Clarrie septet help county quest
Seven players from Clarrie Dunbar Indoor Bowls Club helped Somerset to a 129-101 victory over Wiltshire in the first round of the Liberty Trophy at the weekend.
Clarrie made up more than a quarter of the team at North Wilts IBC in Chippenham, with four of them skipping rinks.
Somerset secured a clean sweep with victory in all six rinks, with Clarrie's Graham Shadwell leading his four to the best result – a ten-shot success.
Team manager Don Fowkes said: "What a start to the game – we scored 11 shots on the first end across the board without reply, then Wiltshire scored ten shots on the second end without reply.
"The game then settled down to be a really competitive encounter with Somerset always just having the edge, although at times it got a little too close for comfort.
"The pleasing thing for me was that we won on all six rinks, which shows that we have a very balanced team. Couple this with the fantastic spirit and camaraderie of the Green Army and it looks very good for another excellent campaign."
Somerset play Worcestershire in the next round on November 24 at Taunton Deane.
Shadwell will miss the match as he travels to Adelaide, Australia, this week for the World Championships, which start on November 24 and continue until December 9.
He is part of a five-strong England squad for the event and will feature in the pairs and fours competitions.
Clarrie's men had a late cancellation on Sunday as defending champions Yeovil were unable to field the required 16-man team. The match has been rescheduled for January 6.
On Saturday, Clarrie's men take on Bristol in the Denny Cup, a national knockout competition, with two rinks at home and two away.
The following day, Clarrie again face Bristol in the Wessex League Central Region.
For more information about Clarrie Dunbar IBC, visit www.clarrie.co.uk or call 01373 830092.