Under 25’s Hunts A v Hunts B

Hunts Under 25’s A team v Hunts B team – Needingworth BC 9th June 2016

So unlike the previous days the sun shone. It was A V B time, an unusual game where you just don’t know who you want to win. Do you hope the A team triumph to keep a sliver of hope alive of winning the thing or do you want the B team to win to show you that we have a good depth of players.

Well today achieved both those things I think.

On Rink one we had for the A team Maddie Leader (Sawtry) Mark Franklin (Papworth) & Tom Hall (Brampton) against, for the B team, a Needingworth trio Cian McCallion, Cailtin Jackson & Jorja Jackson.

It was a well fought game and closer than many expected, in the early exchnages it was very even with the B team rink playing some good bowls. The score at 9 ends was 7 all . The A team scored a 4 on the next end and on end 12 to then lead 15-9. It was a tight game from then on the A team having to dig deep to get the shot. Its a long game for some of our younger players and this proved the case with the more experienced A side scoring all but one of the last five ends to win 26-15

On Rink 2 it was a battle of the Wards. Harry Ward (Papworth) had with him Alfie Gardiner (Sawtry) & A team Captain Sophie Purell (St Ives) . They were up against a sawtry duo, debutant Daniel Lunn-Eggleton and Thomas Whittiker skipping the B team rink was younger brother Jack ward (Papworth) This game also started very evenly. 4 all at five ends. Harrys rink dug in and got a lead 10-6 after ten ends. But Jacks rink weren’t beaten yet they fought back to make it 12 all after 15 ends. Enough messing about now thought Harry and his rink really pulled together and put 19 unanswered shots on the board. Eventually winning best scoring rink 33-14

Rink 3 had Sam Brugnoli(Huntingdon) Bradley Herbert(Sawtry) & our elder statesman and birthday boy Keirren Murray(Brampton) (23 today!) making his 27th under 25’s appearance today.

They were playing Scott Green (Huntingdon) Tom Anderson (Eynesbury) & Jake Pankhurst (Huntingdon). Another good game early on.The A side ,who’d won best rink last week, only led 9-6 at 10 ends. Scoring was kept to singles and the odd 2 but the B team rink got a bit stuck on 8 and found themselves 22-8 down after 18 ends. But they then sprang into life and scored six shots over two ends to make a comeback bid at 14-22. Unfortunately it only spurred on the A side and as the latter stages took there toll on the younger players Keirren marked his birthday with a good win 30-15.

The day was attended by National President Mick Rayson & Hunts Ladies president Glenys Cousins who both gave out some lovely gifts to the squad …… and myself.

Our A side performed again as we know they can. Our B side played well and had some great moments through the games. They are our future and we have them for many years to come. I’m a happy bunny cos I think when we can pick from our full compliment of players we have an A team that can beat anyone and will continue to do so for the next few years.

Then coming through we have many younger players who will continue to get better and get more consistant and will be pushing for places in our A side. Basically in a couple of years time we will have two A teams!! !

Up the Hunts.

Alan