DBE MAIDEN PAIRS AND PLATE COMPETITION
Saturday 17th June 2017, at Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Nottingham
Colin Wagstaff & Ray Kirk
Barry Nicholson & Steven Nicholson
Brian King & Mike Robbins
Danny Lockhart & David Stearn
David Walker & Paul Nilen
Keith Haggerwood & Khalila Hussain
Andrew Bayston & Steve Ireland
The format was 3 bowl pairs each game lasting one and a half hours and first-round losers going into a Plate competition.
It was great to see some of our new members entering this competition and travelling so far. One new member Khalia was surprised to be the only lady bowler in the competition but she was soon chatting and making friends. We really must find some more female bowlers.
It was also good being able to welcome back Adam Summerscales who has been away at University and David Walker who has been out of bowls for almost 4 years with a back injury. Dave is now using a bowling arm whilst bowling from a wheelchair as he is unable to bend forward due to his injury. He has adapted really well to the change and is as keen as ever to get back into competition. Great to see him back, we have missed him!
After the first round going through to the main event were;
Danny Lockhart & David Stearn v Dave Walker & Paul Nilen
Paul is one of our new bowlers and has been playing with Dave at Leeds IBC, he bowled really well in this his first ever competition. Dave must be teaching him well!
The other teams going through were;
Adam Summerscales & Tim Swann v Colin Wagstaff & Ray Kirk
Danny and David got off to a really strong start, 12 – 0 after 6 ends leaving Paul and Dave too much to do to catch up, hard as they tried. Final score 19 – 8.
Adam and Tim had a closer game with Colin and Ray winning 12 – 8.
In the Final of the Maiden Pairs, Adam and Tim got off to a flying start winning the first 4 ends, the final score being 7 – 4 to Adam and Tim.
Well done to both of them, it was the first time they had played together and how well they did!
The final of the Plate was played between;
Andrew Bayton & Steve Ireland v Mike Robins and Brian King.
The score was 8 – 8 on the 6th end, the final score being 12 – 9 to Mike and Brian.
The presentations were made by Ray Smith DBE Board Member.
Ray thanked the helpers, congratulated the players, said how much he had enjoyed watching and wished everyone a safe journey home.
It was one of the hottest days of the year and very tiring but all the bowlers went away in good spirits and looking forward to the next event.
Watch this space! Next weekend is the National Singles Qualifiers.