Bowlers compete at Oakham Presidents Days

Oakham Bowls Club President's Gala Day. President Rod Groombridge Presents the Shield to the East's winning Captain, Barrie Payne and the Wooden Spoon to The East Captain Chris Wallis EMN-141208-101123001
Oakham Bowls Club President's Gala Day. President Rod Groombridge Presents the Shield to the East's winning Captain, Barrie Payne and the Wooden Spoon to The East Captain Chris Wallis EMN-141208-101123001
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On Saturday President Rod Groombridge hosted the annual Oakham Mens Presidents Day at the Vale.

A very enjoyable afternoon got underway with a ‘Spider’ won, on a measure, by Eddie Owen. The match that followed was the fifth between Club Members from the East of Oakham and those living in the West of the town. . The last three having been won by the East. Not so this year. The West were triumphant winning by 24 shots with their winning Kitty Rink being skipped by Roger Lancaster.

Winning Kitty Rink for the East was skipped by Jennie Bateman

The afternoon concluded with an excellent meal prepared by Doreen Payne, Betty Swarbrick, Ann Stace and Val Bury followed by the presentations to the West winning Captain, Barrie Payne and the Wooden Spoon to the East Captain, Chris Wallis.

President Rod then presented cheques to his chosen Charities, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, represented by John Mallandine and Poppy and Cancer Research UK, represented by Val Bury

Oakham’s Lady Presidents Day was held on a beautifully sunny Wednesday afternoon. The event was hosted by Lady President Di Culshaw who welcomed Aileen Rowden, County President Bowls Leicestershire and other Club Presidents from across Leicestershire and Rutland to the Vale.

The match was played as a friendly with teams rotating every six ends. Following the match members and guests enjoyed a meal in the Club House which looked resplendent with its floral table decorations.

In the only competitive match of the week Oakham visited Keyworth on Thursday for the third leg of the OK Trophy. Starting the match with a cumulative 30 shot deficit Oakham achieved a superlative 119-86 win and now hold a three shot advantage to take to the last match of the competition at the Vale.

It was an excellent all round performance with deputy captain Barrie Payne leading the way on the Kitty Rink skipped by Norman Coville

Scores: Gwyn Davies, Mike Hardy, Barrie Payne, Norman Coville won 35 – 14, Mary Smith, Derek Bury, Rod Stanley, Ivan Lang won 20 – 10, Ray Gregory, Brian Garner, John Rogers, Alan Jones won 24 – 13, Lindsey Walters, Tony Flower, Bob Hammond, Chris Wallis won 26 – 22 and the team of Eileen Wright, Clive Morris, Rick Tarleton, Denis Smith lost 14 – 27.