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April 2009 saw the third running of the Hemsby Pairs.

Despite an unavoidable clash with the Six Counties Championship, which prevented several players from the Eastern Counties from attending, the event was still very well attended, with a total of 59 pairs taking part, just a handful down on last year's attendance.

As a warm-up to the main event, we gave everyone the opportunity to take part in a Jumblie on Friday night.

About half of those attending opted to take part while everyone else took in the night's entertainment.

The Jumblie consisted of players being randomly drawn into teams of 4 with whom they would stay all night as they played against 4 other teams.

While some teams inevitably faired much better than others, the end result was remarkably close, with 3 teams being separated by just a single shot.

The eventual winners, with 29 shots from their 4 games, were Ailsa White, Mike Walker, Cedric Bennett & Roy Thorpe. They were followed by Rob Cook, Pearl Guana, Brian Foreman & Doris Dainty who scored 28 shots (conceeding just 3), who edged out John Whiting, John Disley, Dave Cask & Aubrey Mann who were also on 28 shots, but conceeded 11.

The Main Event
The competing teams were divided up into 9 groups of 6 or 7 teams.

Those teams who were drawn in a group of only 6 teams would play each of the other 5 teams in their group, plus an additional one against a team from another group of 6 teams. This would ensure that everyone would get 6 round robin games, 4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

All of the group winners would go through, along with the 7 best runners-up, making 16 teams who would qualify for the Knockout Stages.

Group 1
Dot White & Lily Barnes
led the way after 2 games and 2 wins. Just 1 point behind were Brian Archer & Patricia Phillips and Harold & Patricia Ball.

Harold & Patricia were in a clear lead by the time 4 games had been played, still undefeated, although they had dropped one point. Close behind on 6 points and fighting for the runner-up spot were Iris Allen & Joyce Wilson and Brian Archer & Patricia Phillips.

Having dropped just a single point in their 6 games Harold & Patricia Ball ran out winners of the group with 11 points, while Brian Archer & Patricia Phillips finished as runners-up, just 1 point behind.

Group 2
Josie & Alan Long
and Ann & Alan Blundell were tied for the lead after 2 games, each on 4 points.

Ann & Alan Blundell were still undefeated 4 games in, holding a 2 point lead over Josie & Alan Long and John Soper & Rosemary Budd.

The final game was the crunch match that would decide the group as the Blundells took on the Longs. It was Josie & Alan Long that won the game and the group while Ann & Alan Blundell finished as runners-up, at the head of a pack of 3 teams who finished on 8 points.

Group 3
Rose Wortley & Michael Browne
and Peter Cousins & Toni Botting both had 4 points after their first 2 games.

The same two teams were still in the lead with 4 games played, although each team had lost a game. Meanwhile Kay & Les Buckton and Ailsa White & June Howard were both on 5 points, meaning that there were 4 teams covered by just 1 point.

But in the end it was the same 2 teams that had led the group from the start that finished top, both on 10 points, with Rose Wortley & Michael Browne ahead of Peter Cousins & Toni Botting by virtue of half a dozen shots.

Group 4
There was a 3-way tie for the lead with the teams having played twice. Ken Drane & Kay Masters, Janet & Keith Cockings and Carole & Bill Reeve each had 4 points.

By the time everyone had 4 games under their belts the group had clear leaders. Ken Drane & Kay Masters had the maximum 8 points. Two points behind were Janet & Keith Cockings and Margaret Turner & Rita Daniels.

Having led all the way Ken Drane & Kay Masters lost their final game to Janet & Keith Cockings but managed to hold on and win the group by a single shot, although it would be enough to ensure that the Cockings would qualify as well.

Group 5
Dot & Syd Tanner
and Sylvia & John Disley were tied for the lead after 2 games, neither of them having dropped a point.

Dot & Syd Tanner were the only team left with a perfect record after 4 games and were already very close to winning the group since their nearest rivals were now Roy & Christine Petts who were 3 points adrift.

However, the first game on Sunday saw the Petts beat the Tanners, to reduce the gap to a single point. But it was not enough to stop Dot & Syd winning the group with 10 points from their 6 games which would win them the group while Roy & Christine would finish second, a point behind.

Group 6
After the first 2 games Betty & Lewis Claxton had the early lead in the group, winning both games.

The Claxtons still had their 100% record with 4 games played. Having lost just one game Jean & Peter Blackley were now in a clear second place.

The game between the top 2 teams settled the group in favour of Betty & Lewis Claxton as they beat the Blackleys and became the first team in the competition to win their group and qualify for the next round. Audrey Smith & Pearl Guana came through to finish in second on & points and would be the final qualifiers.

Group 7
David & Jennie Hambling
were the only team on maximum points after 2 games, but Marjorie Bilton & Peter Masters were just a point behind.

