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Thursday, September 13, 2012
The annual Potters Cup at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, again provided a feast of bowls and a terrific final.
Essex triple Pauline Pamment of Sanguine, Shirley Minks of Wickford and Jean Herson of Springhouse were up against Norfolk triple Mike Greenacre of Haddiscoe, Debbie Phillips of Wymondham and Jon Sparham of Hempnall.
The sixth end saw four great opening bowls by Pamment and Greenacre set the stage.
Attacking bowls by Phillips and Minks left Sparham holding one shot but Herson pushed an Essex wood on to the jack.
Sparham had a real pressure wood to play with his final bowl and his attacking shot paid off big time scoring three shots and making the score 5-5.
When Jean Herson stepped up to play the last wood of the seventh end Norfolk held two shots and her wood was slightly too wide to change the position and Norfolk moved 7-5 up.
On the penultimate end Jean Herson had the final say with a winning bowl to cut Norfolk’s lead to 7-6 with an end remaining.
Debbie Phillips nailed the jack with a lovely forehand draw on the last end which the Essex triple failed to better and the Norfolk triple were left celebrating victory at the end of one of the Potters Cup’s greatest finals.
In the Potters Shield final Debbie Barrett, Jack Barrett and Chris Mann of Wymondham beat Gill Bunn, David Bunn and Pat Williamson of Hevingham in an all Norfolk final.
The Potters Cash Pairs event on Sunday produced its normal amount of hard fought games with a £120 first prize at stake. Shirley and Joe Brown of Costessey came out on top with maximum points and a +25 shot difference. Joan Cann of Hempnall and Gerald Chilvers of Kirby Bedon were runners-up with an identical shot difference but scored 38 shots for against the Brown’s 40 shots.
Rose Haynes and Roger Green of North Yorkshire were third with +22 and Hayley and Andrew Stratton of Wymondham were fourth also on + 22 but scored 37 shots against the Yorkshire pairs 39.
Popular Potters personality Mark Brewer conducted the presentations alongside the Potters Cup Weekend organiser Teresa Goldsmith.