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The winner of the 2007 Aggregate Shield played on Tuesday 8th
May at the Greyhound was
Skittles League 2006 - 2007
|M & M's||26||4||2||20||27||5|
|The Better Misfits||26||1||4||21||20||6|
|Final Results after week 26 - April 2nd. 2007|
|Highest Score - Kevin Hannam Scuttles Skittlers - 23 @ Royal Oak 12-03-07|
The two Bere Regis teams played each other at Sandford Legion
home matches in this league! Although Woodentops are well
us in the league, anything can happen at Sandford and this match was no
Despite two of our most experienced players hitting fours, Essentials won the first game and we looked forward to maintaining our sixth place in the league. Then the curse of Sandford struck - Woodentops won the next four games on the trot to take a 2-0 lead. Essentials were playing terribly, setting 31 in one game and a 4-0 defeat looked likely.
Then the curse changed sides, Woodentops cracked and we started scoring well. The next four games went our way, helped by top score Mark Bennett hitting a timely 15 and we romped to a 2-2 draw. Great relief all round. Sandford is never an easy alley but this match was truly bizarre. Greyhound next week, hooray.
With only four league games left before the end of the season
Essentials are hoping to pick up a few points to finish in a
respectable position. This week's match promised to help us -
were against Hooray Henry's at Bloxworth. Henry's are lurking
close to the bottom of the league table but anything can happen at
Bloxworth so it was not a certainty.
The first game left us in a state of shock, Henry's set 52 which we failed to match despite having two stick-ups. Essentials rose to the occasion with some determined play, winning the next six games to take a 3-0 lead thanks to an amazing number of stick-ups by Bloxworth standards.
We cruised into the beer leg looking for a 4-0 win, but our least favourite alley struck back and we lost the leg 2-0 after some very mundane skittling. Henry's deserved some reward after playing well against the odds. Top score David Edmonds.
Bere Essentials played the Poison Dwarfs at Lytchett
The Dwarfs are normally close to us in the league but have been
struggling to raise a team this season so we hoped for a win.
Our first game started dismally, we set a low 32 which included two threes and a two and Dwarfs were soon 1-0 up. They then set 43 which we failed to match so leg 1 was all over in minutes.
Fortunately our scoring returned to the usual level and we won leg 2 after three games, thanks in part to Matt Bennett's 18 stick-up. Leg 3 also went to three games which we won 2-1 with more stick-ups coming our way.
The beer leg was much more one-sided, Dwarfs could only set 42 which we hit easily then we set 50 for a convincing win at 3-1 overall. An enjoyable and amusing evening against old friends - just how skittles ought to be. Joint top scores Steve Gamble and Mark Bennett.
No league match next week, Trebles Round 1.
|M & M's||20||3||2||15||22||3|
|The Better Misfits||20||1||3||16||15||5|
The match due to be played on Feb 12th was called off because the Better Misfits could not raise a team. We were awarded four points for this match. We beat them 4-0 earlier in the season .
|Bin Liners||4b-0||Greyhound Inn||Royal Oak|
|Scuttlesskittlers||0-4b||Second Fronters||Clay Pipe|
|Born Again||4b-0||M & M's||Greyhound Inn|
|The Better Misfits||0-4b||Bere Essentials||Drax Arms|
|The Rejects||2b-2||Breakaways||Lytchett RBL|
|Hooray Henry's||0-4b||Misfits||Sandford RBL|
|Woodentops||0-4b||Poison Dwarfs||Bloxworth S.C.|
The first round of the Pairs competition on Feb 5th (the Bere Essentials entries failed to get through to the second round)
Bere Essentials had a home game this week, at the Royal Oak
the Misfits. Another match in our series of hard games -
are third in the league and are a hard team to beat.
The first game went to us, they set 45 to win which we matched exactly with the last ball. We then had a cracking game, set 56 with two stick-ups to win the leg.
We went downhill a bit after that, lost leg 2 by two straight games and then lost leg 3 after being thoroughly demoralised by trying to match a score of 63. Our last man needed 27!
The beer leg saw a determined fightback by Essentials, helped by Misfits having a bit of a collapse. They failed to reach our very modest target of 45 and then set us an identical score which we reached easily. A very welcome two points against a sporting team who would have liked a win. Top score Alan Chalker (again).
The first leg was very close, going to three games with the result depending on our last ball. Sadly we lost the leg by one pin but took encouragement from this good start and won the second leg in two games.
Fronters then showed why they are top with some steady scoring and took the next two legs in fine style, setting 48 and 52 to win the match 3-1. The secret is in the clear-up rate, when they get a bad first ball they still manage a reasonable score and eventually grind you down.
Top score Alan Chalker, one pin in front of Steve Gamble.
|M & M's||17||2||2||13||18||3|
|The Better Misfits||17||1||3||13||14||4|
|Results after week 17 - January 15th. 2007|
|RESULTS FOR WEEK 17 - January 15th. 2005|
|Bin Liners||2-2b||Scuttles Skittlers||Royal Oak|
|Breakaways||2b-2||Bere Essentials||Clay Pipe|
|Hooray Henry's||4b-0||The Better Misfits||Greyhound Inn|
|The Misfits||3b-1||Second Fronters||Drax Arms|
|M & M's||1-3b||Woodentops||Lytchett RBL|
|Born Again||1-3b||Rejects||Sandford RBL|
|Poison Dwarfs||3b-1||Greyhound Inn||Bloxworth S.C.|
Bere Essentials had a local derby this week, against Breakaways, but the match was far from home at the Clay Pipe. We always have dramatic games with Breakaways, who have several young players who are capable of high scores but are not always consistent. Our last match ended in a 2-2 draw when they came back from 2-0 down at the Greyhound.
