September 2019

                                                                        Special Championship Finals Report
We couldn’t have asked for a better weather spell for the club’s championship finals on September 14 and 15, and once again the club’s officials excelled in running a most enjoyable weekend.

The event began with five finals on the Saturday morning, on a surface prepared by Steve Hill and John Sanderson that I like to describe as the Wembley of Bowling..

Dave Radford was trying to lift the Non Prize Winners, for those who have yet to lift a singles crown, for the third time in the final.
But once again he had to settle for trying again next year after being beaten 21-8 by relative newcomer Charlie Graham.

Dave got off to an excellent start, leading 6-2 after four ends but Charlie was in irresistible form and swept on. We know you’ll try again, Dave!

Cliff Van Wyk and Phill Snell came into the Handicap final both as previous club champions, Phill receiving a shot.

This was a high class clash with Phill keeping his nose in front from the third end to the 15th but then Cliff pounced with a full house and was never headed again, to win 21-18.

The Ladies Non Prize Winners saw Annette Williams get off to a 6-1 lead after five ends against Keiko Roberts who closed to 8-11 after 14. It was as close as she could get as Annette finished 22-13 in front after a keenly fought contest.

But Keiko never gives up and is a certainty to try again.

In the most recent of our competitions, the John Memory Trophy, two-wood experts Keith Holbrook and Bob Buck contested the final. Keith was at his sharpest in the first set, leading 7-0 before taking it 8-2. And though Bob led 3-0 in the second it was Keith who took over to win 7-4 in the second and take the final.

Unfortunately, the Ladies Drawn Pairs was over after only six ends as Patsy Ellis was unable to continue with partner Jan Crowe, leaving Betty Earl and Chris Gibb 23-1 up and the winners.