Free Lance, Volume VI, Issue 302, 14 April 1906, Page 5
By "Wrong Bias.
DELIGHTFUL weather on Saturday afternoon, and bowling in full swing. On the Wellington Club's upper green the Edw.n Feathers and the Edwin Buckles were bemg contested on adjacent rinkb, and both .matches proved highly interesting. * * * The Feathers were defended by Hamilton, Brow a, Moult, and Churchward, and the challengers (from the Victoria Club) were Fowler, Scott, .Mack, and James Brackenridge, sen. For the first fourteen heads, the scoring was slow, both sides playang with the utmost care, and leaving as little as possible to chance. No head produced more than 2 points up to tnat stage The Wellington team got earliest to work on tne scoring board and Victoria did not come to Lfe until the fourth head when, they started with a modest single. Wit li fourteen heads gone, however they were 8 to their opponents' 10 Next head they bagged 4, and Wellington responded witli 2, 3, and 1, which Victoria countered with 2 (thenlas score) on the nineteenth head, making their game 14 to 16. The twentieth head fell to Wellington for 2, and Victoria entered upon the last head 4 down. Brackenlidge diew one with his first "bqwl, and lay three shots, but Churchward, with hio last, raked out two of them, and Jamie hadn't a possible hope when he came to play tho final Inywl. Wellington won 19 to 14. Churchward was in capital form, and his team were very fit. Brackenridge was playing wich comparatively strange bowls, which he has just bought from Longton. Since the Duuedm tournament he has been out of oonceit with h-s old "J. 85.," jvhich he won at the opening, of the Southland Club, as far back as 1881. They were on the light side, and Jamie has come to the conclusion that it is only heavy bowls that count for much at tournaments; the light ones get bumped away too easily, and don't shift an opponent far enough. Hence has recent change of weapons. Norrie x>ell, for a similar reason, has also discarded his light bowls for a pair of heavier calibre. I remember now that the majority of the Southern players are sweet on the heavy artillery. Colts take note. * * * In the Diamond Buckles game, Geddus and Ballinger (the latter as substitute for Churcnward) defended against Nancarrow and Wylie trom the Newtown Club. The holders went off ith a 3, and m the first nine heads scored 12 to 5, the latter including a forfeit point from t^e holders. In the tenth head, however, the challengers woke up with a start by putting on 6, and' the next five heads became animated. In the last head, Wylie, with the last bowl, made a tie— 16 all, and in -the play-off, Nancarrow's bowl, which was not disturbed, won the game by an inch. » • • Auckland seems to be "full up" of pennant matches. They have been on the board since January, and Saturday next sees the last of them. "And a good job, too," is how "The Ditcher" sums them up in the "Observer." He says nine out of ten bowlers would give the inter-club echem& a twelve-months' rest. The result is said to be a cakewalk for the Auckland dub, with TJocky Nook second. J. R. M. Stewart, of the Auckland Club, has gone to live in Dunedin, and in a recent progressive match on the Kaituna green (56 competitors) he carried off the first prize, with eaght wins out of nine. • • • A good many local bowlers are going off to Palmerston North and Nelson for Easter. Tournaments will be on the tapis at both places. Blenheim is also sending four rinks to Nelson. • • • Barnes and Wylie have won the Newtown Doubles, and Barnes has also annexed the junior bowls, as I mentioned some time ago. Prince ha® beaten Shearer for the Handicap Singles, and liaughton is cock of the walk with the Champion Singles.
Kelburne and Karon played a liomeancl-home return match on Satuiday afternoon. It was eight rinks aHSide, and Karon won by 160 to Kelburne's 147. On lbs own green, Kelburne came out, on bop 87 to 75, but on the Karon green it went down 60 to 85. Dicker^on's Karon rmk did the greatest execution, putting up 30 to Whiteford'b 9. On the other hand, J. Campbells rink got 28 for -Kelbume aga.nst Lewer's j.vj. • * * Newt-own had its share of visitors on Saturday. Two rinks from Thorn don, skipped by Smith and Wilson, dropped in, and Brogan and D'Emden found rinks to Kuve them a lun. Sm.th got 19 to Brogan's 16, and! Wilson, m a fine Equitable style pegged up 22 against I^Emden's 17. There was also a visiting link from the Victoria Clvb — Kibblewhite, Fosetbe, Hemingway, and Bary, who got all they wanted and eaght points' more, from Barnes Laughton, Brightwell, and Price, Newtown winning by 26 to 18. • • * Up Mount Victoria way, Kelly has canned off the Ju.T.or Bowls, with Birch as runner-up . Kelly has been playing well right through the season, ,and will have to be reckoned with in senior games next reason. Which reminds me that he is also m the finals for the Senior Bowls of his club. Mack and Hueston have to play off, and one or other of them will meet him. • * • Four rinks from the Hutt Club, skipped by Henry, Cullender, Hendry, and Eliott, visited the Thorndon Club on Saturday, and made a very game fight of it, only losing by 79 to 86. Henry beat Davy Ross 27 bo 19, and Hendry scored 20 to Rose's 14. But McKerrow knocked up 27 to Calender's 13, and J. T. King dished xxuntley Elliott by 26 to 19. • • • There was a lather lop-sided game for the Bush Ferns on the Wellington green on Saturday afternoon, and darkness snapped it off after eleven heads had gone. So far as ifc has gone, Gale, S. Brown, Knox Gilmer, and Churchward (challengers) have scored 17 to 4 compiled by the- holders- Harcus PKmmer, Harris, Scott, and Remington. • • • Up at the Thorndon green, the club's Senior Bowls lie between Longton and Sievwrieht, while the final go for the Pairs will be contested between Reeves and- J. T. King on the one side, and Wilson and Barraud on the other. Thorndon is sending two rinks to Palmersbon.