Stewart make a reasonable start to the bowls season

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The Stewart Club is involved in 11 competitive leagues, and we have made a reasonable start in most of them.

Due to the excellent weather, and the early spring, most of the grounds we visit have been bowling very well.

As an add-on to the league business, we have come quickly into the Cup –tie season. On Sunday 18 May, Stewart hosted their old adversaries South Cave for the first round of the EBF Challenge Trophy.

After a slow start, Stewart eased into the lead, due to some outstanding bowling from several of the Stewart players, notably Mike Popplewell, who was accurate for the whole of the match, and we eventually won all four rinks by a comfortable margin.

On the following Monday, the first round of the Driffield Vets Cup was played, with the Stewart Club ones beating Bransburton; the twos prevailed against Brid Alex; the threes were less successful against Sledmere, but the Stewart fourths brought off a great victory against Driffield Rec.

Wednesday saw a meeting in the Driff. Vets between two of the Stewart teams who are in the same league.

Because of promotion, Stewart twos and threes met each other at the Burnby Lane rink.

The twos surged into an early lead, but the second half of the match saw a fight back and, although Mike Abbot’s team held off Yashpal Anand’s outfit fairly comfortably, on the other rink Andy Gomersall was biting his nails as Wilf Hayton’s threes closed the gap to a few points.

In the end, a comfortable win for the twos, but a very keenly fought match.

From that game, the pictures (left) show Mike Denham leading for Andy’s team, and Sheila Thirsk measuring for a winner.

The club continues to offer a friendly welcome to new members and anybody who is interested in social bowling, or tuition on a Tuesday and a Thursday afternoon.