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BOWLS: Masterclass for Dorchester
7:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
DORCHESTER 14 TORQUAY 2
HAVING comfortably disposed of Sidmouth in the preliminary round of the Top Club competition, Dorchester came up against much stronger opposition in the first round proper, but produced a masterly all-round exhibition of quality bowls.
Torquay included two international bowlers and a sprinkling of county players in their team and the encounter produced some top-class games.
The format of two-wood singles for both men and women (for two points each), coupled with a mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours (four points each) meant the result was always in doubt until the final few ends, with Dorchester staging two comeback performances to give them a somewhat flattering overall result of 94-71.
Freda Yates (Ladies two-wood singles) took on Torquay’s Bev Ryland and opened up a 12-5 lead. She was pegged back to 12-9 but finished strongly to win 18-12.
George Spracklen had a keen tussle with Lloyd Roberts and held a slender 7-6 advantage after 11 of the 21 ends. Roberts then inched ahead and went on to take it 17-11.
With the overall points all square, the attention switched to the pairs where Dorchester fielded Sheila Baker and Jamie Lockwood.
They took on senior international Barbara Bellamy who played a succession of quality bowls and recovered from a 16-5 deficit to draw level at 16-16 with a spectacular run of eight ends.
A Dorchester single followed but a significant count of four proved vital despite Bellamy and partner taking the final two ends.
The Dorchester triple of Bar-bara Follis, Colin Gifford and current junior international Nick Voss were drawn to play the John Evans trio.
Evans, a former full England international and one-time world qualifier, showed his class as he regularly turned over heads that were against him.
Voss and co battled to lead 5-3 then fell 10-5 behind, and with the pairs slipping badly at that time, the outcome of the match looked shaky for Dorchester.
Voss levelled at 10-10 only to drop a single before gaining five shots over the next two ends to leave Dorchester very relieved 15-11 winners.
With a brilliant anchor result from Julie Corbin, Isabelle Addison, and father and son back end players Alan and Dean Curtis, Dorchester finally gained a famous victory.
The quartet romped home 29-12 against the Torquay four.
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