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MIDDLESEX FADE YET AGAIN AS SLUMP CONTINUES

Not for the first time this season Middlesex managed to turn a good positive start into a comfortable defeat as they lost to Buckinghamshire BA in the Home Counties League on Saturday.

Team Manager Ray Fortune must be scratching his head as to how he cures the problem of only playing for half a game!

The match was played at Broomfield Bowling Club and the challenging green was initially more to the home players liking as they romped to a 41-23 lead at 5 ends.  At 10 ends Middlesex still led by 15, 64-49 and had the lead on 4 rinks.

Buckinghamshire were clearly getting to grips with things though and a 44-16 surge through the next 5 ends saw them 80-93 in front. They did not let the pressure ease and extended that lead to 15 at 18 ends. Middlesex now only led on 2 rinks, with a further 2 tying. Over the final 3 ends across the green Middlesex tried in vain to recover things but they failed, eventually going down by 16, 107-123.

Despite the defeat Middlesex did end up with 3 winning rinks gaining 6 pts to Buckinghamshire’s 16.

Arguably the toughest task of the day fell to President Andy Docker who had to work out who top rink was with all 3 Middlesex winning rinks winning by 3 and winning 11 ends. In the end Howard Warburton & Colin Pink (both Broomfield), Alan Harman and Nick Edwards (both Bounds Green) got the nod as they scored 21 shots.

Pipped at the post were Geoff Salter & Roger Watkinson (Both Broomfield), Russell Rooks (Rosedale Park) and Tony Waller (Ladygate) who scored 20 and Ian Ellis (Finchley), Joe Burke, Tom Daden & Chris Dunkley (all Poplar) who managed a miserly 18!

Pictured are Howard Warburton and Alan Woolf (Holtwhites) who were making their Home Counties League Debuts.

In the days other games undefeated Berkshire lost at home to perennial champions Kent 4-18 and winless Oxford also lost at home, 4-18, to still undefeated Surrey.

So Berkshire remain top with 62points but they have played a game more than 2nd placed Surrey who have 52. Kent come next with 44, then Middlesex in 4th with 26.

Next up for Middlesex in the league is a trip to Reading to take on the Royal County of Berkshire on July 15th. Preview in due course.