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BOWLS: Dorset tumble out at the first hurdle
7:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
National Under-25 Double Rink
DORSET 28 DEVON 48
DORSET crashed out of this season’s National Under-25 Double Rink Championships at the first hurdle.
Missing four of last year’s team, Dorset’s hopes of having time to introduce new players and rebuild a settled side were dashed at the outset.
Arthur Monelle, Dale Mason, Chris Cooke and skip Martin Puckett got the worst possible start, going 10-2 behind, but to they levelled at 10-10 and seemed to have stemmed the Devon onslaught led by their skip Ryan Whitlock.
The middle part of the game produced another uncomfortable time for the Dorset quartet as the score against them mounted and the home side soon trailed 26-10.
The task of narrowing the gap proved too difficult and the final Devon win by 31 shots to 17 gave the Dorset away rink a mountain to climb to save the day.
Robbie Ward, Tom Warner, George Spracklen and skip Dean Curtis travelled to Torquay for the away leg and conceded a two and a single on the two opening ends.
They got a score on the board and were only 4-2 down after five ends, although international Louis Ridout was skipping his Devon rink with great panache and kept the battling Dorset four at bay.
Dorset’s plan was to stay close to Devon to give the home rink a chance and, at 10 ends, the overall picture was encouraging – Puckett was drawing 10-10 and Curtis and co had also made it 6-6.
The Curtis rink was still even after 16 ends, but Devon had the better run in as they completed a well earned 17-11 success.
Devon now play Wiltshire in the second round and for disappointed Dorset it is a case of back to the drawing board.
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