Polly game snowed off in action packed week

Alan Swift
Alan Swift

In a fixture packed first week of the new season, Polly Bowls were involved in six Knockout Cup midweek games across three teams.

Monday night the A team entertained Longdon Terrace only for the game abandoned due to snow.

An incredulous Pat Eames said: “I have been bowling for a good number of years but this is the first time bowls have gathered snow as they moved towards the jack, unbelievable conditions.”

The B team travelled to local side Huthwaite Park finding the home side in good form.

Despite the challenging conditions the game was completed with the home side taking the spoils and progressing to the next round.

Tuesday night saw the C team travel to Kingsway Park to be beaten by one shot by SKBC and like Monday night the players had battle the elements as well as the opposition, playing in a hailstorm. 

Neil Hunter, one of Polly’s directors said: “It was good to get the first competitive game under the belt and our players will take a great deal from the game.

“Yes it was disappointing to loose, but in these conditions anything could have happened.”

Wednesday night saw Polly A dispatch Queensway Park in a game that swung one way then the other, but with home advantage the Polly side found the extra points to secure victory.

There were mixed fortunes on the night as Polly B were beaten by home side Teversal.

Thursday witnessed Polly on their travels again playing against a strong Delves side at Clay Cross.

Only one rink won for the visitors, led by Alan Swift.

He said: “You don’t expect such trying conditions like this for an opening game, cold wet and the green playing ever different as the match progressed.”

With partner Morris Selby, Swift could have been forgiven to bemoan the conditions as he was playing his first outdoor game in 12 months following a knee replacement operation.

Polly will have to wait till 7th May to start their Saturday league campaign against Huthwaite Park as last Saturday’s away fixture against Rainworth was cancelled due to the home side unable to field a team.