Thursday, August 15, 2013
A Phear Park club record was established last week in Park’s open tournament when seventeen-year-old Kieron Daniels from Honiton became the youngest player to reach the men’s singles final since the competition was established in 1925, writes Lawrie Harries.
Young Daniels reached the final with a fine win over the vastly experienced Bob Burch (Madeira) who won his first singles title in the tournament before Kieron was born!
Daniels could not repeat the form he showed in the semi final and he was defeated by the holder of the trophy, Norman Owen from Topsham who was in his third consecutive final. In his semi final Owen overcame the South Walian Jimmy Turner.
This experience showed, but young Daniels’ turn will eventually come.
Owen’s win put him among a select band of bowlers who have won the trophy in successive years.
The men’s pairs competition provided an exciting final which was won by Mike Lewis and Peter Sheppard from Belmont.
They were the dominant duo in the competition and they beat the Madeira pair Mick Powell and Cliff Skinner who were winners two years ago and who were appearing in their third successive final.
Lewis and Sheppard got off to a blistering start and were ten shots up after four ends. But the Madeira pair gradually reduced this advantage to just two shots at the start of the final end. However, Lewis and Sheppard held themselves together to emerge victorious.
The men’s pairs competition provided an unusual incident when Ron Cook and Ray Tallent (Sidmouth) scored a ‘hot shot’ - a maximum eight – in an early round.
The ladies pairs competition played on a round-robin basis, was won by Budleigh’s Di Dixon and Averil Barrett. There was another touch of deja vu here as the pair had been runners-up in the previous two years. Runners up this year were Ann Clayton and Philippa White from the Cloakham club.
The mixed pairs final was won by Freda and John Relph (Phear Park) who overcame Sylvia and Norman Owen (Topsham). Scoring was very even for much of the final but a strong finish by the Relphs saw them home .
Phear Park club was delighted to announce that more than £100 had been raised by raffle and auction for Exmouth Hospicecare.