Eastleigh Rail clinched the Palmerston Cup title with a 57 - 54 victory over last year’s winners Fareham Tigers. Victorious captain Mike Barrett lifted the 20 20 Vision sponsored trophy and was presented with a cheque for £pound;250 by the president of Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club, Marie Leonard. Banister Park finished third snatching a 61 - 49 victory over Lee on the Solent who finished fourth in the play-off.

Eastleigh Rail and Fareham Tigers stated as all good finals should, a close, shot for shot game, which continued though out the game. Cyril Friend assisted by Barry Day and Bob Scottow got off to a flying start and were up 21 - 4 after eight ends against Eastleigh’s Derrick Walker, Ben Barrett and Keith Pearce. But it was Eastleigh who dominated the second half and won by one shot 25 - 24.

Eastleigh’s Stuart Rowney, Richard Buggins and Robbie Bines were up 16 - 5 against the Tiger’s Lee Cunningham, Sandy Pullin and Tom Pullin. Fareham pushed hard to come back, but just fell short, with Eastleigh wining 19 - 16.

The Eastleigh rink of Mike Barrett, David Bines and Richard Curnow were leading 10 - 2 after six ends, but a determined Mike Coleman, Carol Pullin and Paul Nicholls pushed Fareham on to a 14 - 13 win at the finish.

In the 3rd & 4th play off, Lee on the Solent got off to a great start against Banister Park, leading on all three rinks with the score at 27 - 21 after six ends. At the two thirds stage Banister and just edged ahead 42 - 41. But slowly the tide turned with Banister’s Steve Whitehead, Janet Whitehead (who sadly fell ill and was substituted by Malcolm Comley) and R Wicks who were down 7 - 1 after three ends, against Lee’s Pete Gentry, Martin Ellis and Shelia Gentry, came back with a five and four shot gain on the fourth and fifth ends, and pushed on to win 22 - 18 at the finish.

It was a similar story with Lee’s rink of Dave Heather, Caroline Cuerden and Jeff Passmore, who were up 17 - 7 at the halfway stage against Banister’s Ivy Phillips, Yvonne Bott and Mike Comley, but Banister once more came back to 18 - 19 on the penultimate end, and snatched two shots on the last, to win 20 - 19.

The story continued with Lee’s Rob Dawkins, Elaine Bennett and Joan Dawkins up 7 - 0 after three ends, but Banister’s Barry Bendall, Keith Williams and Chris Parwell then powered on to win 19 - 12.

The evening was finished off with a beautiful buffet provided by Debbie Chamberlain our resident restaurateur.

So, the Cup winners Eastleigh Rail Lifted the winner’s trophy and a cheque for £pound;250. Fareham Tigers won the runners up trophy and a cheque for £pound;200. Third place Banister Park won a cheque for £pound;150 and fourth place Lee on the Solent won a cheque for £pound;100. The four losing quarter finalists namely Milton Park, Priory, Bridgemary and Banister Park second team Banister Park Blue, all had their entries returned.

So that concludes a very successful Palmerston Cup Competition, my thanks to all the team captains for their help, and after a few Sunday nights off, I look forward to next year.

Brian Knight
Competition Secretary

Palmerston Cup at 28 January 2018

League A Played Matches Rinks Shots Points
W D L W D L For Agn Diff
Lee on the Solent4400110132013318746
Milton Park4400100230113716444
Banister Park Gold4202606211235-2424
Meon Valley B4103408161262-10114
Fareham Cheetahs4103309168253-8512
Lockswood B41032010181260-7910

League B Played Matches Rinks Shots Points
W D L W D L For Agn Diff
Fareham Tigers44008042361607640
Eastleigh Rail43019032441598536
Banister Park Blue42027052331884526
Lockswood A4103507175232-5716
Meon Valley A4103309166230-6412
Fareham Panthers4004309159258-996

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About the Palmerston Cup

This competition, now in its seventh 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, which is sponsored by 2020 Vision Opticians, is played on Sunday evenings at Palmerston Indoor Bowls club, with games starting at 6.30pm. 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. In the initial stages it is envisaged that teams will compete in mini leagues, playing the other teams in that league just once. This means 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. 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). The top teams in each league progress through to the semi finals and finals which are conducted on a knockout basis.

Prize money will mean the winning team receiving £250 down to £100 for the fourth placed team. The losing quarter-finalists get their entrance fee refunded.

Brian Knight
Competition Secretary

The full OFFICIAL RULES may be downloaded here.

The results and schedule are updated automatically after the competition operator enters the scores.