Allcock leads Friends of English Bowling side to victory at Market Overton
Fifteen-times world bowls champion Tony Allcock showed he hadn’t lost his touch when playing at Market Overton last week.
Allcock led a Friends of English Bowling side on their return visit to the Rutland club having last competed at Marko in 2016.
The current Bowls England chief executive does not play above once a year these days due to all his administrative commitments and no longer takes part in competition but he still put on a super show against the Marko players on his rink who were not disgraced after putting up some excellent woods.
Mike Parkes headed the Marko team as captain and this year’s president with Adie Lloyd was match secretary for the Friends.
The teams played on all six rinks with friendly rivalry throughout the day as the bowlers made the most of a rare break in the wet weather.
The visitors were welcomed with a buffet lunch, many having travelled many miles, and the Marko committee appreciated their comments regarding the quality of the green and the facilities at the club.
Sixty-four people sat down to a good meal at the end of the afternoon and Mike was glad to complement the one Marko winning rink though the Friends were the overall winners.
Allcock, who recently received an OBE to add to his MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, then spoke about the future of bowls and all sports.
He highlighted a need to encourage newcomers at all levels of age and ability and said that the Friends were to be complemented on donating £36,000 in 2018 to Bowls England which is used to further the sport.