Open pairs competition at Lyme Bowls Club

Simon and Helen Dowling and Richard Cridge and Mick Heneghan

LYME Regis Bowls Club has just had their first final of the season.

An open pairs competition has been held over the past four weeks, with the winning pair from both sections going forward to a final.

The club has introduced stringent covid-19 measures in order to fascilitate the running of these games, including no handling of the jack, mats to be placed by one nominated lead only and likewise with the pushers, thorough cleaning of all equipment before and after games  by one player plus normal social distancing measures throughout the game.

The final of this competition was between husband and wife team Simon and Helen Dowling and Richard Cridge and Mick Heneghan.

The start of the game was very edgy with both Mick and Simon finding things difficult. Helen was quickly into her stride with Richard keeping his side in the game with some good backend play.

Gradually, Simon lost his nerves and played himself into the game. He and Helen slowly pulled away, helped by a 4-count, to win by a margin of 16-8.

The game was watched by 38 club members, which proved a very pleasing turnout to watch an entertaining game.

The players were presented with certificates by club President Alan Nabarro who thanked everyone for coming and gave special thanks to Ann Allman who arranged and organised the competition.

Buoyed by the success of this competition, Ann has organised three more – a mens’ and ladies’ pairs plus Aussie Pairs.

Some 48 members have made themselves available for these games for which we owe Ann our gratitude. Whilst a lot of clubs have been languishing in the shadows of coronavirus, Lyme, through Ann and the executive committee, have been able to rescue something from a wrecked season.

The players with club president Alan Nabarro

 

 

The players celebrate with a playful elbow touch
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