Barber's top quartet

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

Saturday morning was quite pleasant at Lyme Bowls Club and the participants had some sun on their backs, but by the afternoon the heavens opened leaving puddles on the green deep enough for ducks, writes Paul Moffitt.

Saturday morning was quite pleasant at Lyme Bowls Club and the participants had some sun on their backs, but by the afternoon the heavens opened leaving puddles on the green deep enough for ducks, writes Paul Moffitt..Despite the weather, we were treated to some very fine bowling. In the 2 Wood Men's Singles, Paul Pomeroy got off to a good start, soon leading Mike Knight 4-1, always remembering that with only two woods a small advantage can soon become an unassailable lead. Mike fought back and the rest of the game was very closely contested. At 20 ends the score was 14-13 in Paul's favour. He was able to put up a close 'toucher' which Mike was unable to better, leaving Paul the winner by 15-13 and with a bowl in hand.The Ladies' Handicap Singles was to prove a dour affair between lady captain Chris Barber and Jean Kesterton. The scores were often level throughout the game until Chris opened up a five point lead at 19-14. At this stage Chris contrived to drop a four to Jean, and at 19-18 it was game on again. Chris was to prevail to come home by 21-19.The 'Rocky', a competition for those gentlemen who have reached retirement +5, was a contest between Peter Eagles and George Stockley, George being in his first year with the Lyme Regis Club. Peter looked to have it sewn-up at 17-8 and holding 4, but George managed to nick one to read 17-9. Peter duly holed out a few ends later at 21-10.After lunch the skies had darkened and with a rainbow hovering somewhere to the east of Golden Cap, it didn't take Einstein to tell us all we were going to get wet. And we did, but wettest of all was my poor notepad, which meant that I had to watch and memorise!The Men's Championship Singles, like all the other games, had several unscheduled stops for the monsoon, and was reduced to a game where whoever coped best with the conditions was likely to win. Paul Pomeroy soared above Peter Eagles to take the game 21-11.On the very last end, the woods were actually stopping as they ploughed through the surface water before continuing their journey on the other side. Almost impossible conditions!The Ladies' Invitation saw Kathy Clissold and Barry Rattenbury take on Chris Barber and Steve Pomeroy. This was another hard fought affair with Barber and Pomeroy getting the nod at 22-17. Clissold and Rattenbury dropped a 6 early on in the game when they had got a comfortable lead, and this probably was their undoing. The Five Set Singles title went to George Stockley who overcame the challenge from John Eaton to win by 3 sets to 1. This will have made up for George's earlier disappointment in the 'Rocky'. This game was again interrupted several times by a flooded green, the surface becoming very slippery as John was to demonstate with some unchoreographed skating. I trust the bruises aren't too bad John.Sunday arrived with a promise of a dry day. The forecasters were right, although there was no risk of a tan!In the Two Wood Drawn Pairs, Lesley Broome and Denis Pomeroy were pitched against Jan Parsons and Trevor Allman. The former were soon in trouble, 11-0 down at the finish of the fourth end. They made a spirited recovery but were never closer than four shots up to the 16th end. The next two ends produced a 4 and a 3 for Broome and Pomeroy leaving them in the lead by 20-17 at the finish of the 18th. Parsons and Allman were not to recover from this and finally capitulated at the end of the 20th 22-17.The Ladies' Four Wood Drawn Pairs saw Chris Barber and Joyce York take on Diana Courtenay-Smith and Jean Kesterton. Apart from holding Barber and York to 2-2 at the end of the second, Courtenay-Smith and Kesterton were never in the hunt finally going down by 21-12.The Men's Four Wood Drawn Pairs looked a good scrap on paper, but ended up being a one-sided affair for Ray Richardson and Peter Eagles against Brian Parsons and Charlie Barber. Once Ray found his length, he was invariably in charge 'up front', whilst the battle at the back between the wily Peter Eagles and Charlie Barber was always going to go Peter's way, hence an emphatic win by 30-13 after 19 ends.The Ladies' Two wood Perry Singles was altogether a much tighter game. The antagonists were Jean Perry and Ann Allman. Jean took the competition title literally and made it 'Perry's Singles'! This game was nip and tuck all the way through to the final wood. After 20 ends the score was tied at 14-14. Jean, having won the 20th end, decided to keep the mat, putting her first wood tantalisingly close to the jack. Ann tried to respond but ended up conceding a further two shots to lose by 16-14.The afternoon promised some interesting bowls as there were a few new faces in with a chance of victory.First up was 'youngster' in bowling terms Clare Barber who would face Jill Wells in the Ladies' Championship Singles. Jill, a former winner of this title, proved too astute for Clare who, although still in her first year of bowling, produced some fine shots and often had Jill under pressure. Jill ended up a comfortable winner at 21-12 this time, but ladies, keep looking over your shoulders as there is most definitely a new kid on the block!In the 'Fillies', the ladies equivalent of the 'Rocky', Nola Stephens and Jean Kesterton were to battle it out for the title of best mature bowler. This game see-sawed for most of the time until Jean took a stranglehold after picking up a four. Nola seemed to lose her length at this point and allowed Jean to cruise home at 21-14.The Men's Four Wood Handicapped Singles pitched another newcomer, Philip Stephens, into this lofty arena against the experienced Mike Knight. Mike kept to his game plan, shifting the mat around but keeping the distance the same between mat and jack. Mike had to give Phil 2 shots, and for much of the game was just in touch with the deficit. Experience and guile won through in the end with Mike victorious by 23-18.Last up was the Married Couples Four Woods. This was an encounter between previous winners John and Sue Eaton and Charlie and Chris Barber. Chris, already having three titles under her belt, was eager to make it a full house along with husband Charlie. Charlie, playing up front where he is at his most potent, was always too accurate fprSue. Sue competed well but admitted that playing against Charlie is like playing against a machine. Chris was always on hand to clear up any loose ends at the back and rarely gave John much of a look-in. In the end the Barbers were very comfortable winners by 30-12.This has to be Chris Barber's championship. Four finals four wins, it doesn't get much better. Well done Chris!A special thank you to Bill Burton, the competitions secretary, as without all his hard work these finals would not take place. Also, well done to Lyme Regis Bowling Club members who turned out in numbers to support the weekend, despite the weather.Finally a couple of friendly results:Lyme 121, Golden Horse Tour 107: O Eke, R Edwards, P Moffitt, K Clissold 13-23; J Moffitt, J Kesterton, E Rodgers, Chas Barber 29-12; C Clissold, J Beadsley, A Allman, Chris Barber 20-11; B Cursey, S Applebee, R Winterborne, T Allman 22-17; T Payne, P Stephens, J Parsons, G Stockley 20-19; H Dowling, J Moseley, K Fountaine, B Parsons 17-25.Lyme 134, Cogenhoe Tour 88: B Downes, J Perry, E Rodgers, Chris Barber 31-13; K Faragher, J York, K Hickman, Chas Barber 13-19; C Clissold, J Moffitt, R Winterborne, B Collier 26-13; D Read, J Moseley, A Preece, D Perry 22-10; T Payne, J Parsons, K Clissold, G Stockley 24-13; P Cole, H Dowling, P Moffitt, G Cozens 18-20.

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