Former Highworth Player in 2018 Middleton Cup Success

Neil Hope, a former member of Highworth Bowls Club, was part of the victorious Leicestershire side that secured the Middleton Cup for the first time since 1964 on Saturday 3rd August, beating Devon in the final. Leicestershire had trailed by four shots with one rink still to complete their 21 ends and they duly collected the shots required, levelling the match 119 – 119 and forcing the playing of an extra end across all rinks.

All rinks then went back on to the green, with the shot scores from the each rink’s extra end counting towards the outcome. The Leicestershire rink that had brought about the tie then recorded five shots on their extra end and with three of the other four completed extra ends won, the 9-1 outcome meant that the title was Leicestershire’s.