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Revenge is sweet for Solihull bowlers

LEICESTER were Sunday’s visitors to Brick Kiln Lane. When Solihull visited them early in the season they were soundly beaten by the city squad so skipper Brian Halsey had worked his team on defensive tactics all week, in an effort to minimise their power play.

LEICESTER were Sunday’s visitors to Brick Kiln Lane. When Solihull visited them early in the season they were soundly beaten by the city squad so skipper Brian Halsey had worked his team on defensive tactics all week, in an effort to minimise their power play.

However instead Brian’s bowlers were surprised at being called upon to attack on both hands from the first end.

Leicester were even more surprised and struggled to defend against Solihull’s all out offensive.

After seven exciting ends the hosts had built an amazing 53-16 lead and despite Halsey’s call to hold the visitors during the second third, his bowlers continued to attack, extending their advantage to 100-51 after 14 ends.

After four more ends, with the score at 135- 63, the Leicester captain hoisted the white flag.

Nobody could ever remember any club more than doubling their opponent’s score in the past.

Halsey proudly led the rout, skipping Margaret Stephens, Sheila Birch and Kath Coutanche.

These three were in such fantastic form that the skip had very little to do, and ran out 30-5 winners.

The ever-reliable Rick Lewis skipped his wife Joan, Catherine Murphy and Barbara Reeve to a superb 27-4 and Clive Raybould similarly skipped Mike Prince, Val Fitzhenry and Janet Faulkner to a wonderful win also 27-4.

Rob Meldrum was also victorious, skipping Jean Miller, Janet Tricklebank and Jo Storer, to a margin of 24-12.

Veteran Peter Mountford was called up to skip Sylvia Stratton, Norman Stephens and Keith Sinclair, all of whom played well despite going down 14-19.

Colin Rimington skipped his wife Audrey, Betty Griffiths and Eric Bott on a very competetive rink losing 13-19, despite a great fighting finish.

The Solihull Indoor Bowls Club’s annual championships will be held from April 5-7.

The Men’s 4 Wood final will be between Phil Holmes and Clive Bevan, while the Ladies 4 Wood final will be contested by Marilyn Finney and Beth Richardson.

The finals will begin at 6.30pm on Friday, April 5.

 

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