maintained a lead throughout but went down a six on end 16, ending on the penultimate end just one point in front.  Score down on the last end Jim drew in to score one, enough at that moment.  The opposing skip missed with his last bowl and Jim decided not to bowl taking the one point, final score 21:19.

Again Rex's team were ahead most of the time but a lapse on end 15 meant we were six down before Rex's final bowls.  Fortunately Rex managed to counter scoring one, a turning point in the match, final score 14:13.

 Well done, Tony. 


CMBL 12th July Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 2 points, Witham 'A' 6 points.

Overall score: 19:29 against Billericay.

Teams: Rex, Val, Christine & Jim.  +  Brian, Tony, Winston & Graham.

Thanks to Graham for stepping in late to cover and secure our full team.

A hot humid evening with cloud cover and the possibility of a shower.  After a suggestion from Rex and discussion amongst the team, both captains decided to play only 18 ends rather than 21 due to the uncomfortable conditions, considering the health of the players.

The green was probably the worst we have played on this season.  Irregular grass growth and dead patches made for difficulty in judging the 'weight'.  Brian's team maintained a score equilibrium throughout, coming under pressure with the opposition equalising at end 16, ten all.  The team had contended with the green and a very accomplished opposition lead, so were very pleased to win with one shot each in the last two ends.  Final score 12:10 Billericay favour.

Rex's team suffered the same challenges but understand the opposing skip coped with his own green very well, the home advantage.  Unfortunately the team did not have the initiative in the early stages and were 14:4 down at end 11 after conceding a 4 shots at this stage.  The team battled on to contain the score but to no avail.  Final score 19:7 against.

The good news is that we did score two points against the Division 2 winners last year on their own poor conditioned green.

Two points is better than no points!  A struggle but the continued support is much appreciated.  You all make it easier for me, thank you.

The end, Tony.


CMBL Cup Match 7th July Home/Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 39 shots, Chelmsford 'C' 40 shots

Teams:  Rex, Val, Christine & Mike.  +  Away: Gary, Tony, Winston & Jim.

At the end of 21 ends Rex's team had a deficit of 3 but Gary's team equalised the score with plus 3.  Rex's home team played the extra end going down one shot.  Very close after both teams being significantly ahead in the early stages and winning 11 ends overall each.  Not to be and typical of our fortunes this year with some narrow misses of what could have been.

Well done to the teams and special thanks to Gary for stepping in to make a full team.



CMBL 5th July Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 2 points, Danbury 'C' 6 points.

Overall score: 37:38 against Billericay.

Teams:  Val, Jim, Christine & Mike.  +  Rex, Tony, Winston & Jean.

Message to Eddie, get well soon, we are all thinking of you and look forward to you returning with your humour and your bowls prowess of course!

Welcome back Christine from your second home and the fun of showing the team your 'explicit' video rendition of 'knees up mother Brown'. All good times!

Pleasant fine evening mastering the Danbury green irregularities capped with a pleasant beverage 'plus roll' at the end of the evening, nice crowd.  Only scored two points this week but so close to scoring 6 points as the team lost the overall by one shot just demonstrating the importance of the overall score to our success.

Rex's team performed well claiming nine all at end 7 with both us and the opposition having some high scoring ends.  After end nine it was plain sailing with our front end creating the pressure, causing the opposing lead team into an attack mentality rather than drawing for second.  The back end were able to protect or add as needed.  In total 15 of the 21 ends won culminating in a score of 28:12 in Billericay favour, great performance.

Val's team after last weeks good result were disappointed but to be fair probably faced the strongest opposition.  Our team had strong individual performances so well done, we just lost, it happens.  Unfortunately the team dropped five on the last end to rub salt into the wound.  Another week next week.  Final score 26:9 against.

Well done and thank you all for the commitment shown, always turning up without chasing makes for an easier team to manage from the Stewards perspective and also for some hints and recommendations I receive.

Yours Thankfully, Steward, Tony.


CMBL 28th June Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 8 points, Silver End 0 points.

Overall score: 51:22 in Billericay favour.

Teams:  Val, Jim, Jenny & Mike.  +  Brian, Tony, Winston & Jean.

Absolutely fantastic win after our run of bad luck and some past close defeats by a few points that could so easily have gone the other way.  So well done to everyone for the good play on the night that every participant contributed to in bringing home a worthy 8 points.  As the opposition captain said "we smashed them" but more importantly the team earned this motivational boost.

After finding the green location a challenge in itself, the team settled down to play on a very fast green close to an artificial indoor green.  Both teams struggled at first with the speed and peculiarities of the green.  Fortunately Brian's team managed to survive to score 8:1 by end six and Val's  team were virtually level at the same point.  Brian's team after a couple of no score ends romped away 'indescribably' winning a total 15 ends out of 21, final score 31:6 in Billericay favour.  Val's team made steady progress winning almost half the ends to be 20:10 up at end 17 but then suffered a nil score on the next last four ends finally beating the opposition 20:16.

'Keeeeeeep' smiling until next week at least when we play Danbury away and have a home and away cup match against Chelmsford.  The team is short next week due to some 'do' in Eastbourne and the Steward is skip, so good luck with that!  Seriously though no drop outs please.


Thank you, Tony.


CMBL 21st June Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 0 points, Stock & Buttsbury 'A' 8 points.

Overall score: 31:37 against.

Teams:  Rex, Val, Mike & Jim.  +  Brian, Tony, Winston & Jean.

