Early suc­cess bodes well for bowlers


Out­door bowlers from Sil­ver­stream have got their club sea­son off in a win­ning way.

First up on Septem­ber 24 the club’s bowlers dom­i­nated their Hutt Bowl­ing Club op­po­si­tion in their an­nual pre-sea­son fix­ture, win­ning 12 games to six.

Then on Sun­day, they were good enough to earn early lo­cal brag­ging rights when win­ning the tra­di­tional derby match against Bowls Up­per Hutt to claim the Stephen Stone Tro­phy.

Sil­ver­stream won this fours com­pe­ti­tion, played on the Up­per Hutt club’s astro-turf, by four wins and a draw to Up­per Hutt’s two wins and the draw.

‘‘The games pro­duced ex­cel­lent bowls all day,’’ Sil­ver­stream pres­i­dent Ian Prince said.

‘‘Our fours teams skipped by Steve Critchlow, David He­witt, Graham Rick­etts and Robyn Tuck­ett had wins.’’

Prince was en­cour­aged by a num­ber of ju­nior bowlers con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess.

‘‘This in­cluded Jamie Rollo, Sharon Ritchie and An­drea Gray while some of our more ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers, like Roy Rogers, proved very good on the day too.’’

This re­sult fol­lowed up more suc­cess a day be­fore when Sil­ver­stream won the Gough Shield, a one day sin­gles, pair, triple and fours tour­na­ment be­tween all the Hutt Val­ley clubs.

The draw worked in a way to have Sil­ver­stream and Up­per Hutt play each other in the last round.

Here Sil­ver­stream took out the sin­gles and pairs while there were draws for the triples and fours teams.

‘‘A high­light for us was Adam Turner’s ex­tra end vic­tory over Jim Bullen in the sin­gles play,’’ Prince said.

‘‘This proved to be the de­ci­sive re­sult which meant we would win the shield.’’

Other top con­trib­u­tors for Sil­ver­stream was the pairs com­bi­na­tion of Iain Opray and Edgar Blanche who were un­de­feated.

Mean­while in sep­a­rate Hutt Val­ley women’s play, Sil­ver­stream’s bowlers did well to fin­ish runner-up to the Nae­nae club.

With Up­per Hutt rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier in­ter­club grade last sea­son, both of the lo­cal clubs will be look­ing to their men play­ers to win their di­vi­sions in 2017-18 and play their way back into the Welling­ton re­gion’s top divi­sion.

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