Solent Cavaliers claim first Palmerston Bowls Cup win against Priory Miltonians

Solent Cavaliers claimed their first victory in the Fareham-based Palmerston Bowls Cup.

By Community Sport Reporter
Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 9:25 am
Caroline Cuerden helped Solent Cavaliers to a Palmerston Cup win against Priory Miltonians. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Caroline Cuerden helped Solent Cavaliers to a Palmerston Cup win against Priory Miltonians. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

After two losses in the nine-team qualifying league, the Lee-on-the-Solent side defeated Priory Miltonians 54-45 (12-0 on points).

As the score suggests, it was close on all three rinks throughout.

Priory’s Roly Bloy made a slow start, trailing by seven shots after two ends against Pete Gentry. It was 10-10 after eight ends, though, and going into the last end the pair were still tied at 19-19. But a last-gasp three gave Cavaliers victory.

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It was a similar story as Priory’s Andy Hibberd faced Graham Hillier - 4-4 after seven ends and 10-10 after 14 ends. Cavaliers, however, then scored on all of the last four ends to win 16-11.

In the third and final rink, Priory’s Steve Smith stormed into a 6-0 lead against Caroline Cuerden after five ends. In a see-saw encounter, Solent levelled at 10-10 after ten ends, Priory hit back to lead by five, before Solent took the last three ends to win 16-15.

Eastleigh Red Devils top the table after thrashing Fareham Green 88-34 to record their fourth successive victory.

Eastleigh’s Derrick Walker romped into a 24-3 lead against Dave Holland, eventually winning 25-10.

Robby Bines produced an even more dominant win against George Church, storming to a huge 46-3 triumph.

Fareham’s Barry Day ensured his side avoided a rink whitewash. Up against Mike Barrett, Day scored four shots on the last end to win 21-17.