The rain hadn’t quite gone away when the first players took to the green. It was a funny day overcast and slightly wet. A good turn out of spectators to cheer on the players were set up and rewarded with a full six rinks of action in the first session.
Ladies Senior Pairs, saw Janet Chapman & Barbara Clutterbuck (Hemingford) come out victorious 23 -14 against Myra Prior & Angela Day (Brampton)
The Senior Mixed Pairs was on the next rink and this went to St Ives home players Gordon Phillips & Jane Baldwin 17 -12 over Tony Chapman & Sandra Day (Hemingford)
Rink 3 had the Ladies Under 25 Singles final. Sophie Purell (St Ives) versus Maddy Leader (Sawtry). The game ebbed and flowed but Sophie came out on top 21-10
Rink 4 had the Mens 2 Bowl Rinks. Brian Johnson, Matt Cooksey & Harry Ward (Papworth) versus Alan Blackley, Graham Purse & Peter Hutchinson (Needingworth) . A good start by Needingworth saw them pick up a 5 on end two. But Papworth edged back into the game and led 20-10 with 4 ends to go. Unbelievably Needingworth came back into it picking up a 4 followed by two 2’s to get to 18-20 with one end to go. On the last end a great bowl from Brian Johnson proved the difference and the Papworth trio took one to win. 21-18
Rink 5 had the Mixed Triples final. Jill Francis, Martin Francis & Barry McCormick (Ramsey) versus Steve & Sandra Gentle & Barry Kitto (Eynesbury) The Eynesbury rink proved too strong and they romped to a 23-8 win.
Rink 6 had the Ladies Senior Singles final Sue Johnson (Needingworth) v Patsy Coles (Ramsey). Patsy made a slow start and Sue had the best of the early exchanges but Patsy grew into the game and ended up winning 22-10.
The next session had five matches to keep the spectators enthralled. Firstly the Ladies 2 Bowl Singles which was a titanic clash of two of the big named Hunts ladies bowlers. Janet Chapman (Hemingford) v Juliet May (Buckden) A well fought game went the way of Janet as she won 21-14
The Open Under 25’s Pairs saw Under 25 team captain Sophie Purell (St Ives) paired with Tom Hall (Brampton). They faced Mac May (Buckden) & Harry Ward (Papworth) . Another well fought game with some great bowls from these young players. But the victors were Sophie & Tom 22-16. Sophies second county title …but more was too come.
The Ladies 2 Bowl Triples went to Sandra Day, Pauline Whittlesey & Celia Steward (Somersham) who edged out Sandra Gentle, Leslie Wood & Barbara Garwood (St Neots) 21-14
Mens Senior Pairs was a walk in the park for veteran bowlers John Waine & Mick Lee (Buckden) winning at a canter 22-5 against Ray Woodward & Tony Whitehill (Hemingford)
On rink 1 The Mens Secretaries Singles saw St Ives sec Trevor Dighton against Sawtry sec Kevin Bowers. A well fought game was eventually won by Trevor 21-16
The morning wore on and the sun showed its face.
The next session had 5 games. Ladies 4 Bowl Singles featured Juliet May (Buckden) playing against Tina Webb (Huntingdon). Tina coming out strongly on top 21-6
Mens Pairs saw Alan Blackley & Peter Hutchinson (Needingworth) playing against Tom Swannell & Ed Elmore (White Hart). It was Ed’s time to shine and he outplayed the Needingworth duo. Ed & Tom ending up winning 19-9
The Mens 4 Bowl Singles saw some delightful bowls from both players, truly worthy of a final. Toby Furzeland (Sawtry) just saw off Joe Randall (White Hart) 21-16
Mens 3 Bowl Rinks had an epic encounter as Eynesbury’s Ray Edwards, Steve Gentle & Barry Kitto looked to overpower Colin Bates, Eric Baker & Richard Fisher (Papworth) . A good game concluded with a win for the Papworth trio 21-14.
The Ladies 3 Bowl Rinks was an all St Ives affair. Sophie Purell, Liz Wade & Emma Cousins took on team mates Jane Baldwin, Sherry Wood & Jenny Dymond. The former coming out the winner to make it 3 in a row for Sophie 18-16
The afternoon warmed up under the sun and the bowling kept coming.
Mens Senior Singles was won by Chris Millard (Somersham) who beat Ian Cousins (St Ives) 21-14
The Ladies Ssecretary Singles was won by Barbara Garwood (St Neots) she beat Linda Levi (Ramsey) 21-16
The Mixed Pairs had the Deputy Presidential pairing of Richard & Patsy Coles (Ramsey) playing fellow husband and wife team of Tony & Janet Chapman (Hemingford). The Hemingford duo proved too hot to handle and won 21-7
Last session of a long but wonderfully organised day had 4 singles and a ladies pairs.
The Ladies Champion Of Champions saw Juliet May (Buckden) bid to win one after her previous two losses. Against Celia Steward (Somersham). A well fought game right to the last bowl saw Juliet come out on top 21-16
The Mens Champion Of Champions had St ives player David Woolford up against Hemingfords Tony Aston. David made short work winning 21-7
The Mens 2 Bowl Singles saw an all Papworth affair. Colin Bates taking on Eric Baker. Some super bowls played here. Eric running out 21-11 winner.
In the Under 25 Mens Singles Toby Furzeland looked to add to his 4 bowl win. He faced Buckden’s Mac May who was looking to bounce back after the U25 pairs defeat. A tight game and both players leaving opportunity for the other, but not taken, saw Toby stretch away to an unassailable lead and eventual win 21-12.
That leaves the one game to finish, the Ladies Pairs. Sophie Purell and Jane Baldwin (St Ives) took on Janet Chapman & Lynda Childs (Hemingford). Sophie was looking to make it four titles on the day while Janet herself was looking to complete a hattrick of titles.The game was 20-16 to St Ives on the last end when they had a bad end and gave away a four to make it 20 all and go into an extra end. Just as the cricket world cup final was going into a super over!
Janet put her two bowls on the jack. Jane had dropped her first one short but split Janet’s with her second to get shot. Sophie and Linda bowled and the St Ives duo held one shot to win it making a four County title haul for Sophie. An undoubted stupendous day for the young St Ives bowler who took her chances with both hands. If Grandad was looking down he was sure to be smiling ear to ear.
The Victor Ludorum trophy for the most successful club on finals day was won by st Ives
A big well done to all concerned. Mandy & Trevor organised a faultless day and St Ives and all their helpers were fantastic hosts. The green bowled well. The BBQ was smoky!!! (iron lung anybody), the sun tried to shine and Hunts have a fantastic group of winners to represent the county at Skegness in August….oh and by the way I think there’s a county dinner on 5th October menus are available…I’m sure Glynis mentioned it ….a few times!!
Skegness runs from Aug 17th To Aug 24th.