The annual match for the Tom Blake Trophy took place at Shanklin Bowls Club between the outdoor bowls association – Bowls Isle of Wight – and the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club recently.
The game is played each year in memory of Tom Blake, the only person to have ever held the Presidency of both the outdoor and the indoor English National bowls organisations. Additionally, Tom also did a great deal of work over many years on behalf of Island outdoor and indoor bowls. He was one of those instrumental in setting up the indoor club over 50 years ago.
The indoor club were defending the trophy, which was won by them last year on their own indoor green. This season the game was played on an outdoor green and Bowls Isle of Wight won back the trophy with a conclusive victory.
They enjoyed success on 3 of the 6 rinks. The quartet of Bob Stubbs, Barry Rodwell, Chris Emms and Roger Payne went in to a 21 to nil lead against John Ince, Richard Jeffery, Paul Dyer and Vernon Findell and went on to record a conclusive 35 shots to 12 success.
Brian Knowles, John Harden, Mike Clothier and Frank Chatfield were others to rack up a big win, overcoming George Stevens, Jack Young, John Grindley and Ian Morey by 30 shots to 8.
The rink of Dave Fredericks, Alan Bugby, John Attrill and Jack Berry led throughout and ran out easy winners by 24 shots to 12 against John Wright, Colin Hoath, John Carrett and Ian Ball.
For the visiting team there were 2 rink wins and a draw. Roy Jemson, Malcolm Colson. Jeremy Baker-Deam and Ron Leleux trailed for much of their game against Malcolm Addison, Ted Nelson, Alan Bell and Paul Green but a strong last third of the game saw them overcome a 6 shot deficit to record a 19 shot to 16 success.
Also winners for the indoor club were Dave Gambling, Clive Wade, Peter Furmidge and Alan Cawdell. Against Keith Mew, Simon Gibbs, Derek Venier and John Pearce they trailed by 14 shots to 3 at the halfway point and were still 8 shots adrift with only 5 ends to play. Scoring on each of those ends they overcame the deficit to take a 21 shots to 19 win.
The drawn match between Steve Gallop, Roland Hoskins, Mark Morris and Steve Crockett against Tony Partridge, Ray Ridett, Barry Eglinton and Derek Stevens fluctuated throughout and could have gone either way. A single on the final end by Crockett’s quartet resulted in a 17 all draw.
At the after match meal the Trophy was presented to John Harden the President of Bowls Isle of Wight.