Match Reports (most recent first)
Sept 20th: Horning...8 S Walsham...0
Our last match of 2021 was a friendly against our old friends. In lovely warm sunshine, we finished off with a happy afternoon of bowls.
Rink 2: Craig and David M 17-1. Rink 3: Laurie and John B 15-11. Rink 4; Sonny and Merv 13-9
Sixes League Sept 13th South Walsham...0 Horning...8
Rink 1 skip Denver 35-3, Rink 3 skip John S 13-8, Rink 5 skip Sonny 17-6.
Mathematically doubtful, as both teams had eight players instead of six. The main thing was that we reversed the score of our home fixture. Denver, Richard and Christine lost the first end, but never dropped a shot after that. John S and David C played 14 ends, both sides winning seven of them, but we ended with a superior shot score. Sonny, Craig and Merv were never troubled, and on top of it all, the home made cakes were delicious!
Sixes League Sept 9th Horning...6 Rollesby...2
Rink 2 skip Craig 18-5, Rink 3 singles Denver 9-14, Rink 4 skip John S 17-10.
Once again it was too hot for bowls, but we all soldiered on. Denver had a tough singles match, and played well against strong opposition. Craig and David M won, as did John, Laurie and Christine, before we all wilted into the clubhouse
NNorfolk League Sept 7th Happisburgh...2 Horning...6
Rink 1 skip David C 13-24, Rink Skip 3 Craig 25-8, Rink 5 skip Sonny 26-12.
On another gloriously hot, in fact too hot afternoon, we won on two of the three rinks comfortably, and lost on the other uncomfortably! Rink 3 saw a win for Craig, David M and Marian, while on rink 5 Sonny was triumphant with Gilly and Fichard
Sixes League Sept 6th Horning...2 South Walsham...6
Rink 6 skip John S 14-9, Rink 7 Skip Craig 9-14, Rink 8 skip Laurie 12-13.
Though this was a Sixes league, as it was a friendly- of course- each team had eight players. Everything, as it happened, hinged on the final end to be completed. Both teams had won one block, our victors were the two Johns and Merv. Overall shot scores stood at 34 apiece. Whoever won this final end would win the match. Going in to this end, we held a 12-11 lead. But they withstood the pressure better, we dropped two, and thus the match was lost
St Benet's Trophy Sept 3rd Neatishead...0 Horning...8
Rink 2 skip John S 15-14, Rink 3 skip Craig 19-15, Rink 4: skip Sonny 18-13.
After a few ends, the scores read: Rink 2 John S with John B and Gilly 2-7, on Rink 3 Craig with Jack and Christine 1-10, and Rink 4 Sonny with Laurie and David M 0-9. So it was something of a comeback to win on all three rinks in a really competitive but friendly match. Skip Bernie of Neatishead gave us a generous tribute when presenting the trophy, which had been held by the home team since time immemorial
NNorfolk League Sept 1st Aylsham...6 Horning...2
Rink 1 skip Sonny 14-20, Rink 2 skip John S 15-9, Rink 3: Skip Jack 10-24.
After 4 ends both rink 1 and rink 3 were 11 shots to nil down, so after such a deplorable start, at least we did improve, though it was a pretty miserable effort. The closest game, indeed the best game was with JohnS, Richard and Christine, who fought a close tussle, with the score standing at 7 apiece after thirteen tight ends. Then we pulled away, our only sucess, on an afternoon where most unusually Aylsham played two matches simultaneously. Obviously, we must have been playing their strongest blocks!
NNorfolk League Aug 27th Mundesley...6 Horning...2
Rink 2 skip John S: 18-19, Rink 4 Skip Craig 13-24, Rink 5 skip Derek 21-16.
In retrospect, the game hung on rink 2, where Horning after a slow start finally achieved parity with one end to go. Alas we went down by one shot, not as bad as rink 3, whose downfall was partly due to a disaster on end 7. At that point the score was 4 all, but although we held a handful, their skip knocked back the jack and our handful turned into six shots down! Only success came with Derek, Jim and David M, despite their failing to score on the first six ends. A couple of fours offered renewed hope, later a six was morale boosting, and we finished an uneven match with a flourish of a final four
Triples League Aug 26th Horning...5 Mundesley...3
Rink 2 skip Sonny: 20-10, Rink 3 Skip John S 15-15, Rink 4 skip Jack 13-18.
