Cerne Abbas retain the Terry Trott trophy at Cloakham Lawns

PUBLISHED: 16:06 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 30 April 2013

East Devon Short Mat Bowls

East Devon Short Mat Bowls


Last Sunday saw 48 pairs pitch up at Cloakham Lawns, Axminster, to compete for the Terry Trott Fours Trophy, writes Chris Young.

This is the maximum number of entries that the Cloakham rinks can accommodate.

Twenty-three of the pairs were from The East Devon League, a further nine from Devon Clubs, North and South, while ten had crossed over from Somerset and six from Dorset.

Some were playing for the first time, most were returning including many previous winners.

There were some large wins during the morning round-robin games, experience winning over enthusiasm.

The top two or three of each group progressed to the knock-out stage. Traditionally the group winners do not necessarily survive but this year saw just three runners-up progress over group winners as far as the quarter finals.

All four semi-finalists were previous finalists and both finalists were previous winners.

Two ‘Pairs’ reached the quarter finals; for Musbury both the POM Bears and the Trotter Independent Traders each lost out by a single shot while the two Birchfield ‘Hawaian’ pairs also lost.

In the semi-finals Upottery City Farmers and Beer SAS shared the lead, Beer initially ahead, then Upottery until the last end when Beer’s single shot tied the match. In the play-off Beer’s one shot settled that tie.

In the other semi-final West Hill Caribbeans led after the first end, then dropped behind the Cerne Abbas Gruesome Twosome until they drew level at the sixth end but lost their momentum and the match 7-5.

June Balbinski and Anna Booth of Cerne Abbas repeated their semi-final performance in the final. 5-2 up after four ends they conceded four shots to Peter Sydenham and Geoff Stone before coming back taking the last two ends with a 9-6 win to regain the pairs title they held three years ago.

Cerne Abbas also regained the Terry Trott trophy; Eugene Balbinski and Keith Buckland had won all their round-robin games and although they did not progress in the knock-out phase the 6 points they gained were sufficient to win the trophy by one point.

Many thanks to all who took part; congratulations to all the winners. The East Devon and District League, under the Jurassic Bowls banner, look forward to welcoming you back on April 20, next year.

Beer have progressed to the Finals of the knockout; their 5-1 win at Beer reversed Upottery’s 4-2 home win and Beer will now play the winner of the semi-final between Colyton and Sidbury

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