H&W players at the National Finals

Our club is so proud of Andy Foad & Dave Benefield who played in the County Federation Senior Men’s Pairs competition emerging winners at the finals in Ramsey on 18th July. They have just experienced the vaguaries of the Skegness rinks, consisting of 3 greens of 6 rinks with every rink like no other where they represented Huntingdonshire against the other UK counties who make up the English Bowling Federation, 13 in all. Straight lines with an unexpected ‘against the bias twist’ at the end, massive swings running over lumps and bumps, overnight glass bottles being smashed on some rinks apart from coping with first time nerves. These greens are right on the seafront in the heart of the amusements so regularly used as cricket and football pitches and cycling. They are municipal grounds and not well cared for but the size makes them ideal for Finals Week. It is amazing to see the quality of bowls that these finalists produce. 

Finals are run as a knockout competition as were the County Comps. Andy and Dave faced an experienced pair from Humberside and eventually lost 12-17 over the 21 ends. Hunts Executive agreed that they had put up a very creditable fight for a new pairing. They looked extremely smart in their white trousers and County shirts and at the end they were presented with their County badge, 13 counties badge and swinger (a small metal strip with the year engraved on it which attaches to a rose badge and can be added to every year you play). Normally you have to play 12 times to earn the points to get a county badge but if you represent the county at national level you are automatically awarded the badge. You can only get a 13 counties badge by playing at the National finals. County officials have told them they now need a blazer to sew the badges on and they will be expected to put their names down for the Adams or Newton county teams next year. More pics in the Photo Gallery.