West Backwell dreams shattered in charity cup competition

PUBLISHED: 17:04 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 22 August 2017

Isle of Wedmore Bowls Club winners.

Isle of Wedmore Bowls Club winners.


West Backwell were just edged out of winning the Clevedon & District Bowling Association Charity Cup when they were held to a draw in their last rink.

What a night this Clevedon & District Bowling Association Charity Cup competition generates. The rain just held off and results started coming in to Clevedon Promenade, HQ for the night.

Roy Kirkham checked the cards for any discrepancies as Roger Spragg used his tally sheets to record the scores. Every card makes a difference as the sheets get filled up and the favourites start to emerge.

Last year’s winners, Isle of Wedmore, seemed to have got the hang of evening play again as five wins out of five were recorded, but West Backwell recorded four wins out of four and a superior shots difference and were looking for that last win.

West Backwell won 10 single shot ends, Clevedon Promenade won four plus a six, resulting in a 10-all draw and West Backwell dreams were shattered.

A big thank you to Clevedon Promenade, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead and Portishead RBL for the use of their greens to make the competition what it is.

The cup and charity cheque were presented by Roy Kirkham to Dave Collins, who thanked the officers of the association for their hard work in putting the competition together so splendidly.

Roy Kirkham also presented the Evening League Trophy and cheque to Congresbury captain Brian Herbison. Despite local reports that this was the first time Congresbury had won the Evening League Trophy, investigation of the engraving showed they had won it before in 1961, 1963 and 1967.

Substantial cheques, thanks to the Co-op Funeralcare sponsorship of the league, were also presented to Chris Pearce (Portishead RBL), second, and Ken Low (Clevedon Promenade), third, in the Evening League.

The previous week, the association played their annual fixture against the Somerset Patrons team with rinks made up from all the clubs in the association. Playing with instead of against fellow bowlers, the side once again got the better of the Patrons by 121 shots to 111 shots.

Clevedon League 121, Somerset Patrons 111: C Holloway (Long Ashton), R Anniuk (Congresbury), N Castleton (Portishead RBL), B Grasso (Chew Stoke) 24-16; A Strong (Portishead), M West (Nailsea), B Gammon (West Backwell), R Kirkham 24-17; R Spragg, R Cook (Nailsea), P Reay (Congresbury), J Burt (Long Ashton) 16-22; J Pritchard (Nailsea), J Eaton (Long Ashton), P Gullam (Chew Stoke), C Moss (Wedmore) 27-14; A Tonkin (Nailsea), J Runciman (Wedmore), K Bird (Long Ashton), P Sims (West Backwell) 20-14; D Norman (Congresbury), I Wilson (West Backwell), D Vowles (Portishead RBL), J Mash (Nailsea) 10-28.

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