CLUB SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Len Matthews Trophy
The club's premier singles competition kicked off on Monday 21st June. Eighteen entrants were divided into groups of three with each bowlers playing two games of twelve ends. The six group winners plus the three best runners-up progressed to the second round which was played a couple of days later. The format was the same as the first round with the winners and just a single best runner-up going forward. The four bowlers who went forward to the following day's semi-final were Peter Barker who played Keith Boak and Steve Moore who played Mark Richards.
The final was played on the Friday afternoon between Peter Barker and Mark Richards. On a hot sunny afternoon, around fifteen spectators were around to watch a real battle. After nineteen ends, Mark held a 13-11 advantage but peter then won five consecutive ends to lead 18-13 and looked to have the game under control. However, Mark won the next three ends to level the score. Then, Peter score a couple and, on the next end, was holding the shot which would have given him the title but Mark produced a superb last bowl to keep the match alive. Finally, on the thirtieth end, Mark could not repeat the trick and so peter won 21-19 and so took the title for the second time.
Below are the three groups that contested the second round:
And, here are the semi-finalists:
Club captain John London with the two finalists after the match
The champion receives the trophy.