Gallery: March and District Bowls League look to attract younger players after Finals Day

MARCH and District Bowls League are looking to attract younger players to the game after they finished their summer season with the traditional Finals Day on Saturday.

March Town completed a league and cup double by beating Christchurch 75-72 at March Conservative Club in Saturday’s Knockout Cup final. The side have now won the league for the last two years.

With bowls as popular as ever league secretary and Christchurch player Roly Frost is keen to attract new blood to the game.

He said: “Bowls is a very popular sport but we’re still doing our best to attract younger players to the game.

“There’s an old thought that bowls is a game you play once you’ve retired but I’ve played it for 30 years now. There are younger players taking up the game but we’re always hoping to get new members involved.”

Teams from all over Fenland competed at the event, which ran from 9.30am-6pm, and finished with all players enjoying food that was laid on.

March Town picked up further triumphs in the Triples and Fours while the league secretary secured the Men’s single title for the fourth time.

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“It was a lovely day with beautiful weather and was organised really well by the March Conservative Club,” said Frost.

“They did a lovely BBQ too at the end which capped off the day.

“It was a very competitive day as it should be but everyone was very friendly. It’s always a great way to end the summer season.

“There’s a great community feel to bowls because when the games are done we all come together, eat and have a good chat.”

Results

Ladies singles: Joanne Clements (Manea) beat Iris Everitt (March Cons) 21-13

Men’s singles: Roly Frost (Christchurch) beat Doug Westbrook (Fenland Police) 21-8

Ladies Pairs: March GER (Muriel Dunham and Heather Batchelor) beat March Cons (Gill Hall and Iris Everitt) 29-9

Mens Pairs: Christchurch (Malcolm Southwell and Roly Frost) beat March Town (Kevin Beavis and Ged Hudson) 25-24

Mixed Pairs: Manea (Shirley Buffham and John Buffham) beat March Town (Sandy Wortley and Cyril Scotcher) 18-17

Triples: March Town (Dave Smith, Kevin Beavis and Cheryl Salisbury) beat Murrow (Alan Overton, Stuart Reynolds and Nigel Eagles) 18-10

Fours: March Town (John Noott, Peter Butcher, Cheryl Salisbury and Alan Newbold) beat March Town (Dave Stimpson, Ray Coles, Michael Carter and Cyril Scotcher) 20-9

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