It’s just after 8pm on the first Monday in September, and for the first time since 1993 (or is it 1992?) I’m not at Widcombe Social Club ready to start the skittles season off.
Tonight was the skittles league presentation night. By the end of the prize giving we’d walked away with the cups for league runners-up, pins cup winners, singles nomination winner, and best of all, supreme champions. A fitting end to the team which has now disbanded.
I’ve got more silverware to add to the collection, and we even won a few prizes in the raffle.
CDRFC isn’t the best alley to finish your skittling career on, but it’s what we were given. A miscalculation meant we actually needed 3 points from tonights match, not the 1 we had originally thought. We managed to lose the first leg on a tie which didn’t get us off to a good start, losing the second as well didn’t help, but then we managed to trade legs until the match was 3-3. We lost the 7th leg on another tie, and then lost the 8th properly. Fortunately we’d done enough to take the pins so Crazy Gang took 7 points, and we took 4 which should guarantee us second place in the league.
One of the sticker-ups learned a valuable lesson tonight. A tight low-cut vest top and hipster jeans are not really suitable clothing to wear when sticking up if you want to remain any modicum of decency. Especially if you’re wearing bright red underwear.
And now my skittling career is at an end. That’s all folks.
Tonight will be my last skittles match, Housing Admin are disbanding due to a lack of players and won’t be taking part next season.
I originally got drafted in for one match in September 1993 and have been playing ever since. In the 14 seasons I’ve played we’ll have won 6 cups, and come runner-up on several occasions. Not a bad showing really.
Tonight was the Pins Cup Final, aka the Hobbs Cup. We were drawn as the away team, and for the first 5 legs or so it was pretty even, however a minor slipup or two left us 11 pins down after 7 legs, mainly due to Treasurers having got two spares and us none. Fortunately Treasurers didn’t have a great last two legs leaving us needing 54 for our last leg to take the cup. Somehow we managed to get our highest leg of the match, a 59, to win by 5 pins, mainly thanks to one of our team getting our first and only spare of the night.
For some bizarre reason I was top score, a 15 spare might have had something to do with that though :)
As for the league, it turns out that the captain miscalculated, we still need one point from the last match, which is being played next Monday, to guarantee us second place in the league.
Special mention should probably be made of our captain Dave Weeks, who, as of yesterday, is now known as Granddad Weeks following the birth of William James Weeks. To be fair, Jon and Charlotte had a lot more to do with it than he did.
We won the first leg quite covincingly, but lost the next two, however we then hit a run of good legs and went on to win 5-2, taking the full 8 points in the process. If our maths is right, that guarantees us second place in the league thanks to the team in first place beating the team now in third.
Tonight was also the end of an era, as it was our last ever home match at Widcombe Social Club. To be honest I won’t miss the place. It’s not a patch on what it used to be when I started playing in the early 90’s, I’m not sure they’ve even cleaned the alley in that time, and the beer is now almost as expensive as in a proper pub.
Our next match is the pins cup final on Wednesday at Bath City FC, let’s hope we can emulate their recent form and win the match.
Having seen a copy of the league table at the weekend, we need to score 20 points from three games to guarantee second place.
It all started fairly well tonight, we quickly worked our way into a 4-2 lead, but then it all went a bit wrong. We managed to lose the last three legs, and lost the game 5-4. RUH Porters took 8 points, we took 4.
This means we have to win the last two games to guarantee second place in the league, although it could be less depending on the outcome of the two Larks vs BARDS matches.
We won the first two legs comfortably but lost the third by quite a lot. The fourth and fifth were ours, but then we lost the sixth by a few pins. Luckily we showed a 57 on the seventh leg and the Porters couldn’t come close. Housing won 5-2 and took 8 points, the Porters took 2.
At the moment we are struggling to raise a team for the return match as we’re four players down on normal. We might end up dragging people off the streets at this rate.
Our Spanish contingent had returned from the continent, so we were almost back to full strength tonight. We won the first 4 legs quite convinicingly, but then it all went a bit wrong. We lost the next two legs, partly due to a spare from Marion, but managed to thrash their score in the 7th leg to win 5-2.
Housing took 8 points, Bath Hospitals took 2.
We’ve only got 4 league matches and a cup final left now. We can’t win the league, but we could win the cup.
This was meant to be the second match of the season, but it was delayed because we couldn’t raise a team.
I played like a complete numpty for most of the match tonight, I couldn’t get above a 5. The rest of the team weren’t much better at times. After getting 58 in the first leg, we soon plummeted to the low 40s. Luckliy Odd Bods were out of practice due to not having played for 7 weeks, so we eventually managed to beat them 5-2.
Housing Admin took 8 points, Odd Bods took 2.
Fortunatly Tony and Mary are back from their spanish excursion which will help bolster the team for the last few matches. We’ve also got a date and location for the Pins cup final, however it’s at Bath City FC which isn’t our favourite alley.