County Men’s Pairs triumph for Skegness bowlers

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Cruising to a 24 shot to 4 triumph, Skegness Indoor Bowls Club representatives John Mountain and Brian Hawes lifted the Lincolnshire County Men’s Pairs 2014 Trophy.

John and Brian had opposed each other with different partners in club finals the previous evening, but in the County final held at Boston Indoor Bowls Club they combined extremely well to defeat Spalding’s Kevin Ekins and Robert Aves who were not bowling badly, but not enjoying the best of luck; had no answer to the consistent form of the Skegness pair.

Spalding conceded the game after seventeen ends of a scheduled 21-end final.

A full weeks programme of club competition finals got underway at Wainfleet Road with a win for Alan Irving, when meeting Gary Morris in the Open Singles.

It was not plain sailing for Alan as Gary took the advantage 18-17, but against the run of play Alan regained composure to score four shots and take the title from Gary’s grasp 21-18.

The Conroy Trophy was won by the sponsor of the trophy, Dave Conroy, who with his playing partner, Brian Hawes, were never headed in a positive 20-14 win against John Mountain and Johnny Morris.

Roy Witherington and Margaret Humphries found Neil and Alice Salmon in good form in the mixed pairs Reeves Trophy, Neil and Alice winning 26-12.

League champions Plebs (Brian Hawes, Mick York, Dave Conroy) won the ALF Ashton Cup with a 24-11 win over Pals (Brian Spicer, Roni Peach, Dave Thompson).

Jean Veal, Jackie McAlindon and Margaret Humphries led until end 14 of the Ladies

Triples Final against Mandy Brummitt, Brenda Rice and Alice Salmon who then scored

well to win 19 shots to 14.

Continuing a very successful week, Brian Hawes led Neil Salmon and Dave Conroy to a 25-15 Men’s Triples win over a determined Gary and Johnny Morris with Gerry Armstrong.

A powerful 28-9 scorecard secured Ken Startin, Dave Warren and Frances Hopkins the mixed triples Deakin Trophy from Jackie and Mac McAlindon and Rob Rankin.

In the Tuplin Mixed Pairs Trophy, George Curley and Jean Veal always had the advantage over Lynn Rigbye and Bryn Foxon winning 26-17.

The Men and Ladies rinks finals provided very competitive games,

For the third year Dave Conroy, George Curley, Ken Startin and John Mountain retained the men’s title in a close encounter with Gary Morris, Mick York, Neil Salmon and Brian Hawes, having just a one shot difference at 19-18.

With scores kept close in the early stages of the Ladies Final between Joan Usher, Val Huggins, Lyne Rigbye and Dot Small playing Alice Salmon, Brenda Rice, Mandy Brummitt and Jean Veal, it was Alice’s rink that took a three shot lead on end 15 to pull away and take the championship 20-14.

The Jim Dunn Trophy Final played for by members of the afternoon league was contested by the two top finishing teams, Cocktails (Bob Arnold, Dave Warren, and

Roy Rout) and Comets (Ivan Storr, Peter Ord and Malcolm Sands) in this game it was

league runners-up Comets who led from the start to win 19-11.

Wednesday evening’s games again saw some familiar faces feature in high scoring wins as Brian Hawes, Alice Salmon, Neil Salmon and Mandy Brummitt scored 24 shots to Bryn Foxon, Peter Hopkins, Muriel Coulson and Lyn Rigbye’s 13, to claim the Rice Trophy.

John Mountain rushed into a 9-2 early lead in his Men’s Singles win against Alan Irving 21-8.

Dennis Teesdale, Roy Brummitt and Bert Crofts represented Spurs in the Fred Bray Trophy, the over 55’s Football League knockout competition and started well, but league champions Forest (Dave Conroy, Derek Tasker and Ken Startin) strode away to win 28-12.

In a reversal of last year’s Ladies Singles final result, Alice Salmon beat Jackie

McAlindon 21-14, to equal Val Huggins’ six win record.

The Men’s Pairs title was won by the weeks most prolific winners, Dave Conroy and Brian Hawes, 28-11, in the game with Rob Rankin and Mac McAlindon.

The finals finished with an amazing fight back from Jean Veal and Brenda Rice, who were trailing Joan Usher and Val Huggins at 17-6, after twelve ends, when a change of jack length helped Brenda and Jean to level the scores at 18-8 at eighteen ends, after which they lost just one of the remaining ends for a 22-19 victory.

The trophies and awards will be presented on Saturday, May 10. at 7.30pm.