INTERPROVINCIAL BOWLS MATCH
Hosted by the Province of Oxfordshire
FRIDAY 12th MAY 2017
Tercentenary Celebration Interprovincial Bowls match was proudly
hosted by the Province of Oxfordshire on Friday 12th May, this was
the fourth of the eleven planned events to take place and, as promised
proved to be a most wonderful day.
All five Provinces, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire
and Hertfordshire were in attendance, each provided the maximum
two teams of four players. The event had a very enjoyable atmosphere,
which the intermittent rain didn’t dampen.
The event was formally opened by the APGM of Oxfordshire, W. Bro
Alan Knowles who welcomed all and wished the teams the very best
of luck. The format for the day was, two leagues consisting of one
team from each province in both leagues. The winning team from each
league went through to the final. The first of the group matches
started at 10.15 and set the high standards for the day, each match
being a closely fought contest.
This continued for the remainder of the rounds. Middlesex “A”
won all their preliminary matches to take them into the final. Middlesex
“B” won two, drew one and unfortunately lost a closely
contested match against Oxford “A” in the semi-final,
therefore preventing an all Middlesex final.
The final proved to be as exciting as had the earlier matches, seeing
a very skilled and closely contested match. Middlesex “A”
began the final very strongly taking a 6-0 lead from the first end.
Oxfordshire “A” dug deep for the remaining five ends
but were unable to turn around the first end deficit. The final
score ended Middlesex “A” 8 and Oxfordshire “A”
5. Middlesex “A” proving worthy victors and winning
the Tercentenary Celebration
Interprovincial Bowls Tournament.
An excellent and well deserved win, congratulations to the players
of Middlesex “A” – Bro Mark Hallam, Bro Keith
Winchester, Bro Trevor Fitzgerald and Bro Steve Kirton.
Also, congratulations go to the players of Middlesex “B”
– Bro Bob Syme, Bro Allan Pulford, Bro Tony Paulley and Bro
Roy Wake - for putting up such a sterling effort and only missing
out on a place in the final by two shots.
The day was rounded off with the prize giving ceremony conducted
by the PGM of Oxfordshire, R.W. Bro James Hilditch, who congratulated
the winners, Middlesex “A” and presented the most excellent
trophy to them and thanked all who had made this event so successful
and to all who had been in attendance. The Middlesex Captain W.
Bro Mark Hallam ProvJGD received the trophy from the PGM and thanked
the organisers for hosting the day and looked forward to the return
fixture next year which Middlesex will host.
“A” and Middlesex “B”
“A” receiving the trophy from the PGM, R. W. Bro James
Bro Mark Hallam ProJGD