Match Report 4: 15 May-21 May

Tuesday was a busy day with two league matches in the afternoon.

 

Ladies friendly match v Cheam Fields

This was the first time in many years that the ladies had played Cheam Fields’ Ladies and what a friendly and enjoyable match it was. The sun shone on us with both hats and sun cream being needed. Dorking had a good win on both rinks winning by 42 shots to 18. The afternoon ended with a much needed cup of tea and some biscuits. The visiting ladies remarked on the wonderful atmosphere on the green and in the club house. It had been a very busy afternoon with 5 rinks taken with matches and one with a roll up between 4 members and the the start of an internal competition so the green was full as was the club house afterwards. When players started arriving for the TNT they were amazed at the amount of activity in DBC. 

 

NSL League Match V Supreme

DBC kicked off their NSL Triples season with a last end dramatic win. Rink 6 (Dave M, Alec and John B) started well racing to a 6-0 lead but then struggled apart from an excellent 6 on the 14th end but recording a 15-28 defeat. Rink 5 (John S, John By and Ray) had a nip and tuck contest. The DBC team went into the final end one down but pulled out a 4 on the final end to secure a win. Rink 4 ( Peter R, Trevor and Richard W) raced into a big lead only to see a fight back by supreme. However with the DBC team needing a three on their final end to secure a draw on shots, they over achieved with a 4 winning the match by 2 rinks to 1 and 58 shots to 57 and an 8 points to 2 victory for Dorking. With two four shot wins on the final ends for two of our rinks it just goes to show it’s not over till it’s over! Eric opened the bar for us so all went away happy after a friendly drink.

 

Wednesday DBC Home Match against Croydon MO in the North Downs League

This was the first North Downs League triples match against Croydon MO, who are new joiners. The match was played in ideal conditions of warm sunshine. The green played faster than previously, helped by drying sun and warmer conditions.

We lost on two rinks 6 to 21 and 14 to 21 shots, but Captain Marilyn with Paula and Kevin won on the remaining rink 20 to 15. Overall CMO had 57 shots to our 40. This gives 8 points to CMO and 2 to us. The game was thoroughly enjoyed by all, as was the cup of tea or a pint with biscuits and savouries prepared by Christine and Grayham. All in all a really good afternoon and we look forward to meeting them again in the ESL at Croydon later this month.

 

Friday  Mens WSL Home match against Newdigate

A very competitive match saw our Dorking hero’s (Alec, John Bo, John By, and Peter H.) stage a remarkable come back from around 11-19 down to win.

 

Saturday Home Match Bletchingley in East Surrey League

It was the first home ESL match of the season on Saturday as Bletchingley came to town. And a successful day for the Men it was too, with a clean sweep of all points in three very well contested, close rinks - maybe the roars of the crowd were for us (or maybe the Wanderers). Brian, Alec, Kevin and Peter H, moved ahead early and held off a late comeback from Bletchingley. The other two rinks were up and down throughout the match, very keenly contested, but Neil, Martin, David, and John By, came through towards the end and Richard W., John L., Trevor and John S. held on to theirs too. So all 10 points to Dorking - that's three wins from the first three games and a total of 23 points out of 30.

ESBL Div 2 table

The day also included a Ladies friendly triples where Barbara, Marilyn, and Sonia had an enjoyable day out but were always down on points. Mention and thanks must also go to Paula who handled the teas on her own and made sure water was available on the green.

 

The Surrey competitions have started and congratulations to John, Richard W and Peter R for their success in the triples and to Trevor, Graham and John S for winning their first round unbadged singles matches.

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