WITH each team winning on three rinks Wealden Bowls Club’s Men shared the honours with visitors Falaise – but not for the first time this season the all important five bonus points for the overall match result went to the opposition.
In their fight to avoid relegation this was a “must win” match for Wealden and they made a promising start with five of the six rinks in contention and a slight overall lead.
The pattern of the game began to evolve after the interval with both teams well ahead on two rinks and the remaining two games too close to call. Throughout the game the lead changed hands on several occasions but over the closing ends Falaise began to pull away and held on to this narrow lead to the end.
The Wealden point scorers were the teams led by Tom Palmer and Peter Carter, who both had comprehensive victories and Mick Read’s Four who won by six shots in a low-scoring encounter.
There was a near miss for the team skipped by Chris Thomas, who lost out by three shots but two heavy defeats in the remaining games left Wealden 13 shots adrift at the end of the game. The three points gained out of a possible 11 leaves Wealden in a difficult position at the foot of the table and something like maximum points will be needed in the remaining three games if they are to avoid relegation.