After everyone had played 4 times the group had tightened up considerably, David & Jennie Hambling were now tied for the lead with Joy Kitchen & Joy Spriggs, each on 6 points. Meanwhile there were another pair of teams on 5 points, Marjorie Bilton & Peter Masters and Eileen & Arnold Basketter.

The next round of games saw a big sort out as David & Jennie Hambling won to go 1 point clear of Eileen & Arnold Basketter. And as the rest of the results went the right way for them David & Jennie took the group before they had played their last game. Marjorie Bilton & Peter Masters finished on 7 points and were runners-up, but missed out on the knockout stages by a matter of just 3 shots.

Group 8
Shirley & John O'Sullivan
were the only team to win their first 2 games.

Four games down and there was now a 3-way tie for the lead, Shirley & John O'Sullivan, Gordon Bloomfield & John Whiting and Joe & Irene Woodward had all won 3 and lost 1.

The next set of games saw the lead go down to a tie between just Gordon Bloomfield & John Whiting and Joe & Irene Woodward, each on 8 points from 5 games.

Group 9
Jean & Rob Cook
took the maximum points from their first 2 games.

Mike & Di Rogers had come through to lead after 4 games, with 6 points, while Geoff & Margaret Holland were 1 point behind. A lead which went out to 2 points ahead of Mary Tomkins & Shirley Brooks with 5 games played.

In the end Mike & Di had the group won with a game still to play and while Geoff & Margaret Holland finished second they only had 7 points and didn't have quite enough shots to make it through to the next round.

Knockout Stages
The qualifiers were seeded according to how well they did in the group stages. The best team would play the 16th best, the 2nd best would play the 15th best, etc.

First Round
Rose Wortley & Michael Browne
had the most comfortable win of the round with a 12-3 victory over Brian Archer & Patricia Phillips. Despite going 3 behind early on Josie & Alan Long came back for an 11-4 win over Betty & Lewis Claxton.

David & Jennie Hambling were a comfortable 7 shots ahead 4 ends into their game with Mike & Di Rogers, holding on to win 8-4. While Ann & Alan Blundell started their game against Gordon Bloomfield & John Whiting with a near maximum 5 shots, a lead which held good until the end as they won 10-5.

Janet & Keith Cockings and Joe & Irene Woodward were tied 3-3 5 ends into their game, but a decisive 5 shots on the 6th end for the Cockings' effectively gave them the game as they won 10-3. The game between Harold & Patricia Ball and Audrey Smith & Pearl Guana went in much the same way, the Balls were just 4-3 up after 5 ends, but took 4 shots on the 6th end and finished the game 9-3 winners.

Ken Drane & Kay Masters' match against Peter Cousins & Toni Botting was another close game, Ken & Kay were only 4-3 ahead with 2 ends to go, but finally finished 7-3 up.

Finally, the closest game was between Roy & Christine Petts and Dot & Syd Tanner which had to go to an extra end before the Petts' won out 6 shots to 5.

Quarter Finals
Harold & Patricia Ball took control of their game against Janet & Keith Cockings and eventually won 8-3.

Playing each other for the second time over the weekend Josie & Alan Long lost the first end to Ann & Alan Blundell but were in the lead on the second end and never looked back as they repeated their earlier victory with a score of 9-3.

Roy & Christine Petts were already 6-0 two ends into their game with Rose Wortley & Michael Browne and finished 9-4 ahead.

There was never much to seperate David & Jennie Hambling and Ken Drane & Kay Masters but Ken & Kay were never headed and went on to win 5-3.

Roy & Christine Petts'
match against Harold & Patricia Ball could not have started of more disasterously as they conceeded a maximum 6 shots on the first end. a further 3 shots lost on the second end left them 9-0 down, but they fought back to 9-6 behind with 2 ends to go, but that was as close as it got as the Balls won the last 2 ends to win 12-6.

Josie & Alan Long were 4-1 after 2 ends against Ken Drane & Kay Masters, back it was 5-5 after 5 ends and Ken & Kay kept their momentum going and took the game 8-5 to make the final.

The first few ends of the final went the way of Harold & Patricia Ball, although the margins were never that great, nonetheless it was 5 ends in before Ken Drane & Kay Masters won an end, but by that time the opposition were already 5-0 up. Going into the final end there were 3 shots seperating the two pairs, but it was Harold & Patricia who got three, winning 8-2 which flattered them slightly, although they certainly deserved their win, having gone the whole weekend without losing a game.

This made Harold & Patricia the eighth different winner in our eighth event and they have now have a record 5 finishes in the last eight of one of our competitions. And for Ken there was another record, although one that is perhaps slightly less enviable, he has now been the losing finalist on no less than 3 occasions.

The full results of the weekends bowling can be found here.

We would like to give our usual thanks to everyone who has supported us and made it such an enjoyable weekend and for helping us to raise another £240 in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support and of course special thanks to all those who kindly gave up their time over the weekend to help sell draw tickets.

20th April 2009

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Our next event will be Lakeside, Hayling Island, August 2009