From Hospital to the Humber: Paul makes it a double success on finals day
Paul Grimbleby enjoyed a superb double success at the finals of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League.
The Scunthorpe bowler won both the Men's Singles title and, with the help of his wife Sue, the Open Pairs title at Epworth Bowls Club.
In the singles, the Hospital Cup, he faced a tough game against Andy Willey (Brigg), and what an exhibition of bowling it turned out to be.
The pair, who each produced some quality bowling, were practically inseparable through a thrilling contest which stood at 9-9, 10-10, 13-13, 14-14 and 15-15.
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With the scores at 17-all, Paul made his move, picking up three shots and one on the next to finish the 21-17 winner.
In the Open Pairs, the Hunter Cup, Paul teamed up with wife Sue against Jim Longley and John Markham (Perrys Sports).
The Perrys pair soon found themselves chasing the match at 16 to six shots down, and although Jim and John produced some great bowls they were unable to combat the brilliant form of the Grimbleby pair, who eventually took the title 23-13.
The Open Triples (Star Shield) was contested by Jim Davidson, Ron Kelly and Phil Boulton, of Cemetery Road, and Haxey's Eric Garner, Tony Chadwick and Mick Bingham.
In this match the Haxey trio started well, developing an 11-3 lead.
But the resilience of the Cemetery Road three then kicked in and they produced some great bowls, clawing the score back to just three shots adrift.
Davidson, Kelly and Boulton though, responded with their own excellent spell and sprinted for home, wrapping up a 21-13 success.
In the Ladies' Singles (Lysaghts Cup), Sue Grimbleby (Scunthorpe) played against Maureen Medhurst (Bottesford) in a match that developed into an intriguing battle.
Maureen produced some superb quality bowls and Sue soon found the game running away from her in a 19-9 scoreline.
The Scunthorpe bowler though, continued to fight hard and started to claw her way back into the game, reducing Maureen's advantage to only seven shots at 19-12.
Maureen then summoned up some great bowls to collect two shots (the second on a measure) to secure the title 21-12.
But she could not repeat that success with partner Chris Robinson in the ladies' Pairs (Jubilee Cup).
Up against Jenny Rowe and Rena Markham (Perrys Sports), they trailed to some first class play and once in front, the Perrys Sports duo found their consistency to win 21-10.
The day closed with league president Brian Brown presenting players with their trophies and thanking his club, Epworth, for the facilities.
Torrential rain and thunder storms were rife in the area but during the course of the day's finals the weather conditions remained excellent.