Bowls: England V Scotland Test Match Report

Gedling IBC in Nottingham hosted an International Test Match between England and Scotland  over the weekend of 14th /15th Nov 2015, which saw  England victorious after a gruelling battle, played with great camaraderie and to a very high standard.

Both Countries selected a mixture of new caps & seasoned International players and the 100+ supporters were enthralled by quality and standard produced by all the players.

The organisers were delighted when Ellen Falkner, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, accepted the invitation and took time out from her busy schedule to present the trophy and silver salver to the winning Captain.

This event, which was for players with a physical disability will now become an annual fixture in the International calendar with the Countries competing again in Scotland next year.

The weekend was such a success that Disability Bowls England plan to arrange further Test Matches and events involving players from other groups within the organisation.

For more information on playing or getting involved with Disability Bowls England, please go to the web site www.disabilitybowlsengland.org

 

ENGLAND RED                                            ENGLAND BLUE

Bob Love (Captain)                                         Steve Angus

Bob Henstridge                                               George Pierrepoint

Ray Kirk                                                          Leslie Smith

Kieran Rollings                                                Mac Otton

Gary Swift                                                       David Fisher

Res: Alec Newton

 

SCOTLAND RED                                          SCOTLAND BLUE

Tracey Black                                                  Don Chalmers

John Wardrope                                               Fraser Mathieson

Derek Hartley                                                 Craig Cameron

John Hughes                                                   George Guthrie

Garry Brown                                                   Martin Hunter

Res: Barry Jackson

 

Each team of 5 split into Pairs & Triples on day one, followed by Singles and 4’s on day two.

2 points were awarded for each win and the country with the highest number of points after both days play were presented with the trophy and winners shield. (results table below)

England lead 6-2 after session 1, but Scotland fought back in the second session taking 6 points to England’s 2 making the Countries level 8-8 going into day two.

Points were shared in the penultimate session which left everything to play for in the final session involving 2 matches of singles and two matches of fours.

All players raised their game in the final session and the standard of play was breathtaking. However, it was England that held their nerve to win both singles and one of the 4’s matches to seal the victory.

For further information please contact: Paul Brown, Chairperson DBE Email:paul.brown@disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk

happy team