Martin crowned bowls champion

Action from the final day of the 75th Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament. Picture by STEVE HUNNISETT (dh32501c)
Action from the final day of the 75th Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament. Picture by STEVE HUNNISETT (dh32501c)

The finals of the 75th Bexhill Men’s Open Bowls Tournament were contested in front of a large crowd at the Polegrove Bowling Greens.

Martin Heitzman (Spartan BC) clinched the championship singles after running out 21-16 winner after 21 ends against Barry Fordham (Eastbourne BC).

The championship pairs winners were the White Rock duo of Kenny Bolton and Trevor Logan, who beat Stuart King and Mark Dunne (Knaphill BC) 20-17.

Going into the last end, they were leading 19-17 but with Logan’s last bowl to come, found themselves three shots down on the head. Logan played a superb bowl to trail the jack and win the championship.

The triples winners were Dyer, Stone and Shaun Godfrey (White Rock BC), who had a very comfortable 22-4 win after 14 ends over Jack Crawford (Carreras BC), John Barnes (Tilbury BC) and Ken Barber (Aylesbury BC).

The consolation pairs was won by the Bexhill BC partnership of Bill Gale and Keith Richardson, who beat Arnie Lewis (Camberley BC) and James Freemantle (Cranleigh BC) 19-18 after an extra end.

At the conclusion of the day’s finals, David Fletcher of the Birchwood Group, who were the main sponsors of this year’s tournament, presented the trophies to the winners.

The tournament was very well organised again by the tournament committee which was once again ably led by Bill Whittington, the tournament organiser. This was very much appreciated by most of the 250 competitors who took part.

See Friday’s Bexhill Observer for a full report and more pictures.