Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Lyme Regis Bowls Club staged its 2013 Finals over the past weekend, writes Paul Moffitt.
Amongst the titles on offer was the prestigious Club Champion awarded to both men and ladies.
Saturday was a very pleasant early Autumn day with light winds and occasional quite warm sunshine offering competitors the luxury of shirt sleeved order through most of the day. Sunday was altogether a very different ‘kettle of fish’, strong and gusty winds in the morning which continued to blow even stronger in the afternoon with the added ingredient-rain!
Some very fine bowling was achieved, despite Sunday’s conditions. I’m sure there were plenty of holidaying onlookers who were amazed that we do keep going until such time, the green keeper throws us off.
Men’s Championship Singles.
Paul Pomeroy 21, Barry Rattenbury 7.
Is there anyone in the Club who can take Paul’s game apart? Probably not. Having suffered against Paul in the semi-final, I felt for Barry as he gallantly tried to find a way to unsettle Paul. Two woods on the jack and a back wood to catch any trails proved to be a winning combination. Paul unfortunately went down in his bid to become Champion of Champions, succumbing to the same horrendous weather conditions at Greenhill on Sunday.
Ladie’s Championship Singles.
Leslie Broom 21, Judith Moffitt 9.
Judith got off to a very promising start, leading Leslie by three shots to nothing after two ends. She managed to stay in touch with Leslie until a disastrous drop or four shots in successive ends leaving her trailing 5-13. Leslie slowly turned the screw, by now her weight spot on and she ran out a comfortable winner by 12 shots.
Men’s Handicap Singles.
Chas Barber 23, Mike Knight 8.
This was another one-sided affair with, despite Chas having to give Mike a two-shot start, the result never looking in doubt. Chas has to be one of the Club’s best draw bowlers and in this match he showed just how good. There was a little touch of magic from Mike when he trailed the jack on the fifth end saving himself from losing a couple more shots before he was even troubling the scoreboard. A fine pick up of four shots by Mike on the eighth end, to bring the score to 5-9, and it looked like we might have fight back. Alas Chas then reeled off several winning ends only allowing Mike a further three shots before he passed the 23 mark.
Ladie’s Handicap Singles:
Jan Parsons 24, Pauline Knight 20.
This game was to be a far more gritty affair, with Pauline getting off to a flier against the more experienced, and higher handicapped, Jan. Jan slowly reeled Pauline in and we soon saw the scoreboard at 6-6; 8-8; 11-11; 13-13; 17-17; 19-19 and finally 20-20. Pauline just needed to find that last elusive shot to push her over the 21 mark but she appeared to ‘bottle it’. Her line and length seemed to desert her and Jan took her chances to pick up a well deserved four shots and the 24 shots overall that she needed for victory. This was certainly the pick of the matches on Saturday morning.
The ‘Rocky’ Singles, open to gentlemen of a certain age!
Paul Moffitt 21, Don Meylan 15.
This was a closely fought game, with Paul always just managing to keep ahead of the unpredictable Don.
The ‘Fillies’ Singles, open to ladies of a certain age! About time there was parity here.
Leslie Broom 22, Chris Barber 14.
This was Leslie’s second title of the day, again proving how devastating she is with 4 woods.
2 Wood Drawn Pairs:
Charles Barber and Jan Parsons 19, Richard Cridge and Philip Stephens 13.
This game went as most people would have predicted, with two of the Club’s strongest bowlers being drawn together.
Sunday morning and the second day of the finals.
Ladies’ 2-Wood Singles:
Chris Barber 16, Leslie Broom 9.
Chris got away to a stormer in this game, soon having a lead of 10-2. This sort of lead is very hard to claw back, especially with just two woods; but Leslie did try. At 14-9 down, Leslie had reduced the deficit to office shots but, with the ends ticking away she needed to win the next few ends with counts of two. Chris held her nerve and picked up singles on the 18th and 19th ends to put the game out of reach.
Married Couples, fondly known as the divorce stakes!
After six ends, of what was to prove a truly absorbing game, most of the spectators took to the clubhouse to avoid the elements.
Nola and Philip Stephens 20, Jan and Brian Parsons 19.
The score line tells the story. This was a titanic struggle all the way through with the result not assured until the last wood of the game.
Jan and Brian were holding enough shots to win the match with just Nola’s last wood to be played. She went to the head to study the options and decided the best chance was to convert one of their short woods. This she managed by pushing up for third shot and thus securing the title by a single shot.
Men’s 2 Wood Singles:
Barry Rattenbury 15, Chas Barber 13.
Barry started this game in confident form taking three shots from the first two ends. Chas then started to find his line and length and by the end of the eighth end had opened up a four shot gap at 7-3. This represented a run of six ends when Barry didn’t trouble the scoreboard, although by now the wind was turning over the numbers without help from the marker! Chas kept the squeeze on and after 17 ends had widened the gap to five shots. Surely Barry wouldn’t be allowed back into this game with just four ends remaining. Two on the next end quickly followed by two singles and he was back within a point with one end to play. He kept his nerve and kept Chas out of the head to pick up two shots to scrape home by the single shot.
3 Set Singles:
Barry Rattenbury 3, Tony Payne 0.
Although this is a three set singles competition, the final is played over five sets. Plucky Tony did well against the experienced Barry, especially in conditions that he in particular would not have enjoyed. Tony had his chances to ‘nick’ a set but Barry prevailed in three sets.
Men’s 4 Wood Pairs:
Reg Winterborne and Bob Turpin 24; Chas Barber and Mike Heneghan 12.
Probably not the fancied pairing but, Reg and Bob rode their luck when needed and played exceptionally well to come home comfortable winners by 12 shots.
Chris Barber and Paul Moffitt 26; Jan Parsons and Simon Dowling 16.
This was another dour affair in awful and challenging conditions. Paul and Simon matched each other up front, especially when Simon gave up on the swinging hand and took his chances, along with Paul, to play the straighter hand and let the wind do it’s worst- which it often did. Of the two ladies, I think Jan found the conditions the most difficult. Gripping bowls in the wet is something that can be both challenging physically and also become a mind game. Chris and Paul just about deserved their win but, in favourable conditions this result could have been quite different.
Jan, now having played four games in two days, deserves her rest before turning out again on Monday to play in the Ladies 4-Wood Drawn Pairs.
This has been some feat to reach the final of five competitions. Well done!