Downham hold their nerve to win cup in last end

PUBLISHED: 07:47 06 April 2015

Witcham A: Back Row from the left: Mick Housden, Tony Husbands, Angus Pate, Pauline Husbands and Richard Webster.  
Front Row from the left: Sharon Richardson, Jeff Lenton, Nigel Pate and Sean Richardson.

Witcham A: Back Row from the left: Mick Housden, Tony Husbands, Angus Pate, Pauline Husbands and Richard Webster. Front Row from the left: Sharon Richardson, Jeff Lenton, Nigel Pate and Sean Richardson.

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A gripping last-bowl finish saw Little Downham A emerge victorious over Witcham A in the final of the East Cambs Carpet Bowls Association League Knock-Out Cup.

Little Downham A: Back Row from the left: John Covell, Elsie Hitch, Derek Godbold, Harry Lock.
Front Row from the left: Gwen Crane, Molly Miller, Gwen Covell, Joyce Lock.Little Downham A: Back Row from the left: John Covell, Elsie Hitch, Derek Godbold, Harry Lock. Front Row from the left: Gwen Crane, Molly Miller, Gwen Covell, Joyce Lock.

The final took place last Wednesday in the Ross Peers Sports Centre, Soham.

In the final, the first two games of fours saw Little Downham winning 14-0 on one carpet, while Witcham “A” won 8-4 on the other.

This score, together with the handicap difference of two shots (15 to 13 shots) in favour of Little Downham, saw them well ahead, 33-21.

The first set of pairs games saw Little Downham winning 8-7 on one carpet, while Witcham won 6-4 on the other, reducing the score to 45-34.

The final set of pairs games saw Witcham win on both carpets, 12-7 and 9-7.

These pairs produced an exciting last end where Witcham were holding five shots, which would have meant the match finishing in a draw; therefore an extra end would have needed to be played.

However Little Downham skip, Molly Miller, with the last bowl of the match produced a heavy shot managing to disrupt the head so that her teams bowl finished second to save the match. The final score was 59-55.

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