Euston and Drummond are winners at Suffolk County Bowls Association Federeation finals day

The Suffolk County Bowls Association Federation winners, 2017.

The Suffolk County Bowls Association Federation winners, 2017. - Credit: Archant

Otley Bowls Club’s Andrew Drummond lifted the Suffolk county men’s Federation 4-bowl singles title at Ixworth Bowls Club, last Sunday.

Drummond had edged out California’s Gary Green in the semi-final on the Saturday, after a remarkable comeback – the Otley man having trailed 20-9 in the last-four game.

In the final, Drummond performed consistently throughout the game to defeat Mark Cole of Thurlton BC to become the Suffolk County Champion.

Mark Euston (Norbridge BC). Earned the Blue Riband title (2 bowl singles winning his final against John Whiting (Leiston Town).

Always a good bowler, it is good to see Euston bowling so well and he will also represent Suffolk in the 3-bowl men’s rinks along with Roger Slee and Kat Stevens after a high-scoring final in that discipline.

The County Secretaries Cup saw Kim Dyer also prevail by one shot as previous national champion, Matthew Smith was defeated in an incredibly close encounter, 21-20.

The Senior mixed pairs produced an extra end to produce a winner, and a bowl finishing just an inch short of the jack for the Hambling duo was to prove best and ensure victory.

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The Champion of Champions Cup was lifted by Ian Parker of Peasenhall BC, who defeated Ivan Parnel of IBC, a remarkable feat by the former, who has only been playing the game for just two years.

To reach a county semi-final for a bowler of such limited experience is an achievement in itself, but to win not just one county title at this stage of his career, but two (he was part of the successful 2-bowl mixed triples winning set) is something really special.

Liz de Vere Packford and Chris Jerry were Ian’s colleagues in the County winning Mixed triples trio.

Peasenhall BC can be justifiably proud of their achievements over the past few seasons, for the club were struggling to enrol enough members just a few years ago.

Finals Results

2 bowl Singles: Mark Euston (Norbridge BC ). Bt. John Whiting. (Leiston Tn. BC)

4 bowl Singles: Andrew Drummond (Otley BC). Bt Mark Cole (Thurlton BC).

C of C singles: Ian Parker (Peasenhall BC). Bt Ivan Parnell (IBC).

Veterans Singles: Colin Thirkettle (Stone Lodge BC ) bt. Daryl Howard (Melton BC ) Under 25’s Singles: Daniel Moss (Tuddenham BC) bt. Matt Milam (Hadleigh BC) Secretary Singles: K.Dyer (Blundeston BC) bt M.Smith (Ixworth BC)

Pairs: R. Claxton/ C. Parfitt (Thurlton BC) bt. S. Brimelow / J.Gill (Rookery BC)

Senior Pairs: L.Crick/ K.Crabbe (Th. Magna BC) bt. J.Worne/T.Cullum (St. Lodge BC.) Mixed Pairs: S.Hender/W.Ellison (Norbridge BC) bt. J.Clarke/C.Baker (Alderton BC) Sen. Mixed Pairs: J / D.Hambling (Wen’ston BC ) bt M.Saunders/A.Davey (Bramford BC) Under 25’s Pairs: C/ D Moss (Tuddenam BC) bt A.Page (Cal.BC.) M.Milam (Had.BC)

2 bowl Triples: S.Brimelow,C.Riches,J.Gill (Rook.BC) bt A.Sale,D.Warren,L.Spraggs) (Marl.BC)

3 bowl Triples: R.Slee,K.Stevens,M.Euston (Nor.BC) bt K.Stockings,B.Caley,G.Theobald (Coombs Ford BC)

2 bowl Mixed Triples:

L de Vere Packford/I Parker/C.Jerry (Peas. BC) bt M.Baskett/S.Deves/ P.Salmon (Old Newton BC).

So Suffolk will be represented at the prestigious Skegness finals by the above winners in Individual competitions.

They will also be represented by he defending Adams Trophy team and the Under 25 White team, who both won their respective Southern Inter County leagues.

They will compete against teams from the Northern section over the first weekend of the National finals.

Unfortunately neither of the Ladies Inter County teams,the Donald Steward or Vase, progressed to the finals this season.

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