It is an absolute pleasure writing the reports for Purnell Bowls Club at the moment – with so many good things to report.
On Sunday last week, Purnell played host to the Somerset County Men’s Semi-Finals; it proved to be a great day for the club. On the playing side, Purnell had the triple of Terry Priddle, John Mathews and Steve Amor in the Semis again, as last year – the only difference in the team this year was Mike Pratt dropping out because of poor health and Terry Priddle stepping in.
The game changed when the score was 10–8 to the Purnell lads. John Mathews fired the jack into the ditch, Steve Amor drew three bowls on the edge of the ditch to pick up a six and a four on the next end finished the game, with Ilminster conceding.
Before playing the County Final against Bristol, there is a trip to Leamington to represent Somerset at the all-England championships.
On Tuesday, it was the visit of Bath for the National Two Rink Competition. It was some time before the two Captains agreed to play, with the rain coming down and some surface water on the green at the start.
The home team adjusted to the conditions much better than the visitors, and finished up winning on both rinks; they will now play either Ilminster or Wyrell Park Bristol at home.
Wednesday is Mid-Somerset League day; second placed Frome Selwood were the visitors, with Purnell on the top of the league. The home side only had to win the last ends across the rinks to win the match.
They had the crowd on their feet with two rinks dropping fives, one dropping one and the other picking up two; the result after the final count was a drawn match, keeping Purnell thirteen points in front of Frome at the top of the league.
There is still time to come along on Saturday mornings to try out the game of bowls – everything is found, just turn up with a flat pair of shoes; you could be nine or ninety – that’s the age difference playing in our League teams!