Martin Dean’s team win Warwick Triples trophy
Warwick Boat Club bowls captain Martin Dean led his team to victory in the final of the Warwick Town Triples on Sunday.
Together with his wife Sandra and Cosette Lawton, they carried off the trophy with a 20-10 win against Les Anscombe’s team of Celia Bellamy and Stephen Hunt.
It looked promising early on for Anscombe as excellent shots from Bellamy, playing lead, helped them to go ahead 5-3. But Sandra Dean found the form which has brought her success at county level, taking the jack to the back a couple of times on the way to an 8-5 advantage.
Anscombe dragged his team back into it with superb winning shots to level at 8-8, but his team’s luck ran out on the 13th end. Dean’s team scored a decisive five shots on that end and never surrendered the lead again for the rest of the contest.
The last two shots of the match exemplified the high level of skill shown throughout. Anscombe put his final shot next to the jack but Dean followed him in and nudged his wood away to secure the end and the Town Triples trophy for the first time.
In a tense morning semi-final against David Hurst, Chris Hurst and Jacqui Ashley, Martin Dean had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Leading 16-15 on the last end but with Hurst’s team holding two, he put his final shot next to the jack to confirm a 17-15 victory.
In the other semi-final Anscombe’s team beat John Labrum, Peter Boardman and Lyn Taylor 26-10. All four teams taking part in the finals day were from the Boat Club.
Warwick town mayor Neale Murphy presented the trophies and joked that it was suspicious that the captain and the competition organiser Sandra Dean had turned out winners.
Photos: Jill Minett and Peter Gawthorpe