Westerham on fire to win the Marshall Cup for the first time
WESTERHAM won the Marshall Cup for the first time in the league's history at the weekend.
Played at Sevenoaks Bowling Club the event brought an end to an exciting, competitive and friendly season in the Sevenoaks and District Bowls League.
The trophy is played on a knockout basis by the 30 teams comprising four divisions.
The near record crowd, on a beautiful evening, were well rewarded by the quality of play of the participants, Stanhope (Holmesdale) and Westerham.
Both teams started well and after three ends were all level at three shots each.
A winning run of four ends took the Westerham triple of Tony Bashford, John Benson and Skip Bob Clark into a six shot advantage against Robert Woodmansey, Tony Brearley and skip David Banfield.
On the adjoining rink the Stanhope team of Ron Reader, Ken Butts and skip Mick Smith were holding a slight advantage of two shots at a similar stage of the match against John Tutt, Chris Mew and Richard Monk. At this point Westerham scored five shots to take them into the lead again to which Stanhope replied positively and after 13 ends the score was level at 12 shots each.
Meanwhile, on the other rink, the Westerham triple were taking control of the match, leading by nine shots.
Although the Stanhope triple showed great determination they could not quite match their opponents who went on to win by 20 shots to ten.
And on the other, Monk's triple for Westerham completed a winning run of four ends to ensure a victory for their team with a combined score of 38 shots to 22.
Members said it was a great end to a great season of bowls in the area.
Hadlow BC have had a particularly successful period in their history, gaining promotion in consecutive years and will, next season, appear in the championship for the first time in two decades.
Final league results - Championship winners: Knole, runners-up: Holmesdale; Division 2 : Wolfe (Westerham), runners-up Hadlow; Division 3: Knockholt, runners-up Woodlands (Borough Green); Division 4: Avebury Sports, runners-up Acorns (Sevenoaks).