Phear park hoping another bus comes along quickly!

PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 July 2015

John Tucker cup finalists at Phear Park Leighton Burston (left) and Peter Burch.

John Tucker cup finalists at Phear Park Leighton Burston (left) and Peter Burch.


There’s a popular belief that if your bus fails to turn up on time, eventually two will turn up together, writes Laurie Harries.

Phear Park A squad in the Over-60s Triples League know the feeling!

After failing to win on both rinks all season they did so a fortnight ago and repeated the feat last week at Axminster. Hopefully a third bus comes along this week!

Axminster’s artificial green can be difficult, but Park adapted well. John Dill, John Whyte and David Evans (skip) ended 20-15 up. On the other rink Bob Smith skipped Peter Burch and John Robins to a 20-13 win.

To complete an excellent afternoon for Park the B squad defeated Uffculme at Phear Park on both rinks. Paul Beresford, Ron Rooke and John Anderson (skip) finished 17-14 ahead; a win more comfortable than the score suggests.

The drama came on the second rink where Jack Coates, Dave Maunder and Bob Baker went into the final end level at 15 shots each. A single shot gave Park a win by 16-15, an overall win by four shots and eight points.

The first of Park’s internal competitions was held last Saturday. The John Tucker trophy is open to all members – including ladies – and is a knock-out competition played over 10 ends.

This year the trophy was won by Leighton Burston who defeated Peter Burch in a very tight final. Going into the tenth end Burch led by two shots, but Burston clawed these back before going on to win after an extra end.

Burston proved to be something of a ‘come back kid’ as not only did he come back from a losing position in the final, he showed the same resilience in the semis against Rob Mottershead.

Mottershead had bowled superbly to lead by three shots at the start of the last end, only for Burston to claim four shots and the game.

Burch had a relatively straight forward advance to the final beating last year’s winner John Dill.

This was an enjoyable day’s bowling with the added bonus that the travellers who had despoiled the picturesque park with their vehicles had moved on.

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