Andy claims a finals hat-trick

Stephen Harris, George Hibbit, Nathan Rigby and Louise Hibbit at Empingham Bowls Club
Stephen Harris, George Hibbit, Nathan Rigby and Louise Hibbit at Empingham Bowls Club
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Great Casterton Bowls Club

ANDY Shaw was a sure thing when Great Casterton Bowling Club held its end of season finals on Sunday.

He played three and won three on a day when all seven matches were keenly contested.

In the Novice Singles, Grahamme Sorfleet managed to overcome last year’s finalist, June Douglas 21-11 and Pam Plowman reversed last year’s Ladies Singles, beating Brigit Beeton, 21-14.

Then Andy Shaw began his hat-trick of wins by beating a stubborn Ron Kettle 21-18 in the Men’s Singles. Andy then combined with Barrie Plowman, in the Senior Pairs to beat Dave Edwards and John Woodcock 19-12.

Andy completed his triple alongside Alan Long in the 4 wood pairs. The pair won 26-15 against Brigit Beeton and Ray Harniess.

In the Plough Plate (3 wood pairs) John Woodcock and Malc Rylance beat Wally Brooks & John Sylvester 21-10.

The Triples saw possibly the tightest match of the day. New boys Bob Tooley and Dave Edwards, skipped by Alan Long went into the last end with the score all square but they held their nerve to win 17-16 against last year’s finalists Wally Brooks, Brigit Beeton & Ray Harniess.

The club urgently wants new members. For details call Pam Plowman on 01780 762717.

Empingham Bowls Club

Empingham held their finals day over the weekend, with the juniors competing on Friday evening and the seniors on Saturday.

Junior membership has dwindled as the older members have moved on to college or university, leaving just four to play a round robin contest. But the standard was high, reflecting the hard work of club secretary Rick Simmons and his team of helpers in the practice sessions on Tuesday evenings.

Stephen Harris, who has played in the Stamford League’s first division and represented Northamptonshire U25s was a strong favourite, but having beaten newcomer George Hibbit in his first match was unable to cope with the consistent bowling of Nathan Rigby.

Nathan maintained his form, winning all three games to finish a well deserved champion. Stephen’s younger sister Louise, and George Hibbit, both in their first season played exceptionally well and have a great future in the sport.

On Saturday it was the turn of the rest of the club and Stephen had some consolation, when playing in his first senior final he beat Peter Scott in the Novice Cup.

Unfortunately Peter couldn’t find the form which got him to the final and had to settle for the runners-up spot for the second year in succession.

Fay Simmons capped a remarkable season by reaching three finals. In the open singles she narrowly lost to Ray Keating, but then comprehensively beat last year’s finalist Mike Ramsden in the Seniors Final.

Honours were shared, however as Ray Keating lost to Jon Corby in the Men’s Final in a game which was only decided on the last end with Keating firing off his closest bowl to leave Corby the winner by a single shot.

The remaining two games also went down to wire. The 2 wood Federation Cup was a repeat of last year’s final between Mike Ramsden and Jonathan Corby with Ramsden scoring one on the last end to win by 21-20. Mary Udale and Fay Simmons played more than 21 ends in the Ladies final with Mary finally winning 15-14.