New name on bowls trophy after big win

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A NEW name was added to the Doncaster Bowls Association’s Brooke Farm Handicap trophy as Maltby Bowling Club won the competition for the first time in just their second season as members of the Doncaster Bowling Association.

Maltby began the match conceding 27 points on the handicaps to opponents Thorpe Marsh Bentley, and needed a good start to close the deficit.

They got it from captain Darren Stevenson, who quickly went 6-1 up against Jack Richardson, before the Thorpe Marsh player pulled back to 5-9 and then 7-11. But this was as good as it got for Richardson as Stevenson won the next six ends, including four twos, for a 21-7 win which halved the points difference at a stroke.

Rob Swift of Maltby shared the opening ends of his game with Eric Wright, standing at 5-5 after seven ends, before winning seven of the next eight ends to lead 14-6, Wright rallied briefly before Swift finished him off to win 21-11.

In the third game Maltby’s Ross Meese was conceding nearly 70 years in age to opponent Ron Mortlock, but he didn’t let that deter him as he won 21-16 to leave Maltby two in front.

Thorpe Marsh’s Pete Strutt found himself 7-2 behind against Lee Davies, to lead 17-16 but Thorpe Marsh’s hopes of a first winner of the night were dashed as Davies scored five without reply to win 21-17, putting Maltby ahead 94-88 at the halfway stage.

Barry Tomlinson won the first two ends in game five for Thorpe Marsh, but any lingering hopes the Bentley side had were cruelly dashed as opponent Dean Myers, unbeaten in Doncaster this year, restricted Tomlinson to just one more point as he won 21-3.

Phil Henson got off to a flyer in game six, with the Maltby man leading 9-0 against opponent Paul Bassindale, a member of the International Harvesters side who provided the biggest upset in the history of the Brooke Farm competition when beating top side Armthorpe Welfare in the 1982 final.

Bassindale showed he could still perform on the big stage as he got in and closed to 6-9, and shared the next few ends before nearing to just 13-15 down before Henson (21-15) finished well.

Derbyshire’s Chris Bytheway led 4-0 for Maltby against Roger Elston, before going 5-4 behind.

Bytheway then won ten out the next eleven ends to lead comfortably 15-6. Elston got the better of the latter part of the game, getting back to 13-19, but lost the last two ends for a 21-13 defeat.

Thorpe Marsh’s best hope of avoiding a whitewash looked to come from last man Neil Gregory, who led Derbyshire county bowler Keith Hampson 12-10 only to lose 21-14 as Maltby won by 45 points.