ECBA Carpet Bowls
Monday 13th to Friday 17th May 2013
This was the 10th anniversary of this event
and even though numbers had dropped slightly it was still very
All participants were given mementos to
mark the occasion as a thank you from both Potters and the E.C.B.A.
There were 50 rinks, 96 pairs and 113 singles
entered into the three competitions, once again the standard
of bowling was very high with representation from 11 different
Prize winners came from 8 different counties
and the finals were won by 3 different counties with new winners
in all three disciplines.
In the Singles final Martin Campbell from
Sunderland was trying to win this title for the fourth time in
a row but Paul Cousins from Suffolk was a worthy opponent and
after a somewhat shaky start soon began to show why he had reached
the final. This was a really good match with some real quality
bowling and Paul deservedly won the match to end an incredible
run for Martin but he should be very proud of his achievements
in this competition.
The Pairs final was contested by Laurence
and Sarah Pullar from Cambridgeshire and David and Linda Williams
also from Cambridgeshire both of these couples also play for
the same carpet bowls club. While David and Linda started in
fine form Laurence and Sarah were unable to re-produce the scintillating
form that had seen them get to the final nevertheless they played
their part in making this another good final with David and Linda
running out as winners.
The Rinks final was between Colin Yarham,
Ruby Risebrow, Maureen Fletcher & Christine Spencer from
Norfolk and Janice Miller, Audrey Slowther, & Rene &
Blanche Barnett from Durham.
This was the pick of the finals nip and tuck all the way with
a very high standard of bowling, both of these rinks have supported
this event since the start and either one would have been worthy
and deserved winners but in the event the Durham rink won it
on the last end to bring to close the proceedings for 2013.
After a lot of soul searching I had decided
that this would be the last time I would run this event, not
an easy decision but I feel the time is right for me to move
on to other things.
The support myself and this event has received
over the last ten years has been nothing short of magnificent
and is greatly appreciated by myself the ECBA and Potters leisure
Hopefully we have found the right person
to take over the running of this competition and I sincerely
wish Rita Daniels the best of luck in taking on this task.
I will miss everyone connected to this
event it has enabled me to meet many new people some of which
have become friends over the years, sadly some are no longer
with us but always in our thoughts.
The event will continue and I sincerely
hope that it still receives the support it has done in the last
ten years, I wish Potters the ECBA and most of all the bowlers
all of the best for the future and a big thank you to you all.
Winner: Paul Cousins (Suffolk)
Runner up: Martin Campbell (Sunderland)
Winners: David & Linda Williams (Cambridgeshire)
Runners up: Laurence & Sarah Pullar
Both the winners and the runners-up
are from the same club (Over)
Winners: Blanche & Rene Barnett, Jan
Miller, Audrey Slowther (Durham)
Runners up: Christine Spencer, Maureen
Fletcher, Colin Yarham, Ruby Risebrow (Norfolk)
A list of the event's previous winners
can be found here.