Local Bowls round-up
PUBLISHED: 14:19 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010
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THE eighty-first Annual Open Bowling Tournament was a great success, with five days of glorious weather helping considerably. Club members were entertained to some superb matches and the high level of talent on display.
THE eighty-first Annual Open Bowling Tournament was a great success, with five days of glorious weather helping considerably. Club members were entertained to some superb matches and the high level of talent on display. At 19 years of age Chris Cleaver (Phear Park) became the youngest winner of the Men's Singles in the 81 years the tournament has been running. What's more, Cleaver was also a winner in the Open Triples. The game of the week was the Open Triples final that saw the team of W Hamilton (Lichfield), K Sparkes (Walsall) and J Hamilton (Lichfield) come back from 12-6 down to draw level at 13 all on the eighteenth end, only to be beaten by one shot on the extra end. The final score was 14-13 to the triple of R McCaughtrie (Kidderminster), J Hadfield (Madeira) and C Cleaver (Phear Park).Keith Hutchens (Chippenham), who was victorious in the Men's Pairs with Mike Dyer (Exonia), was last year's winner of the Men's Singles competition.The best performing home club bowlers, who all reached the quarter-final stages were John Dill in the Men's Singles, John Dill and Ron Tyler in the Men's Pairs, John and Maggie Dance in the Mixed Pairs, and Maggie Dance in the Open Triples.It is widely recognised that the host club puts great emphasis on creating a friendly atmopshere throughout the week-long competition and this is borne out by the large number of spectators who attended and by the competitors who return year after year. One bowler from Kidderminster has not missed entering the tournament in 40 years. Congratulations must go to the tournament organisers, co-ordinator John Dance, assistant co-ordinators Ron Tyler, Pat Gibbons, Lilian Grainer, Diana Stone and Jane Hincks, all the members who helped with the excellent catering facilities, manned the bar, assisted with organising the social events and the groundsman and members who prepared the grounds. Many thanks also to all the local businesses that sponsored the tournament and the Mayor of Budleigh Salterton for bowling the first wood.The Finalists:Men's Singles - C Cleaver (Phear Park) beat W. Lloyd (Droitwich) 21-11 Ladies' Singles - L Sandoz (Kidderminster) beat C Fisher (Honiton) 21-13Men's Pairs - K Hutchens (Chippenham) and M Dyer (Exonia) beat W Hamilton (Lichfield) and K Sparkes (Walsall) 21-17Mixed Pairs - J Hadfield and L Smerdon (Madeira) beat M and L Sandoz (Kidderminster) 16 -15(L Smerdon was a substitute for C Hadfield (Madeira) in the semi-final and final)Open Triples - R McCaughtrie (Kidderminster), J Hadfield(Madeira) and C Cleaver (Phear Park) beat W Hamilton (Lichfield), K Sparkes (Walsall) and J Hamilton (Lichfield) 14-13.MADEIRA have had a busy past week with five matches in seven days, starting with the traditional game after the club's tournament week, the Ladies' Captain against the Men's Captain. This is usually a keenly fought match and this year was no exception. After a quarter of the contest, the Ladies held a one shot lead but, by the midway mark, the men had turned the score around to hold a 21 shot lead. Over the third quarter the contest became one of shot for shot and this took the game into the fourth and final quarter with the men holding a 20 shot lead.The ladies rallied and their strong finish saw them claim the final six legs by an aggregate score of 61-45 but this was still enough to take the game by 178-174 (+4)The best winning rink for the men was skipped by the Club President Ken Roberts and he was supported by Tony Howle, Norman Wearne and Matt Marriott, who won their match by 14 shots.The Captain's fixture was followed by a visit from Bridgwater who brought a seven rink team and helped to provide a most enjoyable and close game. At 5 ends the home side held an 11 shot lead and, by 10, had increased this to 24. By 15, the home side had really taken a hold and showed a shot difference of 36 but this was when the visitors took hold and made a fighting comeback but they had left it just a little too late and Madeira held on to record a 22 shot victory. This was helped very much by the rink of Frank Allen, Glyn Roberts, Keith Smith and skip Don Harris who won by 21 shots.Next up came a visit from Kingswood Park (Bristol) who brought an 11 rink team but found the hosts in exceptional form and the visitors only managed to win on four rinks. Madeira dominated the proceedings, leading from start to finish. At the quarter mark the advantage was 20 shots, which grew to 28 by half way and, after 15 ends, the hosts' advantage was a whopping 44 shots.The visitors launched something of a comeback but they had left it too late and the home side held on to return a 233 to 200 shot victory. The best performing home rink was that of Madeleine Marriott, Sylvia Cook, Ivor Morris and skip Stewart Spencer who returned a card displaying a 23 shot victory.The last visitors of the week were a side from Bromley, Kent, who were calling in at the end of a week-long tour of the county, having been based throughout at The Manor Hotel. Madeira once again produced some excellent collective bowling, winning on six of the nine rinks that saw action.After a quarter of the contest the hosts held a 15 shot advantage but the Bromley bowlers rallied and, by the time the half way mark was reached, the hosts' lead had been reduced to just four shots. Then came the big push from Madeira and by 15 ends they had a lead of 30 shots, running out the winners by 201-166 (35+). The best home rink, who won by 20 shots, was Arthur Scadden, Tim Wiseman, Jean Healey and skip Don Harris.Finally, in a busy week for the club, the Madeira team had a good win in the County Trophy when they beat Sidmouth by three rinks to one and a total score of 79-63. This puts them into the Quarter final which will be played at Topsham on August 31.CHRISTINE Macaulay produced some consistent bowling to win three games at the section finals of the County Unbadged Singles and qualify for the County Final in August. In the quarter-final of the county Interclub Trophy, Madeira had a very close game. Played at Totnes against Sir Francis Drake (Plymouth), the two rinks had contrasting fortunes and the overall result was in doubt until the very end. The Madeira rink skipped by S Harrriott, with A Denner, A Bellamy, and A Flockhart, won 24-17 while the other rink (skip L Smerdon) lost to SFD14-20, giving Madeira a one shot lead and a place in the semi-finals at Seaton on August 16.The introduction of a County Over 70s pairs competition this year has proved successful for Eileen Bagley and her partner Kate Andrews, who reached the quarter final stage with a convincing 23-8 win over D Bright and M Stevens (Crediton). Kate Andrews also reached the semi-final of the Blackmore Cup, beating J Glaister 21-15. Another quarter-final winner in the same competition was C Worth who beat C Macaulay 21-19. In the Championship quarter finals, J Roberts beat E Haynes 21-12 and J Gilbert beat C Macaulay 20-14. In the Handicap, C King emerged victorious after a long game against L Healy, whose handicap of +7 proved decisive in a final score of 21-23. Also through to the semi-final is S Cox (+3) who beat B Williams 24-19. V Bevan and L Harvey won their quarter final in the Ladies Pairs 21-11. S Harriott went through to the final of the 2-wood singles after an exciting semi-final against Norma Cureton which finished 16-15. She will meet C Hadfield in the final.Four rinks of triples went to Abbrook Park for a friendly, winning three of the four games, the best of which was D Fox, J Rainton and P Cain 23-10, and the overall score was 76-58. After several years of seeing the Pomeroy Trophy taken by a visiting team, this year the annual event was won by Madeira bowlers J Perrin, W Scadden, C Macaulay and C King (+19).