Match Reports (most recent first)
Duffield League July 19th Banningham...0 Horning...8
Rink 1: skip David M 27-13, Rink 2: skip Craig 16-13, Rink 4: skip John S 16-14.
Roll of honour must go to the two Johns who despite being a player short succeeded in overcoming this handicap and winning. On rink2 Craig with Gilly and Merv forged into a 12-4 lead before unaccountably collapsing to find themselves 12-13 down! But they rallied to win the last two ends. On rink1 David M with Christine and Richard took an early lead, got pegged back to 10 all: next end Banningham held four before our final bowl scattered all their bowls and took shot. After that they succumbed, giving us ten shots over the final two ends
Duffield League July 16th Aylsham...8 Horning...0
Rink 2: skip John S 9-16, Rink 3: skip Richard 7-21, Rink 5: skip Craig 16-19.
Three days previously we had triumphed over the pointless Aylsham. Today it was role reversal with a vengeance on their green, and no Horning block won. But not for want of trying: on rink 2 from 3-9 down, we fought back to 9-11, then held three before an unfortunate accident put the mockers on our revival. On rink 3, it was uphill all the way, but at least we scored three on the final end to restore some pride. On rink 5 we were ahead for long periods, but you cannot hope to win if you concede seven on a single end! First 2021 match we have emerged with nul points
North Norfolk League July 13th Horning...8 Aylsham...0
Rink 6: skip John S 24-13, Rink 7: skip Craig 17-10, Rink 8: skip Jack 18-16.
John S with David C and Christine conceded a four early doors, but then took control for most of their match. On rink 7, Craig Richard and Laurie had quite a tussle but always had the edge, emerging as clear victors. On rink 8 it was a real tight match: we took an early lead, but then they with the aid of a couple of nice (lucky?) wicks, and some good shots gained a six shot advantage. Changing skips helped us restore parity, and then it was nip and tuck until the fifteenth end, when we held one, Jack knocked our bowl off so that they held at least five, but made up for it by getting shot with his last bowl, and finally giving the win to himself, David M and John B
North Norfolk League July 12th Horning...4 New Road...4
Rink 6: skip Craig 13-19, Rink 7: skip John S 24-10, Rink 8: skip Sonny 10-17.
Our only winning block was John S with David M and Christine. But with one match to finish, overall shot scores were tied, and Craig's block won that end by one, thus giving Horning the extra two points for better shot score, and making the overall match a tie
North Norfolk League July 8th Horning v Buxton
Unfortunately rain intervened before the mandatory minimum twelve ends were completed by all blocks. However Craig, Christine and Richard sportingly went out to complete their quota and did win their game, though Buxton won the other two blocks and also the match by 6-2.
Triples League July 5th Happisburgh...2 Horning...7
Rink 2: skip Craig 20-10, Rink 3: skip John S 22-12, Rink 5: skip Sonny 10-22.
Second match against the seaside team in five days, exactly the same result! Craig and David M even played the same skip and with Jason won again. John S with John B and Gilly had a tougher fight, the score tied at 11 all before Horning pulled right away. Sonny's block, who were the only ones to win in the last Triples match came unstuck today, but in the windswept conditions by a busy lorry park, who could blame them?
North Norfolk League July 1st Horning...7 Happisburgh...2
Rink 6: skip John S 19-13, Rink 7: skip Sonny 10-12, Rink 8: skip Craig 28-16.
A slight drizzle besprinkled the green, not to mention the players, making the running slick. John S with David C and Merv started weakly but enjoyed a purple patch in the middle, going from 4-7 down to leading 15-7. Sonny's block had to start with one player unavoidably absent, but once the three of them got going, they actually won their 15 ends by 10 shots to 9! However that wasn't the actual score. On rink 8 Craig with Richard and David M enjoyed their own purple patch winning ten ends in a row going from 6-5 up to an unbeatable 28-5. Mind you a slight collapse occurred at the end!
Triples League June 30th Swanton Abbot...4 Horning..,5
Rink 1: skip Mark 14-18, Rink 3: skip John S 18-21, Rink 5: skip Sonny 27-6.
