Club wins top shield

HEMINGFORD Bowls Club was the winner of the Victor Ludorum Shield at the Hunts Bowling Federation s County Finals on Sunday. Hemingford was also represented in 12 of the 21 finals played at the Sawtry and District Bowls Club at the weekend, in front of a

HEMINGFORD Bowls Club was the winner of the Victor Ludorum Shield at the Hunts Bowling Federation's County Finals on Sunday.

Hemingford was also represented in 12 of the 21 finals played at the Sawtry and District Bowls Club at the weekend, in front of a large crowd.

Ten of the 17 members clubs in the Hunts Federation were represented at the event, resulting in some new names on the trophies this time around.

Six hundred and twenty games had been played prior to the finals, ensuring the talent on show was the best the district has to offer.


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Matches went on throughout the day, beginning at 9.30am before final presentations were made at 7pm.

All County Championship winners will go on to represent Huntingdonshire in the English Bowling Federation's National Championships next month.

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Hemingford's Lynda Childs was the most successful bowler, qualifying in four events, while Huntingdon's Heather McKillop and Hemingford's Barry Deller each qualified in three.

The finals produced some exciting finishes, with several being won by just one shot.

In the mixed pairs, Karen Bessey and Deller of Hemingford were level on 15 with Kath Snitch and Paul Silk of Huntingdon after the last end. This meant an extra end was required, where the Hemingford pair secured victory by a single shot.

Buckden trio Pat Purssord, Val Corn and Lily Wells were cruising in the women's three-bowl rink with one end to go, but an incredible four-shot swing to Ginny Marsh, Bessey and Mary Faux of Hemingford meant a play-off was required.

However, the Buckden ladies recovered to win by a single shot.

Deller was matched up with Sawtry bowler Mark Campbell for an intriguing men's two-bowl final, which was 20-20 going into the last end.

Deller looked set for victory with an excellent second bowl before Campbell produced a superb weighted delivery to stick on the jack and claim the win.

Huntingdon pair Mick Verlander and Trevor Burton won the newly-introduced men's senior pairs, ahead of Mick Cousins and John Holmewood of Somersham.

In the ladies senior pairs, Buckden's Jenny Casey and Purssord dominated their final, convincingly beating Childs and Irene Meeks of Hemingford.

Presentations were made by county presidents Myra Prior, of Brampton, and Mick Rayson, from Sawtry.

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