Upottery pairs take Terry Trott Trophy
PUBLISHED: 11:12 02 May 2012
This year the Terry Trott Trophy attracted 32 entries; four from Dorset, three from Somerset and two from North Devon with the rest from East Devon.
Each pair played their three round robin games in the morning and then, after lunch, came the knock-out for the top two in each of the eight groups, this year over 10 ends. 10 out of the 12 clubs who had entered the competition were represented in the last 16.
The tournament has a tradition of slow starters finding their form as the day progressed and going on to win.
Last year almost half of the pool winners fell at the first knock-out stage and, for the first four years of the tournament, the winners were club players rather than the county or international players, and each had been a runner-up in the pool stage.
This year the knock-out stages generally went in favour of the county or international players; what enthralled the spectators was the quality of the play rather than any nail-biting finishes. Most of the runners-up got no further than the last 16.
Cerne Abbas had three pairs in the last eight and two of these, The Gruesome Twosome (the best performing runner-up) and Stretch & Braces competed in the semi-finals against the Winkleigh Spitfires and Upottery P&J.
The Gruesome Twosome, June Balbinski and Anna Booth had won two years ago but this year they met newcomers, Winkleigh Spitfires, Lorraine Axtell and Bob Weafer, and lost 12-4.
Stretch & Braces were previous semi-finalists and they fell at the same stage to Upottery P&J, Pam Bartlett and John Lyon, these two playing so well that the final two ends were unnecessary.
The final was also marked by the quality of the bowling with all four players showing their skills. Pam and John however were on top form winning the first five ends to establish a solid lead and continued the pressure to come out as worthy winners, having won all of their seven games.
The Terry Trott Trophy is awarded on the combined results of two pairs based on aggregate points scored. Hitherto the winners have had a clear point margin; this year the Cerne Abbas Pairs had an aggregate 17 points; the Upottery Pairs also had an aggregate 17 points so the trophy was awarded based on shot difference to the Upottery pairs, John and Pam, and Robert Bartlett and David Hayler.
Congratulations to all the competitors, but especially to the four who provided such a hard-fought final.
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