This week we used the same script, winning the first two legs in only four games thanks to their erratic scoring. Then the comeback started, Breakaways setting a massive 56 which we missed by two pins. We then fought back, setting 56 ourselves but they hit three stick-ups including an 18 to take the leg.
The beer leg went to Breakaways in two games as they kept up their scoring rate and ours went down, leaving an end result of 2-2 in a 'game of two halves, - very different halves too. Top score Alan Chalker.
It must be Christmas as Steve Gamble was seen in the Drax Arms at 10:45 way pass his bed time.
Last week Bere Essentials had a break from league skittles,
knocked out of the Aggregate Cup by the Misfits at Sandford
Legion. This week we were back at Sandford again (whoopee)
league match against the Poison Dwarfs. They are usually a
team to beat but this season has not gone too well for them so we were
hoping for a good result.
The first leg did not go to plan. Despite Essentials taking the first game, Dwarfs rallied to win the leg 2-1. We improved our scoring for leg 2, winning 2-0, then went on to win leg 3 by 2-1.
The beer leg turned out to be a hard contest, both teams scoring far better than in the early part of the match. Dwarfs took the first game by a narrow margin then set us 45 in the second. We managed to hit that score with the last ball of the game and then took the next game to win the match 3-1, helped by top scorer Colin Greening who inspired the team by finishing with 14, 9, 9. A great result after last week.
This week Bere Essentials were 'at home' in the village, at
Royal Oak against the Rejects. The opposition are not far
us in league terms but are a 'mature' team with a great deal of
experience and are always hard to beat.
The first leg went to Rejects 2-1 with steady scoring from both teams. The second leg started badly for Essentials as we could only set 43, not normally a winning target at the Oak. Surprisingly, Rejects could not match it. They went on to set us 41 which we made easily to take the leg 2-0.
After this shock Rejects crumbled, losing leg 3 despite setting 50. The beer leg also went to Essentials, made into a comfortable win when we set 53 after Mark Bennett hit a superb 17. A well-deserved 3-1 victory for Essentials who had hit a rich seam of bad form recently. Top score Mark Bennett.
This week Essentials were at home at the Drax, against the M & Ms who are close to the bottom of the table so we hoped to wipe out the memory of last week's thrashing. After the first two legs we had that awful feeling of deja vu all over again when we found ourselves 2-0 down having lost four games on the trot. At that point we had lost 14 games in a row over the course of three matches.
Somehow we managed to remember how to score more than 35 or so and won a game. This boosted everybody's confidence and we took the next three games to draw the match 2-2. If this was football the manager would be studying his terms and conditions of employment. Top score Matt Bennett - his position is safe.
After the great performance last week Bere Essentials went to Bloxworth Club quite confident that we could give Second Fronters a good game. Unfortunately, Fronters showed why they were league champions last season and hammered us 4-0 in eight straight games. Essentials were dreadful - top score was Giles Moore, back from Oz on holiday and hadn't touched a skittle ball for three years. Enough said.
Most skittles matches are enjoyable, even those you lose, but every now and then you have an outstanding evening and this week's match was a belter!
Essentials were at the Greyhound against local rivals the Breakaways so we knew we were in for a hard game. Spud's team are a mix of young and not-so-young and have been playing well for the last two seasons.
They started with a flurry of stick-ups to set a target of 60 and won the first game. Essentials replied by setting 38 which Breakaways surprisingly could not match. Essentials then hit their target of 46 to win Leg 1. This set the tone for the evening, Breakaways playing an erratic match with some amazing scoring followed by something more ordinary, Essentials putting in a great team effort with solid scores from all players.
The end result was a 2-2 draw, but either team could have won. Top score for Essentials was shared by Mark Bennett and Alan Chalker but nobody could compete with Pete Bolton of Breakaways who hit five stick-ups from 12 throws.
Bere Essentials played the Poison Dwarfs this week in the
round of the Knockout Cup, at Lychett Legion. The Dwarfs are
friends, usually close to us in the league table so a close match was
likely. The Cup matches are of five legs to make a draw
impossible and we expected a late night.
The Lychett alley has seen some high scores in the past but this week was an exception. Maybe the fact that the downlighters on the alley had failed was partly to blame, but both teams struggled from the start. Only two stick-ups all night and a lot of low scores on both sides.
Unfortunately the Dwarfs seemed to find a pin or two more than us in each game and won the first three legs to take the match. No late night after all, back in the village by 10.30. A bit disappointing to be knocked out but as the next round is not until April we were not too upset.
The pleasant surroundings of the Clay Pipe was this weeks venue against the ever-improving Born Again. With having a huge squad to choose from the evening seemed fine but within minutes of arrival we were done to the bare bones and a caused delayed start. Eventually the game got underway and high scoring from both sides saw an evenly contested match, the result could have gone either way.
Thankfully, with a number of well-timed stick-ups, the Essentials managed to win 4-0 but it could have easily been a 2-2 draw. Roger and Matt played extremely well with good support from the rest of the team, yet another victory with the skipper away. Top Score Roger Duncanson.
RESULTS FOR WEEK 1 - August 29th & 30th. 2006
|Born Again||0 - 4b||Bin Liners||Royal Oak|
|M & M's||0 - 4b||Scuttlers Skittlers||Clay Pipe|
|Rejects||2b - 2||Woodentops||Greyhound Inn|
|Bere Essentials||4b - 0||Greyhound Inn||Drax Arms|
|Hooray Henrys||1 - 3b||Poison Dwarfs||Lytchett RBL|
|The Better Misfits||0 - 4b||Misfits||Sandford RBL|
|Breakaways||1b - 3||Second Fronters||Bloxworth S.C.|
|Bere Essentials v Greyhound Inn match cancelled - rule 10 applies|
|Teams with the same number of points will be placed alphabetically throughout the season|