BOWLERS took a week off from the Buxton & District Bowling Association League when a most encouraging entry of 76 players competed in four qualifying rounds of the White Cup at Chapel Park, Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and Burbage.
All players received a handicap, but all the previous winners started off scratch.
At Chapel Park, Richard Slack (Fairfield), playing off +4, and John Bramwell (Whaley Bridge), playing off +5, were the two qualifiers, while at Whaley Bridge Ian Hibbert (Chapel Park), on +4, and John Guess (Burbage), on scratch, came through.
At Furness Vale, Steve Barber (Chapel Park), on +2, and Matt Bradwell (Tideswell), off +5, were the qualifiers, and at Burbage Sean Waring (Fairfield), playing off +4, and Paul Walton (Chapel Park), playing off +2, were the winners.
The final rounds were played last Friday evening on the excellent Fairfield green, but in poor weather conditions.
Slack overcame Walton 21-14, Bramwell beat Waring 21-17, Hibbert beat team-mate Barber, after fine resistance by Steve, 21-18, and Guess beat Bradwell 21-14. In the semi-finals, Bramwell met Slack in a very close match, during which he was 20-14 down before coming back to win 21-20. Guess beat Hibbert 21-10, scoring seven doubles.
The final between Guess and Bramwell saw some fine bowling by both players. Bramwell raced into a 13-4 lead but after 22 ends Guess had taken the lead for the first time in the match 16-15 and was favourite to win, but Bramwell then won the next six points, including a fine last end, to win 21-16 and secure the White Cup.
Bramwell’s father and grandfather have both won this competition – his grandfather N. Bramwell won in 1951 at Harpur Hill and his father won the cup in 1956 at Cote Heath.
Runner-up Guess, who had to work hard in every game on a scratch handicap, won the cup in 1994 and has been the runner-up on four occasions since.