ROCKWELL Green Short Mat bowls team made the short trip to Oake for a six-mat, 10-ends match against  Oake Tree.

The Oake Tree  team had several Taunton & District League players in their ranks .

First up (Green names first ) Joy, Dave D and Mike R met Cheryl, David and Martin. The Green trio found it hard work and were 8-2 down after six ends. They did gain one more shot but went down by 14-3.

Next up, Mick, Cass and Bob found Stella, Joy and David M far too hot to handle, and only managed two shots in the 10 ends, and ending the match on the wrong end of a 11-2 result.

Last up before the break were, what was thought to be the Green's strongest trio, of Bill, Reg and Brian against Joy, Pat and Martin.

The Green trio were only one down after four ends but the Oake trio then got into their stride and ran away with the game to come out 13-5 winners .

The normal  break for tea, coffee and biscuits was taken with the Green trailing Oake by 38-10.

Credit to Oake, they did give the Green some advice on how to play the mats.

The restart saw Joy, Dave D and Mike R matched with Rod, Mike and Martin in a much tighter game.

The sides were level at four all after seven ends but then Oake crept into a 6-5 lead with just one to play and it looked all over as Oake were holding three shots with only Mike's last wood to come.

But a brilliant shot from Mike took the jack away and took the shot for a six all draw after an entertaining encounter.  

Mick, Cass and Bob found the three Davids in fine form and the Green trio had to wait until the 7th end before scoring a shot by which time Oake had racked up an impressive 15 shots.

The Green did gain another shot but the match ended in a heavy thumping for the Green and a 17-2  loss.

The last game of the evening saw Bill, Reg and Brian take on Pam, Vicky and Martin P.

It was all square after four ends but it was one way traffic from then on with Oake taking the next five ends.

The Green did take the last end but it was too little too late with Oake coming out victors by a clear 10-6 scoreline.

Overall, a real thumping for the Green who went down by 71-22 but it was a lesson for all about how good league players are.

Man of the match was awarded to Mike Russell who kept his side in the game despite the pressure.