THE DORCHESTER Bowls Club Competition Finals provided a feast of high quality action last week.
Pride of place must go to England under-25 international George Spracklen, who won the Men’s Championship and three other competitions. George defeated Bill Ford 21-17 in the Championship singles and Louise Woodrow, to also claim the Under-25 title 21-13. He then then assisted Jim Kelly and George Aslett to claim the Triples title against the experienced trio of John Lawlor, Brian Andrew and Dave Joslin.
There was also a poignant victory for Mellisa Makepeace and Spracklen in the Mixed Pairs as they won 34-12 against Marlyn and Pat Bickel. George was standing in for Mellisa’s grandfather Eddie Young, one of the Club’s finest and best-loved bowlers, who died suddenly a short while ago.
The Ladies’ Championship went to Freda Yates who had a comfortable 21-10 victory over Margaret Cullip. Margaret, however, went on to win the Ladies’ pairs with Linda Hill with a hard-fought 18-14 victory against Hazel Ryan and Pauline Trim. To complete the circle, Hazel, who until recently qualified as a novice, stunned the Ladies Champion Freda Yates by winning the Ladies Veterans’ singles 21-12.
The Men’s Veteran Singles was won by indoor captain Brian Poulson who edged to a 21-18 success against Jim Kelly. Jim also lost out in the Men’s Set’s Singles to youngster Jack Corbin Willetts who held firm to gain a 2-0 victory. Jack went on to have a straightforward 21-3 win in the under 18 singles against James Roe but James was not to be denied in the under 16s Sets Singles as he gained a 2-0 success over Joseph Aslett.
Barbara Lacey had a splendid 2-0 win over Isabelle Addison in the Ladies’ Sets Singles but Barbara’s husband Arthur was not so fortunate as he and partner Bob Tranter were defeated 29-4 by Colin Gifford and Dave Tremlin.
In the Australian Mixed Pairs Sue and Mike Lofthouse gained a 26-14 victory over Di Lunn and Bob Tranter.
Finally, Steve Willsher won the Novice Singles 21-13 playing Jim Trim and the Novices Triples saw Lesley Kellaway, Robert Paulley and James Roe run out as 16-13 victors against Jim Trim, Pauline Matthews and Mike Waite.