Downham hold their nerve to win cup in last end

Witcham A: Back Row from the left: Mick Housden, Tony Husbands, Angus Pate, Pauline Husbands and Ric

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. - Credit: Archant

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.

Witcham A: Back Row from the left: Mick Housden, Tony Husbands, Angus Pate, Pauline Husbands and Ric

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. - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.