Lakeside X - June 2016
The week of 20-24 June saw
us back on Hayling Island for an amazing 10th time, it really
doesn't seem that long since our first visit.
As in previous years the Pairs
was played over Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings and all of Thursday,
while Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings was set aside for
This year's Fours would be played across 3 nights with no knockout
stages. The winning team would be the one at the top of the table
after their 6 games.
Of the 15 teams in competition, 6 of them won both their opening
Leading the way were Masters-Swan
with 27 shots and despite that impressive opening the second
placed Williams-Kitchen team were only 6 shots back. Lloyd-Mason-Bowen
were on 16 shots, MADJAC were on 15, Whittaker-Stone-Forrest
had 12 shots and Woods-Lines-Cousins were 6th having managed
to finish on top of two remarkably tight games, which they had
won 5-4 and 4-3.
The second evening's games were a touch closer than the first
night's. This time only five teams were able to win both games,
and only one of those had won both on Monday.
Top of the pile were MADJAC
and Hume-Staines with 22 shots, just behind were Crump-Kermath
with 21 shots, then Harden-Kelly-Russell on 16 shots and
finally Frost-Brown with 15 shots.
The effect of all of that was
to put MADJAC firmly in the lead with a maximum 8 points,
2 clear of 3 other teams which were led by Masters-Swan
who had 42 shots, Williams-Kitchen on 25 points and Hume-Staines
on 32 shots.
And with the top two playing
one another in the final round of games on Wednesday there was
plenty of opportunity for someone else to still take the win.
MADJAC opened with
a comfortable win to keep themselves on top and it was the same
story for the other contenders which meant that everything would
rest on the final games.
In reality it was all going
to come down to one match, that between the top 2 teams. If MADJAC
won or drew they would take the overall win. If Masters-Swan
won the game they would probably finish top, unless either Williams-Kitchen
or Hume-Staines could come up with a lot of shots.
And in that crucial game MADJAC
were never behind and moreover knew what they had to do. Going
into the last end they were 4 ahead and always mindful of the
situation. It always looked unlikely that Masters-Swan
were going to even get a draw, but the final wood at least did
that for them.
In the end MADJAC finished
on 11 points, while Williams-Kitchen and Hume-Staines
also won, both finishing on 10 points and 51 shots, Williams-Kitchen
just finishing second with 4 shots less against, leaving Masters-Swan
to be relegated to a fourth place finish.
The competition, as in previous
years, would see the teams play 34 teams each on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday mornings, after which the top 16 would qualify for
Thurday afternoon's knockout rounds.
As you might image, near enough half of the field won their opening
game's. With just one game drawn, there were 15 winners to start
Of those, 11 went on to win
their second games, with the field being headed by Preston &
Jo Gypps, Jim Spriggs & Paul Daniels and David & Linda
Williams who all had 20 shots.
Tursday's final games saw more
teams getting off the mark and the number of teams who had won
all there games reduce to just five.
And it was still as close as
you would like at the very top with Jim Spriggs & Paul Daniels
and Dee Whittaker & Chris Tillbrook tied together on 28 shots.
Only a couple of shots behind were David & Linda Williams,
back on 18 shots were George & Joy Kitchen and on 17 shots,
having won each of their games by just a single shot were John
Lloyd and Sally Mason.
Unfortunately, despite their
great start, John & Sally's efforts were going to be severely
compromised as an unavoidable appointment on Wednesday would
mean that they were going to have to forfeit their Day 2 games.
However, thanks to their great start, they would still be in
with a shout come Thursday.
Only Jim Spriggs & Paul Daniels and George & Joy Kitchen
were able to continue their running of victories into the first
game on Wednesday.
Just behind them were David
& Linda Williams and Sylvia Cox & Annette Iskett who
also won and were now on 7 points, still undefeated. Behind them
there were only 4 teams who had lost just once, so as the week
wore on the results were starting to even themselves out.
There was no change to the
top four as they completed their 5th games, but behind there
were now only 2 teams left who had won four times, Dee Whittaker
& Chris Tilbrook and Pat Kelly & Enid Russell.
However the final round of
games for day 2 saw the two leading teams recording their first
losses. And with David & Linda and Sylvia & Annette winning
it was those two teams who would finish the day on top.
Behind them Jim & Paul
and George & Joy, on 10 points, were joined by Dee Whittaker
& Chris Tilbrook and Pat Kelly & Enid Russell.
Next best were 4 teams on 8
points that made up the rest of the top 10, followed by 5 teams
on 7 points and 8 on 6 points. In total 23 teams with a realistic
chance of making the last 16 on Thursday afternoon.
The day started with a win for David & Linda to maintain
their unbeaten run and guarantee qualification. However the joint
leaders Sylvia & Annette recorded their first loss and would
have to wait a little longer to confirm their almost certain
Pat & Enid and Jim &
Paul also won again and that too meant that they were through
to the knockout rounds.
