Lyme Regis bowls finals news – Barry Rattenbury and Steve Pomeroy dish up a stunning display of quality bowling

PUBLISHED: 09:19 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:38 14 September 2015

Lyme Regis Bowls 2015 Club FInal competitiors

Lyme Regis Bowls 2015 Club FInal competitiors


What a busy week for Lyme Regis Bowls Club with three friendlies, two of which were touring sides, and culminating in the Club Finals played across the weekend, writes Paul Moffitt.

In the club finals, first up was the Ladie’s 4 Wood Championship between Ann Allman and Angela Rattenbury. Angela took a while to get going whilst Ann was quickly into her stride soon opening up a comfortable 11-3 lead. Angela fought back to get within 2 shots at 12-14 but, experienced campaigner Ann took control and was comfortable in her 14-22 win.

Next up was the Ladie’s Invitation contested between Jan Parsons and her partner Dave Wood and Pam Weech and her partner Trevor Allman. This game started out as a bowls demonstration by Trevor who left Jan trailing in his wake. In a very one-sided affair, Trevor and Pam opened up a lead of 22-1 which was to prove too much of an obstacle for Dave and Jan who succumbed to a 28-11 defeat.

In the afternoon, in increasingly warm and sunny conditions, we were treated to a feast of bowling in the 3 set singles between Charlie Barber and Barry Rattenbury. Despite the name of this competition, the final is played over 5 sets and it took all 5 sets to separate these two. First set to Barry 8-3 then the second to Charlie 7-5. They took a set apiece over the next two to set up the deciding 5th set. It took 8 ends to find a winner with Charlie edging it at 7-5 to secure the title.

The Ladies Drawn Pairs was between Nola Stephens & Jasmine Bishop and Angela Rattenbury & Judith Moffitt. Jasmine and Judith had a good tustle up front with little to separate them but, at the back end Nola’s skipping credentials were too strong for Angela and the game was wrapped up at 22-7.

The married couples final was between veteran campaigners Ann & Trevor Allman and new to the finals Sue & Dave Wood. Sue more than held her own against Ann but Trevor, who had switched to the back end for this encounter, appeared too hot to handle for Dave. Despite hanging on to the Allmans shirt tails to tie at 8-8 after 8 ends, the Woods slowly lost ground and were finally beaten by 23-14.

With everyone refreshed and ready to go, we were into Sundays programme and there was a definite Autumnal feel to weather. But wait! The whole morning was to be set alight by the encounter between Barry Rattenbury an Steve Pomeroy contesting the Men’s 4 Wood Handicap. Barry was giving away 1 shot to Steve, that’ll change next year, and so the game commenced. I have been watching and commentating on these finals for many years now and this has to be the standout game from all those years. To say the quality of bowling was superb would be under selling this match. End after end the two players were putting 8 woods into the space of a tea tray, absolutely fabulous. That anyone had to lose this game seemed unfair but it was Steve who holed out with a 2 to clinch the title 21-19. Many of the crowd watching stood to applaud this game, no less than it deserved.

The Ladie’s Handicap match was between Nola Stephens and Diana Courtenay-Smith. This was another absorbing encounter between the very experienced Nola, and Diana who has been showing some very good form recently. Nola had no answer to Diana’s impeccable drawing and flamboyant weighted shots early on and soon found herself trailing 16-5. Nola suddenly became energised and Diana appeared to flag and the balance of the game changed rapidly with Nola managing to come home 23-19.

In the Open 2 Wood Pairs Charlie Barber & Tony Payne took on Pam Weech & Geoff Clode. He’s a wily old campaigner is Tony, and he was giving Geoff a torrid time up front. Charlie’s back-end game was immaculate and the pair eased over the line at 18-9.

In the ‘Rocky’, for gentlemen of a certain age, it looked as if Eric Skeemer was going to be too hot for Philip Stephens to handle as he opened up a commanding13-5 lead. Philip dug deep and Eric seemed to go off the boil letting Philip in with a 2 and 4 shots in consecutive ends. The screw tightened and Philip looked good for his 21-16 win.

Paul Pomeroy, who was scheduled to play two games Sunday afternoon, was delayed because he was competing in short mat finals in Exeter. With time running out, and the weather deteriorating, when Paul finally arrived he had to sacrifice his 2 Wood match against Geoff Clode in order to play in the Men’s Championship against Charlie Barber. Paul has proved to be Charlie’s nemesis over the years and today was no exception. Charlie managed to edge in front after 5 ends at 7-3. At this stage of the game neither player was playing as fluently as expected and there were some very scrappy ends before both players started to play with some purpose and accuracy. Paul managed to edge ahead at 10-7 after 9 ends and never lost the lead thereafter. At 17-13 ,Paul was holding a pretty solid 4 count, which would secure the title, when Charlie produced a great bowl under pressure to take the end. At 17-14 Paul did secure 4 shots to add the Championship title, again, to add to his large haul of titles over the years.

The Fillies title went to Pam Weech who overpowered a lacklustre Nola Stepens who looked visibly tired after a busy week. The final score was 21-3, with Pam showing real flair to overpower any threat from Nola.

In the Men’s Drawn Pairs there was a big shock in store. Much fancied Don Meylan and partner Mick Heneghan were to be undone by relative newcomer Roger Bishop and his partner Philip Stephens. Roger showed real maturity and easily outbowled the more experienced Mick who appeared to have trouble coming to terms with a big swinging green. Don produced some magnificent shots to keep them in the hunt and it was anyone’s game at 14-13 to Don & Mick. The next end Roger produced 3 woods out of the top drawer and another 3 the end after and the the game was won from that moment. Philip kept the pressure up on an increasingly frustrated Don with some naggingly accurate back-end bowling and they came out comfortable winners at 27-15.

Throughout the weekend competitors ,and a sizeable watching public, were kept fed and watered by various lady members to whom we were all indebted.

Results from the friendlies:

Lyme 98; Pershore Tour 124.

J Barnish, B Smith, B Parsons, Chris Barber 6-30; R Turpin, P Stephens, J Parsons, Chas Barber 24-11; K Faragher, T Payne, D Courtenay-Smith, P Moffitt 21-11; I Forster, P Knight, N Solomon, B Rattenbury 17-22; A Dorvill, J Moffitt, G Clode, R Legg 13-22; R Bishop, C Clissold, A Rattenbury, J Beadsley 17-28.

Lyme 111; Topsham 110.

J Barnish, R McLennan, S Pomeroy, Chris Barber 16-20; Y Moody, H Dowling, A Nabarro, A Weech 21-18; A Foster, C Clissold, P Weech, Chas Barber 26-13; K Faragher, J Moffitt; D Courtenay-Smith, D Meylan 18-24; I Forster, C Bell, J Beadsley, P Moffitt 13-18.

Lyme 138; Purley Bury Tour 70.

K Faragher, P Stephens, N Solomon, B Rattenbury 24-11; R Turpin, M Knight, A Nabarro, Chas Barber 20-13; C Elmore, R McLennan, D Courtenay_Smith; Chris Barber 22-19; A Foster, Y Moody, K Hickman, D Meylan 28-4; P Knight, T Payne, B Parsons, P Moffitt 27-12; B Smith, C Clissold, J Moffitt, J Beadsley 17-11.

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