days bowling for the Ted Astley Memorial Trophy with some of
the County's best players competing in this one day 32
There were no major surprises in the opening round, with the
"usual suspects" coming through including the defending
champion Joe Melvin, Lee Dale, ex-homester Richard Clay and
this season's form boys Lee Brown and Matt Fellows.
Round 2 saw Lee Dale bow out to Gardener's Mark Norcup and
Mark's clubmate Ian Simpson took out one of the favourites
Darren Stanway. "Evergreen" Fred Donaldson was enjoying the
green with wins over Veteran's champ, Alan France and local
hope Karl Simpson. John Black of Norton Central was playing
some good stuff and at the quarter-final stage he accounted
for Norcup to set up a meeting with Clay in the semis, after
the latter had ended Joe Melvin's hope of retaining his
Meanwhile Lee Brown and Matt Fellows were moving through the
gears to set up a semi-final that was a re-match of the
Amateur League Merit Final a week earlier, with Matt seeking
revenge for his 21-19 defeat at Dilhorne. Another titanic
struggle took place between these evenly matched players. At
20 across Matt lay game after 1 bowl each with Lee to play
next. On a fast falling mark Lee played a "dead-un" and Matt
was just underneath with his last wood to give Lee victory
In the other semi, John Black was fast out of the blocks
against former double champion, Richard Clay. John was 15-4
up and lying with 2 touchers when Clay struck and
miraculously counted a single. From then on Richard found
his second wind and', playing a swinging corner, mark the
left hander went on to take the game 21-18.
The final was unfortunately very one sided for the
spectators, Lee Brown settled on his favoured short mark
across the green and hit a length straight away, with
Richard visibly tiring after his semi-final comeback. Lee
continued in top form and was a worthy winner on the day,
with a 21-3 success to take the £260 top prize.
Many thanks to Tony Porter for the excellent green and to
Lynne and grand-daughter Alana for making great cups of tea.
Thanks also to Kerry for donating the trophy.