High Score Triples is a family affair

Posted by Oiver Moody on 9 June 2019

Early morning sunshine bathed the green this Sunday as 24 players gathered for the annual high score triples tournament.  As the draws were made husband and wife couples were drawn in two of the teams, as first Margaret and Brian Douthwaite, then Christine and Mike Middleton were drawn together, while the usual cries of 'LOADED' were heard as Brian Coles pulled Tony Packham and Julie Shakespeare out of the hat.  With the draw complete the players headed to the green for the first of 4 guaranteed games for every team, and as a twist on normal rules, shot wood was worth 4 points, 2nd worth 3, 3rd wood 2 points and 4th wood 1 point.  The first round of matches suggested that the draw had sent out 8 evenly matched sides as all teams scored in the 30's, Pete Bunce topped the board with 39 points leaving Brian Coles languishing at the bottom on 31, although there was plenty to play for.  The second round of matches produced a couple of big wins, with the Middleton's, joined by John Staley producing a huge 50-20 win against the Douthwaite's to top the leaderboard with a total of 85, while Gary Shakespeare found himself only 4 points behind in second.  Only one triple triple won both morning fixtures, although tight wins on 36-34 and 37-33 put them put Oliver Moody's trio third.

A break was taken for lunch, which was excellent value at £3 and huge thanks must be given to Julie Shakespeare and her band of helpers.  The buffet they laid on was a perfect selection of sandwiches, snacks and cake to help recharge the batteries before everyone headed out for the afternoon matches.  There was all to play for as no team was completely out of it, anyone could put themselves in the final with so many points on offer in every game.  The unbeaten run was ended quickly as Olivers trio crashed to a 42-28 defeat at the hands of Pete Bunce who had bought his team into third place with one round of fixtures to go, although he was 10 points behind the second, as it seemed inevitable that the final would see a clash between Mike Middleton's and Joe Stout's trio's.  The latter putting one foot in the final with the biggest win of the day, a 51-19 win against Brian Coles.  The final round of games saw Mike Middleton win again, defeating Pete Bunce 45-25, securing his place in the final.  Meanwhile despite a narrow 33-37 defeat, Joe Stout, along with Joyce Lewis and Jean Siddall booked the other place with Gary Shakespeare in third.

 

The final was not the close affair that the watching crowds may have wanted or expected, the first end set the tone for the upcoming match as Mike's team picked up the maximum 10 points, and they showed no sign of resenting following that with a 7-3 win on end 2.  Despite the best efforts of Joyce, Jean and Joe, there was no stopping the Chris, John and Mike as they won the next four ends 7-3, 10-0, 7-3 and 10-0 to end the final three ends early with a 50-10 win to win the second trophy of the Wroughton bowls club season.  A huge thank you must go out to Brian Coles and Rob Palmer for organising the game, and Julie and here helpers for the lunch.

 

The finalists

2019 High Score Triples Champions

 

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