Honiton bowler Pipe heads for nationals
PUBLISHED: 18:08 27 January 2011
Honiton bowler Trevor Pipe achieved a longtime ambition when winning area 31 of the English national over 60s singles competition defeating Torbay bowler Duncan Summers 21-13 in the final.
Trevor has now reached the last 32 stage of the competition and goes forward to play in the national final stages at Melton Mowbray on February 26.
Played on the neutral green at Exonia, the Torbay man adapted quickest to the pace of the green and, playing to a three quarter length, he edged the early exchanges and slowly, but surely, built up an 8-2 lead. Trevor, digging deep, began to settle and inched his way back to level the scores at 8-8.
The next few ends were a nip and tuck affair with both players producing some very good drawing bowls and some very effective running woods which resulted in a total of four dead ends and the score moved on to 13 shots each.
Trevor made the change that ultimately proved the most significant of the match. He delivered the jack to a full length and also changed hands and bowled the opposite side of the rink he had previously been playing. He immediately adapted to the changes and quickly settled into a consistent line and length and it was his opponent who was having to find the saving bowls to remain in the game.
With his confidence high and playing with calm assurance Trevor gained a 17-13 lead. He then delivered four excellent bowls, two being close to the jack and the other two about two and a half feet behind and was in a match-winning position.
With his opponent yet to play his last bowl it was those watching and supporting Trevor who seemed to be suffering more tension than anyone. To their immense relief the last bowl, although delivered on a perfect line, proved to be carrying a yard too much weight and slid through the head, handing victory to the Honiton man.
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