The Lincolnshire Combination 5's took place at Lincoln Bowl on 12th & 13th July 2014. Twenty-two teams played doubles, trios and five-man team sets which saw Rob Harding and Finny Banks take the honours in doubles with 1594, followed by WYC Girls Keira Reay and Emily Allen in second with 1444 and WYC Boys Chris Lam and Elliot Crosby in third with 1417.
The trio's were won by Steve's Pro Shop (John Woodhouse, Lee Turner and Barrie O'Reilly) with 2089, with Powerplay Poole (Jamie Bottomley, Chris Oates and John wells) second with 2053 and That'll Be 9 Then... (Jame Elliot, Myles Duke and Colin Laing) in third with 2021.
The team event continued to be close, as with the doubles and trios, but with 3363 the Power Play Ladies + 1 team of Jo Cundy, Nicki Ainge, Hayley White, Laura Marcham and Faye Elkington took first place, just 12 pins above Power Play Poole's Matt Chamberlain, Steve Thornton, Jamie Bottomley, Chris Oates and John Wells with 3351, and 54 pins above third-placed Rob Harding's Rob Harding, Finny Banks, Norman Hamed, Wayne Greenall and Mark Smith with 3329.
Overall, Rob Harding finished in first place, followed by Power Play Poole and Power Play LAdies+ 1 in third.
Event Report from Linc's County Secretary Gill Hutchison
When one player of doubles partnership shoots a 300 game, and the other partner immediately follows it with a perfecto of her own, it’s a dead cert that their total will be hard to beat! Congratulations to Rob Harding (257, 300, 257 for 814) and Finny Banks (765) who stormed away with the Doubles event, posting a team total of 1594, though Finny’s 305 (Ladies’ 5-pin bonus) looked a bit odd on the scoresheet! They also finished with the high averages for the tournament, Rob with 248.0 over the six games as high man and Finny topping the Ladies’ table with 238.17.
Keira Reay almost joined them on a perfecto with 294 (289) and 765, teaming up with another talented youngster, Emily Allen to take second place for the “World Youth Cup Girls Team”. In fact, they snatched second from under the noses of the “WYC Boys Team” despite a brilliant start from the lads – the tournament high game of 577 game when Chris Lam put in 290 and Elliott Crosby almost matched him with 287.
“Power Play Lincoln”, Arron Machin and Lee Brown (781) finished 4th just ahead of another local duo, “That’ll Be 9 Then”, Mark Loughborough and Tom Turner matching each other strike for strike for 669 and 666.
The Trios was won by “Steve’s Pro Shop” with a quite remarkable display of strike bowling from all three players. John Woodhouse rolled 234, 247, 245; Lee Turner 245, 211, 216; and Barrie O’Reilly 226, 238, 247 for a great team total of 2089.
Second high men’s average overall, Jamie Bottomley rolled an even more consistent 243, 246, 245 = 734 for “Power Play Poole”, together with Chris Oates (700) and John Wells, making sure that the leaders could not relax for a moment with their 2053 second place. “That’ll Be 9 Then” consisting of Colin Laing and his Midland Scratch lads, local leftie Myles Duke (760, 244 ave overall) and Jamie Elliott managed to keep the “Power Play Ladies + One” (see below) at bay long enough to bag 3rd by 22 pins.
The High Trios Game of 747 was rolled by 5th placed “London Strike Power” Matt Ayles (235), Luke Sanders (244) and Adam Purnell (268), followed by those ladies again featuring Faye Elkington with a storming 284.
The team event was tight all the way but eventually that same wonderfully rowdy line-up of “Power Play Ladies + One” led off by local girl Faye Elkington (264, 736), cheered and supported each other to a 3363 total. Jo Cundy (247. 685), Nicki Ainge (240, 642), Laura Marcham (221, 629), and Hayley White (241, 671) and Faye who finished on a 233.33 average squeaked in just 12 pins ahead of “Power Play Poole” Matt Chamberlain (586), Steve Thornton (639), Jamie Bottomley (739), Chris Oates (710) and John Wells (677). To be fair, the girls did have a bit of extra help in the form of a very special mascot, the much-missed Pat Harries making a welcome visit to the UK, plus of course the Ladies’ 5-pin bonus.
In the third place but starting with the highest team game were the “Rob Harding” team, featuring Harding himself (245), Finny Banks (253), Norman Hamed (250), Wayne Greenall (236), and Mark Smith (237). In fact it was Mark, continuing with 268 and 279 for 784 who clinched third place from “WYC Boys and Monty”.
Chris Lam (279), Elliott Crosby (201), Curtis Hooper (269), Matty Clayton (224) and Ray Teece (216) for “WYC Boys and Monty ”pounded in a great second game and continued in the same vein but had left themselves too much to do after a “cautious” start.
With so many team names appearing multiple times, it was no surprise to see “Rob Harding” team finishing top, followed by “Power Play Poole”, then “Power Play Ladies + One”. Well bowled, all of you.
Congratulations to all the bowlers and spectators – the atmosphere was electric. And of course multiple congratulations to Centre Manager Andi Turner aided by Faye Elkington, and their friendly, efficient staff – not forgetting the mechanics! Yes, Lincoln may be somewhat out of the way, but it is a great place for tournaments.
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