Phear Park crown Pope and Dill the 2012 Men’s Pairs’ champions
17:33 12 September 2012
Phear Park’s internal competitions ended with the men’s and mixed pairs finals, writes Lawrie Harries.
The Mixed Pairs’ saw Eileen Burnham and Gerry Sharland race into a 14–0 lead.
However, steady bowling by Gillian Harding and Rob Mottershead pegged them back to 14–13, before the Burnham Sharland combination got their second wind and they ended comfortable winners.
The Men’s Pairs’ brought a high standard of bowling when Mike Pope and John Dill overcame the strongly fancied pair of Richard Cooper and Peter Burch.
On the friendly front Park sent a squad of three ladies triples and four men across town to meet Madeira.
Madeira proved too strong on this occasion and for the first time in a number of years completed the double over Park.
The ladies lost on two rinks and drew on the third. Margot Allen’s triple of Jackie Cruse and Eileen Burnham won eleven of the 18 ends and went into the final end six shots up, but still only drew!
Credit must be given to the home triple, but Park ladies’ clearly had their minds more on the post match gin and tonics than the state of play!
Park’s men only produced one winning triple that of Lawrie Harries, Peter Burch and Bob Smith (skip) who finished 20–11 ahead.
A four rink friendly at Pinces Gardens did bring a win. Jackie Cruse, John Horne, Richard Cooper and Les Parr (skip) enjoyed a 25-10 win.
Park’s other winning rink was Margaret Lock, David Horne, Faye Downend and John Anderson (skip) who were made to battle hard before ending three shots up.
Overall, Park ladies form in the unbadged triples has been disappointing but they achieved an excellent win against visitors Exonia ladies in the unbadged triples league.
Joy Mottershead, Jackie Cruse and Sarah Westacott (skip) finished 19 13 ahead. On the other rink Glenda Pope skipped Margaret Lock and Janet Martin to a convincing 27–12 victory.
Park’s over-60s B squad finished their season on a high by defeating Ottery St Mary.
Mike Thomas, Mike Pope and skip Dave Martin won by 20 shots to15. Ron Rooke’s triple of Gerry Sharland and John Anderson also had a comfortable win by 10 shots.