Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club dominate Suffolk Bowls County Competition Finals

Andy Drummond who retained his Suffolk Champion of Champions title 2017. Pictures: RAY ANDREWS

Andy Drummond who retained his Suffolk Champion of Champions title 2017. Pictures: RAY ANDREWS - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club dominated this year’s Suffolk Bowls (BE) County Competition Finals, taking three of the 12 county titles being played for and providing three of the runner-up places.

Martin Heitzman and Mark Royal (Rookery Bowls Club) with the Pairs Cup.

Martin Heitzman and Mark Royal (Rookery Bowls Club) with the Pairs Cup. - Credit: Archant

The finals were played at the Roundwood Bowls Club with an appreciative crowd of spectators who were entertained to bowling of the highest quality from the players, who had battled their way to these finals since early May.

Andy Drummond, who plays for the Otley Bowls Club, was the only one of the 2016 champions to successfully defend their title. He again won the Champion of Champions competition, defeating Christian Allum from the California Bowls Club.

Drummond had a slow start and found himself 8-4 down after 10 ends played. The game then changed completely, with Drummond winning 10 of the next 12 ends and running out winning 21-14.

The Four Bowl Singles final between Richard Leeder (Rookery) and Liam Harris (Beccles Town) was a tight affair with both players having periods of dominance.

Lee Calver from Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club, winner of Two Bowl Singles

Lee Calver from Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club, winner of Two Bowl Singles - Credit: Archant


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Leeder finished the stronger, picking up eight shots in three ends and running out winner 21-16.

After having to settle for runners up spot last year, Martin Heitzman & Mark Royal (Rookery) comfortably won this years Pairs final against Kelvin Earthroll & Martyn Rumsby (Ipswich). They led from start to finish with the Ipswich pair giving up with three ends to play and 27-12 down.

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For most of the Triples final there was little between Wenhaston (A Cook, D Hambling & J Jordon) and Cornard (M Wickenden, G Rowland & G Williams) and after 14 ends the score was 12 all.

Wenhaston then scored eight shots over the next three ends and with the score at 20-12 against them Cornard conceded without playing the last end.

Richard Leeder, winner of the Four Bowl Singles in action.

Richard Leeder, winner of the Four Bowl Singles in action. - Credit: Archant

The Fours final between Felixstowe & Suffolk (J Mee, C Long, N Walkling & M Mayhew) and Marlborough (A Sale, D Warren, L Spraggs & P Last) was a very one sided affair.

Marlborough dominated the game from the start and after 16 ends, with the score at 25-7 against them, the Felixstowe & Suffolk four decided it was not going to be their day, and gave up with five ends still to play.

Kyle Leeks (Hadleigh) and Liam Harris (Beccles Town) had a great tussle in the under 25 singles and after 18 ends they were 15 all. Leeks proved to be the stronger in the final ends running out winning 21-18.

The Senior Fours competition was being played for the first time this year and produced the closest final of the day.

The game between Ipswich (S Miller, G Miller, K Earthroll & C Rumsby) and Felixstowe & Suffolk (C Hunting, N Bennett, W Stark & C Dunnett) swung back and forth in the first half and at 10 ends Ipswich held a slender single shot lead.

After 16 ends Felixstowe & Suffolk led by 15-11 but Ipswich picked up 7 shots in the next 3 ends to lead 18-15.

In a tense finish, it was Felixstowe & Suffolk who won the last two ends but only by single shots, not enough to stop Ipswich winning 18-17.

The Mixed Pairs final was between two pairs from the Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club. At half way Moira Self & Elliott Last led 19-5 and looked to have the game won. A spirited comeback from Eve Pittock & Chris Dunnett reduced the deficit but were unable to do enough losing 25-17.

Nigel Roberts and John Robinson, who play at Wenhaston, lost in the final of the Over 60 Pairs last year but made no mistake this year taking the title by defeating Tony Pooley and Paul Proctor (Felixstowe) by 21-8.

Clive Joseph (Hadleigh) took the Novice Singles, beating Graham Finch (Lowestoft Railway) 21-12

The final of another new completion, the Junior Pairs, had to be played on a separate date. This was won by L Calver & Phil Gregory (Felixstowe & Suffolk) who defeated Ben Harber and Liam Harris 17-14.

Roll of honour

Four Bowl Singles: R Leeder (Rookery) 21 L Harris (Beccles) 16

2 Bowl Singles: L Calver (Felixstowe & Suffolk) 17 C Parfitt (Thurlton) 12.

Pairs: M Heitzman & M Royal (Rookery) 27 K Earthroll & M Rumsby (Ipswich) 12.

Triples: Wenhaston (A Cook, D Hambling & J Jordon) 20 Cornard (M Wickenden, G Rowland & G Williams) 12.

Fours: Marlborough (A Sale, D Warren, L Spraggs & P Last) 25 Felixstowe & Suffolk (J Mee, C Long, N Walkling & M Mayhew) 7.

Junior Pairs: L Calver & Phil Gregory (Felixstowe & Suffolk) 17 B Harber & L Harris (Beccles Town) 14.

Senior Fours: Ipswich (S Miller, G Miller, K Earthroll & C Rumsby) 18 Felixstowe & Suffolk (C Hunting, N Bennett, W Stark & C Dunnett) 17.

Under 25 Singles: K Leeks (Hadleigh) 21 L Harris (Beccles Town) 18.

Champion of Champions: A Drummond (Otley) 21 C Allum (California) 14.

Mixed Pairs: M Self & E Last (Felixstowe & Suffolk) 25 E Pittock & C Dunnett (Felixstowe & Suffolk) 19.

Over 60 Pairs: N Roberts & J Robinson (Wenhaston) 21 A Pooley & P Proctor (Felixstowe) 8.

Novice Singles: C Joseph (Hadleigh) 21 G Finch (Lowestoft Railway) 12.

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