L-R: Peter Furmidge, Anne Bernard, Ronnie Berry, Ian Morey and Bob Mortlock
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Alan Cawdell bowling with John Carrett behind

The recent finals of the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club’s club competitions proved competitive, with some players winning several of the titles on offer.

Both the Men’s and the Ladies’ Championship singles matches were one sided affairs. Anne Bernard took the Ladies trophy for the first time after she dominated her game against Tiger Carpenter, winning 21 shots to 2 in only 10 ends.

The Men’s final was dominated by previous winner Alan Cawdell. Playing against Ron Leleux, he went in to a 17 shot to 3 lead after only 11 ends and went on to secure the title easily by 21 shots to 9.

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The Men’s Pairs final was an exciting match involving Ian Morey and Bob Mortlock against David Jones and Alan Cawdell. The former looked on their way to a comfortable win when they led 12 shots to 4 just past the halfway point. The opponents came back strongly to lead by 1 shot going in to the last end. They laid game until Mortlock with his final wood took the jack through to bring the scores level. On the extra end Mortlock drew shot to win the game 17 shots to 16.

The Ladies’ Pairs was much less competitive with Pauline Proud and Anne Bernard leading throughout to run out – easy winners by 21 shots to 5 against Annette Hall and Sue Green.

Simon New, Chris New, Peter Furmidge and Ron Leleux took on Paul Attrill, Darren Griffith, Allen Best and Jack Berry in the Men’s Fours. Leleux’s rink held the advantage in the first part of the game but Berry’s quartet had came back to level the scores by the halfway point. The result of the game remained in doubt until 6 shots in 2 ends towards the end of the game gave Berry’s four a winning advantage being successful by 20 shots to 14.

The Mixed Fours game involving Pauline Proud, Chris Morey, Ian Morey and Bob Mortlock against Anne Bernard, Wendy Thipthorp, Peter Furmidge and Jack Berry was a fluctuating contest.  The latter lead by 10 shots after only 6 ends. By scoring on 9 of the next 11 ends, Mortlock’s quartet took a 4 shot lead. Singles by Berry’s rink over each of the last 4 ends saw them level the match but it was Mortlock’s rink who took the extra end to secure a 19 shots to 18 success.

There was another win for Cawdell when joined by Griffith and Jack Berry in the Men’s Triples versus Chris New, Peter Furmidge and Ron Leleux. Berry’s trio went 9 shots to 1 ahead but Leleux’s side scored on the next 2 ends to level the scores. That was their last score as Berry’s trio scored on all the remaining ends to win 23 shots to 9.

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Furmidge and Leleux had no better result in the Mixed Triples. Joined by Bernard, they led over the first third of the game. Ronnie Berry, Ian Morey and Mortlock then took control of the match to score 11 shots in the next 4 ends to take a decisive advantage which they comfortably maintained to run out champions by 19 shots to 14.

The Ladies’ Over 60s Singles was a competitive encounter involving Gay Allen and Annie Morris in a match which lasted for 25 ends. Allen held a slight advantage throughout but Morris was only 1 shot adrift at 15 to 14.  Allen then scored on 4 of the next 5 ends to win by 21 shots to 15.

Annie Morris bowling with Gay Allen

In the Men’s Over 60s Singles, Cawdell recorded a comfortable 21 shots to 7 victory over John Carrett. There was the same shot win for Clive Wade against Ron Bavin in the Mixed Over 75s Singles.

Bernard and Leleux succeeded in the Mixed Pairs against Gay Allen and Jack Berry. The contest was close up to the halfway point but from that point the former duo took control to win by 21 shots to 9.

In the Men’s Over 60s Pairs Ian Morey and Mortlock played Dave Carpenter and Alan Smith. Whilst the former were justifiable winners the latter did better than the final score of 30 shots to 15 may indicate.

The Mixed Novice Singles was won by Chris Williams who took over in the second part of his game against Bob Powell to achieve a 21 shots to 10 victory.

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