Though we lost on two rinks, our superior shot score achieved by Sonny, Jack and David C netted us an overall win- well done to them. Mark's block were ahead for most of the match but collapsed on the last four ends to lose by four. John S's trio were 10-6 up when they conceded a seven and suddenly found themselves 10-19 down. They pulled back slightly, indeed were holding five on the final end for a possible win, but alas, their skip cut that down to only one
Duffield League June 28th
Rink 7: skip Sonny 17-7, Rink 8: skip John S 21-12.
This time it was Rollesby who could only manage a team of six, so we played the match as two blocks. Sonny David M and Richard were always ahead, though on rink 8 the match with John S, John B and Craig saw the lead changing hands several times early on, before Horning established a convincing lead
Duffield League: June 25th
Plantation Park...0 Horning...6
Rink 4: skip John S 25-11, Rink 6: skip Ralph 17-12.
The home team couldn't make up a full team, so this was played with only two blocks. A friendly afternoon saw us win both blocks, with John S, Christine and David C always ahead, even having the luxury of conceding seven on two ends! Ralph with Craig and David M had a tighter game, going into the final end were four up, but the opposition were holding three before Ralph produced shot of the match to get shot
Triples League: June 23rd
Horning...9 Barton Turf...0
Rink 2: Denver 19-9,
Rink 3: skip Sonny 19-10, Rink 4: skip John S 19-6.
A nice symmetry to Horning shot scores! The weather was perfect- sunny and not too hot. John with David C and John B finished first, as always, but Denver with David M and Jack were close behind. That left our final block of Sonny, Craig and Jason to bring up the rear, with everyone ultimately happy to have won on the Horning team
Duffield League: June 21st
Rink 6: Derek, Laurie & Craig 15-13,
Rink 7: skip John S 12-19, Rink 8: Sonny Ralph & Maureen 18-6.
Triples League: June 17th
Rink 2: Sonny 14-11,
Rink 3: skip Ralph 22-10, Rink 4: skip John S 18-10.
A clean sweep against neighbours Ludham: with John S, John B and David C so comfortable that a slight concession enabled the second half of their game to be closer fought. Ralph had Craig as lead, with new recruit Jason as number two, and they too won convincingly. Sonny, David M and Jack had a tougher struggle, never ahead until end 16, in which they scored a five for an unassailable lead
NNorfolk League: June 14th
North Walsham...6 Horning...2
Rink 2: Sonny 15-17,
Rink 3: skip John S 15-18, Rink 4: skip Craig 18-15.
An extra Horning player showed up in error, enabling captain David M to sit back and admire the antics of our team. I had thought of writing down here, as in newspaper reports, individual players' match performance scores (Man/Woman of the Match etc) but this might have proved only How to Lose Friends.... so instead, let's say that this was a closely fought enjoyable event, with the result hinging on the final ends of our ultimately losing blocks. Had they both won their last end...we'd have won! As it was, Only Craig, Merv and Ralph got us any points, but it was a pleasant afternoon in the sun
Duffield League: June 11th
Rink 6: Craig 6-16,
Rink 7: skip John S 18-8, Rink 8: skip Ralph 11-16.
The Duffield League for Duffers, so goes the saying, and today the Duffers were definitely us. At least John S with Gilly and David C salvaged two points, in a speedy win in which Horning were always ahead. They finished while our other blocks toiled with three more ends to play each. Craig's lot had been tied at 4 all, but collapsed to 4-16 down, while Ralph's block started poorly and never really recovered, Ralph's final shot to win the last end summed it up: too little too late
Triples League: June 10th
Rink 3: Ralph 9-28,
Rink 4: skip John S 8-23, Rink 5: skip Craig 14-13.
Comment is superfluous. John S's block did hold a healthy lead early on. Craig Denver and Bernie had a very close game, scores were 10 all, before Horning surged to a 14-11 lead, and though losing the final end, scored our only points.
Triples League: June 7th
Barton Turf...2 Horning...7
Rink 1: Craig 8-21,
Rink 3: skip John S 27-11, Rink 5: skip Denver 18-13.
The midges were swarming as our match ended in a tight victory, with John S, David C and John B easy victors on the middle rink. Craig's block struggled, but Denver, Bernie and David M enjoyed a close tussle, with us always in the lead, but never that comfortably. Always nice to beat one of our local rivals!
