Monday 13th June 2022
There was a thrilling finish in the first game of the Ealing & District 321 League season. Playing away at Ealing Central, West Ealing looked to be heading for an overall loss. With the singles already having finished 8 shots ahead and the triples finishing 25 shots down, it looked too much for the pairing of Andy Nudds and Mitch Williams to claw back. Four shots up with just five ends remaining, they had other ideas. After picking up two singles and two braces, they still needed an unlikely seven on the last end. And that is exactly what they got, to draw the match 55-55, and earn a 5-3 points victory.
Elsewhere, West Ealing are through to the semi-finals of the Middlesex Double Fours, thanks to a narrow victory over Bounds Green. A narrow 18-24 defeat away meant that a 21-14 home win for Chris Ryan, Rob Green, Craig Hill and Barry Wheeler was enough to see West Ealing through to meet Ashford at Hendon BC on Sunday morning (19th).
In the third of three consecutive double fours matches, West Ealing overcame Brentham 43-17 in the Bowls England Double Fours to earn another tie with Ashford (at home on 22nd June).
West Ealing are on the brink of a Middlesex League semi final in September. A second 10-0 victory means a single winning rink in the final group game against Brentham later this month will be enough to qualify. Winners of "Paul's (invisible) Pens" were Tony Battaglia, Rob Ryan, Rob Green and Craig Hill who won 28-16.
This was followed up with a victory over Hendon 57-41 in an away friendly, with a 27-9 win for the trio headed by Peter Howland.
In other Bowls England competitions, there were wins in the Men's Senior Pairs for Robin Innes and Ejaz Faruqi.
In London & Southern Counties, Chris Ryan won at Windsor & Eton 21-2 in the Lonsdale Singles and the quartet led by Sue Butcher won 18-17 in the Mixed Fours at Ashford.
In Middlesex competitions, there was a win for the duo of Megan Hunt and Sue Butcher over clubmates Kaz Ryan and Janine Bancroft to earn a place in the last-16.
Meanwhile, in the Men's triples there was a clean sweep for West Ealing entries, with wins for Robin Innes and Rob Green's entries both over Ladygate teams, and a win for Paul Cater's trio over Uxbridge, thanks to an extra end.
Finally, there was the big grudge match in the Ad-Finem league, with the two West Ealing sides meeting. It resulted in a win for the "B" side, winning both tripes 14-13.