Great turnout for finals

Empingham Bowls Club finals day. From left, Jonathan Corby, Jim Ritchie 'and Stafford Wallace.
Empingham Bowls Club finals day. From left, Jonathan Corby, Jim Ritchie 'and Stafford Wallace.
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EMPINGHAM Bowls Club enjoyed a good turnout for its annual finals day which was held this month, with some excellent bowling throughout the competition.

Jonathan Corby topped an excellent season by winning all three of his finals, including the main event of the day, the Healey Trophy to decide the club champion.

Corby was up against 15-year-old Stephen Harris who, in only his third year of bowling, has already represented Lincolnshire’s senior side and reached the semi-finals of the U25 National Federation championships at Skegness.

After a slow start, Stephen fought back but eventually Corby’s greater experience was too much.

Corby continued his fine form in the Men’s Trophy, defeating veteran Monty Tyler, and he followed that up with a victory in the Federation Champion of Champions final against Jim Ritchie. This proved to be a much closer game, but with the scores tied at 16 all Corby produced some of his best bowls of the day to win by 21-16.

Jim’s wife, Liz, featured in two finals, the Ladies and the Novice Cup and after a convincing win over 2010 champion Jean Matthews in the Ladies final, she lost a keenly contested game in the Novice cup to C team captain Reg Smith by a single shot on the last end.

The final game of the day was the Seniors Trophy, which paired newcomer Ken White with Mike Ramsden, who was looking for his first win after defeats in 2010 and 2011. Sadly for Ramsden it was third time unlucky with White winning 21-12.

Ken, who moved from the Colsterworth Club this season, struck top form at just the right time, reaching the semi finals of three other competitions and beating several of the club’s top bowlers on the way.

Trophies will be presented at the club’s annual dinner in October.