There was a good turnout at the WBCC 2015 skittles evening held at the Sunbury Sports Association. The venue has new management and things certainly have changed. They have provided a brand new skittles alley and the décor in the room made the ambience much more appealing than in previous years. Gone was the mini hangar look, in came the Christmas tree and lights and pretty bunting all over the ceiling. None of this, however detracted from the spanking competitive performance by members of the WBCC skittles fraternity.
As is normal, the Commodore challenged the Vice Commodore to field a team which would beat hers at this year's event. This was bound to be a competitive event, given that the VCs team won the darts match a few weeks earlier when Scilla stole the march at the last moment.
Off went the players. Tony Smy hurled the balls with such ferocity that minders David Seager and Roger Harden at the other end of the alley were in grave danger of being bombed out of the hall altogether. Others took a more measured strategy, aiming for the skittle of their choice. Which would provide the winning approach? This was the question uppermost on most people's mind as they walked up to the alley for their turn. An early challenge was set when Jean Cliffe got the first clean break with 9 pins down. Now the challenge was really on and the stakes were high.
At the end of the first round, the Vice Commodore's team led with 3 points in 300 or so. A slim lead, but a lead nevertheless. This was increased to a lead of 7 by the second round. The tension grew and hung about the air as we broke for dinner. This time the fare was chicken with tarragon sauce or a beef stew and reportedly both dishes were delicious.
Refreshed and sustained, each team eagerly stepped up to play the next round, which resulted in the Commodore's team catching up and nullifying the VC's lead.
So the final round became the deciding round! Excitement grew as the round started and scores were watched carefully. Eventually, after all the skill and expertise had been expended, the scores were counted and the Ciommodore