Friendly - Braintree v Clacton - July 2015
Braintree & Witham Times - July 2015
Friendly Braintree v Clacton Indoor B.C
Though the end result was a victory to Braintree Bowling Club in this five rink triples friendly match, against one of the best Indoor Bowling Clubs in the County, Clacton I.B.C, it also proved to be a bittersweet moment as the match as a whole was played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere which was a credit to both club.
Braintree eventually came out on top, with a victorious score of 86 shots to 68 shots winning 4 rinks, drawing one and losing one in this triples friendly. It was also a good experience to encourage the newer members to outdoor bowls which is much harder to cope with due to the naturally different grass texture playing surface than that of the faster consistent carpet covering of the indoor game.
Braintree B.C. over the past winters, had experience of playing indoors at Clacton, which usually resulted in Braintree being completely outplayed because of the lack of playing on such a fast surface. In this recent friendly, the tables were turned as most of the Clacton players found the slower surface a daunting experience leaving their shots well short of the jack. Though it must be said, as the games progressed, they began to claw back the score line as they adjusted to this alien surface.
Hopefully, this will become an annual event on the Summer Bowling programme, which again will enable Indoor players and Outdoor players to show off their prowess on the different surfaces.
Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer Braintree Bowling Club