Greenbank held up as City claim Cup
GLOUCESTER City have lifted the County Cup for the first time in their history.
They claimed the trophy with a 74-46 success over Bristol Greenbank at Bishop's Cleeve BC.
In the semi-finals Gloucester City overcame Nailsworth while Bristol Greenbank edged out Tewkesbury.
The final saw the rink of Dave Godwin, Eddie Doig, Ron Wilks and Paul Morris do most of the damage for City against Graham Hudd, John Ind, Peter Bennett and F Wilkins.
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Gloucester were stunned on the first end, dropping a five, but they won the next eight ends picking up a three and two twos to open up a 12-5 lead.
That was cut back to 12-10 three ends later before they mounted another bout of winning ends.
In that run of winning six ends they grabbed a match-winning seven and finished with a three to leap into a 27-10 lead and win by 13 shots, 27-14.
Dave Bennett, Shaun Morris, Matt Curtis and Doug Lewis piled up the shots early on against Pete Belsten, B Avery, Jeff Lowden and Scott Avery.
They won seven out of the first eight ends to rack up a 14-1 lead.
In that winning sequence they scored two threes and three twos before their opponents staged a mini revival when Gloucester conceded nine shots and only scored one themselves to be 15-10 ahead after 15 ends.
A two and a single stopped the surge and then, having scored a single on the 19th end, they hit a high with a five and secured a 25-11 win.
Vince Wilks, Brett Bennett, Derek Thorpe and Alan Brooker fought out a thriller against Chris Lowden, Mike Keating, Steve Andrews and Gerry Coffield.
They went into a 6-4 lead after scoring a four on the second end.
A run of three ends without scoring saw them trail 9-8 after nine ends.
Back in front with a two they then grabbed a five to lead 15-10, only to lose a four on the next end.
All square at 15-15 after 15 ends, they then scored another five and followed it up with a two to lead 22-16 before their opponents closed the gap as they won it 22-21.
In the battle for third and fourth place Nailsworth overcame Tewkesbury 61-52.