Martham lose final by one shot

MARTHAM Bowls Club played in the County Cup final at Great Plumstead against Settlement House, and in a very close game lost by one shot 71-72.In the Yarmouth League, Martham A were at home to Burlingham and won 93-61 (5-2).

MARTHAM Bowls Club played in the County Cup final at Great Plumstead against Settlement House, and in a very close game lost by one shot 71-72.

In the Yarmouth League, Martham A were at home to Burlingham and won 93-61 (5-2). At Rollesby they won 75-88 (1.5-5.5).

Martham A also played at Ormesby A, winning 45-98 (0-7). Away again, at Acle, they kept up their winning ways by winning 64-72 (2-5).

Martham B are finishing the season in winning form, gaining 20 points in three games.

Against Filby A on Monday only one block lost, so six points were gained.

On Thursday at Great Yarmouth, all blocks won with top block of S Moore, C Starkings and R Thurtle winning 6-40.

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At home on Friday, again seven points were achieved, against Ormesby with M Gallant, R Thurtle and B Smith winning 31-9.

In the Norfolk League, Martham B played their last game away against Bradwell Green.

Although they only won on one rink, it was enough to win the game 49-53 (4-5). Winning block was Sandra Faircloth, Mark Pratt and Jeff Watson.

The Gorleston Conservative Club ran their annual Spoon-Drive competition on Sunday.

In all 30 players took part, which was the ideal number as this was played as a two wood triples played over five rinks. Therefore no players had to sit out, and play was continual throughout the tournament.

This particular event is all treated light-heartedly, and as a bit of fun. Even so players were keen to do their best.

The actual format of the tournament was: For the nearest wood four points, second wood three points, third wood two points and fourth wood one point. After each end the score would therefore be 10-0, 9-1, 8-2, 7-3, 6-4 or 5-5.

All of the players had to choose a coloured disc from a tin, with the respective position on the back, ie, lead, two or skip.

So although played in teams it is an individual event as players compete with different players, and in different positions, from round to round. EBA rules applied, therefore touches counted.

Prizes to be awarded to winner, runner-up and third place. The event was played over six rounds.

The early leaders after round one were Ian Ball, Judy Lodge and Malcolm Smith, all on 42 points.

After round two, Malcolm Smith and Martin Hutson took the lead with 79 points each. Both Judy Lodge and Reece Watts were next, both being on 78 points.

After round three Malcolm Smith once again took the lead with 112 points. Close behind, and in second position, was Marianne Titterington on 110 points. And in third position was now Ann Hutson on 109 points.

After round 4, Ann Hutson took a commanding lead with 147 points, Malcolm Smith in second place with 143 points, and in third Marianne Tittherington on 142 points.

The penultimate round saw some exciting play, with Ann still in the lead with 189 points, second Marianne on 173 and in third place Malcolm

with 172.

The final round proved to be full of surprises for although Ann Hutson won with a splendid score of 222.David Bradford came from nowhere to score 213 points and so secure second position. Marianne Tittherington came third with a splendid score of 200 points.

The green is one of the best on the playing circuit. Thanks go to the officers who really work hard and keep the green in such a fine playing order: John and Marianne Tittherington, Alan and Marianne Popham, Reece Watts, Ronnie Lodge, Graham Carey, Derek Moss and Peter Hodges.

THE members of Ormesby Bowls Club were sad to hear of the death of Joyce Dongray after a long illness. Joyce along with her husband Ken have been members of the club for many years and she will be sadly missed.

Joyce was a good bowler and club member supporting the mixed and ladies' leagues and supporting the club whenever possible. The thoughts and sympathy of all members goes out to Ken and his family.

In the Great Yarmouth and District League, the Ormesby B team lost away to Martham 58-99 (0-7).

The club secretary Margaret Hunt was successful on Saturday in winning the Douglas Gay Memorial Trophy at Runham Bowls Club, �100 was raised, �50 of which was donated to Mautby Church and the remaining �50 to Runham Bowls Club.

On Sunday in glorious late summer sunshine, 20 pairs from various bowls clubs competed in Rollesby's three wood open tournament.

After a long afternoon of competitive bowling, only the block of Bob Oakley and Roy Nichols from Burlingham Bowls Club could boast of a 100 per cent record with three wins.

Runners-up were David Oldershaw and Brian Durham from Blofield Heath BC. Players received their prizes from Rollesby club president, Sheila Allen.

Rollesby's outdoor season draws towards a close. Entertaining a noticeably different Acle in the Yarmouth League, Rollesby retrieved some pride after a couple of heavy defeats in cup and league matches this season with a comprehensive 106-49 victory and a welcome 7-0 points result. M Coots, T Coots, J Catchpole 25-17; J Palmer, T Wright, E Taylor 18-14; F Walker, S Daniels, G Curtis 26-12; J Avery, A Palmer, T Avery 37-6.

Having won at Buxton the previous week in the Duffield League, Rollesby were hopeful of a rare double with home advantage to come, however losing on three rinks was hardly the route to take. Only the block of J Seeranj, J Wheaton, A Palmer 27-7 were successful in a 55-69 defeat, points 2-8.