GAVIN and Stacey were replaced on Barry Island by the visit of Penarth Bowling Club last Wednesday in what proved to be somewhat of a comedy of errors in the latest Munro Cup affair.

The only rink that saw the funny side of the trip was that of Nick Chandler, Bob Horne, Mike Conway and Berwyn Lansley as they triumphed by 18 shots to 13 to take the 2 points.

Overall it was a closely fought encounter on an excellent Barry Athletic green, with the home side eventually victorious by 9 shots in a win of 66-57. Colin Grant, Phil Crocker, Ken Thorne and Terry Buckingham came closest in a tight game losing by 13 -16. only 5 shots separated the Clive Fry rink whilst Tony Holmes lost by 6 shots after a great fight back from being 1-10 down at the 7th end.

This reversal will deal a nasty blow to the hopes of Captain Russell and his team in their efforts to stay on top of the competition table.

Saturday involved the visit of Sully Sports to the Rectory green for a PG1 fixture. A glorious afternoon saw Penarth take all 14 points.

Some impressive bowling saw all 4 home rinks winning by a margin of 97 to 58.

No one was more impressive than Colin Grant, who with the very last wood of the day drew a superb second shot to steal away the win by 21-20.

Colin would like to thank his comrades Phil Crocker, Ken Thorne and Terry Buckingham for the confidence shown in him when faced with the final task.

Feeling much more comfortable was skip Nick Chandler as with Bob Horne, Mike Conway and Berwyn Lansley they secured a tidy 26-11 win.

They were in total control throughout and never looked threatened. The same can be said for Clive Fry, Dave Plank, Jack Beanland and Phil Davies as they strode to an equally impressive win by 26-14. Completing the onslaught was Tony Holmes, Paul Gunter, Paul Church and Russell Daniel with an 11 shot win 24-13.

A valuable all round win in the quest for second place in their league.

PG2 captain John Whitfield was much less happy with his Saturday afternoon as his troops suffered a demoralising defeat at the hands of Ely Valley with a score line of 58-101.

The spirit of PG2 games was, he felt, somewhat tainted as the home side gathered together a flurry of internationals and 1st team players to represent them.

However Colin Hicks, Capt John, Billy Croll and Neil Gaskell excelled on the day taking a 10-0 lead after only 4 ends, eventually succeeding by 23-18.

Brian Brennan, Mike England, Haydn Trow and Dave Holdaway almost secured another 2 points as they came back from a 6 shot deficit on the 19th end to earned a credible draw at 21-21. Skips Dave Dalby and Dave Clements found their opposition much too strong and were both soundly beaten.

The ladies of Rectory had a slightly less than enjoyable week as defeat ensued in 2 of the three games played. The first loss was imposed on them by near rivals Windsor in a close encounter but a win by 6 shots to Windsor.

Wendy Grant, Sue Croll, Jill Gaskell and Chris Davies surged in to a 1-0 lead on the first end, but unfortunately that was the only time that they held the advantage losing eventually 15-22. Belinda Price, Kath Jenkins, Betty Jones and Chris Church managed to hold on to their lead winning by 19-18.

The second defeat occurred at Rectory when Millwood were the visitors. The smallest of margins separated the two sides as Millwood won by 23-24. Joan Lewis, Diana Willcocks, Maureen Dalby and Anne Thomas lost by just 2 shots 12-14, whilst Jayne Edwards, June Williams, Mary Bowen and Lynda Jones were winners by 1 shot 11-10.

The one win of the week was worth waiting for as a resounding win at Millwood in the Afternoon League was recorded. Architects of this win was the Sue Croll, Betty Jones, Joan Lewis and Chris Church rink which strode to a 27-6 win.

Also in winning mood were Wendy Grant, Tricia Brinkworth, Jill Gaskell and Chris Davies who masterminded a 19-6 victoryand were never behind in the game. Belinda Price almost managed to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat but could only pick up a 3 on the last end to lose by the narrowest of margins 15-16.