Swansea's stirring comeback rewarded
SWANSEA put themselves in a strong position at the top of the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association Over-60s Team Championship West Section after a 85-67 win over former champions Selwyn in Llanelli.
Swansea picked up 12 points from their victory which was based on a stirring late comeback.
Selwyn started brightly to lead by 12 shots after the opening quarter. The home side still held an 11 shots lead at halfway, before Swansea dominated the following five ends to lead by 11 shots before finishing the stronger to win by 18 shots at the close.
The Swansea quartet of Russ John, Allan Dempster, Ken Vaughan and Alun Jones were in fine form, especially in the second half as they overturned a 9-6 deficit into an excellent 25-11 win against Brian Young.
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The visitors also secured two further successes when Billy Potter beat Peter Jenkins 21-17 and Denny James edged out Albie Evans 23-21.
Selwyn picked up a couple of consolation points when the rink of Ryan Jenkins, Mal Griffiths, Gary Turner and Phil Richardson defeated Archie Phillips 18-16, although Phillips can be pleased with his rinks' contribution to the overall victory having battled back from an early 9-0 deficit and 17-9 after 15 ends to finish just a couple of shots down at the close.
Llanelli's Selwyn Samuel Centre hosts the opening round of the Welsh Singles west division on Friday and there are some interesting ties in prospect including the John Roberts v Robert Chisholm match at 6pm.
Roberts reached the final of this competition a few years ago and skipped his Heatherton team-mates to the National Fours title last season, while Chisholm needs little introduction having represented England before his move to Swansea where he has settled really well and has qualified for all the major TV events this year.
Pontardawe's in-form Steve Allen faces Llanelli's Keith Evans in what should be another interesting tie and in a Swansea v Pontardawe match, former semi-finalist Jonathan Williams faces Haydn Bowen.
In the central division matches at Cynon Valley on the same evening, Port Talbot duo Nicky Collins and John Price have drawn each other in one of the ties of the opening round.
In a game that has already been played Earlswood's Welsh Over-60s Singles champion Lenny Davies defeated young Dale McCarthy 21-19 in a very good game.
WELSH INDOOR SINGLES 1st rd west section at Llanelli (Dec 7, 6pm): J. Williams (Swansea) v H. Bowen (Pontardawe); B. Potter (Swansea) v M. Partridge (Llanelli); A. Hillier (Dinefwr) v M. Jackson (Heatherton); J. Roberts (Heatherton) v R. Chisholm (Swansea); M. Davies (Llanelli) v A. Jones (Dinefwr); S. Allen (Pontardawe) v K. Evans (Llanelli). (7.30pm): L. Buse (Swansea) v S. Clark (Bro Myrddin); S. Reese (Heatherton) v G. Barrett (Pembroke); S. Harries (Bro Myrddin) v A. Howells (Llanelli); C. White (Bro Myrddin) v G. Edwards (Dinefwr).
CENTRAL DIVISION at Cynon Valley (Dec 7, 6.30pm): N. Collins (Port Talbot) v J. Price (Port Talbot); R. Tomlinson (Port Talbot) v D. Parkhouse (Ogwr); G. Tucker (Earlswood) v T. Pearson (Ogwr); V. Phillips (Earlswood) v M. Thomas (Rhondda); (8pm) P. Carpenter (Cynon Valley) v J. Matthews (Earlswood).