St Georges Cup vii Match Report
North Wooden Spoon:
South Wooden Spoon:
25th & 26th February 2017
Bromsgrove Indoor Bowls Club
North 39 – South 29
Report by Mitchell Young.
St George's Cup raise over £14,000 in North's first victory.
The St George's Cup (SGC) back in February raised a record breaking £14,546 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
The North won their first St George's Cup with a 39-29 overall victory over the South in the seventh instalment of (SGC) at Bromsgrove Indoor bowls club.
The previous GOSH total stood at £7,555 was broken before the weekends' play through players sponsorship and online auction.
Captain Bronagh Toleman rejuvenated the North side for the weekend victory over a stunned South side Captained by James Trott.
The most valuable players went to the North debutant Ivan Lunn who was unbeaten throughout the weekend and Steve Puttock for the South.
Toleman's team took the early advantage in the first pairs session, as they edged a 5-3 lead.
With the highlight match being the Norths' Lee Lowery and Alan Jones who edged out valiant opponents David Lamb and Keith Cooke 21-20. After one of the bowls of the weekend to take a vital point in the opening exchanges.
The North took control of the contest in the second pairs session to take a 6-2 session victory, which extended their advantage to 11-5.
In the early afternoon of the fours, it was honours evens as both sides shared the games at two wins each. But the South made some inroad on the deficit with the bonus points to trail by four at 13-9.
In the final session of fours, the North increased their advantage to take a clean sweep and end day one with a healthy 19-9 lead.
On the morning of day two, the South seized their opportunity to get back into the match and took the fours session 7-3. To trail by six at 22-16 going into the singles.
In the opening stages of the singles, the North extended their lead with five wins out of the first eight to leave the north just eight points from victory.
The South gave it their last shot at building momentum, as they took games 18 to 21 but left themselves too much to do with just one point from defeat.
The North waited for their opportunity for victory, as the match point came from Chris Willies in game 22 of the 32. To win 21-15 over Ollie Hipkiss, for the North's first SGC win.
To leave the overall series at 5-1 to the South.
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