THE Munro Cup campaign continued at Rectory Road bowling green with the visit of Barry side Millwood. And a 14-point haul from a 95-57 success was the satisfying result for captain Phil and his trusty teammates.
With Rectory Road maintaining the pressure on league leaders Penarth Windsor, the Colin Grant rink led the way and, dominating the 18th end, won 23- 9. Racing to 12-0 after seven ends, the rink never lost its momentum, with some excellent bowls from Berwyn, Rob and Haydn.
Both the Nick Chandler and Dave Dalby rinks managed late comebacks to win by eight shots each. Both were losing at the halfway stage but rallied well to take most of the remaining ends to win 23-15 and 25-16. Clive Fry's rink also did well, but not well enough to survive the washing up duties. A margin of seven shots (24-17) meant that, as the least successful rink, rubber gloves were issued to captain Phil, Reg and Bob. So enthusiastic was Bob Lewis to carry out the task, he had started clearing tables before the formal speeches. He is obviously well used to the task!
On Saturday the PG1 side ventured to Mackintosh, whilst the PG2 game at Penarth was cancelled due to the Mack's inability to raise a side. The trip proved a disappointing one as three rinks went down in an 82-62 defeat. Only the Nick Chandler, Guy Thomas, Rob Grant and Gareth Rosser rink salvaged two points through a 24-13 success. All four bowled well, but Rob, released from parental care for the day, was very pleased with his contribution.
Clive Fry (17-24), Dave Dalby (12-23) and A N Other (9-22 ) all lost. Clive Fry, Bob Lewis, Ron Birkby and captain Phil were annoyed that, having led 14-6 on the 11th end, they dropped 15 shots on the next five ends and never recovered.
The Berwyn Lansley, Haydn Trow, Bob Willmott and A N Other rink struggled manfully but were never able to gain control.
Sunday proved to be another disappointment with failure in the Alan Martin Cup competition at Millwood. The two-rink aggregate score of 40-43 took Millwood through to the next round. Clive Fry led a winning rink which included Phil Davies, Reg Jones and Nick Chandler. After an early struggle to gain momentum, they pulled away to win 25-15. Dave Dalby, Bob Lewis, Colin Hicks and Lawrence Brooke made slow progress in the early ends and trailed 12-5 at the halfway stage. A spirited fightback took them into a one-shot lead after 15 ends, only for them to lose the last six ends to go down 28-15.
This was a game that Penarth really should have won as they forfeited a 10-shot lead after 15 ends.