S.C.B.A. Summer League Finals
On Sunday 28 August the Summer
League Finals day was held at Needham Market Community Centre.
At the beginning of May thirty
four teams were divided into five geographical leagues, with
the league winners qualifying for finals day.
After four months of competitive
but friendly bowling, the five league winners were:
Disappointingly Belstead were
unable to field a team at Finals day, requiring the SCBA to amend
their usual playing format. A random draw was carried out for
both the four rinks games (first session) and the four triples
games (second session). It remained two points for a win and
one for a draw, the team with the most points at the end of the
day would be the Summer League champions.
The day started with the rinks
Nayland v Barking: The Nayland
rink got off to a great start, scoring four shots on the first
end. However by the seventh end Barking had edged their way back
to 5-5. Nayland then hit back with another four shot end and
protected that lead to win the game 11-6.
Barking v Claydon: In this
game the Barking rink started better, scoring three shots on
the first end. However like the first game that lead was reduced,
with the score level at 5-5 by the sixth end. Then Barking took
control again, losing only one more end to ease away to a 17-6
Brockley v Claydon: Claydon
started better in this game and sneaked an early lead. Then the
Brockley rink began to dominate and with only three ends to play
they held a comfortable 10-3 lead. However Claydon hit back,
finishing with a three shot count on both of the last two ends,
the game finished as a 10-10 draw.
Brockley v Nayland: Just like
their other rink, Nayland got off to another good start, but
by the sixth end they only held a two shot lead at 5-3. From
there though they stretched away, not losing another end on their
way to an 11-3 win.
So after the rinks games it
was Nayland leading with four points and Barking behind them
with two points.
In the second session were the triples games:
Brockley v Claydon: It was
a close and low scoring start to this game, with Brockley holding
an early advantage. Claydon drew the game level at 4-4 after
six ends, but were then only able to win one more end. The Brockley
triple took control of the game to secure a 12-5 win.
Nayland v Barking: Barking
started well and after three ends looked very comfortable at
6-0 up. Nayland stayed in the game though and reduced the deficit
to 7-4. However they couldn't get any closer as Barking won all
of the remaining ends to win 14-4.
Barking v Claydon: This was
a game that the Claydon triple just couldn't get a foothold in.
For the first six ends it was single shots all the way as Barking
built a 6-0 lead. Things then got worse for Claydon as Barking
increased their advantage to win the game 17-0.
Nayland v Brockley: It was
Nayland who earned an early lead at 3-0, which they had maintained
at 6-3 by the fifth end. Then began the Brockley fightback, they
were level at 7-7 by the eighth end and three ends later they
had won the game 13-9.
With all games finished the
final scores were:
After an excellent day's bowling
it was Barking who were crowned 2011 Summer League champions.
On the day their experienced team had been the most consistent
and fully deserved their win.