Dorset Men Bounce Back

Following the defeat to Somerset, Dorset bounced back achieving an outstanding result against Wiltshire.

After 5 ends 28-21 Dorset creep ahead

After 10 ends 81-48 Dorset now move 33 shots ahead

After 15 ends 108-76 Wiltshire holding their own and cut the deficit by 1

After 21 ends 154-93 Dorset pull away to a fine win by 61 shots


Following a fine meal served by The Dolphin catering team and the, as always, enjoyable company of our Wiltshire opponents.

Dorset President, Barrie Tatman, presented ‘Colts Badges’ to three new County bowlers from Moonfleet IBC, David Bishop, Mike Legge and Derek Devonald-Batt.

Derek came to Dorset with a full Berkshire County badge, so also received a Dorset full County badge.

Following the new boys, came a reward for longevity, Jim Andrews was presented with a ’50 Match Appearance’ blazer flash.

County Under 18’s Mixed Dble Rink Update

Unfortunately Wiltshire at the last moment pulled out of the match as they were unable to raise a team and have withdrawn from the competition. This has left the Dorset youngsters in a winner takes all match against Somerset U18’s on 7th March at Dolphin IBC. The winners progress to the semifinals/finals of the competition as the winners of the SW area to be played at Nottingham on 21st March. A draw will not be sufficient as Somerset have a better points difference with both teams beating Devon. Your support at Dolphin would be welcomed. COME ON DORSET.

Ladies Beat Somerset in SWCL

Below is the result of the SWCL v Somerset 13.1.20 at Taunton

  1. Howard         27   13      S. Osborne
  2. Lacey            20  22      C. Parsons
  3. Bryant           23  14      M. Sutton
  4. Wilson           21  22      J Humphries
  5. Crawford       22  13      M. Woodland
  6. Cullip            14    17      B. Colby


   Dorset              127   101     Somerset

Ladies Win in Atherley Trophy

Below is the result of the Atherley Dorset v Somerset 11.1.20 at Dolphin

Howard             22        13      J. Young

P Cresswell       30         11      S. Osborne

Bryant               25         17     M. Woodland

J Halliwell         17         19      B. Colby

Streater            22        17      M. Easton

Cullip                 15         27      S. Branfield


Dorset              131    104      Somerset


Mens County Fall to Somerset

Dorset were hoping to achieve another double against Somerset, away at Taunton Deane, however, Somerset were out for revenge, and they certainly achieved that with Dorset suffering their worst defeat this season.

After 5 ends the score was 14 – 41, Somerset racing ahead

After 10 ends the score was 31 – 72, Somerset now 41 shots up

After 15 ends the score was 62 – 89, Dorset fighting back

After 21 ends the score was 31 – 72, Somerset ensuring a significant win by 56 shots

A miserable afternoon of bowling for Dorset, was made better by our friends from Somerset over dinner, who are always a pleasure to socialise with.  A special mention must be made of the Caterers, who once again, provided a superb roast dinner and choice of deserts.

Dorset President Barrie Tatman was pleased to present Ian Gibb with his full County Badge, well done Ian.

Men Win Against Hampshire

Dorset Mens County Team managed to do the double over Hampshire, at Atherley on Sunday.  The match was tightly fought across 5 of the rinks, but a strong performance on the rink led by Paul Tidby, ensured Dorset were always ahead.  The match progressed as follows:

After 5 ends the score was 33 – 20, Dorset ahead starting well

After 10 ends the score was 68 – 43, Dorset continuing well and steadily moving away

After 15 ends the score was 82 – 75, Hampshire fighting back hard and were certainly not giving up

After 21 ends the score was 123 – 104, Dorset getting home by 19 shots

The match ended with rinks being shared at 3 each.

An enjoyable game as always against Hampshire, with the day finishing with a nice meal served up by the caterers at Atherley.

A good result for Dorset, and a great start to the New Year.

Photo on left of Andre Ferguson, from Wellworthy, playing just his second match for the County, and making a significant contribution to his rinks eventual win, in a tense tussle, by just 3 shots.  Great to see some younger blood interested in playing for his County.

Under 25’s Double Rink Lose to Devon

Dorset faced a strong Devon team studded with players from their Liberty Trophy team at Axminster in the U25’s Mens Double Rink. The first couple of ends were shared but then Devon hit a purple patch on both rinks and by the start of the 10th end Dorset found themselves 20 shots down. At this stage Dorset could have capitulated but they are made of sterner stuff and over the remainder of the match held their own. Unfortunately this is a knock out competition so it will be another year until this team will be able to play together, hopefully we will not faced Devon in our first match next time.

Sid Steele (U25 Team manager)