COMPETITION NEWS 8 – SPRING PAIRS REPORT
Congratulations to Sue Andersen and Darren Edgerley on winning the Spring Pairs yesterday. This is a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day and this was the second successive win for Sue in this competition, having won it with Jim Halsall in 2020. It is good to see Darren back bowling after a break of several years and this was his first competition win at the Hesketh Arms since winning the Rose Bowl in 2011.
Sue and Darren had reached the final after surviving a fightback by Janice Hobson and Fergal Wright in the semi-final to win 21-16 and their opponents in the final were the experienced pair of Dave Bedford and Keith Maiden. It also good to see Dave Bedford playing competitive bowls again and Keith returning to the Hesketh Arms after a break of fifteen years. Dave and Keith had reached the final with wins against Ray Sutton and Roy Webster (21-18), Roger Van Beever and Dave White (21-14) and Pat McArthur and John Unsworth (21-7).
The first half of the final was close with Dave and Keith leading 10-9 but Sue and Darren took control by scoring three 3s in five ends to run out convincing 21-10 winners.
A plate competition was held for those knocked out in their first game and the final between George Hitchmough and Noel Morgans and Sue Davies and Chris Harding has been held over to be played at a later date.
The following Coronation Cup quarter-finals should be played as soon as possible but no later than the end of May. A finals day will then be arranged for the semi-finals and final.
Quarter-Finals – games to be played by the end of May
Chris Harding (+2) v. Laurie Townson (+4)
George Hitchmough (+4) v. Roy Webster (+4)
Bill Bloor (Scratch) v. Brian Sutton (+4)
Dave White (+4) v. Fergal Wright (+2)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Our next club competition will be the Championship Cup, which will be held on Sunday 6th June, starting at 12.00pm. This is a men’s singles and will be played off scratch, with no plate competition. Following recent changes to the government guidelines, pre-booking will no longer be required, but please register by 11.45 am to ensure that a prompt start can be made.
The following week, on Saturday 12th June, we will be staging the Ladies’ Championship for the fourth time. In a change from previous years, we will use a round robin format for the early stages of this competition to ensure that all participants get two or three games. Please register by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start.
Sunday 6th June Championship Cup (men’s singles / no plate)
Saturday 12th June Ladies’ Championship (ladies’ singles / round robin format)
Sunday 20th June Chairman’s Shield (non-random pairs / no plate)
Sunday 4th July President’s Cup (singles handicap with plate)