Finishing in light drizzle in semi darkness, our final evening match proved a tense affair. Sonny, Craig and Jason bathed in comparative comfort, while on rink 4, Jack's triple struggled, but almost caught up, and were holding a one shot advantage until their skip played a brilliant or fortuitous double wick (depending on your viewpoint) to snuff out our challenge. The tightest game was on rink 3, with John S, Denver and Christine well in arrears until a change of skips brought scores level at twelve all. The final few ends were closely contested, with honours finally shared
St Benet's Trophy Aug 25th Horning...6 Barton Turf...2
Rink 2 skip: Mark 11-16, Rink 3 Skip Sonny 13-8, Rink 4 skip John S 18-13.
First to finish were rink 2, our first dropped points against Barton in the Benet's Trophy this season. Sonny with the two Davids had a close fight on rink 3, and we needed to ride our luck in order to forge ahead after drawing six apiece. On rink 4 the two Johns and Jack finished last, of course, and it was a tense finish. We had been well ahead, but somehow got stuck on a shot score of eleven, and found the scores suddenly tied at eleven all. But we pulled away to secure an exciting overall win for Horning
St Benet's Trophy Aug 23rd Horning...4 Neatishead...4
Rink 6 skip: Sonny 10-15, Rink 7 Skip Craig 14-15, Rink 8 skip John S 24-13.
Honours shared though Neatishead won on two rinks, on 6 it was a fine bowl by their skip on end 6 which saved four shots that did it. On rink 7, the match was so close, but we conceded three on the final end to go down by one shot. It was down to the two Johns and Merv to win our only points
Duffield League Aug 17th Horning...6 Plantation Park...2
Rink 6 skip: Sonny 33-1, Rink 7: Skip John S 22-5, Rink 8: skip Ralph 11-23.
For our last Duffield match of the season, Horning completed the double over Plantation. On rink 8, we struggled, and even a change of skip failed to reverse the scoreline. On rink 7, John S and the two Davids won 13 of the sixteen ends, while Sonny, Maureen and Craig achieved an impressive win, with the opposition only managing a solitary shot count
NNorfolk League August 16th Horning...7 Erpingham...1
Rink 6: skip John S 21-17, Rink 7: skip Laurie 17-17, Rink 8: skip Sonny 28-6.
One of the most exciting matches of the season came on rink 7, with Laurie, Christine and Gilly 6-12 down at the tea interval, but then pulling back well and actually holding a two shot lead going into the final end. On rink 6, it was roles reversed, for John S, John B and Merv led 15-1 at half time, but only just held off a spirited comeback. Sonny, Craig and David M were 13-1 up just before tea time, lost five ends in a row, but then emerged easy winners
St Benet's Trophy August 12th Barton Turf...0 Horning...8
Rink 2 skip Craig: 19-11. Rink 3: skip John S 14-13, Rink 4: skip Ralph 19-14.
Whitewash with Craig, David M and Laurie convincing winners. John S. Gilly and David C established a strong lead at 7-1, but then let it slip to 7 all. However after some closely fought ends, they emerged happily just ahead. Ralph, Sonny and Christine also had a tight game, with the lead changing hands a few times, before we scored a three on the final end
NNorfolk League August 10th Horning...6 Southrepps...2
Rink 6: skip John S 21-13, Rink 7: skip Sonny 20-11, Rink 8: skip Derek 14-17.
On rink 8, giving away seven on end 5 proved our ultimate undoing, for otherwise the match was pretty close. On rink 7 Sonny David M and Craig were tying at 6 each, but a change of skip after the tea break saw us romp away. John S with Maureen and Gilly enjoyed a fine afternoon and were hardly troubled
Duffield League August 9th Horning...7 Banningham...1
Rink 6: skip Craig 19-16, Rink 7: skip Sonny 12-12, Rink 8: skip John S 10-8.
