Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Evans Cup - one of the most important events in the calendar of the Bowls Section of Budleigh Croquet Club is here again.
On Thursday (August 15), twelve pairs of bowlers will participate in this annual and eagerly-awaited competition.
Six pairs will play a “round robin” format in the morning and six in the afternoon.
The winners from the morning competition will then play each other in the grand final to try to become the holders of this prestigious trophy. Last year, the winners were Penny Weeks and Bob Clifford and they will be returning to attempt to repeat their success.
The history of the Evans Cup is not completely understood but it is known that the Cup was given to the Club in May 1949 by a Mrs Evans (the wife of a doctor who had his surgery on Fore Street) on the understanding that it would be presented to the winners of a pairs competition played on the ‘American system’.
Although originally the competition was a two-day event, in recent years it has been compressed into a single day.
It is traditional for bowls members to bring copious plates of food to the Club so that competitors and members are provided with both lunch and tea.
The final is always held immediately following tea and is usually a tightly-fought affair.
As Alan Davies, vice chairman of the croquet club bowls section said: “We are really hoping for good weather because our Bowling Green benefits from some of the best views in Devon and nothing could be better than witnessing exciting competition in these surroundings on a beautiful summer’s afternoon”.