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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday Report - 2014 Hillingdon Finals
Dave Parrott retained the Over 60s title beating previous winner Derek Cutmore 21-11 on Thursday evening. Winning five ends on the trot early on with counts of 3,1,1,2,3 Parrott established a 10 - 2 lead. Cutmore hit back winning a couple of ends but could never get on terms in what was a great display of draw bowling.
The Mens pairs was a long drawn out affair with each end taking about 12 minutes. The Uxbridge defending champions Reap / Ciampini led 11 - 8 at half time. Four consecutive singles ate away the ends as the pair held Tomkins and Reynolds at bay. 13 - 10 after 14 ends extended to 21 - 11 with an end to spare.
The Open Championship saw a great match up with some high scoring ends. Six of the ends had a count of either 3 or 4 shots. Ron Le Leux led early 3 -2 but Tony Waller hit back to lead 6 - 5. Then fortune swung again Le Leux 9 - 8 up before the pendulum stretched the other way with Waller 18 - 14 to the good. Incredibly, fate swung yet again and with two massive counts of 3 then 4 shots Le Leux took the Open title for the first time, 21 - 18.
A good evening crowd witnessed some exciting bowling in the first four finals of this year's competitions.
In the ladies triples Hayes always held the upper hand leading 8-1 after five ends and 11-5 at half-time. Court Park rallied early in the second half to too many heavy woods left the way clear for Hayes to gain consecutive counts of 3 and 1 to take a 17-8 lead after 14. They defended well enough, though losing shots on each of the last four ends and counts of 1,1,2,1 left the final scoreboard showing 17-13 to the Botwell ladies.
The ladies pairs was an all-Fassnidge affair. The Lawes / Connor combination got off to the worst possible start as they dropped 11 shots in the first four ends. Fighting back well, they got back to 10-11 after nine ends. However, the experienced pairing of Martel and Simpson scored consecutive counts of 2 and a very damaging 6 to take a 19-10 lead. The match score closed to 22-18 but the latter pair held on well to take the title.
The men's singles was an astonishing affair. Gary Miller got off to a slow start having come direct from work. Alan Hooper stormed into a 12-3 lead before the Denham, man got his weight sorted out. Miller stuck at it and won six of the next eight ends and got back to 11-16. The Fassnidge man responded with a count of 2 shots to lead 18-11, surely it was all over. Miller then showed true grit with a storming run of 1,1,1,4 to level things up at 18 each. A deuce then meant he just needed a single to reach the winning line but Hooper would not be denied and with a 2,1 finish, the Fassnidge man took the title 21-20 to thunderous applause.
The only game left on the green was the men's triples. What a match of two halves this was! The Uxbridge front end could not find their weight and the Rosedale trio, skipped by Jason Rowlands, stormed into a 7-1 lead early on. They extended this to a supposedly unbeatable 15-1 lead at half-time. Uxbridge, skipped by Ciampini, then went into game mode. Consecutive scores of 3,5,2 meant they were back in it at just 11-15 down. Rosedale then scored 3,1 to take a 19-13 lead with just four ends to play. Uxbridge powered to counts of 4,2,3 to take the title after being 14 shots down at one stage. A great evenings entertainment for the neutral.
All Secretaries have made it in on time; a big thank you for that. 495 entries have been received, including a last minute telephone call from Ms Connor (Hayes) to enter the ladies triples.
My sincere thanks go to Ray Lee who once again did the draw honours and, of course, came out of the hat first in every comp' he entered! No, not really.
I've now typed up the draw sheets, getting them copied over the weekend (12/13) and, once proof read, they will be collated in order to be distributed to the various clubs. Sheets should be at ALL clubs by 30 04, even if I have to drive around the borough as I did a few years ago.
Seven of the disciplines have end of May / early June first round play-by dates, but two of the most popular comps' have a first round play-by of the third week of May, so be warned.
The top competition, namely the Open Singles Championship, carries a cash prize as well as the usual trophy this year. Someone might buy a round with an extra £30 in their pocket!
The Hillingdon finals at RosedalePark were held
under terrific conditions with a decent green and perfect warm weather. A
bumper crowd of over 170 witnessed some of the best bowling of the year
throughout an action packed day.
