A thrilling Palmerston Cup Final between Fareham Blue and Banister Gold and for 3rd/4th place Solent Cavaliers and Eastleigh Red Devils.
You knew this was going to be close when both games after twelve ends had only a two shot difference between them.
Eastleigh Red Devil’s Derrick Walker got off to a strong start against Solent Cavaliers' Caroline Cuerden and led 16 - 1 at the halfway point. Solent Cavaliers pegged back the lead in the second half but to no avail and Eastleigh won 26 - 13.
It was a reversal of fortunes for Solent Cavaliers' Graham Hillier against Eastleigh’s Rob Bines and they were ahead 18 - 7 at the halfway point. Eastleigh came back strong in the run in to the finish gaining two fives and a three on consecutive ends to leapfrog Solent Cavaliers to win 25 - 22.
It was Solent Cavaliers' Pete Gentry who got off to the best of starts and was up 10 - 4 after nine ends against Eastleigh’s Mike Barrett. The battle continued with Eastleigh pulling back to a draw at the finish 13 - 13.
The final result was Eastleigh Red Devils 64 shots - Solent Cavaliers 48 shots. Eastleigh securing third place and Solent Cavaliers fourth.
In the Final, Fareham’s John Travers got off to a dream start and led 18 - 4 against Banister’s Mark Crompton after seven ends, but it was a total collapse thereafter with Banister winning every end to the finish and winning 21 - 18.
Banister’s Rod Hicks and Fareham’s Chris Kircher had a close game and were all square 5 shots each after seven ends. Banister with the help of a six in the tenth end pushed on to win 20 - 12.
Banister’s Paul May got off to the best of starts against Fareham’s Cyril Friend and were leading 10 - 4 at the halfway point. Fareham then had a very strong second half and overhauled Banister to lead 17 - 12 going into the last end. With the overall score showing Banister ahead by six shots it was a last end of chess with Fareham desperately trying to force an extra end, but Banister countered every shot, with Fareham winning this battle 17 - 13 but losing the war to Banister’s overall score of 54 - 47. So, it was Banister Gold who were crowned the Palmerston Cup Champions with Fareham Blue a worthy runner up.
My sincere thanks to all the teams that participated in a trying year, I look forward to seeing you all next winter.
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About the Palmerston Cup
This competition, now in its tenth year, is run during the winter season at Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club, Fareham. This is an open competition for outdoor bowling clubs to compete against each other on the indoor carpet and is a means of keeping in touch with members when their club is closed.
The competition is played on Sunday evenings with games starting at 6.00pm. Each team requires a minimum of nine players as each match consists of three rinks of triples. Most teams have a squad of more than nine players who are used on a rotational basis, and being an Open competition, the teams can be all of the same gender or mixed. Teams usually play fortnightly and there will be weeks when your team would have stand downs when the other leagues are playing, so you do not have to turn out every Sunday. This year the 9 teams will initially play 5 or 6 games against each other in a mini-league before the knockout stage. The scoring system is two points for each winning rink and a further six points for the team with the overall winning score (twelve points are available for each game). Teams who only play 5 games will have their points and shot difference increased by 1/5th to compensate for missing a game. The results of this league will determine the 8 teams who will go into the quarter finals in the knockout stage. The knockout draw will be seeded based on table position, so there is an incentive to finish as high as possible to obtain a favourable draw.
Prize money will mean the winning team receiving £200 down to £75 for the fourth placed team.
The full OFFICIAL RULES may be downloaded here.
The results and schedule are updated automatically after the competition operator enters the scores.