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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Carlisle quartet land the Famous Grouse event

The 24th Famous Grouse American Fours Tournament has been won by Carlisle Indoor Bowls quartet Gerry Bardgett, Laurence Kelly, John Baird and Mark Nanson.

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Winners of the Famous Grouse American Fours at Cumbria IBC: From left, Mark Nanson, Laurence Kelly, John Baird and Gerry Bardgett

Over 50 players took part in what is Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club’s longest running tournament.

The winning four made a solid if unspectacular start to the round robin event taking five of the seven points from their opening game which showed them in third pace behind Paul Campbell and John Wills.

Six points from their second game promoted them to first place on shots difference ahead of John Brown with Campbell dropping into third spot.

In the third round of games Brown leap frogged ahead of Nanson when winning 6-1, John Wills came back up to third and Ron McMath and Gordon Richardson both began to stake a claim in fourth and fifth places.

Session four was a bad one for Brown who failed to win an end and went down 7-0 to Wills but Nanson kept up the pressure in taking six points while McMath and Richardson were just in behind the leaders. In session five Wills put paid to Richardson’s chances when winning 6-1 and Nanson’s 5-2 win after a measure, against McMath put the latter four out of contention for the top spot.

So the first place going into the final session was between Wills and Nanson but both did their best to give it away. Nanson could manage only three points from their encounter with Sheila Gibson but Wills also failed to take advantage when he could score only a single point on the last end against Barry Fieldhouse.

So by a single point Mark Nanson’s four took the honours with John Wills in second place, Ron McMath in third and John Brown recovering in the last two sessions to take fourth place.

Trevor Taylor presented the prizes, both cash and products, and on behalf of all those taking part thanked the sponsors for their continuing support.

Castle Park BC

Penrith Castle Park Bowls Club suffered a tremendous blow on Sunday when its bower was burned to the ground in suspicious circumstances.

Everything in the bower was lost and the two nearest rinks on the green which was opened way back in 1923 suffered damage as a result of the intensity of the blaze.

The Castle Park club, formerly represented by some of the very best men in Cumbria, has been struggling of late for members but any suggestion of this being the end of the club was shrugged off when I spoke to Club Secretary Hillary Squires earlier this week.

Despite admitting to have been close to tears when she saw the devastation she said that she and the club members were determined to get the club up and running as soon as possible, a sentiment also expressed by David Noble.

Eden District Council has also committed itself to helping the bowlers get things moving again so it seems likely that Castle Park will continue for some time yet.

Under-25 Singles

Two of Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club’s lesser known Junior bowlers both put up good performances last week in the quarter finals of the Club Junior Singles.

Lee Simpson and Graeme Kirkpatrick were both facing tough tasks against Jonathon Fieldhouse and Kevin Harrison but both performed well despite eventually having to give best to their much more experienced opponents.

Simpson was all square at 17-17 before losing four shots in the next three ends and Kirkpatrick facing an English Junior International did extremely well to lead 11-10 before just losing his way a little in the closing stages to go down 21-11. Two creditable performances which suggest we may hear more of these two.

The semi-finals of this competition are being played tomorrow night at 6.30 when Martyn Rice meets Stephen Graham and Jonathon Fieldhouse plays Kevin Harrison.

Manager Cumbria IBC

David Taylor will stand down as club manger at the end of April this year but will continue to look after the financial side of things at the club. His replacement as club manager will be Trevor Taylor who will take over his duties on May 1.

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