August 1 2014 Latest news:
Dave Evans, Bowls Correspondent
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ford Sport’s duo make county pairs semi-finals
Ford Sports pair Bill Nelson and Glyn Walls have booked a place in the county semi-finals, but had to work hard to overcome a Silver End duo on a difficult green at Writtle on Tuesday.
All seemed to be going smoothly for the Ford boys as they motored into a 16-6 lead and they looked like adding some more to that tally as they held four shots on the next.
However, there are only quality bowlers at this level and Graham Easterbrook put in a fine wood to trail the jack and amazingly give Silver End a five count to haul themselves back into the game.
That lead was gradually eroded away and it looked like getting worse for Fords as Silver End held three, only for Walls to draw to the jack and keep them in front.
Going into the last end, they led by just two shots, but the nerves seemed to have eased a little as Nelson put a shot either side of the jack to count a vital two.
Back came Easterbrook again to remove the shot bowl, but fortunately not the jack and when the Silver End skip did draw the shot with his final delivery, it was for just one rather than the two they needed as the match finished 18-17.
“It was a really good game and it got a bit nervy at the end, it was just a shame that it wasn’t played on a better rink,” said Nelson.
“We got there early and we could see there were patches on the green which is a shame, when you get to this stage you want to be playing on the best greens.”
Having dispatched one Silver End pair, they will now take on another in the semi-finals at Westcliff on July 12.
“We play Ryan Mann and Karl Lodge, which should be another close game,” said Nelson. “I played Karl three or four years ago in the champion of champions and managed to beat him so hopefully I can do it again.”
Nelson also faces a big game next Tuesday when he travels to Springhouse to take on Patrick Riley in the National Senior Singles Area semi-final.