Phear Park’s club finals weekend produced a feast of fine bowling, close finishes and talking points, writes Lawrie Harries.

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Winner of the men’s championship shield was Peter Burch who defeated Richard Cooper 21–17 in a high quality final,

Burch took an early lead and at one time led 18-10 but Cooper fought back to 18–17. Burch held his nerve and took the three shots needed to claim the men’s title for the first time.

The ladies champion is Sarah Westacott who defeated Faye Downend to win the Olive Stephens trophy.

The weekend proved to be a productive one for Mrs Westacott, as she also claimed the ladies handicap trophy by beating Joy Mottershead and the two wood championship with a victory over Margaret Lock.

The ladies three wood final for the Challis cup was won by Gillian Harding who beat Glenda Pope by 21 shots to 15.

The closest game of the weekend was the men’s handicap when Burch and Cooper again fought it out. Cooper took an early nine shot lead but Burch clawed his way back until the thirty first end when he was holding the two shots he needed to win.

However, Cooper delivered a superb final wood to score the one shot he required to take the trophy.

Burch also made the final of the over-70s competition where he defeated John Dill in another very tight game. Burch eventually won by 21 shots to 19.

His jig at the end of the game could have been an indication of his delight at winning, but more probably the reaction to a wayward wasp.

The Captain’s trophy was also a tight affair. Les Parr playing steady bowls was in front for most of the final with Rob Mottershead.

Unfortunately for Parr he lost his momentum and with the score at 20 shots each Mottershead took the shot for victory.

It was not Parr’s day as he also lost in the final of the Garbutt Knott trophy.

Parr was holding the three shots he needed to win but opted to bowl his final wood which moved the jack reducing his advantage to just one shot.

Opponent John Dill capitalised and ran out the winner by 21 to 20.

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