Lambourn’s annual Gala Day took place on a very hot Sunday 22nd July this year with 24 teams, including three from Highworth, competing for the Lilian Francome Memorial Trophy. This open invitation event has been running for over 20 years and teams come from near and far to compete.
Played in triples format, the 24 teams were divided into two groups of twelve, each team then playing four games of eight ends against four different opponents from their section, the winners being the team that accumulates the highest aggregate score.
Scores are awarded to the nearest four bowls to the jack at each end, with four points awarded to the nearest, down to one point for the furthest of the four. Both teams can therefore score at each end, but a maximum ten points can be gained by one team, should they have all of the four nearest in one end.
The Highworth team comprising of John Jordan, Gordon Pearce and John White scored over 50 points in each of their first three matches and were going along fine. However, at this point, John Jordan had to leave the event in order to bowl elsewhere, but Highworth were fortunate to be able to call upon a reserve for their final match with Terry Nash, John White’s brother-in-law, over from Australia, on hand to step into the breech, aiding the team in a 50 – 30 victory.
Total points accrued by the team over their four games was 211, with 109 being conceded, giving a points difference of +102 and leaving them 20+ points ahead of their nearest competition. An exhausted but jubilant Highworth team were declared the 2018 Lilian Francome Memorial Trophy winners capping a fine end to a great day. Well done one and all.