In the latter part of the match Newdegate took control on one rink, two rinks continued to be evenly matched and Kukerin’s other rink still held control, however overall Newdegate had now gained the lead. In the concluding stages Kukerin rallied and with only four ends to be completed, and the scoreboard locked at 91---91 the large crowd of spectators were to witness a drama-packed few minutes. The first rink to finish saw Kukerin gain two shots, next rink completed saw Kukerin go down three shots. Kukerin’s third rink to finish saw possibly the pennant winning bowl played by the skipper’s last bowl when he trailed the jack to make five shots, and the opposing skipper fail in his attempt to alter things. This left Kukerin four shots up and the result now all up to the last rink.
More drama was to follow. Kukerin gained the upper hand and the end was killed. In the replay Newdegate held four shots early, Kukerin’s third with his first bowl reduced the margin to one, Newdegate’s third moved the jack to go back to four up. Both thirds failed to change things with their second bowl. Kukerin’s skip with his first bowl moved bowls a bit resulting three down. Opposing skip failed in his attempt with his first bowl which left only two bowls to be played. Kukerin’s skip managed to draw third shot and Newdegate’s skip with his last bowl had the opportunity to dislodge the third shot to tie the match, however his bowl was just wide leaving Kukerin pennant winners 98 shots to 96.
The ladies pennant competition was won convincingly by Newdegate who defeated Kulin.
We wish our ladies team good bowls and luck this week as they are playing in the Annual Ladies country week championships. Also to Peter and Bev Davidson who will be competing in the over 60’s Mixed bowls state championships the following week.
Article by Phil Adams