Defending champion makes early exit

PUBLISHED: 14:44 29 December 2010

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DEFENDING champion Ivan Barnbrook has made a shock first-round exit in the Clarence Indoor Bowling Club singles championship.

DEFENDING champion Ivan Barnbrook has made a shock first-round exit in the Clarence Indoor Bowling Club singles championship.

Barnbrook, who also won the club’s indoor pairs last winter, went out 21-13 to former national visually-impaired singles champion Bob Rossiter, who was on top form with his brilliant white woods.

This winter has seen a record number of entries for the indoor competitions at Clarence and there have been some other excellent matches in the first round of the singles.

Former club president Don Towie and his fellow Clarence men first-team member Roger Burrough had an epic battle, with Towie, 19-20 behind, picking up two shots on the next end to squeeze through by one.

Trevor Pritchard, another member of the Clarence men’s first 
team outdoors, trailed newcomer Martin Adams 20-17 until he picked up a one, then a four to win by 
two.

Somerset county junior player Rebecca McMillan put up a great fight against Clarence men’s captain Ian Baker before his experience earned him three on the last two ends for victory by 21-19.

Rebecca’s Wessex Ladies’ clubmate Norma Peters took Clarence men’s assistant treasurer Mike Scoins all the way before being edged out 21-19 by a three on what turned out to be the last end.

Woman players definitely through to the next round are Clarence Ladies’ new captain Margaret Baker, who had a comfortable victory over Clarence men’s vice-president George Cooper, and the Wessex Ladies’ trio June Allard, Mary Hawkins and Carole Webb.

There were a couple of needlessly long matches in the first round, with players misreading the rules and thinking that they had to keep playing until two hours had elapsed, rather than stop when one of them reached 21 shots. One match, featuring Dick Jackman, who has just turned 86, lasted 28 ends.

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