We’re al­right Jack, Egham Top the lot

Surrey Herald/News - - SPORT -

COCK-A-HOOP Egham Bowls Club have suc­ceeded on the big stage with a thrilling Na­tional Top Club Trophy tri­umph. The ladies were de­feated last year in the fi­nal-two show­down so were de­lighted to go one step fur­ther in lifting the prize for the first time in their his­tory. “Ev­ery club in the coun­try can en­ter the Top Club com­pe­ti­tion and it is a hard one to win,” said Char­lotte Emanuel, a mem­ber of the triples. “We play four dis­ci­plines, a sin­gles, a pairs, a triples and a fours. “You have to try to win as many dis­ci­plines as pos­si­ble but if it is tied 2-2 then the shots are to­talled and the team with the high­est num­ber of shots wins. “We played 11 games in to­tal, six within the county and then two in­ter-county rounds be­fore mov­ing up to Leam­ing­ton Spa for the fi­nals week­end.” Egham played Kings BC (Torquay, Devon) in the quar­ter-fi­nal where the fours had a mag­nif­i­cent win of 39-6, lead­ing them to an over­all 90-69 suc­cess. In the semi-fi­nal Egham faced Broad­way BC from Worces­ter and this time it was their triples, in­clud­ing Emanuel, who led the way with a 31-7 tri­umph. With a to­tal win­ning score of 93-69, the Run­nymede out­fit were through to bat­tle it out for the top prize. Saf­frons BC from East­bourne stood in their way – win­ners in 2011. Again, a bril­liant per­for­mance from the squad – in par­tic­u­lar the triples win­ning 32-8 – meant an over­all score of 84-57 and that his­toric suc­cess. “I can­not be­gin to tell you how proud I am of the whole club for ei­ther play­ing or sup­port­ing us through­out the whole sea­son,” en­thused Emanuel. “We started this cam­paign in early May and now five months later that hard work has paid off.” Egham’s team for Leam­ing­ton was: Sin­gles, Doreen Hankin; pairs, Norma Beales and Pauline Clark; triples, Rachel Win­ter, Char­lotte Emanuel, Deb­bie Sar­ratt and fours, Kelly McCarthy, Inger New­man, Kelly Jenk­ins and Pam Gar­den. Re­serves were Glenda Dex­ter and Anne Pickin.

Mean­while, Sar­ratt has been awarded a na­tional trial. “She thor­oughly de­serves this as she is an ab­so­lutely gifted player and one of the nicest peo­ple to play along­side,” added Emanuel. “I re­ally hope she makes it into the Eng­land team.” With the county side win­ning the Na­tional Dou­ble Rink (Walker Cup) Trophy, and the Sur­rey U31s nar­rowly los­ing their na­tional fi­nal, Egham’s feat has added to an amaz­ing sea­son for Sur­rey bowls.

Cham­pi­ons: Egham Bowls Club cel­e­brate their suc­cess in Leam­ing­ton.

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