After a serious struggle over the first 12 ends in ferocious heat at Gloucester Spa, Central managed an impressive comeback with 6 ends to play coming from 12 down to win 47-38.

 

On Mike Andrew's rink, Gloucester's Mavis Kennedy (86) had to retire with heat exhaustion and her able replacement Vera piled on more agony as Mike along with Mary Tee, Brenda Havard and Nigel Galletly fell steadily behind to trail 8-24.

Mary then also succumbed to to the heat and was replaced by Bev McNeil who, in spite of being unable to keep the jack within the confines of the rink, bowled commendably to steady the front end, which inspired a resurgent back end and with the edges finally going against Gloucester, Central gradually got back into the match to take the last 6 ends 15-2 to finish only three shots down on 23-26.

 

Keith McNeil's four of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd and Graham Morbey were always competitive in their game, even though their opponents, in addition to some excellent woods, benefitted in the early stages from an element of luck.

With Eloise finding the rink to her favour in one direction and Pam the opposite direction, the back end always had shots in the head. They also piled on the pressue over the last 6 ends with 13 shots to 4 to end with a 24-12 victory and secure Central's 9 shot win.

 

It appears Central can bowl well in the heat as well as in the dark.

 

Their next game in defense of their National title will be at home against Olney or Newport Pagnell.

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Monday, 22nd of July 2019