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BOWLS: Combined side win Floodlight Tournament
6:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
A COMBINED team of two players from West End and two from hosts Swindon lifted the trophy at the annual Swindon Bowls Club Floodlight Tournament last week The quartet, known a x2+2=, shot down holders Top Guns from Rodbourne Cheney 18-7 in Friday night’s final at Shrivenham Road to claim a comfortable victory and collect the £200 first prize.
In the final played over 13 ends the combined rink of Alan Brewer, Brian Stone, Carl Fernandes and Roger Wood came out with all guns blazing to race into a 10-0 lead at four ends, courtesy of two fours and two singles and never looked back.
They collected another four on the ninth end to move 16-5 clear and finally took the plaudits early at 12 ends when leading 18-7.
However, it was a different story for Stone’s team in the semi-finals as they had to come from behind to clinch their place in the final against Top Guns.
They trailed Malmesbury, perpetual semi-finalists and 2011 beaten finalists, 5-1 after three ends but then hit back superbly.
Stone’s foursome quickly wiped out the deficit to lead 6-5 after five ends and just pulled away to a convincing 14-7 victory.
The other semi-final between Top Guns and The Jeri Hat Tricks from Wroughton was a very one-sided affair.
Top Guns opened with a count of five and blazed away into an 11-1 lead at five ends. They only lost one more end, a three on the seventh, to clinch a very comfortable 20-4 success and the right to defend their title in the final against the combined West End and Swindon rink.
Thursday night, the last night of qualification, produced several surprises as the previously unbeaten Malmesbury and Top Guns sides both lost and resulted in shot difference being used to settle final positions and places in the semi-finals.
Eventual winners x2+2= were one team to benefit from the sorting procedure while Garrards just missed-out despite beating the previously unbeaten Malmesbury 20-16.
Despite the loss Malmesbury still headed the qualifiers with Wroughton second, West End/Swindon third while Top Guns dropped down to fourth and just pipped Garrards by two shots for the last place in the semi-finals.
A collection on finals night among the semi-final players was made for the ladies in the kitchen who had supplied the suppers all week and ran the bar.
A total of £40 was raised and the ladies immediately donated the money to the Prospect Foundation.
League standings: 1, Malmesbury 9 pts (+25 shots); 2, The Jeri Hat Tricks (Wroughton) 9pts (+19); 3, x2+2 = (West End &Swindon) 9pts (+10); 4, Top Guns (Rodbourne Cheney) 9pts (+7); 5, Garrards 9pts (+5); 6, Swindon Bowls 6pts (+16); 7, Young News (Westlecot) 6pts (+9).
Semi-finals (12 ends): Top Guns (David Murray, Ryan Sawyer, Dave Terry & Tony Flemington (Rodbourne Cheney) beat The Jeri Hat Tricks (Gavin Newman, Pete Bunce, Terry Rogers & Joe Stout (Wroughton) 20-4.
x2+2= (Alan Brewer (West End), Brian Stone (Swindon), Carl Fernandes (Swindon) & Roger Wood (West End) beat Malmesbury (Brian Reynolds, Danny Comley, Malcolm Curtis & Pete Stinchcombe) 14-7.
FINAL (13 ends): x2+2 = A Brewer, B Stone, C Fernandes & R Wood (Swindon/West End) beat Top Guns - D Murray, R Sawyer, D Terry & T Flemington (Rodbourne Cheney) 18-7 (12 ends only).
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