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Past Presidents v Huntingdonshire PP

The Past Presidents returned from Eaton Socon Bowling Club on Monday with a 94-72 win under their belts.

The return journey appears to have been easier than the one to the game for one of the Oxfordshire cars, and a lesson was learned that Sat Navs have to be updated.

Contrary to popular belief, new roads have been built in the UK since the Romans departed and driving by the stars is somewhat out of date.

PP Chairman Mike Andrew and his Banbury Central / Shiplake rink of Allan Hunt, Francis Benham and David Bullock lead the way with a 24 – 13 win after easing off after the twelfth end when they were 19 – 5 up.

They were closely followed by Barry Willoughby, John Timms, Alex Fleming and Mick Morris who won 14 of the 21 ends played including a 5 on the 20th as they ran out 21-9 victors.
One shot behind was 1999 President Bob Gilkes’ rink with Mel Cameron at lead, the County’s Deputy President Eddie Dorling at two and Martin Oliver in to do the measuring.

Taking six of the first seven ends, they romped into a 13 – 2 lead and finished the game with the same eleven shot margin at 24 – 13.
Try as they may to provide the opposition with a highest winning rink outright, Ken Williams’ and Ian Whelpton’s rinks both lost by seven shots with the latters rink taking the glory by losing more ends. County secretary Steve Tolhurst, David Varney, John McGeough and Ken lead in their close game by 12 shots to 9 after 13 ends but then the wheels came off. Tolhurst’s map reading by the stars and Williams having to buy a tie before the start of the game took it’s toll and Varney and McGeough in the middle of the rink came out in sympathy, as they saw the next seven ends go to the opposition. Needing an eight on the last end for a draw, try as they may they could only pick up a single for a 13-20 loss.

Oxfordshire’s fifth rink of Ron Slater, who’s drawing to the jack was, according to the opposition, due to those straight …. (no advertising) woods (we thought it was skill), 2010 PP Tony Backer-Holst, OBA Treasurer Allan Hall and 2009 PP Ian Whelpton took part in a dour encounter, always playing catch up.

After seventeen ends there was still only one shot in their match at 11-12 but a dropped four on the eighteenth opened up a five shot gap which grew to seven as they finished on 12-19.

To win the match and yet give the opponents some success to think back on, is a good way to round off a pleasant summers day of bowling, at a very hospitable club who do a very good treacle sponge and custard.

Perhaps it was in the stars after all!

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