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BLUES ENJOY TRIUMPH AT INDOOR EVENT The red team (left) and the triumphant blue team


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n Monday 17 January the Abbots Langley Red team took on the Abbots Langley Blue


team in true duelling style. The battle was held at the Herts Indoor Bowling Club. The Red team were nominally at home and


comprised of Ray Greeves, Mal Jeffs, Wilf Johns and Graham Picton. They battled against the Blue team, made up of Peter Boyce, Keith Gissing, Roy Moulton and John Sutton. Prior to the match both teams were in the


upper half of division one of the indoor league, thus the match was in essence a ―four pointer.‖ The toss was won by the Blues who took to the


mat and after the first end were one shot down. On the second end that shot was regained. A clear lead for the Reds was established on the third end with a four shot advantage, but on the


fourth and fifth ends the Blues took two shots on each, resulting in the match being tied at five shots all after five ends. The Blues‘ resurgence continued on the sixth


end with another two shots won and was increased by another shot on the seventh end, resulting in an 8 – 5 advantage at what is usually the halfway point of these matches. With the Reds holding the shot on the eighth end John ―fired‖ his shot, sending the woods in all directions and the Jack out of bounds, thus destroying the end and causing it to be replayed. Every team needs a hooligan! Honour was however restored when Graham


drew the shot on the eighth to reduce the Blues lead to 8 – 6. On the ninth end John fired again with the Reds holding shot and on this occasion the tactic failed with the Reds picking up three shots and establishing a one shot lead. On the next end honours were once again even at nine all. By the thirteenth end the Blues had moved


into a 12 – 9 lead, which was reduced by one shot on the fourteenth end to 12 – 10. The Blues, however, continued in good form, finally winning by 13 shots to 10. Pleasantries, if that is what they were, were


exchanged though the smiles were genuine. Battle recommencing on 8 March when the return fixture will be played.


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