Bowls: KENT DIsCoVER THEIR RHYTHM To DEFEAT MIDDlEsEX
Kent team manager Mick Collins hailed the win over Middlesex in the opening Middleton Cup match of the season as one of the county’s best ever.
They recovered from a poor opening, trailing by 24 shots at one stage, to win 122-108 at Marden.
Collins said: “In my experience, the performance ranks as one of the best, given the slow start.
“The team spirit was good and we need to maintain this to achieve our goal of improving on last year when we reached the semi-finals.”
The match was played to a backdrop of music from a village fete in a nearby field but Kent gradually found their rhythm, to complete a fairly comfortable win.
Shaun McCaughan and Gary Brock’s rinks picked up shots on the final ends to win their respective matches as Kent won all but one of the six.
They next face Isle of Wight at Cranleigh in Surrey on Saturday week.
In club news, Tenterden’s Ray Walker and Malcolm Nelmes progressed in the Kent County Pairs competition with a 19-16 victory over Tunbridge Wells.
Walker, Nelmes and Peter Drury went out of the triples, beaten 20-8 by Wells.
Tenterden won their latest Mermaid League match, beating Iden 74-64 on Sunday.
Judith Pickford, Ken Chapman and Ray Walker were the best rink, winning 22-7.
Anne Smith, Janet Tidd and Malcolm Nelmes took the rink honours in the 106-42 friendly win over Battle on Saturday.
Ashford Rail lost 114-79 at home to first time opponents UK Paper from Sittingbourne in a six-rink mixed triples.
Hazel Larkin, Dudley Bryant and skip Tony Mapstone were the best performers, winning 17-13.
Rail won on three rinks and drew on the other two in a 98-75 five-rink mixed triples victory against Sellindge. Dennis Gibbs, Clive Allen and skip Mo Hayes won 23-10.
Ashford Town were 86-76 winners in a five mixed triples friendly success at Charing on Sunday.
Elona Griggs, Mike Smith and skip Jeff Price were the best rink (23-11).
Town won 76-71 at Hamstreet the previous day – Brian Rosier, Peter Collett and skip David White claimed rink honours with a 32-9 success.
Frank Timmer, David Duke and Robin Collick were the home club’s top rink, winning 29-11.
Clare Cunningham, Judy Swan and skip Gill Howard topped the rink scoring as Town ladies beat Ashford Rail 36-25 in a two-triples Shepway League meeting.
Hamstreet lost their Mermaid League home match against Pett 79-48 on Sunday.
The ladies were 36-23 victors against Sellinge with Dot Servante skipping the highest winning rink, including Janet Warman and June Vincer, to a 22-10 success.
Hamstreet ‘s Michael Brogan against Ashford Town