Phear Park tournament week proves to be a huge hit
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 August 2018
The past week was an excellent one for Phear Park, blessed with wonderful weather and some magnificent exciting bowls and the whole week was very well run by a small and dedicated committee, writes David Evans.
It was a great tribute to such a small club, which continues to be supported by good bowlers from Devon clubs, and long may the tournament continue.
Pennys Estate Agents were again the main sponsors and all involved with the club thank them for their continued support.
The premier men’s singles competition was exciting at all stages and Phear Park octogenarian Peter Burch almost made it to the final.
It looked as if he had managed it, but former winner Norman Owen went up a gear on the final two ends to win his semi-final and he went on to win the title, defeating Leighton Burston in the final.
Leighton had put out our own Chris Cleaver in a semi-final that saw Chris lead all the way through to the final two ends when Leighton took charge.
In the final, Leighton possibly started as the favourite, but old stager Norman Owen, who has possibly been the singles champion more times than anyone, was 18-12 down on the 15th end, only to pull out the stops and prevent Leighton from scoring for five ends and clinched the title.
The men’s pairs of Clarbull and Clarkson from Madeira and Burston and Hardman, from Ottery St Mary, had fairly easy rounds to reach the final and were well matched in the final, all square at 12 ends before a strong finish by the Madeira pair saw them win the final four ends to be worthy winners.
Chris Cleaver usually occupies the winner’s podium at Phear Park, but these days works in London and plays little bowls, but he teamed up with Zoe Wellicombe from Exeter St Thomas in the mixed pairs and they had no trouble in reaching the final and were always in control to take the title.
There was no ladies’ singles, but we had a very competitive ladies’ pairs round robin and Phear Park’s Gillian Harding joined Eileen Burston from Budleigh and they narrowly won on points – and that completes a very good week’s bowling.
We are not yet free of foxes, but the green staff did their best and there were no adverse comments on the condition of the green.