This was the hardest fought match this season, with Horning snatching a draw on the final end with Sonny, David M and Marian. On rink 8 John S, John B and David C tied at eight all but won the last two ends for a tight victory, with only 18 shots scored between the teams over 16 ends! On rink 6, Craig with Laurie and Maureen took an early lead, got pegged back and were 15-16 down with two ends remaining. We won the penultimate end by one, to tie the shots. Then got a three to win the match, overall much less comfortably than the scoreline suggests
Duffield League August 6th Rollesby...0 Horning...8
Rink 2: skip Ralph 20-15, Rink 4: skip David C 16-13, Rink 6: skip John S 16-7.
In between the showers, we had three mini sessions to complete the regulation 16 ends. Mind you on rink 6, the two Johns and Gilly played nineteen ends, mainly because of some dead ends. On rink 4 the two Davids and Maureen were tied at 6 apiece, before we surged into an unassailable lead, but after the last rain break, nearly allowed them to catch up. On rink 2, Ralph with Merv and Christine started appallingly, falling 0-9 behind, but a five restored their confidence and they took the lead and kept it, enabling us to claim a clean sweep. If you compare our last match against Rollesby on June 4th, some parallels are seen in some of the interim scores- uncanny!
North Norfolk League August 5th Erpingham...5 Horning...3
Rink 2: skip Derek 23-7, Rink 3: skip John S 9-22, Rink 4: skip Jack 14-17.
A close match! Derek, Craig and Christine scored a convincing win, but our other two blocks fared less well. Last to finish, as usual, was Jack's triple, but the exciting thing was that going into the last end, Horning's overall shot score stood at 45, Erpingham's 46.Winning this end by two would ensure we achieved a better shot score, and thus the match would be tied. We held one, and a meassure for a second! A fraction of an inch denied us, thus though shot scores were tied, we just lost the match by quarter of an inch! Still, I think the better team won
Triples League Aug 4th Horning...5 Swanton Abbott...4
Rink 2: skip Sonny 21-9, Rink 3: skip John S 12-14, Rink 4: skip Ralph 13-22.
Sonny, Jason and Craig enjoyed a convincing win, but on rink 3, we started poorly and though we drew level, never quite succeeded in snatching the lead from them. Rink 4 started well, and were basking in a 12-7 lead when one of those mysterious collapses came about, and with one end to play, we were 12-22 down. Dreadful!Further, this was the last game to finish and overall shot scores were tied! Thankfully, we emerged from our torpor to win that final end by one, and thus the match also
North Norfolk League July 26th Neatishead...6 Horning...2
Rink 1: skip Sonny 21-11, Rink 3: skip Ralph 9-21, Rink 4: skip John S 13-21.
Our nearest (and dearest) neighbours did the double over us, but we tried hard with Sonny, Craig and David easy winners on rink 1. Ralph's block did well, but gave away several unnecessary shots, falling from 4all to 4-13 down. John S's block rallied to win the last two ends, but by then it was all too late
Triples League July 22nd Ludham...0 Horning...8
Rink 1: skip Sonny 20-7, Rink 2: skip John S 16-12, Rink 3: skip Ralph 18-11.
Was it really as long ago as 2014 that we last visited the green at neighbouring Ludham? It was, and we lost then 6-1. Surviving skips from that thrashing were John Saunders and Ralph Morris. Well our 2021 encounter saw the boot on t'other foot: all our three blocks took the lead, though Sonny, Craig and David M soon found themselves with a tussle on their hands and had a keen battle. Ralph, David C and Christine, having established a healthy lead, saw it slip, while John S, Laurie and John B found their convincing lead had entirely evaporated. Thus around half way, a Horning debacle looked on the cards, rink 1 tied at 7 apiece, rink 2's score was 10 all, while rink 3 led by rhe slenderest of margins, 10-9. But a new spirit descended o'er the away side and as the dusk began to fall, we had romped away to a unexpected whitewash
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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