Karen at the rush
Harefield’s Karen Rushton took pride of
place this year winning all three finals that she took part in. Firstly, the
ladies triples which saw her and colleagues Sheila Cordingley and Phyllis
Blakes come from behind to take an impressive win. Down 6-9 at half-time, the
Harefield trio took two consecutive counts of five shots off the Linda Jackson
Ladygate entry. The rest of the ends were shared evenly but the damage had been
done; Harefield winning 24-13.
After a short break Karen was back on the
green doing battle with Jean Matthews of Rosedale for the singles title. Storming into an early lead, Rushton led
11-4 and again 13-8, before Matthews really kicked into gear. Forcing every end
to count Matthews clawed her way back to 15-15 after a mammoth 22 ends. Rushton
showed grit once again to extend to a 22-17 win in an exciting match.
Rushton’s day was completed by a win in the
mixed triples watched by a huge noisy crowd. Joined by husband Nigel and Myles
Arnold they were involved in the finish of the day. Mike Hulbert’s MillBC triple held a
half-time lead 10-9 but contrived to lose a massive count of six which turned
the game in Harefield’s favour. Mill fought back bravely to draw level after
the penultimate end 15-15 before a single shot saw the silverware go into
Harefield’s trophy cabinet.
Ciampini adds to his Hillingdon titles haul
Atillio Ciampini joined with Derek Reap to
provide the Uxbridge club with their first trophy of the day. In the men’s
pairs they scored two early counts of five shots which set up a good lead
against Dennis Hodgkins and skipper Mick Kirby of Rosedale. Always in control,
the Uxbridge pair ran out 26-17 winners with an end to spare.
The match of the day, The Open
Championship, saw Ciampini up against Steve Skinner of the Ladygate club.
Terrific early scoring by Ciampini meant an early lead 12-6 before Skinner
found his length and fought back winning three consecutive ends which included
a massive count of three shots. Ciampini’s lead had been cut to 12-11, but then
it was his turn to win a few ends and extended again to lead 19-15. Skinner
would not be denied and a run of four ends with counts of 1-2-2-1 saw him claim
the major Hillingdon title for the first time.
Ciampini was called onto the green for a
third time late on in the day. He joined Uxbridge team mates Don Hazelgrove and
John Geeves for the men’s triples where Stan Driver’s Cowley team were in
opposition. An early count of five shots put the Cowley men in the driving seat
but Uxbridge then won five ends straight to take a 14-7 advantage. Try as they
might, the Cowley trio could not get back on terms as Uxbridge ended up
emphatic 21-10 victors.
Geeves had earlier played in the men’s
singles final which was a well contested affair. Tony Waller held leads of 11-2
and 13-8 but, although he closed to within two shots at one stage Geeves
succumbed 15-21 as Waller of Ladygate added to his Hillingdon title haul.
A game of two halves is an expression in
another sport but the men’s over 60s title match was a game of three thirds.
Ray Lee of Uxbridge led Dave Parrott of the host club 9-6, then Parrott won
five ends on the spin to take a decisive 18-9 lead before a rallying Lee
countered with four winning ends to be facing only a 15-18 deficit. Parrott
stepped up yet again to take the title 21-15.
In an uncompetitive match the Fassnidge
pair of Angela Martel and Mandy Simpson ran out 27-12 winners in the ladies’
pairs against Ladygate.
Ray Lee joined his Uxbridge partner Moira
Steven for the mixed pairs later in the day. Starting brightly, they led ends against Anicea Skinner and Chris Harris from Ladygate. Ends
were exchanged and the Uxbridge pair held an impressive, almost unassailable,
13-5 lead after 11 ends, but then the wheels came well and truly off. Skinner
then showed husband Steve that there was more than one bowler in the family. The
Ladygate pairing won nine of the next ten ends to win comfortably 20-14 in a
real game of two halves.
Organiser, Dennis Hodgkins, said that the
finals had been one of the best supported in years and the separate sets of
fans from different clubs added to the atmosphere on the day. Rosedale can be proud that so
many of its’ members, acting as volunteers, helped to fashion such a wonderful
For the sixth year running the bowls competitions in this area have been supported by the local A P Taylor Trust. They give out monies each year to a variety of scouts, girl guide, W Is and sporting groups.
This year's donation to Hillingdon Competitions will help cover the cost of trophies, engraving and programme production for Finals Day.