Penarth Bowling Club

VERY little competitive bowls took place at Penarth Bowling Club last week as abysmal weather and cancellations took over.

B P Sully were unable to raise a team for the friendly arranged for Saturday and whilst hopes were high for the PG2 side to continue their winning run, the weather had other ideas.

Continuous morning rain after the horrendous storms on Thursday forced any early decision from Capt Lawrence to postpone the fixture.

However the one game that did take place was the Wednesday visit to Murch for a Munro Cup encounter. The ex Murchers of Colin Grant and Bob Hill relished the trip as they both posted resounding wins of 20 - 8 and 2 - 7 respectively.

Colin was ably assisted by Grant Jnr, Terry Buckingham and Haydn Trow. Bob Hill was fortunate to benefit from the experience and guile of Gareth Rosser, Dick Edwards and Bob Willmott.

Dave Clements rink also featured with an impressive result winning by 21 shots to 12. The final successful rink was skipped by Clive Fry managing to keep ahead throughout and ending up two shots to the good (14 - 12).

Four winning rinks produced a victory by 77 shots to 39 ensuring another maximum 14 points and a continuing 100 per cent record in this competition.

On Sunday last 80 full and affiliated members turned up at Rectory Road venue to support the annual charity day bowling extravaganza. Organised by the enthusiastic entertainment subcommittee, the afternoon involved rinks of four bowlers playing outdoor and indoor over a total of 16 ends. Separate prizes were awarded for the indoor and outdoor battles with Anne, Hall, Cynthia and Geoff victorious with a 21 shot difference.

Outdoor winners were headed up one of the principle organisers, Dave Dalby together with a trio of Thomases. Their shot difference was 18 leading to murmurings amongst the assembled throng. Despite the jeers and mumblings the result was ratified and the winners were able to enjoy the wine secured by the win.

The afternoon concluded with members enjoying the benefits of a superb buffet provided by the Ladies of the Club. A raffle of numerous donated prizes followed which helped hugely to achieve the magnificent total of £700 for the club's chosen charity.

Thanks must go to all those involved in the organisation of the event and particularly to all those members who turned up and played to make it such a rewarding afternoon.

In conclusion of this report, all members of Penarth Bowling Club were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic passing of John Skone. John was highly respected in the bowls fraternity and had many friends at Penarth B C.

Always highly competitive both on and off the green, yet his own particular sense of humour still shone through. He will be sorely missed by his many bowling colleagues. Penarth Windsor and the game of bowls will be poorer for his passing.

He has gone to the 'great bowling green' in the sky. RIP John Skone.

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