Phear Park John Tucker Trophy triumph for John Robins

The Phear Park John Tucker trophy finalist. (Left to right) beaten finalist David Adam, Phedar Park

The Phear Park John Tucker trophy finalist. (Left to right) beaten finalist David Adam, Phedar Park chair M Allen and the winner John Robins. - Credit: Archant

The start of what was another busy bowling week at Phear Park began with four triples competing at Belmont, writes David Evans.

Alas, the notorious swinging rinks were too much for the Park and they incurred a 22-shot deficit, but the triple of Cruse, Tatchell and Smith came back with six shots on the last two ends to grab the only win.

The following day was more successful for the Over-60s League teams. The A team had a very easy win at home to Axminster which made up somewhat for the battering received from Axminster in the Foxlands competition!

Although the A team are still in the relegation zone, they have a very good shots difference and only need a bit of luck to make them safe.

Meanwhile, the B team went to Ottery St Mary where, unfortunately, our losing rink dropped nine shots in the last three ends allowing Ottery to draw the game.

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We took four triples to Seaton and it’s always a pleasure to make the long journey and we found that the green was one of the best we have played on, due entirely to the club members who now look after the green.

However, the game was not much of a contest because the home club were missing no fewer than 11 players who were on Top Club competition duty and so Phear Park ended the contest some 40 odd shots ahead!

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A busy week continued with the playing of the John Tucker Trophy, which is for all club members and the winner has to play a total of up to 50 ends.

John Robins made it all look rather easy in early rounds, but he had a keenly fought final with David Adams in lovely bowling conditions and claimed the title with a three on the final end.

We entertained Sidmouth on the Sunday and due to the very dry weather the green, for the first time in many years, looked like a desert and some players found it almost unplayable. Phear Park lost overall by nine shots, but their only winning triple of Summers, Allen, and D Horne coped well with a score of 33-12.

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