Lyme Regis finals deliver top draw bowls
PUBLISHED: 15:18 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:18 16 September 2014
This past weekend Lyme Regis Bowls Club held it’s annual in-house competition finals and, this year they were competed for in fine warm conditions, writes Paul Moffitt.
Since I have been doing these write-ups for the club, this week-end showcased the best finals I can remember.
So many games going down to the wire, fortunes won and lost at the last minute. Truly riveting stuff!
Thanks must go to Charlie Barber for organising the weekend and Sue Wood and her helpers for keeping us fed and watered.
In the men’s championship final Geoff Clode defeated Steve Pomeroy 21-18. Pomeroy was not behind in the contest until the 23rd end when Clode picked up an unexpected bonus of three shot to take a 20-18 lead. He then held his nerve to take a single shot on the 24th end to secure the title.
In the ladies’ championship final it was even closer with Jan Parsons ultimately edging out Pam Weech by the odd shot in 41!
Parsons surged away in this game with a fine display of accurate and telling play. At 20-7 it looked as if Weech was out for the count. However, she had other ideas and gradually she clawed back the deficit to make things all square at 20-all.
At this point Parsons had gone nine ends without troubling the scorer. Weech took the jack for what would be the deciding end and miss delivered leaving the jack well short of the length that had given her success in the previous nine ends. Parsons seized her opportunity, in what was a very nervous end, to finally grasp that last elusive point.
In the men’s handicap Charlie Barber was a 22-17 victor against Barry Rattenbury in a contest which ought to have been Rattenbury’s for the taking! At 14-7 up he was cruising and threatening to take yet another victory over Barber this season. However, Barber picked up a single to make it 8-14, changed the length of the jack, and never looked back limiting his opponent to just three more shots.
In the ladies’ handicap Ann Allam edged out Chris Barber by a single shot at 21-20.
This game was probably the pick of a very good bunch of games on Sunday afternoon. Allam looked to be home and dry at 18-9 up until Barber, just like husband Charlie, shortened the jack length and starved Allam of any points for eight successive ends. There were a couple of very nervy ends before Allam was able to snatch victory by a single point.
Paul Pomeroy beat Mike Knight 15-11 in the men’s two-wood in a battle of youth and experience against maturity and experience. Both these players are well versed in the dark art of two-wood singles having an array of titles to their names. In the end youth prevailed but not before Knight had given Pomeroy.
In the men’s four-wood drawn pairs Alan Nabarro and Richard Cridge were 20-16 winners over Phillip Stephens and Ken Hickman. This was a good victory for the less experienced pair who always had their noses in front and with a fine display of bowling.
In the ladies’ four-wood Jan Parsons and Pam Weech were 21-16 winners against Angela Rattenbury and Ann Allman.
Phillips Stephens and Chris Barber combined to win the two-wood drawn pairs, beating R Hobbs and Barry Rattenbury 20-13. Stephens and Barber outplaying their opponents and appearing to come to terms with a tricky rink much better.
In the ladies’ invitation final there was a 30-20 success for Chris Barber and Mick Heneghan against Jan Parsons and Barry Rattenbury. This was a triumph of guile over guerilla warfare. Heneghan drew superbly throughout the game and showed little nerves for a relatively inexperienced player. He was superbly complemented by some intelligent bowling from Barber at the back end. It has to be said that the pressure got to Rattenbury as he tried ‘’unsuccessfully’ to fire his way out of trouble!
This is usually a very reliable tool in his armoury but, on a tricky rink, he seldom had much to show for his endeavours and left Parsons feeling rightfully frustrated.
In the married couples final Angela and Barry Rattenbury were 21-18 victors over Charlie and Chris Barber. Angela had obviously had a word with her hubby before this match as we saw a much more focused and disciplined exhibition of bowling from Barry. Angela coped well up front with her opposition Charlie appearing to struggle with the green.
The fillies final saw Jan Parsons recover from 14-1 down to defeat Nola Stephens 21-18.
Last, but certainly not least, the ‘Rocky’ which saw Paul Moffitt defeat Glen Broom 24-16. This is the men’s competition for those of a certain age and gave me a chance to compete instead of just observing. This was a closer game than the score line indicates, and it wasn’t until the green took on a very slight change of direction that Moffitt was able to run out the winner. When a very predictable line in for Broom, on the forehand to the sea, changed just enough to upset his game Moffitt was then able to capitalise.