Report by Mike Taylor
The last town bowls competition final of the season took place at Eastbourne BC on Sunday (18 September).
The Challenge Cup is contested by triples teams entered by sides in the two divisions of the Eastbourne Mens Bowls League. The semi-finals saw the Eastbourne ‘A’ team take on Royal Sovereign and the Eastbourne ‘B’ team meet Gildredge Park ‘A’.
After 9 ends, Eastbourne ‘A’ were leading by 8 shots on aggregate, with Mike Dooley’s team 3 shots up against that of Derek Mumford and Peter Jackson’s team 5 up against Gordon Selvey’s men.
The second half saw contrasting fortunes for the Eastbourne ‘A’ teams with Mike’s side falling away to lose 26-13 but Peter’s team pulled away strongly and, despite faltering slightly near the end, ran out winners 23-7, taking the contest on aggregate by just one shot 37-36.
The other semi-final saw Eastbourne ‘B’ leading 22-8 overall at 9 ends. Shane Packham’s team, 4 shots up at that time, increased their lead to 9 shots after 15 ends but a spirited response from Jim Baxter’s Gildredge Park men saw their game finish all square 19-19.
On the other rink, Mike Taylor’s team got away to a flying start, leading 12-2 at 9 ends against Andy Browning’s men and maintained their momentum, running out winners 26-9 – giving the Eastbourne ‘B’ team the overall win by 45-28.
The final, played between the Eastbourne ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams saw a victory for the ‘B’s by Shane’s team against that of Mike Dooley 21-14 but with Peter Jackson’s team trouncing that of Mike Taylor 26-7, the cup went to the ‘A’s with an aggregate of 40 shots to 28.
Teams: Eastbourne ‘A’ – F Frenshaw, A Stanley, P Jackson; T Scott, S Perry, M Dooley. Eastbourne ‘B’ - R Lewis, J Baker, S Packham; T Roberts, J Black, M Taylor. Gildredge Park ‘A’ – D Wymark, A Strevens, A Browning; P Farley, C Couch, J Baxter. Royal Sovereign – J Oarter, P Green, G Selvey; J Price, R Charlton, D Mumford.