December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Evans Cup – one of the most important events in the bowls section of Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club – was contested by ten pairs of bowlers last week, writes Rob Weeks.
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 who was the wife of a doctor who had his surgery in Fore Street.
She determined that the cup would be presented to the winners of a pairs competition played on the ‘American system’.
Although originally the event was held over two consecutive days, in recent years it has been compressed into a single day.
Accordingly, five pairs played in a ‘round robin’ format last Thursday morning and five in the afternoon.
Both sessions were keenly contested and each winner had to be decided on a count back of shots as no pair had established a clear lead. In the morning, a torrential shower nearly spoiled matters but eventually Margaret Ringsell and Brian Goddard were narrowly declared the winners. Everyone then went into lunch to dry off and deliberate on what could have been!
Meanwhile, outside, the clouds were clearing and the afternoon proved to be at least as exciting as the morning session.
Eventually Rona Rush and Alan Davies were inspired with the sun on their backs and powered through the field to reach the final which was watched by a sizeable crowd of knowledgeable bowlers.
Although an exhausted Rush and Davies tried valiantly to hold their own in the final, in the end it was the superior skill of Ringsell and Goddard which eventually allowed them to secure the trophy.