Always a competitive and sociable game at Stock on a pleasant summer evening.  Both our teams were in contention throughout the match this week against a theme of strong opposition again in this division.  A few excellent saves demonstrated by our skips during the match to maintain our score differential at a manageable level.  However whilst we were close to the jack the consistency of the opposition in just being that much closer proved a challenge.

In terms of ends won our teams proved the best, winning the majority of ends but Brian's team dropped a five and Rex's team dropped a six mid game.  Nevertheless both teams held a score of 15:17 down on end 20 with a chance of a win.  Brians team scored one on the last end and could have been more but! ending 16:17 down.  Rex's team dropped three, final score 15:20 down.

Therefore although 8 points down at the end of the evening the result could have easily been very different and the final score arguably did not represent some of our good quality bowls.  Well done to everyone.

Positive spin for next week, 'Keeeep' bowling, Tony.


CMBL 14th June Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 0 points, Chelmsford 'A' 8 points.

Teams:  Rex, Val, Jenny & Jim.  +  Brian, Tony, Winston & Mike.

Always going to be a tough match as Chelmsford won the first division last season.  More like a ten pin bowling evening, a very heavy and sticky green with hardly any swing made real draw bowling a challenge.  'Chuck it down the middle'

Rex's team had a promising start equalising 11 all at end 12 but progress thereafter proved slow scoring 4 shots over the remaining ends.  Final score 22:14 against, disappointing after such a good start.

Brian's team won the first end with a lucky 'wick' from Tony but the opposition of course were well practised on the green whilst our team struggled to gauge the peculiarities of the green and the sudden deceleration of the bowl at the end of travel.  The team persevered against a strong side and scored a three on three occasions, only to be corrected by the opposition skip.  The team endured but to no avail, final score 31:10 against.  Pleased to get double figures.

Upside of the evening, Chelmsford hospitality.  Enjoyable after game drinks.



CMBL 7th June Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 2 points, Tiptree 'A' 6 points.

Teams:  Rex, Val, Jenny & Jim.  +  Gary, Tony, Winston & Pam.

In the early stages the evening looked promising with a potential 8 points on offer but as the evening progressed the opposition became more familiar with the green and our wheels started to fall off.

Rex's team managed a 17:6 advantage by end 12 and were then held to winning only 2 of the remaining ends but held on well, to provide a valuable 2 points with a 19:17 win.

'Super sub' Gary's team started really well with a lead of 17:3 by end 8.  The opposition by now had judged that long ends would be to their advantage and to be fair the Tiptree front end were placing three bowls regularly on the jack forcing us into a position of fighting for second and taking bowls out.  We did manage to score two threes on the remaining ends however, resulting in a 34:23 loss but on reflection we did well to score the amount of shots we did.

Uphill trip but an enjoyable evening, Tony.


CMBL 31st May Away

Result:  Billericay 'A' 1 point, Great Baddow 'A' 7 points.

Teams:  Rex, Jim, Winston & Mike.  +  Brian, Terry, Jenny & Graham.

Thanks to reserves Terry and Graham for supporting and making a full team.

Rex's team managed a well earned draw after being down 15:9 down with three ends to play.  Result 15:15.

Brian's team suffered a difficult evening with a 28:9 loss.


CMBL 24th May Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 1 point, Witham 'A' 7 points.

Teams:  Rex, Val, Tony & Jim.  +  Brian, Winston, Mike & Jean.

Rex's team managed to maintain a positive position against a strong men only team in the early stages, equalising on ends three and six with some high scores from both sides.  After two fours, by end nine the team were 14:10 up with everything to play for.  Unfortunately the team failed to score on eight of the remaining ends despite some skip saves, on the long ends put down by Witham in the soft conditions.  Final score 23:16 against.

Brian's team faired better initially nine up on end four, then dropped a five to be 11:5 up on end six.  Then similarly failed to score on the next six ends before regaining momentum and being 17:18 down on the penultimate end.  Last end showdown that entertained us and the visitors culminating in an 18:18 draw and earning Billericay our first point so far in the league, well done! 

A disappointing start to a predictably hard season ahead but we have the potential as demonstrated last year and in previous years, so look forward and hope our luck/form improves or we sack the Steward.

Good luck next week, Tony.  (Steward goes camping).


CMBL 17th May Home

Result:  Billericay 'A' 0 points, Danbury 'C' 8 points.

Teams:  Rex, Val, Tony & Jim.  +  Brian, Christine, Winston & Mike.

Eddie, the team wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back soon, all the best from CMBL 'A'.

Welcome to the first division, a valiant contest entertained at the end with a triple rainbow as the storm passed in the distance.

As for the match, Rex's team after an initial 5 point deficit managed to draw level at end 7 and stayed marginally ahead throughout with a score of 19:17 at end 17.  Then came a long jack on the last end in Danbury's sweet zone and despite some good efforts to change the result we went down 4 on the last end.  Final score 19:21 against.  Good effort just unfortunate.

Brian's team again were level at end 5, then suffered by dropping a consecutive 4,4,5 & 6, difficult to recover in this situation but the team battled on and thank you.  Final score 9:30 against.

Like the other teams we are coming under pressure from some player non-availability for various understandable reasons.  To circumvent the potential issue I have approached and registered some additional players who may be able to assist 'occasionally' however, please try and be available as much as you can. 

That's all for now, thank you for the support, Tony.