Carmarthen County v Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion
Super 10 @ Whitland Bowls Club
Saturday 12th May, 2018
Singles: Jordan Driscoll (Kidwelly Town)
Jordan was once again up against a highly talented and experienced opponent in the form of Ysie White, a Welsh Ladies international player.
Indeed for the first half of the game, Ysie’s greater experience appeared to be a significant telling factor as she opened up a commanding 15 shots to 7 lead. With Jordan struggling for length something had to change if he was to exert any influence on the game.
However, you don’t win the Carmarthen County Singles title without dealing with some difficult situations and that is why Jordan occupies the singles berth in this competition. Moving the mat up the green he then proceeded to nail his line and length and exerted significant pressure onto his opponent.
Gradually eating away at the deficit his with far greater consistency in the second half of the game he got himself back on terms at 18 all and with impeccable timing he bagged the required three shots to win the game and secure a valuable two points.
Final Score Carmarthen County 21 Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion 18
Pairs: Josh Jones (Kidwelly Town) & Chaad Bowling (Graig Merthyr)
Josh and Chaad were looking to continue with their impressive showing from the previous week but they too were going to be in for a tough morning as their opponents were Alis Butten and Gemma Amos, both of whom are also Welsh internationals.
Early exchanges were shared however from end 5, Josh and Chaad gained the ascendency winning 5 out of the next 6 ends to open up a 10 shots to 4 lead. However, this lead wasn’t to last as Gemma and Alis gradually chipped away at the scoreline, winning 6 out the next 7 ends to tie things up at 11 all going into the last end.
Josh nailed the jack and with nothing but a dead weighted draw available the Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion pair failed to convert and with Chaad adding a further shot with his final bowl the Carmarthen County pair secured a hard fought victory.
Final Score Carmarthen County 13 Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion 11
Triples: Dion Peregrine (Ammanford Park), Scott Williams (Ammanford Park)
& Josh Boyce (Kidwelly Town)
One positional change from the team which beat West Glamorgan saw Dion moving across from the fours to the triples for this game. The Carmarthen County trio settled into the game well and appeared comfortable opening up an 8 shots to 6 lead after 7 ends with Dion and Scott setting things up nicely.
Unfortunately, over the next 7 ends Carmarthen County’s consistency deserted them which enabled their opponents to open up a 15 shots to 11 lead, winning 5 of those 7 ends. A single for Carmarthen County on the 15th end steadied the ship but a loose 16th end saw us drop a 3 followed by a single on the penultimate end to leave the game and overall match in the melting pot.
This was the last game on the green and with Carmarthen County 3 shots up overall a solid end of bowls was needed. Unfortunately, with our first four bowls we failed to establish any kind of head position which left Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion holding the three shots required to tie the match.
With the jack off centre and the crowd having gathered at the edge of the green, the pressure was well and truly on Josh. Did I say pressure? What pressure? Up he stepped and proceeded to draw the shot a foot from the jack. The opposing skip tried to remove the shot with his last bowl but wrecked on a short bowl.
Losing rinks often win matches and this was certainly a case in point.
Final Score Carmarthen County 13 Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion 19
Fours (Josh Hancock - Carmarthen, Rebecca Williams – Llangennech & Bryn, Dan Barnett – Parc y Dre & Sam Torlop – New Lodge)
With Josh the only change from the four which operated so successfully against West Glamorgan, the only question was whether they could continue from where they left off the previous week.
Once again we settled into the game right from the outset with Josh and Rebecca setting up solid foundations which enabled Dan and Sam to control proceedings at the back. It is fair to say that their opposition was stronger during this game which prevented the Carmarthen County four from exerting the dominance of the previous week.
However, their greater overall consistency throughout the game enabled them to remain in control of the situation throughout, winning the game by 5 shots.
Final Score Carmarthen County 15 Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion 10
It would appear that in each of these Super 10 matches, out of the four disciplines there is always one which proves pivotal to the overall result. In our previous game against West Glamorgan it was the triples which proved decisive, whereas in this fixture it was the determined comeback of Jordan in the singles which was key.
Another fine overall performance against a very experienced Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion team on their own turf has really put us in the driving seat within the West Section. Our final group game against a combined Mid Wales / Montgomeryshire team is not until early July, by which time other fixtures will have been played and we will know exactly what is required of us.
Credit must once again go to all of the players for their attitude and approach in getting the job done and thanks to the County President, County Secretary, players’ family and friends for their support at Whitland.
Overall Score Carmarthen County 62 (12 points) Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion 58 (2 points)