Barmy Army’s 8-pins victory over Wide Boys on Tuesday at the Three Compasses in their rearranged league match clinched them the Section A title for the second time in their history.
The Army were 4-pins down after four hands but the match changed on the fifth hand with Wide Boys hitting 54 which allowed Barmy Army to get in front mainly thanks to two 13 stick ups from No.1 Rich Cole and anchor man Matt King which helped the Army to 66 and an 8-pins lead. Two 62 hands to end the match was enough for the home side to hold off Wide Boys and to clinch the title.
Barmy Army were formed in 1999 and played their home matches at the Bulls Head. Section E was won in their second season 00-01. In the 02-03 season the Army finished third in Section D which was good enough to see them promoted to Section C. Over the next two seasons they finished runners up in Section C and then won Section B in the 04-05 season.
Barmy Army’s first season in Section A (05-06) was fairly successful as they finished sixth, but the following season the team moved alleys to the Three Compasses, Charminster and were relegated from the top league after finishing third from bottom.
Back in Section B saw the teams first cup success as they won the Knockout Cup in season 08-09, while the Plate was won the following season.
The Army were on their way back to the top league after they won Section B in season 10-11. Season 12-13 saw Army win the Plate for a second time and also they finished as runners up in Section A.
From the 13-14 season the team moved to the Goldies. The Army’s greatest triumph was in season 16-17 when the team completed the Section A / Knockout Cup double.
Barmy Army moved back to the Three Compasses, Charminster for the ill-fated 19-20 season.
With Section A sewed up the teams attentions will turn to the Knockout cup where they will look to emulate their 2017 double success. The Army though face a tough quarter final match away to Wide Boys.