Lyme Regis men’s title win for Paul Pomeroy

Lyme Regis men's single’s finalists Paul Pomeroy and Don Meylan.

Lyme Regis men's single’s finalists Paul Pomeroy and Don Meylan. - Credit: Archant

This past weekend was finals weekend for all the Lyme Regis Bowls Club in-house competitions, writes Paul Moffitt.

The Saturday action, played out under sun-kissed skies with warm sunshine began with the ladies’ and men’s four-wood drawn pairs.

Angela Rattenbury and Chris Barber took on Frances Sell and Nola Stephens. At 15 ends there was only two shots separating the two teams, but a costly five shots on the 16th end proved too much for Sell and Stephens to recover as Rattenbury and Barber powered on to a fine 24-13 victory

The men’s game was a strange affair with Philip Stephens and Steve Pomeroy shooting out to a 13-0 lead over Mick Heneghan and Alan Weech.

The game then turned right around with Heneghan and Weech denying the other pair a score for eight ends, nudging ahead by 14-13. After that, the game was fairly closely contested but Stephens and Pomeroy finished with 3-1-1 to win by 22-18.

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Next up was the men’s 2 wood singles, blink and you’re out of this game. This promised to be an enthralling encounter between league compatriots Paul Pomeroy and Steve Chant. It was in fact a rather scrappy affair with neither player really coming to terms with the green. With a four shot lead, Steve put up two woods within shaking distance of the jack.

It looked an impossible draw for Paul who opted, bravely, for a running wood. He trailed the jack for two shots. Instead of an 11-5 advantage, which would have been difficult to retrieve, Steve was now only two shots ahead at 9-7. That end rattled Steve and gave Paul encouragement and impetus to run out a comfortable winner at 16-11.

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Now for the ‘Rocky,’ for gentlemen of a certain age! We had the perpetual hustler, Don Meylan, up against ‘new to the ranks.’ Alan Nabarro. Don started like a train and was unstoppable as he raced to a 19-3 lead. Thinking the game won, Don switched off and allowed Alan to come back into the game denying Don a single point for seven ends. At 22-20, Don needing 25 and Alan 21 on handicap, Don finally got back into the zone with three singles to clinch the game.

The ladies’ ‘Fillies’, for gentle ladies of a certain age, was between Chris Barber and Nola Stephens. Nola was obviously intent on reversing the result of her game against Chris in the pairs and was dominant throughout in her comprehensive win 18-9.

Finally for Saturday it was the Divorce Stakes, I mean the married couples, which is always certain to give entertainment.

This contest was between the Woods and the Pomeroys, both in the final for the first time. Dave and Sue Wood got off to a good start, leading 12-6 after 10 ends, but were relentlessly reeled in by Steve and Chris Pomeroy who, with a six on the 14th end, went on to win by a margin of 25-17.

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