Title glory for Bass’

PUBLISHED: 13:02 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

Bassingbourn’s successful side line up after winning the Cambridgeshire League

Bassingbourn’s successful side line up after winning the Cambridgeshire League

A COMFORTABLE 71-51 victory against Chesterton sealed the Cambridge & District Bowls League title for Bassingbourn last Monday. A delighted captain Ian Stewart said It has been an honour and pleasure to lead such a motivated squad of players. It really

A COMFORTABLE 71-51 victory against Chesterton sealed the Cambridge & District Bowls League title for Bassingbourn last Monday.

A delighted captain Ian Stewart said "It has been an honour and pleasure to lead such a motivated squad of players.

"It really has been an excellent season with only three games lost against tough competition.

"To be the champions of the oldest, biggest and toughest bowls league in the area was not something we expected at the beginning of the season."

Jamie Stewart at lead on rink one had an excellent night and always had at least two woods in the head.

This meant that the pressure was always on Chesterton, and with Andy Brown also bowling well at two, head development always favoured Bassingbourn.

Skip Ken Clark drew and converted when necessary with his usual high level of success as a consequence the result never looked in doubt as Bass' won 18-11.

A titanic contest took place on rink two. Bassingbourn's trio Joe Cipullo, Sid Manning and Bill Manley fought hard all night, the score swinging one way, then the other.

By end 16 the score was 11-11, end 17 after a lot of debate and measuring was declared a tie which meant the final end was to be the decider.

Chesterton managed to draw in one wood that was well protected by short woods. Bassingbourn were unable to remove/beat this wood so Chesterton won by one shot, 12-11.

On rink three Anne Brown lead well but Chesterton always seem to respond to her best woods with a matching or better wood.

Toni Infanti and Ian Stewart tried developing the heads to favour Bassingbourn but in the first half time and time again woods missed their targets by inches.

As a result Chesterton had developed a 14-9 lead by end 13. Bassingbourn however were not to be beaten and maintained concentration over the last five ends.

Shots that had been missing earlier achieved their targets. Bassingbourn did not drop another shot and ran out 19-14 winners.

Don Laing bowled lead for Bassingbourn on rink four and along with Dave Lester at two managed to put Chesterton under pressure all night.

By the time skip Graham Parrish came to bowl most heads favored Bassingbourn. Graham with usual skill did not let Chesterton in with a chance and by end 12 the score was 12-8

Bassingbourn picked up a massive seven on the next end which was the nail in coffin, winning 23-13.

Bassingbourn won the game six points to one and therefore and not only the champions but also reached the magic 100-point mark.

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