Tour­na­ment brings out the best

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Hosts Ten­ter­den pro­duced a rare ‘hot shot’ in the club’s own mixed triples tour­na­ment on Satur­day. The trio of Gill Hawkes, Carol James and Mal­colm Nelmes, one of four teams fielded by the home club, achieved the feat – a max­i­mum of nine shots – on the jack. An­other home trio, Ju­dith Pick­ford, Janet Tidd and Tom Purvis, fin­ished run­ners-up on 25 points – four be­hind win­ners Iden. The event, spon­sored by Whites Jewellers of Ten­ter­den, in­volved 10 clubs and 16 teams, each play­ing four games. Nelmes won the ‘spi­der’ – a com­pe­ti­tion where each player bowls from the perime­ter of the green to the jack in the mid­dle. Mean­while, Ten­ter­den lost 71-51 in a four-rink triples at Rye.

Ash­ford Town play­ers were in­volved in four divi­sional fi­nals this week. For­mer Kent un­der-25 cham­pion Paul Wool­ford won his Di­vi­sion 4 sin­gles fi­nal at Deal Vic­to­ria on Mon­day, be­fore join­ing up with Shaun Wool­ford and Josh Pounds in the triples at Ayle­sham yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day). Char­lie Draper lines up in the un­badged sin­gles fi­nal at Min­ster to­day (Thurs­day), while Town have again reached the fours fi­nal. Paul and Shaun Wool­ford, Josh Ill­man and Bradley Pounds play at Can­ter­bury to­day. Shaun Wool­ford has been awarded his county badge af­ter win­ning the un­badged sin­gles ti­tle last year Town are third in the For­est of Blean Mixed Tripled League af­ter a 113-107 win at Whit­stable. Al­fie Draper, Ian Payne and skip John Sadler were the high­est scor­ing rink with a 37-5 win. Town beat Herne Bay 120-101 in the East Kent Mixed Triples League but lost 56-90 in a friendly at Lyminge.

Ash­ford Rail won both matches in the Bert Cox county com­pe­ti­tion. The A team beat Wear Bay, while the B side de­feated Chislet. Rail ladies went out of the National Top Club Cham­pi­onship, los­ing two-and-ahalf to one-and-a-half against Len­ham. Rail A lost their National Two Fours match against Folke­stone Park.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2669151

Ten­ter­den’s Gill Hawkes at the club’s mixed triples tour­na­ment

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