Spurred on by a clutch of new bowlers it looked as though Wellington had won their first home game of the outdoor season. After all they had won four of the six games and drawn the fifth against visiting Durleigh. But sadly for Wellington that was not the end of the story.
It was good to introduce some new bowlers and Di Dagg joined the more experienced Brian Wombwell and Skip Ken Brown to take a comfortable win over Durleigh’s threesome 18 – 6.
Joan Thompson also played her first match for Wellington with Richard Manning and Skip John Lister and they won that game with four shots to spare, 16 – 12.
Another new bowler who had a good game was Ian Stewart who played with Barry Vile and Skip Nick Channon to take a comfortable victory 17 – 8.
Alan May had his first experience on the field of battle along with Norman Shutler and Skip Ian Thompson and this was a very close thing against a strong Durleigh side led by I. Green. Four shots to the Wellington team in the 17th gave them a close win 19 – 18.
Geoff Stamp and skip Roland Bath took newcomer Eileen Stewart under their wing which gave her confidence to play well but Durleigh had a good game and the two teams ended up level pegging, 13 shots apiece.
So with one to play Wellington held a 83 – 57 lead. A win for Wellington surely!
But the home team had not taken into account Durleigh’s Bob Marks, Mike Collard and county bowler and Skip Chris Mitchell who together picked up a huge 44 shots against poor Wellington’s 12 to take the game and the match overall 101 – 95.
Wellington’s away match against Severalls Jubilee Club, Crewkerne was a very useful introduction for the new bowlers. The relatively inexperienced Rod Troake was drafted in to play Skip at the last minute and he did a good job supported by Di Troake, Joan Thompson and club chairman Geoff Stamp against strong opposition and only losing out by seven shots, 13 – 20.
Richard Manning’s foursome came close to a win in their game. With one to play the teams were level on 15 shots apiece but the Crewkerne side took the last end which won it for them 16 – 15.
Ian Thompson’s team came close but lost out by three shots 19 – 16 while John Lister’s foursome also put up a good fight but went down in the end 22 – 19. The overall scores were Severalls Jubilee 77, Wellington 63.
The away match against South Petherton was not the best for Wellington score wise but it was a good introduction for some of the new bowlers.
John Lister’s foursome came close, losing by five shots 21 – 16 while Gill Groves’ team made a good fist of it but lost out 25 – 14.
Thelma Helps’ quartet came back strongly at the end to be only six shots behind 15 – 9.
Mike Groves’ team came up against a powerful squad from South Petherton losing 26 – 10.
The final score was a convincing win to South Petherton 87 – 49 but all the games were played in good spirit and were enjoyed by everyone who took part.