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BOWLS: Falmouth lose to Chacewater as Redruth claim the cup
12:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
ON Friday evening Falmouth played Chacewater in the semi-final of the Falmouth Cup. This competition comprises of two teams of Triples at home and two teams of Triples away – at the end the team with the combined largest total of shots wins.
Playing at Falmouth, Paul Bobin’s Falmouth triple – Harry Coult 2 and John Maunder at lead were to play Chacewater’s Colin Binny’s triple.
Falmouth made a great start to lead 8-0 after three ends, but after 11 ends Chacewater had reduced the lead to 9-14 and Falmouth were then to stay on 14 for the next four ends as Chacewater moved to within two shots 12-14. Chacewater then went ahead for the first time on the penultimate end, when the Falmouth triple bowled a terrible end, not even getting close to the jack so going into the last end 15-17 down. The Falmouth rink recovered to take two shots on the last end to tie the game 17-17.
Also at home Falmouth’s Tony Nancholas rink – John Brady 2 and John Bishop at lead soon found themselves in arrears to Chacewater’s Nigel Laity’s rink 9-4 and after 11 ends Chacewater still led 11-9. Falmouth then went ahead but were pulled back immediately to tie the game at 11-11 after 12 ends. Chacewater won the next three ends 2-2-2 to lead 17-11, but Falmouth replied with 2-2 and went into the last end 15-17 in arrears, unfortunately Chacewater scored a further three shots to win the game 20-15.
The two Falmouth triples playing at Chacewater, Tom Reid’s rink after a very close game went down by only one shot to Chacewater’s Barry Tippett’s rink. Richard Rowe’s Falmouth rink, however, found themselves up against Chacewater’s Mike Tippett’s rink who were in great form and won the game by some 20 shots. With the scores totalled, Chacewater were in the final.
On Saturday the Falmouth Cup was played on the Falmouth green between Chacewater and Redruth. Both teams had reserves in as the National Championship’s start this week at Worthing and several key players were missing from both teams. In a very entertaining game with fortunes swinging first Redruth’s way, then Chacewater recovered and three-quarter through the games Chacewater had caught Redruth and now held a five shot lead across the four rinks. The game went right down to the last two ends when Redruth just managed to sneak ahead of Chacewater to win the cup by five shots.
The Cup presentation was made by Falmouth’s president, Bruce Littlewood, congratulating the Redruth team on winning this 100-year old magnificent trophy. Medals were presented to the runners up and winners and both captains thanked the Falmouth club for putting on such a great day’s bowling and providing a great buffet for all the players and supporters to enjoy.
With all the leagues finished now Falmouth can look back over the season with pride having finished in a very strong fourth position. The B team, despite having a lean end to their season did enough to stay in the premier league. The C team also did well bringing on new players and captain, Gordon Hamilton, sharing the games around to keep as many players as possible interested in league bowling. A team captain, Richard Rowe, has not had an easy year but has managed to put a team together to give the best teams in the league a very hard game. With many games being postponed early in the season, fixture congestion posed a problem for B team captain, John Jones, and he has always played his best team available. With the A team reaching both top team final and Falmouth cup final and the Ladies reaching the top team final and captains shield final, altogether it has been a successful season for the Falmouth club.
Now there is a host of friendlies to play and it won’t be long before the Winter League starts.