The second round of games saw
the leaders become the final team to record a loss, they were
already through anyway but it was still a matter of finishing
with as good a record as possible to get the best draw for the
Sylvia & Annette were back
on the winning trail again and were now through and it was the
same for George & Joy Kitchen and Alistair & Lynne Kermath.
Don Poulter & Joan Clark,
Dee Whittaker & Chris Tilbrook and Chris Clark & Maxine
Poulter both won again make their way through, which meant that
with one round of games to go there were 9 teams through and
7 places still to be decided.
And the first of those places
was taken by Paul & Sue Cousins who finished on 11 points,
as did Preston & Jo Gypps.
As the final set of games ended
the remaining qualifiers emerged, Roy & Jackie Harden, Keith
& Prim Hume, Tony & Pat Staines, Paul & Sue Cousins,
Jim & Margaret Forrest and finally Peter Masters & Rita
In the end the top spots were
held by Jim Spriggs & Paul Daniels (16 points), David &
Linda Williams (15 points) and Sylvia Cox & Annette Iskett
It was a round where, quite rightly none of the games were run
Top qualifiers against bottom
qualifiers almost inevitably went the way of the lower ranked
team. It was only one shot per end, but Peter Masters &
Rita Daniels beat Jim Spriggs & Paul Daniels 6-1.
And it was the same for the
2nd ranked team versus 15th. Although David & Linda Williams
went into the last end 1 shot up on Jim & Margaret Forrest,
they dropped 2 to lose 8-7.
Keith & Prime Hume always had their noses in front of
Roy & Jackie Harden, taking a 5-3 win.
And Dee Whittaker &
Chris Tilbrook similarly led from the start against Chris
Clark & Max Poulter, winning 6-2.
Don Poulter & Joan Clark were a shot behind with 2 ends to
go against Tony & Pat Staines, but came back to win
Pat Kelly & Enid Russell had the benefit of a 4 shot haul on
the first end against George & Joy Kitchen and despite
losing 3 of the back on end 2, they stayed ahead to win 8-4.
With 6 ends played between
Alistair & Lynne Kermath and Preston & Jo Gypps
it was 3 all, but Alistair & Lynne had the best of the final
end and won the game 5-3.
Sylvia Cox & Annette
Iskett led from the
start against Paul & Sue Cousins and came safely home to
a 6-2 win.
While they hardly ran away with it, Sylvia & Annette's victory
over Alistair & Lynne was clear cut. They chipped away, winning
each end to take an 8-0 win.
It was nip and tuck all the
way between Dee & Chris and Don & Joan, each taking a
turn in the lead, but a shot on each of the last 3 ends for Don
& Joan sent them through 5-4.
And it was close between Peter
& Rita and Keith & Prim, until the 6th end when a 4 to
Peter & Rita put the game out of reach. They won 9-3.
It was a good start for Pat
& Enid as they took 3 shots on the furst end against Jim
& Margaret, but their opponents came back and forged ahead
to take an 8-4 win.
In a match where all the ends were close, it was always Don &
Joan that came out ahead of Peter & Rita. Three shots was
a good start for them on the first end and after that continued
to build finally winning 8-0.
Jim & Margaret were always
in the hunt, but Sylvia & Annette always seemed to be just
ahead. It was all square at 3-3 after 5 ends but Sylvia &
Annette managed one on the penultimate end and carried their
advantage to the last end. A 7-3 final score made it look easier
than it actually was.
Don Poulter & Joan Clark
vs Sylvia Cox & Annette Iskett
End 1 Joan draws the jack early on, it gets moved, but
Don takes advantage and they pick up 4, a very good start.
End 2 Joan is close again and Don builds on it. They take
another 3 to make it 7-0.
End 3 Sylvia & Annette need to get a start in the
game and finally they do and it's 2 shots. They trail 2-7.
End 4 Unfortunately for the West Sussex ladies, Joan is
consistently finding the jack no matter what the length and she
and Don take those 2 shots from the previous end back again.
End 5 Again Joan is outbowling Annette but Sylvia saves
the day with her last wood to take 2. 9-4.
End 6 The best end of the game has woods of both colours
crowding the jack. But Don frees it and draws shot with his final
wood to take the game realistically out of reach. 10-4.
Final End Joan does exactly what she needs to do, pushing
a long jack back even further to make the opposition's task impossible.
Somehow they get three, but sadly it's not enough. Don &
Joan win 10-7.
Don & Joan take the Lakeside
Pairs for the second time, having previously won it in 2012 while
the title eludes Sylvia & Annette yet again.
Many thanks to everyone for
another great week of bowling and for adding another £160
to the money we have raised for East
Anglia Air Ambulance.
And finally we are pleased
to say that Warners have had a change of heart regarding the
Bowls Hall. It will certainly be there next year (we have booked
the same week for 2017) and they anticipate that it will be around
for another 4 or 5 years at least.
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