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SDBA Division One 24 & 16 August

Owing to a fixture rearrangement, Dorchester A played two games in three days against arch-rivals Greenhill in South Dorset Division One. First up was a home fixture against Greenhill A. For much of the match Dorchester were well in contention, indeed the home side were a handy six shots clear playing the final five ends. However, a late push from the visitor’s D Bishop, G Kite, W Smith and M Chislett saw them pull away from Dorchester’s Phil Goater, John Noble, Graham Cockett and Terry Cartwright to finish well clear at 27-12 and also give Greenhill a hard-fought 57-50 (8-2) win. It was also a disappointing result for the County Town’s Robbie Legg, Gerald Cornick, Mick Durant and Dave Glanville. The Dorchester quartet were only two shots adrift playing the final ends and were closing in on their opponents after suffering an early deficit but Greenhill, in the form of W Brown, G Middleton, R McCarthy and G Parker, rallied to take a useful 20-14 victory. The bright spot for the County Town team came in the performance of their Mike Lay, Alan Lummis, Roy Fowler and Les Selby as they led throughout playing C Poulter, D Obee, D Devonald-Batt and T Devonald Batt to claim a fine 24-10 against a very strong team.

Dorchester A fared no better in their away fixture against Greenhill B, in fact the B’s outdid their senior club-mates as they won comfortably on all three rinks, finishing with a fine 70-41 (10-0) victory. All three clashes had similar results: Greenhill’s veteran campaigner Barry Patterson set the scene by leading his team to a clear 24-13 success against Terry Cartwright’s men, skip M Zollo achieved a similar result with a 26-14 win over Alexander Wilson’s team and Greenhill’s D Martin and Co. eased to a 20-14 victory against Dave Glanville’s quartet.

SDBA Division One Dorchester v Greenhill

In their latest South Dorset Division One game, Dorchester and Greenhill were all square after 18 ends at 46-46 and a nail-biting finish looked in prospect. Remarkably, however, the County Town team outscored their opponents by 20-2 in the final three ends to finish with an apparently comfortable 66-48 (8-2) victory. Greenhill did have consolation of gaining a fine rink victory as their C Poulter, G Ingram, R McCarthy and skip G Parker proved too strong for Phil Goater, Barry Jeanes, Roy Fowler and Les Selby in the later stages of their contest to finish 20-12 ahead. The late Dorchester scoring surge occurred in the other two matches. Robbie Legg, John Saunders, Graham Cockett and Dave Glanville scored eight unanswered shots in the final three ends playing Greenhill’s W Brown, G Middleton, D Devonald-Batt to finish nicely at 26-13 and their team-mates Harry Hovenden, Howard King, Mick Durant and Alexander Wilson went one better taking nine shots out of D Bishop, P Rod, W Smith and M Chislett to close with a 28-15 success.

South Dorset League Division One 15 July 2022

Dorchester A played their latest South Dorset League Division One fixture at the home ground of Greenhill B on a glorious summer’s evening. Unfortunately, from Dorchester’s point of view, the result was far from glorious as Greenhill B coasted to an impressive 62-40 (8-2) success. The fixture was decided by Greenhill’s B Threader, P Child, G Kite and skip M Zollo as they showed no mercy as they won end after end in their hefty 32-10 victory over Robbie Legg, John Saunders, Barry Jeanes and Dave Glanville. The clash between the County Town’s Harry Hovenden, Colin Lawley, Mick Durant and Alexander Wilson and the home side’s M Bluck, D Wade, D Martin and M Irvine was a much closer affair but it still resulted in an 18-11 win for Greenhill. Dorchester did take two points back with them as their Phil Goater, Gerald Cornick, Les Selby and Terry Cartwright gained a hard-fought victory, 21-16, playing R Hart, D Ballard, D Hawkes and B Patterson.

