Hillbury 3.2.1. April 2010

Winners Dave Wood, Olive Lutz and Derick Lutz

2nd Place Martin Hughes, Pat Robbins and Bob Foyle

MATCH REPORT (Thanks to Barry Jowett)

Under cloudless skies, the ever popular Hilbury 3.2.1 sponsored by Matrix 35 Finance, reached a climax on Thursday 15th of April at Javea Green.

Spread over four days, the round robin competition saw enough fine bowling, shocks and thrills, to ensure that the all stages were very well supported.

Thursday morning saw the culmination of the group phase, with the two league leaders progressing to the final.

Group One was simmering along nicely with The Sixty Niners, ( Martin Hughes, Bob Foyle and Pat Robbins ) being locked in combat with Scotch Eggs ( Alison Brown and Gail and Harry Chick). Alas an anticlimax was to ensue as a The Scotch Eggs were unable to fulfil their final match due to a timing misunderstanding. Accordingly The Sixty Niners were able to canter into the final without raising a sweat.

What Group One lacked in drama, Group Two made up for in spades, as any of three teams could have progressed into the final as the last few woods came down.
Having banked their 28 points, Match & More, Joan Simmons-Carol Davey & Ken Davey who sat chewing his gum & nails from the sidelines, as Black & Blue ( Brian Collins and John & Pat Pittaway ) slugged it out with The Hi Jackers ( Dave Wood and Olive & Derick Lutz ). Points at this stage 23 & 22 respectively with one of the teams needing enough points to beat Match & More’s 28 points. The upshot of some excellent bowling was that the Hi Jackers gained 6 points to equal Match and more & progressed into the final on shot difference.

The Final was a predictable close affair with the Hi Jackers shading the Triples phase 4/3. The Pairs element then delivered one of the week’s most enthralling contests. The more shots Olive Lutz and Dave Wood drew in, the more Martin Hughes knocked out. It was absorbing stuff, with a 5/5 draw the only fitting result.

So to the last discipline of the final, the Singles. With the Hi Jackers ahead on points, the opportunity was still there for Pat Robbins to deliver a knockout blow for the Sixty Niners. Alas she was unable to overcome the northern grit of Derick Lutz who prevailed 6/3, thus ensuring that the overall victory went to the Hi Jackers. Nice to see that some new names will go on the Honours Board, Olive Lutz’s face was a picture!

Thanks to all involved, especially Match Sec Ken Davey, and our generous sponsors Matrix35finance, with whose money the excellent tapas and free drink was provided by Jan & Inn on the Green.

In closing - What a pleasure this competition was to play in. Keenly contested, well organised, not too demanding on the stamina, and great fun!

More of the same please!

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