Dateline - Tuesday 1st July 2008
Deben Division - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog versus Aldeburgh Boules Club
In the first match-up to have its return fixture completed, the two teams met up earlier this evening in glorious sunshine on the car park of the Shepherd & Dog that now doubles as the home teams piste.
Whilst the visitors awaited the arrival of the team skipper and partner, the other visiting pair got underway and after taking an early 8-0 lead, were pegged back but finally finished the game at 13-10 to draw first blood to Aldeburgh.
By now the other team members arrived and the first pair were split up for the next set of games. This initially also went the way of current league leaders, Aldeburgh, with a 13-7 win to go 2-0 up on the night, but the other pairing slipped to an 8-13 defeat leaving the match delicately poised at 2-1 to the away side.
All eyes turned to the late arrivals for their final game but they just couldnt get to grips with the Hollesley 'middle piste' and combined with good play by the hosts, lost 3-13, losing the 2 game advantage they had and finishing with an honours even 2-2 draw.
Despite this Aldeburgh remain top and Hollesley in third place but its starting to get tight as we enter the second half of the season.
Thanks to both sides for an entertaining match and applause to the hospitality afforded by the home venue. All makes it worthwhile.