Last-gasp winner caps fightback

Chairman Ernie Briddon presents the Jack Hitchings Trophy to John Hall (left) and Ian Hibbert (centre). Photo contributed.
Chairman Ernie Briddon presents the Jack Hitchings Trophy to John Hall (left) and Ian Hibbert (centre). Photo contributed.
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THE FINALS of the Buxton and District Association’s Jack Hitchings Pairs competition took place last Sunday afternoon at Ashwood Park and, in a clash between two Chapel Park pairings, was won in splendid fashion by Ian Hibbert and John Hall who beat Steve Barber and Tim Norton 21-20.

The match was a fine advertisement for crown green bowling with some excellent woods being bowled by all four players at vital times.

It was Barber and Norton who took the lead towards the end of the match and, with the score in their favour 17-14, they claimed a full house for the match. However, after the end was pegged they had to be satisfied with a three which took them to 20-14.

Hall and Hibbert, with nothing to lose, played some fine woods and gradually pulled the score back to 20-19, before finishing with a pair to lift the cup, which was presented by Ernie Briddon, chairman of the Buxton league.

This is a fine competition with the current handicapping system giving all pairs a realistic chance of winning, and it is hoped that even more league players take part next season.

Results: Quarter Finals: Steve Barber and Tim Norton (2) (Chapel Park) beat Dave Mycock and Peter Monks (3) (Burbage) 21-7; Callum and Ernie Briddon (7) (Peak Dale) beat Will and John Archibald (4) (Whaley Bridge) 21-13; Craig Shore and Pat Heaney (3) (Burbage) beat Will Owen and Phil Clapham (2) (Burbage) 21-15; John Hall and Ian Hibbert (3) (Chapel Park) walked over John Hallam and Dave Clark (5) (Ashwood Park). Semi-finals: Barber and Norton beat Briddon and Briddon 21-17; Hall and Hibbert beat Shore and Heaney 21-10. Final: Hall and Hibbert beat Barber and Norton 21-20.

It was a Second Division match which attracted attention last week when undefeated Furness Vale A were the visitors to the tricky Peak Dale green.

Back in May, Furness Vale beat Peak Dale at Furness Vale 152-131 which inflicted on Peak Dale only their second defeat of the season, having also lost at Buxton Park by three points.

This return match at Peak Dale was a close affair with each team having four winners and the result going to Peak Dale 136-120.

There were two excellent results for Peak Dale with Richard Briddon beating Furness Vale’s top bowler 21-1, and Rex Hallows winning 21-4. In fact it was these two results which gave Peak Dale their win. Robert Hall was the best winner for Furness Vale, coming home 21-9.

This result puts Peak Dale top of the pile, but watch out for Cote Heath A, another excellent team in this division, who are hot on their heels.

Dan Blunt