Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday Report on Hillingdon Finals 2014

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.

Dennis 28/08/14