The Hillingdon finals were played under a sunny sky for the most part which was much better than the forecast had predicted. Play was interrupted for about 15 minutes when a heavy shower passed over in late morning.
Nothing could deter local bowlers Derek Cutmore (Harlington) and Sylvia Laws (Ladygate) as they both took three titles apiece.
Cutmore started his day with a good quality singles match in the Over 60s against Mick Ransom of Court Park. Ransom led 7-6 and again 12-8 before three counts of three later in the game enabled Cutmore to march to a 22-14 victory.
Sylvia Laws started her day in the pairs with partner Viv Powell. Playing club mates Gwen Richards and Ray Bragazza this was a match of twists and turns and very exciting for the watching crowd. Powell and Laws led early 7-6, then the Bragazza duo found their form and won the next five ends which included a count of four shots to open up a lead of 17-7. Winning six ends on the bounce the Laws pair clawed their way back to a deficit of just 15-18 as they were playing the last end. A miraculous power bowl by skip Sylvia Laws converted the head to a winning count of seven. The experienced pair of Powell and Laws, who had won the Hillingdon title a few years previously, eventually winning 22-18 in a dramatic climax.
Cutmore re-entered the fray then to skip Harlington club mates Sheila Cutmore and Peter Rance in the mixed triples against Uxbridge. Harlington were 1-7 down after just five ends but showed a lot of spirit to win the next five ends. 7-7 at half-time, the lead changed hands in the second half a number of times. The score was 14-13 to Harlington with the last end to play; Harlington defended well to pick up a single shot and win a close fought match 15-13.
Sylvia Laws played her second match in the ladies championship decider against club mate Ann Bell. Laws led 7-2 early, and 12-6 at half-time. Bell came back well to be just 11-14 down but the effort took it’s toll and Laws powered on to a 21-15 victory to pick up her second silverware of the day.
Cutmore’s third title came in the men’s singles where he faced host club captain Dave Parrott. Parrott led 7-1 and 9-3 before Cutmore’s short game proved very effective and he won nine consecutive ends to run out a 21-10 winner.
Laws’ third title came in the ladies triples event against Hayes. Leading throughout, 8-3 after five ends, 13-7 after ten and then 19-8 with just four ends to play. Ladygate defended well enough to keep the rallying Hayes trio, (Joyce Westlake skip), to low scores on those later ends, Ladygate winning 19-14.
Rosedale’s Mick Kirby took the main title of the day, the Open Championship Singles with a good display of weighted bowling. Kirby led 7-3 early on before a strong Attilio Ciampini attack got him back into the match at 11-11. Kirby refused to buckle and scored three counts of two shots in the second half of the game, winning the last four ends to run out a 22-14 victor to lift the claret jug.
Ciampini had earlier lifted the men’s pairs title with Mill BC colleague David Garside. They always had the upper hand against Rosedale’s Bob Matthews and Jason Rowlands. The Mill pair led 6-2 and again 9-5 at half time in a close low scoring tussle. Mill extended the lead to 12-6 and went on to win the last three ends to win comfortably 18-10 as the Rosedale pair were forced into chasing the game.
Rosedale’s Rick Vye, Eric Milsom and Dave Parrott won the men’s triples running out easy 22-5 victors against Court Park.
The day ended with a very hard fought mixed pairs contest. Rosedale’s Sue Pocknell and Bob Matthews faced club mates Eric Milsom and Rose Mayo. The Matthews duo led 10-3 at half time before the Mayo pair came storming back to win six of the next seven ends to level at 12-12 with four ends to go. The pairs could not be separated as they went into the last end tied at 15-15. Pocknell and Matthews lifting the title by a single shot to end an exciting day’s play.