The Outdoor Section held its Finals Weekend on Saturday & Sunday 2nd/3rd September

In front of a good crowd and a wonderfully prepared green the afternoon started at 2pm Saturday with the Men’s Singles, The Two Wood Singles and The Ladies Pairs.

The Men’s Singles Final, contested between John Benfield and Nigel Siford set the trend for the weekend ahead. Two experienced bowlers who over the years have both won the title before contested a great match that was close all the way through, after two hours plus Nigel Siford held his nerve to win in what was probably one of the longest Men’s Singles Finals in the clubs history.

The Two Wood Final saw Micky Boobyer take on Martin Acock, two bowlers with only a few years’ experience but with the potential to go farther in the game. Good bowling by both ended in victory for Boobyer.

The Ladies Pairs pitched Alison Siford & Carol Martin against Nina Boulton & June McDonald. All four Ladies have enjoyed success in the game but this day Alison & Carol had the upper hand and secured the trophy.

A good crowd gathered again on Sunday which began at 10am.

John Quinn Sets Singles was contested between Martin Acock and Mike Harris. Acock looking for a win after yesterday’s defeat overcame an ever young and much loved member of the club Harris who himself has tasted many successes over the years. A great final between two good friends - well I think Mike is still friends with Martin?

Also at 10am was The Drawn Open Pairs, Pat Brown & Nigel Siford vs Martin Sparks & John Benfield.  Two days running Siford vs Benfield, and again a close final. Good bowling by all four resulted in victory for Brown & Siford but credit to Sparks playing in his first final.

2pm Sunday afternoon saw the remaining four finals with inclement weather which did not deter the bowlers. The Ladies Singles Final was between Nicola Jones, past winner on many occasions and Pat Brown. A great contest saw Jones edge in front only for Brown to storm back and secure her first singles title with a screech of delight that could probably be heard in Stratford Upon Avon.

The next match was the Never Won Singles final. Contestants Roberta Jarvie , so many times in singles finals but as yet to secure a title, and Martin Acock, fresh from his victory in the morning. Another great final, with both players giving their all, resulted in another victory for Acock. Two in one day for him, but heartbreak again for Jarvie. One day, Roberta, one day.

The Men’s Pairs final saw Tom Granville & Tim Sealey do battle with Tony Backer-Holst & Jeff Martin. Some good bowls played by all but it wasn’t Backer-Holst and Martin’s day with Granville and Sealey securing the title in style.

Finally, the Married Couples trophy was contested  between Alison & Nigel Siford and Rosie & Freddie Brooks. Another great contest, the Brooks had their noses in front for much of the match but the Sifords came back late in the game to set up a tense ending. The Brooks, who had bowled well all afternoon, deservedly took the title on a day that also saw them celebrate their wedding anniversary and Rosie’s birthday.

The Over 60’s singles (which was not played at the weekend) was won by John Hurren who defeated Percy Hickman.

On both Finals days there were drinks and refreshments available that were enjoyed by family, friends and members and my sincere thanks go to the ladies who organised this, Val Harris, Roberta Jarvie and Rosie Brooks. My thanks also to those who gave up their time to mark the games, Tony Backer-Holst, Jeffrey Martin, Carol & Ron Thornhill and finally to the green staff, Martin Acock, Mike Harris and Keith Field for all their hard work in keeping the green in tip top condition for the finals and during the season.

Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary