Healthy com­pe­ti­tion re­turns to bowls club

West Sussex County Times - - News - Re­port contribute­d

With the first half of the bowls sea­son nearly over and many peo­ple be­gin­ning to emerge from lock­down, it seemed a fit­ting time to re­sume in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion at Pul­bor­ough Bowls Club – al­beit with new dis­tanc­ing and hy­giene re­stric­tions in place.

Pairs roll-ups have been tak­ing place for sev­eral weeks, with a new rink book­ing sys­tem al­low­ing a max­i­mum of six play­ers on the green at any one time, nicely spaced on al­ter­nate rinks, but noth­ing gets you back into a com­pet­i­tive frame of mind bet­ter than some healthy com­pe­ti­tion.

The sin­gles hand­i­cap com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of two groups, with each player tak­ing on four others from their group over the space of three weeks.

One point could be scored for each end won and two points for the over­all win, af­ter the hand­i­caps had been ap­plied.

Twenty-two play­ers en­tered and af­ter some close games over 21 ends, the top four were con­firmed as Paul Day and Jane Gray, who came sec­ond in their groups and would play off for third and fourth place, and Ray Knight and Roger Jupp, who topped groups A and B and would play for first and sec­ond.

Satur­day, June 27 started wet, with dark clouds still threat­en­ing over­head when play started at 3pm.

Jane Gray started strongly, win­ning the first five ends with­out re­turn, un­til a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion al­lowed Paul his first end of three, herald­ing a close game of qual­ity bowls and high-scor­ing ends, fi­nally cul­mi­nat­ing in a 19/16 win to Jane and 15/8 win on points.

The fight for the top spot was equally as close, with Roger tak­ing the lead on end five, un­til Ray closed the gap to level at 13 shots apiece on the 18th end, go­ing on to win 17/13, with 13 ends won to Roger’s eight.

Pre­sen­ta­tions took place on the green, with Life Mem­ber Mick Ralph, con­grat­u­lat­ing the win­ners and hand­ing over the cash prizes of £40,£30, £20 and £10 from 1st to fourth place - from a dis­tance!

Elaine Lewis, one of our new­est mem­bers, re­ceived a sil­ver spoon for her ef­forts through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

From July mem­bers will be able to en­joy the so­cial side of the bowls club, with the bar and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­open­ing, but it won’t be un­til next sea­son that vis­it­ing clubs will re­turn in any num­bers to play against Pul­bor­ough BC, so in-house com­pe­ti­tions, roll-ups and club days will con­tinue, with the An­nual club com­pe­ti­tions be­gin­ning in two weeks time, each be­ing played over a week­end to de­cide the fi­nal­ists, be­fore fi­nals week­end on Satur­day Sun­day, Septem­ber 5 and 6.

Jane Gray with Ray Knight

Pul­bor­ough Bowls Club

Elaine Lewis with Ray Knight at Pul­bor­ough Bowls Club

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