Friars take Castle Park mixed triples trophy

Date: Friday 6th July 2018

PENRITH’S Castle Park Bowling Club held its annual mixed triples event on Saturday when 12 teams competed in glorious sunshine on a burned out green for the Jim Walton Trophy.

The event comprised three games of eight ends with one point for each end won and the usual two points for he most shots in each game. If the jack went out of the rink both teams received half a point.

Although players struggled with the pace of the green due to its condition — despite the fact that it had been watered heavily — scoring remained as high as usual for such an event.

In section one, the home combination of Jean Hind, Geoff Dent and Stan Hind held a comfortable lead after two games with a total of 17 points — three ahead of the Appleby triple of Susie Balfour, Mick Sisson and David Balfour.

Despite Appleby gaining six points in their last game to close the gap, the home team gained four to claim the section prize by one point on 21, with Appleby runners-up on 20.

In section two, the Friars team of Walter Bracken and Bill and Anne Hunter held a clear lead after two games with a total of 17 points — some 4.5 ahead of the home team of Moreen Ross, David Noble and Joyce Dent, who held second place alongside Colin Nixon and C. Hogarth, from Temple Sowerby, who were helped out by Tony Theakston, from the Park club.

With a further eight points in their final game, the Friars team were clear leaders overall with 25 points, which saw them claim the Jim Walton Trophy and the section one prize-money.

The home team of Ross Noble and Dent finished on 18.5 points — a score matched by Colin Nixon’s team, but as a result of Joyce Dent’s team beating Colin Nixon’s 6.5-4.5 in their opening game, they gained the runners-up prize as they had 15.5 shots scored against them throughout the day compared to 16.5.

At the conclusion of the event, club president Craig Tyson thanked Geoff Steele and Hillary Squires for running it, all those who provided catering throughout the day, and the greens staff.