Fakenham Gallow Ladies B bowls team keep winning

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Another busy month for Gallow Ladies, Fakenham, writes Irene Lambert.

They have been involved in a total of eight matches in December, most in the County Triples League with one invitation game against Norfolk County Women’s Indoor Bowling Association.

The match versus NCWIBA, hosted at Gallow, was very enjoyable as 32 bowlers battled it out over 21 ends with Gallow coming out on top by 92 shots to 77. Best block was Mavis Lewis, Marie Frost, Josie Wright and Phyl Jarvis (28-18), they were presented with prizes at the meal held afterwards. County president, Janet Chapple , thanked Gallow for their tremendous hospitality and the friendly yet competitive game.

The ‘B’ team have had three matches in the Northern Division of the County Triples League and have been victorious in all games. They played Roundwood ‘A’ on home turf and had a resounding 7 points to 1 victory (55 shots to 35).

This was followed by a trip to Hunstanton. In a very close game with one end to play the team were three shots down overall but a strong fightback resulted in victory by a single shot (54 to 53).

Gallow skips: Gina Horne 6-16, Rosie Noon 20-10, Kathy Shepherd 14-9, Jo Ashmore 14-18.

The final game before Christmas was at home against Pentney. The team had lost when they played this team away from home earlier in the season but it was a reversal of fortunes with Gallow scoring a very valuable eight points.

Winning skips: Pat Wright 12-9, Edna Hill 17-9, Jo Ashmore 15-3, Kathy Shepherd 14-10.

This run of form, on the back of two previous wins, has moved the team up to second place in the table. Captain Marie Frost commented that the team really believe in themselves now and are going to aim for promotion to the Premier League for next season.

The ‘A’ team have played four matches travelling to Yarmouth and Browston before hosting Norfolk Bowling Club ‘B’ and County Arts ‘A’. The long drive to Browston was very worthwhile when seven points were added to the total points score.

However, the trip to Yarmouth was not quite as lucrative! Although honours were even with two winning blocks apiece, Gallow lost the aggregate by 46 shots to 54 so gained just two points. It was a different story against NBC, though, in a winning margin by 63 shots to 35 (7-1).

Home skips: Louise Hannant 15-11, Coralie Bell 20-6, Mollie Bowyer 9-11, Beryl Graver 19-7.

The current Premier League champions, County Arts, came to Fakenham last Saturday so Gallow were expecting a tough match and it certainly was!

Two blocks were clear winners but again the aggregate was lost by 49 shots to 68. Gallow ‘A’ are fifth in the table, out of 11 teams. They are well clear of the relegation zone but will need to pick up as many points as possible at the start of 2016 to remain in a secure position.

Congratulations to Suzanne King, Cheryl Lincoln and Di Broom who have been playing for Norfolk in The Atherley Trophy, an inter-county competition. Norfolk have now reached the quarter-finals, which will be staged at County Arts BC on January 10, against Hertfordshire.