Richard Young, Highworth’s Men’s Captain, lost out to former National Indoor Pairs partner, Wanborough’s Robbie Ferguson 17 – 21 on Saturday’ 15th September in the Champion of Champions Final at Westlecot. Commiserations to Richard.
On the next rink, Highworth’s Sean Etherington narrowly missed out on winning the Under 25s Final. Despite having built up an 18 – 11 lead, he could not respond to a late surge from former Highworth club mate, Ben Choules, who compiled a ten break over the next few ends to run out the 21 – 18 winner. It was a sterling effort Sean and hopefully the experience gained is beneficial for future finals.
Whilst the final round of matches in the Friday Afternoon Triples League were being played, then league leaders Team E (Dee Clements, Brian Harris and Paul Barrow) could only look on from their tea-making duties in the club’s kitchen, whilst Team F (Jill Barrow, Andrew Wicks & Ian Dandy) played out their final match knowing that they needed to win by any score in order to head the table at the close.
With a 20 – 8 victory, Team F’s ascent to the top of the table was assured and Team E had to look for something stronger than tea or coffee to drown their sorrows.
Congratulations to Jill, Andrew & Ian D and commiserations to Dee, Brian & Paul B. Well done also to John Spencer for organizing the event.
The final of the Ladies County Pairs, delayed from the rain-affected County Finals Day in August was played at Devizes on Saturday morning and saw further success for Highworth’s Joanna Hicks and Linda Young.
Playing short jacks, the pair raced to a 16-4 lead, but with their opponents, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs from Box, gaining back control of the jack, came to the last three ends leading 21-14. The next two ends saw the Box pair gaining two shots on each and with one end to play cool heads were called for. Jo put up a good wood to put the pressure on their opponents, but the Box skip then ran the jack, added a second close bowl before getting a third into the head to raise the possibility of a further end to decide the winners. However, with two foot of room to play with Linda delivered a bowl that cut the count to two and Jo and Linda could celebrate becoming county champions for 2018.
Congratulations to Jo and Linda on what has been a very successful season to date for Highworth’s ladies and with the S&D Finals Day to come next Sunday there are further opportunities for more titles to come this season.
This year’s Evening Triples League fixtures were completed tonight, but the competition winners had been determined well before the last bowl was bowled. Team F, comprising Jill Barrow, Ivor Sparrowhawk, Kevin Brown & club President Chris Hidden, won their first 14 matches, only failing to finish with a 100% record when losing their fifteenth and final match of the competition. A big well done to them and likewise a big thanks to Josie Etherington & Paul Barrow for organising the competition and Hazel Hidden for all her work in the kitchen.
Photo shows Josie Etherington presenting the trophy to the winners.