Tourists’ last gasp victory at Oakham

Oakham Gentlemen and Ceredigion County Bowlers Photo: Derek Bury
Oakham Gentlemen and Ceredigion County Bowlers Photo: Derek Bury

CEREDIGION County Bowlers visited Oakham as part of a week long tour of the East Midlands last week.

The Welshmen secured a thrilling two-shot victory against Oakham’s gentlemen by winning the final end on the last rink.

A meal, provided by Oakham’s ladies, was rounded off by an impromptu rendition of several popular Welsh songs.

Results (Oakham names only: Michele Totaro, Rod Groombridge, Gail Robertson and Ivan Lang won 22-15; Derek Bury, Peter Ferry, Bob Swarbrick and Bob Hammond won 25-24; Bob Spence, Rod Stanley, Rick Tarleton and Denis Smith won 21-20; Vijay Dighe, David Morgan, Nigel Trigg and Barrie Payne lost 19 - 21; Lin Walters, Ray Stace, Brian Neary and Chris Wallis lost 14-16; Eddie Owen, John Poulton, Gwyn Davies and Ron Smurthwaite lost 22-29.

Knighton Victoria 55 Oakham 93

OAKHAM’S bowlers enjoyed a comfortable victory away against Knighton Victoria, winning on four out of five rinks.

Results: Norman Coville, Roger Hale, Gail Robertson and Chris Wallis won 23-10; Roger Lancaster, John Poulton, Barrie Payne and Ron Smurthwaite won 22-11; Lin Walters, Eddie Owen, John Moore and Alan Jones won 18-9; Bob Spence, Tony Flower, Rick Tarleton and Bob Hammond won 21-15; Gwyn Davies, Brian Garner, Denis Smith and Ron Smurthwaite lost 15-16.

Oakham 44 Syston 28

OAKHAM’S match against Syston was abandoned after nine ends due to the inglorious summer weather, making this the club’s 12th cancelled or unfinished match out of 32 to date this season.