Ken Hayward Trophy Has A New Name On It

Posted by Oiver Moody on 12 August 2019

As the wind howled and the rain fell, 17 players braved the elements in search of glory in the annual open singles competition for the Ken Hayward trophy.  Saturday morning saw Hanna Gauld see off John Burgess in the only preliminary match, before the last 16 stepped out as the compeition got underway in ernest.  Match 1 saw good friends Hanna and Angela Harrison drawn together, in a match that started tightly, after 5 ends they were tied at 3-3.  But Angela found her groove and scored 12 shots over the following 5 ends to race into a 15-3 lead, Hanna did claw a few shots back before Angela progressed with a 22-11 win.  Her opponent in the quarter final would be Roger Cornish, who was 5-0 down to Pete Keaney before asserting himself and winning through 21-10. The second quarter of the draw saw a great victory for Kay Burgess who scored four triples on route to a 21-13 victory over Pete Bunce, and set up a quarter final with Gary Shakespeare who knocked out Eddie Gauld with a 22-12 victory, who won the same amount of ends as Gary, but couldn't quite pick up any big counts. The bottom half of the draw saw a tight match between Tony Packham and Gary Plant with the latter taking an 8-0 and 10-2 lead, before Tony bowled 4 great ends to tie the game at 10-10. Gary  would again pull ahead, 16-11, before two doubles got Tony within one shot, however Gary picked up a maximum and a single to scrape through 21-15. His next opponent would be the winner of Joe Stout and Jim Green, another matched that started tightly, the players tied at six a piece, before Joe accelerated away and romped home 22-8.  The final quarter of the draw saw Julie Shakespeare take on Mo Lowes, who she recently gave some coaching to, and at one point she may have been regretting it, as he edged ahead 17-15, before she battled back to take it 21-18 and secure a quarter final with Bob George who cruised past Ida Morton 23-3.


After a break for lunch, as the winds increased, so did the intensity as it was time for the quarter finals of both the Hayward trophy and the Croston plate.  First up the Ken Hayward, and the semi final in the top half of the draw was soon confirmed as Gary and Roger made short work of their quarter final opponents, first Roger secured victory over Angela, scoring two maximum counts and a trio of triples in a 22-5 victory. This was shortly followed by a shake of hands between Gary Shakespeare and Kay as he triumphed 21-4.  The bottow half of the draw saw two much tighter affairs with Gary Plant and Joe Stout playing 19 ends, despite consecutive fours from Joe, to open up a 15-10 lead, Gary would run off four ends in a row, to book a first semi final berth, with a hard fought 21-16 victory.  The final quarter final saw an epic match take 27 ends, including 20 singles, to seperate the competitors as Bob edged Julie 21-14 and Sundays semi final line up was confirmed, it would be Roger against Gary Shakespeare and Gary Plant versus Bob George, their third singles meeting this season.


The final action of Saturday would see the Croston plate quarter finals, which is a 2 wood competition for players who lost out in the first round. John Burgess put early morning disappointment behind his as he met Pete Keaney in a keenly fought contest, Pete led 74, but then dropped 7 ends in a row to trail 7-12, he won the next two ends, but John saw out the match 14-10 to face Eddie Gauld in the semi, following Pete Bunce's decision to pull out of the tournament.  In the other half of the draw, Jim Green showed his experience to dispatch Tony Packham 14-8, while Ida Morton took care of Mo Lowes by the same scoreline.  As a reslut, Sunday morning would see John face Eddie, while Jim would face Ida, the only lady left in either competition.


Sunday morning began with sunshine as the competitiors made their way onto the green, first up the Croston plate.  John and Eddie treated the spectators to an up and down game that saw the lead change hands reguarly and the players tied at 4-4, 8-8 and 10-10, before Eddie scraped over the line, eventually winning 15-12 and securing a place in the final.  The second semi final was also a topsy turvy affair, with Ida storming into a 7-0 lead, before Jim pegged her back to 10-10, before picking up a double and two singles to sneak through 14-10.  A great final was then played with some excellent bowls from both participents, but in the end Jim proved too strong for Eddie and claimed the title, and some silverware for his mantle piece.


Meanwhile the hunt for the main trophy continued with two major clashes, first up, Gary Plant and Bob George met for the third time this season, currently both with a win each.  in a tight, topsy turvy affair, Gary Plant won through to book his place in the final.  In the other half of the draw, there was heartbreak for Gary Shakespeare, he bowled out of his skin to win 11 out of the first 14 ends and seem on the brink of the final, leading 17-4, but cometh the hour, cometh the man.  Roger proceeded to win 8 of the next 9 ends, including 3 maximums to book his spot in the final.  The final itself was watched by an engrossed audience and didnt disappoint.  Both players drew well and played with a yard or so when required, but in a tactical match, Gary slowed down the play and managed to edge his way to the title with a 21-14 victory.

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