Nailsea triumph in charity cup competition

PUBLISHED: 17:56 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 21 August 2018

Nailsea Bowls Club,

Nailsea Bowls Club,


In a fascinating night of bowls, Nailsea emerged the winners of the Clevedon & District Bowling Association Charity Cup.

The Clevedon & District Bowling Association Charity Cup competition lived up to its reputation of being a night of ups and downs, surprising results and an amazing finale.

West Backwell, headquarters for the night, was a hive of activity as results came in from the other four venues and a long agonising wait for the Portishead and Congresbury results to arrive heightened the tension.

The tension was mounting especially for Roger Spragg, association secretary, as he was the only one seeing the effect of each result as it was entered on the tally sheets.

While declaring the results from last to first, he mentioned he would come back to the Chew Stoke single point they gained. With three teams gaining six points, West Backwell came third on shots difference in front of Portishead RBL and Congresbury.

Last year, Isle of Wedmore took the honours when the last West Backwell result came in as a draw. Roles were reversed this year when that Chew Stoke point was gained from a draw against Wedmore, thus denying them the retention of the trophy.

It was, therefore, a surprised Nailsea who basked in the glory of five wins from five matches and captain John Whitear took the winning cheque to be used to assist in the replacement of the defibrillator at Mizzymead.

While the results were being collated, Evening League champions Clevedon Promenade were presented with the league trophy and winners cheque by chairman Duncan Crawshaw, with second-placed Portishead RBL and third-placed Clevedon also receiving cheques thanks to the generous sponsorship of Britannia Windows.

Final Evening League table

W D L Pts

Clevedon Prom 12 0 2 94

Portishead RBL 10 2 2 85

Clevedon 8 1 5 74

Congresbury 5 1 8 64.5

Chew Stoke 5 0 9 58

West Backwell 6 0 8 56.5

Long Ashton 4 1 9 38.5

Nailsea 3 1 10 33.5

Nailsea captain John Whitear pictured receiving the cup and a cheque for £200 towards the captain’s charity. The photo includes the chairman Duncan Crawshaw and secretary Roger Spragg of the organising Clevedon and District Bowls League.

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