HASSRA South West Ten Pin Bowling
Event: IA Match: East Midlands v South West v West Midlands.
Location: Chesterfield Date: Friday 22nd November 2019
Poor old “Reg” Rudge (WM) never knew what hit him in R1 as Jeff absolutely blew him away with a 626 series for an emphatic 5-0 win. Matt was less fortunate, losing the 1st game by a mere 4 pins, couldn’t match Bob Seaton’s (EM) 202 in the 2nd but at least gained a point in the 3rd with a respectable 181.
The doubles were more profitable for the SW as Maggie and Mike made light work of WM 1 and Stuart and Peter dropped only the 1 point against a strong EM 2 side. Special mention must go to Mike who finally joined the prestigious “600 Club” bowling a 215, 194, 191 – 600 series, only the 6th bowler in the SW to do so.
Points Total after R1: South West 15 East Midlands 14 West Midlands 1
The battle of the titans had Jeff up against Paul Freeston (EM) in R2. Unfortunately Jeff couldn’t maintain his incredible form from R1 whereas Paul even improved! Jeff had to bowl a 190 in the 1st game to gain his solitary point.
Matt faired much better against Leighton Jukes (WM) as he recovered from an average start in game 1 to dominate game 2 and 3, completing a 4-1 win.
SW 1 and SW 2 had contrasting results in the doubles, SW 2 winning 5-0 and SW 1 losing 0-5. Stuart and Peter never allowed their opponents (WM 2) to get near them in all 3 games, whereas Mike and Maggie just couldn’t get into a rhythm against a strong pairing of Phil Edey and Amo Johal (EM 1).
Points Total after R2: East Midlands 31 South West 25 West Midlands 4
Although EM had already attained sufficient points to retain the trophy, there was a mouth-watering trio’s match up in R3, with Paul, Bob and Phil (EM) up against Jeff, Matt and Mike. The individual battle between Paul and Jeff was won by Paul again by a mere 2 pins, the team scalp went to the SW by 4 pins.
Final Points Total: East Midlands 37 South West 28 West Midlands 5
After a short presentation to Karen Delaney the EM captain and her triumphant team, it was on the road back home.
Since records were kept for this event (the last 20 years) only on 10 occasions has a bowler managed a 600+ series, 7 of them have been at Chesterfield. Bring on 2022!
Ricky Foote 607 SW 2003 Plymouth
Bob Seaton 607 EM 2008 Chesterfield
Paul Tope 613 SW 2009 Worcester
Mike Jefferies 649 SW 2009 Worcester
Bob Seaton 607 EM 2016 Chesterfield
Paul Freeston 621 EM 2016 Chesterfield
Jeff Griffin 633 SW 2016 Chesterfield
Mike Terry 600 SW 2019 Chesterfield
Paul Freeston 600 EM 2019 Chesterfield
Jeff Griffin 626 SW 2019 Chesterfield