SDBA Baker Cup and Presidents Cup

Dorchester played their first matches in both South Dorset Bowling Association Cups this week and they made the next round in the Baker Cup but fell at the first hurdle in the Presidents Cup. The 71-44 win at Bridport in the Baker Cup was a splendid affair led by Dorchester’s John Burton, George Aslett, Bill Ford and Geoff Ellis who gained a comprehensive victory 28-10 playing C Taylor, J Carter, P Tibble and D Smith. The other two contests where much tighter affairs but the County Town’s Phil Goater, Roy Fowler, Graham Cockett and Terry Cartwright battled to a 19-13 success against the strong opposition of B Medland, K Brooks, B Shortland and C Thorne and their Robbie Legg, Barry Jeanes, Bryan Tucker and Dave Glanville won an even more competitive clash 24-21 playing Bridport’s M Craddock, P Scott, M Smith and B Jones.

The President’s Cup didn’t go as well for Dorchester C as both home and away rinks lost to Greenhill B by similar margins in an overall 31-51 loss. At Dorchester, Phil Goater, Mike Lay, John Noble and Roy Fowler conceded a seven in the ninth end which was the main factor in their 16-25 loss to D Bishop, P Child, G Kite and M Zollo and at Greenhill Les Selby, Mick Durant, Howard King and Terry Cartwright were level after thirteen ends against C Poulter, D Hawkes, W Smith and M Chislett but then fell away badly to finish with a 15-26 reversal.

SDBA Division One 27 May & 3 June

Dorchester A continued with their successful season in South Dorset Division One as they notched up two more fine victories in consecutive matches. Playing at home to great local rivals Greenhill, the County Town side gained a satisfying success 59-46 (8-2) with the only disappointment being the one shot defeat suffered by Phil Goater, John Noble, Les Selby and Terry Cartwright. Otherwise, Dennis Wright led Graham Cockett, Mark Robbins and Howard King to a fine 26-14 victory and Colin Lawley, Mick Durrant, Dave Joslin and Dave Glanville had the satisfaction of stealing a 20-18 win against a rink led by the evergreen Barry Patterson.

The following week, Dorchester gained another excellent result as they finished with a 64-54 (8-2) home win against Bridport. Dorchester’s John Saunders, Gerald Cornick, Roy Fowler and skip Les Selby scored two sevens which entirely accounted for their crucial 30-16 margin of victory. Otherwise, the home side’s Harry Hovenden, Mick Durant, Jamie Roe and skip Alexander Wilson scored two late doubles to win 21-17 and Phil Goater, Barry Jeanes, Dave Joslin and Graham Cockett lost a hard-fought encounter 13-21.

Portland Vic v Dorchester A SDBA 20 May

Dorchester A came unstuck in their latest South Dorset Division One match as their journey across the causeway to Portland Victoria proved fruitless with the home team gaining all 10 points in a comfortable 60-34 win.

Dorchester’s Phil Goater, Robbie Legg, Howard King and skip Dennis Wright came closest to success but a late triple of successful two-shot ends saw D Darby, A Straw, P Moon and M Haylock scrape home 18-15 after a ding-dong battle. It was a similar tale of woe for the County Town’s Graham Cockett, Mike Lay, Les Selby and Terry Cartwright as they saw their one shot lead after 15 ends turn into a 21-16 reversal at the hands of the home side’s P Cheater, P Honnor, C Slade and A Carr. Although the away side’s Harry Hovenden, Roy Fowler, Alexander Wilson and Dave Glanville were well in contention after 15 ends, there ensued a familiar tale of late pressure exerted this time by P Andrew, C Clark, K Vincent and A Philip which saw the Portland Victoria rink coast to a 21-13 victory.

SDBA 6 May 2022 Div 1

In their opening fixture in South Dorset Division 1, Dorchester A suffered a 33-66 (2-8) reversal at the hands of a very strong Greenhill A outfit in a game played at the County Town ground. The one bright spot for Dorchester was the performance of Harry Hovenden, John Saunders, Dave Joslin and skip Dave Glanville who rallied brilliantly against C Poulter, D Obee, W Smith and M Chislett to claim the narrowest of victories 18-17 after being 6-13 in arrears after 12 ends. Elsewhere, Weymouth’s W Brown, G Middleton, D Devonald-Batt and R McCarthy run of 12 successful ends saw them claim a 22-7 victory playing G Cornick, Mike Lay, Les Selby and D Wright and D Bishop, T Munro, P Rod and G Parker punished the home side’s Barry Jeanes, John Noble, Jamie Roe and Terry Cartwright in the later stages to claim a fine 27-8 success.