After their shock quarter-final victory over second favourites Sherwood Park in the W.G. Walker Trophy, Solihull Municipal Bowls Club’s men travelled to Kings Heath to play new second favourites Erdington Court in the semi-final on the neutral green.
The capacity crowd enjoyed the wonderful weather and the game of bowls at a very high degree of excellance.
In the singles, Erdington’s Mark Ireland hit the green running from his first wood and despite some excellent bowling by Muni’s John Bentien, Mark found a consistant line and weight to win convincingly by 21 shots to 7.
The pairs was a very close contest with the lead changing several times. Erdington Court’s Allen Onion and Brian Pigott started well, winning the first three ends to take a 4-0 lead. The Muni pair of Robert Wilson and Phil Holmes fought back to lead 10-7 after ten ends but Allen and Brian again had the lead 14-13 after sixteen ends. On the final twentyfirst end either team could still win but Robert and Phil took the shot to leave the Muni with a slight chance of winning the overall match, after a great 21-17 success. The Muni needed to win the fours or the triples and make up 11 shots to win!
Next weekend, the side hold their Club Competition Finals at Brick Kiln Lane, starting at 10am on both mornings.