Honiton Bolwing Club finals day - special report

19:19 24 March 2014

Liam Crawford and Terry House

Liam Crawford and Terry House

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This has been the Honiton Club’s Finals weekend starting Friday evening with the Lady’s Kitty Cup Singles and the Men’s Championship Giggs Trophy, writes Tony Broughton.

Sue Evans and Yvonne Rayner of Honiton Bowls ClubSue Evans and Yvonne Rayner of Honiton Bowls Club

In the former Yvonne Rayner played Sue Evans in what at first looked to be a close match, but although Rayner played well, Evans always seem to come out best and won convincing 21-8 winner.

The Men’s Championship between Terry House and Liam Crawford was a much closer affair. House made a super start going ahead some eight shots after a few ends, but Crawford hung in and by shortening the jack length managed to get back into the match and go ahead to 19-18. It looked like he had mastered House, but a loss of the jack gave House the opportunity to get back to 19 all after which a disastrous end for Crawford saw him drop two shots and with the match.

Four more finals were played on Saturday. First the Davies Mixed Pairs when Liam Crawford and Julie Grant played Stuart and Tracy Crawford, Liam’s parents!

A match where Liam and Julie were always ahead with them finally coming out 22-14 winners.

In the Westbrook 2 Wood pairs Chris Stone and Sue Evans played Stuart Crawford and Eddie Sharman.

Stone and Evans were up 12-4 at 11 ends, Crawford and Sharman could only make a little headway on that lead and Stone and Evans won 18-12.

The Captains Cup Triples for men saw Rob Macintosh, Ken Clarke and Trevor Pipe playing Les Crook, Kieran Daniels and Mike Sellick. The latter three were always ahead, 6-0 up at four ends, 16-7 up at 14 ends and 20-9 up at 20 ends when Trevor’s team conceded.

Trevor got his own back next match this time playing with Roger Willcocks in the Men’s Pairs against Scott Eveleigh and Philip Spreadbury.

At 11 ends it was 11-9 in Pipe and Willcocks favour, then seven straight winning ends for the pair took them to a 25-13 success.

Sunday’s matches produced some of the weekends best bowling! In the morning the Nex singles, a competition for players that have not won a single title in the club, had Liam Crawford playing James Spreadbury. Crawford went well 16-7 ahead, greatly assisted by a brace of fours, but Spreadbury hung in and played extremely well to get the match back to one down at 20-19. In what transpired to be the last end Spreadbury held two shots for the match with one bowl a few millimetres from the jack. Crawford fired with his third bowl and missed. Spreadbury’s last bowl went behind to cover the ditch leaving Crawford with nothing but an over-weight draw which he played perfectly to edge out the shot and win the match.

The lady’s Pairs had Phyllis Milner and Sue Evans playing Marian Vessey and Ann Hillyear. A super match that saw Milner and Evans two shots on the 21st end. A very tight final end with all four players giving close inspection which required the umpire (that was me), to decide Vessey and Hillyear had their two shots to tie the match!

The extra end was also very close, but Evans got the one shot she needed to win.

Anne Newman, this year’s captain played Tracey Crawford in the Harris Lady’s Single. Although Newman played well she could not cope with Crawford’s consistency and lost 21-10.

The afternoon saw three singles matches. Liam Crawford had a runaway victory over Kieran Daniels in the Chris Binmore Memorial Trophy for under-21s winning 21-7.

A similar pattern unveiled in the Pipe Singles when Trevor Pipe beat Sue Evans 21-10 and Stuart Crawford played James Spreadbury in the Heard 2 Wood Singles. This was very tight with great bowling from both young men, but for the second time on the day Crawford was edged out at 14-11.

A point of interest Trevor Pipe has made it through to the semi-finals of the Men’s County Single next week end. We wish him good luck.

A good season for the Sellick family. Granddad, daughter, son-in-law and grandson all getting into the honours!

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