Thrilling days of play at 2020 Madeira Bowls Club Finals

The 2020 Madeira Bowls Club Finals action was never going to be like a ‘normal’ year owing to the on-going restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With social distancing the ‘order of the day’, the first of two days of ‘finals action’ were held in wonderfully sunny conditions.

A reduction in numbers because of the pandemic had meant fewer competitions for 2020 with the action focussing on the mixed triples, the men’s triples and both the men’s and the ladies’ pairs.

The competitions that would run were: Mixed Triples, Men’s Triples and both Men’s and Ladies’ Pairs.

Day one of the two-day finals saw plenty of action all started by the men’s doubles last four matches.

Chris Reed and Jeff Clark had been 11-1 down to Ian Thomson and Phil Thompson, but they battled back superbly before being edged out 13-11.

Meanwhile, Ron Cook and Andy Lock beat Geoff Furminger and Clive Brinkworth 20-6; Dave Moody and Danny Doran defeated Bob Walker and Alan Porter, 16-11, while Graham Cottey, playing with Chris Price, for the better of Vic Doidge and Tony Howle.

In the ladies’ semi-finals, Joan Brinkworth and Ann Maloney never looked back from a flying start as they went on to defeat Myra Furminger and Janet Grundy 16-7.

In the other semi-final, Jude Latta and Sylvia Cook were 14-11 winners over Jacky Howle and Maureen England.

In the mixed triples semi-finals there was success for Ron Cook, Myra Furminger and Vic Doidge who will take on Jacky Howle, Joan Brinkworth and Clive Brinkworth in the final.

The last action of a thrilling day of bowls was the playing of the men’s pairs semi-finals.

In the first, Ian Thomson and Phil Thompson defeated Graham Cottey and Chris Price 17-8 while Ron Cook and Andy Lock were 14-11 winners over Dave Moody and Danny Doran.

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