Month: March 2016

Essex pushed aside by Devon to take rinks glory

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Essex Premier were edged out to come runners up in the first Inter County Rinks Competition, as Devon took glory by four shots. 

The Essex squad were pipped at the post by a strong Devon outfit, after Essex progressed from their group unscaved, as Devon progressed on shot difference.

Essex’ first game was up against West Sussex, the ICC finalists had a slow start and found themselves seven shots behind at the half way stage.

As the game drew to a close, Essex pumped the pressure on West Sussex as Barry Hedges’ rink Matt Dillon, Rachael Cordy and Matt Stifford came through 14-6.

Babs Morokutti, Chris Coates, Steve Killington and Craig Burgess also won 12-5 to overturn the deficit. 

The other two fours kept the scores tight despite their loses as Mo Binstead, Phil Banner, Dave Wooller and Alan Jones fell down 12-7. Del Coates, Tony Ealham, Mitchell Young and Adam Sultana kept their score close, as they lost 12-8 to win the overall shots by six shots (41-35).

In their second game against Dorset again Essex fell behind early on, with Dorset taking an early six shot lead.

Although Essex turned up the pressure once again and kicked on, as Burgess’ quartet won 15-8. Along with Hedges’ rink grabbing a three shot win 12-9. 

Jones’ team and team manager Sultana’s side came from behind to draw 9-9 and a narrow 8-7 loss. To claim a ten shot victory (43-33).

In their final group game, Essex had to still win their matchup against Somerset due to their significant shot difference. However, this did not phase a confident Essex as they produced their best team performance of the day. 

With just one rink losing, as Sultana’s quartet kept the shots tight as they lost 12-9 against Keith Hawkins’ rink.

Hedges’, Burgess’ and Jones’ rinks won comfortably 14-6, 17-7 and 14-11. To claim the victory by 21 shots (56-35) and book their place in the final of the new event.

Essex then had to face Devon, in a repeat tie of the ICC semi-finals. Devon flew out of the blocks and put Essex under extreme pressure. Despite a late surge from Essex, they managed to remain within touching distance but this time could not find a way back.

Sultana’s rink was the only rink to win for the Essex side 17-7. Hedges went down 14-6 against Devon manager Richard Ivings leading the line with younger brother Mike Ivings and Simon Pridham. 

Binstead, Banner, Wooller and Jones went down 14-11 to backend duo Paul Pomroy and James Trott. Devon continued their momentum, as backend pairing Elliot James and Tony Main claimed the tournament win, with a 12-9 victory over Morokutti, Coates (Junior), Killington and Burgess. To take the first title of the ICC rinks by four shots (43-47).

Essex will have to pick themselves up ahead of the ICC final tomorrow, against Norfolk.

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Who is going to win the Premier ICC Rinks Competition?

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The finals of the new Premier Inter County (ICC) Rinks competition will take place on Saturday 5th March at Daventry Indoor Bowls Centre.

With the groups now drawn for the final, this years ICC finalists Essex have been placed in group two joined by West Sussex, Dorset and Somerset.

Somerset Premier will be looking to do the double in this new tournament by the English Short Mat Bowls Association, as their “A” team won the rinks event back in January.

Essex will go into the finals full of confidence, after they breezed through their qualifiers and secured a spot in the ICC final where they will battle it out with Norfolk on Sunday 6th March.

Somerset will go in favourites prior to start of play, with the highest qualification score but face a tough test in their group with a strong Essex side.

In group one, is Devon who will meet Surrey, Kent and Cornwall. All potential dark horses in the competition and will battle it out to get through into the knockout stages.

Kent and Devon were runaway winners in both their qualifiers and will want to carry on where they left off, despite facing each other in an interesting matchup ahead of the day.

Vote for who you think will take the rinks title.

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 Harrow Borough 1

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Brentwood Town move closer to survival in the Ryman Premier with three vital points at home, after a 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough at the Brentwood Arena.

‘The Blues’ claimed their first win at home in the league since late September, as Robbie Rees grabbed his brace either side of the break.

Although there was a late scare for the hosts, as Harrow centre-back David Taylor converted in injury-time but Brentwood held strong to secure the three points.  

Mike Flanagan makes three changes to his side that drew 1-1 away at Burgess Hill Town, as Joshua Banton was replaced by Sam Collins for his debut on loan from Concord Rangers. Midfielders Mitch Hahn and Bradley Nobbs had been rested, as Marcus Milner and Petrit Elbi were preferred choices.

Brentwood had the first chance of the match, as Robbie Rees’ free-kick on the edge of the box was fired in low but was palmed away by Joe Mcdonnell.

Richardson almost gave ‘The Blues’ the lead, as he shook off the Harrow defender and with Mcdonnell off his line attempted the shot which looped just wide.

The home side took the lead shortly after, as Andrew Freeman beat his man down the left to progress and smartly cut the ball to the edge of the box for the on running Rees to fire into the far post.

Harrow nearly equalised on the counter-attack, as Elbi’s went down in the Harrow box which the visitors broke through Fekiri Okerabirhie whose shot went just wide.

Brentwood were close to a second, as Rees slotted in Richardson to burst goalwards and his shot was saved at the legs of McDonnell.

Harrow then went down the other end and almost punished the home side, as Jack Waldren’s cross was lifted goal bound by Marc Charles-Smith, which was helped onto the crossbar and then collected by Bowles.

In the second half, ‘The Blues’ doubled their advantage eight minutes in, as a long ball over the top by Elbi was chased down by Richardson who squared it to Rees to coolly slot home.

Harrow’s night went from bad to worse, as first half substitute Shaun Preddie had to leave the field due to injury and was replace by Joshua Webb.

Brentwood almost put the game to bed just after the hour mark, as Freeman looped a ball into the box for Richardson whose half volley went just wide.

Rees very nearly grabbed his hat-trick, as a lifted ball by Collins into the path of Richardson broke for him, which he then laid off to Rees as his curling effort bent just outside the post.

Harrow almost gave themselves a lifeline, as the ball fell to Spencer McCall whose shot inside the box was parried around the post by Bowles.

Richardson was put through on goal with just McDonnell to beat and tried to lift it over him but put it over the bar, which would have sealed the three points.

Borough grabbed a late consolation in injury time, after a high back post header was nodded back into the six-yard box which was spilled by Bowles and drilled in by Taylor.

Brentwood held on to secure the win and move up to 21st in the table, just five points off survival with five games in hand, as they now look to face local rivals Billericay at the weekend.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Petrit Elbi, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Joshua Banton, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley

Harrow Borough Lineup: 1 Joe McDonnell, 2 Josh Webb, 3 Jack Waldren, 4 David Taylor, 5 Michael Peacock (45), 6 Tom Wilment, 7 Spencer McCall (61), 8 Mark Mcleod, 9 Marc Charles-Smith ©, 10 Lewis Driver, 11 Fejiri Okerabirhie

Substitutes: 12 Michael Bryan, 14 Harry Newman (61), 15 Joshua Webb (59), 16 Shaun Preddie (45) (59), 13 Brendan Hazlett

Attendance: 81

Follow the link to listen to interviews with manager Mike Flanagan and the goalscorer Robbie Rees:

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 Harrow Borough 1