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Cumbria ladies set bowl rolling in Mason Cup

The team events are making the good news this week and for Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club its has been a good time, though the loss of club president John Tremble has certainly cast a shadow.

Cumbria IBC’s ladies met Blackpool in the double rink and it proved too be a nail-biting finish in the Mason Trophy.

At Carlisle Susan Devlin, Joan Huntington, Nita Clark and Christine Wharton threatened to win the game on their own and, by thirteen ends, led 16-4 while at Blackpool Jackie Wilson, Margaret Docherty, Sheena Kirkpatrick and Cindy Edmondson were all square.

From then on there was a transformation at Carlisle as the opposition took control to such an extent that they were all square playing the last and then picked up three shots to win by that margin.

At this point Cumbria were playing the last end one up but with shot against hopes were none too high.

Edmondson however produced a splendid bowl to gently remove the Lancastrian shot and leave Cumbria three shots and a one- shot overall advantage.

O-60 Men’s Double Rink

Cumbria’s A side played Blackpool and without playing to their best picked up three shots on the last two ends to draw at home while Joe Menzies picked up shot Blackpool to win by one and win the game by that very shot.

The Over-60 B side met neighbours Eden and this was a well-fought affair at Penrith but the game overall was decided at Carlisle. On home green Bill Adam secured a 27-13 win while at Penrith late replacement David Taylor went down 18-15 to Peter Metcalfe,

Denny Cup

As was expected Cumbria IBC proved too strong for Eden IBC but there was some spirited resistance before the final win was achieved.

Ken Heselden at Carlisle and Walter Bracken, and John Baird at Penrith gave a good account of themselves before going down in the final quarter of the game.

Trevor Taylor beat Graham Roberts 32-11, Stuart Airey beat ken Heselden 25-12, Gavin Taylor beat Walter Bracken 18-11 and Stephen Farish won 24-17 against John Baird.

Copeland also enjoyed a good Denny Cup day when beating Blackpool 92-61.

Egham Trophy

After four defeats by Cumbria teams in the previous few days Blackpool could hardly be relishing another trip to Cumbria on Sunday but they came and put up a good performance only to go down once more, this time by six shots. It was very much a case of the early ends deciding this game.

Cumbria led by six after five ends, by six after ten ends, by six after fifteen and by six at the end.

At Carlisle Gavin Taylor defeated Dominic McVittie 20-15 and Stephen Farish won 20-16 against Chris Gale.

At Blackpool Anthony Little went down 23-16 to Tony King and Rick Gallagher who was back in good form came up trumps 19-15 against Mark Dawes.


With many top players involved in the Denny Cup and Egham Trophy games there were not quite so many ties played at the weekend.

In the pairs Kevin Harrison and Trevor Taylor travelled to Penrith to meet Peter Miles and Graham Roberts and picked up eleven shots in the first nine ends without reply. The home pairs got on the card but the recovery was short lived and the game ended after nineteen ends with the younger pairs comfortable winners.

In the triples Tom Prescott, Peter Metcalfe and John Baird also had home advantage at Eden and made full use of it in overwhelming the Dennis Devlin skipped Carlisle trio.

In the mixed pairs there was a similar result as Karen Edmondson and David McManus were much too strong for Julie and Paul Campbell.

It was also very much the same when Sylvia Jefferies and John Baird played Dianne and Barry Fieldhouse at Penrith. The Carlisle pair scored first but after that it was very much one-way traffic with Baird in particular in fine form.

The last of the completed mixed pairs games was in contrast very much tighter. Linda Rose and Jack Walker have a very good record in this event but Janice Gower and Jason Parkinson had home advantage and it looked as though this might just make the difference.

The Carlisle pair led throughout and when they picked up a three on the 18th end to lead 18-12 it looked as good as over. It was not to be however as the Copeland duo struck back with scores of one, four and two to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Gower and Parkinson were also involved in a very tight mixed fours game at Penrith and on this occasion scraped home after an extra end.

The Appleby quartet of Lesley Metcalfe, Dorothy Gill, Bob Dent and Peter Metcalfe looked likely winners when playing the last end three up but conceded three and the extra end to go out to Steve Roberts, Maureen France Gower and Parkinson.

In the senior singles Sal Panico mad a good start against David McManus racking up seven shots without reply in the first four ends. And that good start served him well as McManus fought back strongly but had to give best at 21-18.

In the other senior singles played, Anthony Little was in control throughout though Peter Metcalfe played nowhere nearly as poorly as the 21-6 score line would suggest.

In the senior pairs Eddie McGarr and Roger McGhie scored in bursts against John Robinson and Joe Carr and their final burst of 2,1,4 on the last three ends was enough to see them home 23-13.

In the other senior pairs there was a major surprise as Chris Allason and Chris Horsfield easily defeated the very much in form pairing of Matt Crombie and Joe Menzies 27-10.

The only senior triples tie played saw a close finish.

Barry Fieldhouse, David McManus and Anthony little looked to be in control virtually throughout.

Bbut Matt Crombie Eddie McGarr and Joe Menzies could never quite be shaken off and scores of one, two and three left them to play the last end just one shot adrift.

The fair tale ending did not materialise however and Little’s trio went through.



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