Phear Park 2010 Open Tournament - It's a family affair as Mother and Son lift individual honours.

PUBLISHED: 19:39 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:39 11 August 2010

exsp bowls Phear park Champions

exsp bowls Phear park Champions


There was very much a family flavour to the Phear park 2010 Open Tournament Finals Day with victories in the Ladies Singles for Sarah Westacott and in the Men's Singles for her son, Chris Cleaver.

PHEAR Park’s first open championship took place in 1923 when a men’s singles competition was held, writes Lawrie Harries.

Since then the tournament has grown and, this year, it provided an unusual family feature when the ladies singles title was won by Sarah Westacott and the men’s title went to her son Chris Cleaver.

Mum, Sarah, won her title by overcoming another Phear Park member, Joan Evans.

This was a good competition for Park as three of the semi-finalists were home players.

Twenty one year old Chris Cleaver, a former Park member and Devon and Middlesex Under-25 champion, played out an enthralling final with Topsham’s Norman Owen, a former tournament finalist and pairs winner.

Owen got off to a fine start with some excellent bowling which put him 17-10 ahead and then he went to the brink of victory, leading 20-13.

If this had been the FA cup final the Topsham ribbons would have been placed around the trophy.

Despite his tender years, Cleaver has considerable experience bowling under pressure.

With no margin for error, he clawed back six shots.

On the 28th end Owen was holding the one shot he needed for victory, but Cleaver produced one of the shots of the week to remove the shot bowl leaving him the two shots needed to clinch the title.

A wonderful climax to a week of splendid bowling.

The Men’s pairs competition produced some fine bowling and close finishes.

The winners were Peter Sheppard and Mike Lewis from the Belmont club (Exeter). Runners-up were the home pairing of Richard Cooper and Peter Burch who had some excellent wins in earlier rounds..

The Belmont pair turned out to be the comeback kings of the tournament as they had to overcome substantial deficits in most rounds, including the final, which they eventually won 19-11.

The mixed pairs were also very competitive with all four semi-finalists at one time looking like potential trophy winners.

Home pair Westacott and David Evans reached the final where they defeated Rita Barwick (Honiton) and Harry Channon (Ottery).

An inaugural ladies pairs competition, played round-robin fashion, was won by Joan Evans and Gillian Harding, both Park members.

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