Sixes League: June 4th
Rink 2: skip John S 13-15, Rink 4: skip Craig 14-13, Rink 6: skip David C 12-6.
Rain was beginning to fall as Craig completed his hard fought eighteen end singles: the lead had been swapped several times, then the opposition scored a two on the penultimate end to lead by one. Craig however returned the compliment and scored two on the final end to win by one. John S's pair began badly, going 0-9 down but staged an amazing comeback to lead 13-10, alas we lost the last three ends. Thus the match all hinged on the triples on rink 6 with David C, David M and Christine. They were much behind in time and had only completed 7 ends before the rains came, with the score tied at 6 apiece. Nearly everyone had gone home by the time the sodden trio completed a triumphant win for Horning
North Norfolk League: June 3rd
Rink 1: skip Craig 25-9, Rink 2: skip Ralph 10-25, Rink 3: skip John S 17-14.
Craig, David M, amd Richard achieved a convincing victory on rink1, while on rink 3 John S, Gilly and David C had a tough fight, the lead seesawing, but we were finally assured of success with a four on the penultimate end. The most notable part of the match was the sticky hot weather, and our thanks to our hosts for providing refreshing cold drinks
Triples League: June 2nd
Horning...9 Ludham B...0
Rink 2: skip Ralph 22-17,
Rink 3: skip John S 32-8, Rink 4: skip Denver 19-8.
Summer suns are glowing, drawing up a large crowd- in double figures even- for tonight's first home evening match. Ralph, Craig and Jack fought back heroically from a low of 5-13 down to win, while John S John B and David C were twenty up before the opposition broke their duck. On rink 5 Denver Bernie and David M lost the first three ends, but a five on end four started their winning run
Triples League: May 28th
Rink 1: skip Ralph 25-10
Rink 5: skip Sonny 17-18 Rink 3: skip John S 21-12.
After rain cancellations, this was our first match in this league, and very pleasant and friendly it was too! Ralph with John B and Mark recovered after a shaky start to impress with two fours on the final two ends for an emphatic win. John S with Gilly and David C likewise recovered from 2-6 down to triumph. Sonny's block were never in the lead, won more ends than Coltishall, but had a few poor ends which ultimately cost. Overall we scored 63 to their 40
North Norfolk League: May 24th
Rink 6: skip Craig 12-18 Rink 7: skip Sonny 17-10 Rink 8: skip John S 12-14.
The scoreline above doesn't really suggest a close match, yet it was close, very close. In between the showers, rink 6 were last to finish, after John S's block had narrowly lost after a fightback scoring five on the final three ends, and rink 7 with Sonny David M and Christine securing a tough win for us. So both teams had won a game each, though on rink 6 Craig's men, having been 11-5 up at one stage were now 11-17 down. That meant in the overall match we were one shot down on the visitors. However we won the penultimate end, so going in to the final end, shot scores were tied, and the match was potentially a draw. But they won that end and so we were left losers, but gallant losers!
North Norfolk League: May 17th
Rink 1: skip Derek 19-11
Rink 3: skip Craig 30-7
Rink 4: skip John S 5-28.
Out came the sun, and we were blessed with our first warm afternoon for bowls this season. Craig, Christine and Ralph enjoyed an emphatic win, their opponents only winning three of the eighteen ends. Poor John S's block however had the reverse experience against strong opposition. Rink 1 was the tightest game, with Southrepps at one stage leading by 8-7. However, as you can see, Derek, David M and C rallied to seal overall victory for Horning
North Norfolk League: May 14th
Horning... 6 Mundesley... 2
Rink 5: skip Derek 14-22
Rink 7: skip John S 19-13
Rink 9: skip Craig 38-8.
Our triple on rink 5 played well, but were never quite able to catch up, but they did win the last three ends. Tightest match was on rink 7 with John S, Christine and Ralph, though the visitors couldn't recover after conceding a four. On the awfully unpredictable rink 9, Craig, Sonny and David M romped to victory, with the highspot an eight on the penultimate end. If only the weather had been warmer, this would have been a thoroughly enjoyable opening match of the season.
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